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What's in Your Circle?

 

Yet you, God, are sovereign still, always and ever sovereign.

Psalms 102:12

We all look at life through a lens. It's filtered by our parents, siblings, friends, culture, religion, etc. It's the circle of life we live in, and the thoughts we have learned to think and believe.  Some of us lean more towards the negative others positive.  Some of us are discovering that we actually have been believing lies about ourselves, God, and maybe others. The truth is we are all on a journey in this life, and each one of us seek love and want to be known by someone. We want to be in the circle of someones life, to be embraced.

I recently heard a teaching on the circle of life, and the value of using it as a lens for viewing the world. In the center of the circle is the Soveriegn God, to the East is abundance, South beauty, West wisdom, and North is Power.  Throughout your day, if you practice looking through this lens and ask yourself:  Is there abundance here?  How is God's beauty shining through?  Can I learn from this situation, or see wisdom in this?  Where is God's power in this?  And, then stay with the belief that God is always sovereign over all things.

I've been using this lens a lot , and I have found that it makes me want to search for God's abundance, beauty, wisdom, and power.  As soon as I walk into a situation, my mind begins to scan for those things and think on the positive.  I want to fill in the circle with all the good things...

So, what's in your circle?

Bye ,Bye Should

 

 

 

Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand!  Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you. 

Galatians 5:1

How many times do you do something because you "should"? What is the conversation you have with yourself just before you do it? How does it feel? Now think about the things you do because you have a passion for them and a freedom and a love for them, you do them because you love, because you care, or because it's fun, or there's joy. Or, you do them because you know that down the road your actions will greatly improve the foundation of your family, so you want to build roots out of love.  

If your life is living in a mode of "shoulds" then I want to challenge you to think outside the box.  Say bye bye to this, and hello to something far more amazing. Options. Freedom. Choices.

God put us on this incredibly beautiful earth with an unbelievably large mix of variety. In that, He has given us freedom to love each other, play, create, learn, grow, and be with him.  He said be free, live free, you are free! The sacrifice he gave for our freedom was the cost of his own child, so I'm certain that he meant exactly what was said: live a free life, take your stand!

So, bye bye, Should!

Hello Free.

Are You Planted?

 

 

 

But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God, they're like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers-- never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season.

Jeremiah 17:8

Have you ever gone through a drought in your life? A period of time that has felt thirsty for something more? I know I have.  I've gone through periods like that more than once, sometimes I've wandered through a dry wilderness during those times, other times I've been planted in a garden with firm roots, trusting in the providence of God. As I look back on both experiences, the one of being planted firmly in the garden is far better. Standing firm with God no matter what the circumstances can be very difficult, but in the end it proves to be worth the storm. Trusting Him through each season, even when it looks bleak, when the garden is being pruned, or winter snow is covering it for a season, trust holds on.

Let him grow your roots deep in the garden today, so nothing can sway you. His blessings come with trust, and as your roots grow, others will benefit from them. You wil be a blessing, and your garden will grow.

Wherever you are today, and whatever you are doing, may you be blessed with deep roots and living water, and an abundant garden.

Are You Planted?

 

 

 

But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God, they're like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers-- never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season.

Jeremiah 17:8

Have you ever gone through a drought in your life? A period of time that has felt thirsty for something more? I know I have.  I've gone through periods like that more than once, sometimes I've wandered through a dry wilderness during those times, other times I've been planted in a garden with firm roots, trusting in the providence of God. As I look back on both experiences, the one of being planted firmly in the garden is far better. Standing firm with God no matter what the circumstances can be very difficult, but in the end it proves to be worth the storm. Trusting Him through each season, even when it looks bleak, when the garden is being pruned, or winter snow is covering it for a season, trust holds on.

Let him grow your roots deep in the garden today, so nothing can sway you. His blessings come with trust, and as your roots grow, others will benefit from them. You wil be a blessing, and your garden will grow.

Wherever you are today, and whatever you are doing, may you be blessed with deep roots and living water, and an abundant garden.

 

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