Dec 18 – Winning At All Costs

2:352 - Winning At All Costs #faithbites #faithjourney #impeachment #knownlegacy Winning On my way to work, I was listening to Known Legacy. They were talking about truly listening to each other. Having a cup of coffee and truly getting to know someone. The problem in society today is that we look at winning at the end all be all. We want to win at all costs in any debate. The other person is evil and their opinions are wrong. There are no shades of gray, there is no room for growth. On my way home today, I listened to the #impeachment debate. (And no, this isn't a political statement or political blog). Almost all of the congressmen and women talked past each other. Hurled platitudes and language without true debate, without listening, without growth. Grandstanding. Jesus ate with sinners…

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Dec 16 – Wait Just A Little While Longer

2:350 - Wait Just A Little While Longer #faithbites #faithjourney wait Today, we got a great offer to redo our siding. Unfortunately, we didn't have enough cash stocked up to do it. We looked at a loan but weren't approved. Then we said, we just need to wait a little longer. We have been doing great with Dave Ramsey and what's 6 more months of waiting? In our church building project, we were ready to go, but the bank said not just yet. You need to wait a little longer. The funny thing is, we are in the season of advent. Advent is all about waiting. We know that Christ is coming, but we have to wait for his birth. We prepare the way and wait. We also know that Christ is coming back at some point, but we…

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Dec 15 – I'm Already Over Christmas, and I Don't Even Have A Tree

2:349 - I'm Already Over Christmas, and I Don't Even Have A Tree #faithbites #faithjourney After being pumped up by our Christmas Cantata, I went to the Dollar General for a bag of chips. The lady behind the counter looked tired and said she was done with Christmas. She said it working in retail and having this stuff out so early has made her ready to be over Christmas. Then she added that she was done and didn't even have her tree up. That made me think that, like many, she saw Christmas as the jingle bells and the noise, not about Jesus. We know that following Jesus isn't logical. We know that many want to commercial Christmas and make it a non-religious holiday. If that is what Christmas is to you, I can see why you could be…

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Dec 14 – When Is It God’s Voice?

2:348 - When Is It God's Voice? #faithbites #faithjourney voice I had a conversation with a good friend today. When something we hadn't planned happened, I said it was Gods voice. She said, why was this God's voice but when she said something it wasn't God's voice. That stuck with me. Maybe it was God's voice, maybe it wasn't. Maybe it was the start of something, maybe not. How do we know when the voice or pull we hear is God's voice and not temptation or the devil? Faith. Scripture Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. - Jeremiah 33:3And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you…

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Dec 11 – I Will Listen To You

2:345 - I Will Listen To You #faithbites #faithjourney Listen I was joking earlier that this time of the year is so busy and would be so much easier if Christmas wasn't here. Yes, I understand the oxymoron of that statement. Tonight at our Cantata rehearsal, our director, opened us up with a devotional from Jeremiah 29. "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ". Many of us know this verse Jeremiah 29:1, God wants what is best for us and will help us prosper, but we often stop there. We know that God wants what is best for us, but we don't know where he is. Sometimes we have a hard time knowing if he is listening to us.…

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Dec 10 – Unplug to Reconnect

2:344 - Unplug to Reconnect #faithbites #faithjourney #knownlegacy unplug I am tired and exhausted. So many different things going on. Connected to so many different people, places, and activities. As said on Known Legacy, I don't have enough bandwidth for life. Today we were having our holiday party at work. I was quiet and my boss asked me if I was ok. I said I was having anxiety issues. She asked if it was because of the crowd at the party. I said no, I don't know why. She said that's unusual for you because you do so well in crowds. Another friend asked me to help decorate doors for Christmas. I didn't have the energy to really do that. All of us get so involved so connected, that we need to unplug to be able to reconnect. Reconnect…

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Dec 7 – Should I Wait For The Bucket To Dump?

2:341 - Should I Wait For The Bucket To Dump? #faithbites #faithjourney bucket Today we are celebrating my wildest birthday a day early. We are at an indoor waterpark that has one of those giant buckets that dump water on you. My eldest and I waited and waited. She wanted to be dumped on. I was thinking of all the other thing we could do while we were waiting for the water, but we might have missed it. It was fun getting hundred of gallons dumped on us. Often we wait for something to happen. While we are waiting are we missing something that might happen? Can we be doing something else instead or while we wait? Christians have been waiting over 2,000 years. Imagine if we just stood still and did nothing. The faith would be gone and…

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