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The 30-Minute Method: Say Goodbye to Time Management Frustrations

Do you ever feel like you’re drowning in responsibilities while struggling to find time to do what you want to do? Productivity and scheduling your time are intricately related. If greater productivity is your goal, then let’s talk about time.

Imagine the world without time. Years, months, weeks, hours, and minutes don’t exist. Weird, isn’t it? I can’t wrap my mind around it, but it makes me think of God before He created the heavens and the earth. It boggles the mind that He is the beginning and the end.

Have you ever wanted to cuff the hands of the clock? Me, too, yet God in His wisdom created time in our world. Without it, life would be chaos.

I can relate to mayhem; I have four kids. On top of that, I act like I have more than 24 hours in the day, rationalizing I will work faster. When it doesn’t happen, I plead with God to hold the sun for me like He did in Joshua 10:12-14.

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The truth is, I could fix my routine without God moving heaven and earth. All I need is the wisdom He provides to bring order to my day. Revamping my family’s schedule with the growing changes of little kids is normal. Living life without it in place is the real dilemma.

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 ESV

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God’s Healing Power Is for You

I am believing for miracles through God’s healing power to happen in your life even while this post is being read! I know that sounds outlandish, but I don’t care. I would rather see you thriving!

I’ve never met or heard of anyone who never had an ailment at one time or another. On any given day, I probably know of someone who is sick in some way. Like others, my history has been dotted with illness.

Several months ago, I went to the doctor for what I thought was a quick appointment for something that wasn’t serious.

She was concerned. She took a closer look, shared more of her expert advice with me, and I left with an appointment card bearing the date and time of my scheduled surgery for a few weeks later.

It was only a little distressing compared to what others have gone through, but I was nervous between that initial day and the day I received a clean pathology report.

Dealing with the Battle

Nervousness wasn’t the only problem; I had to deal with an intense ongoing battle. Every time I felt the pain or remembered the upcoming surgery, I had a choice to make. Was I going to worry? Or stand in faith for a good report?

Right after praying God’s promises and deciding to trust God, doubtful thoughts would come. The “what if’s” were flying at me in fast succession.

What if I have cancer? What if I had to undergo treatments? What if I was stuck in the hospital?

Then I knew I would have to keep doing what I know to do: believe God for healing and stand on His promises until it’s done. I also began to wonder:

Why am I going through this?

The battle wasn’t easy, by any means. Many times my strong faith would falter after only a few minutes.

Don’t Receive It

My friend’s advice from when I faced a sickness years ago kept coming to me, “Don’t receive it.”

What does that mean? It’s the devil who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. He wants to steal your health, kill your body, and destroy your faith. If he approached you with a “gift” of sickness or disease, would you receive it? 

God does NOT give us sickness or disease. God is the One who gives good gifts. I had to keep reminding myself of those truths.

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. James 1:17 NASB

Why There’s Sickness

Why does God allow us to go through tough situations?

We live in a fallen world, and as a result, there’s sickness and disease. But Jesus came because God wanted to restore us back to what He called good when He created us and the world.

My husband can skip rocks across a calm body of water, but I have never been able to do it no matter how much I try. You know how it leaves that ripple effect? Let’s look at it like this a moment:

  • Our world is a pond.
  • The rock is that ailment that happens.
  • The ripple effect is God’s ability to use that for many different purposes.

God could use those ripple effects for many different reasons. Through it maybe I would learn to cling to him like never before. Maybe I would increase in faith and decrease in doubt. Maybe I would dig into His Word and study like crazy about healing.

Looking back, I’d say all those happened anyway.

If you’re dealing with an infirmity, you may not know the reasons why until it’s over. But you can be sure that God will work everything for your good (Romans 8:28).

God can take that rock out of your pond, AND He can use the ripple effects. And God will be glorified!

Receiving Healing

Check this out in Isaiah. This is cool:

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. Isaiah 53:4 (ESV)

Griefs = sickness in Hebrew

Sorrows = pain in Hebrew

That’s why I say pray His promises! Jesus already took care of our sickness and pain on the cross. Even if it’s a serious disease. If you are fearful that a sickness might cause death then look at it this way. It’s appointed unto man once to die, so pray, “God if it’s not my time to die, then I am receiving healing according to what I know in Isaiah 53:4.”

