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STOP HIDING!!!

This devotional that was sent to me today is AWESOME!!! I had to share this with you today…stop hiding!!

“When God asks you, “where are you?”, understand God knows exactly where you are. He wants you to find yourself.”

Love Ya,

Peaches

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Stop Hiding!

 “The Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’” Ge 3:9 NIV

The first recorded question God ever asked was, “[Adam]…Where are you?” And it’s a question you need to stop and ask yourself today: “Where am I—really?” If you don’t know the answer, or you do but you don’t like it, then today’s devotion is for you. When God asked Adam, “Where are you?” he responded by saying, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid” (v.10 NIV). It’s amazing the lengths we will go to in order to hide. We’ll bury ourselves in work, or get involved in an affair, or build a wall around our hearts—anything but face the truth. God wasn’t trying to find Adam; He just wanted Adam to find himself. Until you do that, you’re truly lost. And the problem is, when you hide you become a phony. Have you any idea how much emotional energy it requires to keep up a charade for others? Only two things are worse: being a phony with yourself, and being a phony with God. Furthermore, you’ll find it difficult to be honest with others or look them in the eye. Why? Because you’ll be afraid they might look into your heart and see the real you. Is that where you are today? Afraid to look into your own heart? The good news is, Adam was naked but God clothed him; he was guilty but God cleansed him; he was anxious but God comforted him. And if you come to Him today God will cleanse you, clothe you, and comfort you. He’s just waiting for the opportunity to do it!

AIN’T NOTHING WRONG WITH A DREAM…

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Peaches

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Ask God to give you a dream

“Your old men shall dream dreams.” Joel 2:28 NKJVThe Bible says: “Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” When God gives you a dream, He gives you the resources and relationships needed to fulfill it. Not everybody will believe in your dream. Paul writes: “What if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar” (Ro 3:3-4 NKJV). If your dream is from God, disregard the naysayers and give yourself fully to it. Just be sure your dream is from God: (1) It can’t be born out of somebody else’s wishes. Sometimes your dream is actually somebody else’s desire for you. Parents do this. They want to relive some part of their life through you, so they push you to do something they themselves always wanted to do. That sets you up for a lifetime of trying to please your father and mother, to get their approval even though you’re now an adult. Then one day you wake up and realize you’re trying to live somebody else’s dream. It may actually have been God’s plan for your mother or father, but now you’re stuck with it. Get unstuck! Ask God for your own dream! (2) It can’t be born out of wrong motives—like pride or jealousy or anger or rejection or competitiveness. Are you trying to prove something to somebody? Are you trying to win their admiration and respect? Are you trying to make up for being rejected? Acknowledge your motives, ask God to heal your heart, then ask Him for a dream that He can back up!

YOUR BREAKTHROUGH

“[The] One who breaks open the way will go up before [you].” Mic 2:13 NIV

Are you thinking, “If I don’t get a breakthrough, I’m not going to make it?” Try to understand these two things: (1) Your problem is just an opportunity for God to work on your behalf. You are positioned to experience the truth of these words: “[The] One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their king will pass through before them, the Lord at their head.” By God’s grace you can prevail over your circumstances. You can rise above discouragement and the self-defeating mentality that says, “Nothing’s going to change for the better.” You say, “But I tried and failed!” Okay, mark that off your list and say, “Now I know what doesn’t work.” Rejoice, God knows the way, and He’s going before you! (2) Before you experience a breakthrough there’s usually a shake-up. Chuck Jaeger, the World War II hero who broke the sound barrier, fractured his ribs in a horse riding accident the day before he hopped into the cockpit and attempted to do what had never been done with a plane before. His friends said, “You’re in too much pain. Don’t do it.” His fears told him, “Nobody’s ever done it before. You won’t either.” At 700 miles an hour the plane began to shake violently. Then suddenly he broke through into what he described as “a great calm.” That’s how it is when you’re about to experience a breakthrough. When everything around you starts to shake and your fear level skyrockets, you’re not about to crash and burn, you’re on the threshold of a breakthrough!

