Mindfulness

relaxed couple lying on grass
In the Bible Scriptures of Genesis, Adam and Eve were tricked into eating the Apple.

Genesis 3 Perceiving the Truth from the Lie.

Genesis 6 Having Faith to do what God asks.

Happy New Year!  It’s good to be in 2021, a new year,  and to leave 2020 behind.  So many crazy, wonky events happened in 2020.  Our whole way of life changed.   Let’s all pray that 2021 changes course and improves.   But as a reminder, no matter what happens, God is still in control.    God is in control as long as you remain in him (John 15).    Even any New Year’s resolutions you have our Heavenly Father is in charge.  Are you thinking of any New Year’s Resolutions?  Maybe dieting, exercising, spending more time with your family reading the Bible?  If you read the internet, you will see posts about the high percentage of people who are never able to complete their New Year’s resolution.    That could be why God has led me to talk about mindfulness and the Bible.  

Scientists have shown that what you “think” of will be what you gravitate towards.  If it’s a bad habit that you mull over and over, you could easily move towards that action.   And since we have given the Self Control by God to master of our minds, we must be mindful and practice this. If you have a thought which isn’t in line with what the Bible teaches don’t let your mind take over.  For example, Eve never would have thought to eat the apple on her own.  She had the help of a clever snake to cause her to think about the apple and crave it. And the apple was beautiful to look at.  And too bad she must have followed that craving. She ate from the tree of knowledge of a lie.  And now because of her sin we all know there is a lie and the truth. And we let our lack of self-control of our mind get the best of us.   We must understand that the lie is out there and use mindfulness.  Lemmings are an animal who will follow each other to their death.  When one falls off a cliff, the others will move together to migrate off the cliff just like the first.  Adam did something similar; he followed Eve’s lead and did not follow his creator’s rule, he used no self-control or patience to wait to find God and talk with him.  Thankfully, Jesus Christ came to this world to take our sins away to that we can walk with God again in the Spirit. 

Declaration of faith.  Thankfully, Jesus Christ came to this world to take our sins away to that we can walk with God again in the Spirit. 

Let us review Genesis 1 of the story of Eve eating the apple.  

1The Lord God made many wild animals. But the snake was the most clever of them all. The snake asked the woman, ‘Did God say, “You must not eat the fruit from any tree in the garden”? Is that really true?’

2The woman replied, ‘We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden. 3But God said, “You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden. You must not even touch it. If you do that, you will die.” ’

4Then the snake said to the woman, ‘No, you will not die. 5God knows that when you eat the fruit from this tree, you will understand things. You will become like God himself. You will know about good things and evil things.’ 

6The woman looked at the fruit on the tree. She saw that it would be good to eat, and it was beautiful to look at. She wanted to eat it because it would make her become wise. So, she took some fruit and she ate it. Then she gave some of the fruit to her husband who was with her. He also ate it.

7Then they understood things.  They understood that they were not wearing any clothes. So, they took some leaves from figtrees. They fixed them together to cover their bodies.

8In the evening there was a nice cool wind. The Lord God walked in the garden. The man and the woman heard the sound of the Lord God. They hid themselves behind some trees, so that God would not see them. 9The Lord God called out to the man. He said to him, ‘Where are you?’

10The man replied, ‘I heard you in the garden. I was afraid because I had no clothes. So I hid myself from you.’

11The Lord God said, ‘Who told you that you had no clothes? Have you eaten fruit from the tree that I said you must not eat?’

12The man said, ‘It was the woman that you put here with me. She gave me some fruit from the tree. So I ate it.’

13Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘Why have you done a thing like that?’ The woman replied, ‘It was the snake. The snake deceived me with a lie. So I ate the fruit.’

14The Lord God said to the snake, ‘Because you have done this, I will curse you.  Among all the livestock and wild animals, you are the one that I will curse. From now on, you will move across the ground on your stomach. You will eat dust from the ground. You will do this for your whole life.

15I will cause you and the woman to become enemies. Your descendants and her descendants will always be enemies. One of her descendants will attack your head.  You will attack his foot.’

16God said to the woman, ‘I will make it much more painful for you when you give birth to children. You will want to please your husband. But he will rule over you as your master.’

