Game Changers for Your God Given Destiny | 3 Things You Control

Game Changers for Your God Given Destiny | 3 Things You Control

In the last post, we talked about two parables: the Parable of the Talents and the Parable of the Virgins. Where we saw that Jesus used these stories to wake us up to be ready and prepared for when he returns. We saw that He has entrusted us with resources, time and talents and he has high expectations in how we use them. Today we are going talk about one thing you are probably ignoring.

But first, a riddle:

What is the longest, and yet the shortest thing in the world; the swiftest and the most slow; the most divisible and the most extended; the least valued, and the most regretted; without which nothing can be done, and with which many do nothing; which devours everything, however small, and yet gives life and spirit to all things however great? Voltaire

and the most regretted; without which nothing can be done,
and with which many do nothing; which devours everything,
however small, and yet gives life and spirit to all things however great?

Have you guessed the answer yet?

 

 

 

Time!

This is a tricky one, but have you ever thought about time as a resource? It is in fact, a finite resource. Meaning you cannot make more time, nor develop time, but you can only use exactly what’s given to you.
And I know there are a million things vying for your time at this moment. You probably have a lot of great excuses why you DON’T have the time to ________ (fill in with your choice of: invite people over, start a new project, or visit someone who you know is lonely,or write a letter to so and so, journal everyday etc. )
So what do you do? Just sit there and feel bad and blame all the things stealing your time?

No, this is where management comes into play. God has given you, like he gave those women, all the resources you need to please, serve him, and live out your destiny (check out this awesome sermon from Mike Bickle on Power of a Focused Life).

We ALL have 24 hours in a day, the challenge is to find the little foxes that eat up, waste your time, and savagely get rid of them.

Why I Ditched Netflix

For instance two years ago my giant time waster was binge watching Netflix every night. My excuse was that I was “too exhausted” every day to be able to do anything else, which seems totally valid when you have four kids six and under. BUT there was a problem, one day I would stand before Jesus. I just couldn’t imagine myself standing in front of Jesus on the day of his coming, or the day of my death and talking to him about all the time he gave me that a spent binge watching Netflix.


This image was SO revolting, that I had to change something. So I bit the bullet and ditched Netflix.

Take a moment to think about what the little foxes in your life could be, and how you can savagely get rid of them.

You Are Here On Purpose

In a moment we are going to look at three things that you can do for your destiny, but first let’s look at John. 15:6 –

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

You were placed here on this Earth for a reason, and provided with personal resources, gifts and abilities that you need in order to walk in the destiny God has planned for you.

Today we are looking at the resource of time, because we are ALL given this same exact resource, and God expects us ALL to manage this precious resource with an eternal perspective in mind.

I think this is a great quote:

Passion for your destiny translates to an aggressive approach to managing your time… there is no reality [of your destiny] until your time commitments and management have the same kind of energy in your life that your passion for your destiny has. Because passion for your destiny and managing your time is the very same subject.

 – Mike Bickle

What this means is that whatever God is calling you to do, or serve, or to be doesn’t just magically appear.

You don’t flow by the Spirit into your destiny. But it requires your control in at least these three areas:

Three Ways to Influence Your Destiny

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Clarity and Motivation

Actually writing down the changes you’d like to see in your life, or the character you’d like to develop is a great starting point to be clear in what you want.

In my example, I imagined my standing before Jesus and was disturbed at the thought of  and that was my intrinsic (or inner) motivation to change how my time was spent. Every choice that comes before me I try to is in light of this eternal perspective, this scene we will all take part in.  From this motivation, I can look at all of the choices in my life and make a decision based on this one moment with Jesus.

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Action

You actually have to start. God is most likely not going to take away all of your time wasting temptations. You have to get rid of them. Maybe this means cutting your cable, or shutting of the internet.
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Discipline

Using my example of ditching Netflix took discipline. I had to address what I wanted to do with my time instead of Netflix, and even if I felt like vegging out in front of the TV, I had to be steadfast in my choices to not do it. That really required discipline as my brain was hard wired to “relax” in front of entertainment.

A Truth and A SECRET

There is a temptation to look around and compare yourself to all these amazing people who are doing great things.
The truth is though: No one can be you.

God has given you exactly what you need to be faithful to him. Don’t look around at everyone else and get depressed because they are doing great things and you barely have the capacity to invite someone over for a coffee.

Here is the secret:

If you are faithful in the little things, that is GOOD! That’s what he sees. Yes, Jesus has high expectations of you, but they are only based on what your ability is. Sometimes he stretches us because he knows we are able to do more, but he provides you with ALL the is necessary. Jesus says in Matthew 6:33,

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Good news for the overwhelmed mom here! Even giving a cup of cold water to the kid down the street on a hot day is seeking the kingdom. He continues in Matthew 10:42,

“And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.”

