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A Levitical-kind-of-love

As Kingfishers Catch FireDay 3  •  1 of 2
This is Day3 of a three part series for a devotional that I read. It was deep it was amazing. I do not remember where I got this whether it was online or via email I copied and pasted it because i wanted to re read it. Above is the details of the author so that they may get full credit for this.

I posted the other two parts of this devotional yesterday and the previous day. I will though add a prayer at the end of the devotional and word from this amazing series. Enjoy.
Devotional

Love, Love, Love

If we’re honest, most of us consider Leviticus dry reading, the kind of reading to do if you’re having trouble falling asleep or you’re doing some kind of forced penance. But not so fast. There’s something going on in those pages, something stirring.
“No single word in Leviticus has been quoted more often or in so many different contexts than this imperative verb in Leviticus 19:18: love. The word is threaded all through the rest of the Hebrew Scriptures and embedded on nearly every page of the New Testament. Love as a verb is personal, relational, comprehensive. Love is the primary verb in our Scriptures as a whole and in our language still.”
The uber-popular phrase these days is “Love wins.” But the question must be posed, “What kind of love?” And that question must be asked because there is the love we have for our trucks and cars, the love we have for musicians and their ballads, the love for sports teams, movies, pets, tacos, and the list goes on, doesn’t it? So if love does indeed win, and let’s believe it does, then again, what kind?
A Levitical-kind-of-love, that’s what kind. The kind that is straightforward without pages and pages of qualifications and loopholes. The kind that is direct and to-the-point and unconcerned with what’s uber-popular or not these days. The kind that loves a neighbor like we love ourselves, period, end of discussion, whether we feel like it or not. That’s the kind of love that not only wins, but conquers all, forever and ever, amen.

And to think we thought Leviticus was boring.

Just do it. Love your neighbor as yourself.
After day 3 I found where I got this devotional from: Thanks for reading through Eugene’s YouVersion Reading Plan! 

Leviticus 19:18 KJV

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18Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.

Father God thank you for loving us. I ask you for guidance in embracing the “A Levitical-kind-of-love”. To be able to fully love everyone and embrace that ability. I pray for you to open my heart to love with all my might, so that love wins, so that love may conquer. Amen.

I am a friend of God

As Kingfishers Catch FireDay 2  •  1 of 2
This is Day 2 of a three part series for a devotional that I read. It was deep it was amazing. I do not remember where I got this whether it was online or via email I copied and pasted it because i wanted to re read it. Above is the details of the author so that they may get full credit for this.

Yesterday, today and tomorrow I will post this 3 day devotional. I will though add a prayer at the end of the devotional and word from this amazing series. Enjoy.

Devotional

God’s Friend

We find ourselves living in a time when the common question is not “Who are your friends?” but “How many friends do you have?” The focus is on numbers, not names. This makes sense in our social media obsessed world twhere it is possible to have hundreds, even thousands of friends. Or at least that’s the word we use when describing these people although many we’ve never met in person and some we could possibly pass by in a crowd and not recognize. But they are our friends. Right?
Maybe not. 
Maybe we’ve gutted that potent word of its force, and now it is so 

common as to mean everything, or, in other words, nothing. We’ve rendered it impotent. It is interesting that of all the words that could have been used to describe this man’s relationship with God, the one chosen was friend. And the man was a particular man with a name – Abraham.

“Being a friend is the opposite of being an enemy. That simple contrast stands out above all else in Abraham. Abraham was on such terms with his God that he responded without suspicion and without fear. Abraham somehow knew that God was on his side, that God was for him and with him, a friend…To be a friend of God does not mean everything is cozy between you and the Almighty.

 To be a friend to someone does not mean you pamper or indulge him or her. Friendship also involves struggle and loss, tension and turbulence…A friend, if honest and true, will tell you things you don’t want to hear. A friend, if deeply serious about you, will do things that feel painful. Friends do that because they respect our dignity and honor our uniqueness.”
So instead of wasting time focusing on numbers, how about bringing to mind some names that fit the above description of a friend? Could one of those friends be God? What would it mean for you to call yourself a friend of God? What could it mean for you to live like that?

Friend is totally about a relationship, not a function.

