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I Don’t Have to Know It

“Certainly praying takes some admissions, that is, recognition of your state as a man. But this admission does not lead to shame, to a feeling of worthlessness or despair, but rather to the discovery that you are a man and God is God.

To pray is to walk in the full light of God. At that moment, conversion occurs, the restoration of the true relationship.

This conversion brings with it the relaxation which lets you breathe again and puts you at rest in the embrace of a forgiving God. The experience results in a calm and simple joy. For then you can say: ‘I don’t know the answer and I can’t do this thing, but I don’t have to know it, and I don’t have to be able to do it.'”

-Henri Nouwen

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When God Shows Up

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“When God shows up, He usually shows up through you!”
-Phil Schneider

Hearing these words made an impact on me the other day.

It makes total sense, when you think about it. We all have the ability to love like Jesus, to make an impact on others’ lives like Jesus, to be world changers like Jesus.

It requires us to be willing to do it, of course. 🙂

Ah, but when that happens, God shows up…and He can show up in a big way, even bigger than you could imagine.

As Mr. Schneider also pointed out, “There are God moments waiting for you today.”

So, what are you waiting for? Go find yours! Have a great day.

No Pressure / Big Potential

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Do you ever feel like you have to do everything right for God to accept you? Do you ever think that your circumstances or what you’ve been through negate your opportunity to be a light for Him in this world?

God isn’t looking for perfection, or for us to reach some bar or level in life. It’s our heart that matters, as in, what we do with our lives. We all have the ability to do something with our lives, regardless of what they’ve been like to this point.

Whether you have a million dollars or if you have 10 cents. Whether it’s been a life of mostly walking the straight and narrow path or if you’ve wandered all over the place. You have potential and can serve God and make a positive impact during this life!

Some of the greatest blessings in this world come from people in the latter category of both of those comparisons – giving completely of themselves, even though they have very little money or even though they’ve lived much of their lives away from God.

I have seen this personally from many people who have “nothing” in terms of finances or status, and from people have experienced truly terrible things in their lives. It doesn’t seem to matter to them; they just serve others and do the best with what they have, and in spite of their past. It inspires me.

Let’s get back to that first question. No one should feel pressure to perform for God; He loves us, period. Instead, every day is just a great opportunity to serve Him, regardless of who we are, what we’ve done or where we come from. This can be done in so many different ways. Inspiration is so needed in this world and it can be found almost anywhere, and provided by anyone. So thankful for that!

Have a great day.

Chain Breaker

We’ve all searched for the light of day in the dead of night We’ve all found ourselves worn out from the same old fight. We’ve all run to things we know just ain’t right. There’s a better life.

If you’ve got pain, He’s a pain taker. If you feel lost, He’s a way maker If you need freedom or saving, He’s a prison-shaking Savior. If you’ve got chains, He’s a chain breaker!

I love this song, and the message in it.

Don’t let your chains hold you back anymore!

Believe that God will set you free. He’s waiting to do it…just reach out to Him and ask.

Have a great day.