 

The Richest Place on Earth

I’m going to end with one more quote, that a friend shared with me many years ago:

“The wealthiest place in the world is not the gold mines of South America or the oil fields of Iraq or Iran. They are not the diamond mines of South Africa or the banks of the world. The wealthiest place on the planet is just down the road. It is the cemetery. There lie buried companies that were never started, inventions that were never made, bestselling books that were never written, and masterpieces that were never painted. In the cemetery is buried the greatest treasure of untapped potential.”

-Myles Munroe

Take some time to think about what God has given you, and if there is anything you are wasting or hiding?

What are the little moments you can be faithful in this week?

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Homeless for Christmas

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As “I’ll be home for Christmas” is being played on the radio for the umpteenth time this December, most of us will not think twice about this – of course we’ll be home for Christmas! Meal planning, gift wrapping, church service – so much to take care of, so naturally there is little time for speculation.
Speculation as in: what if we weren’t home for Christmas? What if there was no home to be in? What if we were homeless for Christmas?

Homeless for Christmas

We recently moved out of our apartment, and we haven’t moved in anywhere. As a family, we are temporarily staying with relatives, as part of a larger transition.
So for the first time in 10 years of marriage, not only are we away from our own home – we don’t have our own home!
Before you say it: of course I don’t mean to imply that our situation is anything like actual homelessness, having to live on the street. We don’t have all of our belongings bundled up in a few bags, and we do have a cozy and warm place to sleep every night. We are outside of our country of residence, and yet our situation isn’t anything like the thousands of refugees are facing They are stuck somewhere in transition from the place they had to leave to the place they want to reach. Or perhaps if they made it across the border, they could be now celebrating Christmas in a shelter, in a foreign and strange land.
So why do I mention it? What does our “homelessness” have to do with Christmas?
First of all this: what makes Christmas Christmas?

Christmas Traditions Tied to the Home

“There is no place like home for the holidays”, another song declares during this season.
So many traditions and feelings of Christmas are tied to our home. For instance, the decorations, the smells, where the Christmas tree sits, and how the gifts are arranged around or underneath it. Or maybe you have a Christmas ritual of getting up early on Christmas Day. Perhaps you have a tradition of lazing around on the couch and enjoying a break as a family?

The Humanity of Jesus Affirms Our Humanness

In many ways, Jesus’ coming the earth – the Incarnation – affirms the value of our concrete earthly existence. Time and space matter. Places and food and rituals and traditions are important. Our interaction with the created world, through enterprise, art, construction, and enjoyment, is not merely passing time until Heaven, but living out what it means to be human.
So when we don’t have a place of our own, our rituals, our familiar food and song, how do we as finite human beings still experience Christmas? To be honest, I struggle with this.

If it’s true that feeling follows fact, then we can start with the facts: the eternal Son, uncreated, divine, so vast no mortal mind can comprehend, descended, emptied himself, became one of us. He entered the history of the world that we all share. In a place we can all go and see.

To be precise, the miracle of the Incarnation happened at the moment of conception, not at Jesus’ birth. But what we celebrate at Christmas is that He took that final step, out of the shelter of his earthly mother’s womb, into the confusing mix of brokenness and wonder and hardship and pain and glimpses of joy and majesty that is our world.
He entered our world in circumstances that are shocking in their commonality: born to working class parents, in unstable economic conditions (Jesus’ earthly family would relocate twice more before settling down in Nazareth), without even the support of close friends or relatives.

The Tension of Being Here, but Not From Here

And yet…
Yet this baby Jesus transcends. In that manger, he is immanent, completely Immanuel – God with us. And he is also the promised Messiah, the One that has been prophesied about for hundreds of years. Angels sing his praise as he comes into our world. A star marks the place of his birth and earliest days, and magi come to do him homage, bearing gifts fit for a king.
The tension that marks his whole life, and every believer’s as well, is present here already: he fills this space on earth as completely and naturally as only a true human being can; Jesus is indeed the second Adam – man as man should be. And at the same time, he is God with us, and his majesty tangible. His authority marks him as someone far beyond our comprehension, not as someone who is part of creation, but its author.

Even God was Homeless at Christmas

As we are “homeless” this Christmas, this is what I have been reflecting on: the space-and-time Jesus, more easily grasped and worshipped and related to in the forms of familiar traditions, in familiar places, with familiar people, may elude us when we are out of our common setting. And consequently, my eyes are directed towards the out-of-this-world Jesus, the one who does not fit in a manger, who is not at home here with us, but made everything that we call home. This Jesus, even though he walked this earth like a landowner might walk his property, never called it his home. He was, in a deep sense, homeless, and he instructed us, his followers, to yearn with him for our true home: when heaven and earth unite, and a new world is being born, only then will our homelessness come to an end.

G.K. Chesterton grasped this majestic truth in this poem:

A child in a foul stable,
Where the beasts feed and foam;
Only where he was homeless
Are you and I at home:
We have hands that fashion and heads that know,
But our hearts we lost—how long ago!
In a place no chart nor ship can show
Under the sky’s dome.
To an open house in the evening
Home shall men come,
To an older place than Eden
And a taller town than Rome.
To the end of the way of the wandering star,
To the things that cannot be and that are,
To the place where God was homeless
And all men are at home.