So many healings that took place in the Gospels happened because of the faith of that person. I know it’s easier said than done, but choose to believe that He has healing for you. “According to your faith be it unto you.”

And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. Matthew 10:1 ESV

Jesus gave authority to His disciples to heal. We are His disciples. That goes for you and me, too! It’s not just for them back then. Why do we want to pick and choose parts of Scriptural truth? Jesus is the same (Hebrews 13:8). Why would He give healing to only part of His people? Why would He give authority to His people for only part of history? He doesn’t because He doesn’t change!

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Miracles of Healing

I’ve heard stories of miracles all my life. I don’t remember most of them, but a few have stayed in my mind. A young lady came to the altar several years ago to accept Jesus as Savior; while she was there God healed her of cancer. She had the tests before and after to prove it.

Another one is a case of a man that couldn’t move his neck past a certain degree. One Sunday morning during the time of worship last year, he was healed after having the same problem for about 15 years.

When my brother was a teenager, he saw a blind person recover his sight after he prayed for him.

Miracles of healing still happen today. God’s healing power is for YOU!

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  2. Like Moses, We Can Get Used to Using God’s Power
  3. God’s Power Defies What Is False
  4. How God’s Greatest Power Was in the Suffering of the Cross
  5. A Testimony of God’s Power of Provision
  6. Prayer Is a Conduit to God’s Power
  7. God’s Healing Power Is for You

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  • You Have God’s Power Within

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Prayer Is a Conduit to God’s Power

I’m thrilled to have Horace Williams, Jr. from Pleasing to the Potter on the blog today. He’s an encourager and one who is anchored in God’s Word. I think you’ll enjoy this!


Helpless.

What a discouraging word this can be. No one wants to ever feel helpless.

Think back to those times where you have experienced that feeling.

Did you well up with tears and cry your eyes out? Maybe you picked up the phone and called a close friend, or searched the refrigerator for your favorite ice cream?

Remember this my friend, you have access to God’s amazing power via prayer. 

It is hard at times to admit you need help or confirm you have a weakness. Maybe you feel helpless when it comes to dealing with a difficult family member, a financial crisis that springs up out of the blue or even the tragic loss of a loved one. It is in these moments of intense struggle that you must plug into your Savior, Jesus Christ. Get down on your knees and tell God what is on your heart. There is nothing to fear or worry about when you put your trust in Him.

The God who sent His only Son to die on the cross for you loves you unconditionally. He wants to hear from you. His desire is to communicate with you. The same power that rolled away the stone as Jesus rose again is available to you right now! Don’t let feelings of doubt, discouragement, and Satan’s deceit prevent you from talking with Almighty God.

Because of Christ’s sacrifice, you have 24-hour access to the ultimate power source. God’s amazing power transforms lives! He is ready and waiting to transform your life, and the lives of so many. Still not sure about this? Feeling depressed and discouraged as the doubt lingers? Lean in close, and I will share with you proof that the power of God transforms lives via prayer.

The moment you surrendered your heart to Jesus Christ, He blessed you with the Holy Spirit to live inside you. So regardless of what your feeling at this moment, believe what is written in His word. You have God’s POWER within you, and prayer is the conduit by which you can access God’s power and see it manifest in your life and the lives of people all over the world! 

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So whether you are feeling sorrow, anxiety, fear or totally helpless, talk with God. He understands what you are feeling, and He wants to empower you as you seek to live for Him.

