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Podcast 14: Activate Aging Grace- part 2

5 ways to Activate Aging Grace:

  1. Old is new – Romans 8:28-29, 35-39

This is a beginning of a new adventure

  1. Let God be mold you – Genesis 37:3-4

Allow people and experiences to shape you 

  1. Know that you are called by God  – Exodus 4:1-17

Create a mission statement for the latter third of life.

  1. It’s okay to be vulnerable – Ruth 1:1-17

Aging brings with it many changes that require emotional and mental adaptation—but our loving God is in control.

2. You are getting nearer to God – Psalm 4

Losing our grip to human attachments – moving us into a greater relationship with him that should not be limited because of our age.

Identify & Integrate:

  • Seek wisdom and Knowledge – Read Gods Word on Aging and develop a ritual embedding it into your heart.
  • Pray for Gods understanding of beauty and youth and remove vanity, doubt, or fear.
  • Change your perspective on things and approach aging as an adventure.
  • Honor those around you who are aging.

Maintain:

  • Be mindful of self and others
  • Revisit Gods word and listen to his direction for you
  • Journal

Dear God, grant me the grace to know that no matter what I look like, I was created beautifully by you. Help me to see continue to see myself in your image and those I observe losing what we believe to be beauty during the aging process. Help me spread love and kindness, support and help to the aging mentally spiritually and physically. As I help myself, let the light you gave me shine for others.

Fast From 1 Thing for Brain Strength

 

Are You Shrinking Your Brain?

 

How much of your verbal communication in a 24 hour

period of time contains an element of complaining?

10%? 25% 50% 75% 90%?

 

Take a moment to go into your internal castle, close your eyes and

give this self inventory question a moment to marinate. For any positive

shift to occur it is essential to shine the light of

our awareness on the state of behavior we wish to prune

out of our life.

 

Next question: Are you a conscious communicator? Someone

who pauses before responding and edits and adjusts words

to align with the person you are committed to being.

OR

Have you fallen asleep at the gate of your most powerful

modality to create a positive or negative space around you

on this journey of life: Your Tongue.

 

Science proves that your brain actually shrinks in the midst of

complaining, either from your own mouth or people around you.

Victory over undesirable circumstances lies in your ability

to occupy the space you feel honors the person you are committed

to being. Do you edify yourself and those around you or do

you cut down yourself and those around you? The choice is

yours and makes all the difference in the outcomes you experience.

 

This week I invite you to take a complaining fast, I’m going to join

you in this practice. As you feel a negative conclusion or statement

bubbling up into your mouth, put your hand over your mouth

and step away from the situation if necessary to catch yourself.

As quickly as possible flip the negative thought into a positive one.

 

For example: “I am so exhausted and fed up with my work load.”

Flip It: “I love how much effort I put behind what I do in life, my

body is telling me it’s time to take a break and restore so I can

continue to show up the way I want to show up, and I am going to honor that.”

 

“When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example, although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course one’s life on fire…” James 3:3-6

Nolite Timere: Fear Not!

Because of His Love,

Lauren

EGI Episode 6: Setting Christian Norms

We as Christians must have norms and values to do the lords work.  We must understand how to guide each other to effective member behavior, which is not easy because of (1) the flesh and (2) interpersonal problems that get in the way.

So what does this mean for us to have Christian norms and values?

Is it Ethics or Morally Driven? And who gives us this compass to follow?

There are 3 things that will guide you in setting Christian norms for you and your teams

  1. Know your absolute authority is with Christ.

Christians are given God’s grace which places our lives under the absolute lordship of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:21 – “For me to live is Christ” meaning he is the center of our life.

Romans 13:1 – Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

  1. Know where the source of our norms comes from.

What is clear from I Corinthians 11 is that the norms for us do not lie in our culture, but rather in the Word of God., and that God’s Word and God’s Spirit bring with them a new culture. Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

  1. React to other by Gods examples

Jesus says in John 13:15: “…I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you”

Romans 2:14 says that “the Gentiles who have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law.”

So in order for us as Christians to establish norms, we must look beyond the written communicative, respectful and problem-solving aspects in the secular world and dig look deeper in the word of God.

Paul shares that if that was written in man’s conscience at creation, why do we need the Ten Commandments?’ the answer is that our conscience has fallen.

Conscience can only be our guide if our conscience is ruled by the Word of God.

