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07 February 2015 ~ Comments Off

Mental Health | Day 21 | Transformed

Verse

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

Isaiah 61:1-3

Devotional

One of the most refreshing daily exercises that you will ever participate in is the choice to spend time in worship. It is of vital importance that you understand that the time spent in sheer worship is going to enable you to withstand the storms of life. Worshipping the Lord every day in the shower, while you are driving, or even when you are going for a walk, will give you the perspective of heaven on your situations. Singing while you are doing the dishes and folding laundry will put a spring in your step and joy in your heart.

Next Step

Are you one of those spiritually anorexic Christians who only sing songs of worship on Sundays?

You are missing the best part of life! Trust me – you do not want to miss the delight of cleaning the ashes off your life, ridding yourself of the grief and putting on the garment of praise that Jesus has provided for you. It’s the greatest exchange in all of recorded history: you give Him your pain and heartbreak and He gives you a garment of praise!

06 February 2015 ~ Comments Off

Mental Health | Day 20 | Transformed

Verse

Teach me, LORD, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end. Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. Fulfill your promise to your servant, so that you may be feared. Take away the disgrace I dread, for your laws are good. How I long for your precepts! In your righteousness preserve my life.

Psalm 119:33-40

Devotional

If your desire is to develop a strong spirit, then you must feed it a healthy and vitamin charged diet. You must read your Bible every day to strengthen the muscles and increase the endurance of your spirit. We primarily read the Bible not for information but for transformation and the miracle power found in the Word is an extraordinary vitamin that establishes health in your spirit every single day of your life.

So many people use excuses as to why they are unable to read their Bibles on a daily basis. Chief among these excuses is, “I don’t understand it. It is just empty words on a page to me.” Let me encourage you today that if that is your excuse: keep right on reading! God will meet you there whether or not your mind wraps itself around the eternal Truth found in the Word. Even if your mind doesn’t “get it” … your spirit is drinking it in!

Next Step

Your choice to feed your spirit healthy nutrients will keep it strong and robust even when your soul is out of control. Reading your Bible on a regular basis is chief among the habits that you need to establish spiritually in order to be a healthy and vibrant person emotionally.

05 February 2015 ~ Comments Off

Mental Health | Day 19 | Transformed

Verse

My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the# paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

Proverbs 4:20-27

Devotional

Your emotions travel 80,000 times faster than your thoughts travel. Isn’t that amazing? This one piece of incredible information helps us to understand why when something bad happens, we feel raw and treacherous emotions, but we are not able to immediately remember what to do or who to call. Conversely, it is also true when something wonderful happens and we are wrapped up in the thrill of emotional exhilaration, at that moment also, we do not have the cognitive capacity to decide exactly what to do next. All reasonable and practical thinking arrives in our nerve center long after the emotion has expressed itself.

The tremendous speed of our emotional responses to life helps to explain why, even Christians, and often tend to operate out of feelings rather than out of principle. Something – or Someone – needs to harness your emotions that travel at breakneck speed and force them to submit to the fruit that is only found in the Holy Spirit. If you continue to allow your emotions to rapidly yank you through life, you will always say things that are embarrassing, act in ways that are unbecoming, and never be the person that God intended for you to be. You will end up having the effect of a rapid-moving, volcanic eruption that decimates everyone in its violent, angry path.

There is little in life that is of more importance than securing control of your heart issues.  When the word “heart” is used, particularly in the Old Testament, it refers to one’s soul or the birthplace of the senses, emotions and affections. Your heart determines how you will act in any situation and is the seat of your will and purpose in life. The Bible says to “guard” or to “watch over” that part of your life with utmost attention.

Next Step

Your heart is of great value to God and it should be treated as a treasure of great worth.  The problem is with the heart itself: your heart does not want to be guarded. It desires to loudly express itself and all of its opinions. Your heart is passionate about ventilating, vomiting and vocalizing every little feeling it has ever experienced. The Bible never says that we are allowed to express everything that is in our heart – it simply says to guard it.

04 February 2015 ~ Comments Off

Mental Health | Day 18 | Transformed

Verse

Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Acts 1:12-14

Devotional

I truly do not have any magic answers for your raging emotions, but I do have some insight into the Word of God for you. If you desire power to overcome and if you long for the ability to become who God created you to be, then you will first ask for His power. After you ask for the power, you will wait for the power. While you are waiting, you will continually devote yourself to prayer. Prayer changes me. I am a better person when I pray.

