Posted by: Anne | March 2, 2019

actively practicing discipline

“So be made strong even in your weakness by lifting up your tired hands in prayer and worship. And strengthen your weak knees, for as you keep walking forward on God’s paths all your stumbling ways will be divinely healed!”
~ Hebrews 12:12-13 The Passion Translation (TPT)

What are the spiritual disciplines?
When Christians speak of “spiritual disciplines” they usually mean regular practices that benefit our lives and produce fruit. Much like the discipline of daily exercise or reading will produce benefits in our lives.

The Bible has no comprehensive “spiritual disciplines list” we should practice, but it does give us commands to do certain things on a regular basis. And when we do, they produce fruit in our lives.

… But before you feel overwhelmed: the key is to start small and try to make them habits.

Spiritual Discipline #1: Meditate on God’s Word. Apart from the Bible, we CAN’T know what God is like.

Spiritual Discipline #2: Giving Thanks. We can thank God in all circumstances because he is sovereign over all things, he is infinitely wise and infinitely loving.

Spiritual Discipline #3: Prayer. It’s hard to overstate the importance of this spiritual discipline for the Christian life. Prayer is simply asking God for help or strength or provision.

Read the full list at the source article:
https://www.biblestudytools.com/blogs/mark-altrogge/5-spiritual-disciplines-that-will-change-your-life-the-first-is-key.html

 

Posted by: Anne | February 23, 2019

actively carefully wise

“Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
~ Ephesians 5:15-16

In this careful walking, Paul said that we should make the most of the time we are given. Literally, we are to redeem the time; we are to “buy it back.” That’s what redemption is. In the case of our common, human interaction, our time has been stolen by our supposed busyness. It’s been stolen by our inflated sense of self-importance. It’s been inflated by our use and misuse of people for our own ends. This is what needs to be bought back.

When you redeem something, you trade it in for something better. And because of what Jesus has done on the cross, these everyday interactions that come our way as we walk through life can be redeemed.

The carefulness with which we walk, then, is not born out of fear that we might be inadvertently involved in some kind of sin, but anticipation. We walk through life with our heads on a swivel, armed by the knowledge of what Jesus has done for us in the gospel and the confidence in the presence and work of God. We are constantly looking this way and that, believing that every interaction is significant. And we are committed to make the most of each one.

~ Michael Kelley, Boring: Finding and Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life

Read the full article at the source:
http://michaelkelley.co/2014/08/walk-carefully-christian-but-not-in-the-way-you-might-think/

See also: What does it mean that the days are evil?
https://biblehub.com/commentaries/ephesians/5-16.htm

Posted by: Anne | February 16, 2019

actively real

“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.”
~ Romans 12:9-10

Seen at:
https://twitter.com/LysaTerKeurst

Posted by: Anne | February 9, 2019

love is (choosing to be) kind

What does the Bible mean that “love is kind“?

Paul begins to paint a picture of love’s qualities, and one of the first strokes of his brush reveals that love is kind.

Kindness is noted as part of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Love is also in the list, revealing the close connection between love and kindness. Living a life of love marked by kindness is one aspect of living in a way that pleases God.

Kindness is characterized by benevolence and tenderness. A kind person is disposed to help others and to do so with sympathy and consideration. Godly love will make a person kinder. No one can be loving and unkind at the same time.

Read more at the source:
https://www.gotquestions.org/love-is-kind.html

See also:
Why Is It So Hard for Love to Be Kind?
https://hopejoyinchrist.com/hard-love-kind/

https://rainshine.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/what-does-it-mean-that-love-is-patient/

Posted by: Anne | February 2, 2019

actively loving and keeping

“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.”
~ Deuteronomy 7:9

Read more Bible verses about God’s love:
https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-gods-love/ 

Posted by: Anne | January 26, 2019

actively proclaiming

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”
~ Ephesians 4:15 New International Version (NIV)

God loves you.

You are not alone.

Healing is possible.

Truth. Even if we don’t feel it, we can proclaim it until our hearts catch up. Lord, give us relief from our unbelief.

~ Lysa Terkeurst
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialLysa/

Posted by: Anne | January 19, 2019

actively waiting

“God, the one and only–
I’ll wait as long as he says.
Everything I need comes from him,
so why not?
He’s solid rock under my feet,
breathing room for my soul,
an impregnable castle:
I’m set for life.”
~Psalm 62:1-2 (The Message)

It’s kind of funny that the word wait is a verb. It doesn’t feel like a verb when we are… waiting. But so often we find ourselves doing the action of waiting…

I don’t like to wait. I don’t like waiting on that slow person in front of me when I’m in a hurry, and I sure don’t like waiting on God to answer my prayers sometimes. But you see, God sees our whole story, the whole book. We see a page. While we’re waiting, we can exercise (action) our faith. Seek God…

Read the full article at the source:
https://finds.life.church/is-waiting-on-god-just-a-christian-way-to-be-lazy/

Posted by: Anne | January 12, 2019

active not passive

“When we see that you’re just as willing to endure the hard times as to enjoy the good times, we know you’re going to make it, no doubt about it.”
~ 2 Corinthians 1:7 The Message (MSG)

Wholeness isn’t a passive process—it’s more like a conversation… I had to talk back to my fear and passivity. I had to have an argument with pain.

None of us recovers from the injury of avoidance. When we stop asking questions, stop paying attention, stop telling God we’re afraid and expecting a reply, we hurt ourselves more than physical ailments ever could.

When I’m afraid, I wish Christ didn’t want to dialogue about the healing I actually need. Instead of conversation, I want a quick trip back to “normal”—meaning the point when I didn’t have to speak my weakness out loud.

Real healing always involves an awkward chat with reality. When we ask to be made well, we admit we’re not okay. To heal, we must grieve what we’ve lost, feel fear for our future, acknowledge our limitations, and prepare for a long journey. But healing cuts and bruises, not to mention our spirits, is an everyday resurrection. It’s the empty tomb brought into our daily lives.

Read the full article at the source:
https://www.intouch.org/read/magazine/faith-works/the-give-and-take-of-getting-well

Posted by: Anne | January 5, 2019

start somewhere, do something

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”
~ Proverbs 14:23 (New International Version)

Starting over doesn’t have to be a big, huge, complicated step. You don’t have to have it all figured out. Starting somewhere is as good as starting anywhere, and any day is as good as today. Every day is another chance to turn it all around. You are capable of having a good life, a godly life you want more than anything. Pray about it. Talk to God about it. Even if you don’t believe it yet, talk to God about it.

Read the full article at the source:
https://finds.life.church/todays-a-good-day-to-start-over-or-any-day-really/

Posted by: Anne | December 29, 2018

waste not

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
~ Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

“This is the beginning of a new day.
I can waste it or use it for good.
What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.
When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever,
leaving in its place something I have traded for it.
I want it to be a gain, not a loss;
good, not evil;
success, not failure —
in order that I shall not regret the price I paid for it today.”
~ Heartsill Wilson

(According to legend, former Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant kept this poem with him and read it every day.)

Read more:
https://shallowside.net/blog/blog/today-is-a-new-day

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