A Risky July//Brooke

What if you lived this month braver, riskier than last month?

What if this month was a month you looked back on the rest of your life?
What if you said YES to the whispers that seem like they just really could be God?
What if this was the month.
the month where you took a step in that direction you have been wanting to go.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, huge, or flashy.  Just the little daily quiet yes. 
Yes to praying more. to opening your home to your neighbor. to listening. to starting the application. to s-l-o-wing down. to making the call. to focusing on others. to asking for help. to sharing the gospel. to capturing anxious thoughts.
Saying YES(not out of duty but) because:
God is good, gracious, & worthy.
Life is short. 
& Eternity matters.  
“If you lower the ambient noise of your life and listen expectantly for those whispers of God, your ears will hear them. And when you follow their lead, your world will be rocked.”Bill Hybels 
Proverbs 3:5//Message//
Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do,
everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
This is my prayer for the month:To walk full of faith and take risks for the Lord. Amen.
Why not?

Stay Awake Monday//Thank You for Sowing//Brooke

Around mid-April I got supper giddy and began to dream about having a vegetable garden this summer. Just a little one, nothing fancy–one tomato plant, one cucumber plant and one bell pepper plant.  I spent one morning in April digging around and creating a bed for these new plants.  I bought good, rich soil and tucked these plants into it.  And that was about it.

And then yesterday. I saw something. a little bell pepper. and a little tiny cucumber.  It worked. I could not believe it.  

All this got me thinking about the things, the seeds that you have been sowing.  The things you are trusting God for.  Don’t give up.
Part of me wonders if one of the reasons God gave us seeds and plants was to remind us. everywhere. all the time (we can’t get away from plants!) that what we plant in faith will produce.  
Keep up the good, good, work of “sowing to the Spirit” as Galatians 6:8 says.  The daily, moment by moment sowing that may seem insignificant is producing a HARVEST (Galatians 6). 
The daily:
Choosing kindness towards your parents.
Choosing joy in a weary season.
Walking/running away from those tempting situations.
Praying over and over again for that friend of yours. 
Renewing your mind with Scripture. 
Choosing love over judgement.
Caring for your neighbor.
Sharing the Gospel.
Honoring others with your speech.
Putting others needs before yours.
Choosing faithfulness to your spouse.
Listening for and obeying God’s promptings.
Surrendering.

And let us not lose heart & grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage. Galatians 6:9 AMP

Thank you for sowing. You are making a world of difference. You will see.

Stay Awake.

Stay Awake Monday//Take 30//Brooke

Can you getaway for 30 minutes this week?

Just to slow down/refocus/be still/cast your cares/worship.

It’s so important.

“I found my life when I laid it down…” is a line in Hillsong United’s new song “Touch the Sky”

And I think that line is so true–when we lay down our time and turn to God we remember [again] who He is, who We are, why we are here, and that God is near. [ha, it’s rhymes!]

I know life is mega packed and school work is out of control right now.  But just take 30.  Print off the sheet pictured above created by Jennie Allen. Go find a quiet spot.  You will not ever regret those minutes.

love God.
love everyone in front of you.
stay awake.