God is Pleased You are You

God is pleased you are you. He intends to bless your life as you live within His intended design. He also wants you to be a blessing to others in the world.

You wouldn’t cut off a finger because it doesn’t do the work of your lungs. Your fingers carry out daily functions important to your whole body.

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YOU ARE A TABERNACLE – The Most Holy Place

Chances are, you have not thought of yourself as a most holy place. And likely, you have not considered yourself to be a tabernacle. Yet – you are both. You Are a Tabernacle!

WORSHIP is God’s Central Design for Your Life

You were created to worship. It’s your design. You do it even when you are not aware. Everyone worships something/someone. Worshiping the living God is very intentional.

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Someone Is Praying For You – All The Time!

I hope you have a person or 2 praying for you. In today’s busy world, people are limited in availability, memory, and understanding of your life. So, committed intercession is valued and precious – a wonderful gift! But it is limited . . . because people are limited.

 

There is another person – very dependable, not limited, available continually – who is praying for you night and day: Jesus.

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Faith Changes You AND Affects Your Whole Family!

 

Faith in God changes you. You transition from an ordinary, daily life to an extraordinary, empowered life. This always looks differently than you picture in your head. When you engage faith in God, good things start to happen:

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Where Are You on the Spectrum of Global Ministry?

There are 2 focuses you can have on this globe: eternal and temporary. Everyone must address daily temporary issues (food, clothes, bills, plans, chores, etc.). Yet, eternal issues are critical. People exist somewhere on the spectrum – endless combinations – between these ideas. God cares about both focuses. The life of Christ proves it. But He “super cares” about eternal.

Where are you on the spectrum?

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BILLION.GLOBAL DIVERSITY!

What does it look like to work with diverse people to touch a world for Christ? How do you effectively set aside differences? How do people who are so un-similar work together for common goals?

Your “differentness” is God’s idea. His plan. He made you different than any other person – with a unique personality, individual skill sets, custom-designed passions, very specific purposes.

And it pleased Him.

Your differentness is intended to enhance unity, not create division (unless you live for your own agendas). Christ is not divided. He has a great plan that encompasses the variety of personalities, abilities, skill sets, and view-points He created. God’s brilliant mastermind has strategized to involve each individual and organization in His agenda to gather up the globe’s greatest treasure: human souls!

Agreeing with each other in Jesus’ name is not so hard to do . . . not really! Best results occur when starting strategies are implemented from God’s Word. We don’t see the full picture being formed as we build together. But God sees it. He knows.

“Differentness” is needed for God’s work to fit together around the globe. Think of it this way. Parts that are identical don’t connect together well. They stack. They line up neatly. But they are not effective because they don’t “fit” into one another. They need an “opposite puzzle piece” to join to. This differentness completes the picture we are all working to finish in Jesus’ name.

Your individual work for the Lord matters. It looks different than other person’s or organization’s work. That’s the design. The pieces interconnect. We just need to find one another and deeply appreciate our different shapes. God knows how the puzzle will look.

  • If you focus on “being” exactly who God created, and
  • If you work on “hearing” His quiet, powerful voice, and
  • If you are willing to pray for wisdom and believe for His guidance –

– the puzzle picture becomes increasingly engaging and fulfilling. Sometimes you might work a border with others. Another time, you may form a corner or a center portion that has become clear enough to define. Still again there are times you may search and search for those concealed, missing pieces that seem to be hiding under something. There is joy in finding, placing, strategizing, partnering. Your contribution makes a difference in the whole picture.

Celebrate Global Diversity! “Be” who God made you. Accept others. Embrace team work in Jesus’ name. Look with eager expectation for what God is doing. The Lord purposefully doesn’t let you see His full plan because it promotes 2 agendas super important to Him:

  1. Living and serving by faith
  2. Working in unity with His Body.

 

Additional articles about reaching people around the globe:

God Always Has A Plan. What’s Your Part?

What’s In Your Hand?

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P.S. Billion.Global is an organized effort to reach a billion people on the globe with good news about Jesus in the next 10 years. If you want to explore your part in this global reach – check it out. Intentional Living is so impressed with this vision, we became a partner with Billion.Global.


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12 Qualities of Noble Character

A noble person engages in specific behaviors. It doesn’t matter if they want to. Or if it’s convenient. They simply choose to do what should be done. Daily life for a person aiming for noble character becomes proof they have decided to operate on principles that last. Principles that form a foundation. Principles that are pleasing to God. Because they engage life at this level, they also develop some impressive rock-solid character qualities.

What does noble character look like? Here is a List of 12 Excellent Qualities:

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Raise a Normal Kid Today? 10 Helpful Points

Raise a normal, healthy kid? Is that still possible these days?

I imagine you started parenting like me:

  • You thought you knew a lot more than you did.
  • You found out you knew a lot less than was comfortable to admit.
  • You didn’t earn a degree from “parenting college.”

 

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God Always Has A Plan: What’s Your Part?

God always has a plan. Always! In fact, He plans pretty far out. The Scriptures tell us that before He created the world, He already established The Plan of Salvation. He put into motion that Jesus would become the Intermediator: fully man, fully God. Yes, pretty far out – He planned the whole thing. You know the story:

  • virgin birth,
  • living and growing up as a human,
  • ministry,
  • miracles,
  • suffering,
  • sacrifice on the cross,
  • resurrection,
  • THEN – He created the world.

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What’s In Your Hand?

When I was a little kid, 9 or 10, sitting in church in a tiny town called Vulcan, a farmer got up front and shared what was on his mind. I sat in my pew, kicking my legs, chewing gum, and pondering his story. In his every-day world, he drove a grain truck, a combine, tended to chickens and cows, shoveled “stuff” in the farm yard, fixed machinery. Yet, he wanted to know what he could do to affect the world for Christ. So, he asked God his questions. And he got a most unusual answer.

Similar to Job, he got a question back rather than an answer – “What’s in your hand?” Interesting how God answers our questions with questions, isn’t it?

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