042 An Attitude of Gratitude: Living a Grateful Life

AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE: LIVING A GRATEFUL LIFE

This week Sandy and Elisabeth discuss the Biblical principles of the 30 Days of Thankfulness trend, how it effects us physically and how we can accomplish not just 30 days but a lifestyle of gratitude.

WHY SHOULD WE BE GRATEFUL

NUMBERS 14:1-2 That night all the people in the camp began crying loudly. All the Israelites complained [grumbled] against Moses and Aaron.

Being ungrateful brought punishment for the Israelites. Severe punishment. In the form of wandering in the wilderness until all those that had complained had died.

1 Thessalonians [5:16]-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is GOD’S WILL for you in Christ Jesus.

Grateful people are the ones that God chooses to accomplish His will.

1 PETER 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.

God wants us to live a life without anxiety.

HOW DO WE DO IT

PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

THANKFULNESS JOURNAL

How do you do it?

  • Every day write down 3 good things that happened that day.
  • They don’t have to be earth shattering but they do need to be specific.
  • The longer you continue the more benefits you see

Benefits:

MINDFULNESS

How do you do it?

SO WHAT’S THE POINT

COLOSSIANS [3:16]-17 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

If we want to live like Jesus we must be grateful. Jesus thanked God in prayer several times in Scripture, including at the Last Supper when He knew the hardest times were coming.

2 CORINTHIANS [2:14] But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.

Being thankful is a big part of how we point people to Christ.

CONCLUSION

In order to speak life and truth and hope into the next generation we need to look undeniably different. We need to look and think and act like the hands and feet of Jesus on this earth and they way to get there is through gratefulness. 

RESOURCES TO CHECK OUT:

Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict and Increase Intimacy by Andrew Newberg MD and Mark Robert Waldman

How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings From a Leading Neuroscientist by Andrew Newberg MD and Mark Robert Waldman

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041 The God Who Sees

THE GOD WHO SEES

GOD SEES HAGAR

GENESIS [16:13] She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.

Hagar was so harshly treated by the woman of God attempting to bring about God’s will according to her own vision, that Hagar ran away rather than endure more abuse at the hands of Sarah. 

GENESIS [16:13] She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.

In the wilderness, God saw Hagar, and asked where she had come from, where she was going, and told her of Ishmael. He then told her to go back.

GENESIS [21:17] God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there.

GOD SEES NINEVEH

JONAH [3:10] God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways.

These people were the worst of the worst. They worshipped false gods, they performed child sacrifices there were none that were righteous. God had already decided to destroy the city. They had 10 days left on Earth from the time Jonah entered the city. And yet God saw them. 

CONCLUSION

Thousands of years after Hagar called God “The One Who Sees Me”, God’s Son (an equal part of the Godhead) would come to Earth to die for the sins of the world. Christ would not only see the people that society did not – the crippled (John 5, Matthew 12), the woman who was unclean or in sin (Mark 5, Matthew 26, John 8), and the poor – he would heal them and show those around them that they had value by treating these outcasts with respect.

If we are to be a people of God, we must see those around us that are difficult to look at. We must minister to and love those who have been abused by God’s people, even when they’ve run away from the camp rather than endure more mistreatment.

Being the Church as Christ called us to be requires humility and an attempt at reconciliation when we have done harm, and that begins by seeing and acknowledging those who are hurting. Looking directly at those that are harmed, particularly if we’re partly responsible for that hurt, is not easy or natural, but the impact of this on ourselves and on those who feel unseen cannot be overstated.

Because we serve The God Who Sees

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040 Being Poor Is Not A Failure Part 2

BEING POOR IS NOT A FAILURE PART 2 

This week Elisabeth continues her discussion with blogger KerryAnn Foster from One Vibrant Mama to discuss being a Christian and living in poverty in a world where so many have linked their faith with their financial well-being.

This week’s episode focuses on practical tips and trips for living through hard financial times.

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR LIVING THROUGH HARD TIMES

Don’t kill yourself.

Figure out wants vs needs.

Ask for help.

Drop what you don’t need.

