30 day challenge

“So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.” 1 Peter 2:1-3

 

These verses come right after Peter was telling the people to be holy because God is holy, and that because they are born again they need to love one another. It’s like Peter knew the people were going to ask, “How do we do that?” So he explained how.

First they are supposed to put away ALL malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander. He could have just said all once and then put the words. But he chose to repeat all several times therefore drawing emphasis to the seriousness of getting rid of all of it. He is saying there is no place for these things in people who want to be holy as God is holy, and who want to love one another because they are born again.

Second they are to long for the spiritual milk, so that they may grow. He likens this to how newborns long for milk. The only way newborns grow is if they get milk from their mom or formula. But they need the milk to grow. So for us to grow in Christ we have to long for the spiritual milk.

Then Peter basically says if you are truly born again then you will do these things. If you have tasted that the Lord is good, these things will be a desire of yours. If you really believe then this will be something you long for.

After reading these verses and studying them, my question then becomes “What does this look like practically?” For me what it looks like is making time every day to spend with the Lord, in prayer, in bible study, meditating on scripture, etc. The more time I spend with the Lord the more I long for more, the more I know I need time with him to grow. And I also know for myself when I’m daily spending time with him I’m less likely to be envious of others, to slander others, to lie, etc. Because the more time I spend with Him, and the more I learn, the more that I want to share with others. The more time I spend with Him the more He comes out in my words and actions. I’m a better parent, friend, sister, daughter, etc. the more time I spend with Him. The more I taste of the Lord the more I see how good He really is.

I know this is not true for just me. I know it’s true for anyone who spends time with Him. So I have a challenge for us in this tidbit, because it’s easy to hear God’s word and then not put it into practice, I’m guilty of it a lot. Let’s not do that this time, let’s put these verses into practice. Let’s taste and see that the Lord is good. For the next 30 days let’s commit to daily spending time with him, whether it’s 5 minutes, or an hour, doesn’t matter. But will you commit with me to making it a priority to spend some time with the Lord every day for the next 30 days?

Tidbit # I lost count

So I know I said I would post the tidbit’s I send out at work here.. But I’ve been a little behind the eight ball with it… So I’ll slowly but surely catch up.. Here is this weeks though!

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:19-25

I wish I could just put the entire book of Hebrews in this tidbit, but that would be too long. So for those of you who have not read Hebrews, I challenge you to do it! It is a book all about who Jesus is and then what that means for us. It’s so good!

The above verses are kind of the shifting point in the book. Anytime you see a sentence that starts with the word therefore you should go back and see what it’s there for. This therefore is a big therefore in my opinion. I think it’s the writer taking a big breath after describing Jesus in depth and says because of everything I just said about who Jesus is this is what you should do.

Since I can’t put the whole book of Hebrews in this tidbit I’ll summarize a little of what the writer has said about Jesus. He starts out the book explaining that Jesus is his son, and is fully God. It states that Jesus is higher than everyone, or thing because it was created through Him. It talks about how God chose to speak through the prophets in the old days but in these days he chose to speak through His son. And because He chose to speak through his son, we better listen a little more carefully because Jesus is better than the prophets, better than Moses, and Joshua. Then he goes into how Jesus is a High Priest. And not a high priest from the line of Levi, but a high priest from a better order. It goes into how Jesus’ sacrifice was better than the rams and the bulls because those continually had to be offered for sins and Jesus’ sacrifice of his own body was once for all! The writer basically describes how Jesus is better in every respect than everything that has come before, and that the new covenant he established with his death and resurrection is so much better.

The writer says because of all that let us draw near to God with confidence, let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, and make sure we meet together and keep encouraging others.

So how do we do this? How do we practically live this out? I think we make sure we are spending time with the Lord, and when we pray we pray in confidence that He hears our prayers, and that He answers prayers. We remember that God is still in control, even when things seem like they are out of control, when things are so uncertain.

Instead of focusing on each other’s faults, or weaknesses, or the latest gossip, we focus on how to stir one another up to love and good works. Elsewhere in Hebrews it talks about how we should exhort one another every day, and that doesn’t leave much room for non-edifying talk. When we meet together let’s keep all the negativity out and lets focus on Jesus, and how to be more like him. Instead of tearing each other down let’s encourage each other.

My challenge this week is for us to pick two people a day and intentionally encourage them, or show them love, in some way. Whether you send an email, shoot a text, make a phone call, or say it face to face.

Jesus is better, so let’s strive to be like Him!

