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November 22, 2019
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How can we live out gratitude in seasons of suffering and seemingly unanswered prayers? Let's talk about it. | TBN Prayer Line: 1-888-731-1000

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  • - Today we're gonna talk about how we can be thankful
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  • even when prayers go unanswered or expectations aren't met.
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  • Come on, let's talk about it.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • - Y'all had something so incredible.
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  • You know how you have those moments so you go
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  • that is one of those drop the mic experiential moments.
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  • And I'll never forget, I was with one of my closest friends,
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  • her name is Eva.
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  • She and I are the same age so we're both
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  • in our, no longer tight skin, and high metabolism stages.
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  • We've been best friends since we were teenagers,
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  • and she was paralyzed by a car when she was 17.
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  • Her spine was severed at L4 and L5
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  • so I've always known Eva in a chair.
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  • I always say she walks faster than I do
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  • spiritually speaking. (chuckling)
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  • But we were at the mall and it was just crazy, crazy busy
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  • and she goes to pull her van
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  • into a handicapped parking space and right as we pull in
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  • this woman comes flying in to this space who's not disabled
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  • and I get out of the car to explain to her,
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  • you know there's no other spaces, you know,
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  • we need this for her ramp to come out.
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  • And the woman was in this Lululemon outfit,
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  • she was like "oh, sorry hun. I'm just in a huge hurry."
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  • and ran off, it was all I could do not to key her car.
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  • - Wow. - Oh my gosh.
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  • - Ooh.
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  • - So sure.
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  • Well, so after driving around for another 30 minutes,
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  • and it was just a series of kind of insults, you know,
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  • the elevator was broken,
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  • we had to roll to the other side of the mall.
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  • We finally get to the store that we were going to,
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  • she was buying her kids clothes for back to school.
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  • We finally get to the store we we're going to
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  • and the sales clerk comes over to me,
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  • kinda pulls me aside, and goes,
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  • "Would you just make sure your friend doesn't roll over
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  • "any of the clothes because I've had that happen before
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  • "and it puts tire marks on the clothes."
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  • 'Cause of course Eva's rolling in between the racks,
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  • and they're kinda tight,
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  • - Wow.
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  • - And I just thought, I mean at that point I was so tired
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  • of her being treated with such unkindness because she's in
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  • a wheelchair that it started to grate on me.
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  • And we ended up getting coffees, I always get a nonfat mocha
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  • with whip cause I feel like the whip and nonfat
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  • balance each other out.
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  • And we're sitting outside the mall
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  • and I just got overwhelmed because I love Eva so much
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  • and I got real teary and I said,
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  • "I hate that chair."
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  • And she said, "Oh Lisa."
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  • She said "You hate this chair cause you love me.
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  • "But you need to know I don't hate this chair anymore."
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  • She said, "As a matter of fact, I don't even just tolerate
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  • "this chair anymore, I'm grateful for this chair."
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  • And then she said, "I never would have met Andrew,"
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  • her husband, "had it not been that I was speaking
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  • at an event, because of my testimony,"
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  • and she started naming all these things and she said,
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  • "I have run places, I never would have run,
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  • "apart from this chair."
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  • She said, "I'm actually grateful for this chair."
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  • And I mean, I'm telling you, that preached louder to me
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  • than anything had in a long time, because I thought,
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  • she doesn't even see it anymore as a negative.
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  • She sees it as, in the economy of God,
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  • he chose not to knit my spine back together,
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  • but look at my kids, look at my life, and I thought
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  • that's who I want to be when I grow up.
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  • I wanna see everything in my life, even the hard things,
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  • as ultimately for my good and His glory.
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  • So how do y'all find gratitude when you're
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  • in a season that doesn't feel like it's for your good,
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  • like Eva did?
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  • - One of my favorite, favorite scriptures
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  • in the entire Bible, is one that I love so much
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  • because of just the depth of it, but I honestly think
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  • I love it so much 'cause I'm preparing my heart
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  • to actually to truly believe it one day.
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  • Does that make sense? - Yes, it does.
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  • - So I would say that my suffering has been pretty minimal
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  • in this life and I really believe
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  • that we're either in the middle of it,
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  • we just got through it or we're on our way.
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  • Until you know by the Scripture,
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  • Jesus really clear, when the story comes,
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  • make sure your house is built on the rock.