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039 Being Poor Is Not A Failure Part 1

Being Poor Is Not A Failure Part 1 

This week Elisabeth sits down with blogger KerryAnn Foster from One Vibrant Mama to discuss being a Christian and living in poverty in a world where so many have linked their faith with their financial well-being.

ROMANS [12:10]-13 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

1 PETER 1:1-9 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

CONCLUSION

MATTHEW [10:29]-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

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038 The Paradox of Perfection: A Book Review and Discussion of Christian Perfection

THE PARADOX OF PERFECTION: A BOOK REVIEW AND DISCUSSION OF CHRISTIAN PERFECTION

This week Sandy and Elisabeth discuss the book The Paradox of Perfection: How Embracing Our Imperfection Perfects Us by Jeffrey Reber PhD LPC, and Steven Moody LCSW, including a review of the book itself and a discussion of the heavy expectation of Christian women.

MATTHEW [5:48] Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.

GET THE BOOK

The Paradox of Perfection: How Embracing Our Imperfection Perfects Us by Jeffrey Reber PhD LPC, and Steven Moody LCSW

Also mentioned in this episode: The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones

CONCLUSION

God doesn’t call us to our idea of perfection, because in Christ we are already made perfect through his sacrifice.

ISAIAH 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.

We are not capable of perfect action or perfect thought.

1 JOHN 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.

When Jesus tells us to be perfect as God is perfect he’s not talking about actions and he’s not talking about thoughts because perfection there is not attainable. But His love, His perfect love, IS accessible. It is attainable. And it is shareable.

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037 Be Interruptible

BE INTERRUPTIBLE

Welcome to Self-Care September! This week Sandy and Elisabeth examine how Jesus demonstrated self-care through boundaries, priorities, saying no, making time to be interrupted and of course food through the story of Jairus’ daughter.

THE MESSAGE:

LUKE [8:40]-56 or MARK [5:21]-43

THE EXAMPLE:

  • Jesus was interruptible
  • Jesus had priorities
  • Jesus had boundaries
  • Jesus wants you to eat

MORE ON SELF-CARE:

EPISODE 5: AINT NO REST FOR THE WICKED; SO YOU SHOULD PROBABLY TAKE A NAP

EPISODE 6: BOUNDARIES; BECAUSE JESUS SAID NO AND SO SHOULD YOU

EPISODE 7: JESUS ATE, LIKE A LOT

If you need help with your daily planning check out this article from fastcompany.com.

CONCLUSION

Do you have time in your day to be interrupted? God speaks in a still small voice not because He can’t speak louder but because He wants us to listen. We challenge you to go to battle with your schedule this fall and make time for interruptions, make time for quiet, make time to take care of yourself. Don’t miss out on the good works and the blessings that He has prepared for you because of the noise of your daily schedule.

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036 Pink or Blue? Gender Expression vs Historical Reality

PINK OR BLUE? GENDER EXPRESSION VS HISTORICAL REALITY

This week Sandy and Elisabeth discuss gender stereotypes held by our current culture, throughout history and in many churches.

MATTHEW 19:4 Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female.

Looking for more? Check out these other resources mentioned in this episode:

Celinunu isn’t Demonic and Hysteria isn’t Christlike

The Monstrous Regiment “The Biblical Response to Transgenderism”

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035 Labels are Useful… and Stupid

LABELS ARE USEFUL…AND STUPID

In this week’s episode we discuss the use of labels in Christian culture, how labels can be dangerous and what the Bible says about says about labels.

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034 Christmas in July!!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY!!

We are back from summer break and diving right into….Christmas? Yep you read that right. The best way to have a peaceful holiday is to be prepared for it. Join Sandy and Elisabeth as they discuss their current holiday prep and share some tips and tricks to make your holiday season a little more magical this year.

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033 Changes, Self-Care and Summer Break

CHANGES, SELF-CARE AND SUMMER BREAK

This week we talk about what’s been going on in our lives, why we’ve been a little quiet the past couple weeks and our upcoming summer break.

As the craziness of summer break sets in make sure you carve out some time for Jesus and some time for yourself every day. Happy Summer!

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