The Spirit Who Lives in You

“I just want to feel the Presence of God. I just want to know that You are here.”

“I am always available to you. You just have to believe it to receive it.”

Did I hear that correctly. Was that really the Lord? Is it scriptural?

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

freedom3Have I just discovered the most important truth in the universe? Can I really have as much of God in my life as I want? Is the secret simply to believe that His Presence is available just as we would believe that our prayers are answered.

Yes, if you believe that He is a rewarder of those who desire Him, He is available. It is scriptural.

When you call out to me and come to me in prayer, I will hear your prayers. When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you if you seek me with all your heart and soul. Jeremiah 29:12, 13 (NET)

 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)

Are we supposed to be one with the Father. How is that even possible?

That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. John 17:21 (NKJV)

Are you saying the Spirit of God wants to live in me?

“No, I am saying the Spirit of God does live in you.”

“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” Romans 8:11 (NIV)

This message is much bigger than I am able to get across so. . .be sure to do Today’s Action. His availability starts with your belief (faith)! Without it, it is impossible to please Him.

believe5Today’s Action: Take the phrase “The Spirit of God lives within me.” Let it roll over and over in your mind throughout the day. Imagine that it is true. What does it mean to you? How will it affect your life and the lives of those around you?

Today’s Verse: “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” Romans 8:11 (NIV)

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It’s Not All Bad!

device2I survived it, but it was awful and I do not plan to do it ever again to that degree! What am I talking about? Tech-Free-Tuesday, of course! At midnight on Tuesday, October 22, I turned my Galaxy S4 off and left it alone except for live phone calls until 11:10 Tuesday evening. I went 23 hours without it. Yes, I cut it short by an hour because I had tons of messages to check before I fell asleep.

The thing I learned from this was that it’s not all bad, not by a long shot. I had already realized there were benefits to our high-tech world, but I gained a new appreciation for the value of being able to be in touch with those we love! How wonderful it is to be able to say “How are you doing? and “Love you!” several times a day. And “What’s for dinner?” is important information that affects the quality of our life. Here are the list of benefits I came up with, and they definitely stack up favorably against the idea of giving up technology:

The Benefits of Technology

  • Social media gives you the ability to make positive comments, share positive sayings and communicate things that are on your heart through blogging.
  • Texting lets your family and friends know you are thinking of them throughout the day.
  • Google allows you to get answers to basically any question that comes up throughout your day,
  • Instagram provides a way for you to see pictures of your loved ones, which goes a long way when you can’t be close enoughEmmerson with G & P for hugs.
  • With Pandora and Spotify, you can listen to any kind of music you want.
  • Podcasts enrich your life and enhance your education.
  • Many websites provide you with articles that uplift you and make you laugh.
  • There are even times when beating a level in a game provides a much needed break.

I am more grateful today for living in this day and time than I have ever been. I am delighted that I can enjoy the benefits of modern technology. I am overwhelmingly appreciative of the opportunities we have to communicate through technology, yet, I also have an enhanced recognition of  the importance of valuing those we love when we are with them. The greatest lesson I have learned from Tech-free-Tuesday is to be grateful for the ability to have almost constant access to those we love and need to communicate with, and at the same time, I must also appreciate, value, and take advantage of the ineffable experience of spending time with them face to face. When I am privileged to be in the presence of my family and friends, I can lay down my device, walk away, and give them my full attention. That is the new challenge, and with God’s help, I will rise to the occasion so that they never question how valuable they are to me.

Will I participate in Tech-Free-Tuesday on October 29? Yes, I will, but this week I will evaluate the fruit of my actions. I’ll be asking these questions:

  • Do I feel there was value in the use of technology, or did it devalue someone else.
  • Did it take away from something my Heavenly Father wanted me to be doing, or did I use it for His Glory.

