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A Four-Letter-Word (Guest Blog)

The room was dark. All was quiet. But my mind was swirling… Various items of my “To Do” list were zipping through my head… Unpack boxes. Call the Internet company. Paint. Hang Curtains. Blog. Make the weekly menu. Update Budget.

My heart started to race and a sinking feeling of panic overtook me. There was no way sleep was coming any time soon. But then suddenly… I heard His Voice…

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Hey friends! I am guest blogging over at one of my dude-reader/writer blogs today… Pop on over to Brent’s site to see the rest of the story  (and find out what four-letter-word I’m talking about… It’s not inappropriate, I promise.)

As always, thanks for swinging by… Blessing and prayers to you all.

Resting in Him,
SGK

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” ~Matthew 11:28

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Everyday Jesus: The Smiling Square Faces

Are you ready for yet another incredible installment of our “Everyday Jesus” guest blogging series? I sure hope so… because this one, written by my sweet friend Amy, is a doozy. Her perspective will surely make your scratch your head (in a good way!) and her personality will make you want to reach through the screen and drag her to Starbucks for a face-to-face chat about… well, anything! This gal is an incredibly talented writer and such a passion for Jesus that it’s contagious.

So yes, meet Amy. And be sure to show her the love both here and over at her place!

Always impressed by Him,
SGK

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It’s easy to lose track of Jesus online. Bloggers blast out words at all times of day and night. Pieces of truth they are learning, and that truth is usually accompanied by a beautiful picture with a moving piece of scripture inscribed in cool font.Tweets and likes and +1’s, cloud my thinking, and it doesn’t make sense that Jesus can be the topic of almost every post I read and yet, somehow go missing.When I start feeling like this, I know it’s time to unplug, and I do so happily.Who will notice I am missing?Surely, the smiling, square faces from Arizona, Arkansas, and across the ocean are busy, and if I close shop for a time, it would go undetected. *Insert speculation about the quality of my online relationships.Amyonlinegirls

And so I pull the plug. No blogging for a week or maybe even two.

I decide Jesus is present in the quiet mornings of my home, and I need time to think about the realness of my smiling square “friends”.

And then I receive a text inquiring about my new job. From an online friend.
And an email asking if I need anything. From an online friend.
And a call filled with giggles. From an online friend.
And my iPad rings. Oh, it’s an online friend.

Jesus sneaks up.

He tells me my online friends may not be sitting in front of me, but He instructs me to embrace the love they share anyway.

Then, Jesus surprises me.

Although He doesn’t tell me, I get the distinct impression Jesus doesn’t feel all of the online chatter is shameless self-promotion, nope. Instead, I think He’s thrilled to be the focus of conversation and happy people are connecting in His name.

Your turn: Tell me about the people you have met online. Do you ever wonder about the authenticity of your online relationships? Have you seen real friendships bloom out of a shared passion for spreading ideas about Jesus online?

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amyblog picAmy L. Sullivan pounds out words early in the morning and late at night. She doesn’t have any “online friends”. Nope, just regular ‘ol friends she happens to meet online. Want to be one of her regular ‘ol friends? Connect with her via her blog, her Facebook Page or on Twitter. 
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Everyday Jesus: Where’s Waldo… I mean Jesus?

Welcome to another edition of Everyday Jesus! Today I am so stinkin’ excited to introduce you to one of my coolest and most supportive “dude readers.” Only the best part is he’s not just a reader– he too is a writer! I work alongside Brent at Christ Community Church and he inspires readers with his passion for Christ and leadership perspective. Get ready to discover Jesus in everyday life with his guest post today here at 7 Days Time! 
Looking for Christ in the Everyday, 
SGK 
PS: Don’t forget to show Brent the Jesus love both here and on his website by leaving a comment! 
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The ‘Where’s Waldo’ books and puzzles have been around for years….since 1987 to be exact.  Some are more challenging than others.  You’ve seen these, right?  Waldo and other characters are always dressed in bright red and white stripes, which would suggest that they would be rather easy to pick out in a crowd.  As it turns out, however, it’s not really that simple.
 
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This makes me think of taking my kids to Chuck E. Cheese when they were little.  Have you ever tossed your 3-year-old into one of those huge tubs of multi-colored plastic balls?  You would think your kid would stick out like a sore thumb.  Not the case!  At least with my kids, they would inevitably wiggle to the bottom allowing the balls to conceal their location.  I don’t think there was a time when I didn’t have to climb in there myself and fish them out.

So, where is Jesus???

