Being in the Now

Being Present with Jesus

When I have a positive attitude about life, when I’m reading Scripture with a now mindset, and doing tasks — even the mundane — with a focus on God and love, I’m in the now. The now moment is described as a loss of time or being outside of time. The now moment is that white moment when everything in the world falls away except the one thing I’m doing. That moment is the place of peace that surpasses all understanding, of transcendent knowing and perfect healing.

Love is pure, honest and unconditional in the now moment. For example, I feel agape love when I behold my children in awe; that is the now. My words are more caring and I’m more loving to myself and others in the here and now.

When I’m not used to staying in the present moment it can be a challenge to get there. If I’m really distracted and unable to center myself at my foundation, I repeat the name Jesus over-and-over again. I can meditate to seek the now and allow myself to unplug from the world. I quiet my spirit, mind and body to plug into God in my core. The key is focusing on His love and my heartbeat or breathing.

I become increasingly aware of everything around me and in me once I connect. This is the place where Holy Spirit teaches me, where Jesus tells me He loves me, and where I can revere God’s handiwork more authentically. Just saying, being in the now is a wonderful present.

Excerpt from my Book: Hardwired for Purpose: Blazing Trails to Follow God’s Lead (Book 2 of 3)

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Podcast: The Heart & Shalom, S1E29

Hardwired for Life: Season 1, Episode 29

 

 

The heart is said in Scripture to be like a stone, deceitful and destructive, but it’s also sincere, delightful and full of desires from God. Actions we take from our hearts are driven by our motivations. We can focus on the negative or we can rise above and seek Shalom in every area of our lives. Our feet walk the paths laid out by our hearts, so it’s important to know which path we’ll take.

 

† By God’s grace.

Podcast: Poverty Mentality, S1E28, Part 2

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Hardwired for Life: Season 1, Episode 28 Part 2

 

 

The poverty mentality can mean many things. We explore what those are and get a bit fired-up over it all. We talk about physical, spiritual, and emotional forms of poverty and how they affect our lives. We also discuss various teaching about poverty in the church community.

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† By God’s grace.

Podcast: Poverty Mentality, S1E28, Part 1

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Hardwired for Life: Season 1, Episode 28 Part 1

 

 

The poverty mentality can mean many things. We explore what those are and get a bit fired-up over it all. We talk about physical, spiritual, and emotional forms of poverty and how they affect our lives. We also discuss various teaching about poverty in the church community.

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† By God’s grace.

Podcast: Breakthrough & Glory, S1E26

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Hardwired for Life: Season 1, Episode 26

 

 

The glory of God fell upon us as we recorded this Podcast on breakthrough. We learned about the level of trust we must have in God to breakthrough our circumstances with the truth. The truth can hurt but we can overcome the pain and learn and grow closer to Christ and to others.

 

Breakthrough Verses

Hardwired for Life Podcast S1E26

 

† By God’s grace.

Purpose: We Can Change

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Photo by Annie Marek-Barta on Unsplash

 

Our struggles eventually shape us into the creative people we are and will be — feelings and all. I assure you, there are opportunities to grow and thrive in our current fallen human condition. If I can do it, so can you. No matter the experience, whether perceived as good or bad, we can use it to create positive change in our lives and in ourselves. What do they say? It’s something like, “It’s not the fall, it is how you get back up that matters.”

Change is easier said than done, especially when for example: others add their two-cent advice before I ask them to, and/or I feel an unrighteous obligation to follow someone else’s lead. I can take these things and flip them to be positive. I can listen to advice before making my decision, and I can always say no when I feel I could be led in the wrong direction. I can use either side of the coin. It’s up to me to decide which way to go, or what my perception will be — positively for the situation or negatively. I’ve got be honest with myself regarding my motives and the care that I need at the time. 

Fear of Man: “If you can’t beat ‘um, join ‘um.” It’s a compromise to repent for.

Excerpt from Hardwired for Purpose by Jana Rawling (Coming out soon!)

† By God’s grace.

 

Creativity is Free

“Write all this down for the coming generation, so re-created people will read it and praise the Lord!” — Psalm 102:18 The Passion Translation

Use it Wisely

Humans are made to be creative. We are made in the image of God the Creator of everything; therefore, we can create. Creativity is freely given to us no matter our color, culture, creed or religious/spiritual connections.

We make art, we write, play music, strategize, organize, and dream. We are creative.

We express our God-given creative spirit imaginatively and inventively. But we can express it from ungodly flesh or through God’s righteous anointing.

It can seem like the devil can create, but he can’t. He just steals creativity from humanity. He manipulates us and twists the creations we make for use in his worldly kingdom. So, our creative motivations must be for the good of God’s Kingdom and nothing more.

† By God’s grace.

Podcast: The Joy of Suffering, S1E23 Part 2

Hardwired for Life: Season 1, Episode 23 Part 2

 

 

No one likes suffering yet it’s a critical part of our salvation narrative. One of the ways to endure suffering is to find joy and hope in the process.

 

† By God’s grace.

Podcast: The Joy of Suffering, S1E23 Part 1

Hardwired for Life: Season 1, Episode 23 Part 1

 

 

No one likes suffering yet it’s a critical part of our salvation narrative. One of the ways to endure suffering is to find joy and hope in the process.

 

† By God’s grace.