Your Front Yard

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“The perceptive find wisdom in their own front yard; fools look for it everywhere but right here.”  Proverbs 17:24 MSG

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ“.    Ephesians 1:3 NIV

In Christ, God has already given you what you need to fulfill His call for your life and it starts in your own front yard.

Are you looking everywhere but “right here” for what you should do today?

A better question is “how should you live today”?

The answers you are seeking are found not by looking at others lives or comparing yourself to them. They are not discovered by wishing away your life or wanting someone else’s. This is your life.  If you want to change it, change it.

God will not call you to live someone else’s life but He will call you to fully live yours.

You don’t need more stuff, you need clear vision.

Ask Jesus to open your eyes to your own “front yard” and wisdom He has placed there to live the life He has created you to live.

What is holding you back from fully living your life?

What has Jesus put right in front of you?

What miracle are you living?

Take a Minute

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“This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply.”
Matthew‬ ‭6:7 MSG

Panic is defined as sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety.

When you experience it, it makes you want to do something to solve whatever it is that is causing the panic. Very rarely is that action wise.

All kinds of things can cause panic to rise within you and when it does, I am going to ask you to wait.

To pause.

To breathe.

To pray.

To go to God first instead of trying to immediately fix it.

When you go to God with your panic, He will give you the wisdom you need to do deal with it the right way.

He knows how to calm your heartbeat and clear your mind.

He is your Father and He knows you. He knows why it is happening and why you are responding to it that way.  He also knows how to lead you down the right path, not just the first one that presents itself. Jesus knows if there is a higher way, a better way or a healthier way to deal with it.

Pause the panic and pray.

It doesn’t have to be a long prayer to be a powerful one. Your Father in heaven loves you and knows what even a one-word prayer like “help” means.

Prayer trumps panic every time.

What is causing you to panic right now?

What does pausing the panic and praying instead of reacting look like to you?

There

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“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

Psalm 139:7-10 NIV

No matter where you are – God is with you.

He is there in the light and joyous seasons as well as the heavy and dark ones.

He is there when everything falls apart and there when everything comes together.

He is there when everything suddenly changes to bring encouragement, strength, direction, peace, and joy drawn from the unchangeable depths of grace that you will never be able to exhaust.

Wherever you are, God is with you.

 

 

 

Who to Ask

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If you are looking for good advice, ask the quiet person you respect.

Ask the one who knows you and knows Jesus.

Ask the one who doesn’t offer their opinion at every opportunity but rather waits for permission to speak into your life.

Ask the questions you need answers to. If they are wise, they are safe. Seek them out.

“The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.”

‭‭Ecclesiastes ‬ ‭9:17 NIV‬

If they are loud, manipulative, believe they are always right and get mad when you don’t do what they say…avoid them.

Don’t let fear stop you from getting the guidance you need.

You are worth it.

What do you need wisdom for today?

Who has God put in your path to help you?

God Is There

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“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

Psalm 139:7-10 NIV

No matter where you are – God is there.

He is there in the light and joyous seasons as well as the heavy and dark ones.

He is there when everything falls apart and there when everything comes together.

He is there when everything suddenly changes with a fresh word of encouragement, strength, direction, peace and joy drawn from the unchangeable depths of wisdom and knowledge that you will never be able to exhaust.

Be all in where you are. Don’t waste your thoughts on “could haves and should haves” when the Lord has good things for you to do and to have where you are.

Your job today is to listen and absorb, appreciate and yes, enjoy where you are right now.

What season are you in?

What is important about it?

What is God telling you to do in it?

What is he asking you to let go of?

What is he telling you to hold onto?

Start Now

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You can start now.

You don’t have to wait for the right conditions in your life or until you have more time or money.

You don’t have to wait until you are stronger or smarter or better behaved.

The grace God has given you has nothing to do with how strong or smart or well behaved you are but you have it nonetheless. It is yours.

Grace that allows you to change, grace that inspires you to change.

Grace that gives you strength and wisdom and impacts you now.

“God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone!

We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life.

This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears.

He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness.”

‭‭Titus‬ ‭2:11-14‬ ‭MSG‬‬

This grace has been bought by the blood of Christ and applied to your life now.

The same grace that saves you for all eternity transforms your life today.

Starting now, you can begin to live differently, think differently, love differently.

Starting now, you can live the life God has shown you, the life you have been reborn in Christ to live.

Not tomorrow, or later-when-everything-is-easier but today.

Don’t wait for one more second to live in the grace God sacrificed to give you.

Start Now.

Quiet Words

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“The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.”

‭‭Ecclesiastes ‬ ‭9:17 NIV‬

If you are looking for good advice, ask the quiet person you respect.

Ask the one who knows you and knows Jesus.

Ask the one who doesn’t offer their opinion at every opportunity but rather waits for permission to speak into your life.

Ask the questions you need answers to. If they are wise, they are safe. Seek them out.

If they are loud, manipulative, believe they are always right and get mad when you don’t do what they say…avoid them.

Don’t let fear stop you from getting the guidance you need.

You are worth it.

What do you need wisdom for today?

Who has God put in your path to help you?