Renewing Your Mind

At the time of salvation, our spirit is regenerated. We go from death to life – separated from God to being reconciled to Him. The change that takes place is miraculous and immediate. The transformation of our minds, on the other hand, is a process. The Bible instructs us to make changes in the way we think by renewing your mind. We renew our minds and grow in our faith and maturity by spending time in the Word of God – reading, meditating, applying and practicing what we learn every day. The more we learn about God – who He is and who we are in Him, the more we will renew our thinking. We begin to see things the way He sees them. We begin to want what He wants. Renewing our minds changes us and makes us more like Christ.

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How to Renew Your Mind

If we spend some time reading the Bible every day, reflecting on what we have read throughout the day, and putting it into practice, we are sure to see some positive changes in our thinking, feelings and behavior.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)

Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. (Colossians 3:9-10)

Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. (Ephesians 4:22-24)

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8)

Think Like a Winner: How Renewing Your Mind with God’s Word Empowers You to Win in Life is highly recommended for an in-depth look at the power of renewing your mind. Includes step-by-step exercises on how to apply the Scriptures to your daily life. Think Like a Winner is the perfect companion to In Christ, I Am: God’s Promises on Who You Are in Christ that Will Transform You from the Inside Out

Today’s post is written by Krystal Kuehn, author of Think Like a Winner: How Renewing Your Mind with God’s Word Empowers You to Win in Life.  Krystal is a psychotherapist, best-selling author, teacher, musician and songwriter. Krystal specializes in helping people live their best life now, reach their full potential, overcome barriers, heal from their past, & develop a happiness lifestyle. Her inspirational and empowering approach has been helping people all over the world for over 20 years. Her books, articles, poetry, and songs have been published locally and internationally. Krystal has a passion for encouraging others. She believes everyone has untapped potential for greatness, and everyone can live a life of fulfillment and true happiness.

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Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

I love this verse from Micah 6:8 promoting social justice, He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6 is our answer to how to please the Lord. The answer is not more ritual or sacrifices, or indeed, external religious rites or poses. Instead, the Lord is looking for us to offer and have justice, mercy, and humility. The response of a heart dedicated to pleasing God is outward (do justice), inward (love mercy), and upward (walk humbly).

Act Justly

To act justly is to act from a sense of right and wrong. In particular, the courts and government have a responsibility to provide equity and protect the innocent. Injustice was a problem in ancient days and remains so today.

Love Mercy

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Mercy contains the Hebrew word hesed, which means “loyal love” or “loving-kindness.” Along with justice, we are to provide mercy. Both justice and mercy are foundational to God’s character. God expects His people to show love to their fellow man and to be loyal in their love toward Him, just as He had been loyal to us.

Walk Humbly

This is a description of our heart’s attitude toward God. We depend on Him rather than on our own abilities. Instead of taking pride in what we bring to God, we humbly recognize that no amount of personal sacrifice can replace a heart committed to justice and love.

The message of Micah is so pertinent today. Religious rites, no matter how extravagant, can never compensate for a lack of love. Compliance to rules is not as valuable in God’s eyes as a humble heart that simply does what is right.

Handmade Signs with Purpose: Signs with a Porpoise

Bryan and Kristen from Signs With A Porpoise

Bryan and Kristen from Signs With A Porpoise

Today I welcome Kristen from Signs With A Porpoise. Kristen and her husband Bryan have an Etsy shop with really beautiful handmade signs for indoor and outdoor use. I especially love their Biblical creations and Christian song lyric signs. Check out their shop, your heart will be moved with their creative typography and artistic vision.

Tell me a bit about you and your handmade signs business

Bryan and I are best friends and husband and wife of 14 years. We have worked together for over 18 years, first at the dinner show where we met, then as owners/operators of a decorative concrete business, and now as creative partners/makers for Signs With A Porpoise.

The most important aspect of our life is our relationship with the Lord, each other, our children, our loved ones, and anyone with whom He has us meet, including the special folks He has us meet through Signs With A Porpoise.

We have a passion for God’s Word and creation, and a heart for those who cannot speak for or defend themselves. We also share an affection for a wide range of worship music, coffee, fishing, and the beach.
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus from Signs With A Porpoise

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus from Signs With A Porpoise

Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

Jesus is my biggest inspiration;  yesterday, today, and forever.

What do you love the most about your business?

