To Hear

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If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.” Mark 4:23 NIV

When life gets busy and loud, stressful and activity filled, listening gets difficult.

Sometimes we barely hear what is going on around us and certainly don’t hear what God is saying to us.

Today is a day to hear.

To quiet everything.

Quiet the stress, the worries, the distractions, Facebook, and anything else that is draining your ability to hear Jesus.

God is speaking to you and He has something that He wants you to hear clearly.

Ask Jesus to give you ears to hear and to prepare a quiet place to receive His word for you today.

What is creating the most internal noise in your life right now?

What do you need to do to quiet down the external noise to be able to hear God’s voice better?


What is God saying to you today?

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Buckle Up

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Morning my friend, we need to have a chat over coffee about the adventure of a lifetime: your faith walk.  Today we are meeting at Java House in Fort Meyers for a fantastic Americano.

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“We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.”
Psalm 33:20 NIV

The Hebrew word used for “wait” in Psalms 33:20 implies being tied to or binding yourself to something.

For me, the picture of a seatbelt comes to mind.

When I was a teenager, I went to the movies with a friend. I met him at his house, climbed into his truck and buckled myself in. We drove down the street and then he stopped. He checked my seatbelt, put his truck in four-wheel drive and turned toward the ravine. He told me that we were going to take a shortcut – we were going off-roading. I was excited, (slightly terrified actually) but up for the adventure so I said, “Let’s go for it!”

I have never appreciated a seatbelt more. It held me in my seat on the sharp inclines and steep declines, over the rocky bumps and through the unlevel dry river beds. We arrived at the theater with plenty of time although I remember the journey there more than the movie we saw.

Following Jesus and living a life of faith is more like off-roading than driving on the freeway.

He takes you to new places, asks you to grow out of your comfort zones and challenges you to take the road less traveled.

Like when Peter stepped out of the boat and onto the stormy sea in Matthew 14:29-30:

““Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭14:29-30‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I read this line today in the devotional Streams of the Desert”:

“Once he had stepped out of the boat, the waves were none of his business”.

Peter’s job wasn’t to walk on water but it was to keep his eyes on Jesus.

Your job isn’t to worry how you will get where you need to be, your job is to step out of the boat, buckle up for the bumpy ride, gather your weapons for battle and keep your eyes on Jesus.

Jesus is your help and your shield – you can’t do it by yourself.

We’re depending on GOD; he’s everything we need. What’s more, our hearts brim with joy since we’ve taken for our own his holy name. Love us, GOD, with all you’ve got— that’s what we’re depending on.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭33:20-22‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Buckle up and hold on for the ride of your life, my friend, knowing that the driver, your Savior, loves you so much that he died for you, suffered for you and delights in you.

Small Worries

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Have a minute to sit and talk? How about some tea with me on my back porch and talking about small worries that pull at our hearts?

 

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“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”

Luke 12:25, 26 NIV

You are here to LIVE, not to waste time and energy worrying.

Small worries become big distractions.

They distract you from living loved and loving fearlessly.

What are you worried about today, my friend?

Ask God to help you identify the fear that is at the heart of the worry. Then take it to the cross and leave it there.

Then ask Him to fill you with faith to leave it there and know that Jesus is bigger than your fear and able to provide what you need.

Because HE IS.

Small Touches

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Today’s small coffee break is from Rebel Tea & Coffee in Fort Meyers, Fl. I went there on my birthday last year, loved it but haven’t been back. Maybe I will go back this year on my birthday. While we sip, let’s talk about small touches.

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Love never gives up”.
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4 MSG‬‬

So much can be communicated through a small touch.

A reassuring pat of the hand.

A hug.

A gentle tug on the elbow of someone who you want closer.

Holding a hand.

A small touch can make a bad thing okay, an okay thing good and make a good thing great.

Small touches are difference makers in a relationship, in a life.

They can be the first thing we unconsciously give and the first thing that we unconsciously withhold.

When we struggle, we when are angry, when we are hurt, we withhold the small touches.

It’s easy to forget how important they are to us and to those we love.

Wherever you are at in any of your relationships it might be a small touch that makes a difference.

Don’t worry about starting big- start small.

What small touch do you need to receive?


What small touch do you need to give?

Small Sentences

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Hello my friend, have time for some coffee? This cup is brought to you from the Original Pancake House in Rocklin, Ca. I loved going there with my husband for breakfast dates or celebrating with friends or family who came to visit.

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I’ve been thinking lately about how small things can be big difference makers.

Things like small sentences:

Don’t give up.

I forgive you.

I love you.

I miss you.

Pray for me.

Go for it.

You matter.

Forgive me.

Let go.

Yes.

No.

Which sentence do you need to say today to someone?

Jesus used small sentences to change people’s lives:

Follow me.

Your sins are forgiven.

Stand up and walk.

I am He.

Pray like this.

Be healed.

Which one do you need to hear from Jesus?
Sometimes, the most important things are said (and heard) in the smallest of sentences.

Use them, receive them and have a wonderful day. 

Just Pray

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“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know.”
‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭2:1-2 ‭MSG‬‬

Thinking about prayer and praying is not the same thing.

Talking about prayer and praying is not the same thing.

Prayer doesn’t have to be eloquent to be powerful or lengthy to have consequence.

You just need to pray. Every way you know how, for everyone you know. It isn’t a test to pass or a class to take, it is prayer. There is no wrong way to pray, just pray.

The power of prayer is that it connects you with a powerful God who loves you so much that He took care of all that hinders you from connecting to Him. Every fear, doubt, stumble, mistake, misstep or mindset that separates you from God, Jesus took on the cross. Every judgement, injustice, neglect or wrong done to you by others, Jesus took on the cross. This is why you can be unhindered in prayer for others and honest in prayer for yourself.

Let no excuse stop you today from getting in a safe quiet place and praying, even for five minutes.

Words

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“Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.”

James 3:5 NIV

Words are powerful.

The words you say to yourself.

The words you say to others.

You control your words, not the other way around.

You can be honest without being mean.

You can be mean without being honest.

God has given you the great privilege of being the spark that lights the fire.

Whether it is a fire to warm and nourish others or one that burns and destroys them is up to you.

Choose wisely.