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Through "The Basics with Beth," Beth Jones is teaching the basics of God's Word to help you live a life you love and love the life you live! 

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have I been forgotten?

Jennifer Cole

What is it about certain seasons in life that can just make you feel a bit...lost? Ever felt like you were so far off the grid that even God had forgotten your coordinates? If you find yourself in a season like that...the basic truth that you need to hear today is that God sees YOU. He knows right where you’re at and not only are you NOT lost, you are actually right where you’re supposed to be! God is equipping you for your life’s purpose, even if your current season seems a bit boring, mundane or like you’re “lost in a field somewhere.” Let’s look at David’s life and you’ll see just what I mean…

In 1 Samuel 16, we learn a lot about David. He was the son of Jesse and one of eight brothers. The other brothers were more gifted, more handsome and of greater stature...but we know that while man looks at the outside of a person, God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). So, when God told Samuel to go to Jesse’s house and He’d show Him who the anointed one would be, Samuel reviewed each of the seven brothers first. From the outside view, they each looked like they should be the chosen one. However, God confirmed that none of those seven brothers was it. That’s when Jesse mentioned having an eighth son...who was out tending the sheep, like usual. When that eighth son, David, came to Samuel, God confirmed His anointing on David.

David’s stature, job and other external factors may not have impressed many...but it’s not the external attributes that qualified him. God qualified Him. God saw David’s heart. He saw that David was faithful in the basics -- He loved the Lord, He tended the sheep well and He was faithful in all the everyday, ordinary actions. God chose him to make a big difference in his day-and-age! Like David, each of us has a call on our lives...a divinely implanted purpose that God desires to help us live out in full. It doesn’t matter if we aren’t the smartest, prettiest or handsomest, from the best side of town and most prestigious schools...God looks at our heart and our faithfulness in the basics. So, don’t think that just because you are out in the fields “tending sheep” that God has somehow forgotten about you. 

>>In fact, the work that God is doing in your heart while you’re in the field is some of the most profound and essential work that will ever happen in your life! 

Think about David again...in the field, he learned about being a leader -- he had to figure out how to get the sheep to follow him, how to keep them safe and so on. He also spent that “field time” honing his skills -- he got quite proficient at the harp and the slingshot. Remember when Goliath entered the scene? David didn’t pick up a stone and a slingshot on that day and just hope he could use it. Nope! He had been practicing and practicing and practicing that particular weapon while in the field -- he had absolutely mastered that weapon and used it that fateful day to take down the giant.

Like David, your field time will be time well spent! Take note of the gifts and talents the Lord has given you and be intentional about honing those skills. Become the very best you can be at those skills, and trust that when it’s your “Goliath day” He will position you to move mighty mountains with those very basic skills that you were faithful to practice. You may be in a field tending sheep...but that doesn’t mean you are off God’s radar. On the contrary -- He’s positioned you exactly where you need to be right now. Be faithful in the basics and honor the field time...and your big day to put those skills to use will come!

Say This: “Father, thank You that my ‘field time’ is intentional and I am not off your radar! You know right where I am. Lord, help me to recognize the gifts you’ve given me and be faithful in honing those skills while in the field. I trust that at just the right time you’ll help me use those skills and the basics I’ve been faithful in, to make a big difference for You in this world. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

How's It Going?

Jennifer Cole

“...you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29;13, NKJV

Today marks two weeks into the new year...half way through January already...so what better time than now to check in on those resolutions that you made for 2018! How are your resolutions going so far? Making progress? Haven’t started yet? Re-thinking this whole goals thing? Let me encourage you today -- stay strong! It takes time to develop new habits. If it were easy, everyone would do it. Don’t quit! Keep your eye on the prize -- make the small, daily choices that lead to long-term success.

Many choose resolutions related to health, relationships, fitness and so on -- and for sure those are good areas to invest in. But let’s make sure we are prioritizing seeking the Lord as #1! This is always on the top of my new year’s resolution list...after all, we can always learn more about the Lord and grow closer and closer to Him, so let’s never stop seeking after more of His presence!

What are some practical ways you can do this? Read a daily devo (check!). Read faith-filled books (like these). Get plugged into a vibrant local church. Watch faith-filled TV programs (like this one). Read your Bible daily. Pray intentionally every day! Journal -- write down things that jump out to you when you read your Bible, write down prayers, write down how you’ve seen God move in your life...if you’ve never done journaling before, I encourage you to try it for 2018!

So, two weeks into the year now, let’s lean into the Lord’s grace and get moving on making each 2018 resolution a reality. You can do this!

Say This: “Father, thank You so much for the blessing of this new year. I lean into Your grace each day to help my new year's resolutions become a reality! Thank You for Your great love for me and for showing me the small, daily steps I can take to grow closer to You this year. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

I Find This Fascinating...

