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“God has transmitted his very substance into every Scripture, for it is God-breathed. It will empower you by its instruction and correction, giving you the strength to take the right direction and lead you deeper into the path of godliness. Then you will be God’s servant, fully mature and perfectly prepared to fulfill any assignment God gives you.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (The Passion Translation)

The Bible IS Power

In the beginning of the Book of John we read that the “Word” is Jesus and Jesus is the “Word.” God inspired every Word of the Bible that we read and it was written infused with Jesus’ Spirit. When we speak the Words of the Bible we are drawing Jesus out of the Book and into the atmosphere around us. When Jesus is present the world with its darkness fades away.

Let the Word who is Jesus lead you and guide you in your beautiful walk of life and salvation. When you do, you’ll be able fulfill all of the assignments God has for you. And when you engage in the Word of God with others, the effect is amplified.

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Christ Is Our Example

For [as a believer] you have been called for this purpose, since Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you may follow in His footsteps. He committed no sin, nor was deceit ever found in His mouth. While being reviled and insulted, He did not revile or insult in return; while suffering, He made no threats [of vengeance], but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges fairly. He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross [willingly offering Himself on it, as on an altar of sacrifice], so that we might die to sin [becoming immune from the penalty and power of sin] and live for righteousness; for by His wounds you [who believe] have been healed. For you were continually wandering like [so many] sheep, but now you have come back to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

1 Peter 2:21-25, Amplified Bible

Patience & Decisions We Make

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Patiently Waiting

Patience is a virtue which can make it easy for us to make decisions. Having patience means having tolerance and peace about something. It’s a mindset of waiting that understands letting go. Patience that endures is one of the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit of God, which we receive as we mature in Christ Jesus (See Galatians 5:22–23). We manifest the fruit of the Spirit in our lives by working out our character flaws and behaviors. We must absorb Scripture, and grow an intimate relationship with God.

When we are new Believers, we have less patience for God, for ourselves, and for others. We are quicker to act and react with a wider range of emotions when we are new to our salvation. The Bible tells us to grow from drinking milk like a baby to eating solid food like an adult (See 1 Corinthians 3:2). We are called to change and grow which means we are to make some of our own decisions. We can’t wait on God for everything. We do this with our children, we allow them to make decisions and reap the consequences, good or bad. God does the same thing with us.

Trusting God

God knows what decisions we will make before we do. It’s important to stay close and connected to God when we are making life-changing decisions. If God is quiet in responding to our prayers for help, it can be that He already told us and we didn’t like the answer. Sometimes we don’t “hear” Him so we keep asking hoping for Him to change His mind. God will also be quiet when He is challenging us to be mature, be responsible and accountable for the decisions we make. Ultimately, we know we must trust God even though He’s quiet. God will not only make a way of escape, but He will use whatever happens for our good (See 1 Corinthians 10:13 and Romans 8:28 respectively).

Patience means we must have faith in and trust in God. We must leave doubt, fear and other insecurities behind by laying them down at the feet of Jesus. God has a perfect will and timing for everything we set out to do and we must hear from Him before making any moves that are life-altering. God trusts us as we grow to make more and more of our own decisions. When we keep God in the loop, we can have confidence that we are doing the right thing for our lives, even if it doesn’t seem that way.

Impacting Ourselves & Others

We must have patience for ourselves and others. We are often our own worst enemies because we can get in the Lord’s way. We try to control, manipulate, run from, and dodge the challenges we face. We blame God and others for things that go wrong. We worry and stress distractedly keeping our eyes on the problem rather than Jesus. We all do these things as a part of the human condition, as part of our fleshly desires.

Patience has no room for our flesh. Our flesh makes assumptions and walks before God. Our flesh wants to control the outcome, the relationship, and the people involved. One thing we must remember is that we are a new creation when we become born again in Jesus Christ (See 2 Corinthians 5:17). We can let go of the old flesh that has been conquered through Jesus. That means maturing, being responsible and accountable for our actions, reactions, and decisions.

But there is hope. James 1:2–8 says, “My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up in you the power of endurance. And then as your endurance grows even stronger, it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.”

So, lift-up your heads and smile knowing you are not alone, patience is possible, because Jesus loves you.

Jesus Loves Me Podcast: John Rhyner Testimonial

Episode 19

Sharon and Jana interview one man’s journey through the deep brokenness of homosexuality. John lives by his relationship with God and the hope he finds in His Word. There’s freedom for those who are ready to fight the strongholds homosexuality brings.


Nina Peppers Testimony

Episode 22

Sharon sits down with the mighty woman of God, Nina Peppers. Nina shares her story related to relationships and the hard places she found herself in her life. Please, note that we had trouble with a dog barking in the first part of the testimonial, but everything was worth it in the end.


Fun & Play for More Creativity

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The following is an excerpt from the book I am currently writing called, Hardwired for Life: Art Supplies for the Mind.

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“A merry heart does good, like medicine…” — Proverbs 17:22, New King James Version (NKJV)

We must play and have fun because we will often need to refill and recover after long periods of creative activity. Creativity can be even more draining than other mental work activities because it is emotionally challenging. It’s emotional to tap into our target audience’s thoughts, feelings, and desires. It takes some intentional and serious mental gymnastics to walk a mile in our user, viewer, or reader’s shoes. We have to become someone else as we develop our craft in order to get it right. What better way to recover than to have some fun?

Creative work demands creative outlets for us to rest and reset our bodies, spirits and souls. Having fun and playing around are perfect ways to restore our energy and creative flow. When we are having fun, we are disengaged from stress, chaos and drama. The world takes a back seat when we are having fun and nothing else matters. Pain and other symptoms of dysfunction disappear during play and our bodies thrive in the rest.

When we are creative, we are drawn into the “now” moment and are able to tap into God’s power and Spirit. The same is true when we are having fun. We become childlike when we play and can find the innocence it takes to connect with God. Play needs to be creative and fun.

Play is full of joy and peace though it can take on a competitive quality that brings more stress than healing. Fun on the other hand is just fun without agendas. True strength and power come from the type of creative play that leaves us laughing and experiencing joy. Joy carries permanent healing, whereas play can be used unwisely and only holds temporary stress relief.

Using Play in Our Lives

People often use play ineffectively. Many forms of sports and hobbies are considered play. We play golf, we play football, we play tennis, etc. all of which have the stresses of technicality, strategy, and physical and mental strain. Play can become a war with ourselves and others.

We have a built-in need to play as human beings that must be satisfied. Unfortunately, we also play at war. Play that is unrighteous puts us at odds with one another. We end up playing negatively in battle with each other at all levels of government and society. We compete with political parties, we rival with fashion, and we chance our health, all in destructive ways.

The key is understanding that innate need we have to play and use it constructively for God’s Kingdom. We can use play for God’s Kingdom by getting healthy and then helping others to play effectively. We must heal in body, spirit, and soul in order to begin to make an ongoing difference in God’s Kingdom. Healing helps us to be wise about our service to God. We also become more creative when we are working from wholeness.

We will never be perfect here on earth, but we can heal enough to run our race of salvation as a winner. When we are healed, we see God’s will and plan for our lives. We can see that we are truly victorious just where we are at, and that is a priceless expression of success. When we are healed, we know that we are running the best race possible. We are co-creating with God, we are having creative fun and playing appropriately in our lives, and we are more free.

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