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Is your life full of hurry, worry, and scurry? Do you feel like you are in a battle and all you want to do is do what God’s called you to do, or at least spend more time in His presence?

Well Hello Saint! I’m Lyvita and like you I find that life can get in the way of me doing all that God’s called me to do.

I’ve learned that “life happens” and you either deal with it or fake it, but being rooted and grounded in practicing spiritual disciplines is the key to living a disciplined, passionate, and purposeful life in Christ.

One of my greatest mission is to help you live a disciplined life in Christ with purpose and passion by providing the tools, resources, and motivtion to help you get there. Learn More.

 

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Is It EVER Too Late To Find Or Begin Your Calling or Ministry?

9/9/2021 2:14:00 PM BY Lyvita Brooks

Is it ever too late to find or begin your calling? Is it ever too late to find or begin your ministry? Is it ever to late begin building a business?

N-E-V-E-R!

Age has nothing to do with your calling or ministry. When God gives you the vision, act on it. Time and consistency are the problems not age.

There are so many people, over 40 that have been successful. For example, Toni Morrison won a Pulitzer Prize for “Beloved” at 56 and the Nobel Prize in Literature five years later. Raymond Chandler, an America mystery writer, at age 51 first book, “The Big Sleep,” was published.

God has a way of building you up to do what He’s called you to do. So don’t despise the age at which you get started. Don’t overthink if you can do it or not. Do it! God will bring the increase. God made you for a purpose. Once you begin to move forward towards doing it. He will make it even clearer to you, but you have to be in motion to receive the benefits.

Think about Moses in Exodus chapter 3. God used a burning bush to get his attention, which resulted in Moses saying, “Here, I am.” Now the rest is history. Same for you and me. God has been using some unique ways of getting our attention, but are we listening. It’s through moments of silence, listening, not trying to analyze or maneuver, that you can hear from God.

Let’s be clear. When something is highlighted in our spirit, we do one of two things: act on it or ignore it. Acting on it means you are moving toward it, finding out more about it, going in the direction of seeking it being fulfilled. Ignoring it, is seeing, not believing, and going to do something other than that.

Beginning your ministry, starting a busines, or finding your calling in God is never late. It’s on time. The point is, “Are you ready?”

What spiritual discipline can you practice to help you create space in your life to commune with God about your calling or ministry? See below.

 

Spiritual Discipline to Practice: Silence

Place yourself in the presence of God. Be still, quieting all voices in your head and noises around you. Say, “Here I am, Lord. Your servant is listening.” As distractions come to mind, say, “beep, beep.” Then return to God repeating “Here I am Lord. Your servant is listening.” Now allow the Holy Spirit to lead your time with God in silence.

 

Podcast Episode to revisit: Keeping In Step With Holy Spirit or Do You Have a Relationship With Holy Spirit?

Memory Verses: Try memorizing the two verses, below, for the rest of September. Post them around the house to help you keep them near and recite in your daily prayers, when applicable. Also write them in your journal as you reflect on what Holy Spirit is sharing with you from God.

  • 2 Timothy 1:9
  • 1 Corinthians 7:17

Bible Reading: Read through 1st and 2nd Corinthians

Plan to start September 1st and read one chapter a day until you finish on day 31. I usually do my reading at night. Purchase a journal from the store or get a composition book. Record the scripture and then your thoughts. Make sure after you read, you stop and listen for Holy Spirit to speak to you. In the comment section below let me know how things are going.

Books I’m reading: Try reading 10 pages a day.

Send me a book title and author you’d like for me to read in the comment section? Also you can check me out on Goodreads.com.

Shalom!

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Silence vs Meditation

8/26/2021 7:53:00 PM BY Lyvita Brooks

Confused about Silence vs Meditation, well there is a difference. You want to meditate, but how is it different than silence?

It is so important to sit silently after prayer, meditation, or bible study, in order to soak in all you have just learned. But wait, didn’t I say meditation. Isn’t silence and meditation the same thing?

Nope.

Here is my definition:

Silence is basically not talking, inside your mind or aloud and being still.
Meditation includes silence, especially at the beginning but there is talking going on in your mind.

Both silence and meditation, you can do while in motion.

Is there a difference between how the Eastern religions, Mindfulness and New Age gurus practice silence and meditation, from the Christians?

Yes.

For Christians, believers in Christ Jesus who practice Silence and Meditation, our understanding and practice comes from God’s word.

  • Habakkuk 2:20 (NIV) – “The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him. “ This implies being quiet, reverencing God, a peace, expecting God to show up and do something awesome.
  • Revelation 8:1(NIV) – “When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” Here we find silence is not talking, not praising, no noise, just quietness, a stillness, an expectation or wonderment about what has just happened.
  • Joshua 1:7 - 9 (NIV) – “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” We are told specifically what to meditate on - the laws handed down my Moses. Today this is the Bible because the laws have been included. Therefore, that means some thinking is going on inside your head or aloud. You are pondering, mulling over a word, phrase, thought, or idea.
  • Psalm 77:10 - 12 (NIV) – “Then I thought, “To this I will appeal: the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.  I will remember the deeds of the Lord: yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” Again we are told what to ponder, ruminate our thoughts on.

