Welcome to Hanging Out With Jesus

Are you unclear about your calling? Or your ministry or business? Struggling to find your place in the body of Christ? Aren’t sure where to begin, once you do know?

Don’t sweat it!

You are in the right place!

Well Hello! I’m Lyvita and I’ve been there and done that a lot. Presently, I’m a Christian Bible Teaching, podcasting, blogging, author who is a business woman. Whew! Never thought, God was calling me to anything but teaching. WOW, has it been a worrisome and confusing ordeal. Do you feel me?

And yet, the more I sort to know God, the closer I got to the answer that seem to allude me, “What did you call me to do?”  The answer was simple. It was just time-consuming. It was through practicing spiritual disciplines that I learned to commune with God.  This ultimately helped me discover my calling but other life decisions. 

My mission in life is to help you journey through not just finding your calling but also, who you are and whose you are. It’s in knowing this, that you will discover just how faithful God is and how precious you are to Him.

Take your first step by joining the email list which will provide practical tools and resources, and motivation to  actually do it. It’s time to journey with God in doing what He’s called you to do. BE YOU!

 


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Developing Disciplines: Relationship With Holy Spirit

7/22/2021 7:01:00 AM BY Lyvita Brooks

Developing a relationship with Holy Spirit can connect you with your calling in Christ.

I’ve been dwelling of my calling, lately. Within the past two weeks, I participated in a class to help with blogging. Only to find out it’s even more than that. I’m learning how to run this ministry on-line. It’s awakening memories of the experiences God uses to get me where I am today.

When you look at where you once were, as a new Christian, do you see any changes? Or are you struggling with trying to find clarity and confidence in what you are doing, like I did? Are you looking for step one, now that you do know your calling? Well check out this episode of the podcast. It was through the things I discussed in this episode, that I saw an even bigger vision of my calling. God’s got one for you, too!

 

After listening to the episode, there is someone that you need to spend time with.

Yes, Holy Spirit.

Not simply time to ask but more of learning to beware of His presence. Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Jesus. He is ever present with you.

One of my favorite authors and guest speakers on the podcast, that I like to talk to about Holy Spirit is Sarah Bowling. She recently wrote, Your Friendship with Holy Spirit: An Interactive Guide to Growing Your Relationship with God.

I thought this book was going to be a study guide, but it turned out to be more. It’s like a question and answer journal that helps you explore your relationships with others in order to better understand your relationship with Holy Spirit.

One of the notable lines that Sarah writes can be found in Chapter 1. It reads, “…a relationship can only be as deep or as intimate as each person knows themselves and the other person.” I believe that this is the goal of this guide. To help you deepen your relationship with Holy Spirit as you look through the lens of friendship.

The guide helps you identify, connect and deepen your relationship through discussions, questions and assessments. It’s going to take you some time to finish, if you really want to develop a deeper relationship with Holy Spirit.

Although Sarah Bowling and I don’t agree on the gender of Holy Spirit. She states in this guide that He is gender neutral because He is a Spirit. And yet, the chapters she draw from in John 14 to 16, call Holy Spirit … He. You take a look. The question now is, is that important enough to disqualify this guide?

Nope.

What’s important is does this guide help you get closer to God? I believe it will. It will also help you determine who Holy Spirit is to you. So take the time to “sit with Holy Spirit”. Below is a spiritual discipline to help you practice.

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: 1: Practicing Silence

Memory Verses: Try memorizing the two verses for the rest of July. Post them around the house to help you keep them near and recite in your daily prayers, when applicable. 

  • Jeremiah 1:5
  • Jeremiah 1:8

The Story Bible: Read through the Bible in 31 days. You should be finished on July 31st.

Share your experiences below in the comment section.

Bible Reading for August: 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.

Summer books I’m reading:

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Prayer Powered Entrepreneur by Kim Avery

What books are you reading this summer? Let me know in the comment section below. Also you can check me out on Goodreads.com.

Shalom!

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Developing Disciplines: The Blog is Changing

7/8/2021 8:29:00 AM BY Lyvita Brooks

Hello Saints,

    How is the summer coming along? Cicada’s are gone and a breezy heat has arrived. Thought I’d send you a semi-letter (if I can say that) about the changes coming this summer to the blog. As I learn more about blogging, podcasting and having an on-line business, changes will occur. Here are a few of the changes:

  1. Presently, you receive two emails from me on the same day. It will now change to one. 

  2. The new email will contain: the blog, podcast, and monthly opportunities for growth.

  3. Monthly Opportunities for Growth are now called Monthly Tools for Developing Disciplines.

  4. I’m working on two projects which you will hear more about as we go along but to give you a hint: lauch of a new journal and developing an online business.

So let’s get to it! Below contains the new format. Hope you enjoy it. Let me know what questions you have about growing in Christ. You never know, it might be in an upcoming post.

Listen to This Week’s Podcast

It’s seems like people are talking a lot about Holy Spirit.  Have you? This Thursday, I’m talking with Sarah Bowling about developing a relationship with Holy Spirit. So how and why does one do that? 