17Then God said to Adam,  ‘You listened to your wife and you did what she said. You ate fruit from the tree after I told you, “You must not eat fruit from this tree.” Because you did that, I will curse the ground. You will have to work very hard to make plants grow in it for your food. It will be like this for your whole life. 18Thorn bushes and thistles will grow in the ground.  You will have to eat plants that grow in the fields. 19You will have to work hard for a long time before you have any food to eat. You will do this for your whole life until you die. Then you will return into the ground. That is where you came from. I made you from the soil of the ground, and you will become soil again.’

20Adam gave his wife a name. He called her Eve. This was because she would become the mother of all people. 

21The Lord God made clothes for Adam and Eve to wear. He used the skins from animals to make them.

22The Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us because he understands good and evil. So, we must not let him take fruit from the tree that gives life. If he eats that fruit, he will live forever.’

23So, the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden. To get his food, Adam had to dig the ground that God had used to make him. 24Then God put special angels to guard the garden. God put them on the east side of the garden. There was also a sword of fire that moved quickly from side to side.  As a result, nobody could go near to the tree that gives life. (Genesis 3 Easy Bible).

Interpretation of Genesis 3 and the Craving of the Apple.

And so you see, Adam and Eve made choices. No one forced them to eat the Apple. But as you know, without the temptation of the mind, they would have left the apple uneaten.  But they did, they entertained that evil thought and became separated From God.  

You are in constant battle for your mind. That’s where the temptation begins. When God gives you an idea that’s inspiration. But when the devil gives you an idea, that’s temptation.  Every day you have to choose which ideas you’re going to accept. The Bible says in Ephesians 6:17 . Accept God’s Salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the spirit which is the word of God. In other words, the Bible is saying if you want to overcome temptation you need to resist the devil, you accept God Salvation as your helmet. What does the helmet do?  The helmet protects your mind and your mind is where the battle against temptation is fought.   

Before you can say no to the devil, you have to say yes to Jesus Christ.  congregation repeat after me.   I say yes to Jesus Christ.  I accept God’s helmet to protect my mind. 

Congregation:  I say yes to Jesus Christ.  I accept God’s helmet to protect my mind. 

Declaration of Faith.   I will take the sword of the spirit which is the word of God and keep it close to my heart. 

————————————————————

Exercising your use of the Bible.

The second step you would need to take is take the sword of the spirit which is the word of God and use it against temptations. This means you would review scripture to make temptation flee. If you only keep your Bible on your desk or on your phone but never pick it up and read it, what good will it be if you’re tempted at work, at school, and traffic?  Wouldn’t that be like having a motorcycle helmet or a bicycle helmet and not wearing it while going 100 mph?   You must review scripture regularly so that it is in your mind and your heart. The Holy Spirit will bring it back to your mind at the moment of temptation. 

photo of mountain under cloudy sky
Noah was a good man and God blessed his family because Noah lived completely right.

The Character of Noah (Genesis 6:9-14)

“This is the report about Noah and his family. Noah was a good man. He was the only person at that time who lived in a completely right way. He stayed near to God in his life. Noah became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth. God saw that everything on the earth had become spoiled. Everywhere, people were attacking each other. God saw how much the earth had become spoiled. Everyone was doing bad things. God said to Noah, ‘I am going to destroy everyone. That is what I have decided to do. Everywhere on the earth, people are attacking each other. Now I will destroy the people and also the earth. So, make a boat for yourself. Use wood from cypress trees to make it. The boat must have rooms in it. Cover the inside and the outside of the boat with tar.”

(Genesis 6:9-14 EASY)

“Noah obeyed God. He did everything that God had told him to do.”

(Genesis 6:22 EASY)

Declaration of Faith:  Wow, Noah obeyed everything God told him to do.   God help me, I pray you increase my faith.  I want to obey everything you ask of me.  I will be mindful to focus on your will in my life. 

Have you noticed that the moment you establish a goal in your life you start hearing people put seeds of doubt in your mind? “Who do you think you are?”  “Or that can’t be done. “The solution to the voice of doubt is to listen to the voice of God instead.   Imagine all the critics in Noah’s life who said,” that guy Noah thinks God speaks to him, but he’s just messing up all of our property values by building that awful arc in his front yard”. The Bible tells us Noah listened to God. And what did he hear?  Noah heard God’s warning that the world was going to be destroyed. Noah believed and acted on what he could not seek. That is the faith of a mustard seed. God is going to give you goals this year for your life, and some people won’t agree with you. But stay focused on what you know God has said to you through prayer and through his word. Go tackle that big arc. 