G.K. Chesterton, “The House of Christmas,” from Robert Knille, ed., As I Was Saying (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1985), 304-5

More from Chesterton…

A special thank you to my husband Simon for authoring this fantastic post.

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry and Joy-filled Christmas wherever you may be!

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Free Printable 2019 Calendar with Bible Verses

Free Printable 2019 Calendar with Bible Verses

Free 2019 Wall Calendar

I’ve always loved free pretty printable calendars so I decided to make some for you this year.
I decided to create a calendar with one Bible verse to meditate on for the month because this helps renew the mind.

Here is what you get:

Free Printable Library? Yes Please!

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In two different sizes: Letter and a4 format. Instant download, and print yourself.

How to Use Essential Oils for Headaches

How to Use Essential Oils for Headaches

Chances are you’ve had a headache. After living in Germany for over a decade I’ve become very reserved about using pain relievers. I would rather address the natural signs my body is giving me than cover them up with drugs. For a headache I tend to rather resort to laying down and resting, but this isn’t always a possibility. I’ve been toying with the idea of using essential oils as an alternative to treat headaches and migraines and the studies look good.

In this article we will explore how essential oils can help with headaches. But to learn more about all the OTHER different ways you can use essential oils and herbs for health check out this great deal from Ultimate bundles. They are having a FLASH SALE on December 27th to 28th on the Herbs and Essential Oil Super Bundle 2018. That means the regular priced bundle which is normally $47 will be on sale for $29 but only ONE DAY ONLY

 

Why use Essential Oil for Headaches?

Especially if you get headaches on a regular basis, you may run into some nasty side effects using prescription medication. The warnings range from stomach bleeding to kidney failure.  What a great reason to try out a different natural method that can provide relief and also smell beautifully.

 

Essential oils are another great option to deal with headaches brought on by alcohol consumption. One giant danger people don’t necessarily think of when taking pain relievers is the consumption of alcohol. Did you know that taking even taking a small amount of Tylenol (or Aceteminophen) and alcohol can raise your risk of kidney disease by a giant 123%? According to Web MD even light amounts of alcohol with Aceteminophen can cause horrible effects.  Even taking Ibuprofen or Advil with alcohol has the risk of causing stomach bleeding (yuck).

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5 Headache Relieving Essential Oils

 

Lavender Oil:

Not only is lavender a natural relaxant, but it can also help with headaches. In this study it was concluded that when sufferers of migraines inhaled Lavender Oil for 15 minutes, they experienced either complete or partial relief of their headaches.

Rosemary Oil:

Rosemary is a natural anti-inflammatory.  According to DrAxe.com it is stress reducing, and can help with headaches caused by emotional triggers. Rosemary oil can be taken internally by using one drop in tea, water, or soup. Look below for instructions on topical use.

Eucalyptus Oil:

This oil is great for clearing out your congested sinus and nasal airways. Which works especially well when you’re suffering from a headache brought on by sinus pressure. It also reduces inflammation and pain. It has also been widely used as a folk medicine to treat upper respiratory infections, gastritis, and diabetes

Ginger Oil

Known for it’s adaptogenic properties, Ginger can help protect you from physical, emotional, and biological stressors. What’s adaptogenic you may be wondering? It basically means an herb or non – toxic substance that can increase the body’s ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning. If you apply diluted ginger topically onto sore muscles, you will experience a warm, soothing relief.  Think about rubbing it onto problem areas like the neck, or onto the back when there is tension that can cause headaches.

How to use Essential Oils for Relief of Migraines and Headaches

 

Topically : The chosen oil should be diluted with a carrier oil. Diluted oil can be applied to the temples, inhaled for aromatherapy. You can also use 1-2 drops of your chosen oil on a warm compress on the back of your neck or back.

 

Ingested: Some oils can be ingested (please refer to your product instructions if you’re unsure.) . But remember, a little goes a long way. One to two drops in tea, soup, or water suffice, and stop after a few weeks to give the body a break.

 

 

Interested in learning more about how Essential Oils and Herbs can better your health?

 

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Free Christmas Printable Jesus Art

Free Christmas Printable Jesus Art

Free Christmas Printable Art

 

 

Free Printable Christmas Art That’s About Jesus

Available when you subscribe to Life Lived Intentionally

My sister is a wonderful woman, and I’m so glad we have a great relationship now. She has graciously made us some free Christmas printable art that is instantly downloadable in my FREE Resource Library.

Ten years ago you wouldn’t be hearing about our great relationship. In fact, she was pretty nasty to me… and really angry. That is until she met Jesus. She has always been an example for me of how the Holy Spirit can utterly change a person. Today, I’m happy to say that we are very close and have multiple times over the years actually lived together. While she was both single, and married with a family.

Community living takes relationships to whole new (and awesome) levels.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to convince her soon to share some of her story with us. But until then, these art prints come from her heart and home and I hope you enjoy them!

Here are some other FREE Christmas printable examples of what else is included in the resource library:

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Thank you again to my amazing sister who has helped create such beauty.