Jennifer Cole

“There are four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise: the ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer.” Proverbs 30:24-25, NKJV

I have always been fascinated by ants! They are amazing little creatures who carry 10-50 times their weight. They operate within an intuitive rank and file organizational structure. They are self-starters and know how to take initiative. 

Today, let’s see how we can be inspired and challenged -- by the ant!

Do You Carry More Than Your Weight? We were in a science museum in Montreal a while back, and they had a giant ant display within panels of glass. It was fascinating to watch the little ants carrying big flakes and particles many times their size up dirt hills. They maintained a steady pace and did their part. What about you? Do you operate at a steady pace in the things you’ve been called to do? Are you carrying more than your weight to help get the job done? 

Do You Stay In Your Lane? Ants have the intuitive sense of their place, rank and role in the ant kingdom. The Queen knows her role. The worker ants stay in their lane and operate within their particular assignment. They don’t have captains, supervisors or leaders; nevertheless, they know how to find and fulfill their place. How about you? Do you know your place, rank and role? Have you learned to stay in your lane? 

Are You a Self-Starter? Perhaps the most amazing thing about ants is their ability to be industrious, self-starters. They are self-motivated. They know how to take the initiative to start and finish. How about you? Are you a self-starter? Do you know how to motivate yourself to accomplish important things? 

Let’s pray and ask the Lord to help us adopt some of the ants’ best qualities.

Say This: “Father, today I consider the ant! I ask You to help me carry more than my weight in my home, work, ministry and life. Help me to stay in my lane and to operate in my place, rank and role. Help me to be a self-starter and internally motivated to accomplish important things. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

A Quiet Place

Jennifer Cole

“...Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31, NIV

Christmas is only a few days away now! It’s likely your life feels super busy right now...between family gatherings, gift shopping & wrapping, year-end activities at work and just the continuance of an already-full schedule...so today let’s get real -- do you feel like you need a break? You have permission. Jesus said so in Mark 6:31! In fact, let’s dig a bit deeper into some of the specific words we see in that verse:

Come with me: Jesus wants us to be with Him. He’s safe. He’s comfortable to be with. He draws us to Him. Can you hear the Lord calling your name today? He says, “Come with me” to you!

By yourselves: We need time alone with the Lord. We need to be by ourselves with Him. There is a time to be with other people, to be engaged in corporate worship with the whole church family, but nothing can replace time with the Lord “by yourself.” Jesus wants our undivided attention because He has things He would like to share with us when we’re focused on Him wholeheartedly. 

To a quiet place: Do you have a quiet place? Your car? A closet? The shower? Where do you go to be quiet with the Lord? Where can you go and be undistracted? In a quiet place, we can hear the Lord’s still small voice. We can discern the things He is saying and the ways He is leading. 

Get some rest: God cares about our rest. He knows we need to take a break. We need time to be refreshed, refueled. Time to sleep. Time to listen. Time to think. We need time to not be “on.” 

The purpose of rest is to refuel -- physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Some of our most creative, anointed, innovative, energized seasons come out of a time of rest. No one can operate at the speed of life on an empty tank. We must get rest in order to be refreshed. Resting refreshes and re-energizes us, so that we can continue to move forward in His purpose for our lives with His strength. Do you need to get some rest? 

Say This: “Father, I hear Your voice. Jesus, I hear You drawing me to come with You to a quiet place to get some rest. I ask You to give me the wisdom I need on how, when and where to do this very thing each day, each week, each month and each year, for the rest of my life. Lord, give me ears to hear, eyes to see and a heart to receive everything You would say to me in that place of rest. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
 

Fill Your Season With Joy

Jennifer Cole

“...Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” Nehemiah 8:10, NLT

Feeling like you need a bit more strength and joy this holiday season? I have good news! The joy of the Lord is our strength...so today, I encourage you to turn on your favorite worship songs or maybe some of your fave Christmas tunes, to help amp up the JOY in your life!

Some of my faves at Christmastime are:

Silver Bells -- this song for me brings to mind great memories of family, Christmas shopping and excitement!

O Holy Night -- there’s nothing like looking at our manger set and hearing this song -- so moving!

Oh Come All Ye Faithful -- this song is pure worship, am I right?...oh come let us adore Him! I love it!

So crank up the tunes, sing along, dance, lift your hands, do whatever it takes to get that JOY of the Lord flowing into your life. You’ll be so glad you did!
 
Say This: “Father, thank You that the joy of the Lord is my strength. I ask for a fresh infusion of Your joy into my life today please, and show me the songs and other methods that will help me better tap into that joy each day! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”