5 Ways to Beat the Monday Blues

It happens to the best of us.  Monday hits.  You want a reset button and you can’t find one anywhere.  Here are five ways to press past the Monday Blues and get your heart in a position that brings honor to Jesus:

1.  Fix your thoughts on the Lord

It is really important as followers of Jesus that we learn to think about what we’re thinking about.  Without carefully choosing which thoughts we are going to believe and which thoughts we are going to dispose of, it can be very easy to be ruled by our emotions, our runaway thoughts, the lies of the enemy or the leading of ungodly influences.  Philippians 4:8 encourages us to dwell on whatever is true, right, noble, praiseworthy, pure and lovely.  If your thoughts aren’t quite adding up to those things it’s time to check what you really are thinking about and challenge it by bringing it before the Lord and asking His perspective on what you’re thinking.  You’ll be amazed to see what happens when you faithfully think on and bring your thoughts before the Lord. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”

2. Bless 3 People

When things feel like they’re going rough it’s easy to become entirely self-focused, self-motivated and selfish.  One of the easiest ways to challenge our own propensities for self-focus is to intentionally do things that will bless others.  Think of ways you can encourage someone.  As God to bring someone to mind so you can meet their need.  Put someone first.  Buy a strangers lunch.  These simple acts of service help our hearts and minds to recalibrate off of ourselves and onto things and tasks that bring honor to Jesus and help us love one another better.

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New Music Tuesday: Endless Years

New Music Tuesday: Endless Years

If you have not yet discovered the music of Will Reagan and the United Pursuit Band you are in for a treat!  I was first introduced to this band on with their first album and I was struck by the raw passion of the music.  It didn’t have to be “pretty” to be profound.  In my opinion Will Reagan has established a track record of writing music that doesn’t skirt around emotions, but rather helps you discover a song of praise in the middle of the hard stuff.  Their album, In the Night Season, has personally ministered to me in profound ways as I struggled through debilitating health issues.  If you want to find music that captures your heart song exactly where you are and points you back to Jesus, then look no further.

Endless Years is the newest release of Will Reagan and the United Pursuit Band, you will hear soaring anthems of God’s praise and passionate cries of hearts that desperately want to know God intimately.  The dichotomy of what you will encounter in this album makes it refreshing: from softly sung, powerful, kick-you-in-the-face lyrics, to soaring but utterly raw anthems of faith-filled declaration, you will encounter a wide range of revelation as you listen and enter in to God’s Presence.  The best description I can muster, is that listening to this album will take you on a journey that you will find tremendously enjoyable and confrontation Continue reading New Music Tuesday: Endless Years

Prayer (Part 2): God Longs to Speak to You

This is part two of a three part series on Prayer by Lorraine O’Neil.

Our God is a Social God

“Adam, where are you?” God wants to communicate with us.  But just like Adam, we tend to hide from Him and draw back from His presence. Yet he continues to call out to each of us. He longs for us to spend time with Him…heart to heart. Through listening and waiting in prayer, He reveals His hidden truths. Through intimate time in His presence, we are changed by His love.

Only through prayer can we really experience God. Effort and discipline are required but the reward of intimacy is more than worthwhile! “Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn. And He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain, watering the earth.” Hosea 6:3

Howard Macy in his book, Rhythms of the Inner life wrote, “Prayer has less to do with getting things than with knowing God. It is more concerned with loving God than with lists of prayer requests. Asking for assistance and knowing God are related, of course, but coming into intimacy with the Holy One is the principal purpose and context of prayer.”

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Prayer (Part 1): The Easiest and the Hardest of All Things

For many people, prayer is a vague concept.  It’s something Christians are supposed to “do” but not many people know how to.  While there are plenty of books on the subject, for most christians they have never been taught how to pray.  Lorraine O’Neil oversees the prayer ministry at Anchorage City Church.  She is a wealth of wisdom and insight when it comes to prayer.  Open your heart and enjoy the richness of this teaching.

“Prayer is the easiest and the hardest of all things; the simplest and the sublimest; the weakest and the most powerful; its results lie outside the range of human possibilities…they are limited only by the omnipotence of God. Few Christians have anything but a vague idea of the power of prayer; fewer still have any experience of that power. The church seems almost wholly unaware of the power God puts into her hand; this spiritual carte blanche of the infinite resources of God’s wisdom and power is rarely, if ever used—never used to the full measure of honoring God. It is astounding how poor the use, how little the benefits. Prayer is our most formidable weapon, but the one in which we are the least skilled, and the most averse to its use. We do everything else for the heathen save the thing God wants us to do; the only thing which does any good—and makes all else we do efficient.” E. M. Bounds

Prayer is spiritual communication with God. It can take on many forms as in supplication, thanksgiving, praise, adoration, or confession. This definition severely limits the vastness of this topic. To write an article on the subject of prayer feels as challenging as trying to describe God in ten words or less!

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