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Synced: Living Connected to the Heart of Jesus

Synced: Living Connected to the Heart of Jesus by Jennifer Kennedy Dean

Synced: Living Connected to the Heart of Jesus by Jennifer Kennedy Dean

Author Jennifer Kennedy Dean believes that the way to live synced to the heart of Jesus is to understand and base our lives on the model prayer Jesus gave us—the Lord’s Prayer. As a nationally respected writer, speaker, and executive on prayer and spiritual formation, she should know. And Synced: Living Connected to the Heart of Jesus is indeed a well-researched, easy-to-read book on this popular topic. Using the model prayer as an outline, she ventures far and wide with a combination of some good scholarship and some interesting stories.

And yet, as I read this book, I continued to feel uneasy. I couldn’t put my finger on the problem, and wondered if I’ve just read too many books on the Lord’s Prayer. Perhaps. I have read many. Unfortunately, this book didn’t rise to any level of significance. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the book; it’s just tired. I didn’t see much that was new, much that rose to a level that made me want to share the book. To quote the book. To teach the book. And most of the book focused on “what” rather than “how.” I didn’t come away with an increased ability to sync to Jesus.

In fairness, if the promotion on the book had indicated it was focused on the Lord’s Prayer, I probably would have passed on the blog tour because I recognize that the topic is so overdone that such books need to rise to a high level of excellence to stand out. So if you haven’t read a lot on the Lord’s Prayer, this book is well written. But if this is a topic you’re familiar with, you won’t learn much new in this book.

 

 

How to Get Your Warrior Back | Part 2

Yesterday we looked at two strategies to get your warrior back. Today we’ll conclude with three more.

Warrior woman

It’s Time To get Your Warrior Back!
Photo Credit: Andreas Øverland

Decide

Decide really is the most powerful word in the English language. After being with my big-spirited friends, I was able to DECIDE that I was done. No more depression. No more victim spirit. No more feeling sorry for myself. My God is bigger than that, and I wasn’t going to allow this behavior to continue to insult my God and ruin my life. Deuteronomy 30:19 is a command to choose life, which a decision. I changed my self-talk and my attitude, and my emotions followed.

Change Your Thinking From Victim To Victor

Closely related to deciding was changing my thinking from victim to victor. I implemented a mindset of determination and faith. I refused all temptation to feel sorry for myself. I began to proclaim the power of God. I changed my thinking to the Christus Victor aspect of salvation, which says that because of the crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus has already won the victory over sin and death. Therefore, that victory is mine. Changing my thinking isn’t easy, but when I’m consistent, it doesn’t take long to be effective.

Active Praise

Praise always breaks depression. Isaiah 61:3 says the Lord will provide “a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness (KJV). I certainly had a heavy spirit. I found passionate worship music on YouTube and kept it playing all the time. I also took opportunities to actively worship, using my whole body. Singing out loud. Raising my hands. I’ve found that getting my body involved is very important in breaking off depression. The emotions follow the body.

So if you are struggling with feeling totally bowed over, decide it’s time to get your warrior back, and take these simple steps. You’ll be glad you did.

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How to Get Your Warrior Back | Part 1

It had been an overwhelming week. I was facing stress at every level – personal, family, marriage, school, work, caregiving… I wasn’t sleeping well. I never do. So the fatigue was like a shroud covering my soul. I arrived at our small group meeting tense, and by prayer time was in tears. I wasn’t sure I could go on – or if I wanted to. I felt sorry for myself, for all the stuff coming at me, and for how it was affecting not only my life not, but also my future.

warrior woman

It’s Time to Get Your Warrior Back!
Photo Credit: Julian Garduno

I was worried. I don’t sink often, but when I have in the past, it has lasted for a while. I didn’t want that to happen again. It took some effort, but within a few days I could say, “I’ve got my warrior back!” What happened?

Today and tomorrow, I’ll share what I did to get my warrior back, to not only beat the depression, but also feel victorious.

Ask for Prayer

I forced myself to swallow my pride. I’m usually the strong one. But I knew I needed the support of my brothers and sisters, so shared how very awful I felt, what I failure I felt I was, and invited my small group to pray for me. One member followed up and encouraged me by email over the next couple of days. When we are willing to share our needs, the prayer of others becomes an effective intervention.

Spend Time with Big-Spirited People

The next day I had a meeting with several of the biggest spirited people I know. We didn’t even mention my issues. That wasn’t the focus of the meeting, but simply being with these men and women who pray big and believe big had a positive impact on my spirit. While our souls were busy with the agenda, I’m sure their spirits were ministering to mine.

Tomorrow we’ll look at the other strategies I used to get my warrior back.

 

777 Call to Prayer for Our Nation

Urgent Call to Prayer

Urgent Call to Prayer
Photo Credit: AnneGrahamLotz.com

Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy Graham, has invited American Christians to join in seven days of prayer and repentance for the nation, starting today. You can see her invitation here and sign up to receive prayer alerts every day. On the 7th day, we will fast and pray for breakthrough. I invite you to join the chorus as we humble ourselves before our Lord.

The first prayer alert is posted here. Be sure to sign up to receive the next six in your inbox. And will you pray? Despite all the good things happening in the world, and we rejoice for those, our nation is at a crossroads. It’s time for the Church to be the Church, to humble ourselves, turn from our own wicked ways, and seek God’s mercy. (2 Chron. 7:14).

When I was with my family last month, including my newest granddaughter, I found myself in constant intercession for them and the world they are inheriting. I prayed that they would enjoy the freedoms we have enjoyed, especially the freedom of belief and thought. I prayed that they would not face national poverty and persecution, that their nation would not become a third world has-been. I prayed that they would be able to live well for Jesus, advancing His kingdom here on earth. And frankly, in the midst of the joy, my heart was breaking for them. And I repented for how my generation has squandered that which we inherited. It’s not too late, friends. Our God is a God of mercy as well as justice. I’m crying out for His mercy and examining my life. Will you join me?