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Nothing Knocks the Church Down Faster than Division

Today I’m excited to be sharing at Quietly Reminded. Kelli Lafram is a dear friend who stays nourished by following a daily reading plan, and leads a Quietly Through group who has joined her. I love that she also dives deep in Bible study and writes about God’s goodness, grace and glory.


Imagine two preschoolers stacking up some blocks and making a tall tower. Then one of them decides he doesn’t want to build together, and with one swift hit he smacks it and down it goes. Similarly, there’s nothing that knocks the church down faster than division. The force behind that is the one known as the accuser of the brethren (Revelations 12:10), laughing at his dirty work. But the devil cannot be blamed for everything. Christians get it wrong sometimes. Not you, of course. It’s those other Christians. Like me.

Let me tell you a story.

KellyRBaker | KelliLaFram | Nothing Knocks the Church Down Faster than Division | Jesus is building His church, but the devil comes with division to knock it down. A story of how I learned to not argue over methods in ministry.

I used to be director over one of our younger kids’ classes at church several years ago. There was some spiritual block-building going on. The previous director had stepped down, and there was no one to take her place. Coming from a family who planted a church, I saw a need and filled it. God started dropping a new vision in my spirit for that ministry.

God gave me a burden for those kids, which propelled me to volunteer to be their lead teacher every week for a year. Previously, the lead teachers were on a rotation basis. During that year, I broke the class into two sections by age, renamed it, redecorated it, and gave it a new format. That class? It was my blood, sweat, and tears.

Early on, God showed me the woman He had planned to be the director after I finished making all those changes. The time came to train her. At the beginning, it went well. After all, she had experience and was gifted. But then the month came when we were in transition over to her becoming the new director and I was her oversight.

It wasn’t long before the block tower started to fall.

To read the rest of this story follow me over to Kelli’s where we are answering the question, Why Bother with Church?


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7 Actions to Take Now with Your One Word

Welcome back, friends! Happy new year!

Having a One Word can be intertwined in the stages and seasons in which we walk with God. In this post I’m sharing some practical ways to apply your One Word to your life.

How do you get your One Word? God might drop one in your spirit. Or you might decide to look at life through the lens of a chosen word and ask God to do with you what He wants through it.

I’ve noticed my One Word doesn’t always fit neatly into the 365 days of a single year. This year, my One Word started this past fall. The word before that, create, lasted for about a year and a half. I’ve learned that it’s not necessarily about having a new word each year as it is about being led by the Spirit. (Doing that has helped me actually keep up with my word for the long run.)

I haven’t always gotten a word after asking Him, so I don’t chase it. But other times He has surprised me with the clear direction of a One Word. Those times have been used by God to do a complete overhaul in my thinking in a given area, or I have found that I had been oblivious to His plans. I guess as a distracted-at-times-mom, God has hit me upside the head with my word written on a 2×4. 😉

My Current Word

This past fall I started thinking about 2017. I prayed and opened my heart for what God wanted with me. He dropped in my spirit many ideas, and laid some tasks on my heart. Much of it is to be able to create with my hands.

Then I asked Him if He had a new word for me.

Trust.

As He peeled back the scales on my eyes I recognized the need

for entrusting

and believing

and faith in

and confidence in

and reliance on

and confiding in

and depending on

God.

And that is trust.

So in this season I want to live with a trusting heart and stay nourished and thriving.

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7 Actions to Take Now with Your One Word

  1. Pray. Ask God if He has a word for you during this season. Then simply listen. He may drop a word in your spirit, or bring to your remembrance a word that recently stirred your heart. If nothing comes right away, keep listening. If nothing ever comes, don’t force it. He may not be directing you to have a word right now, and that’s okay.
  2. Research the definition. Look it up in the dictionary, or even in the Hebrew or Greek lexicon if applicable. Look it up in the thesaurus. Check out the antonym, too. Write down your findings, as the picture of what this word means for you becomes more clear. You might want to write a simple version of your research on an index card or in the front of a dedicated journal used just for your certain word.
  3. Write questions. You may not have the answers right now, but recording the questions will alert your heart to what God may want to do with you during this season. Some questions you may want to write down: Why do you think this word is for you? How do you think it will apply to your life? What is God saying about it? Is there anything you feel compelled to do because of this choice? What results do you want to see?
  4. Find foundational scriptures. I did this especially when my word was faith, and saw pertinent truths to help me move forward. Post them on index cards in a place you will see them every day. It will help you memorize them!
  5. Chart some goals. God will give you practical ways to apply your word. Ask Him. He cares about the details of your life!
  6. Take the first step. Break down the goals into steps. When my word was create, I selected a specific notebook to jot down ideas, dream, and begin creating. My next step was to choose a time to create regularly.
  7. Record the journey. As you see how God is moving in your life through your One Word, write it in your spiritual journal. If you ever feel discouraged, reread how God specifically moved in your life.

Do you have a One Word? God wants to do an amazing work in you during this season!

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Prudent Lips to Protect Precious Pearls

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Have you ever had a conversation with someone, and said too much without thinking? I have. It can get pretty awkward, huh?

Actually, I had a reputation for being one who couldn’t keep a secret so my family wouldn’t tell me family news until they just had to! When I learned I was the last one to find out it used to make the steam come out of my ears until I finally learned (and applied) some practical wisdom.

Join me over at Kelly Basham’s for a quick devotional to find out answers to questions like:

  • How do you respond when someone is firing intrusive questions at you, but you don’t want to answer them?
  • What is one practical action I can take to be regarded as one who is wise?

Click here to read Prudent Lips to Protect Precious Pearls, and check out Kelly’s blog while you’re there!

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