Closing Prayer

God as we end our service, we are thankful for Jesus.  He takes away our sins when we selfishly follow our ways instead of your will. We reaffirm that we wish to be more like Noah and so you will see goodness from us.    We ask you to send Jesus in our heart.   We know you are working behind the scenes for our purpose and we pray for the health of our country, for the leadership of churches worldwide, we pray for our local and national leaders that they hear and obey your will.  We pray for favor and protection over our families this week.  You are a glorious God and we love you!  In Jesus Name I pray.  Amen.

References: Rick Warren Open Doors, Easy Bible, Life Church Resources. 

Scripture and Christian Song of the Day

Holding the word of God next to your heart will protect you and lead you towards His will. God will talk to you through his scripture. When he does this, pay attention because through the spirit he is talking directly to you. For example, sometimes I’ll have a scripture in my head, hear someone say that scripture and then see it in print from a text I receive.

Be Strong and Courageous Deuteronomy 31:6
Reman in me to bear much fruit. John 15:5
Give thanks, serve with gladness, and come to him with singing! Psalm 100:1

Mindfulness

Genesis 3 Perceiving the Truth from the Lie. Genesis 6 Having Faith to do what God asks. Happy New Year!  It’s good to be in 2021, a new year,  and to leave 2020 behind.  So many crazy, wonky events happened in 2020.  Our whole way of life changed.   Let’s all pray that 2021 changes course and improves.   But as a reminder, …

Continue reading Mindfulness

Do you know when an Angel Shares with Mary about the Birth of Jesus?

Below you will see the scripture from Luke chapter 1 :26-36. This is a very important story, it reveals when an angel from God shares with Mary that she will become pregnant with Jesus. She graciously accepts this news and explains that she is a servant of God. May we meditate on our own circumstances …

Continue reading Do you know when an Angel Shares with Mary about the Birth of Jesus?

photo of head bust print artwork

Mindfulness Series #1. The Battle in Your Mind.

Use the Fruit of the Spirit and Prayer for the Battle in your mind.

God is guiding me again. I hear the same word over and over from the Holy Spirit. The word is “mindfulness”. This is the subject I should be sharing with you. The daydreams and visons came during my preparation for Christmas Eve Service. I searched the internet for mindfulness interpretations concerning bible scripture. There are very few messages on mindfulness written in the Bible. This is ok, as I have experience as a parent, when dealing with mindfulness. I’ve decided to use my experience, as well as a study devotional, called Mastermind from Craig Groshel of Life Church. Mindfulness is a coping mechanism to deal with depression, worry and stress.

My first experience with the words mindfulness came when my daughter was in middle school.   She suffered a terrible bout of depression, skipping school, drugs, and running off.  The usual adult tactics often used on children weren’t working for her. Well meaning people were using denial with her suffering (oh she’ll get over it) , blaming (oh, she wants attention), segregation from friends (suspensions), and medications.  All these things didn’t work.  The National Institute of Health states that suicide is actually the second cause of death between ages 10 to 34. Suicide is sadly the leading cause of death in the United States. More of us really need to learn and use Mindfulness.

Thankfully, I never gave up on my daughter, which I’d seen some parents do. Where I lived at the time, I was told by therapists that parent’s give up and just move away leaving their children on the street. This was a real eye opener for me. The guidance from my Holy Spirit and the Bible is what I used to cope with the enormity of my problem. The bible teaches that we need to use the fruit of the spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control). I was using the fruit of the spirt everyday in my situation. One city authority, not a therapist, had told me to lock her out of the house as punishment, my God given wisdom told me that this would only be causing cause her to cling on to predators out on the street. I eventually chose to put us through several mental health programs. One was called mindfulless training. It’s a way to learn how to gain awareness of your emotional thoughts and better manage these thoughts to cope with life and destress.