My family likes me better when I pray while I wait. When I pray, I make wiser decisions and am a nicer, kinder version of myself. Perhaps the reason you don’t like yourself during moments of emotional outrage is because you have not experienced the power or the posture of the wait. The most powerful people I know are men and women of God who love to wait on their knees. Kneeling is not a foreign, difficult position for these history changing people because they understand that people who actually pray are the beneficiaries of heaven’s power in their everyday lives.

Next Step

Do not ever underestimate the importance of the time that you spend daily on your knees, which will surely enable you to overcome your out-of-control emotions. Emotions are willful, youthful and sometimes violent and one of the most powerful forces in controlling a person’s emotions is knee-time. The healing that takes place in a human soul while the body is in a position of prayer is eternal and miraculous. I cannot be like Jesus without time spent in His presence on my knees.

03 February 2015 ~ Comments Off

Mental Health | Day 17 | Transformed

Verse

Once when he was eating with them, he told them not to leave Jerusalem. He said, “Wait here to receive the promise from the Father which I told you about. John baptized people with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” When the apostles were all together, they asked Jesus, “Lord, are you now going to give the kingdom back to Israel?” Jesus said to them, “The Father is the only One who has the authority to decide dates and times. These things are not for you to know. But when the Holy Spirit comes to you, you will receive power. You will be my witnesses—in Jerusalem, in all of Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world.”

Acts 1:4-8

Devotional

You will only be the person that God created you to be when you receive the power that He has created for you to have. I can be such an outrageously emotional person that all I can ever do on my own is think about me and the way that I feel. You were not created for expressing your uncontrollable emotions; you were created for fruit, for good works, for the Kingdom of God and for power!

There are two distinct phrases in the scripture that we are reading today that are life altering and will set you into your emotional destiny. “You shall receive power,” is perhaps the most exciting phrase in the entire New Testament. You shall receive power! You don’t have to slug through life with your own strength! You don’t have to be content with emotional sewage and generational baggage! You will never take authority over your emotional hysteria until you receive the power of the Holy Spirit.

“… And you shall be My witnesses,” is the second stirring promise in this well-known verse.  Receiving the power of the Holy Spirit enables you to become who God has created you to be! You need God’s power so that you become a witness of His nature at this time in history. You shall receive power and you shall be!

You will never become all that God intended for you to become until you receive His power. Jesus knew that we would not be able to live an abundant life on planet earth without the power of the Holy Spirit and so He provided that exact power. I find myself praying this prayer sometimes several times a day because I am such a desperate woman

Next Step

Holy Spirit, fill me with Your power! I want all that You have for me, I want Your gifts and Your fruit. I want Your power more than anything else today. If You want me to pray for miracles and for healing, I will do it, so count me in! I want everything that You have for me.  I want patience and self-control in addition to peace and joy and love. I will take every single ounce of power that You are willing to throw my way.

And then what do you do? Well … then you do what all emotionally-charged human beings hate to do because then – you wait.

02 February 2015 ~ Comments Off

Mental Health | Day 16 | Transformed

Verse

This makes you very happy, even though now for a short time different kinds of troubles may make you sad.  These troubles come to prove that your faith is pure. This purity of faith is worth more than gold, which can be proved to be pure by fire but will ruin. But the purity of your faith will bring you praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is shown to you. You have not seen Christ, but still you love him. You cannot see him now, but you believe in him. So you are filled with a joy that cannot be explained, a joy full of glory.  And you are receiving the goal of your faith—the salvation of your souls. The prophets searched carefully and tried to learn about this salvation. They prophesied about the grace that was coming to you. The Spirit of Christ was in the prophets, telling in advance about the sufferings of Christ and about the glory that would follow those sufferings. The prophets tried to learn about what the Spirit was showing them, when those things would happen, and what the world would be like at that time. It was shown them that their service was not for themselves but for you, when they told about the truths you have now heard. Those who preached the Good News to you told you those things with the help of the Holy Spirit who was sent from heaven—things into which angels desire to look. So prepare your minds for service and have self-control. All your hope should be for the gift of grace that will be yours when Jesus Christ is shown to you.

1 Peter 1:6-13

Devotional

Our lives are not our own, and yet God has given them into our hands. Go back and read that first sentence again: Our lives are not our own, and yet God has given them into our hands. It is one of those holy contradictions that causes us to look resolutely into the face of God with absolute wonder.

It’s true – you are God’s workmanship. You have been created in Christ Jesus for one purpose alone: for the good works that God planned specifically for you before the beginning of time. It is God’s plan that you walk in the life that He has planned and prearranged for your advantage. But, the choice is still up to you. You really can either have it your way or have it God’s way.