James 2:23 KJV

23And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

Father God I thank you for being a friend to me. I thank you for allowing me to be your friend. Thank you the relationships I have built whom are all friends of yours. I want to build more relationships with like minded folks. I want to be surrounded by positive relationships that strengthen one another vs building one another down or using one another. I thank you for your love and your kindness. I thank you for allowing our relationship, our friendship dear lord to grow. I pray for you reading this looking for growth in your relationship with God, I pray for you to have faith and patience. Know I am a friend of God, he calls me friend, but you too are a friend of God, and he calls you friend too. Keep looking, keep searching, keep praying. The road is not easy, but he got this. Trust in him. Amen

A Life of Congruence

 AS KINGFISHERS CATCH FIRE by Eugene PetersonDay 1  •  
This is a three part series for a devotional that I read. It was deep it was amazing. I do not remember where I got this whether it was online or via email I copied and pasted it because i wanted to re read it. Above is the details of the author so that they may get full credit for this.

Today, tomorrow and the following day I will post this 3 day devotional. I will though add a prayer at the end of the devotional and word from this amazing series. Enjoy.
Devotional

A Life of Congruence

Congruence.

 Basically the word means “in harmony” or that “the outside matches the inside.” A life of congruence is one lived where your words and actions truck with the things you believe in your head. This is not an easy way to live by any means. But the alternative is living a life that’s divided against itself; in other words, a lie. So the effort is worth it.

It is entirely possible that you cannot recall ever hearing the word congruence. But there was a phrase people used to use to describe the same thing: practice what you preach. Does that one ring a bell? People who don’t practice what they preach are called “hypocrites,” which is another way of saying a pretender or an actor (and not in a positive sense). Do your words and actions match up with the thoughts that roll around inside your head? Or do you find yourself playing a role, saying or doing things that run cross-grain to what you think you believe?

The preface to As Kingfishers Catch Fire, says: “The Christian life is the lifelong practice of attending to the details of congruence – congruence between ends and means, congruence between what we do and the way we do it, congruence between what is written in Scripture and our living out what is written, congruence between preaching and living, congruence between the sermon and what is lived in both preacher and congregation, the congruence of the Word made flesh in Jesus with what is lived in our flesh.”
The opposite of congruence is some variation on the theme of compartmentalization that probably looks like “I’ve got my Christian life over here, my social life over there, my family life off over there, and my work life is back there.” Yes, that’s a house divided against itself. A house that in time will not stand.No dissonance between word and spirit, no pretense.

Ephesians 4:14 KJV

 

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14That

 we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Father God I thank you for another day. I would want nothing more than a life of congruence. To have a life filled in harmony with you. To have a life filled in harmony with my loved ones. To be able have a balance between my life as your child, my life with my families and every other aspect in it. Thank you for sending this powerful devotional series. Please bless the author, please bless any one reading who may be seeking peace and harmony. Amen. 

The Sacrifice of Praise

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the
sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving
thanks to His name.”
(Hebrews 13:15, NKJV)
What is the Sacrifice of Praise?
Does it mean that I am being forced to praise?
Is it a form of sacrifice to praise?
That word “sacrifice” means that it cost you
something. It means doing something when you don’t feel like it.
So to answer what is Sacrifice of praise, it just means praise, no matter what comes your way.
Praise despite the obstacles.
Apprise during the trials.
Praise during the tribulations.
Praise while your doing your hurdles.
Praise even when you don’t’ feel like praising.
Got a flat tire on your way to work, which made you late the meeting you need to be promptly at 9am for??
What do you do??
You sacrifice the anger you have because of the flat tire, instead of harboring the anger built within, stop, praise God. There is a reason why you got that flat, there is a reason why you needed to be late, there is also a reason why you couldn’t make that meeting. It was not just chance or bad luck. It was God protecting you from something else.
So Change that tire, and praise God.
God I am sick today, but despite my illness I will praise you.
God I am in pain, yet I will still praise you.
I am lonely today, still waiting for my knight in shining armor, but I will praise you.
My bosses lashed out at me at work, I didn’t do anything wrong, I was just following protocol, not sure what to do, but I will lift your name on high and praise you still.
Praise him during that storm.
Praise him when the waters are calm.
Praise him at all times.
When you praise God, regardless of your circumstances, that is when your praises become your faith at work.
It is then when mountains move.
It is then when at your drive to work, you notice you are have no traffic.
Nothing gets in your way.
Nothing is ever missed by God.
All will go well in his time not yours.
Keep thanking him, thanking for those mishaps, thank him for the blessings, be grateful for all that he does for you and praise him.
Father God today I choose to praise you, I choose to give you all the glory despite my situation. I will praise you even when my world is crumbling apart, for I know your love is pure, your love is faithful and you will provide. So today, I will give you all the praise. Amen.