Repeat the Bible Declaration

Galatians 5:22-26
Mindfulness – I will use the fruit of the Spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;

Besides depression, another battle of the mind is worry. If we don’t practice mindfulness and self control of the mind we could easily become depressed and fearful. We can worry about all sorts of things. We worry about deadlines, if we turned the stove off, where our kids are, or if we don’t hear from our friends and family. The apostle Paul addressed the church in Philipi telling them not to worry.

Repeat the Mindfulness Bible Declaration.

“Do not worry about anything. Instead, pray to God about everything. Ask him to help you with the things that you need. And thank him for his help.” Philippians 4:6 EASY

Meditiation: Pray to God and ask him to help you be more mindful of your thoughts, to use the fruit of the spirit with your mind and towards others. Ask him for help whenever you need self control over world.

If you enjoyed this message, please share it with a friend and subscribe to the blog so you can be updated. God’s Blessings to you today!

  

 

Do you know when an Angel Shares with Mary about the Birth of Jesus?

Below you will see the scripture from Luke chapter 1 :26-36. This is a very important story, it reveals when an angel from God shares with Mary that she will become pregnant with Jesus. She graciously accepts this news and explains that she is a servant of God. May we meditate on our own circumstances and when there is an opportunity to serve God let us also graciously except the challenge given to us. Accepting these challenge with a good attitude will demonstrate our love for God and encourage others concerning our faith.

“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month.

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:26-36, 38‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Advent during the Holiday Season

What is advent and why do we celebrate it?

Advent has a different meaning depending on the Christian Religion; however, the primary purpose all Christian religions is to share the celebration of the birth of Christ and the miracle of his birth through the Holy Spirit. Mary, the chosen mother of baby Jesus, is told by an Angel that she will have a baby from the Holy Spirit. And she conceives a baby before meeting her husband Joseph. ( Mathew 1:18)

Our Hope in Christ

Without Christ’s birth we could not have a future of hope and peace in this world. A future with God that is different and better than the one we have now. A future to see our loved ones in heaven. We can look forward to seeing our Christian loved ones in heaven. “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (John 14:2-3)”

Without Jesus we would be following the old customs of sacrificing for our sons and would not have the Holy Spirit to mediate to God on our behalf.

Jesus is your mediator

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus . . . . (1 Timothy 2:5 NIV)”

The Key is your Hope in Jesus

The key to unlocking the door between you and God is trusting in the story of Jesus. Trusting that God sent Jesus to live among men and die for the original sin in the Garden of Eden. After he died, Jesus beat death by rising three (3) days later, showed himself to his disciples, and then rose to heaven. If you believe, confess and share the story of Jesus you too may have the hope of everlasting life. “”That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Everyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” “(Romans 10:9-13)

Concerning the traditions of Advent

Some religions emphasize two comings of Christ: His birth and the waiting on his return. The first coming at the birth of Christ, the second coming while we may be on earth during our lifetime, or when our life ends here on earth. Historically, religions had different seasons of advent.

The season of advent could begin the last week in November until Christmas., or for other religions, mid November with the start of Lent until Christmas Eve (December 24). “The coming of Jesus”- refers to the several weeks of preparation leading to the coming of Jesus on Christmas Day and the anticipation of His coming again.

Advent Traditions

Advent is a time of reflections, prayers, serving, waiting, and hope. Joy for the season is shown to others by the kindness of serving or giving of gifts. Christians will often travel to see their family and extended family. On Christmas Eve the celebrations begins with fasting, then followed lent fast (November 15-Christmas) by sharing a meal with family and friends. New traditions now include meatless Fridays and skipping snacking between meals.

Advent old traditions included the use of colors, such as purple throughout the season, and the color rose, during Christmas week. Today’s tradition includes decorating with green and red.

Jesus is the Light of the World

The Advent wreath is a traditional centerpiece of the Christmas season and is still in use today. The holy season includes lighting candles each of the four Sundays in Advent. The candle symbolizes: prayer, serving and joy in the waiting and for the coming of Christ. Three of the candles are usually purple (or blue), which reminds us to pray and serve others lovingly and to prepare the way for Jesus. The candle for the third Sunday of Advent is the color of Rose. This color symbolizes our joy as the birth of Jesus draws near.

Scripture reference: “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12).

Traditionally, the tree with its lights was put up on Christmas Eve and left up until Epiphany (January). Today, many people enjoy the holiday season by decorating a tree before Thanksgiving and may take down their tree on Christmas Day.

