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You Never Know Where He Might Show Up

Tennis has been my favorite sport to play since I was a kid. (Full disclosure, it’s been the only sport I’ve been any good at…which no doubt contributes to my interest in playing it.)

As an adult, it’s been great to get to keep playing tennis and I get out every week to serve it up. Lately, I’ve been able to play with my son as well. He’s on the high school team and it brings back memories for me, plus it’s just really cool to see him continue to improve his game.

In all of this, I feel a strong sense of gratitude – a big part of that, just to be able to still play the game I love so much. To the point where, particularly when I’m playing matches against others in the weekly sessions, the tennis court has become one of the places where I feel closest to God.

It’s become my place to really say thank you to Him, often. Like I should be doing more often in everyday life, but too often don’t. It’s also challenged me to focus more on the ups in life than the downs.

Funny how God shows up in different ways, and different places, than we might expect.

Have a great day!

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Great Things – Expect and Attempt

Hands Raised

“Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.”

I heard those words spoken at church this morning. Really like this quote!

Being bold in how we pray, how we approach God and how we believe in what He promises…all very important.

Just as important…how we live our lives.

This challenged me today, but also encouraged me. It was a reminder to give my all for Him – at the same time, to be confident in what He can (and will) do in our lives.

Have a great day!

Works of Art and The Artist

JohnOK

“There is something in every work of art that points to the artist.”
-John King

These words were spoken at church today. Some good motivation in them.

We are all God’s works of art. But, do people see Him in us?

I was challenged by these words. If I say Jesus is my Savior…am I acting in a way that people would believe it?

Anyway, just a quick post today to pass this challenge along to you – but also to encourage you. You are God’s masterpiece! Go out and live in a way that glorifies Him. Treat other people in a way that points them to Him.

As it says in Matthew 5:16, let your light shine!

Have a great day.

The Odds

When the odds are stacked against us, God comes through. God is bigger than the odds!

This was a great reminder that I heard the other day…sharing it with you today, in case you might need it.

Your situation may be difficult. A challenge in front of you may seem insurmountable. But, God doesn’t see it that way. When the odds are stacked against us, God comes through. God is bigger than the odds!

Have a great day.

Praying without Ceasing

The conversation came up last night about goals, when it comes to fulfilling God’s purpose in our lives. The goal I talked about is wanting to spend more time in prayer. Just, being able to have that closeness with God and maintain a conversation with Him.

Found this article this morning, and it has some great suggestions.

5 Battle-Tested Ways to Pray without Ceasing

From the article:

The directive to “pray without ceasing” means that we are ever present with God throughout the entire day. We are continually interacting with Him in prayer as we move from task to task. When we face a challenge, we ask for His assistance. As we experience a blessing, we thank Him for His favor.

It’s sort of like being on the phone, and we never hang up. We acknowledge His presence throughout every single day.

Good stuff. Click the link above to read the rest of the article. Just some simple, practical ways to keep the conversation going with God throughout your day.

It’s already come in handy for me, on my drive to work this morning. Go figure, the commute was much more peaceful than usual. 🙂

Have a great day.