With a Heavy Heart

Restore our fortunes, Lord, as streams renew the desert. Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest. - Psalm 126:4-6

Today is one of those mornings that I don't want to get out of bed. The pressures of the world and the burdens for my friends is almost unbearable. Part of that is realizing that I need alone time. The other part is hearing the cries of my friends and not able to do anything about it. 

Makes me feel helpless. 

I had a conference call with most of the members of my Throw Mountains team yesterday. We're being attacked. We need prayer. And, we're not the only ones.

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Do Less. Receive More.

"So he said to me, 'This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit," says the Lord Almighty."'" - Zechariah 4:6

This is a verse that continually pops its head in my life. Since I quit my job, moved back in with my parents, and gotten into full time "ministry" there have been a lot of opportunities. But, it amazes me how many times God says no. In the still, quiet voice of the Holy Spirit I hear him ushering me into my harvest of peace. Calling me by my secret name. I am yours; he is mine. ... The Lord is a jealous God. Really!

So in this time of waiting, I come with a fresh expectation that God is doing SOMETHING. I don't know what yet but I am content to let God's power work through my weakness (and there are many).

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Turn your back on Jesus (The only time it's okay)

"But when you were afraid of Nahash, the King of Ammon, you came to me (Samuel) and said that you wanted a king to reign over you, even though the Lord your God was already your king. All right, here is the king you have chosen. Look him over. You asked for him, and the Lord has granted your request." (1 Samuel 12:12-13 NLT)

I love it. A paradigm shirt or a paradoxical meaning. In one sense are are to turn our backs on worthless things by not sinning against the Lord. Never to turn our backs on Him.

“Don’t be afraid,” Samuel reassured them. “You have certainly done wrong, but make sure now that you worship the Lord with all your heart, and don’t turn your back on him. Don’t go back to worshiping worthless idols that cannot help or rescue you—they are totally useless! The Lord will not abandon his people, because that would dishonor his great name. For it has pleased the Lord to make you his very own people (1 Samuel 12:20-22, NLT).

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Throw Mountains




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An Attitude of Worship

[My Response to Spirituality vs. Religion] - Most young adults today don’t pray, don’t worship and don’t read the Bible (1). USA Today posted an article on a study LifeWay did reporting 72% of Millennials (ages 18-29) are more ’spiritual than religious.’ I find this rather fascinating and deeply disturbing. Why? Because I think we’re missing the point.

Our attitude of worship.

“The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice.” Psalm 97:1 NLT

If you had the best boss, partner, authority figure, or president in the world. Would you brag about him or her? Yes. 100% yes. All in favor? Yes! Why? Because we were created with heaven in mind. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that God is worth it. All my worship. And then some.

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Stop! Put the Fun Back in Change.

Change is hard. Especially if you suck at it. Tonight I got a gut check from my 20-somethings pastor, Ned Mervich. He told me nicely that before switching growth groups I should probably talk to my old leaders. Yeah. Um….why didn’t I think of that first? Well, I did but…

Change requires, well. Change. The scary stuff that no one talks about. I don’t want to hurt anyone or let anyone down. People pleasing. I never thought I struggled with pleasing others. Until I wrote my first book, “Faithbook of Jesus: Connecting With Jesus Daily” and surveyed over 300 people ages 18-35. 99% of them shared with me their struggle for identity and pleasing others along the way. What?

If I were to be completely honest I would say that I have been pleasing others. I haven’t been growing. I’ve been closed off in my own little hole, concentrating on my needs (and they are many), justifying my actions, and crying out for more help. But, if I’m wanting authentic community, am I willing to do my part?

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Are you ready to throw mountains?

For the past few months I have been working on putting together a national speaking tour called "Throw Mountains." It feels good to use the experience I gained while working at Outreach Events.

 I've had the pleasure of working with over three hundred churches, pastor's, and faith-based ministries while pairing them with the most amazing Christians speakers and comedians including Lee Strobel, Josh & Sean McDowell, Ketric Newell, Adam Christing, Kerri Pomarolli, and Michael Joiner. Seriously people. It was the most amazing job ever.

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Alcohol & 20-somethings

Here is an excerpt from my book, "Faithbook of Jesus." Now, I know alcohol is a very controversial topic, so I thought I'd throw it out there. What is YOUR view on 20-somethings drinking? Period. I want to know.

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You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. — P s a l m 4 : 7

I’ve seen alcohol make my twentysomething friends very excited — and David said that Jesus can make us even more joyful? That’s amazing.

There’s something to be said for celebrating the hard work you’ve accomplished by grabbing dinner with friends and enjoying a glass of wine.

© 2010 by Renee Johnson. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without written permission from NavPress, P.O. Box 35001, Colorado Springs, CO 80935. www.navpress.com

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Wear it Wednesday

 

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

This is a REPOST of what I posted last Wednesday on my blog, http://www.devodiva.com to remind everyone that the Wear iT Wednesday website is now live and ch-ch-check-it-out! I'm on the front page ::: http://www.wearitwednesday.com. Go, sign up and become part of the national movement to impact and influence 20-somethings for Jesus through clothing!

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Faithbook of Jesus

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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. — I s a i a h 4 0 : 3 0 - 3 1

It’s easy to buy into lies that tell us we can’t keep going, so we retreat. We lose faith. Give up. Quit.

When an eagle encounters harsh winds in a storm, it stretches out its wings toward heaven and flies above. We need to know the truth of who we are in Jesus before we soar to the heights to be with him.

© 2010 by Renee Johnson. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without written permission from NavPress, P.O. Box 35001, Colorado Springs, CO 80935. www.navpress.com

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Renee Johnson is a spirited speaker and writer to twenty-somethings. Her mission in life is to spur people forward (Hebrews 10:24). Read more information about her ministry at http://www.devotionaldiva.com.


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