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  • And so, this verse, it's in Romans five and it says,
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  • "Not only do we", rejoice in the hope of God,
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  • as the previous verse it says, "Not only that,
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  • "but we rejoice in our sufferings,
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  • "knowing that suffering produces endurance,
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  • "and endurance produces character
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  • "and character produces hope and it's a hope
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  • "that which cannot be put to shame."
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  • And I read that verse and I think,
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  • God I trust You so much that in the midst of suffering,
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  • I know it's gonna do something for me.
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  • And if it's gonna produce endurance in me,
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  • and it's gonna produce character and it's gonna produce hope
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  • that this verse says it came out of suffering,
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  • then I wanna whisper it, I'm in.
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  • Like, you know?
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  • Because I just want to, I want to believe so much
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  • in the truth and I do and I know
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  • that the Holy Spirit helps us in those moments.
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  • But I've been, when we were adopting our kids from Haiti,
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  • I also had two kids that joined our family from Haiti
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  • and in the midst of those two and a half years
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  • where I thought this is the worst thing
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  • that's ever happened to me in my entire life.
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  • That I would go visit them every three months
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  • and leave them there and come home.
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  • I just had to trust that God, You're doing something
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  • that could not be done without this.
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  • And gosh, I wish they would come in two days.
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  • But we're a decade in, my family's a decade in
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  • and I can look back and say You've built something in me
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  • that would not have been built without those two
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  • and a half years of suffering.
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  • And I didn't enjoy it, and I might not have suffered
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  • well in the midst of it, but I learned stuff from it
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  • that I would not have learnt.
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  • - Yeah, me too.
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  • - And He built stuff in me because of it.
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  • - Yeah, and I just think, when you say,
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  • what do we do, how do we make it?
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  • You just have to go to the Word of God.
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  • - I agree. - You know.
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  • 'Cause He knows how we're made up and He knows what we need.
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  • You're gonna need something different than I need
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  • during hard times, so we go to Him,
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  • He gives us what we need, He gives us what we all need.
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  • One of my favorite Scriptures is, Be anxious for nothing,
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  • but in everything through prayer and supplication
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  • with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God
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  • and the peace of God. - Yeah.
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  • - Oh, where would I be without the peace of God?
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - It will guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus
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  • and so, no matter where you find yourself,
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  • if it's in a wheelchair, if you just lost a child,
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  • no matter what, we can be grateful, because God,
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  • He says the end from the beginning.
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  • - That's right, that's right.
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  • - So wherever you are, He's already made a way of escape.
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  • And escape might not be where your circumstances change
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  • but your heart, your heart and that position of gratitude
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  • and love, it brings strength, it brings hope,
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  • it lifts you up like your friend,
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  • where you can see all the blessings,
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  • and you're looking at the wheelchair
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  • and she's saying, what are you talking about?
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  • I remember one time I went to Africa for the first time
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  • and you see people suffer in ways
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  • that you've never seen before.
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  • And I'm getting the flies off 'em and they're looking at me
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  • like, what's wrong with you?
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  • And it was like, CeCe, just chill out.
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  • (laughing)
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  • Because as believers, God doesn't have spoiled children
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  • and we have to really evaluate our lives and say
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  • do we love Him because we have everything we want?
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  • Or do we love Him because of who He is?
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  • - Right. - You know?
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  • And just loving Him
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  • because of who He is will keep you grateful,
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  • no matter what.
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  • I don't know what tomorrow brings, but God does.
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  • So, I know Him enough to know
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  • that He's gonna take care of me?
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  • - Yeah, that's Dr. Bill Bright wrote a novel,
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  • just before He passed away called "Blessed Child".
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  • And in that story, there's a chapter that talks
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  • about a kid in a wheelchair.
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  • And they prayed for him and he didn't get healed.
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  • And he was like, it's okay, he says,
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  • "Whoever told you that a healed body was better
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  • "than a healed heart?"
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  • Whoever told you that?
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  • God wants to heal our hearts,
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  • God wants to comfort our souls.
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  • Paul says, in every state I find myself in,
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  • with I'll be content.
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  • And a grateful heart, in those moments, I think,
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  • changes your life.
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  • - I do too.
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  • And I think godly dependency, often times is rooted
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  • in human weakness and we all wanna be so strong
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  • and I'm like, Missy has HIV, is undetectable
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  • by the grace of God, but Missy, my little girl takes
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  • three antiretroviral medications twice a day
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  • and we have to, doesn't matter if I'm on a plane
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  • to Australia, that, we have to have that consistency
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  • in her life for her life and I never forget
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  • how Missy's life and her health is from God.
