Spirit working in mysterious ways? Selah – the pause…

Well, maybe the Spirit was making some alterations to our last Christian Playbook post (on Pentecost?) That post didn’t seem complete, or did it? Hopefully you got the gist of the message all the same… 🙂 

On to this day’s post…

The word Selah finds its way into the Bible in a number of places, but primarily in the Psalms. Some sources think the word was an instruction to pause before continuing with the next section, somewhat like what a rest provides in musical scores – a break from the singing/playing.

An example of Selah is HERE as part of Psalm 50. In taking that pause, we as the readers get a chance to reflect on the previous section before moving on to new ideas.

Taking Selah experiences in our daily lives can be transformative. Pausing and reflecting after key life events can help us return revitalized for whatever comes next. Maybe the recent Easter season brought new “AHA” moments about your faith?

ACTION: Take a pause, and reflect on your Easter and Pentecost experiences. Are there upcoming actions you can do based on “Spiritual stirrings?”

May Selah times find their ways into your days, helping the Spirit to move in new and wonderful ways!


Lectionary Texts for Sunday, June 16, 2019:


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Pentecost is a wonderful reminder of the rush of the wind in our lives. This article (Link HERE)

PRAYER:  Read Paul’s beautiful prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21:

That is why I kneel before Abba God, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. And I pray that God, out of the riches of divine glory, will strengthen you inwardly with power through the working of the Spirit. May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith, so that you, being rooted and grounded in love, will be able to grasp fully the breadth, length, height and depth of Christ’s love and, with all God’s holy ones, experience this love that surpasses all understanding, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. To God—whose power now at work in us can do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine—to God be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus through all generations, world without end! Amen.

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!


Lectionary Texts for Sunday, June 9, 2019:


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You Can Relax…

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. . . . Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” ~ John 14:27

Can we relax and learn to let the Spirit guide us a little more frequently? This ODB devotional (link HERE) is a nice reminder (audio version HERE.)

Enjoy the day – and relax a little more – filled with the Spirit!


Lectionary Texts for Sunday, June 9, 2019:


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“Slow down, you move too fast”…

“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (James 1:19b NIV).

Simon & Garfunkle’s “groovy song” (as our boys used to call it) is a favorite, including this line

“Slow down, you move too fast”

Why is it that we Christians so frequently let this fast-paced life “take us for a ride?” One objective of the Christian Playbook is by making time for each playbook element, it allows for a slowing of our days with a focus on Christ-follower beliefs.

Slowing down is especially important when angry, as the Bible mentions in James 1:19 and elsewhere. In a daily devotions post, Rick Warren shares the message: “When You’re Angry, Slow Down and THINK” If you have a quick-lighting fuse, Rick shares some questions to consider before speaking when you’re angry.

ACTION: in addition to doing the CP efforts (devotional, prayer, study, love, music), take time today to slow down, watch the flowers growin’, stifle hurtful anger and delight more in the day…

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!


Lectionary Texts for Sunday, June 9, 2019:


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God’s Survival Kit…

A few year back at New England Club (senior living facility)  worship, a participant shared a sheet on God’s Survival Kit with our team. We customized that sheet a bit and the result is HERE and down below…

Isn’t this a sweet way (pun intended) to share a reminder of God’s love? Our team assembled little cups with survival kit items and handed them out at worship. They were popular and several people asked about taking an extra to give to a friend, family member or another who just needed to know that God provides energy, love, resilience and more. How could we refuse?

Since then we have taken customized versions of this to church members while visiting – it was a nice approach to discuss our faith in a relaxed way.

ACTION: Are there people in your life who could use their own personal God’s Survival Kit? If so, consider stopping by with a kit (we’ve created a customizable Word document version of our half-page sheet HERE for your use, in case that’s helpful)

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit, aware of the survival kit God has for each of us!


Lectionary Texts for Sunday, June 2, 2019:

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Memorial Day…

For me Memorial Day has a slightly different meaning from what we read on www.History.com. While it’s important to focus on memorializing military personnel who have aided our cause of freedom, spending this day memorializing EVERY important person in my sphere is valuable. The fact that some of these important people were not in the military does not dim my celebration of their memories during this holiday weekend.

POTENTIAL ACTIONS:

  • Make a list of some key individuals who helped shape your life and who are no longer sharing space in our mortal world.
  • Spend time in prayer, thanking God for these key people and asking for strength and support of your efforts in being more Christ-like in word and deed.

PRAYER: Dear God, on this Memorial Day, we thank you for all special people in our lives who have now passed physically from this mortal world, including the men and women in military roles who have made our world a safer place. May we be good ambassadors, allowing their legacies to continue for ensuing generations. Thank you for Jesus, a wonderful, aspirational example of the people we might become. Amen.

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!


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A Psalm for Insomnia…

Is insomnia an issue for you or someone you know? Maybe the idea in this Daily Guideposts article is worth a try?

Practicing approaches like this in the past, I can attest to their effectiveness. As a good friend and parent, would God mind that we’re nodding off while in conversation? [this reminds me of nighttime conversations when sleeping in the same room with friends – one of us would be talking and suddenly there was no sound as sleep overtook us… ]

ACTION: Do you have friends and/or family members dealing with challenges sleeping? Share prayers of strength and support for those people. Then, if appropriate, forward this email – or compose your own email – to them along with the Daily Guideposts article.

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!


Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 26, 2019:

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Be Still…

“Be still, and know that I am God!”    ~ Psalm 46:10a

A favorite devotional site from Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago IL is written by different members of their staff, providing a nice variety of perspectives. This message based on Psalm 46 shares a significant family story along with several POSSIBLE ACTIONS including:

  • “What if this day we each walked outside and saw the beauty in the simple and “still” of our surroundings? ‘The Lord God Almighty is with us,’ let us rejoice and be glad!”
  • “For this day upon us, what if each of us appreciated the beauty of a storm? The beauty of things falling apart?”

May you find an opportunity to “be still,” feeling God’s presence, then allowing the Spirit to move in and through you as you proceed to do God’s will.


Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 26, 2019:


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Offshore – Magdalena I. Garcia poem

Magdalena I. Garcia has written a beautiful poem with scriptural background. With her permission, that is included on the Christian Playbook site (link HERE)

QUESTIONS:

  • Do you you feel God urging you to pursue certain actions akin to “sailing boldly” and “crossing confidently?”
  • What actions might you put on your “to do” list this upcoming week to begin acting on those urges?

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit and empowered for travel!


Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 19, 2019:


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“Doubles”…

Ever feel like you need a companion when dealing with a problem harder than granite? Most of us can…

This Our Daily Bread story shares a “doubles” approach. For me, it was a nice reminder of a friend who was a double-teamer during a medical challenge. We even had a chance the other day to share a moment of celebration and appreciation of that double-teaming effort!

We always have our spiritual “doubles” partner, a nice reminder of which is described in the Footprints poem and song.  Better yet?  Having God PLUS a friend/neighbor/family member as a physical “doubler!”

POSSIBLE ACTIONS:

  • consider a recent “doubler” in your past and share a meal/coffee, send a note or place a phone call expressing your gratitude
  • see someone struggling with an issue? Consider offering to be one of the “doublers” on that person’s team. While they won’t always welcome the opportunity, it’ll help them recognize that the support is available…

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!


Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 19, 2019:


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