May 21, 2019

2019 Tuesday Text

Thought to share: Break free from information overload by focusing on ME. You are constantly bombarded with information and details that overwhelm your mind and senses.  Your world is full of noise and chatter from all directions and you are constantly processing all you see and hear. Take a break by making time throughout your day to stop and redirect your thoughts to ME. Even for just a moment, turn your thoughts to ME as often as possible. I AM the only true resting place for your mind. MY Presence will relax and refresh you and bring peace.

Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

Psalm 62:5 (Amp) For God alone my soul waits in silence and quietly submits to Him,
For my hope is from Him.

Matthew 11:28-29 (TPT) Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine.Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me.

 

 

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March 12, 2019

2019 Tuesday Text

Thought to share: Don’t get caught up in the drama that surrounds you. Instead, place your full attention on ME. Put ME at the center of your thoughts. Let your world revolve around ME, because in the end – I AM the only thing that matters.

Romans 12:18 (NLT) Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

Colossians 3:11 (NLT) In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile,circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.

 

March 28, 2017

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Thought to share: The world is shouting for your attention. It demands real estate in your mind. Don’t give it an inch. Give ME your attention. Let ME occupy your mind. And I’ll take care of the world.

Philippians 4:8 (NLT) And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
John 16:33 (NLT) I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

September 13, 2016

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Thought to share: tell ME what you want to say – not what you think I want to hear. I know you know the “right” words, but I want to hear your words. I already know everything in your heart. I know your deepest thoughts. Nothing is a secret to ME. So, be real with ME. Pour your heart out to ME. This is a key to authentic relationship with ME.

Psalm 139:2 (NCV) You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know my thoughts before I think them.
Psalm 62:8 (NLT) O my people, trust in Him at all times. Pour out your heart to Him, for God is our refuge.

April 26, 2016

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Thought to share: I think good thoughts toward you. MY intentions are good. And I have good and wonderful plans for you. That’s why you don’t need to worry. You don’t need to come to ME with a list of concerns or needs each day. Just come and love ME. Be with ME. Sit in MY Presence and trust that I will be good to you and will do good for you. Always.

Psalm 139:17-18 (NLT) How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, You are still with me!
Psalm 40:5 (NLT) O LORD my God, You have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all Your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.

Oh, the things we say.

Hate. It’s such a strong word. We use it to express our extreme and intense dislike, disgust or repulsion for just about anything. I hate broccoli. I hate traffic. I hate those shoes. I hate Mondays.

We’re so liberal with that word, using it to describe our feelings on any given subject. And while it’s not the best choice of words, I suppose it’s ok to use to convey strong feelings about things and situations.

As followers of Jesus, most of us would never use hate to describe how we feel about a person we know, regardless of how intense our feelings are. Whether it’s a neighbor, co-worker, family member or someone we associate with occasionally – we choose other words that are far less harsh.

But, we aren’t so generous with people we have no direct connection to. Like political figures. Celebrities. Performers. Telemarketers. We have no problem professing our extreme and intense dislike, disgust or repulsion for them.  And while we may not use the word “hate”, could it be possible that hate is at the root of what we do say?

Somehow in our mind these people aren’t quite real because all we see is their persona – the image they project. We don’t see them as an individual person. And because we have depersonalized them, we don’t see them as someone who has feelings, fears, insecurities and weaknesses. And as a result, we will say (tweet!) things about them that we would never say to any person we have even the weakest connection to. We’ll call them names. We’ll criticize. We’ll nitpick. We’ll just be plain mean.

And since we don’t think they will ever know what we say about them – we think it doesn’t matter.

But it does matter. Every word. Jesus said in Matthew 12:36 that we must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The word “idle” in the original Greek is the word argos and one of its meanings is “injurious”. So not only will we account for every thoughtless, careless and unprofitable word – we’ll also report on our words that were damaging to another. Words that were hurtful. Words that were expressions of extreme and intense dislike, disgust or repulsion. Words of hate.

And not only are we held accountable for those words – but we are also accountable for the thoughts behind them. Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:22 But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.

What we think about others – even those we don’t actually know – matters. It’s a reflection of the condition of our heart. It’s a barometer for what’s going on inside of us. And it’s the foundation for the words that flow from our mouths.

I think our thoughts and words about people are important to Abba because nothing is more valuable and precious to Him than people. Humans are His greatest creation, His prized treasure, the object of His deepest affections. And the words He speaks to every person are words of love, encouragement, restoration and healing. His desire is that our words would be like His, instruments of grace and mercy.

I want to become very uncomfortable with unloving thoughts and words about anyone, even those high-profile, political, not-anything-like-me, celebrity types. I want to remember that He is jealous for them and protective of them and I should be too. I want His love for all people to grow in me and overflow in my speech and actions.