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  • Because of that, because of that habit,
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  • I have to go, thank You for medical doctors, thank you.
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  • And I think sometimes, if we didn't have that,
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  • I might forget that it's because of God's mercy
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  • that my child has life.
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  • And so I've got to where I actually glory some
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  • in that weakness, 'cause I'm such a goofball
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  • and so quick to forget
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  • that I'm afraid I would be an emotional agnostic
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  • and that my pastor used to say, we're like Cinderella
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  • with amnesia and we forget that the prince has picked us.
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  • And I don't wanna have amnesia.
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  • - In Isaiah 43 it says, "This is what the Lord says,
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  • "He who made a way through the sea,
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  • "a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots
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  • "and horses, the army and reinforcements together,
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  • "and they lay there never to rise again, extinguished,
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  • "snuffed out like a wick, forget the former things,
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  • "do not dwell on the past.
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  • "See I'm doing a new thing!
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  • "Now that it springs up, do you not perceive it?
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  • "I'm making a way in the desert and streams in wasteland."
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  • And it's always kind of bothered me about this verse
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  • that God lists all these things and then He says,
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  • but forget the former things,
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  • don't focus on the former things.
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  • Why would you make a list of all these things
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  • and then tell me to forget it?
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  • And something that really changed my perspective
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  • and helped me have an attitude that was just more receiving
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  • of what God had in my season,
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  • something that really changed my life was realizing,
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  • He was listing all the things that He did.
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  • He was listing all the things that He was.
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  • And He's saying, forget all the former things,
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  • but don't forget what I did, don't forget who I am,
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  • stop focusing on what happened,
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  • but don't stop focusing on who I am
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  • and that's really changed my life,
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  • we want Him to do a new thing, He's saying forget the stuff,
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  • but first let me list who I am,
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  • and I'm just hearing that with what you're saying.
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  • You're saying about how in these seasons,
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  • when they're so hard, we want streams in the desert,
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  • we want a way in the wasteland, we want that.
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  • The answer isn't just to completely forget anything
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  • that's ever happened to this moment,
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  • it's actually a reminder of who is God.
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  • Not how did he exactly do it the last time,
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  • not exactly how did He do it for her, for her,
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  • but who is He?
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  • He's the kind of God that has victory over battles,
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  • He's the God that had victory of my dad's life,
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  • victory over my life, that's who He is.
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  • I'm not 100% sure who I am
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  • or what the heck I'm doing.
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  • - Which is often seen in my life.
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  • - So, it's just, that's only Monday through Sunday,
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  • I can remember who He is
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  • and that is something I can be grateful for
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  • that though all this is changing, He's not changing,
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  • though my battle seems confusing He's already won it.
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  • I may be unclear, but He's clear, He's steady.
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  • - That's good. - So steady.
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  • - Which is why we have to do this gratefulness everyday.
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  • Because when our circumstances are going crazy
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  • and life is out of control and then in the blink
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  • of an eye, tragedy hits.
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  • Like you said, He has never changed
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  • and the way that we can remind our hearts that is,
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  • we can remind our hearts everyday that we're thankful
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  • for God for who He is.
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  • We get to go in life and everything's going pretty good.
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  • We get our identity in some way.
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  • That's who I am and then all of a sudden it's gone.
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  • And then you're flat on your back and you think,
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  • oh God, so, what we've been grateful for all the time,
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  • that comes to surface or it doesn't.
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  • And that determines how we get through that.
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  • And how we don't get through that.
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  • - You just basically gave us a synopsis of Job.
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  • He's one of my favorites, I used to kind of break out
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  • in hives if somebody mentioned Job,
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  • 'cause I thought, ooh la, to do a study of Job is gonna be
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  • like sticking your hand in a blender.
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  • And then God really led me to do a study of Job
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  • two years ago and one of my favorite passages is
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  • right after he loses everything.
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  • What the entire community said, this is your identity,
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  • you have wealth, you have health, you have this family,
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  • lost it all, and his response,
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  • it's at the end of chapter one, it says,
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  • "Then Job arose and tore his robes and shaved his head".
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  • So he's honest about the fact that it was hard.
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  • He wasn't playing.
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  • He was honest about these circumstances are ripping
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  • my guts out, then he fell on the ground and worshiped.
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  • We've talked about that this week,
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  • how gratitude and difficulty are not incongruent.
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  • We can worship, even when our circumstances are hard,
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  • but then this is profound to me, it says,
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  • "And then he said, 'Naked I came from my mother's womb
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  • "'and naked I shall return, the Lord gave
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  • "'and the Lord has taken away,
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  • "'blessed be the name of the Lord.'"