Estella & Lauren

EGI Episode 4: To Trust or Not to Trust In God

To Trust or Not to Trust In God…The Choice is Yours and Leads to Inner Peace or Turmoil

Our choice to trust in God results in 4 Gifts from God:

  • Fearlessness
  • Direction/Guidance
  • Strength
  • Protection and Care

Trusting God =

  1. Fearlessness: Isaiah 12:2: “I will trust in the Lord and not be afraid.” Fear is the body’s response to the thought life fueled by three main concerns:
  • I’m not OK
  • I won’t be able to handle this situation
  • I might die…real death or death of EGO

Solution: John 4:18: “There is no fear in love. Perfect love casts out all fear.” As we trust God and seek Him first above all things His love is made complete in our hearts and minds. Action step: Pause before each transition in your day I invite God’s grace into your activities, ask for the grace to trust that the outcomes you experience are in His hands and that He works all things together for your ultimate good in life (Romans 8:28)

  1. Direction and Guidance: Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart (step away from trusting in the work of your hands and material success for your sense of worth and value) and lean not on your own understanding In all of your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”

Questions for reflection:

  • What do you trust in more than God? Outward acknowledgement? Material success? What is your “ring”? The vice that has captured your attention along with your identity over the Lord’s guidance in your life? Perhaps it’s busyness? “Who would I be if I’m not doing? Achieving? Accomplishing?”
  • When have you recently leaned on your own understanding and taken action on that understanding rather than pausing and praying for the Lord’s direction and guidance?
  • When was a time in your life when you did pause and trust the Lord to guide your paths and the outcome was unexpected and also in your favor?
  1. Strength: “In quietness and trust is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15

Questions for reflection:  

  • When is this practice difficult for you?
  • When is it easy to practice quietness and trust in your life?
  • Reflect on a time recently when you Let Go and Let God into a situation that caused you anxiety? What happened?
  1. Protection and Care: “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7

Questions for reflection:

  • When have you felt the Lord’s care for you in a troubling moment in life?
  • When you give God the first fruits of your day in prayer and reflection before jumping on any electronic device to explore your connections with the world, what do you notice to be different in your perspectives throughout your day?
  • Explore reflecting on this question before you begin your day: What do I feel God’s intention is for my life today? What is my intention for my life? Trust in the Lord’s care and protection of you today, when anxiety pops up simply say as you clap your hands to help flip your mind out of anxiety: “No…I give YOU God more authority than this situation that is causing me anxiety.” 

4 Things Not to Trust In:

  1. Idols: “Those who say to images (things) you are our god’s will be turned back in utter shame.” Isaiah 42:17
  1. Deceptive Words: Flattery; Fame Game; Popularity. “Deceptive words are worthless.” Jeremiah 7:4
  1. Your Own Understanding: “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
  1. Riches and Material Gain: “I have toiled in vain. I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely the justice due to me is with the Lord, and my reward with my God.” Isaiah 49:4 The parable Jesus told of the rich man and his barns: Luke 12:20-21 The man put his trust in his riches and wanted to store up more so he decided to build another barn to store all of his stuff in. That night God said, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” Jesus concludes the story with some great guidance: “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

EGI Episode 2: Three Things that Block Gods Favor

Edge God In Episode 2, hosted by Estella and Lauren, gives the listener three things that block Gods Favor. The lesson begins with Deuteronomy 28, sharing the positive rewards experienced when in Gods favor and continues by taking the listener through the three steps and solutions needed to stay in the favor of God.

Scripture: Deuteronomy 28: And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth….

Step 1. Listening to the voices in the world instead of God’s voice.

Solution: First Things First: Commit to daily mindful living in constant conversation with God. 2. Following idols: popularity; possessions and power.

Step 2. Following idols: popularity; possessions and power.

Solution: Step off the stage, stop casting yourself in the drama and allow God to place you in His will.

Step 3. Avoid tuning into and obeying what God tells you.

Solution: Bookend your day with prayer and scripture meditation and pull the lesson through your day ending the day with reflection around the ways you succeeded in God and those areas you compromised for the sake of worldly approval.

~ LaurenEstella 2017

Joy to the World -The Lord has come!

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Isaiah 9:6 – For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. KJV.

This is my favorite  time of year because it makes life meaningful. If it weren’t for this event in history, we would be lost and not blessed with eternal life.

During the holiday’s we forget the true gift of Christmas, as we get caught up in giving to others and in self. I pray that we take to time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, which is spreading the gift of Gods ability to give us eternal life through our savior Jesus Christ.

I pray that we carry and share this gift throughout the year, and turn our attention to all the things that make his vision possible in the work we do and the lives we touch.

Blessing!!

~Estella