Your Most Underused Privilege

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Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath.”

Psalm 116:2 NLT

Your most luxurious and underused privilege is prayer.

It is mysterious and yet instinctively natural. When there is nowhere else to turn, your heart reaches up.

But you can easily miss the real power of it, the real advantage of being able to pray to a present God. One who has pierced time and eternity to hear you, to listen to all your words, to be your refuge in the world.

He awaits your words,
hears your heart,
soothes your fears,
challenges your assumptions,
strengthens your hands,
sharpens your focus,
adjusts your perspective.

It doesn’t matter how long or how many words you use. What matters is that you are connecting to your Creator and all that it aligns in you.

What matters is spending time in His presence. Prayer is a conversation, so spend some time listening too.

Listen to the voice of your Savior whispering powerful words of truth and identity. You are loved, chosen, blessed and cherished.

Pray.

Find the time to connect with your Creator today. Lay before Him all that is in your heart because He is bending down to listen and love you.

Chosen

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There are other moments in life that give you soul scars.

Moments that become memories that hide in the silence and shadows of your heart.

They feed into the fears of “not worthy” and enable the core insecurities of “not enough”.

God’s Word brings light to the shadows and His voice to the silent places in your heart.

Jesus came to bring to completion the Word spoken in Isaiah:

“For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:9,10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Jesus came to complete it,
to reclaim you,
to reconcile you to God,
has chosen you,
pursued you,
paid for you,
cherishes you,
will not abandon you.

Whispers of rejection will remind you of past rejections. They will taint every relationship and interaction you have.

You may fear rejection but Jesus came to empty the word of its crippling power.

He is the God who says to you:

“I have chosen you and have not rejected you.” (NIV‬‬)

“I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you. Don’t panic. I’m with you.” ‭‭‬ ‭(MSG‬‬)

“You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away: Fear not, for I am with you;” (‭NKJV‬‬)

Jesus will whisper this truth to you every day, in every way He can until you will believe it, embrace it and live in it.

YOU ARE HIS.
YOU ARE CHOSEN.

Sorry for yelling at you but you haven’t been listening.

Listen and believe.

Reread if necessary.

Kindness

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Someone needs you to be kind today.

To preach without words.

To listen without judgment.

To speak the truth in love.

To serve without complaining.

To be brave.

To be real.

To be available.

“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season;”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭4:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Be available for God to use you anywhere, anytime with anyone and He will.

Because

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Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath.”

Psalms 116:2 NLT

Your most luxurious and underused privilege is prayer.

It is mysterious and yet instinctively natural. When there is nowhere else to turn, your heart reaches up.

But you can easily miss the real power of it, the real advantage of being able to pray to a present God. One who has pierced time and eternity to hear you, to listen to all your words, to be your refuge in the world.

He awaits your words,
hears your heart,
soothes your fears,
challenges your assumptions,
strengthens your hands,
sharpens your focus,
adjusts your perspective.

Pray.

It doesn’t matter how long or how many words you use. What matters is that you are connecting to your Creator and all that it aligns when you do.

Some days you may have lots to say. Some days you may not. What matters is spending time in his presence.

Find the time to connect with your Creator today and lay before him all that is in your heart because he is bending down to listen.

Don’t Go It Alone

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You are not created to exist alone.
Introvert or extrovert- you are created in Christ to be in healthy relationships.
First with God, then with those around you.
Love God, Love People (in that order).
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Relationships are not easy and they are endlessly complicated.
They take grace, forgiveness, honesty, and courage.
You may think that it would be easier and simpler to withdraw altogether but God created you to be connected.
Don’t cheat yourself or others by withdrawing in fear.
Persevere.
Quiet the fear-filled beat of your heart and listen for the encouraging whisper of the Holy Spirit.
God can make a way where there seems to be no way.
Be brave and reach out today.

Where Your Influence Begins

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One of my favorite moments documented in Jesus’ life is in Mark 10:22. It is the beginning of a conversation with a young man who wanted to know “what more do I need to do” (vs 17).

It says:

”Jesus looked at him and loved him.”

He saw him, listened to him, looked at him and loved him right where he was. Before the man obeyed or disobeyed – Jesus loved him for who he was right at that moment regardless of the outcome of their relationship.

Jesus loves you that way and he wants to love others through you that way.

My friend, you are not where you are by mistake.

You were created with a purpose and equipped with gifts and talents to pursue it.

You are loved by the God who created you and wrapped in His amazing embrace.

There are things that only you can do.

There are people in your life that only you can love and touch today.

The circle of your influence begins at your fingertips – those within your grasp today.

 

That doesn’t mean that your life is easy or comfortable – it means you are valuable right where you are.

You are where you are for a reason and that reason probably has more to do with who you are here to love and less about what you are here to accomplish.

The circle of your influence begins at your fingertips.

Do you know God loves you regardless of what you do for Him?

Who do you need to love like this today?

Hide Here

Sometimes you just need a place to hide for awhile. Something happens and you feel vulnerable and wounded. You want to crawl back under the covers and not face your world.

Only life doesn’t work that way. You still have things to do, people to take care of …life demands doing, especially when trouble surrounds.

“For you are my hiding place;

you protect me from trouble.

You surround me with songs of victory.”

Psalm 32:7 NLT

There is a place to hide in for a while that is a healing place. A safe place. A place of refuge where gentle songs of victory, thanksgiving, and praise echo all around you.

That place is God himself. He invites you into Himself and says, “Hide here– let Me be your refuge in the storm”.

Instead of crawling back in bed, crawl under God’s covering and listen to the songs of victory He sings over you