Believe & Declare

“It is written: ‘I believed; therefore I have spoken.’ With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak.”
(2 Corinthians 4:13, NIV)
Believe and Declare in your heart that He will provide for you.
Believe and Declare that you will overcome the obstacles before you.
Believe and Declare that you will be healed.
Believe and Declare that the storm shall soon pass.
Believe and Declare it, with faith and trust in your creator for he has spoken these words to us, not just to say them to reassure us that when we truly believe, when we truly rely on him, when we believe and declare with faith, passion and the fire of the love of Christ, everything we declared will come to pass in his timing.
Despite my obstacles in my past.
Despite being told I would never be able to conceive and birth a child.
I believed and Declared that the sciences were wrong.
I believed and declared healing.
I believed and declared God would provide for my barren womb in his time, which he did.
I ask you today, to believe, with all your heart, declare it with every fiber in your being. If it is God’s will it shall be done.
Father God I thank you today for reminding me to always believe and declare victory in your name. Even when things are not going the way I want or expect, I declare and believe in your name that things will turn around. Father in the midst of difficult times I declare and believe we shall over come them. I pray for you reading this today. I do not know your circumstances nor yoru hardship, but with you together I believe and declare that you shall come through this. The time will pass and you will be rejoicing with God your victory. I pray that you can believe, so you can declare it in faith. Amen

I AM

I Am
“God replied to Moses, ‘I Am Who I Am…’”
(Exodus 3:14, NLT)
I Am, God replied to Moses he is I am. He is. He is everything you need.
In the midst of your sorry I AM your refuge.
In the midst of Joy, I AM the one who brought this blessing.
I am all you need. I am The alpha and the Omega.
I am the beginning and the End.
I am your salvation.
I am your hope.
I am your joy.
I am peace brought to you.
I am love.
I am in every breath you take.
I am your refuge.
I am your strength.
I am…. all you need and more.
Today, God wants you to know that he is the I AM in your life.
What do you need or want out of life? He is the great I AM and can provide you what you need and soo much more.
Dear Lord, Today I call upon you. I know you are the great I AM. I know you are my provider, I know you sustain me, I know you bring me peace, joy, love and so much more which I am incapable of understanding. I give myself to you. TO submit myself to do your will. To trust in you who is my all, to do your works and favors. I know have provided for me in the good times and especially in the bad. I will continue to rely on you and your guidance to move on my daily tasks in your glory.
Amen.

The Centurion’s Wife

I recently read a book written by Janette Oke entitled “The Centurion’s Wife”.

This book is a part of her Acts of Faith series. Currently I am reading the second part of this book. Series is exactly that, acts of faith. The story to the first book of the series takes place right after the crucifixion of Jesus.

We have the apostles waiting the return of the messiah, the Romans wanting to end talks of the Messiah, Pontus Pilate dealing with his wife since she warned them not to crucify Jesus.

The first book was heavily focused on the faith of the Centurion, the faith of his betrothed, the faith of the followers and of course your faith as in you the reader.

If you have heard the biblical stories and can not reccollect if a Centurion was ever mentioned…. well he was.

Matthew 8:5-13New International Version (NIV)
The Faith of the Centurion

5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”

7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.

I really enjoyed this book, how it encompassed this story, of the centurion and built around the aftermath of the death and resurrection of Christ. I really feel all should read this. Even if it just for a little adventure, for this takes you back 2000 years, or for a renewal of your faith, a reminder of why you serve Christ.

I look forward to reading the second book of this series.
I will write about it after I read, and reflect on the book.

Many blessings to you all.

Discussion on Inadequacy with a 5 year old

Image result for inspirational  images to be qualifiedToday’s morning devotion ended with a nice dialogue with my 5 year old.The name of the devotion “INADEQUACY AS A BLESSING”.

The reading started with the following scripture:  2 Corinthians 3:-6 | NIV

Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.4 Such confidence we have through Christ before God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
The devotion in essence continued on explaining how the holy spirits for us even when we are feeling inadequate with our capabilities. Several biblical figures were named. (Paul, the disciples, Moses, David, And Gideon). We are reminded how these men despite at first not being able became able due to the Holy Spirit to proceed with God’s will. We tend to be our own road blocks.
First quest that arose was, “Mom, what is inadequacy?”

