Dayzee's Food For The Soul

  
♥- Dayzee- ♥

I got THE- power!! Jesus.
 
 
Barked: Mon Apr 4, '11 5:39am PST 
Good morning!
How would you all like some good old Soul Food to start your day off with?
Come sit a little while and taste what God has for you every day.
If this soul food doesn't satisfy you nothing will.
Don't forget to compliment the chef (Jesus) once in awhile.
♥- Dayzee- ♥

I got THE- power!! Jesus.
 
 
Barked: Tue Apr 5, '11 7:06am PST 
Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” ”
I Samuel 16:7 (NIV)
The request came via e-mail: “And you’d be speaking in my barn. . . .” Barn?

One thing I’ve learned from giving motivational speeches for a living is that the venue can make or break a presentation. A speech in a brightly lit theater with great acoustics will be much more effective than one given from the corner of a school cafeteria—and I’ve done plenty of the latter.

When I got that request to speak in a barn, I imagined myself presenting from a stage made of stacked hay bales, my voice competing with the sounds of farm animals—a total disaster. It was for an old friend, though, so I said yes.

A few days later, when I pulled up in the driveway and saw the outside of the barn, I thought my worst fears had been confirmed. It was an old wooden structure that had obviously endured several generations of heavy use.

My friend ran over and greeted me.

“When was this place built?” I asked.

“Eighteen fifty-two,” he said. “But we restored it last year.”

Restored it indeed. When we walked in, I discovered that instead of listening to animal noises, I was hearing soft music from ten speakers hanging in the rafters. Rather than hay, the stage was polished wood, illuminated with an array of lights. In short, the so-called barn was, on the inside, one of the best performance venues I’d seen in months.

As I looked over my notes, I wondered how often I make judgments based on a cursory glance at an outward appearance. I walked onstage, asking God to help me avoid making the same mistake with my audience that I had made with that barn.

God, give me the discernment to care about hearts and souls rather than stereotypes and appearances.

By Joshua Sundquist
♥- Dayzee- ♥

I got THE- power!! Jesus.
 
 
Barked: Wed Apr 6, '11 6:43am PST 
There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to the Lord.”
-Leviticus 23:3

To enter into solitude and silence is to take the spiritual life seriously. It is to take seriously our need to quiet the noise of our lives, to cease the constant striving of human effort, to pull away from our absorption in human relationships for a time in order to give God our undivided attention. In solitude God begins to free us from our bondage to human expectations, for there we experience God as our ultimate reality—the One in whom we live and move and have our being. In solitude our thoughts and our mind, our will and our desires are reoriented Godward so we become less and less attracted by external forces and can be more deeply responsive to God’s desire and prayer in us.

Silence deepens the experience of solitude. In silence we not only withdraw from the demands of life in the company of others but also allow the noise of our own thoughts, strivings and compulsions to settle down so we can hear a truer and more reliable Voice. Reliance on our own thoughts and words, even in our praying, can be one facet of a need to control things, to set the agenda, or at least to know what the agenda is even in our relationship with God. It is in silence that we habitually release our own agendas and our need to control and become more willing and able to give ourselves to God’s loving initiative. In silence we create space for God’s activity rather than filling every minute with our own . . .

Solitude and silence are not, in the end, about success and failure. They are about showing up and letting God do the rest. They are not an end in themselves; they are merely a means through which we regularly make ourselves available to God for the intimacy of relationship and for the work of transformation that only God can accomplish.

Reflection

How often do you give God your undivided attention?
Picture in your mind a quiet place where you can “withdraw from the demands of life.” When will you go there, so you can be alone with God?
No matter what day you chose to set apart to God, make sure that during that time you make yourself available to him for “the work of transformation” that he alone can accomplish in your life.
Related Readings

Exodus 20:8–11

Acts 17:24–28

Romans 12:1–2