Then I will base my new commitment upon that information, giving up those things that aren’t producing fruit. I sincerely hope, I’ll still be blogging on Tuesday! Look for my new commitment on my Dare to Be Happy Facebook page. Blessings to all of you. Thanks for daring to be happy with me!SharySignature

The Prize: Two winners (minimum 20 comments) will be randomly chosen from those who make the big commitment and will receive a $10.00 Amazon gift card. Spread the word. Only one entry per person. Family members are eligible. We still need 13 comments to be able to give away a prize. You could be a winner with a commitment of as little as 2 hours of your time. Example: No using devices while in presence of family or friends,  no television for 2 hours, or no candy crush for 2 hours. You decide what you value.

Today’s Verse: And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

Today’s Action: Evaluate the fruit of your use of technology. Does it add value to your life or the life of others? Be thankful for the people in your life and the blessings God has given you to live in this day and time. Prepare to make a commitment for Tuesday, October 29, 2013 and leave it in the comment below.

Please Step Away from the Device!

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My Confession: I think I am being controlled by my smartphone. I rarely leave the room without it. I often check messages, Facebook, and Instagram several times in an hour. If I am playing a game, I often say just one more game at least 10 times. If a question comes up, I immediately google to find the answer, and worst of all If someone is talking to me, it might appear that I do not hear them.

The Remedy: A dozen times over the last few days, I have left the room without my smartphone, and once I left it alone for an hour and a half. I have gone two weeks at a time without playing a game, and I have turned off the notification alert so I wouldn’t even know when a new email came in. Now I am ready, . .almost ready to make the big commitment to let my smartphone know who is in charge.

The Big Commitment: From 2 to 24 hours on Tuesday, step away from the device!. You can decide what and how much you want to give up. It begins on Tuesday, October 29. I’m doing a trial run on October 22, but the official very first ever Tech-Free-Tuesday (TFT) will be Tuesday Oct 29. Come join me! You can do it. Just simply walk away. Leavedevice1 it alone. Be free. Be in control. You know you want to. That’s what I’m going to do on TFT. It can be two hours or a whole day to basically go back in time, just a few short years ago TBT (time before texting.) Later, we will reevaluate and determine how to bring our technology back under our control on a permanent basis. After all there are some benefits associated with today’s technology. I think it just needs to be tempered with common sense, self-control, and consideration of others, and perhaps we need to start with something radical like the big commitment.

My Commitment: I’m going to put away my amazing Galaxy S4 at 9:00 a.m. eastern time and leave it alone until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22. Also the lid to the laptop will be closed that day as well. Note to self: Be sure to give family members a back-up phone number and/or make a live call to check in a few times during the day.

Come Join Me: If you’re up for the challenge to see what you’ve been missing while in cyber world, enter your commitment In the comment section, tell us how you will implement Tech-Free-Tuesday. You make your own rules, whether it is two hours away from the television or 24 hours with no devices at all. Just be sure it is something different from what you normally do. Copy and paste the button below on your blog and/or Facebook status so others can join us.

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The Prize: Two winners (minimum 20 comments) will be randomly chosen from those who make the big commitment and will receive a $10.00 Amazon gift card. Spread the word. Only one entry per person. Family members are eligible.

Today’s Verse: And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

Today’s Action: Leave a comment saying that you will be joining us for Tech-Free-Tuesday. Tell us what your commitment is, and identify yourself with your first name or nickname and state or country you are from, then copy and paste the button (the square Tech-Free-Tuesday above) with a link to this site so others can join us.

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Breaking Away

freedom3Are there things you just want to change about yourself? Bad habits, wrong thought patterns, addictions, fears, weaknesses, hindrances? Is there anything you feel might be holding you back from what God has planned for you? What is standing in the way of the perfect freedom and harmony with Him that He has planned for you? Anything that is keeping you from being who He created you to be can be broken off of you, even things you have struggled with for years. You don’t have to continue to put up with it. God is calling us to freedom today. The world needs all of God’s people to be free and to lead others to Truth and Victory in these days.

freedom2Are people seeing you as you really are? Are you kinder on the inside than the way others see you? Are you funnier on the inside? Do you care more about people than they know? Do you love God more than you are saying because you don’t want to seem too spiritual or religious? Do you have things to say that you’re not saying because of what people might think of you. Do you feel confined like you’re not really being yourself, and you try but you just can’t seem to break away?

