The Gift Of Joy

Blessing OTHERS with the gift of JOY, and dropping the need for their approval, is actually a gift to OURSELVES as well.

“These things I have spoken to you, that my JOY may be in you, and that your joy may be FULL.”

John 15:11

Go ahead and read the first 10 verses prior to this to learn what ‘these things’ are that Jesus was talking about.

And something I discovered about this? It’s MUCH easier to make others smile than it is to get them to think highly of you.

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Who Disciples You The Most?

Note:
This is NOT a political post!

This is a quote from a sermon by guest speaker Yemi Mobolade while we were visiting our former church in Colorado Springs recently.

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His message was actually on the issue of race and how we wrestle with it in the Church today. But I took it more broadly. When I heard him say the words above (in the first service) you could hear a pin drop in that large auditorium. That told me something.

Yemi had just gone to a place of discomfort and social unrest among the people of God.

And it got me really thinking. More than the political LEFT & RIGHT in popular news media, what other INFLUENCES & VOICES do you and I allow to DISCIPLE us more than Jesus?

Is our worldview concerning race, sexual orientation, environmental issues, human trafficking, wealth, abortion, marriage, etc, etc, etc. MORE shaped by the voices, books, and media in our society OR by the Word of God?

For those of us who call ourselves disciples of Jesus, it SHOULD be the later.

Then, why is it NOT the case so often?

Hey, I struggle with filtering my influences like most of us. I guess I just wanted to share this quote to stir up some challenge and thinking. This quote did that for me.

Great message, Yemi!

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God Ideas

Another great quote from Mark Batterson in his book, Whisper.

Can you relate? I know I can. Whenever I’ve had good ideas in the past, God presents His…and WOW!

And it’s not a matter of His vs. mine.

It’s the fact that they’re GOD’s. End of discussion. He simply speaks and galaxies continue to form for thousands of years!

I’m only into the 1st chapter of this book and it’s already challenging me (in good ways).

Have You Noticed The Good In Your Day?

If you look hard enough you can NOTICE beauty everywhere you go. I took these pictures today in my front yard.

It’s about focusing your mind to be aware, or on the lookout, for what you WANT your attention on.

Check this out. Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭ENCOURAGES us in this mindset.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is TRUE, whatever is HONORABLE, whatever is JUST, whatever is PURE, whatever is LOVELY, whatever is COMMENDABLE, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, THINK about THESE THINGS.”

So, when we NOTICE negative thoughts, anxiety, worries, guilt, or envy taking over our thoughts it’s up to US to replace them with HEALTHIER thoughts like the ones listed above.

Try it for yourself, or share it with someone else.

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Have You Been Working On A New Habit?

I haven’t been to the gym in over 2 weeks!  Various (excuses) reasons. We’re starting back in a healthy rhythm today. IMG_5895

Can you relate?

The trick is to eventually pick it back up, whatever it is. Writing, exercising, reading, meditating, journaling….what new habit have you been working on?

Wishing you a wonderful and productive week.

 

 

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I Shattered A Glass This Morning

Did YOUR day start like this?  IMG_5888

First thing this morning…I was simply trying to slide it out of the way and it tipped over. Water and broken glass ALL OVER the counter. “Really? Are you freaking kidding me?” (I actually said that out loud)

Then I stopped, cleaned it up, and RESET my attitude.

Now, I don’t want you to get the impression that I am THIS DISCIPLINED all the time. Ha, that is NOT the case. And it’s not like we haven’t been informed that crappy days were going to be part of life.
John 16:33 reads,
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have PEACE. In this world you will have TROUBLE. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Jesus himself PROMISES that even though TROUBLES will attempt to take over our days, weeks, and even months…YOU & I can overcome them AND HAVE PEACE!

Whether you’re in a pleasant or difficult season right now, may you have the awareness and thirst to LEAD INTO JESUS. May you also FEEL HIS in yours as he guides you on this journey.

 

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I Need Your Input

I’ve been blogging for over 10 years now. It has become primarily an outlet for creative thought for me personally. On occasion it has also been a source of inspiration to my readers.

Lately, however, I have noticed that the level of influence and interaction I receive on content I share on social media has become far greater than the same content I share within a blog post.

So this is what I’ve been wrestling with. Should I simply stop blogging and then invest that much more effort into getting the same creative messages out there directly via social media posts?

Would you please help me? Take 60 seconds to CLICK HERE and give me your honest feedback.

Thank you in advance. And if I do make this transition be sure to stay connected with me where I’m most active. You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter….all at Brent_Dumler.

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