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Hi, I’m Lyvita Brooks, a Christian with a busy schedule, seeking daily to spend time with Jesus, just like you. This site is designed to help you create space in your life to commune with God, intentionally and daily. Check out our blog for resources and our podcast for practicing a spiritual discipline with me, Lyvita. Sometimes our journey in Christ is more uplifting when we share our experiences.


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How To Stop Focusing On Fearful Thoughts

9/10/2020 6:02:00 AM BY Lyvita

Have you ever heard of Fear-Based Thinking? Me neither. 

Fear-Based Thinking happens to our mind and brain when repeatedly exposed to experiences or messages that trigger fear. One problem with Fear-Based Thinking is that it stops us from asking questions. Whoa!

During my study of Psalm 91, verses 5-6 stood out. If you listened to Hanging Out With Jesus Podcast #9, Peggy Ruth, the guest speaker, spoke about how important it is to guard your thoughts. Verse 5-6 list the 4 categories of evil known to man that we are not to fear:

 

Note: Natural disasters are not acts of God but acts of nature.

Question: How does fear become fear? Your thoughts.

 

Question: How can we stop fear from becoming fear? Well, not all fear is bad. For example seeing a tree limb hit the window of your car, will produce “healthy” fear, because you move quickly to save your life. So how do you overcome fear? What is needed to conquer what God tells us to not be afraid of? Maybe this chart can help:

 

We have a protector (God) and protection (God’s Word) but we have to know that in order to use our protection correctly and believe our protector. Are you willing to take time to read your Bible today? Are you willing to put on your armor today? If you have not done so yet, then practice what is under the “What you should do” above in order to be ready to use your spiritual weapons the next time one of the fear’s rear its ugly head.

 

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How Do You Really Connect With God?

8/20/2020 6:43:00 AM BY Lyvita Brooks

Hi Saints of God,

     It is always my hope to help you grow in your walk with Christ. This post is about intimacy, and so is the Hanging Out With Jesus Podcast with guest speaker, Kristi Gaultiere. She is the wife of Bill Gaultiere, the author of Your Best Life In Jesus’ Easy Yoke: Rhythms of Grace to De-Stress and Live Empowered.

This book provides you with many ways to connect with God. The problem is you can get stuck on trying one discipline until you forget that there is more to read. Yep, that happened to me. I am enjoying what they call Breathe Prayer. It is breathing and praying God’s Word. It can be very helpful if you are trying to change a habit, such as, profanity. Instead of getting all hot and bothered about what someone said or did, you’ll pause, then breathe and pray.

The interesting part is there is a section on “Blessing Your Competitors.” It will make you laugh, but seriously, we should be a blessing to everyone, not just our love ones. 

Another part of this book I like is that in each section it has Soul Talk, which is also the name of their podcast. It allows you to ponder rather you are applying the disciplines out of routine, or are you really giving them over to the Lord and taking on His yoke.

Now the best part of the book. Wait for it… It allows you time to connect with God. How? By taking time to practice the disciplines. There is no time limit. I can be anywhere, be doing anything, and still apply many of the disciplines outlined in this book.

Developing a relationship with God is critical to our growth as believers and as an Ambassadors for Christ. Take some time to read this book and experience greater connection with God, because you want to. Check out their website: SoulSheperding.org for other books.

Shalom,

Lyvita

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Does Jesus Care If We Cuss?

8/13/2020 6:02:00 AM BY Lyvita

I have been thinking about this topic for a while. Some believers I know think it is OK to say the “d”-word, the “s”-word. They claim that they are expressing their feelings and Jesus wouldn’t want it all bottled up. Others say, “Well, it’s really how I feel.” Then I have those who say, “What’s the difference between that and saying “heck no”, “shoot” or “oh man”? Then there are those who say, “Hell, fool and dam are in the Bible?

This is my take on all this. First, did the Bible ever record Jesus saying cuss words? Second, what does the Bible say about the words we speak? Last, does language have an impact on our perception of a follower of Christ?

Here are just a few scriptures on profanity/cussing/cursing:

Colossians 3:8 

But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

Ephesians 4:29 

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Matthew 12:36-37 

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

James 3:10 

From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

Matthew 15:10-11 

And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”

Ephesians 5:4 

Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

James 1:26 

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

Proverbs 21:23 

Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

2 Timothy 2:16 

But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,

Psalm 19:14 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Luke 6:45 

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Exodus 20:7 

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

That’s a lot of scriptures. There are more, but I’ll let you take some time and discover them. 

So to answer the question: Does Jesus care if we cuss, use profanity, curse words? YES!

Not only does Jesus Christ care, but He says that it is wrong. Read James 3:10 again. You will be accountable for every word you speak. Read Matthew 12:36-37 again. To highlight it all, words come from your heart. So, what this means is that cursing is in your heart. These types of feelings are in your heart? 

No one is condemning anyone for using profanity. It may be so engrained into your vocabulary until it comes out before you know it. The point is… it’s time to tame the tongue. 

Did you know that Control of the Tongue is a spiritual discipline? Yes, it is. It involves intentionally being aware of your words and tone of voice in all communication. 

Do you desire to turn this destructive way of using words to a more Christ-like speech of love, healing, and support? If so, here are a few ways to get started (pick one):

  • Scripture tells us we will give an account for our words, all of them. Therefore, spend some time praying about how you use words. Repent for those you have already spoken and include Psalm 19:14 in your prayer.

 

  • Try adding these words to your vocabulary, more: “Thank you,” “You are great at…,” “I’m Sorry,” “My Mistake,” and “You are welcome.” Refrain from using words like “You always,” “You never, and “Every time, you” because these are fighting words. An argument is about to erupt or, “you’re just trying to start something.”

 

  • Choose a habit of speech you wish to break. Decide what new habit you want to replace it with. Then ask two friends to hold you accountable by praying for you and keeping you on point. Give yourself 30 days. Why? Check out the video on this clip, but scroll down pass the chocolate cake: Blackmores.

 

 

  • When feelings of anger arise, either leave that environment, count to 10, or quote one scripture above, until you cool down or can speak without using profanity.

Now if you still feel using profanity, curse words or cussing is OK, then I’d like to share two more things:

  • If you are using profanity as a form of agreement. It is still cursing. Saying, “Hell, yes,” is still inappropriate. Why? It diminishes the shocking thought of an eternity apart from God. Here’s another thought. Sprinkling conversations with obscenities related to sexual intimacy demeans and muddles the sacredness of marriage as described by God between a man and a woman.

 

  • Your words are powerful. Jesus Christ, words are powerful… hence the Bible. Do you want to be known for cussing at someone or building people up? 

Using profanity, every so often, is the same as using profanity. You are accountable. James 3:10, read it again. Read all of them again. Real change is hard, but you, I, we as believers have the Holy Spirit. Change is what you release to God. Either all at once or slowly. The choice is yours.

I’d like to end with: you have the opportunity to change your life and others. Psalm 91 reminds us we are not to fear. God’s got us. We must dwell in Him, trust Him. In everything, we have a choice. What’s your choice… to cuss or not?

If you need some time to talk to God about changing your life, check out Hanging Out With Jesus Podcast. I design it to help you create space to commune with God.  

Shalom!