When I began explaining, I realized God had prepared our bible study for me to be able to answer my son’s questions. The devotion, the subject, the biblical figures and even the question which arose was discussed last night.
I told my son feeling inadequate is when God tells us to do something, and we get scared (fear), we think and tell ourselves we can’t do it (doubt), we see all our failures and question God how am I able to do this task?

My son responded, “oh, so it’s just us telling ourselves we can’t do it, but God says we can?”
My response: yes my dear.
Next question from my son: how does that power to make us not inadequate for the task?
I told him, by opening your heart, ears and mind, doing so we will be able to hear God, let the Holy Spirit in and follow his will.
His next question: do I have to cut my heart open to have it open for him?

No darling, you need to want it, need to be open minded, cast away doubt, not be scared, and when you start feeling that tinkle, your goosebumps set in, that fire from within, you will know.
A year ago my son sang a song at a children’s service. He sang a medley of songs, one of my child hood favorites. At the end of his song, he tells me mom, I felt something stir, is that the feeling you get when God hugs you?

I told him yes.
My son asked how did these people (Paul, the disciples, Moses, David, And Gideon)mentioned became able to do Gods will.
I reiterated what the devotion stated “…. our inadequacy enables God to demonstrate the great things He can do with so little….”

“….Remember that Moses and David were mere shepherds, and Gideon was least among Israel’s men….yet the Lord accomplished amazing feats through them.”
“Our inadequacy can turn out to be a blessing by driving us into a stronger relationship with God. We can say with Paul, “I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me” (2 Cor. 12:9).”
The disciples were specifically instructed wait until you receive the Holy Spirit, then you will travel all over and speak of my will.
Acts 1:4-8 | NIV

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with[A] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[B] the Holy Spirit.”6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
This devotion from In touch ministries hit not only a discussion that took place last night, but a blog post I wrote about a few months back describing how God qualifies the unqualified. Many, and I mean many men and women throughout the Bible were deemed unqualified or inadequate. The God qualified them, the Holy Spirit manifested and made them adequate.
Such an amazing God we serve. To give us knowledge on things we know nothing of. To be able to lead the way, prepare our journey, to drop bread crumbs for us to find our way.
What a way to restore ones faith, giving me the power to realize with you before, I have nothing to loose, when I’m weak, you make me strong, where I lack, you will provide.

Father I thank you today for preparing me for this dialogue with my son. For dropping the bread crumbs I needed to explain to him that despite our doubt, fears and reservations, when you call on us to do something, only when we open up, not submit to these doubts, that all the inadequacies we once had, will be gone. Thank you for always instilling in my son that he can do all things in Christ. There is no can’t, we can, we must be willing and able.

Today I ask that you help me with my daily inadequacies so that I can be closer with you and do your will.

I pray for the person reading this. We are not perfect, we are human, but know, yes you reading this, release yourself form those doubts, fears and reservations. Open your eyes, ears, heart and mind to God. He will provide and make you adequate for the task at hand.

Amen.

Just keep praying 

Riding on the subway and I start humming to the tune of Finding Dory’s “just keep swimming”…. but I wasn’t singing keep swimming I replaced swimming with prayer.
I don’t know where it came from… the sudden change in lyrics, but it just came out that way…(maybe it was not sudden, I was meditating during my commute).
Sing this to the tune of Finding Dory’s “just keep swimming”
Just keep praying

Just keep praying,

What do we do?

We pray

Pray

Pray.
This is going to be my mantra.

Just keep praying.
Your looking for answers?

Just keep praying.

Looking for healing?

Just keep praying.

Looking for a home?

Just keep praying.

Looking for a new job?

Just keep praying .

Looking for a partner?

Just keep praying.

Need to find a place of worship?

Just keep praying.

Want a pay raise?

Pray.

Planning for a family?

Pray.

In the midst of the storm?

Pray.

When you receive a blessing?

Pray.

When things are going great.

Pray.

No matter the circumstance,

What do we do?

We pray, pray, pray.
We are not perfect.

I’m not perfect.

We should aspire to be the best we can.

Try our hardest.

Give our all.

No matter what we face.

Good.

Or bad.
God first.

Always remember …

He hears us.

He can console us.

He can provide for us.

He can help us.
Just keep praying

Just keep praying,

What do we do?

We pray

Pray

Pray.