When we practice silence and meditation we are gazing on God’s work and word. Slowing down and giving full attention to God is the foundation of Christian’s Silence and Meditation.

Below are practices for applying the spiritual disciplines of silence and meditation.

 

Spiritual Discipline to Practice: Silence & Meditation

Begin with quieting your thoughts. Thinking about putting your mind, thoughts, cares and worries at the feet of Jesus so you can be in the presence of God. Then listen to the sounds around you, slowly push them away as you find peace of Holy Spirit settling you from inside your body. Breathe. Breathe again. Breathe deeper. Then recite one of the memory verses for this month. Listening to each word, especially those that seem to jump out at you. Then end your time with sitting quietly and not thinking. Lastly, journal your experience.

Podcast Episode to revisit: Consider the Birds When Communing With God

Memory Verses: Try memorizing the two verses, below, for the rest of August. Post them around the house to help you keep them near and recite in your daily prayers, when applicable. Also write them in your journal as you reflect on what Holy Spirit is sharing with you from God. 

  • Psalm 119:15
  • John 15: 1 - 27

Bible Reading: Read through the Book of Proverbs

Plan to start August 1st and read one chapter a day until you finish on day 31. Purchase a journal from the store or get a composition book. Record the scripture and then your thoughts. Make sure after you read, you stop and listen for Holy Spirit to speak to you. In the comment section below let me know how things are going.

Bible Reading for September: Read through 1st and 2nd Corinthians

Plan to start September 1st and read one chapter a day until you finish on day 31. I usually do my reading at night. Purchase a journal from the store or get a composition book. Record the scripture and then your thoughts. Make sure after you read, you stop and listen for Holy Spirit to speak to you. In the comment section below let me know how things are going.

Summer books I’m reading: Try reading 10 pages a day.

What books have you read this summer? Let me know in the comment section below. It’s cool to find out what you are reading. Also you can check me out on Goodreads.com.

Shalom!

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The Benefits of Practicing Spiritual Disciplines

8/12/2021 7:33:00 AM BY Lyvita Brooks

Daily, there is so much coming at us. We have to decipher what is truth or lie, manipulation or honesty, and man’s wisdom versus God’s wisdom. While also trying to live a righteous lifestyle that is pleasing in God’s sight.

That’s a lot.

And yet, it’s not.

If you are practicing spiritual disciplines.

Spiritual disciplines or spiritual practices are regular actions or activities you do for the purpose of cultivating a relationship with God to advance the kingdom of God. Yes, there are other definitions out there, but this one is for us, the believer.  They allow us to:

  • Reflect on our relationship with the Triune God
  • Schedule time in our busy lives to STOP and BREATHE
  • See what the Holy Spirit is doing in our lives and others
  • Connect with our God and our calling, mission in life
  • Let go of life, in order, to let in our freedom found in Christ

What are spiritual disciplines or practices? For the believer, the Christian, they are found in the Bible. They are:

  • Bible Study
  • Prayer
  • Worship
  • Evangelism
  • Serving
  • Stewardship
  • Fasting
  • Silence and Solitude
  • Journaling

If you are tired, overwhelmed, or just need a break, below is a spiritual discipline you can practice now. I’ve also included a link to The Personal Prayer Retreat Guide which gives you direction on how to plan and schedule practicing spiritual disciplines.

 

Spiritual Discipline to Practice: Journaling

Writing prayers, reflections, meditations, and questions around scripture(s) you read, heard or studied. Recording your frustrations, blessings, visions, dreams, and hopes in a notebook, composition book, journal or diary. Spend some time today, doing just that, after sitting in silence, listening to what the Holy Spirit has to share with you from Abba, Father.

Podcast Episode to revisit: Devotional Reading and Journaling: Personalizing Scripture

Memory Verses: Try memorizing the two verses, below, for the rest of August. Post them around the house to help you keep them near and recite in your daily prayers, when applicable. Also write them in your journal as you reflect on what Holy Spirit is sharing with you from God.

  • Proverbs 20:5
  • Habakkuk 2:2

Bible Reading: Read through the Book of Proverbs

Plan to start August 1st and read one chapter a day until you finish on day 31. Purchase a journal from the store or get a composition book. Record the scripture and then your thoughts. Make sure after reading, you stop and listen for Holy Spirit speak to you. In the comment section below let me know how things are going.

Summer books I’m reading: Try reading 10 pages a day. I learned this from reading Hal Elrod book on Miracle Mornings.

What books are you reading this summer? Let me know in the comment section below. It’s cool to find out what you are reading. Also you can check me out on Goodreads.com.

Shalom!

As always, your thoughts are appreciated, so write comments by clicking on the button below. If you don’t receive our biweekly updates, please click here to subscribe.