March 20, 2018

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Thought to share: I know your to-do list is long. I see your deadlines and the expectations others place on you. I know you have a full day and you have so many important – necessary – things to do. But nothing will ever be as important as spending time with ME. Of all the things you need to do, this is the one thing that is truly needed. Spend time with ME and all the rest will fall into place.

Luke 10:38-42 (NLT)  As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what He taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to You that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Matthew 6:33 (TPT) So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from Him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly.

The Complaining Challenge Day 4

Wednesday, November 15

So let’s talk about our thoughts. That’s where the words start. Our words are shaped by our attitude. An attitude (or mindset) is the habitual, typical and normal thought process (your way of thinking) that determines how you will interpret (understand and receive) information and situations you encounter, and dictates how you will respond to that information and those situations. These constant patterns of thinking establish our perspective and create the lens through which we see life.

All of that works together to form the words we say. We never accidentally say anything. It’s hard to say: “I didn’t mean it” about anything we say. Every word was formed by our thoughts about that subject or person. Jesus said it this way in Luke 6:45What you say flows from what is in your heart. In the Greek, that word heart is kardia (kar-dee-ah). It means the heart, mind, inner life. Every word was thought through and established. So, we may not have meant to say it out loud, but the words themselves were not an accident. They were premeditated. Our attitude shapes our words. Our thoughts form pathways for those words to slide from our brain to our lips.

So, if we want to change and stop complaining, criticizing, and grumbling, then we have to first address our thoughts. We have to deal with what’s going on in our heart. When our heart is full of jealousy, envy, resentment, dissatisfaction, bitterness, un-forgiveness and offense, your language easily converts to complaining, criticism and arguing.

Pray Psalm 139:23-24(NLT) Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting lifeAsk Abba to reveal complaining and criticism – those attitudes that are tucked away and those hidden in plain sight. Pray Psalm 19:14 (NLT) May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. Express your desire for every thought to please Him so that every word honors Him.

Read and meditate on Luke 6:43-45, Matthew 12:33-37 and Proverbs 27:19, Proverbs 4:23. Journal what Holy Spirit is showing you.

*As you end your day, don’t forget to ask yourself the Reflection Questions and record your answers! AND connect with your accountability partner!

January 3, 2017

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Thought: put the world on hold and come away with ME for awhile. Don’t push ME to the background with the promise to talk later, as you try to juggle your to-do list. Instead, place ME front and center. Give ME your undivided attention and let ME love on you, filling you with MY Presence. You won’t regret it. It’s never wasted time to be with ME.

Luke 10:38-42 (NLT) As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what He taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”