Posts from December 2018

Posts from December 2018

December 31, 2018

Pray more.   Prayer can fall through the cracks so quickly. We get busy and we just forget. Things come up and praying just seems to fall by the wayside. Sometimes, we still “pray” but those prayers are the mechanical words we throw our before dinner or bed. We neglect the important time spent sitting still in God’s presence, with his word, making ourselves better.…

December 28, 2018

{credit: Chasing Failure, What if losing was the quickest way to win?, ryanleak.com}   The Best Command Ever Hearing that you should be strong and courageous is a lofty notion. It’s a pretty idea. It’s something nice to hear. But God changes the game and changes the tone of this concept in verse 9 of Joshua 1. He says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and…

December 27, 2018

{credit: Chasing Failure, What if losing was the quickest way to win?, ryanleak.com}   Somebody’s Waiting On You There are so many people in this world looking for success, but the common denominator amongst all successful people is that they failed. So I decided to chase failure by looking for an NBA team that would give me a tryout. I was 99% sure that I would…

December 26, 2018

{credit: Chasing Failure, What if losing was the quickest way to win?, ryanleak.com}   God’s On Repeat We all know there are things in our lives that we could do more of. We all can eat better, save more, work out more, pray more, and read our Bibles more. But it doesn’t mean we have the strong desire to change. Inevitably, we start to eat better, save more, work out…

December 25, 2018

Stop Laughing   {credit: Chasing Failure, What if losing was the quickest way to win?, ryanleak.com} When I answered that question, I said, “Well I’d be in the NBA.” And then I laughed. I was an All-American basketball player in college almost 9 years ago. I’m very good at basketball, but NBA players are doing what only .00014 people in America get to do. I would say…

December 24, 2018

What would you do if you knew you could not fail? {credit: Chasing Failure, What if losing was the quickest way to win?, ryanleak.com}   Would you write a book? Would you produce music? Would you start your own business? Would you go back to school? Would you get married? Would you lose weight? We all have something we’d love to do or someone we’d love become, but…

December 21, 2018

Waiting = Growing   We all have two options of how to respond when we are waiting on God. Hardened Heart Softened Heart   {Psalm 27:14} “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”   When you find yourself in the waiting, you have to protect your heart. My daughter just began her battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and…

December 20, 2018

Too Heavy for Me   Consider all of the things you learned over the 10 years. I’m talking everything! Learning to snowboard. Trusting God. Becoming a better friend. Being an honest person. Overcoming addiction. Whatever it is, just take a few minutes to consider the things you had to go through in order to learn these things. NOW, can you imagine if God placed all of…

December 19, 2018

God > Me   In your most desperate time, God is always there and he is always able. When your daughter is sick. When your lost your job. When your marriage is barely holding on. You do everything you can to fix it, but it’s completely out of your control. You desperately need God to show up. These are the times we understand his sovereignty. We can’t do this…

December 18, 2018

God’s Plan > Your Imagination   At some point, I’m sure you have wondered what God was up to. But have you ever noticed the times we question God’s plan are usually when something bad happens to us? Why don’t we question God’s plan when an unexpected blessing comes upon us? I love this passage because it expresses how we can immediately see a benefit that comes…

December 17, 2018

In the waiting…embrace the process.   Do you hate processes? I get it. Sometimes processes feel more like red tape and hula hoops. But healthy processes have purpose. There is wisdom in the process. There is humanity in the process. If we skipped the process and went straight to the defining moment, it would eliminate emotions like anticipation, mounting…

December 14, 2018

Friday Power   Every time we see life change it is by the power of Christ. When someone gives their life to Christ, there is his power. When a shaky marriage decides to hold on, there is his power. When we see someone stand in front of the community and profess their faith in baptism, there is his power.
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