I can really relate to today’s devotional. It’s so true that our minds are a battlefield!
I got myself a traveler’s notebook from Chic Sparrow for Christmas and since I wanted to use it for journaling and planning, I chose the Patina line and had Philippians 4:8 put on the front:
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
It seems like the ideal verse to be reminded of when you’re about to pour out your heart into words 🙂 This devotional takes that even further and I encourage us all to meditate on it this week 🙂
“From Dreaming to Doing”
Growing up, I heard today’s verse interpreted in negative terms. Take sinful thoughts captive and keep them out of your mind. And that is half the battle. But if we focus on the negative implications while ignoring the positive possibilities, it becomes a half-truth. It’s also about capturing creative thoughts and keeping them in our minds. Simply put, it’s about stewarding every idea inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Every dream is created twice. The first creation is mental. Every invention, every business, every building, every painting is conceived in the right-brain imagination first. It’s nothing more than a single-cell idea at that point. The second creation is physical. You make it obedient to Christ via blood, sweat, and tears.
If your dream is a book, you make it obedient with a keyboard.
If your dream is playing professional sport, you make it obedient at the gym.
If your dream is making music, you make it obedient one note at a time.
Your dreams will never exceed your imagination. You can’t achieve what you don’t believe. So idea generation is important. But idea execution is where the rubber meets the road.
I like thinkers. They make me think. And I applaud their ability to plot. But I love doers even more. They inspire me to action. And it’s the plodders, not the plotters, who make things happen.
God isn’t going to say, “Well planned, good and faithful servant.” He won’t say well thought, well said, or well strategized either. There is one commendation: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Setting goals is fun and games. Going after them is another matter. Without perspiration to match your inspiration, your dream imagined will turn into a dream deferred.
What do you need to start?
What are you waiting for?
Maybe it’s a diet. Maybe it’s a graduate program. Maybe it’s a church or a business. Whatever it is, the hardest part of finishing is starting. Going after a dream is like riding a bike—you’ve got to get a little momentum to really get going.
Consider this your push.
Where do you stand on the road to execution of your God-given idea?
The blog was messed up this past week due to a glitch in the functions.php file, but I got it fixed today. Please overlook the construction as I’m still getting the blog set up and situated. I’m having an issue with the top images for each post showing up twice, so I’m trying to get to the bottom of that. Thanks for your patience 🙂
Here is the list of Bible Prophecy updates for this week. God bless you all <3
Several people in my Facebook group, “Christian Planner, Journal, and Craft fellowship” and I are doing scripture writing challenges together every month. Rather than pulling it from various sites around the internet, I decided that since I’m a blogger, I’ll just create my own for us. This is my second month designing scripture writing challenges and I hope you are blessed by it too! Let me know if you are following along with a comment below! Thanks 🙂
Click HERE or on the image below to pull up the full-sized pdf file. Enjoy!
This is the first of my Mindful Monday devotionals on this blog. I look forward to sharing devotionals weekly in hopes to bless all of you and growing from it myself!
Have you ever been in the wilderness? That place where you’re sitting there wounded and wondering,”Why me?”, “Why is God allowing this to happen to me?”, “What’s the purpose of this?” It seems like everything that can go wrong, will and IS!
Friend, I sure have been through my share of the wilderness and I’ve been there asking the Lord time and again, the whys and the whens about when a time of refreshing will be back around.
I’ve been in and out of the wilderness enough to know that what the prosperity preachers are spouting from the pulpits or TV microphones is a bunch of baloney. The full fat, greasy kind 🙂
God allows us to go through hard times because in going through that wilderness, it teaches us to
I’m thankfully glad to be getting this out earlier this week than normal 🙂 I’ve been struggling with insomnia for the past few years and this past few weeks have been praying harder than normal for the Lord to deliver me from this. This past two days, however, I’ve been able to go to sleep at a normal (for me) time and get up a good time. That after being awake for 24 hours and a few days later, 32 hours all in the same week. I appreciate those of you who have prayed for me and told me you were 🙂 God bless you 🙂 I went to bed before my son last night and woke up at 7 am. Unheard of for me 🙂 So I got busy with my blogs and getting this ready to send out to you. Also, pastor J.D. Farag’s video was released earlier today than I’ve seen it to be before (his recording of his prophecy update is coming from Hawaii, so he is 5 hours behind me).
I’d love to hear some input from some of you after listening to some of these! God bless you all and I hope you all have a great week and spend time in God’s Word! 🙂
Hi everyone 🙂 I’m a few days late getting this up, but I ran into technical difficulties with my laptop. I’m back and will catch things up to today’s date which finishes up the month of January (though I am posting this very early in the morning on January 31 so if anything big occurs today, that will be on this weekend’s update post). If anything “big” occurs I hope it’s the Rapture calling us home, right? 🙂 We all should remember be watchful every single day because the way world events are happening it could be any day!
Joel was scheduled to be on CNN at 11:15 pm (about 2 hours ago) and I can’t find the video of it yet, so if I find the link soon I will update this page with that link. You may want to search for it yourself in the meantime 🙂
When I decided to start a new blog, one featured series I wanted to do from the start is scripture writing. My facebok group, Christian Planner, Journal, and Craft Fellowship is doing this and many of us are benefiting from it so I decided to offer it on my blog here.
What is scripture writing, and why do it? Bible Gateway has a good article here about scripture writing (hand copying scripture) and The Modern Mary has a post here about how it helps overcome depression and increasingly I’m hearing about those (like me) who struggle with depression. You can read there why scripture writing helps us overcome!
For the first time on my blogs, I offer you the very first scripture writing post below. I hope you are blessed by it!
Click HERE or on the image below to pull up the full-size pdf file. Enjoy!