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  • If theology is just a system of organizing our thoughts,
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  • we may as well be just sticking butterflies
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  • on a corkboard, it's not just an organizational system,
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  • theology is to be lived.
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  • And to me that passage right there is
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  • really the theological scaffolding of gratitude.
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  • Gratitude is, He is always good.
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  • He is always good,
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  • whether He's in a process of giving something
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  • to me or taking something away from me,
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  • my Redeemer is good, His character is redemption
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  • and even if I can't understand it right now,
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  • I'm just gonna put my head down and walk
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  • toward him, because my help is in His presence,
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  • not in my circumstances.
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  • - My question to you is, is that how you think we're going
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  • to win the loss? - Oh by living this way?
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  • - That's living out the theology--
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  • - I do, I do, I do. - How do you think so?
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  • How do you think
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  • we're gonna reach the lost? - Well, I think so.
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  • Just because I think that people who are seeking
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  • and looking for, it's what we say to fill that hole
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  • in their heart or their life feels incomplete,
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  • and we know what they're missing is Jesus,
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  • people are looking to see people who still believe in Him
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  • even when they don't get everything they want.
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  • - That's right.
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  • - Right. - That's right, that's right.
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  • - For me to say, I still trust Him,
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  • even when like Jesus was teaching,
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  • even when that storm comes through,
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  • 'cause I'm still saying, just like Job,
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  • blessed be Your name in the good or the bad.
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  • Because I think that when we can see that foundation,
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  • that foundation is shaky, well if I'm a lost person,
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  • I'm not, I don't want what you got,
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  • 'cause it's not working for you,
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  • but I want what someone has, Job,
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  • all of us when we've been through storms
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  • and we say, still, we're gonna trust Your name.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - And that's, at the beginning, you talked
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  • about how important it is for us to speak gratitude.
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  • I think we live in a culture where a lot of Christians
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  • only talk when everything's honky dory.
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  • And then what we're presenting to the world is,
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  • God is good when my life is good.
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  • - That's right.
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  • - When we're authentic enough to say,
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  • either I messed up or I'm struggling,
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  • God is still good and they see gratitude
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  • and suffering hand in hand, then that Gospel is legitimate,
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  • that's not just some fairy tale we're spinning,
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  • then they go, hah, I don't understand the way you do that,
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  • and you go, Jesus, Jesus, and I say yeah.
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  • - We think, showing the world
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  • that we're perfect is winning them,
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  • but that's not the thing.
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  • - And it would surprise some people to know
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  • that people don't really wanna be impressed.
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  • People don't really want to feel like--
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  • - That's good. - People would rather be free.
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  • And when you tell the truth about your story
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  • and how there is redemption for you,
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  • it sets people free.
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  • People don't really just want to be looking
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  • at a bunch of celebrities actually, right?
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  • They actually wanna know that there's a chance for them.
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  • That they can have that wholeness too.
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  • - If it's what our heart desires.
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  • It was created so long for that,
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  • so that's really what everyone's heart is looking for
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  • and desiring and praise be to God
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  • that we get to talk about Him and tell the world
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  • about a God who never changes, even when we change
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  • and our circumstances change.
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  • - Okay let's practice what we're preaching,
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  • 'cause Revelation 12 says the enemy, that nasty lizard,
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  • is defeated by the blood of the lamb,
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  • the word of our testimonies.
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  • So, let's testify,
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  • when you look back over the last,
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  • let's just say the last decade of your life,
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  • your walk with Jesus, your walk of faith,
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  • what you thought would take you out at that time,
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  • and you look back now and you can earnestly say,
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  • I'm so grateful, what is it?
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  • Testify.
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  • - Ooh. - It's easy for me.
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  • - It is? - yeah.
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  • - Oh, go for it. - I mean, it's easy for me,
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  • my kids came home from Haiti 10 years ago.
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  • - Oh, she's out.
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  • - I already know this is gonna be --
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  • - Why I'm so grateful for my family.
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  • I'm over the moon grateful for my family.
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  • But bringing in two kids that have had trauma
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  • in their life was our difficult two years
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  • and I look back and I say I am so grateful
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  • for those two years, I'm a better mom,
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  • we're a better family and we trust in You more.
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  • - [Lisa] And in the midst of it--
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  • - In the midst of it I was like, this is,
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  • got on my knees, some healing hands every minute,
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  • but we are better people because of it.
