Randy's Reflections
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August 2, 2017, 11:04 AM

Summer Words

Opportunity

It is always knocking. The questions is, are we listening and then are we willing to open the door. I agree that we all have our limits, but maybe we just need to recognize who is doing the knocking. When the Spirit is knocking I think we need to be willing to at least acknowledge the opportunity. Then we need to ask for guidance on how we can best respond to the opportunity given to us. Are you listening? Are you willing to take the challenge? Then let us all encourage each other to respond to the opportunity when the Spirit knocks, it could be a once in a lifetime opportunity. And we have been chosen to answer.

Lord, help us to not let fear or fatigue block our way to open the door of opportunity you give us. Help us to discern if the opportunity is the one for us. And then give us the courage to answer it, embrace it, and to respond to it. You can give us the energy, imagination, and courage to do what we are called to do, help us to believe we are the ones for the task and to give you the glory. Amen.




August 2, 2017, 8:02 AM

Summer Words

Open-mindedness

It is wonderful to be able to be content. It is great to have stability. It is nice to be settled. Yet if we become too content, or too stable, or too settled we lose the motivation to move out of our comfort zone. Comfort is something we often seek, but we can become too comfortable when we aren’t open to new people, new ideas, or new experiences. We can become so much richer in our understanding when we are open-minded to these new things. Let us be ready to grow in knowledge, understanding, and faith as we are open to new things in our lives.

Lord, help us to be open-minded to those things which may make us uncomfortable, but may also help us grow in our faith. Lord, thank you for being our comfort. May we affirm again that you desire us to grow in knowledge, wisdom, and love which can only happen when we are challenged by those things which cause us to grow beyond our current selves. Help us to take confidence in your love and destiny for us. Amen.




August 2, 2017, 8:02 AM

Summer Words

Nourishment

For something to survive it needs nourishment. Food gives us the nourishment our bodies need to survive, yet God wants more for us. God wants us to thrive and to thrive we need not only nourishment for our bodies, but nourishment for our souls. We need something to sustain us and something to help us grow. People who have all their physical needs met still will whither if they don’t have something to strive towards. If people don’t have a sense of becoming a better person or a conviction that tomorrow will be better than today, they will lose hope for living in the present. So what you a doing that gives nourishment for your soul?

Lord, help us to recognize your desire for us to become more than we are. Help us to seek new ways we can grow into a better person tomorrow than we are today. Lord, help us to be motivated to seek nourishment for our soul. Help us to feed on that which will satisfy our soul and give us what is needed to grow into the person we can be, and not just be content to be the person we are. Amen.


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