For those of us who have accepted His gracious gift of salvation by our faith, He tells us this:

And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.   Matthew 28:20b  (NLT)

He is with us….with you and I…always!  That’s awesome news.  But isn’t Jesus a bit like Waldo in our daily crazy-paced life?  We should be able to see Him in everything we do and everywhere we go.  I mean, He is with us.  Didn’t we just read that?  The issue here is that often we allow Him to become lost in the crowd.

The crowd of…

…waking up late

…getting sick

…becoming angry at the barista who got our coffee wrong

…monthly bills adding up to more than our income

…our ‘to-do’ list always being longer than our ‘done’ list

…ETC!

So, here’s what we do.  Recognize our particular ‘crowd.’  Realize that Jesus really is nearby.  And ReFocus our attention on the things of Jesus as we go about our day.  When we do this our crowd eventually becomes filled with Jesus moments.  We start to see Him in the frustrations of life….not just the pleasant stuff.

Where did you see Jesus today?  Leave a comment below and share your experience so we can encourage each other.

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Brent is a follower of Jesus, husband to an amazing woman and   father of four remarkable kids. He has  been active in ministry since 1991, which includes:  Children’s & Family Life Ministry in Washington State, student ministry in Michigan and he currently serves as GROW Minister at Christ Community Church in Columbus, GA  while also partnering with his wife children’s ministries. You can connect with Brent via his blog or on Twitter. 

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Everyday Jesus: Coincidence?

Ever have those friends or people in your life that you just simply ADORE? I do– and today’s guest post is brought to you by just one of those such people… Kelli is not only my dear friend, but she is also a mentor, coach, “boss,” and encourager in my life. I have been privileged to work alongside her for over a year and a half, in which time we have laughed together, cried together and grown in Christ together. 

She is a talented speaker and writer– so please show her lots of love (both here and at her site via leaving comments) as she shares her heart today on the latest and greatest edition of “Everyday Jesus!” 

Be Blessed, 

SGK 

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I remember running late taking my kids to school one morning several years ago. I was frustrated. They were in tears. Instead of speeding and risking getting a ticket or being involved in an accident and making my morning even worse, I decided to slow down. We were just going to have to be late. And I began to pray that God would show me Himself. “God, give me patience. Make me a better parent. Help my kids get their act together!” (You know, the usual prayers when you are late and frustrated.) Out of nowhere, a peacock came out of the woods and began to cross the road. Seriously. I thought I was losing my mind. I live in mid-Georgia. Last time I checked, we don’t have peacocks running wild.

Then I felt like God say to me… “Here is your gift this morning. Slow down and search for me. I am always at work. Look for me.”

Was my prayer for God to show Himself and a random peacock crossing a rural Georgia road a coincidence? No, my friend, that was a God-incidence. God showed up, He showed out, and I was aware enough to see Him.

Really, these God-incidences happen all the time.

Like the time I was telling my son that he the only two things that he had to do was to listen and obey. That was it! And God whispered, “Yeah, that’s it. That’s all I need for you to do.” Easier said than done, huh?

Or the time when I dropped my church ministry business card into a drawing at a restaurant and someone new to the community who was looking for a church saw it, pulled it out, and now calls our church his home.

Do we see Him? Do we seek Him? Everyday Jesus is at work… around us, in us, through us, and for us.

“When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.”  ~Jeremiah 29:13

Let’s not miss the gifts God has for us in the everyday things… your children’s laughter. A friend’s conversation. A moment with your husband. A meal with your family. Practice looking for Him in the everyday. The seemingly mundane. The ordinary.

And you might just see a peacock crossing the road. 

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Kelli headshotKelli Wommack is a motivational speaker, writer, and blogger and loves seeing people reach their full potential in Christ. With over twenty years of ministry experience, she currently leads others in a discovery process of their special God-given design in her role as SERVE minister at Christ Community Church in Georgia. As a Samford University seminary grad, Kelli loves to study and teach God’s Word. She enjoys a crazy life with her husband of 20 years and her teenage daughter and tween-age son. In her abundant spare time (ha!), she enjoys frappuccinos, frozen yogurt, and friends. She invites you on the journey of Living for ONE at www.kelliwommack.com.

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Everyday Jesus: Playing Hide ‘N’ Seek

Some folks just make ya wanna hug them… Today’s guest blogger is just one of those such people! My dear friend Dawn is not only a talented writer, but also a sweet and loving daughter of Christ. Show her some love as she shares a smidge of her Jesus heart with us today!

Loving me some Jesus in the everyday, 
SGK 

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“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

Hiding his eyes behind two pudgy hands, my toddler grandson starts counting. “One, two, three, four, five…” His excitement builds and he rushes, “Eight – nine – ten…here I come!” He’s now in hot pursuit of his slightly older sister. Oh, how he thrills in the pursuit.