Blogtember Days 1 & 2

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Hello there! For those of you who don’t know I’m Juliann. I grew up in California, went to college in Oregon and 6 years ago packed up and moved to Texas. I’ve built a life here with good friends, who I now consider family, and a dream job I didn’t even know how to dream up!

A few more specifics about me-13227677_10100816781754921_972065330500600837_o 13716187_10100857828297321_1450750571759806007_nI have a dog. She’s an all white Siberian husky. And she’s pretty spoiled. Although She’s almost gone up for sale a few times for destroying my things, I wouldn’t trade her for anything.

14124368_10100880733929251_6701147688707191272_oI’m a mom to a whole bunch of teenage boys, so I’m learning the world of football, tying ties, and the best way to not have your house smell like gross boys.

10675_10100525938751631_2744128066841476576_n (1)Sunrises and Sunsets are some of my favorite things. The Lord paints some beautiful skies here in Texas and I take tons of pictures to share the beauty.

And the most important thing about me? I love Jesus, and I strive to live my showing his love to everyone I meet.

My goals for the month are simple. 1. Start running again and be able to run 1.5 miles easily. And 2. Participate in at least half of the blogtember prompts.

 

Christmas Spirit

elf1I’m finding it very hard this year to have any Christmas spirit. I really don’t have any… Which is very rare for me. I know it’s terrible… Especially with it being the most wonderful time of the year and all…

I’ve tried to get my Christmas spirit back. I’ve listened to Christmas music. I’ve watched several cheesy Christmas movies… And nothing. I haven’t even watched Elf, or Chevy Chases Christmas Vacation… And those are my two absolute favorite Christmas movies.
elf2I’m not quite sure why I don’t have any Christmas spirit this year.. But I think it’s because work has been really rough this past month. Our kids have been struggling big time. More than last year at this time in my opinion. The holidays are hard for them. Which doesn’t excuse behavior but it does change how we correct it. It does change how we sympathize. It does change our level of exhaustion at the end of the day. Which in turn kinda makes us long for the holidays to be over.

So if you think about it in the next few days. Say a few prayers for our kids and their hearts during this time. And for us as Teaching Parents to continue to love on and support these precious children during this difficult time for them. And that we would all remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. And He is our hope!

You’re the one who conquers giants

Awhile ago as I was driving home one night a song came on the radio and the Lord used it to knock my socks off. The chorus came on and I was bawling in the car and praising Jesus. I couldn’t not sing at the top of my lungs to Jesus while the tears streamed down my face. It was a moment that Jesus met me in the car.

The back story? I had been very bitter and angry for a good couple months. I refused to forgive and was having my own pity party. I finally realized the only person this pity party of un-forgiveness was hurting was myself. So I started to forgive, and live in that forgiveness a few weeks before this night in the car. Not by my own strength by any means, but with God’s help I was working on it, and choosing every day to live in forgiveness. Because of this I started sensing all sorts of spiritual warfare. The enemy was throwing lots and lots of arrows at me. Through that I started to worry and stress about things that looking back really didn’t matter.

It was in the midst of that worry and stress that the Lord met me in the car through this song. The chorus says:

You’re the one who conquers giants
You’re the one who calls out kings
You shut the mouths of lions
You tell the dead to breathe
You’re the one who walks through fire
You take the orphan’s hand
You are the one Messiah
You are I am
You are I am

All of a sudden, as this song chorus was playing and I was singing at the top of my lungs with tears rolling down my face, the worries and stress just melted away. My God is the one who conquers giants, this worry of mine doesn’t come close to a giant so He has it covered, I don’t need to worry. My God is the one who shuts the mouths of lions, my stress is not as big as a lion so He has it taken care of, I don’t need to stress.

My God is I AM!!

I Guess I’m Blessed Wednesday!

blogbutton2.2I’ve got my thankfulness cap on and I’m ready to go! Are you?

First up- I am so thankful that I serve a risen Savior! Jesus conquered sin, death, hell, and the grave! He rose again! And because of this one day I will get to be with Him in Heaven! So thankful and blessed by Him paying my debt! There is so much more within this. The fact that He was fully human, and felt everything we feel. That He even loved us enough to come down into the scum of humanity and live so He could sacrifice His life on the cross for us! We are so blessed!

Second up- 1strunbackSee this? This is my first run in 5 and 1/2 weeks…. We didn’t go far, and we didn’t go real fast… But it felt good nonetheless… Well except for realizing I lost a lot of stamina in that 5 and 1/2 weeks. Even still, I am thankful for this run! And I’m thankful that as of right now I have no pain in my foot. So I think I’m good to go! And for that I feel blessed!