freedom1Picture a glass cube like you might see in a science fiction movie. You are confined in that glass cube. You do not have freedom of movement, and you are talking but no one can hear you. There is a you inside of the cube that wants to break away and be vulnerable to the world. It is a risk, but it is well worth the risk to have full range of motion and to be yourself. You will have full access to friendship and the opportunity to open up to others who need your insight and your friendship. Break away. Can you let God take His mighty hammer and break that glass prison? It shatters and you are free. As you allow the Spirit of the Lord to fill you up, you will stay free! It is your destiny. He made you the way you are to fit into His perfect plan. He made you to live free of all hindrances and to walk and live in freedom. Let Him set you free today.

Today’s Verse: Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:17

Today’s Action: Ask God to set you free today and allow His Spirit to fill you up so that you live and walk in freedom from this day forward.

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Widen the Funnel

funnel1A funnel is wider at the top so that a large amount of liquid can flow into a container with a small opening. This can usually be done without spilling and can be a very efficient method for transferring liquid. When we are wanting to fill something with a small opening  with an unlimited supply, it is more efficient to widen the opening of the receiving vessel. This can be done in your spiritual life so that we who have small openings at the moment, can receive more of God who has an unlimited supply of exactly what we need.

Do you want to be full of God’s love, His joy, His peace, His Wisdom, even His Power? You can be. All that is needed is to open ourselves up for more of God to flow in. Open up just a little more each day, a little more prayer, a little more praise, a little more kindness, a little more smiling, a little more meditating Scripture, a little more reading of the Word, a little more attention given to God. Little by little, we open up until we can contain His miracle-working faith and love. Just a little more. . .

Peace1Today’s Verse: Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth. Colossians 3:2

Today’s Action: Open up just a little more to the things of God.

You are His Voice

God's Voice2God needs you to be His voice in the world. He is speaking to everyone of the six billion people on the planet today. He is telling them that He loves them, that He is love and that He, and He alone can make their life meaningful. He needs you to show them every day that this is true. They aren’t believing that they are hearing Him. After all it does sound way too good to be true. God's Voice1The world is generally sending a totally different message. The world tells us that we are insignificant, we can be replaced, we are less valuable than the fellow next to us. We have been rejected, dejected, and dismissed all too often. Speak God’s word to everyone you meet, but speak with your life and your love and your actions. You are His voice. What will He say through you today? It is a message of life, and hope, and salvation. Do not be silent.

God's Voice4Today’s Verse: I have loved you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3

Today’s Action: Be His Voice of love.

Additional Reading: 10 Most Important Bible Verses on Love

Wait for Me, I’m Your Leader!

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The fellow who is in it for himself and wants others to make him look good will not be respected as a leader. It is the one who lifts others up and makes it about them instead of her is the one who is ultimately successful. This is true whether you are caring about the customer who buys your product, the reader who reads your blog, the employees who work for you, the students you teach, the children you are trying to raise or whoever you are leading. Caring about the buyer, the reader, the employee, the student, the child or anyone you lead is the essence of a great leader who will be rewarded with success.

Leader4 The person who is a great leader is someone who makes other people’s success their priority. They don’t ask questions like what can you do for me. They ask, “What can I do for you?” “What are your goals?” and “What can I do to help you?” The wannabe leader will try to get you to perform only so that they can look good and can reach their goals. Matthew 20:26 tells us, “He who wants to be great among you must be your servant.” Serve others and you will be great in ways that really matter.

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Today’s Verse: He who wants to be great among you must be your servant. Matthew 20:26

Today’s Action: Practice thinking in terms of what you can do for others. Think about the people you influence on a daily basis. How can you help them reach their goals today?

Personal Application:

Marketing a product: How will this help my customer?

Writing a blog: What can I say to inspire someone who reads this?

Managing employees: How can I help my employees succeed?

Teaching students: What do my students really need?

Raising a child: How can I help him/her believe that with God all things are possible?Leader5