He searches all the obvious spots—behind the couch or the chair, under the kitchen table, or behind a closed door—and calls her by name. Barely unable to contain her giggles, his sister stays hidden until she just can’t stand it anymore and yells, “I’m here! I’m here!” And willingly, she becomes the pursuer.

We still play Hide-N-Seek—you and I—only it’s not as obvious.

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Sometimes we hide from one another. We hide inside our houses, within our busyness, or behind our Facebook statuses. We’d rather appear “put together” than risk revealing our true selves or admitting our neediness. And, when others seek us and find us, we’re always quick to answer, “I’m here and I’m just fine.”

We hide from God, too. We don’t physically hide behind the living room furniture or closed doors, but we might miss a few days of quiet time, barely crack open our Bibles, and leave little room in our days for prayer until we completely veil our hearts from God’s presence.

Why do we do hide? I can’t answer that for anyone but myself. I guess sometimes I hide because I don’t want my weaknesses confirmed by others or God and I fear rejection by both. (Gulp! Big risk right there).

But here’s what I’ve found to be true: God never plays hide-n-seek. No, God never hides from us. In fact, the Bible says God can always be found by those who seek Him:

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”Jeremiah 29:13

“I love those who seek me, and those who seek me find me.” Proverbs 8:17

God created us for relationship—with Him and one another—because that’s how He lives within the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

How do we seek relationship with others or God?

  • Be intentional—connections don’t just happen. Deliberately set a specific time and place to meet.
  • Be consistent—relationships flourish the more regularly you meet together.

The result?

  • Intimacy—you build trust as the relationship grows and sharing more intimate heart issues comes naturally.
  • Freedom—as intimacy grows, you’re free to be who you are; who God created you to be.
  • Release—when you realize who you truly are—who God created you to be—you’re released from others’ expectations and set free to soar in God’s purpose for you.

I’m ready to stop hiding and seek God and others, today. How about you?

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Dawn Aldrich is a children’s author, inspirational blogger, and T V host of Penn’s Pals. She enjoys her roles as wife, mother, grandmother and daughter of the King. Dawn enjoys her family, four seasons, dark chocolate, and sharing her God stories. You can connect with Dawn via her blog or check out her book or her TV website.

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Everyday Jesus: God Cares for Our Basic Needs

Welcome to another edition of our guest post blogging series “Everyday Jesus!” Today’s guest blogger, Laura, is one of my great online gal-pals… Her writing is an inspiration– and today’s post is absolutely no exception! Be sure to show sweet Laura some love– both here at 7 Days Time and over at her place by leaving a comment. (Hint, hint, wink, wink…) 

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Have you ever noticed that everything seems worse when you’re tired or hungry?

Think about it. You might not be having the best day, but it’s not awful. And then, as you go from meeting to meeting or run errands, you miss lunch. And what happens? You get cranky. Maybe a headache comes on. You lose your patience with co-workers or your kids. And your day has gone from bad to worse.

This was me a few weeks ago, but not because I missed lunch.

I did something to my back, although I don’t really know what. One minute I was fine. The next minute I sat down for dinner, and I felt something slip out-of-place. It was painful, but not awful.

Over the next few days, it got worse, until I could barely move. It didn’t matter what anti-inflammatory medications I took, or how long I kept the heating pad on, I couldn’t move.

The pain meant I wasn’t sleeping either. And it doesn’t take long for lack of sleep to catch up with me.

On the evening of the worst day, I was near “total meltdown” stage. (My family would say I was already well into “total meltdown” stage. So, don’t ask them.)

I prayed for healing, but instead, I slept.

God knows.

He knows our basic human needs. And He knows when they’re not being met.

Everything seems worse when we’re tired or hungry…or in Elijah’s case, both.

Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.
1 Kings 19:3-5 NLT

I’ve never actually had to run for my life, but I’ve been at the end of my rope like Elijah.

God, I’m tired of this.  I can’t do it anymore.

Maybe you’ve felt that way before too.

All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.
1 Kings 19:5b-6 NLT

I imagine Elijah would’ve liked God to do something about the people who were trying to kill him. But instead, God gave Elijah rest and food.

Not just once, but twice.

The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night.
1 Kings 19:7-9 NLT

Everything seems worse when you’re tired or hungry.

God knew that before Elijah could think clearly again, he needed two basic needs met—sleep and food.

Aren’t we the same today?

When the lack of sleep took me under, the pain in my back was out of control and I couldn’t focus on anything else. But after a night of rest, I was able to think a little more clearly.

I was still in pain, but God met my basic need of sleep. And later that day, I could feel my back start to relax.

We want to get right to the result—problem solved.

