“Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You Close” by Lysa TerKeurst –

“Dear Lord, I want to make decisions that honor You. Lead me as I develop a trustworthy discernment. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

As a matter of fact, when Jesus appointed the disciples, there were two parts to their calling, as we see in Mark 3:14–15. Yes, they were to go to preach and drive out demons, but the first part of their calling was to “be with him.” Fullness comes when we remember to be with Him before going out to serve Him. He wants our hearts in alignment with Him before our hands set about doing today’s assignment for Him. So, He extends what we need and invites us each day to receive in prayer, worship, and truth from His Word. And He lovingly replenishes our cup while whispering: “This isn’t a race to test the fastest pace. I just want you to persevere on the path I have marked out especially for you. Fix your eyes, not on a worldly prize, but on staying in love with Me.” That’s an agenda that’s always completely satisfying. Dear Lord, I’m choosing to stop in the midst of everything to just be with You. Let me never forget what a gift it is to spend this sacred time in Your presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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As I read this, I am feeling lonely. Lonely for my husband, whom I spent 5 days with… and now, not even 5 full hours in the last 5 days. I wont see him until Tuesday, and he leaves again on Wednesday… To work Wednesday and Thursday…. then we have littles for the weekend…. as I think about this, I know I need more time with him, to feel loved.

I wonder, does Jesus yearn for our time and attention like this as well? Does he want us to just be there, with jim. Like I want to just be with Craig? Is Sunday morning ever enough? I begin to be sad, and lonely when I dont spend enough time with my husband. How much more I need to spend time with my savior! Forgive my busyness Jesus. Please fill me with your spirit, that I would be able to get everything done that I need. That I would spend time with you before attempting to write the Lcap or my dissertation.

Help craig and I to remain connected even when he is having to be gone a lot.

To live as Christ has asked us to live.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Colossians 3:12‭-‬15 NIV

I have a lot of thoughts as I consider these verses…

  • I want to live like this, with love, mercy , patience, forgiveness, peace, harmony, kindness, humility. Thankfulness and gentle ess.
  • I get in the way of myself, often
  • When my feelings get hurt, especially by my husband, I begin to feel unworthy, of everything. I lose my peace that comes from Jesus, or even closer to the truth, I give it up. I give it up so easily. Why do I willingly hand over the peace that God gives me?
  • I want to be known, for my love of others. That people will remember how I made them feel….heard, understood, respected, special, important, approved of, cared for, all of the things I often feel lacking from others around me.

Cray cray

Visalia First
June 9, 2018
06/10/2018 Visalia First: Cray Cray
By: Mike D. Robertson
Lead Pastors | Mike & Karen Robertson

Our Cray Cray

1. A prayer worth praying: “God, deliver me from BAD CHOICES.”
we have an innate ability to make decisions. Ability comes from God.
where we are today
is A result of the choices we make today.

3.Big choices –
1. following Jesus
2. your Career choice
3. who you marry?

other important decisions:
what church you attend.
ACTS 1:15-26. judas was one of us
There was other people With the disciples. cast lots


Our Cray Cray

2. It’s the VOIDS in life that we must learn to get comfortable with.
all 120people were full of the holy spirit.
Judas chose profit over purpose

Jesus knew who would betray him.
you serve the devil so long, you can’t repent.
Lord, amI letting the devil in? am I giving him a foothold in my life.

Be careful who you bring into your team.

an empty chair is better than the wrong person.

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.

when we want something we tend to manipulate.


Our Cray Cray

3. When we want our way, we can MANIPULATE anything into being the will of God.

God’s Cray Cray

1. God’s choices come with WARNING labels.
God chose me for vLCS
God.chose craig forme.
God chose me for Craig.

We may not always like Gods choices. God chose saul~ Paul.

Gods ways are not our ways.

God’s Cray Cray

2. One indicator of God making a MOVE; it will be crazier than you ever imagined.
often our time says don’t make sense.

God will always stretch you. what ever you are thinking it is too small.

Too many people choose places over purpose

unexpected blessing. come from unexpected places.
I didn’t want to live in Visalia

God’s Cray Cray

3. Unexpected BLESSINGS come from unexpected places.
1. Live in humility
2. find an older believer for Godly counsel
3. inspiration) experience. knowledge puffs you up. God gives inspiration. Thank you Jesus for the inspiration you have given, so freely.


Acts 1:15 MSG
15‭-‬17 During this time, Peter stood up in the company—there were about 120 of them in the room at the time—and said, “Friends, long ago the Holy Spirit spoke through David regarding Judas, who became the guide to those who arrested Jesus. That Scripture had to be fulfilled, and now has been. Judas was one of us and had his assigned place in this ministry.

Acts 1:18 MSG
18‭-‬20 “As you know, he took the evil bribe money and bought a small farm. There he came to a bad end, rupturing his belly and spilling his guts. Everybody in Jerusalem knows this by now; they call the place Murder Meadow. It’s exactly what we find written in the Psalms: Let his farm become haunted So no one can ever live there. “And also what was written later: Let someone else take over his post.

Acts 1:21 MSG
21‭-‬22 “Judas must now be replaced. The replacement must come from the company of men who stayed together with us from the time Jesus was baptized by John up to the day of his ascension, designated along with us as a witness to his resurrection.”

Acts 1:23 MSG
23‭-‬26 They nominated two: Joseph Barsabbas, nicknamed Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed, “You, O God, know every one of us inside and out. Make plain which of these two men you choose to take the place in this ministry and leadership that Judas threw away in order to go his own way.” They then drew straws. Matthias won and was counted in with the eleven apostles.

Runtastic PRO

3 min walk at start and finish. Intervals to music 5.5 and 6. One 5.5 was at 2%

Lori just finished a Runtastic run of 2.7 mi in 30m 00s