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16 ESV

Grace; one of the benefits of God’s unconditional love. He wants to shower you with undeserved favor. If you are in need of comfort, courage, help, or you seek wisdom, you can receive all of these through intimate conversations with your Savior. God is omnipotent, and He knows everything. With God, there are never any surprises, so go to Him. He will empower you with the strength to handle whatever you are facing right now.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 ESV

God is present…don’t ever forget that as you go throughout each day. He wants to bless, encourage and strengthen your trust in Him. As the apostle, Paul states in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

Remember the prophet Elijah? What a powerful prophet of God. He called down fire from heaven, and it consumed a water soaked altar as he proved God’s almighty power to the children of Israel. He killed 450 prophets of Baal too. He did not die, but was taken up to Heaven via a chariot of fire to be with God. He also appeared with Jesus and Moses at Christ’s transfiguration. One of my favorite verses regarding prayer continues to lift my spirit as I seek to access God’s power. Look at what it says in James.

…The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain for three years and six months. James 5:16b-17 NASB

Elijah accessed God’s power as He prayed earnestly. He felt fear, doubt, and even asked God to take His life one time, but God nourished his soul. He wants to do the same for you. You too can access God’s power through prayer. I hope that these truths from God’s word have reminded and encouraged you that your prayers have power! Talk with God, spend focused time in His word, and you will never be the same as He continues to transform your life.

So, I ask you, is your life plugged in to God’s amazing power?

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Prayer Is a Conduit to God's Power | by Horace Williams Jr. | KellyRBaker.com | Because of Christ's sacrifice, you have 24-hour access to the ultimate power source. God's amazing power transforms lives! Don't let feelings of doubt, discouragement, and Satan's deceit prevent you from talking with Almighty God.Horace Williams Jr. is a stroke survivor and born-again Christian who loves Jesus Christ. He has seen the power of prayer and God’s healing in his own life as he continues to recover from a massive stroke that paralyzed his left side almost 7 years ago. He wants to inspire, encourage, and remind Christians that God’s power is available to them through prayer. You can get a copy of his latest book, Unleash the Power of Prayer in Your Life, by clicking here.

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  1. Experiencing the Miraculous Power of God
  2. Like Moses, We Can Get Used to Using God’s Power
  3. God’s Power Defies What Is False
  4. How God’s Greatest Power Was in the Suffering of the Cross
  5. A Testimony of God’s Power of Provision
  6. Prayer Is a Conduit to God’s Power

And coming soon:

  • God’s Healing Power Is for You
  • You Have God’s Power Within
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A Testimony of God’s Power of Provision

Have you ever been in dire circumstances? David Miller is sharing a testimony today of God’s faithfulness when he was in need. Read “My Everything” and be encouraged!


In 2010, I undertook perhaps the most ambitious project of my lifetime, coordinating the marketing efforts for an Indiana-based corporate wellness company. Early efforts in 4 major US cities (Portland, Honolulu, Atlanta, Nashville) during the beta-phase of the project were achieving critical traction and laid the foundation for a national campaign that would be spearheaded from Charlotte in 2011.

Charlotte was the hub of the project because most of the key players on this project from the insurance world were based in the “Queen City”. One key player, however, who I had known for several years in Portland, proved to be the disastrous “Achilles heel” in this project. It would only be after arriving in Charlotte in Spring of 2011 that I would discover that my business partner from Portland had forfeited credibility for the project through fraud and misrepresentation – most of the key players would back out of the project before May.

My wife and I sought God for direction – we had just basically downsized our entire financial footprint only months earlier in obedience to His call to “let go” and trust Him into a new season of service. We had also sunk our “all” into this one opportunity – it was one of those “do or die” moments.

Cataclysmic Conflict

Then the storms arrived – literally – and one of them nearly destroyed our sole automobile with softball-sized hail. Once we had finished our event obligations in Charlotte, we learned that up-front guaranteed contract pay would go away immediately so we took a self-imposed time-out trip to the South Carolina coast to pray about whether to stay in the South and attempt to rescue the project and stand by our business friends in Indiana, or exit stage-left and zip back out West for a reset.

While in Myrtle Beach, our condo was ransacked and all our business equipment, electronics, and personal valuables were stolen while we were out to dinner. Like never before, we knew we were in the apex of a cataclysmic spiritual conflict and we discerned that the Enemy wanted us to fearfully run and hide…far from what “might be” in the coming weeks and months in Charlotte.

We knew this was about things far more important than business and we certainly had zoomed well past business as usual.