But sometimes, God wants us to see something else first.

He wants us to see Him in our everyday basic needs.

And with that clearer vision, we can see Him at work in our end-of-my-rope moments.

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Laura Rath is a follower of Jesus Christ, a wife, mother, writer, blogger, and works in church ministry. She continues to grow daily in her relationship with God and loves the faith journey she’s on. Laura is a monthly contributor for 5 Minutes for Faith, and hosts an online Bible study, using books relevant to women today. She can be found at Laura Rath ~ Journey in Faith, where she shares from her heart and encourages others in their walk with the Lord. You can also connect with her via Facebook or Twitter. 

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“Serving” Up a Hot Vliggity Vlog

I love making up words.

Perhaps you figured that out with the title of this post. Seriously. (Vliggity? I need to cut back on the Jesus caffeine.)

If you are already confused and/or exhausted from your remaining turkey tryptophan coma or Black Friday shopping, my apologies. You are excused to go get a nap then come back. 😉

Ok. Let’s get down to business.

Today’s post is a variation of Five Minute Friday. Since it is a holiday-ish weekend, I thought I would take a slightly different approach. So today is a short little guest VLOG (video blog) day.

Are you excited? I am. (Or maybe that’s the leftover sugar still coursing thorough my veins from yesterday’s dessert.) Whatever.

How much do we love Jesus? THIS MUCH. (We really do need to cut back on the sugar.) WHEEE!

Today’s vlog is a short little snippet about Factor of 7, our random act of kindness ministry here at 7 Days Time.

I was honored to be featured on my dear, sweet, awesome, hilarious friend Amy’s blog this week.

So if you have a hankering for Jesus in the form of serving others, pop over to Amy site and check out this week’s 60 Second Service Vlog to see what we have to say on the subject.

Oh. And don’t be shy. Feel free to leave a comment here or there. We L-O-V-E hearing from our darling readers. (Yes, even more than we love Thanksgiving leftovers!!)

Thanks for your continuous love and support you show to this ministry. I am so THANKFUL for each and every one of you!!!

Giving Thanks for You AND Jesus,

SGK

“I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.” ~1 Corinthians 1:4

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Embracing Change: Take it to the Bank (Guest Post)

My feet gently hit the pavement, in rhythm with the tiny “click, clack” of puppy paws. Although my mind wonders, my eyes are focused. They scan the horizon and then dart back to the ground. Just as we round the last block, a bright glint catches in my eye… there it is…

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Today I am incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to guest post for one of my dear online (AND in real life!) friends, Tracy Steel. Here’s a few things to know about Tracy:

  1. She loves Jesus
  2. She is awesome
  3. Her ministry, One Degree Ministries, is incredible
  4. She is hilarious
  5. She is also a military wife
  6. She is a Kansas native
  7. AND… She is a K-State alumni.

As you can see per the list above, we were automatically kindred spirits when we first “met” online… and things just exploded (in a good way) when we got to meet IRL (in real life) this past summer. I love this gal and am so thankful to guest post over at her place today. Check out the rest of the post all about embracing change by clicking here.

Oh, and you know the drill. Don’t be shy about leaving comments here and there. We love feedback!

Here’s to embracing change (and awesome friends. And you can take THAT to the bank!

Changing in the name of Jesus,

SGK

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” ~James 1:17

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Truth, Dare… Or Both

It was pitch black. My flashlight beam bounced all around thanks to my shaky hand. I swallowed hard. There was no turning back. I had already accepted those fateful words:

“I dare you.”

I set out to accomplish my dare: cross a deserted country highway, in the dark, at 3am on a Sunday morning. It seemed simple enough, but to a group (gaggle? posse? flock?) of 7th grade girls, this was the dare of all dares. As I neared the middle of the road, I grew confident. “Pshaw. This is easy,” I thought to myself.

Suddenly, my friends start squawking and squealing. Headlights were coming. Sure, they were a good half-mile away, but WHO was driving on the road at 3am in the country? My heart raced. I turned and ran faster than I ever had in my life.  A jumble of screaming girls piled into the tent. We peeked out the zipper flap to make sure the car passed by.

But the car turned into the driveway.

We tried to stifle our screams of terror as waited to meet the unknown stranger that would surely be our demise…

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Today I have the amazing opportunity to guest blog for my friend Laurie over at Living Power…  I DARE you to click over to Laurie’s blog for a little dose of TRUTH to get the rest of this story. Do you accept?

Oh, and PS… Don’t be shy about leaving a comment here and there! We both appreciate it 🙂 (Hint, hint, wink, wink, nudge, nudge.)

Taking the dare with a dose of truth,
SGK

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