Wish I was There

In Heart by Caleb

If you can be there, be there. “Don’t allow your mind to tell your heart what to do. The mind gives up easily.” — Paulo Coelho There was a woman—70’s or 80’s—on the phone in close enough proximity to me that I could hear her. I wasn’t eves-dropping, but I heard her concluding her call abruptly, saying, “You’re so articulate …

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Fire & Problems that Need Solving

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

Even legitimate problems that need solving can wait while we wait in stillness. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. 1 Kings 19:12 When I’m still, silent, breathing, and moving toward inner connection to God (like a branch to the vine), fires arise in my mind that demand I put them out—immediately. Fires …

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Earthquakes and Insecurity

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

Insecurities expose our false selves. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 1 Kings 19:11 As an earthquake rocks the foundation, so insecurity causes us to doubt who we are. When I’m alone and still, fighting through the worries and staying in a place of silence, insecurities shake my sense of self. …

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Wind and Worry

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

Worry, like a strong wind, tears through our silence and pulls us toward fear. Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. 1 Kings 19:11 Anytime I decide to not be still and focus on my connection to God’s Spirit, there is wind. …

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Ego & Extra

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

Be careful after a great success. Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there. 1 Kings 18:40 After the fire consumed the soggy logs and the god of Baal was exposed as impotent, Elijah seems caught up in …

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Soggy Logs

In Heart by Caleb

If it’s a God-thing, the logs can be soggy. This is a verse from the amazing Prophet Elijah embarrassing the prophets of Baal. They were cutting themselves and calling down fire from the absent god of Baal. Nothing happened. He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, “Fill …

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My God

In Heart by Caleb

This is personal. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Psalm 143:10 I’m not doing God’s will “because He said so,” like I’m a 3-year-old learning the do’s and don’ts. I’m doing God’s will because… 1. He’s THE God of the Universe. Everything that is is because …

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More And Enough, Part 3

In Heart by Caleb

Content, not complacent. Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23 The grateful are inspired to hustle. The content whistle while they work. The satisfied are so because they enjoy the work. People who are learning to enjoy their God and his provisions are also the people who …

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More And Enough, Part 2

In Heart by Caleb

The Source is better than the resource. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 Imagine we were on a hike but you took the wrong turn. When we met back up at camp, I offered …

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Old Lady Groups

In Heart by Caleb

Everybody needs a group. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another… Hebrews 10:24-25 Some mornings I work from a coffeeshop inside a fancy grocery store near our home. Free WiFi, the option of caffeination, …

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