So we knew in our hearts what God was asking us to do and with less than $100 in our pocket, we chose to stand our ground and stay in Charlotte.

Severe Stretching

The marketing project looked like it would fly once again by Thanksgiving 2011, but an abrupt “about-face” by a national carrier in December was the final nail in the coffin. Suddenly, my wife Cheri picked up a new domestic client as a professional Nanny and by January it was becoming clear that God was asking me to simply just work for Him – not in some kind of formal Christian Executive slot or in a local church, but rather through my writing, my coaching and mentoring . . all “volunteer” type activity.

God was asking us to trust Him way beyond our comfort zone and to do so far from home…but wait, there was no more “home”…that had been sold along with 90% of our earthly possessions. In a strange way, while we were certainly being stretched, we were also free like never before because it was just us…and Jesus.

Sounds like a cliche I’m sure…but when you get there and find yourself on a “road to nowhere” journey…you amazingly discover He is our “enough”.

Miraculous Provision

As we navigated through 2012 in Charlotte, provision would come in the most unexpected ways: our monthly rent was anonymously paid one month, the kitchen was spontaneously stocked by friends in a local church who really had no idea how bare our “cupboard” really was…one day, a local Christian businessman called to inform us that God had told Him to give us a check…and it turned out to be a massive check.

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It was during this exact time that LifeLetter Cafe as we know it today was birthed – what began as a simple website collaboration with some Christian business folks in Charlotte so I could “land” nearly ten years of my own writing content in one spot…turned into the launch of a blog platform that today supports and promotes more than 320 amazing Christian thought leaders, including dozens and dozens of pastors.

The fog had begun to clear: God was asking Cheri and me to come alongside and encourage those who speak boldly for His name and do so from our “empty”…so empty in fact that Christmas would for the second year in a row in Charlotte not be Christmas. No family, no festivities, no parties, no gifts, no anything…except a $10 dinner at McDonald’s on Christmas day – and even that was a splurge.

Momentous Reminder

We chose to close our 2012 by making a somewhat unusual commitment – we made ourselves available for a massive Church outreach that included 17 performances over ten days and gobs of hours. It was all we could give, but we gave from a deep well of gratitude even though we ached for a new season of life and stability.

The outreach was amazing – we saw hundreds receive Christ and we got to worship in a way that maybe counts just a little more than that thing we normally call “worship” on Sundays. We locked arms with dozens of volunteers and celebrated God’s victories on Christmas Eve after the final performance…and then headed out to the parking lot.

In our minds, we were grateful for what we just experienced but we also dreaded returning to the cold and empty apartment that would be our Christmas home.

And then we noticed a clear bag taped to our windshield. This seemed really strange on this wet and wintry Christmas Eve. We jumped inside our SUV and opened the bag only to discover a card containing $2,012.00 as a remembrance of God’s faithfulness in 2012 with no signature or clue as to who might be the giver.

We melted and sobbed tears of joy.

Sometimes God takes you to the place of nothing so you can be reminded that He is our only thing and our everything. In the very moment when we felt like we were holding nothing, we discovered what it is like to be held in His hands.

I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers! Isaiah 65:24 NLT

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David “JB” Miller is founder and Chief Encouragement Officer at LifeLetter Ministries. He and his wife Cheri make their home in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona and have six children and six grandchildren they absolutely adore.
David is a graduate of both Simpson University and Talbot School of Theology (Biola) where he was awarded degrees in Theology (M. Div.) and Communications (B.A.). He served in pastoral ministry in the Christian & Missionary Alliance for 22 years (ordained in 1987). He has been active in numerous non-profit ministries and community outreach programs. He also has been a small business consultant since 2004, specializing in boutique lodging, human capital risk management and business development services.

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  1. Experiencing the Miraculous Power of God
  2. Like Moses, We Can Get Used to Using God’s Power
  3. God’s Power Defies What Is False
  4. How God’s Greatest Power Was in the Suffering of the Cross
  5. A Testimony of God’s Power of Provision
  6. Prayer Is a Conduit to God’s Power

And coming soon:

  • God’s Healing Power Is for You
  • You Have God’s Power Within