Called to Climb

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“When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him.”

Matthew 5:1-2 MSG

Sometimes Jesus calls you to climb with Him.
He draws you away from the noise of the crowds to a quiet place where He can speak to you.
It is a place that you can hear Him clearly with no distractions.
Some mistake these times for loneliness when really God is trying to get your attention.
He wants to show you something.
I don’t love hiking (a.k.a. climbing a mountain) but I know this:
• It forces me out of my comfort zone
• I get to see things I have never seen before
• It causes muscles to form that I never knew existed
• My breathing capacity is expanded and heart is strengthened
Jesus loved the crowds. He taught them, healed them and fed them. But the teaching He was about to give was not for the crowds, it was for the climbers.
When Jesus calls you to climb with Him, you can bet that it is for your benefit.
You can also bet that it isn’t going to be easy.
Nothing worth having comes easy.
When Jesus calls you to climb higher it is to make you stronger.
If you are feeling lost in the crowd, maybe it is because you don’t belong there.
You belong to Jesus and He is calling you higher.
What you learn climbing the mountain with Jesus changes your life in the valley.
What mountain is Jesus calling you to climb with Him today?

Small Worries

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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

Small worries can become big distractions.

They distract you from living loved and loving fearlessly.

What are you worried about today, my friend?

Is it something that is in your hands to change or something out of your control?

If it is something within your power to change, I am asking Jesus to give you the courage to do it. To step out in faith, following His leading and do what you can do.

If it is something out of your control, something you have no power to change, I am asking Jesus to meet you in the place of your fear and give you the power to release it to Him. You may not have the power to change it but He does.

Jesus is bigger than your fear and able to provide what you need.

May a small worry be transformed into a powerful moment to release and trust in the One who holds the universe (and you) in the palm of His hand today.

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?

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.

Don’t Get Distracted. 

  

I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. 
Eph. 4:2 MSG

We all have a path that leads to nowhere in our life. Just to the right, always tempting us to spend some time meandering down a mindless easier way. The settle-for-less path. The this-is-the-best-it’s-ever-going-to-be path. 

I am not talking about resting your body or refreshing your spirit. I am not even talking about Facebook or social media. I am talking about the path that distracts from running after what God has called you to.

I know you might not even realize that you are there and that suttle distractions have led you down a road you never meant to travel.

The temptation is to quit when it gets hard. To settle for second or third or worst. To let a mindless distractraction drain your energy and water down your vision. To simply stop pushing back against tension of resistance that forward motion toward the vision of God brings.

No one will notice if you quit, right? 

Wrong. God will notice and your world will be impacted. It will be effected by the void of your growth and the loss of your God given gifts in it. They may not know it at the time but everyone will be impacted by it. 

Look around- are you going the right way? Are you fighting the good fight or have you given up?

If this is where you find yourself- wake up! It is NEVER to late to turn around and get directions back to where God has called you to be. 

If you are getting discouraged because the right road isn’t easy or comfortable- hold on! Keep focused. Press through. Don’t quit. 

Those around you are the ones that are most impacted by your decision not to settle. 

Don’t get distracted.

How to Pray

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But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:6 NIV)

Why do you need to close the door when you pray?

Because you need a safe place to be real. To honestly deal with what is going on inside of you.

A place where there are no mirrors or watchers or judgements or distractions.

A place where it is just you and God.

Then pour out your heart.
Let go of your fear.
Breath in faith and hope.
Bring your heart and life honesty before God and allow him to respond honestly back.

I was talking with a friend last week and she said, “When I begin my day with God – everything else is easier to deal with”. She has been walking faithfully with God for over 20 years.

Life takes over and survival mode often omits prayer (other than “Jesus help me). Then survival mode slips into daily habit and poof, prayer slips away too.

This is a reminder for all of us, those new to the faith and those who have been raised in church: have you closed the door and connected with God lately?

Take a minute.

Close the door, turn off FB, Pinterest, a game or whatever you need to and pray.