You are who you are, and if you are synced with God, you are what God wants you to be. It may be different than what you had wanted. You may have had a completely different picture in your mind. But if you are synced with God, you have character.
God is for you! There are times you might struggle to believe that. Moments of deep disappointment, loss and loneliness. Long periods of waiting that bring discontent and doubt.
The fact remains – God loves you deeply. He wants you to succeed and do well in your life. He has a special place in His heart just for you. God has many blessings and good things for you to enjoy. He also knows how difficult life can be. With the presence of sin, this world is in continual tension, and that’s challenging to live with.
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.
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.
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.]
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.
It 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!
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.
Here is the back cover blurb:
“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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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!
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.