The last Sunday in June, I had to preach/teach a special lesson. A lesson, that usually doesn’t get put into words very often, but we learn it along the way. We struggle with these things because we are always growing, but when they are placed out on a line and we can see it with our eyes, we begin to see them for what they really are.
Applicable key points to why and how being self-aware of your life markers; the things that make up your life and your surroundings, can help you see the world as God sees it.
What the devil wants us to see is the things that we want- that we can get with out God-, not need from God. He also makes us focus on the things that bums us out instead of giving them to God and focusing on how great God is in seasons and storms and out of them. But if we keep a constant check on us and our surroundings, we can’t miss step with God or have disappointments which are also “missed appointments”. Let’s read on…
Being Self Aware
- You can’t harm yourself or anyone else. [No harm, no foul] 1 Chronicle 16:22 + Psalms 105:15, Proverbs 3:30, Acts 28:5, Romans 13:10
- It means to “Gut Check”, spirit check, just evaluate your progress and perspective. [Gut check, Spirit check] Haggai 1:7
- Perspective is key… Always keep your focus on the things around you, how they affect you (make you feel) and your reaction to them. [Look through the eyes of heaven] 2 Corinthians 5:7
- Priorities are key… Always reorder them. Life happens, so things change, but remember God doesn’t. [Make time for what really matters] Matthew 6:33, Romans 12:2
(5-9)[What you do on the inside affects the outside] 2 Corinthians 11:22-33, 12:1-6 Ephesians 6:10-18
- Physical Awareness of your relationship with how you treat and take care of yourself, your rewards from God, and other people.
- Spiritual Awareness of how you treat yourself, Jesus, and other people.
- Mental Awareness of the enemy’s attack to your mind, and how you handle that with the whole armor of God.
- Emotional Awareness of how you react in life to situations good and bad. God gave us emotions to experience life. Not to harm life, memories, or people around us.
- It’s okay to feel tired, exhausted, frustrated and so on… Just don’t stay there.
- Balance is key, Jesus is key. Jesus never said “I am tired of being the good guy. I’m tired of carrying you, to pick you up when you fall, and to go over the same topic with you for the hundredth time.” [Find your Jesus center] John 16:33
- Move on! Your issues won’t be issues forever. Choose to solve the ones you can with the knowledge of Christ and give the rest you can’t solve to Christ. [Forgive and Forget] Matthew 6:12, Psalms 86:5
- Be wise with your words! Satan has only a few tactics in which to tempt and harm us, while God gave us simple victory with our words. So use them wisely. A good way to think about it is to say, God wants us to use Jesus wisely, since He is the Word that was is the beginning. [Wise men use wise words] Ephesians 5:4, John 1:1
B’Sweet~Stay Self Aware,
Let’s get straight into Sweet Olive book review, Shall we?
Sweet Olive is an amazing book about a girl with no roots and a heart set on a dream that seems to be wavering in the distance. Camille Gardner is a bright young woman who has seen many places and has been to many places but never had a place to call home. A few secret issues start to bubble up beneath the surface as she takes on her last and final job in the heat of Sweet Olive community. Sweet Olive takes readers on a journey with Camille as she finds a place to call home.
Sweet Olive is an amazing book. It held suspense and tingling romance that would remind me of God’s unsuspecting ways of putting people together. Judy Christie has done an amazing work. The feelings from the main character somehow resonated with me, Camille Gardner had some similarities of things many people these days go through. As for the other characters, they too were a delight. To work in so many characters and yet pull out a bit of suspense made this novel worth the read.
The message of Sweet Olive was a ‘sweet’ undertone of finding a home, where you are wanted and where you feel the presence of God calling you. No matter how much you look around if God lays it on your heart to be there, there it is you shall be; and that aspect was one in a million. This novel I would recommend.
Hope you enjoyed the review, I highly recommend this for a summer read or something to pass long times.
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I have finished The Cowboy’s Surprise Bride by Linda Ford this past Monday and it is worth two thumbs up for a simple, quiet-time read. Kept me intrigued with the amount of faith the main female character showed. Do pick it up if you are looking for a nice book to read.
“To the hurting, damaged and busted hearts, find rest in this… No matter what you’ve done or what’s been done to you God says, ‘If your heart is broken, you’ll find Me [God] right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, I’ll help you catch your breath.’ Psalm 34:18 He and His people are not far away.”
17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He guards all his bones;
Not one of them is broken.
Busted Heart is played on Klove countless of times and I love it. It take me back to a time where I can always remeber that I am not the only one trying to fight a battle that I am losing on my own, but I am not alone. I am not fighting this battle God is and I am not losing the race. If I’m on it. I’m on it. and that path will be there until God comes and Gets me.
So as you enter this month of writing, write for yourself. Write for the story. And write, also, for all of the people who doubt you. Write for all of those people who are not brave enough to try to do this grand and wondrous thing themselves. Let them motivate you.
Your friend in writing,
Kate DiCamillo is the author of The Tale of Despereaux (Newbery Medal), Because of Winn-Dixie(Newbery Honor), and a The Tiger Rising (National Book Award finalist).
This was a little inspiration I had in one of the pep talks today. Do join if you want to start something new. To let a new hobby bud. It really is fun and free!