Say His Name

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For Christmas I got my husband the Amazon Alexa.

It’s this smart hub that talks to you and answers all kinds of questions. You activate her by calling her name: “Alexa, set a timer. Alexa, play me music from the ‘80’s.” It’s really great. Conspiracy theorists say that it’s always listening to you, storing data, learning what you like.

Now, I don’t know if all that’s true, but did you know there is Someone always listening to you? It’s not big brother, or Alexa or Siri. It’s our ever-present God, who never sleeps nor slumbers, and Psalm 4:3 says He hears us when we call.

That’s not a conspiracy or a theory. The God of heaven listens to you and me, and we can communicate with Him whether we have Wi-Fi or not.

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Thank God for Wi-Fi

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Not long ago, in the middle of playing a game on the iPad, my son Ryder, stopped, dropped to his knees, folded his hands and started mouthing a prayer.

Apart from being super cute, I had to know what he was up to. Dead serious, he said, “Well mom, I just really wanted to thank God that our Wi-Fi didn’t go out while I was playing.” Precious.

I started to tell him that he didn’t have to drop to his knees and pray about every little thing, and then I thought, Wait, why don’t I stop and pray about every little thing? Listen, I know our prayers may be a bit more complex, but we can always find something to thank God for.

I’m pretty sure Jesus was onto something when he said, “Unless you become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

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Dying to be Fixed

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Our icemaker has been acting up lately.

Recently the icemaker just quit completely. But the day before our repair appointment, it started working again. So the repairman said, “Wait until it dies completely, and then I can fix it.”

That seems so counter-productive, right? But in John 12:24 Jesus said, “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”

What does it look like for us to die? We have to quit our plans, give up our “I can do it all” attitudes and sacrifice our need for control. Like me, and my icemaker, is your production inconsistent? It’s not until we die to ourselves that Jesus can truly fix us.

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Fighting for Contentment

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I am perfectly content with the furnishings in my home…until I watch an episode of Fixer Upper.

Does this happen to you? Fixer Upper makes me want to shiplap everything. Shiplap is not a word that was even in my vocabulary two years ago!

Or how about this, my wardrobe is adorable or at least adequate until I go shopping with a girlfriend. And my last attempt at hosting a few friends at my home seemed fine, until I look at the Instastories of my more glamorous girlfriends. Take-out pizza hardly compares to a gourmet cheese board!

Contentment is an elusive emotion. Once we find contentment, we have to fight to keep it.

Maybe contentment isn’t something we look for. It’s something you find when we stop looking.

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Jesus Didn’t Rush

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I recently stood at my kitchen sink and cried.

I was exhausted and knew I needed to slow down, but I had so much to do. I knew the exact person I needed to look to for advice: Jesus!

Jesus really knew what pressure was. Crowds demanded sermons. The disciples wanted leadership, and the religious leaders wanted answers. There was an entire world to save with such limited time.

Yet, Jesus didn’t rush. He went out of His way to talk to the woman at the well and reach his hand out to the leper. He chose to make connection and compassion his priorities. He stayed unrushed by prioritizing loving on people.

The Savior of the world didn’t rush, so neither should I.

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Cleaning House

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Last spring my husband and I cleaned out our garage. It looked great for about three months.

Last weekend we did it all over again. In a fit of frustration and knee deep in junk, my husband asked, “How did it get this bad?” Well, we had cleaned up, but hadn’t cleaned out.

Sadly, this isn’t just true for my garage. It’s true for my life as well. For example, I’ll try to manage difficult relationships rather than dealing with the real issues. Instead of getting rid of bitterness and jealousy, I just try to keep those destructive emotions hidden.

I’m often guilty of trying to manage emotional and spiritual junk instead of letting go and getting rid of it.

Maybe it’s time for a spiritual spring cleaning. The kind that won’t need to be re-done this time next year.

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Rules of the Game

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“Mom, that’s not how I want to play. I don’t like that rule.”

That’s what Tate, my youngest son who was five at the time, said when I was trying to play a board game with him.

In little kid logic, Tate decided he would just ignore the rules he didn’t like. This may seem innocent enough for a kid, but not so much for an adult. I want to win at this thing called the Christian life, but if I’m completely honest, occasionally I run across one of God’s laws that just makes winning a bit harder for me.

Here’s the lesson Tate is learning, and that I know but don’t always practice. It’s no fun winning if you break the rules, and we have far more at stake than just winning a game. We are here to show the world the glory of our incomparable God! Now that’s #winning!

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Setting Mini-Goals to Success

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Do you sometimes feel defeated?

Maybe it’s a frustration at work or a number on the scale that almost made you cry. I understand. But, can I encourage you? Even in the midst of hard days, you can be victorious.

Set small-goals that allow you to make progress! We can set small or mini-goals physically by making one healthy choice like drinking eight glasses of water today.

We can also set mini-goals spiritually. Dedicating 5 minutes of our day to reading God’s Word, memorizing a verse or learning a new worship song can help us gain a better outlook.

We can’t control our circumstances, but we can control our choices. Set small goals physically and spiritually, and that will position us for progress today and victory for tomorrow.

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3 Questions We Must Ask Before Reacting

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My heart raced as I saw a certain number pop up on my phone.

I was hurt, angry and tired of being misunderstood.

I answered the call with two goals in mind – to prove how right I was and how wrong they were. And that didn’t go over well.

I’m learning I can have a better approach by asking myself 3 questions ahead of time:

  •      What part of this issue can I own and apologize for?
  •      How can I soften my heart toward this person so I honor them despite how they react?
  •      If I knew this was being taped and shown to people I greatly respect, how would that change my reaction?

These questions are good to consider. If we control our reactions in the short-term, we won’t have to live with regret in the long-term.

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Change the World with Your Words

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We can change the world with the words we say.

One day I was eating in a restaurant and every time our server came to our table, she had something really kind to say.

I was amazed by her gracious attitude, and I found that it was quite contagious. So, I challenged myself to make a conscious effort to use my words as a gift to each person that I came in contact with the rest of that day.

In a world that promotes tearing others down to build ourselves up, we can make a difference by using our words to bless and encourage. Let’s look at those whom we come in contact with today as people who need a kind word or two.

I’ve found that giving kind words is one of the greatest ways to make the love of Jesus known to those who so desperately need it.

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