We have been recognizing that we are created as three part beings, spirit, soul and body. I cringe to put it in such crude and simple terms, but if our body was the car our soul would be the driver behind the wheel, stepping on the gas and brake. Our spirit would be the part of us that looks over at the passenger seat, asking Holy Spirit where He wants to go explore. So in the car ride of your life, who is calling the shots?
As we continue to explore the topic of our three part being, the question we must consider is which of the three parts do you think is leading your life? Aware of it or not, one part of our being is the engine driving our decisions and choices, which in turn directs the course our life will go. Upon close examination most of us will find we give space to each part at particular moments in our lives. Can you differentiate at any given moment which one is leading?
I am beginning to realize God speaks to me through my physical body; so many spiritual lessons learned through physical action. Ironically, it has taken me this long to understand something God has been doing my entire life. Years ago I was struggling, beating myself up and pretty much stuck in a funk; anyone else find themselves in this place?
Have you ever heard one of those object lessons that uses a three-legged stool as its example? Everything from team building to politics, finances to psychology has been explained using the humble three-legged stool.
The example seems so worn out. Surely a more interesting analogy can be found to describe anything with three parts. Then again, its power and simplicity in illustrating a point is what makes it so common. Like steering wheels, there’s a reason every car has one; it gets the job done better than anything else.
I have a question for you. When Jesus stood before a sick person, what do you think He saw? The sickness or the person? I know what I think He saw, but go ahead and take a moment to let the scene set in before trying to answering right away.
Do you have your answer? Good. I believe Jesus saw not only the person standing before Him, He was moved with a compassion the likes of which we’ve probably seldom experienced. Yes, Jesus drove out demons, but it is my belief they got very little of Jesus’ attention; just the minimum in order to get the job done.
As I recorded this weeks podcast on the God of Miracles it really got me thinking about the importance of miracles. I mean think about it, what if we removed all of the miracles from the Bible? What would we be left with? Miracles are all throughout both the Old and New Testaments. It is one of the prominent ways that God differentiated himself as the one true God. Wasn’t it the miracles that set Him apart? Didn’t he continually reveal himself through the miraculous?
More than anything, I want this post to be a conversation around journalling, starting with selecting a new journal.
I am only a few entries away from filling the final pages of my current journal. I believe I have been using the same kind of journal since 2004. The Ecojot jumbo journal has been my go to with its 300 pages of spiral bound goodness!
I want to know the different ways people select new journals. Is it a big deal? A sacred journey? Do you have certain things you are looking for in a new journal? Maybe you stand and wait for the right journal to reveal itself to you.
Is God a good gift giver? Would you go as far as saying He’s a great gift giver?
Last week, our podcast focused on God’s fatherly traits. This week, we’re meditating on His role of provider. God’s love is consistent, and He never forgets even the smallest details. How we view God determines how we approach God, and how we approach God reveals our [perceived] relationship with Him.
I often think of God as our father. The most perfect, loving father there has ever been and will ever be. That’s my basis for how I picture God’s way of interacting with us; a loving father who desires nothing more than a great relationship with his children. One thing about great fathers, even good fathers, is that they love to provide for their children.
When you share something, you may never know the ripple effect it has on others. We share to entertain, we share to connect, we share to define ourselves. Learning something new and exciting is always a highlight for me, especially when it comes by way of sharing. So this post is my way, dear reader, of paying it forward. It’s the story of one of the coolest Bible study tools I’ve ever come across. I hope you enjoy it!
My first three months of 2014 changed everything. I’m not sure what to call this time, a detox; an awakening; a healing; a revelation? Perhaps all the above? No matter what you call it the reality is I found myself face to face with a Jesus I never knew before.
I have been a Christian since I was 19 years old. Most of my journey includes passionately seeking God in some form. There have been ups and downs for sure, but I often find myself hungry for more of God. Over the years I’ve checked all the Christian boxes, and then some. Attending church, reading the Bible, praying, Bible studies, ministry school, volunteering at a Bible camp, going on missions trips, spending 6 months as a missionary in Uganda, being involved in church plants. Let’s also not forget the numerous workshops, conferences and days of prayer all us good Christians partake in.
So what happened 5 years ago in Kansas City that forever changed the way I see God?