Love Ya!
Peaches
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CONFRONTING WITH LOVE – PART 3

 

“Each part…helps the other parts grow.” Eph 4:16 NLT

A good mentor will: (1) Affirm in public, correct in private. Your goal should be to help, not hurt. When you rebuke someone in public you humiliate them, destroying their self-esteem. But when you affirm them in public you build their self-esteem, confidence and incentive. Of course, your praise should be genuine, not just empty words. By affirming sincerely and publicly, you plant the seeds of growth and greatness in the learner. (2) Build an allegiance to relationships, not issues. We tend to build an allegiance either to relationships, or to issues. We become primarily concerned about other people, their feelings, and the relationship, or we become focused on rules, agendas, quotas, tasks and results. A good mentor always puts relationships ahead of issues. In his book Mentoring: The Strategy of the Master, Ron Lee Davis writes: “My father was that kind of mentor, both in his own family and in the church he pastored for twenty-five years. Many times I heard him say, ‘The individual is always more important than the issue.’ He lived this principle daily and he built it into my life. Today, I try to pass on this principle to others.” God has called each of us to run our race and finish it successfully. He has also called us to keep the torch lit and hand it off to the next runner. Don’t merely be satisfied with doing the job, make sure the job keeps getting done by teaching and training someone else. Jesus, the Master-mentor, said: “The works that I do shall [you] do also; and greater works than these shall [you] do” (Jn 14:12).

CONFRONTING WITH LOVE – PART 2

 

“Each part…helps the other parts grow.” Eph 4:16 NLT

When you confront somebody: (1) Be specific, don’t generalize. For example, don’t say, “You’re always abrupt and unfriendly.” Be specific. Instead say, “You were rather abrupt with Mrs. Jones yesterday.” Generalizations sound and feel like an attack on who the person is, instead of constructive reproof on what the person does. Plus, the vagueness of such generalizations doesn’t give the learner a clue what he or she should do to grow and change. (2) Show empathy. An effective mentor always tries to put themselves in the learner’s place. Novelist John Erskine observed, “We have not really budged a step, until we’ve taken up residence in someone else’s point of view.” Assure them that you’re their advocate, not their adversary, and that your only desire is to see them succeed. Why do people have such a hard time accepting and processing criticism? Because they get caught up in a shame spiral, going all the way back to their childhood. They never felt valued, they felt like they were always being criticized and told how useless and stupid they were, and now they instinctively give too much power to criticism. Only when you understand that will you be able to approach them the right way. Build on their strengths, gifts and character through encouragement. Earn the right to confront. Make sure you affirm 97 percent of the time, so that when it’s time to be tough in the remaining 3 percent, your love and encouragement will be credible. How will a person know you’re on his or her side if the only evaluation you ever pass on is a negative one?

CONFRONTING WITH LOVE – PART 1

I know we all feel this way sometimes! Take a look at part one of this awesome devotional.

 

“Each part…helps the other parts grow.” Eph 4:16 NLT

None of us enjoy confronting others, but sometimes it must be done. So: be honest and direct. Tenderness is not a matter of being diplomatic or tactful, or using euphemistic language, or “beating around the bush” and softening the blow. Don’t do that. Weigh what needs to be said in clear and unmistakable terms, then lay it squarely on the line. If you love them, level with them! But a word of caution here: don’t use words like “love” and “transparency” to disguise a judgmental attitude. People get screamed at, chewed out and verbally abused in the name of love. Don’t vent your anger at someone in the name of honesty. Not one of us is qualified to confront the other until we have carefully examined our motivations for doing so—including, as much as humanly possible, those motives that evade our conscious minds. You should always confront with reluctance, never with eagerness. You should confront directly, yet gently, and always with a desire to bring about God’s best in the other person’s life. It is far more Christ-like to confront another person through tears than with a voice raised in anger. At all points, the listener should never be in doubt as to your love and acceptance. Genuine love says: “I’ve got something to tell you. I know this won’t be easy for either of us, but I respect you enough to give it to you straight. I care about you, I’m committed to our relationship, and I want you to be the best you can be.”

 

PEACE AND BEING CONTENT

 

“Acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace.” Job 22:21 NKJV

A wealthy businessman was upset to find a fisherman sitting beside his boat. “Why aren’t you out fishing?” he asked. “Because I’ve caught enough for today,” replied the fisherman. “Why don’t you catch more fish than you need?” the businessman asked. “What would I do with them?” replied the fisherman. The businessman said, “You could earn more money, buy a bigger boat, catch even bigger fish and make more money. Soon you’d have a whole fleet of boats and be rich like me.” The fisherman said, “Then what would I do?” The businessman replied, “You could sit down and enjoy life.” The fisherman said, “What do you think I’m doing now?” Contentment comes from two things: (1) Great relationships. And the first one you must have is with God. In the book of Job we read: “Acquaint yourself with [Him], and be at peace; thereby good will come to you.” The second relationship you must have, and treasure, is with your family. When you reach the end of your life that’s the relationship that will matter most. (2) God-given purpose. You must identify your core strengths, know what God’s called you to do, then go to work. Humorist Sam Levenson said, “My folks are immigrants. They fell under the spell of the American legend that said the streets are paved with gold. But when Papa got here he found out three things: (a) The streets are not paved with gold. (b) Many streets are not paved at all. (c) He was supposed to do the paving.” What are you supposed to do? Do it, and you’ll find contentment.

