Staying Connected To The Source

Imagine a world without cell phones, iPads, or the internet.  Scary thought isn’t it? A few centuries ago, before the invention of mobile devices and Google, we were a society that somehow found a way to stay connected.  I remember a time when we put a pen to paper and perhaps wrote the best love letters that would even rival the works of Shakespeare.  We know how to stay connected to our gadgets, but are we taking the time to recharge our spiritual livelihood? As people of faith, if we don’t plug in to our greatest source – God, eventually our batteries will die out.

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Here are a few things you can do to recharge your spiritual livelihood.

SHUT IT DOWN.

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. – Luke 5:16 (NIV)

As a society, we have grown accustomed to being glued to our devices.  So much so, that we find it nearly impossible to unplug ourselves every now and then.  Jesus knew the importance of staying connected to the Father.  He would leave the crowds and find a quiet place to commune with God.  Take some time out today to spend with your creator.  In His presence, we are rejuvenated, refreshed and strengthened.

SING YOUR HEART OUT!

Sing to the Lord; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. – Psalm 96:2

I love to sing my heart out to God.  Anyone close to me knows that I will belt out in a song any chance I get.  When you begin to worship, a sound is released that is unique and unlike no other.  Remember the story of Mary and her alabaster box? The costly oil was her most treasured possession, it was all she had.  Without hesitation, Mary realized that her worship to Jesus was far more valuable than the small jar she owned.  In turn, Jesus was pleased and blessed her obedience.  Beloved, if you find yourself with nothing left to give, rest assured that there is a melody in your heart waiting to be sung.  The word says that He will inhabit your praise (Psalm 22:3).  It is the heartfelt cry of our spirit man that captures the heart of God.

See related article: Worship: The Cry of the Spirit Man 

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DO LIFE TOGETHER.

There is something to be said when people come together in fellowship.  In the book of Acts chapter 2, we read how they all assembled in one place and experienced a super natural encounter that changed their lives forevermore. As we continue to read on, verse 44 states:

All the believers were together and had everything in common. ~ Acts 2:44

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There is power when two or more people are present (Matthew 18:20). Like a well-oiled machine, we need each other.  The bible teaches us to encourage, pray and lift each other up continuously.  Just the other night, I had my very first life group with a few sisters from my local church.  My spirit leaped inside as we broke bread, studied the word, and shared about what God is doing in our lives.  Human connection does good to the soul because we serve a relational Father.

I pray that these little golden nuggets will help you navigate through the waters of life as you find unique and different ways to recharge your spiritual battery.

 

Blessings!

 

Thoughtful Thursday

Just a Thought: 

Our monthly ritual of gathering together was met with warm hugs, stories and a good dose of laughter.  As we sat in a semi-circle, one friend shared, “You know, we have to be thankful- thankful that we have a job to pay our rent, purchase food, etc.”  She is absolutely right.  How often do we stop and THANK God?

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I am thankful that I was able to open my eyes and see the snow falling;

I am thankful for hearing the words, “I love you Momma” from my little one;

I am thankful for the tender shoulder from a friend that I can lean on;

I am thankful for a Mom whose faith compelled her to always pray for her children;

I am thankful for being able share the good news of Christ to those around me;

I am thankful for the trials, storms and circumstances, because it has only further cemented my foundation in Christ.

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Friends, we all have something to be eternally grateful for.  Let us begin to offer God sacrifices of praise in all things.  If we can grab hold of this kingdom principle and apply it daily in our walk, it will awaken the spirit of Thanksgiving from deep within.  

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”~Hebrews 13:15 (NKJV). 

God Bless!

The Wanderer

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Do you see me?

I am not just a face in the crowd, but a child just roaming around lost, who is trying to find my soul in this broken world that I temporarily call my home;

How I long to be in your courts where I find myself with reproach, I am free, I am me, I am the one you created me to be;

Never a question or a doubt that you called me out of darkness and into the light that brightens my days on most dark and dreary nights;

I lose myself between here and there, I hear strange voices everywhere, though I cannot find you anywhere;

Oh! I can’t breathe, I feel no air as I try to catch myself from falling between past and the present times, but no one hears my cries;

Amazing grace, a wretched soul am I, your love is the only one that abides deep within the depths of my heart;

I will keep you there, the keys are safe.  No one is allowed to look and see;

I am the Wanderer, walking this path alone, until the one whom I love calls me home.