Although you belong to God because He created you and He pre-designed an incredible life for you, He has still placed the choice for that miraculous life in your hands. One of the most practical instances of where we choose God or choose self is in our emotional

preferences and habits. You must give up your right to whine and pout and then wholeheartedly embrace the plan of God for your life, which is found in the fruit of the Spirit. You were created for good works and not for the works of the flesh or for the opinions of your emotions.

Next Step

The good works that Christ planned for you before you were even born are so much more than reading a devotional book or listening to worship music. The good works that God had in mind when He thought of you were so glorious that He declared across the ages that you were His very own masterpiece. God has had His eye on you since the beginning of time to do something so extraordinary through your life that even the angels would stand back in wonder and long to do what you were created to do!

01 February 2015 ~ Comments Off

Kidz Creek Parent Connection February 1st

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01 February 2015 ~ Comments Off

Mental Health | Day 15 | Transformed

Verse

In the past you were spiritually dead because of your sins and the things you did against God. Yes, in the past you lived the way the world lives, following the ruler of the evil powers that are above the earth. That same spirit is now working in those who refuse to obey God. In the past all of us lived like them, trying to please our sinful selves and doing all the things our bodies and minds wanted. We should have suffered God’s anger because we were sinful by nature. We were the same as all other people. But God’s mercy is great, and he loved us very much. Though we were spiritually dead because of the things we did against God, he gave us new life with Christ. You have been saved by God’s grace. And he raised us up with Christ and gave us a seat with him in the heavens. He did this for those in Christ Jesus so that for all future time he could show the very great riches of his grace by being kind to us in Christ Jesus. I mean that you have been saved by grace through believing. You did not save yourselves; it was a gift from God. It was not the result of your own efforts, so you cannot brag about it. God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.

Ephesians 2:1-10

Devotional

It’s an incredible truth: You were strategically placed here, at this time in history, by God for His plans and purposes. He needed someone just like you to love the unlovable – to bring joy to a dark, cold world – to reveal peace in confusing conversations and situations – and to be kind at times when our culture is desolately cruel. God, the Creator of the Universe, needed someone just like you to be constantly optimistic in the face of frustrating circumstances – to hope when there was no reason for hope – and to show patience to obstinate and ornery people. Because God needed you, He created you to reveal His heart.

The problem is, as His very own children, we have acquired too many genetic characteristics of the world and have forsaken the lavishly bestowed attributes of God, our loving Father. The problem is, we would rather have it our way than His way. The problem is, we would rather emote a selfish perspective on a situation than to exhibit delightful and delicious fruit.

Next Step

We were created by God to reveal His heart during this singular moment in all of recorded time. We were created to do His good works but instead, we have decided to morph into an emotional counterfeit of who He intended for us to be. God created us because there was a lack of “Godness” on earth, and so He sent you and He sent me. God will only reveal Himself through us to the extent that we allow Him to fill every corner of our hearts and lives. The magnificent and heart-stopping truth is that you can have as much of God as you could possibly want! The question has never changed from the Garden of Eden until today, how much of Him do you want?

31 January 2015 ~ Comments Off

Physical Health | Day 14 | Transformed

Verse

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his great power.

Ephesians 6:10

Devotional

Have you ever watched a workout video? Have you noticed how the trainer is always pushing you, encouraging you and motivating you to keep going? I sometimes wish they would be quiet but there is a point to what they are doing. They are helping us to become strong, distracting us from the pain and desire to quit.

Next Step

How will you be strong in the Lord?

1) Ask for help in keeping your Physical goals you set

2) Focus on the positive people in your life and God.

3) Get a coach – Find someone to be accountable to. Someone who will be there when you want to quit and who will encourage you to keep going.

4) Keep the faith. Sometimes you just need to tune out the noise of the world and focus on your goals & your fitness.

30 January 2015 ~ Comments Off

Physical Health | Day 13 | Transformed

Verse

You have become weak, so make yourselves strong again. Keep on the right path, so the weak will not stumble but rather be strengthened.

Hebrews 12:12-13

Devotional

It’s easy to become weak. Sitting around all day just watching TV and eating whatever will have an impact with little effort. However did you know it’s also easy to become strong?  It’s all about taking that first step, staying on the path.

It’s the same with your faith. Quiet time with God, reading your bible, its all part of the path you need to be on to get back to a stronger faith.

Next Step

How are you building your faith? How are you becoming strong again? If you don’t have a plan you will continue to daily veer off course. Take some time to pray about a plan and follow through with it.