Welcome to Hanging Out With Jesus

...Where you will find resources to help you grow in love with God, your neighbor, and yourself.

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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Book Review: Psalm 91 God’s Shield of Protection

7/9/2020 1:40:00 PM BY Lyvita Brooks

Title: Psalm 91 God’s Shield of Protection

Author: Peggy Joyce Ruth and Angelia Ruth Schum

Summary: This book takes you through Psalm 91 verse-by-verse. It explains in detail God’s promises of protection from every evil known to man. Psalm 91 is deeper than I thought. Thank goodness, the author includes ways to overcome these evils by using the most important tool God has given us. The Bible. It’s through the Bible that you meet Jesus Christ and the God in whom we can put our trust. He is the Most High, the Almighty, LORD and my God.

 

Most Important Aspect: It’s not just another book for Bible study.  It goes further, by showing us how the lives of others were impacted by applying the principles in Psalm 91 to their lives. Let’s say, when two or three are gathered in the name of our Lord, on one accord, miracles happen.

 

Memorable Quote from the Book: “Promises of protection can be found throughout the Bible, but Psalm 91 is the only place in the Word where all the protection promises are brought together in one collection – forming a covenant written through the Holy Spirit.” (Taken from page 121) This Psalm is worth putting to memory and meditating on.  

 

Conclusion: This is the book God used to inspire me to begin the Psalm 91 Read Aloud Challenge, and then, the Ps91 Bible Study Zoom Class. I urge you to please, do more than read this book, but spend time in quiet meditation, seeking God’s face, listening and waiting for Him to show Himself faithful. God loves us. It’s time to embrace all that God’s given you, but you must first know, who He is. 

 

Call to Action:

  1. Put July 23, 2020 on your calendar. Peggy Ruth will be talking about Psalm 91 on Hanging Out With Jesus Podcast. This is a powerful psalm.
  2. Check out Peggy Joyce Ruth Ministries  for workbooks, children coloring books, for mother and for civilian and military books all focused on Psalm 91. Pick one and begin the journey.
  3. Browse Peggy’s website www.peggyjoyceruth.org for more information on applying Psalm 91 into your life.
  4. If you have not done so, click on Psalm 91 Challenge above to begin your journey into creating space to commune with God, daily and intentionally, for 21 days.

Closing: Until we meet again on the next blog, continue hanging out with Jesus. Shalom!

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What’s Really Behind “Black Lives Matter” (BLM)?

6/25/2020 3:00:00 PM BY Lyvita Brooks

Let’s be clear, there is more to “Black Lives Matter.” Wake up Believers, always look behind “the cause” to see what an organization or group is pushing. People are looking for equality on all levels, but what are “all levels” and do some of these levels conflict with what is written in the Bible. In this case, it does?

Don’t take my word for it, check it out for yourself. That means, read it beyond skimming and pass the first five paragraphs (i.e. LGBTQIA+, decentralizing men, against the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure, freedom from heteronormative thinking).    

Black Lives Matter (BLM)

The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL)

 

Also read

“Every Black Life Matters but I Won’t Support BLM”

 

And this one, it contains curse words

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/niger-innis-black-lives-matter-agenda-doesnt-have-a-damn-thing-to-do-with-saving-black-lives

 

Here is what we see, which is being pushed in the forefront

A Black Lives Co-Founder Explains Why This Time is Different

 

I leave you with this one

The BLM Agenda

 

So what are your thoughts? Send me your comments. Let’s talk because our mission as followers of Christ hasn’t changed, which is to spread the Gospel. It is in spreading the Gospel that we do not want to get tangle up into what looks on the surface as a good thing being pushed by a cause we cannot fully embrace. Be careful my Brothers and Sisters-in-Christ, everything that seems right or that’s gold really isn’t. We live in a world of sin. Sinning is what we really fight against. Our guide is our Bible. Let’s continue to push God’s truth, because He died for all

Shalom!

 

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How can birds revitalize your devotional time?

6/11/2020 6:28:00 AM BY Lyvita Brooks

Title: Consider the Birds Reflections to Make You Soar

Author: Jewell Utt

Summary: Have you read Matthew 6: 26 lately? Please do so. Then, I invite you to read Consider the Birds Reflections to Make You Soar. This reflective devotional is written by Jewell Utt, a Bible teacher who writes monthly devotionals on her website. She calls you to stop what you are doing, the business of life, the hustle of getting things done, or the boredom of doing nothing, to look outside, and listen. The birds are talking. They are doing what they are designed to do. Can watching birds, help me? Are their similarities between birds and me? Similar questions will arise as you ponder this book. It guides you through a variety of bird behaviors, stimulating your devotional time where you can commune with God. Resulting in “… seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33), and all your cares, worries, and uncertainties, melt away, as you become focused in the ‘silence of nature’, being strengthen for the day.

Most Important Aspect: Although each chapter contains a scripture, story and unique bird behavior which resemble human characteristics, I found the reflection pages and pictures of the birds to be the most lasting. I believe Fred R. Barnard said it first, “a picture is worth a thousand words” and I’d like to add, “Some of the best things happen when you become the listener and recorder of your aha moments.” Hopefully, Jewell’s next book will have bigger pictures of the birds.

Brief Quote: Jewell writes, “Birds fly together, preen each other, and stop to give support when one is hurt.” She then shares her experience in seeing a hurried driver’s selfish act towards geese. How many times have you stopped everything to help someone? When was the last time you stopped and considered anything or one that tried to slow you down?  This book causes you to do just that.  Slow down and listen. Then, redirects your conversation towards talking to God.

Conclusion: The business of life is not the answer. It’s in the quiet moments that you grow in Christ so the business will not overwhelm you. Be encouraged by the call of the birds, they will help you make sense of your life as you seek God’s face. Personally, I pay more attention to them now because their purpose can often inform my life. 

Call to Action:

Put June 25, 2020 on your calendar. Jewell will guide us through the practice of devotional reading on Hanging Out With Jesus Podcast.

Go to www.jewellutt.com for her monthly devotions and more information.
Purchase Consider the Birds Reflections to soar. It’s also on Amazon.

Closing: Until we meet again on the next blog, continue hanging out with Jesus, intentionally and daily. Shalom!