 
 

Monthly Tools for Developing Disciplines – July

The Story Bible: Read through the Bible in 31 days using The Story Bible. Start July 1st and read one chapter a day until you finish on day 31. I’m presently on chapter 13. In the comment section below let me know if you are joining me and what chapter you are on?

 

Spiritual Discipline to Practice: How do you intercede in prayer for someone?

 

  • First, select a person you know has a want, need, is suffering or struggling. Ask Holy Spirit for a name.
  • Second, quiet your thoughts, for a moment.
  • Third, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you on what to pray for this person.
  • Lastly, ask God in Jesus name to do that thing. Amen.

 

Memory Verses: Try memorizing these two verses for the month of July. Post them around the house for easy access and act as a reminder. Also recite them your daily prayers, when applicable. Tag me @hangingoutwithjesuspodcast on Mondays where you will find the verse(s) posted.

  • 1 Corinthians 2:9
  • Acts 2:38

 

Summer books I’m reading:                   Join me!

What books are you reading this summer? Let me know in the comment section below. Someone maybe reading the same book.

 

Flash Fiction: I Can’t Think by Lyvita Brooks

We stared at each other, unmoved by deadlines and the ache in my head. Nothing’s rhyming. Why didn’t I stay home? The medicine isn’t working and my stomach is wacked. My effete will read: The Jingle King, put down by the mucus in her head.

 

Summertime brings out a change of scenery and blogging. Have a powerful July.

Shalom,

Lyvita

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God-Focused Family Vacation

6/24/2021 8:27:00 AM BY Lyvita Brooks

It’s BREAK-OUT-TIME!

Have you ever thought of having a  God-focused Family Vacation?  

W-H-A-T?!  

I know.  

Vacations are for chilling. Who better to refresh you and chill out with, then God?  

Isaiah 40:31 - but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 

Matthew 6:33 - But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 

Psalm 46:10 - Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.  

Romans 15:13 -  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

While reading the scriptures, did you feel a tug to be alone with the Lord? Cool!  

Here is what a  God-focused Family Vacation is and its benefits: 

  • Spending time alone with God 
  • Spending time with each other 
  • Sharing the goodness of God
  • Developing memories
  • A new experience as a family
  • Doing something different but special 

Sounds like too much alone time with God? Do you feel a little tense about this whole thing? Don’t. The purpose of the vacation is to spend time as a family with the Triune God. 

I provided a free downloadable Personal Prayer Retreat Planning Guide  to get you started. Download now.

Here’s how to get started: 

  1. Gather your family together to begin the discussion around having a God-focused vacation. Share the scriptures above for inspiration. Ask the following questions: 
  • Why should we do this?
  • What would be our focus?
  • Should we all focus on one theme, topic or book? 
  • Where would we go to spend at least, an hour of consecutive time alone with God, without interruption? 
  • Who will schedule the rooms or will each person schedule their own room?  
  1. Schedule a 3 to 7 day stay at a Christian retreat area, hotel or cabin that has: 
  • A place for praying alone on their campus 
  • TV access isn’t easily accessible 
  • Exercise room 
  • Sporting activities on the premise, i.e. swimming pool, tennis court, basketball, miniature golf, etc. (things the family like to do) 
  1. Define as a family “The Why” of what you are doing. Come up with a family theme, i.e. what is sanctification, studying the Book of Romans, or Understanding Holy Spirit. Participate in reading a chapter a day from The Story Bible within 31 days. (See Monthly Opportunities for Growth – below) Check out the pre-recorded webinar on The Forgotten God: Who is He? This may spark a conversation on what your family should focus on. Sharing how to spend alone time with the Lord draws closeness. Isn’t the saying, “A family that prays together stays together”? What better way to do it than on a vacation, especially designed for it. Also, if you are fasting for a couple hours during the day, make sure that everyone is healthy enough to do so. 
     
  2. Set up a daily schedule using ideas from the one to seven day retreat schedule found in the Personal Prayer Retreat Planning Guide. Schedule should consist of: 
  • Two times, daily, during your stay to meet together as a family at the same time 
  • Three times, daily, during your stay to meet with God alone at the same time 
  • This is a retreat so don’t bring a lot of gadgets with you that can be distracting.  
  • Also the Personal Prayer Retreat Planning Guide, is just that, a guide to helping you and your family decide what to do. Don’t try to do everything you read. Focus on “THE WHY” your family is taking this vacation. 
  1. End the vacation with a culminating celebration of thanksgiving and worshipping God. Once everything is scheduled, begin packing! Make sure you have your Bible, plenty of paper and writing tools. 

Now if you are wondering if you can use this as a guide for you and your friends. Please by all means do. Share this blog with your friends or send them to get their own Personal Prayer Retreat Planning Guide.  I use it when scheduling my workshops during writing conferences. 

This year take a family vacation with God that will last a life time. 

 

Monthly Opportunities for Growth – July  

The Story BibleRead through the Bible in 31 days using The Story Bible. Start July 1st and read one chapter a day until you finish on day 31.  It’s designed to read like a continuous novel. Sometimes changing your Bible translation can spark a renewed delight in reading and pondering God’s word.

Spiritual Discipline to Practice: Intercessory Prayer - Learn how to intercede for your 

Summer book I’m reading1984 by George Orwell 

Shalom! 

 

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