Day 40: Hearing God
on April 7th, 2023
IN IT FOR THE LONG HAULREAD- Matthew 5:38-42REFLECT- When I first got saved, I was fully prepared to get punched in the face one day and I knew I had to be willing to turn the other cheek. I soon came to realize that it wasn’t always the physical attacks Jesus was referring to; though for me, a physical attack seemed almost preferred to what I was in store for as a Christ follower. I began to fee...
Day 39: Hearing God
on April 6th, 2023
LAY IT DOWNREAD- John 15:13REFLECT- This story deals with gun violence and may be triggering to some people. I was in my early twenties and walking through the parking lot of a shopping center when the undeniable snap of a gunshot broke through the silent night air. My friend and I did the exact opposite of what you are supposed to do in this situation and we started running toward the gunfire. We...
Day 38: Hearing God
on April 5th, 2023
WHO'S NEXT?READ- Romans 12:9-11REFLECT- I am a list person, and more than that, I am a highlighted list person! You know what I am talking about. Writing down all the things that need to be accomplished for a certain task or by a certain date and then highlighting them in colors based upon similarities. At first it brings a bit of anxiety looking at the number of things that have to be done. But t...
Day 37: Hearing God
on April 4th, 2023
DIRTY FEETREAD- John 13:12-16REFLECT- I remember volunteering at a men’s shelter for a worship service that included foot washing. Now, if you’ve never done this, just imagine. Really dirty feet that have not been in a shower or bath for some time. Socks were wet. Nails untrimmed. We removed the shoes and socks of these men and washed their feet. We put on clean, new socks and replaced their shoes...
Day 36: Hearing God
on April 3rd, 2023
PULLING RANKREAD- Philippians 2:5-8REFLECT- Merriam Webster defines the idiom “pulling rank” as: “to use one's high position in a society, organization, group, etc., to order someone to do something or to get special treatment or privileges.” This is a common practice in our society, whether it is in business, the military or even our families. As the youngest of five kids, I NEVER got to sit sho...
Day 35: Hearing God
on April 2nd, 2023
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Day 34: Hearing God
on April 1st, 2023
OTHER PLACESREAD- John 8:12RESPOND- When my kids were younger we would walk up to the park and kick the soccer ball around every Sunday after church. Both of them LOVED soccer. It was a big park and every week we would see a large group of Middle Eastern men playing soccer. The age range was wide, and the skill level even wider! While the adults played on the full size field, the kids and youth ki...
Day 33: Hearing God
on March 31st, 2023
OUR PURPOSEREAD- Matthew 28:18-20, Matthew 5:14-16, Isaiah 41:10REFLECT- Every time I descend my stairs I see a framed print that was given to me by some precious friends. It is a map of the world. On that map is written Matthew 28:19, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” It is a constant reminder to me of my purpose. There is no doubt! I know that God has called me to full time ministry becaus...
Day 32: Hearing God
on March 30th, 2023
REJECTEDREAD- 1 Peter 3:13-16REFLECT- Rejection hurts. There is nothing easy about it but it cannot stop us from doing what is right. I remember a time I was out on a prayer walk with a couple of friends and on the journey we had some great times of praying with people we felt God led us to. However, at one point I sensed God leading me to ask a young man if we could pray with him but he refused. ...
Day 31: Hearing God
on March 29th, 2023
FAITHFUL WITNESSREAD- Revelation 1:4-6REFLECT- Genesis 1-2 tells us that Adam was created to reflect God’s image on Earth. He was telling of who God is through what he said, but also how he lived in submission to God’s authority. Genesis 3 tells us of how Adam failed to faithfully witness to God by rejecting His authority and eating from a forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden.God sent Jesus to be ...
Day 30: Hearing God
on March 28th, 2023
LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLEREAD- Acts 1:8REFLECT- I spun my baseball hat around backwards and stepped out my front door fully ready to engage in mortal combat with the guy who was working on my neighbor’s house. A few moments beforehand my (then) teenage sons told me that the guy working across the street had cursed them out and threatened them with violence so I took my “Oh no you didn’t!” posture ...
Day 29: Hearing God
on March 27th, 2023
THE HANDS AND FEET OF JESUSREAD- Proverbs 3:6 & Romans 12:1-2REFLECT- I would consider myself a natural evangelist, but that does not mean I always want to do what God is calling me to do. I remember, one beautiful afternoon walking from the UC Davis parking lot toward campus, and near me was a young man walking with his girlfriend. I distinctly remember hearing in my spirit “Go talk to him.” To w...