Acceptance

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I am watching a weekly video series called “Goliath Must Fall” by Louie Giglio. It’s been a powerful study on facing giants in our life. This week he dealt with rejection. Did you know that David (who ultimately kills Goliath) wasn’t presented by his father for consideration to be king?

I Samuel 16: 10-11 – Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”

David didn’t hold high standing in his family. He held a lowly position of being a shepherd. He served his brothers and father. He didn’t have acceptance in his family. He lived with rejection.

Louie asks in his video, “do you live for acceptance or from acceptance?”

David, who had a heart for God, lived from acceptance. He trusted God. He knew God intimately. He had so much free time alone in the wilderness and used that time to talk to God and develop a close relationship with Him. He owned that he was loved and fully accepted by God. When he fought Goliath, it wasn’t to earn his brothers approval. He didn’t do his job well to earn his father’s approval. He did his job well because that is what God asks of us – to do our best.

If David lived for acceptance, he would have fought Goliath with Saul’s armor and taken powerful weapons. He probably would have made sure everyone saw him and made some proud statements before the fight. Yet, David lived from acceptance so he took his staff, 5 smooth stones and a sling shot.

How different our lives would be if we lived from acceptance (the knowledge that we are fully loved and accepted). We wouldn’t second guess when our friend didn’t reply to our text immediately. We wouldn’t feel embarrassed when our kid throws a fit in public. We wouldn’t be jealous when our friend gets something good in her life and we don’t. We wouldn’t be anxious, nervous, angry, frustrated, etc. but instead would be content and see the lovely, pure and good.

Stop striving for acceptance in your life. Live from acceptance. Let the knowledge that you are fully loved wash over every area of your life. God doesn’t promise a problem free life. He does promise to never leave or forsake you and to be near to the brokenhearted. He’s accepted us. We are fully loved as we are today. What else could we need?

Dream Big! Pray Big!

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Healthy Eating

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I saw a great video on Facebook called the Time Travel Dietician. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ua-WVg1SsA). There is a husband and wife in the 70s eating breakfast. A dietician from the future arrives and says, “don’t eat the eggs. They are bad for you. The cholesterol will kill you.” The dietician leaves then reappears and says, “we were wrong about the eggs. It’s OK to eat the whites not the yolks.” The dietician leaves again then reappears and says, “don’t eat the steak. Red meat increases your change of a heart attack.” And on and on. (Watch it. It’s funny.)

I bring this up because I am on a search for a healthy eating plan for me. I’m not 20 anymore and my body needs a change in diet. However, that video is the definition of my frustration. Don’t you feel like the rules for healthy eating changes often? Eat eggs, don’t eat eggs. Use coconut oil, don’t use coconut oil. I saw a clip from Dr. Oz who says, “legumes are great for you.” Another meal plan I looked at encouraged eating no legumes (or dairy or sugar or …) Or as the dietician said in a healthy eating and cooking class I took, “fat is fat is fat. There is no good fat or bad fat. Eating an 1/8 of an avocado is the same as eating a pat of butter.” OK – then I’ll eat a pat of butter. Let’s just say I left the class near tears. I don’t know who to listen to. I just want to give up.

Before you start sending me comments on your opinions, let me share a scripture with you that encouraged me today.

Colossians 2:20-22 – “Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: 21 “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? 22 These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. ” (Bold faced type from me.)

Why am I searching the world for answers to healthy eating? Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch! This sounds just like all the people out there giving us advice on how to eat. Don’t!!!!!! It’s all confusing.

What I plan to do is ask God which eating plan should I follow? What is best for me? What nutrients does my body, that God created, need? Guess what? I’m confident He’ll direct me. He’ll guide me out of the confusion of human rules based on their knowledge. These meal plans aren’t all bad. One will work for me. One will work for you. They may not be the same one though. For those who have found success and what makes their body thrive, congratulations. I will continue my search with my missing piece – asking the creator of my body what my body needs. He knows.

Don’t expect me to share my newly acquired eating plan when I find it. If I did, I would be no different from those shouting DON’T! I will tell you that God will direct me. Frustration is not how I’m supposed to live. I plan to seek God’s path for me and my health. Hope you find yours too.

Dream Big! Pray Big!

 

 

Praying the News

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I woke up to news of the horrific Las Vegas massacre. My heart is heavy. My mind can’t release it. I am in constant prayer. I shared with my kids at breakfast what happened. I wanted them to be prayerful today. Facebook is full of people saying “pray for Las Vegas.” What does that look like? How do we effectively pray for this tragedy? How can we help from far away?

Pray for the families and friends of those who lost loved ones. At least 50 people died. The numbers may increase as surgeries and attempted recovery happens. We can pray that those grieving will draw near to God. If they don’t know God, we can pray they will find Him through this painful time. We can pray the following verse for them.

Psalm 34:18 says The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Pray for those who are physically wounded and fighting for their lives. There are many who were shot and had surgery to save their lives. We can pray for God to heal them.

Psalm 6:2 says Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint; heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.

Pray for those who were there and survived. Their hearts will be troubled for a long time.

Psalm 25:17 saysRelieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish.”

Pray for the first responders. They had to witness some horrific things.

Psalm 18:6 says In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.

Pray for God to be real to anyone impacted by this. We are all shaken today. We are scared. We are mad. We are confused. We are reeling. We need an anchor. We need hope. We need something, someone to cling to. We need God. He’s there for us. He’s there for those who don’t yet know Him. He’s there for the lady you talk to in the grocery store about this. He’s there for the man cursing God’s name today for allowing this to happen. He’s there for the child who witnessed death at a concert. He’s there. How can we give God and His hope to others?

Be bold today. Don’t just shake your head and say this is overwhelming. Speak truth. Speak love. Speak healing. Speak hope. Share one of the verses above with someone. Pray with the lady in line at the grocery store. Tell her you are overwhelmed but God provided you with peace this morning as you turned to Him in prayer. Tell someone God loves them, He sent His son to die on the cross for their disobedience to God but rose again to life and to give them eternal life. Jesus is our way to peace in chaos.

Our world is chaos. Evil reigns in the hearts of men and women. The man who did this had evil in him. So do I. So do you. We aren’t slaves to it anymore. We can live rightly because of God’s presence in our life.

Romans 6:18 – You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

Today, spend time reading God’s word, the Bible. Let it bring you peace. The Psalms are a great place to find comfort. If you want to know more about how to know God deeper, email me. Let’s talk. I can’t handle what happened in Vegas. I am grateful I have a source of hope and help because I am intimately connected to the God of the universe who can comfort me, guide me, and keep my heart in prayer all day.

Dream Big! Pray Big!