Dec 28 – Content AND Striving

3:363 - Content AND Striving #faithbites #faithjourney content Setting The end of the year is almost here, which for many, means new years resolutions. Usually these are because they are not content with something they have and want to make a change. Nothing wrong with that at all. As I was thinking about the new year, and just where I am in general, I have been wrestling with the feeling that I should be content with what I have and stop pushing myself crazy. The more I thought about that, I realized that I can and should be happy with what I have, but that doesn't mean I can't strive to be a better person. It doesn't mean that I need more stuff or have to prove anything to anyone, just that I can enjoy the blessings God has…

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Nov 5 – Believe – What Does It Mean?

3:310 - Believe - What Does It Mean? #faithbites #faithjourney believe Setting Last night, after a rough day, I posted on Facebook, that I believe that there are two Americas. I said that based on what I've been seeing in people's thoughts, words, deeds, and actions. A friend, asked me if I believe in God or in two Amerikas (his spelling). I was confused by the question, so I decided to dig into it. Merriam-Webster defines believe as "to consider to be true or honest", "to accept the word or evidence of", "to hold as opinion", "to accept something as true, genuine, or real", "to have a firm or wholehearted religious conviction or persuasion: to regard the existence of God as fact", "to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability or something", and "to hold…

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Oct 16 – Mediator

3:290 - Mediator #faithbites #faithjourney mediator Setting I don't know why, but one of my gifts has been an open ear and an open heart. People come to me to listen, offer advice, and just be there. I love to do that. One thing I don't love as much is being a mediator. When two people need or put me in the middle. It's hard for me as there is no mediator handbook that works every time and it's hard for me to balance both sides unemotionally. Sure, listening and helping I'm good at, mediating not as much, but I'm trying. We are lucky that we have the greatest mediator of all time in our corner: Jesus. He mediated our salvation and reunification with God which was no small feat. Are you taking advantage of his mediation skills? Scripture…

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Sep 20 – God On The Lips, Hate In The Heart

3:264 - God On The Lips, Hate In The Heart #faithbites #faithjourney lips Setting The word of God is powerful. It strengthens, empowers, and keeps us. His word promises salvation. There are those who use scripture to tear down rather than build up. False prophets who will pick and chose scripture to hurt rather than looking at the whole message of love, forgiveness, and salvation. When you have God on your lips, what is in your heart? Are you picking and choosing scripture for your point of view or sharing the whole story of Christ. Scripture 2 Timothy 4:3-4 - For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off…

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Aug 26 – Are You Clogged?

3:239 - Are You Clogged? #faithbites #faithjourney clogged Setting Today was a bit frustrating in the realm of 3D printing. No matter what I tried nothing printed well. It got so bad that the plastic wasn't even coming out. I tried and tried again and it didn't get any better. To quote Einstein, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." After trying to figure it out, I looked at the nozzle and realized it was clogged. It took me a bit of trial and error, but I removed the clog and I'm back to printing. We often get clogged and don't realize it. Maybe it's telling the kids to do the same thing over and they don't listen but you keep trying the same way. Perhaps it's sharing memes trying to get your…

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Aug 11 – Pray for Our Leaders

3:224 - Pray For Our Leaders #faithbites #faithjourney leaders Setting Being a letter isn't easy. You may voluntarily take the job but doing it is not voluntary. Then no matter what you chose there will be people who like your style and people who hate it. People who applaud your decisions and people who hate them.  I'll admit, I'm hypercritical of our President as I don't like his style, his decisions, or his conduct. At the same time, I would never want to have that job. There is no way to "win" as someone will always be against what you are doing. This doesn't excuse bad behavior, just a fact about decision making. This goes beyond our President, it includes all politicians, clergy, social organizations, friends, or anything where someone has a defined or assumed leadership role.  Let's look…

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Apr 23 – Work Can Wait

3:114 - Work Can Wait #faithbites #faithjourney wait Right now, I'm snuggling in bed with my youngest as she's watching videos on TV. Do we have homework to do? Yes. Do I have work to do? Is laundry waiting for me? Yes. But right now, she needs me. The rest can wait. I know that I'm speaking from a place of privledge in that I have a flexible job. I realize that. This in no way speaks ill of those who can't. But sometimes we just need to focus on what's important. Time with the Lord and time with our family. How do you prioritize? Scripture Matthew 6:33 - But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.1 Timothy 5:8 - But if anyone does not provide for his…

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