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  • - Well, I have so many.
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  • I'll just say my son.
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  • Seven years ago we started a church.
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  • Somebody give me a box of tissues.
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  • - [Laurie] I know. (laughing)
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  • - And it was birthed out,
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  • because the enemy tried to kill him
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  • and he was in a place of,
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  • Lord, whoever gets me first, You or the devil,
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  • that's who I'm gonna serve.
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  • And it just knocked the wind out of me,
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  • but that's why I know worship is,
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  • and gratitude is powerful.
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  • Because it allows you to see how great God is
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  • and God didn't just turn him around,
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  • but He put him on fire for Him.
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  • So he's preaching and multitudes will be saved,
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  • because of him. - Praise God.
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  • - So, the power of gratitude and worship
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  • and thanksgiving is life changing.
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  • The Word of God is true,
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  • no matter what you're going through, He's faithful.
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  • - Yes, He is.
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  • - And if you can focus on His greatness,
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  • He'll pull you out of the darkness.
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  • He'll pull you, there's nothing the devil can do
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  • that's more powerful than the Lord.
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  • That's right, nothing he can do, so thanks a lot, Lisa.
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  • - You know what, it's good, because we can keep testifying
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  • after the cameras stop, but I just sense in my spirit
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  • there's some parents who are walking through now
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  • what you walked through then, would you pray for parents
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  • right now, prodigals who are having a hard time to let go?
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  • - Yes, yes.
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  • Father God, we just bless Your name right now, Lord
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  • and I plead the blood over all the parents
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  • who are praying for their children, Lord.
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  • Who are looking at situations that seem impossible.
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  • Lord, you specialize in the impossible.
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  • There is nothing too hard for You.
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  • You said, You hear the cries of the righteous,
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  • You say, many are the afflictions of the righteous,
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  • but You deliver them out of them all.
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  • Lord, we will not settle for less.
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  • They will not just barely survive,
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  • but Lord they're gonna thrive.
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  • I plea the blood over every son and daughter,
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  • Father God and we call them home, they belong to You,
  • 00:20:16.120 --> 00:20:20.020
  • so we take the authority today here on Better Together,
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  • because You said unity demands a blessing.
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  • So, Father God, we come together as one,
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  • and we thank You, because You're worthy to be praised,
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  • no matter what our circumstances are,
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  • Father God, You deserve to be praised according
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  • to your excellence, Father God.
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  • So, we lift You up today and we thank You in advance
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  • for saving every son and every daughter.
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  • Sanctifying them, filling them with Your Holy Spirit,
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  • and we thank You, because they're marked for Your glory.
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  • Father God, we speak peace to the minds of the mothers
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  • and the fathers who are praying.
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  • Father God, let them begin to see You for who You are,
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  • Father God, and lift them up, encourage their hearts,
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  • remind them that the spirit of gratitude,
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  • the garment of praise will lift the spirit of heaviness,
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  • no matter how heavy it seems, God,
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  • Your power will come and bring healing and wholeness.
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  • I speak healing and wholeness to every family,
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  • we bind the enemy, we command the devil
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  • to take his hands off of every single one.
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  • Father God, the blood of Jesus paid the price
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  • for every soul to be saved, so we thank You for Your love
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  • and Lord, we are totally grateful for You.
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  • I am totally grateful that the Word is true.
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  • in Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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  • - [All] Amen.
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  • - I'm telling you some mamas just got up off the floor.
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  • Some mamas just said, okay, I can go one more day.
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  • We express gratitude even when we don't feel like it
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  • as a sacrifice of praise.
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  • The Bible talks often times about a sacrifice of praise,
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  • that means you will say, thank You, You are good,
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  • You do good, even when we don't feel like it.
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  • And it's actually been the seasons of my life
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  • that have been the hardest emotionally,
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  • when I actually leaned into God and said thank You
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  • even for this, that I feel like He radically shifted
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  • my perspective and changed my heart.
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  • The seasons in the dark, when I express gratitude,
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  • when I couldn't even summon the words,
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  • because I was crying so hard, but in my spirit,
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  • I said, Lord, even still I trust You,
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  • even still I believe You're a good God.
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  • Those seasons in the dark are
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  • what has dramatically changed my posture.
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  • I'm not afraid anymore.
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  • I still go through really hard seasons,
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  • there are things that aren't easy to walk through
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  • in my little family and our family of origin,
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  • and being an older, single mom, there're things
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  • that are hard emotionally, they're hard sometimes,
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  • logically, but because God has never left me
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  • and I've experienced the deep end with God,
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  • and when I trusted Him I realized,
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  • I'm actually not gonna drown.