And third- I’m thankful for the storm we had last night! For multiple reasons. 1st the animals at the zoo yesterday knew it was coming and they were in a feisty mood. The rhinos were fighting with each other, the giraffes were cantering around and kicking, and the zebra was kicking at the giraffes when they got too close. It was fun to see them all in a playful mood. 2nd we needed the rain! 3rd I got to fall asleep to the sound of thunder, and rain!

And here are some honorable mentions- reading books aloud, neighbor dinners, blue wine, mac and cheese, BBQ Pringle’s, and curly sexy hair spray mousse.

Ya… I guess I’m Blessed

 

I Guess I’m Blessed

blogbutton2.2Heeeellllloooooo!!!!

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged… Almost a week… But it was Christmas so can you blame me? Nope you can’t! But I’m back today to put on my Attitude of Gratitude with my Bestie! As always feel free to join us by putting on your own attitude of gratitude on your own blog or in the comments! And now here we gooooooo…..

I am thankful for the wonderful last 4 days that I had! They were AMAZING!! I spent them with my good Friends/Texas Family. They were very relaxing, good days. No stress, no worrying, no running around like chickens with their heads cut off. Just simple and nice. Filled with times like Sunday night where Laura, and I sat on the couch with Lila cuddling with us and watched the Sound of Music. They sure do make it a little easier to be away from my family on Christmas!

I am also thankful for the many gifts that I was given this Christmas! My boots, flip flips, donut maker, electric razor, the entire series of boy meets world on DVD, Old Navy gift card, Ikea gift card, Bdubs honey BBQ sauce, Trader Joe’s cookie butter, socks, cute ornaments, and lots of little things like chapstick, candy, toothbrush, journals, lotion, etc.

And last but definitely not least… I am thankful for the true meaning of Christmas. Celebrating the birth of our dear Savior!! I am so thankful that Christ came to this earth. To show us how we are to live. To fulfill the law that we could not fulfill ourselves. To teach us what it means to love. And ultimately to die on a cross so that we would not spend eternity away from Him!

Guess KNOW I’m Blessed!

I Guess I’m Blessed Wednesday #5

Well hello here! Welcome to another edition of “I Guess I’m Blessed!” A little feature where Normy and I share what we are thankful for/blessed by/grateful of etc. Feel free to join us by leaving a link to your post in the comment section!

I’m thankful that Jesus is still on His thrown even though there was an election yesterday. That no matter who won He would still be on His thrown.

I’m thankful for my hair products. Because without them my hair would be a disaster.

I’m thankful for retreats and how the Lord chooses to use them to speak to His people.

I’m thankful for this weekly feature. Because I’m in a funk… A blah kind of funk… But despite that it’s making me think of all that I have to be grateful for… which is a lot! (way more than I could ever hope to write down)… I guess I’m blessed!

Hold Tight!

Last night was the first night since before I left for P-town that I slept for 8 hours… It felt soooo good… Yes my hair got thrown up into a ponytail and looks a little crazy this morning… But it is so worth it because I actually feel a little human today… Instead of zombie tired girl… Praising the Lord for that for sure!

I’m also praising the Lord this morning because He answers prayer! So last night I’m laying in bed talking to the Lord before going to sleep. And I knew how tired I was… I also could feel Grumps McGee coming on because of how tired I was… Since nobody likes Grumps McGee, I asked the Lord to help me not be Grumps McGee today.

And guess what? He totally answered my prayer! I was driving to work this morning. And right before I turn onto the street that the freeway entrance is on, Sanctus Real’s (who is by far my favoritest band ever) new song called Promises came on. I love the song, of course. And I’m singing along. I turn down the street to get to the freeway entrance and there are a lot of cars trying to merge off the freeway as well as a line of cars in front of me trying to merge on. It’s a little messy and people aren’t really going about it in the easiest way. But I keep singing along and it doesn’t even phase me. And then as I’m on the on-ramp speeding up there is a car in the lane I need to merge into and it starts turning into a mess and I feel myself start to get a little grumpy and I have this thought “No need to get grumpy just keeping singing the song about Jesus.” So that’s what I did, I just kept singing about Jesus! The chorus of the song goes like this “Hold on to the Promises, Hold on to the Promises, Jesus is alive so hold tight, Hold on to the Promises.” And the grumpiness that I had felt starting to come on was gone! It was replaced by joy and the knowledge that the Lord was totally answering my prayer and helping me not be Grumps McGee! Man He is SOOOO GOOD!!