Worshiping with Color | Ep. 17

“The LORD says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.” Isaiah 29:13

Worshiping is simply our response to God’s love, who He is and what He has done. 

Worshiping with color is an expression of one’s unique personality. God created us as an original- we don’t sound the same, walk the same or even like all the same things. 

Our worship may even look a little different. Some may sing lout with arms high and eyes closed, others may sit with their head bowed, while still others softly sing with hands layered on their heart. 

It’s not what the exterior looks like, it’s about the intention of the heart and mind. 


Scripture to Read

Isaiah 29:13-14

2 Chronicles 26-31

Hebrews 4:12-13


Resources


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How to Find Rest on All Sides | Ep. 16

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2 Chronicles 15:15 (NIV) says “All Judah rejoiced about the oath because they had sworn it wholeheartedly. They sought God eagerly, and He was found by them. So the Lord gave them rest on every side.”

Only God gives the rest we so desperately need.He knows that when we are distracted by our to-do lists and need to do lists we miss Him and His fullness. He knows our minds and hearts need quietness with Him. He knows all of this because He created us to need Him and find rest in Him alone.

Make time for Him today & watch and see how He shows up to gift you with rest… on every side.


Scripture to Read

Psalm 37:4

Matthew 11:28-30

John 1:1-14


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Hope & Expectations | Ep. 15

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“God formed Man out of the dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. The Man came alive- a living soul! Genesis 2:7 (MSG)

We were created to worship God alone… take a listen and find out how God showered me with His love and peace as i surrendered all my fears to Him && put my hope and expectations in Him alone.

I feel seen, completely known and loved. 

Enter in. Sink deep. Surrender all to the one who holds the stars in place.

“Holy Yoga is about removing the barriers little by little, seeking to know Him rather than to know about Him, and to experience Him as fully as possible.” Brooke Boon, Holy Yoga: Exercise for the Christian Body and Mind. 


Scripture to Read

Genesis 2:7

Joshua 1:8

Psalm 10:4

Isaiah 43:1-7

Matthew 5:14

1 John 4:4


Podcast

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Resources

Holy Yoga: Exercise for the Christian Body and Mind. 

Experiential Worship 

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Holy Yoga Morning Flow


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Tired of Waiting? | Ep. 14

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God is methodical, strategic and absolute. He is always working when our natural eyes cannot see. However, it can be hard to wait when we are excited and full of expectation for what’s to come. Are you tired of waiting? Do you find the wait difficult to remain faithfully consistent in your current season? Me too!

Today’s episode we will dive into 1 Samuel 17 and gain wisdom from David, before he became king of Israel. There are three things David does that, I believe, propel him from being stuck in the wait. He was already anointed king of Israel, yet we find him in the pasture tending his father’s sheep while King Saul’s army is fighting against the Philistines.

How does David rise to the challenge or the battlefield?

How does David remain faithful during the wait?

How did David become the right person when opportunity came knocking?

Take a listen to this week’s episode to find out.


Scripture to Read

1 Samuel 17, Mark 11:24, Mark 6, Psalm 27:1-23


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Resources

Wait and See by Wendy Pope

God is Working in Your Waiting by Jade Mazarin

Worship in Your Waiting by Kristen Tabb

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The Time is Now | Ep. 13

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Scripture to Read

Haggai 1, Ezra 4-6, Hebrews 3:15, Matthew 21:18-22


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Resources

Jesus on Every Page by David Murray 


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My Momma Heart to Yours | Ep. 12

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Scripture to Read

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Resources

Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson

31 Days of Praying Scripture over Your Children 


“One of the greatest dangers of family relationships is that we become bind to beauty and mystery simply because we live in such close proximity. 