That question lends to a multi-faceted answer for us.  We love that this little business is truly owned and operated by God Himself. We just do our best by His strength to listen, be His hands and feet, and follow His lead. I pray our actions, words, and work bring Him the honor and glory;  it all belongs to Him.
It brings me great joy to meet folks the Lord brings our way through Signs With A Porpoise. It is a privilege to create pieces for people He’s chosen, and to talk with people whom we probably wouldn’t otherwise meet.
Relationships with others are paramount, which brings me to the next thing I love. I also love the way He directs us creatively. He directs our steps regarding the messages and designs we create on signs. Through these aspects, I think He allows us the opportunity to create special pieces for people who are looking to display His truth as encouragement and reminders of what an awesome God we serve and just how much we are loved by Him.

How did you pick your shop name?

Our shop name came to life through a conversation one night with our best friend, Katrina.  Bryan and I had been tossing ideas around and just hadn’t landed on one. Katrina was over to visit and we explained to her that we were looking for a name that would have a meaning for both types of work seen in our shop.  Bryan loves to create our sea life pieces and I have a love for creating typography style pieces featuring messages with purpose.  Our sweet friend started to mention ocean-themed names that tied related to our primary purpose of putting God’s Word and messages of Him on signs.  The moment “Signs With A Porpoise,” left her lips, We knew that was the one!
I love when names or written phrases/stories have more than one meaning.  This is something that shows in the design work the Lord has me do.
Signs with a Porpoise

Signs with a Porpoise

How does your family support your business goals?

Our two youngest children are still at home and play such an important part through their support. They are eleven and twelve now and actively participate in the daily activities of the home.  They help with preparing meals, chores around the house, and are two of our BIGGEST cheerleaders. I often go to them for opinions on color matching and feedback on design work, and they pitch in wherever they can with packaging and shipping items. They are invested in our work with the clients the Lord brings to us and even join us in praying for them. That is precious to me.
They both have a great sense of humor and are great company.  I also happen to love how they almost seem to have a radar to alert them to me taking pictures;  they have an uncanny ability to pop up in shots when I’m taking pictures of signs for the shop!

Where can we find out more about you and your work?

You can find us on Instagram @SignsWithAPorpoise.  You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SignsWithAPorpoise
And of course, you can find us at our shop on Etsy: SignsWithAPorpoise.etsy.com

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Your Kingdom Come – Lord’s Prayer

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Matthew 6:10 (Part 2 of the Lord’s Prayer Series)

Today I re-read the Lord’s prayer in the Message version of the Bible. I learned the Lord’s prayer as a child in the King James version, and I love the poetic flow of the words. But sometimes its good to read another version, so the words and ideas seem new and fresh.

In the King James version, the second part of the Lord’s Prayer is: Thy kingdom come, thy will be done. And in the Message version its: Set the world right. Do what’s best, as above, so below.

A Heart’s Response

This second part of the prayer is a heart’s response to the first part of the prayer where we have praised God and put Him in his appropriate place in our lives. We have ascribed him power, greatness and holiness. We have looked up from our daily lives and seen the true glory of the Lord.

In the second part of the prayer, we are responding to this glory of God in our lives. As God is the best and the highest, it inspires us to focus on what He wants, on his kingdom, on his will, here on earth right now. It inspires trust and faith that He knows what is right and is always working towards His goals.

Setting our Sights on the Kingdom

Jesus was always talking about the kingdom of God, telling us what this kingdom was like, to open our eyes to his Father’s plans. I know I get captivated by my own problems, my own needs and wants. I get lost in these little things and constantly forget to watch for God’s kingdom, to see his hand in all the circumstances that surround me.

With this part of the prayer, we shed my earthly vision and give our circumstances over to the Lord with the hope and courage to let Him use them for his kingdom and his purposes.

We pray to see more of the kingdom, to see things through God’s eyes, to know his purposes in the things that surround us right now. This is a whole discipline in itself, to live in surrender and hope that his word is true – that he is working things out for good – including the details of daily life.

Give me vision, give me hope – I surrender this day to your will and watch for your hand. Keep me vigilant, I don’t want to miss one thing You are doing.

This post is the second of a five part series on the Lord’s prayer. Please enter your email address over to the right to get the next part of the series. Tell me about your experiences with prayer in the comments!

Your kingdom come

Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven

 

This is part of a series on the Lord’s Prayer, the complete series is available at these links:

Part one: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name

Part two: Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven

Part three: Give us today our daily bread, forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors

Part four: Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one

Part five: For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

I Have Hidden Your Word in my Heart Ps 119:11

My heart is full of God’s word and His word holds my heart. The Word of God is one of the holy tools we have to keep ourselves pure and avoid sin. I am seeking to keep His word close so that I am full of the joy of the Lord and always moving towards thankfulness. His Word is so precious to me.

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Word of God hidden in heart

My heart is full of God’s word and His word holds my heart. The Word of God is one of the holy tools we have to keep ourselves pure and avoid sin.