Love Ya,

Peaches

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ARE YOU LISTENING?

Are you a good listener when it’s your voice you hear?
Do you resemble my friend here in the picture? 😉

 

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“Take heed how you hear.”
Lk 8:18 NKJV

To be a good listener you must: (1) Listen in an active manner. Pay attention. Nobody wants to talk to a corpse, so do these three things: paraphrase, clarify, and give feedback. Paraphrasing helps you understand correctly. Clarifying is asking questions until you fully understand what the other person means. Feedback is sharing your own thoughts and feelings in a nonjudgmental way. (2) Listen with empathy. You may not like what’s being said, but often as you listen, you realize that if you were in their shoes you might feel that way too. “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Ro 12:15 NKJV). That’s what empathy is all about. (3) Listen with openness. Selective listening, defensive listening, and filtered listening, are not open listening. Listen as though you were an anthropologist and the person was from another planet; their customs, beliefs and way of thinking are different from yours, and you’re trying to understand them. (4) Listen with awareness. Does what they are saying line up with the facts? Are they consistent? If you’ve listened actively, empathetically and openly, and still you don’t understand their point of view, you don’t have to attack. Wait, gather more information! Ask, “Could you tell me a bit more?” or “Could you give me a specific example?” Or you might say, “Thank you for letting me know your perspective. I’ll think about it.” Or, “That’s interesting, I hadn’t considered it in that light.” Or, “What you’re saying may have some truth to it. Tell me more.” Jesus listened. And the art of listening is a Christ-like skill you must develop!

JUST CONFESS…

 

“Confess your faults one to another.” Jas 5:16

It feels good to live without shame. That doesn’t mean you’ll never stumble, it just means that by God’s grace you’ll get back up. Do you remember when you had to get a “permission slip” to miss school? Some of us have given ourselves permission slips to be weak, because we’ve become weary in the fight. Yes, it’s a long fight, but you can win if you want to! Here’s one of the keys to victory: “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.” If you are struggling to break a habit that’s trying to break you, God never intended you to do it alone. Whatever your habit or struggle may be, the moment it comes—tell on it! When you do, it begins to lose its power. You say, “Tell who?” Someone who’s been through it, someone who’s compassionate, someone who’ll stand with you in prayer, someone who’ll hold you accountable, someone who’ll keep your confidence. The Bible says: “Pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!…Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves” (Ecc 4:10-12 NIV). Roman soldiers stood back-to-back, protecting each other when the attack was coming from different directions. So, who’s got your back? But a word of caution: confess your faults, not someone else’s! You can never be healed by confessing the faults of others. Confess your faults, and let God heal you. Today God wants to make you whole and set you free to enjoy His blessing. Will you let Him?

 

Love ya!

Peaches

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WATCH WHAT YOU SAY!

“He who guards his…tongue keeps himself from calamity.” Pr 21:23 NIV

If you don’t want people to remember something, don’t talk about it. If you don’t want to hear about it later, don’t sow the seeds of it into their minds. Arguments would cease and stress decrease if only we had the wisdom to know when to be quiet. In order to know what to say, when to say it, and who to say it to, try to be guided by these Scriptures: (1) “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts” (Pr 18:8). (2) “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life” (Pr 15:4). (3) “He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.” Be careful about confessing your mistakes to others. You may be sincere, but when you’re hurting, vulnerable and in need of support, you can raise issues that live longer than the explanations you give. You can’t stop people from shooting at you, but you don’t have to give them ammunition. Certainly there are times when public disclosure is right and wise. Jesus said when someone sins against you, you should do these three things: First go to them privately. If that doesn’t work, take two or three mature people with you. If that doesn’t work, bring it to the church leadership (See Mt 18:15-17). If you have sinned, ask God to forgive you and He will. Then focus on the future and put everything else into God’s hands. If He can deliver you, He can also defend you. If He doesn’t choose to do either, He will use it to develop you.

Love ya!

Peaches

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