You need a vision for your children…. with your spiritual eyes you can see what that person can be.” Mark Batterson, Praying Circles Around Your Children

Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament: Numbers | Ep. 11

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Scripture to Read

Numbers 13-14, John 5:46, Ephesians 2:3-5, Romans 5:9, Luke 8:22-25


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Resources

Head Heart Hand blog by Dr. David Murray

Jesus on Every Page by Dr. David Murray


When we read the OT, we can sometimes feel lost or disconnected from the text and story. It seems like something that we don’t really need to know about because, well, we are living under the new covenant. I used to think this. I rarely read any of the Old Testament besides Psalms and Proverbs. The other book scared me. The truth is, the entire Bible is God’s story, Genesis to Revelation….beginning to end…the scarlet thread is weaved. All of the Old Testament points to Christ, our Savior.

If you have your Bibles, take a moment to stop and read Numbers 13 and 14. This is where we are going to hang out for the rest of this episode.

We are going to look at how this passage can teach us about who God is and ways we can see Jesus in this text.

A Jesus Perspective | Ep. 10

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Scripture to Read

John 9:1-3, John 16:33, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, Colossians 3:1-3, Hebrews 3:1, 2 Timothy 1:10


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Resources

Article: Three Ways to Overcome Gun Violence in the United States by Dawn Sutherland

Daring to Hope: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful 


Questions for Reflection

  1. What are you focusing your attention on? What are you thinking about? What do you notice?
  2. Are you more concerned with the eternal or temporary? With the internal or external?

Memorize & Meditate

Write out 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Meditate on this Truth.

Memorize this Scripture, let it renew your mind and change your heart.

I will fix my eyes on Jesus, to see the unseen and eternal. 


Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for Your word. It is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Your Word breathes new life and into dry and weary bones. Help me to see people the way you see them. Increase my love for people and You. Fill me with hope in the eternal to overflow onto others and be a light in this word. Thank you for the cross and for Your love, that’s everlasting. Please give me a Jesus perspective.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The Good Wife | Ep. 09

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Scripture to Read

Genesis 2-3, 1 Peter 3:1-2 & 4, Proverbs 31, James 5:16, Ephesians 6:18, Ephesians 5:33, Proverbs 5:18, 12:4, 13:3, 19:13, 21:9, Psalm 62:5, Ecclesiastes 9:9, Titus 2:4


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Resources

His Needs, Her Needs

Love & Respect

Balance Study by Beth Jones

Power of a Praying Wife

31 Days of Praying for Your Husband  


Questions for Reflection

  1. What was your biggest take away from this episode?
  2. What steps can you take today, right now, to love your husband better?
  3. What Biblical truth can you hold onto as you trust God to walk with you through this process?
  4. What activities can you and your hubby do together?
  5. Why do you want to be a better wife? How can this benefit others?


Memorize & Meditate

Write out 1 Peter 3:1-2, 4.

Meditate on this Truth.

Memorize this Scripture, let it renew your mind and change your heart.

I trust in God to make my husband holy, I will be a woman who reverently and worshipfully lives as an example. I will be a wife who honors my husband and lives with a  gentle and quiet spirit. 


Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for my husband. Thank you for the precious, wonderful gift of marriage. You have shown me your love through the union you joined together. Help  me be the wife that my husband needs. Help me love him well, showing him the love of Jesus. Fill me with You more and more so that I can serve my family well, being a light that shines for you. I love you Jesus.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Spiritual Gifts

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Scripture to Read

1 Corinthians 12:4-6-11; 27-31, Romans 12:3-8 & Ephesians 4: 11-13


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Research & Define

Your gifts. Study what it means to have the personality and gifting that are you.


Questions for Reflection

  1. Take the Spiritual gift assessment: here
  2. What drives you? What do you really love to do?
  3. Why?
  4. How is God using your gifts where you are currently?

Related Scripture

Psalm 139

Philippians 1:6

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (Paul’s example of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit within him.)

1 Timothy 4:14

2 Timothy 1:6

Colossians 3:23-24


Memorize & Meditate

Write out Colossians 3:23-24

Meditate on this Truth.

Memorize this Scripture, let it renew your mind and change your heart.

It is the Lord you are serving. 


Prayer

Father God, thank you for creating me and calling me your masterpiece. Help me to see You in everything and become more aware of how you are and can use my gifts right where I am. Renew my mind and heart with Your love. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. How mighty are your works and how vast are your thoughts. I love you Jesus!

In Jesus’ name! Amen.