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Prayer J.A.R. Day 1

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I know I just posted the Prayer J.A.R. post, but I actually wrote it a couple days ago. I was just having some technical difficulties. 

Like I said in that post, I’m going to share how my challenge went each day. Since I’m on my second day, I’ll be posting twice today to catch up. 

My challenge the first day was to pray in the morning instead of at night. 

The reason I wrote that one is because I am a stickler for praying at night, and I thought it could be good to switch up my routine. 

I drew that slip in the morning, and since I had prayed the night before, I decided to not pray that night and then pray the next morning. 

When it came time for me to go to bed last night, I felt like I really needed to talk to God. I realized that’s it’s never a bad thing to pray, so I’d pray both at night and in the morning. However, when I prayed last night it wasn’t how I usually pray. It was more like venting to God. This morning, I prayed how I usually pray at night. It felt weird. 

I did it while lying in bed because that’s what I’m used to, but I couldn’t focus. I kept wanting to get up and start my day. Plus, it was confusing to pray about yesterday and today at the same time. Usually when I pray at night, I talk about the day I just had. 

I probably won’t switch my prayer time from night to morning, but I will definitely try to pray more consistently throughout the day. 

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“Different” lyric edit

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Introducing Micah Tyler

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I would like to introduce you to a Christian artist that I stumbled upon earlier this year. I really enjoy his music, and I want to give you the chance to, as well. Micah Tyler is a singer, songwriter, and musician who is fairly new on the scene. Before becoming a singer, he was a youth pastor who also drove a sausage delivery truck in Texas. He felt God calling him to the music industry, and he replied, 

“I don’t know how to be a professional musician, but you’ve taught me to be faithful.” 

He says his music comes from the heart, and describes his songs as “battle-tested.” 

He released an album in 2013 called The Story I Tell. The next year, he released an EP called The Kitchen Sink. His most recent music is from Different, the EP he released at the end of last year. Some of his songs have been in faith-based movies, and his hit single Never Been A Moment peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs. Micah Tyler is currently on tour as the opening act for Big Daddy Weave. 

As I often do when I find an artist I like, I will be sharing edits of my favorite lyrics from his songs. I will put links to each song as I post. His music is available on iTunes and Spotify. Feel free to comment and let me know what you think!
{Quotes and tour information found on his website}

How Christians SHOULD Act

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Devotion for the week of 4/28/14-5/4/14

You’ve always heard what it means to be a Christian; you know what Christians believe. But when you encounter people who claim to be Christians but don’t seem to act like they are, you may wonder if they really are a Christian. The Bible gives us guidelines on how Christians should act. Not only can we use them to shape how we act, but we can use them to distinguish who around us is really a Christian. True Christians should be loving (Ephesians 5:2), humble (Philippians 2:5-8), forgiving (Ephesians 4:32), and obedient to God’s will (Proverbs 3:5-6). You should be able to see in them that they are transformed by Christ in them (2 Corinthians 3:18). Then there’s the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). First, and most importantly, is love. As I touched on earlier, Christians should be full of love. They should strive to love others just as God loves others. Second, is joy. Christians should be joyful. That doesn’t mean happy. Joyful and happy are two very different things. Being joyful means to be glad about what you experience, knowing that those experiences make you who you are. Being a Christian and having Jesus in your heart should make you joyful. Third, is peace. Christians should be peaceful since they have the Holy Spirit in their hearts who is giving them peace (2 Thessalonians 3:16). Fourth, is patience. As Christians, we should be more patient since we should have faith in God’s perfect timing (Ecclesiastes 8:6). Fifth, is kindness (Proverbs 11:17). If someone who claims to be a Christian is a mean person, that’s a sign that they probably aren’t a Christian. Either that, or not a very good one. Sixth, is goodness (Galatians 6:10). We should be good to one another. Seventh, is faithfulness. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says that Christians walk by faith, and not by sight. To them, believing is seeing. Eighth, is gentleness. We should witness to others gently, without forcing our beliefs on them (2 Timothy 2:24-25). Ninth, and last, is self-control. Proverbs 16:32 says that those who control their anger will be better off. In short, Christians are different than others, so they should act different. How they act should make them stand out, in a positive way, in contrast to the heathens around them. God wants us to be in the world, but not of the world.

Acceptance

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Devotion for the week of 4/14/14-4/20/14

Deep down, everybody longs to be accepted. We long for people to like us for who we are. You are not the only person that wants to be accepted. Even the most popular people at school, the most successful people at work want to be accepted. Not because of their popularity and success, but because of who they are as a person. That person that you think has it all may have a hole in their heart because they feel like people only like them for their stuff. Sometimes it’s hard for the popular person to accept the outcast and the successful business person to accept the intern. Our differences often divide us. In Romans 15:7 we are told to accept one another just as Christ has accepted us. It’s a simple command, but yet so difficult to obey. Naturally we tend to accept people like us but not typically those different than us. But we are told to accept everyone. Jesus accepted everyone. He was perfect, without sin, yet He often hung out with sinners. He loved everyone, even those who hurt Him. Love makes accepting people much easier. Jesus says in John 13:34, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” I don’t necessarily mean a romantic love, just the kind of love where you care about that person enough to accept them. There are lots of different types of people out there. Those people you pass at school everyday, or those people at work who you don’t really know. You should accept them. Even if you don’t really know them. Because if you don’t accept them then you are judging them. And the Bible tells us that we should not judge because we aren’t perfect either. I’m not saying that I’m not guilty of judging people and struggling to accept them, because I am. But it is important to remember that other people have feelings just like you do. And if you opening don’t accept them, you may hurt those feelings. There may be people who you don’t really like and you don’t see how you could possibly accept them. You will most likely have that problem at some point. The best thing you could do is to pray that God would remove that hatred and bitterness from your heart so that you could obey Him and accept that person. As for being accepted, remember to always be yourself. Don’t change so people will accept you. In the same way, don’t try to make other people change in order for you to accept them. All of us should accept each other as we are. There will always be people who don’t accept you. Just don’t let it get to you. Jesus accepts you and, honestly, that’s all that matters. So, no matter what, stay true to yourself.

Nothing changes-everything is different

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