Remembering 2020: What I Learned

“I will remember the deeds of the LORD; 
yes, I will remember your wonders of old. 
I will ponder all your work, 
and meditate on your mighty deeds.”
Psalm 77:11-12

2020 was a very different year. It was filled with violence, protests, riots, COVID-19, loss, and great disappointments.

It was also filled with heroes, new ways of communicating, neighborhoods coming together, renewed volunteerism, and new ways of working, teaching, and living.

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Are You Prevailing?

I truly believe that God orchestrated the timing of the release of Prevail for the challenges that we face today. Susie Larson has gifted the world with a year’s worth of devotions that encourage the reader to stand strong in the Lord.

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5 Keys to the Ministry of Listening

And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” Luke 9:35

Jesus took Peter, James, and John to a mountain to pray. Moses and Elijah appeared and talked with Jesus. Jesus’ face was altered, and His garments became a dazzling white.

Not knowing what to say, Peter asked Jesus if they could make shelters for Moses, Elijah, and Jesus. While Peter was speaking, a cloud overshadowed them, and they heard the command to listen to God’s Son, Jesus.

Listening. We listen to the news as we’re making breakfast and getting ready for the day. One ear tuned to the news and the other to the banter of everyone in the house. We caught the words of everyone, but did we catch the meaning behind the words?

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Languages of Love

“And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud,
“This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” Mark 9:7

Jesus took Peter, James, and John with Him, and they walked up a high mountain. He was transfigured there, and the clothing of Jesus became a radiant white. Moses and Elijah appeared and talked with Jesus. Not knowing what to say, Peter offered to make tents for the three of them. Then, they heard God tell them that Jesus was His Son. The command, listen to Him.

We listen to Jesus through reading the Bible, praying, waiting, praising, confessing, and much more. Listening intently is foundational in our relationship with Jesus.

Listening is also foundational in our marriages. Gary Chapman has gifted us with some insight in The 5 Love Languages.

Although we can be predominant in one or two of the love languages that Gary Chapman reveals, Jesus used all of the love languages, even more than five.

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