DARE Day 30
Feb 2013 19

DARE Day 30

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Prioritize your appointment with Jesus.

As I read the story of how He waits for us at a table set for two, I remembered all the things that I so quickly fill up my schedule with. All the stuff that seems so important and urgent at the time, but yet really seems so petty when I think about an appointment with the maker of the universe.

I don’t think Jesus is looking to give us another guilt trip, but I do think He knows our need for time with Him. In fact He created us to live dependent on Him! Just as it says in Acts 17:28 For in him we live and move and exist.

Stopping to give you time might seem hard, Jesus, but remind me today of my desperate need for you.

If you made it to Day 30 – CONGRATULATIONS! Be sure to stop in at FSM tomorrow night and mention the code: “thirty-up thirty-down” for an AWESOME surprise!

DARE Day 29
Feb 2013 18

DARE Day 29

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Many Christians seem almost as “anti-church” as nonbelievers do.

The fact is we are beautiful and desired by Christ. Sure there are flaws, mistakes and disappointments within the church because as humans we are flawed. But to reject the church completely because of the people is to reject those that Christ loved enough to give His life for!

I once heard a preacher say that the enemy doesn’t have to attack the message of the gospel when he can tear apart the method of taking the gospel. Let’s look to encourage instead of discourage, and let people know what a privilege it is to be a part of OUR church!

Give me the humility to see my own flaws before pointing out those I look for in others. Help me to love them like you do.

DARE Day 28
Feb 2013 17

DARE Day 28

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Worship – Our master list of FSM worship artist that you can check out on Spotify. (feel free to download Spotify here if you don’t already have it!)

The truth is there are SO MANY options available to help us stay on track in living a life of worship. It helps us establish a positive attitude and put our focus back on God. In fact if you’ve found a positive artist that you love to listen to feel free to share it on our Facebook page!

The story about the man sacrificing his son to get something He wanted was so sad as it illustrated the poor decisions we make when we choose to worship something other than God. It always hurts us and the people around us. It’s a road paved with regrets and mistakes.

May the desires of my heart be pleasing to you, God.

DARE Day 27
Feb 2013 16

DARE Day 27

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What you put into your mind eventually comes out in your life.

I’m sure people can cite study after study of what effect media or video games have, but to be honest I can’t think of a more personal topic than this one. Everyday we experience some sort of entertainment through media and those choices establish a feeling of entitlement – I deserve to be able to watch/read/look at/listen to whatever I want to.

Today let’s get past the habits that we’ve established and REALLY get honest about what road those choices are going to lead us down. In fact let’s forget the labels and ratings and just get honest about this question: “Is this good for me?” When we begin to answer that truthfully then Jesus can help us make choices that would honor Him!

God, today I put you in control of what I set before myself – it has to pass your standards 1st.

DARE Day 26
Feb 2013 15

DARE Day 26

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A sign is only helpful if you take the time to look at it.

Dating (and eventually marriage) have an amazing purpose attached to them, but only if you do things according to the signs God has given us. The first sign He sends us reminds us of His love and invites us into relationship with Him. Down the road He will send us another sign indicating the direction of our life – our purpose.

In the midst of this process (called maturing) He’s preparing the path of someone else and making a convergence (look this one up and use it today if you’re brave enough) of your paths down the road. Meaning God’s process revolves around us DOING life and not being stuck in neutral until the perfect spouse comes along. What mission is He giving you in this season of life?

Help me to trust that you see beyond the next turn in life, Jesus.