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  • I'm just not afraid anymore.
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  • And I don't ever wanna be one of those people
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  • who speaks things about God,
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  • but actually doesn't believe the things
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  • that I'm professing.
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  • And so to actually be able to say, He is good,
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  • He does good, even in the dark, His presence will be enough,
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  • we don't need necessarily answers to all of our questions.
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  • We can't live without His presence.
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  • - [Laurie] You can call the number on your screen
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  • right now to talk to a prayer partner.
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  • We're here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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  • We love you, but most importantly, Jesus loves you.
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  • - One of my greatest take aways
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  • from today's conversation was
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  • that gratitude is not just something we come across
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  • on accident, but it's a choice.
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  • It's a choice to live a life of gratitude,
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  • it's a choice to form habits of gratitude,
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  • it's a choice to practice gratitude.
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  • I think people think gratitude is something we can achieve
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  • and just have forever on lock, but it's not.
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  • It's something we have to continuously choose
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  • to access and that's, that really challenged me,
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  • I'm gonna take that into my next week, that was good.
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  • - Hey, Guys, I'm Jamie.
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  • - And I'm Lisa, Jamie's background dancer.
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  • - This is questions from Cynthia and she asked,
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  • how do you stay focused on the Lord,
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  • when your world seems so overwhelming?
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  • - Great question. - Lisa, tell us.
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  • - Two things.
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  • I would say be as honest as you can with the Lord
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  • about where you're struggling.
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  • If you don't have safe people to talk to right now,
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  • that's okay, it's great to have a community
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  • to share your prayer request with,
  • 00:24:49.260 --> 00:24:51.110
  • but there's a template for us all throughout Scripture,
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  • especially in Job and in the Psalms,
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  • of God's people going, I don't know if I can keep putting
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  • one foot in front of the other.
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  • So, you don't have to put on a mask for God,
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  • you don't have to put on this bravado front for God,
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  • you can say, Lord I'm not sure if I can make it.
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  • And the biblical principle is that when you confess
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  • you can't make it by yourself,
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  • God fills in the gaps.
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  • You see it over and over again in healings,
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  • you see it in Job, you see it with the Psalms.
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  • People, when they go, I am struggling,
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  • and they go first to the Lord, then He is strong
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  • in that weak spot, so I'd say the first thing to do
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  • is confess that to the Lord, be really, really honest
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  • to the Lord and then I'd say, be as quiet as you can,
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  • carve out a space to listen to Him.
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  • We tend to talk so much, even if we're just talking
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  • over ourselves in our minds that sometimes we don't hear
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  • what He's saying to us and Isaiah says,
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  • He is so kind that He'll actually tell you
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  • when to turn to the right and when to turn to the left.
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  • So, as to oftentimes I've got so much static in my head,
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  • I don't hear what God is whispering to me,
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  • what He's singing over me, the counsel He's giving me,
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  • the comfort He's giving me, so I'd say,
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  • first of all be gut level honest with the Lord,
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  • He knows it anyway,
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  • nothing in our lives are hidden from Him,
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  • second, carve out time, if at all possible, everyday,
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  • to be alone with the Lord, lean into His presence,
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  • and listen, he will comfort you.
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  • - Yeah, and I also wanna tell, Cynthia,
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  • is you're not alone.
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  • We've all felt this, Lisa and I included.
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  • One of the things I think is also important to add
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  • to what Lisa said, is also to remind yourself
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  • of what is true.
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  • I have to do that to myself often, is to remind myself
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  • of what I choose, 'cause I feel things
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  • that are true feelings, but they're not truth about God.
  • 00:26:32.250 --> 00:26:35.220
  • And so, I call that Gospeling myself,
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  • I'm gonna remind myself of what is true,
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  • so maybe for you, Cynthia, is to write down some truths
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  • about God that even when your world feels out of control,
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  • these truths never change and write 'em on cards
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  • and flip through 'em throughout the day,
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  • write 'em on your mirror, consistently meditate
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  • on the Word of the Lord is what we're told to do,
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  • so just remember what is true and remind yourself
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  • of what is true.
  • 00:26:59.240 --> 00:27:01.000
  • - So good, so good.
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  • We'll be praying for you, Cynthia,
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  • thank you so much for sharing your heart with us.
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  • - [Laurie] Next time on Better Together.
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