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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Weary vs Lazy: What’s the Diff?

Weary vs lazy! What a challenging subject. If you’re reading this, you are likely not lazy. If you are weary, you might feel fatigued as you read. Why are you reading this article? Maybe you are lazy and realize you need a good kick in the pants. Maybe you are weary and thirst for hope . . . and wondered if you’d find a dribble here.

Whatever your motive, I hope you find what you need.

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HOW TO SET UP a 1-PAGE GOALS SHEET FOR 2017: Part 1

Without getting extreme or doing “that schedule freak thing” – I have simple questions for you:

  • Have you developed some goals for 2017?
  • Thought about a life theme?
  • Identified areas you need to grow in or develop?
  • Have reasonable, measurable objectives in place to help you get traction?

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I’m guessing you don’t want to live without purpose and that you care about certain things deep inside.

2017 is already here. But it’s not too late to think about these ideas and jot a few simple notes. I want to show how simple it is to set up a 1-page Goals Sheet to keep you on track for 2017. Not a complicated system. Keep it simple. Read More …


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THE DIFF BETWEEN SWEET AND SOUR: THE 2ND PROVEN PRACTICE TO GET SWEETER (PART 2) (Plus a 5 step cycle to avoid a “Pucker Face.”)

If you were unable to catch Part 1 of this 3 part series, I hope you will take a look. It focuses on how to “stay sweet” . . . and stay away from the sour end of life’s scale. Daily, there’s temptation to suck on a lemon. But really, all you get from that practice is a “pucker face.” Part 1 talks about how being grateful and staying sweet requires DISCIPLINE. [For your convenience – Part 1 and Part 3.]

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PART 2: Being grateful and staying sweet requires PERSPECTIVE.

Life is pretty challenging, and lots of hard things happen. So, you need to be deliberate in responding. Intentional Living is needed.

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DESPICABLE WE: Printed and Published!

bw-ready-to-sell-booksIt is printed and published! Now it is releasing into the public!

AND IT IS SELLING!!     

DESPICABLE WE: Daily Studies in Ezekiel is available for you, your groups, your friends, your family, your church, your “Christmas gift list!”

I have arranged for a special Christmas SALE from now through Dec. 23. $2.00 off the regular price of each book! And I have a copy for YOU! Need a good (short and sweet) personal study? NEED GIFTS? Check it out at the Intentional Living Store. Not only is each book on sale, but here is a great way to save on gifts: BUY 10: GET ONE FREE!

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Look at those shelves! Full supply! This study is already in the hands of a number of people. I’ve received feedback that it’s both challenging and encouraging . . . and that they are enjoying it. Some are doing individual, personal study from it. Others are wanting to form groups to study. The daily portions are short enough to do in a busy schedule, engaging enough to really make you think, and packed with reality.

The special “aha moment?” – Hope peeks around corners and surprises you.

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Here is the back cover blurb: dw_backcover

“Unsuspecting Ezekiel found his life changed dramatically one day when the Sovereign Lord paid him a visit. He must have been in disbelief when he heard what God wanted him to do. God was expecting him to do and say things that were completely outside Ezekiel’s picture for his life. He was delegated the task of telling everyone how despicable they are. And then he was supposed to inspire a response from his audience of repentance, reverence, and hope.

The book of Ezekiel is filled with descriptions of the Sovereign Lord’s anger. Where is the hope in pages filled with detestable things being done by sinful people? What is the “take away” from admitting we live in a broken world? How do you rise up after reading about the lost glory of man? Or is it lost? What can a person conclude from this Old Testament book except that I am, indeed, a part of Despicable We?

After all, the Sovereign Lord has spoken! You have nothing left to say. Or do you?

Maybe there is hope. Lots of it! Maybe “broken” can be fixed. What is the possibility that glory is right around the corner of every issue? What if these positive possibilities whisper between everything that is despicable?

Will you join me, the unsuspecting, despicable author of this study, as I join the unsuspecting, despicable prophet who received the message from God centuries ago? We will explore what God thinks about Despicable We. I invite you. Ezekiel invites you. God invites you.”


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NEW RELEASE: Despicable We is at the printer being published!

I’m excited to announce it is finished! And it’s off to the printer to be published! Yay! Despicable We is my most recent book – a modern day look at very relevant messages from the book of Ezekiel. Messages relevant in 2016 in today’s world and applicable to your life!

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As I worked on this project and saw how the message played out, I was as unsuspecting as I imagine Ezekiel might have been when he received those messages from the Sovereign Lord. It has a “POW” effect as you work your way through the pages. Studying, writing, researching, and meditating on the messages has certainly increased my understanding of the Sovereign Lord and His perspective of reality. And it has definitely increased my hope in God and His amazing purpose for my life.

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Wear and Tear! 2 Critical Questions That Change Things.

Life is hard. Broken. It wears you down and tears your heart up. By the time you get half way through your life, if not before then, you are stunned at the wear and tear of this world. With your heart broken and your strength well stretched out of shape, you realize, “It’s not going well. Life is not what I hoped it would be. I’m so tired. I am broken into pieces, scattered about, dry, empty.” When you are in this place, what do you do? How do you gather yourself back up and come together again?

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