First Coming

“The Lord answered me: “Write down what I show you. Write it clearly on stone tablets so whoever reads it can run to tell others. It is not yet time for the message to come true. But that time is coming soon. The message will come true. It may seem like a long time before it happens. But be patient and wait for it. These things will happen. They will not be delayed.” (Habakkuk 2:2-3 ICB)

For the second coming of Jesus Christ, we must hold on to our hope and have patience.

“Brothers, be patient until the Lord comes again. A farmer is patient. He waits for his valuable crop to grow from the earth. He waits patiently for it to receive the first rain and the last rain. You, too, must be patient. Do not give up hope. The Lord is coming soon.” (James 5:7-8 ICB)

References.

bible.knowing-jesus.com , Encyclopedia Britannica and Bible.com

sky with fluffy clouds in sunset

Where Does God Reside?

Has there ever been a place you wish you could go and feel total peace? Peace from a storm in your life, where you could truly feel whole, feel love, or protection? A place where you could be surrounded by encouraging smiles and joy? Well this would be a Sanctuary. The webster’s general definition of a sanctuary is “a place of refuge and protection”. For example a place for protection of wildlife is called “wildlife sanctuary”. A more detailed definition is a consecrated or holy place, the most sacred place of worship such as church or the altar.

We’re in the process of building a Sanctuary on our property in Wimberley, Texas. I told my daughter we were building a sanctuary and she was puzzled. I then realized other people may be puzzled too. Sanctuaries are the most holy places to worship. People today would think of a church. When we look at the Old Testament, Moses and Miriam made a song using the word “sanctuary”. This song is about the events that took place from the time they left Egypt and to the many people they had to overcome (Philistia, Edom, and Canaan). The Sanctuary was God’s residence. During the time of Exodus, God resided in the mountain tops. Moses and Aaron would make a journey to spend time with God. “You will bring them in and plant them on the mountain of your inheritance— the place, Lord, you made for your dwelling, the sanctuary, Lord, your hands established.” Exodus 15:17 NIV

Later, God asked the Israelites to build a Sanctuary for him so he could be in the presence of the people. The Sanctuary was an Arc which would be housed in a Tabernacle. “Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them.” (Exodus 25:8 NASB1995). The Israelites carried an Arc of Covenant where the 10 commandments and other rules which were carved in stone were held. The Arc was beautifully made ovelayed with gold, and gold angels. And connected to the Arc were poles so that no one had to touch the Holy Arc. This Arc was placed in the holiest place inside the Tabernacle and hidden behind curtains.

In the New Testament, Jesus told Peter he would build a church on a rock that even Hell could not overcome. (Mathew 16:18). This is because God sent his son Jesus to save the people of this world. Peter called Jesus the Messiah (savior) of our world and Jesus confirms to Peter that God had revealed this to him.

Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not [g]prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth [h]will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Mathew 16:16-19 NKJV

Let us give a prayer of Thanks!
“Loving Father, thank you that you sent Jesus into the world to sacrifice his life for us. Thank you Jesus for dying for us so that we could receive the Holy Spirit and have everlasting life. We glorify you and look forward to the day of your return. Until then bless and protecting us. In Jesus Name Amen.”

Create Cards for the Elderly

Help make the Holiday Season Brighter for those without families. Create holiday cards with us! Or send us cards. We meet every Tuesday evening (7pm central time) on Zoom. We will also be sharing scritptures with each other to help encourage our Sister’s in Christ. Check out our printable coloring sample pages below.

Where we donate  your  cards and small art.

HHCE  (Helping Hands Christ for Everyone), will be delivering your donated Cards and Art Pieces to Elderly.  It is designated to be delivered a  Nursing Homes here  in Texas.  EDENVILLE, New Braunfels Texas, USA.  We hope to get a flood of cards, if we do we will send excess cards to local nursing Homes here in  Texas.

Please send your hand made cards, store bought cards, digital printed cards or small art to Christine Tyler, HHCE , 201 Ranch House Rd. Wimberley TX 78676. Pls. Send it during the 1st week of December.

cheerful senior mother and adult daughter using smartphone together
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com
brown envelope with thank you printed card
Photo by Panos Sakalakis on Pexels.com
photo of christmas balls
Photo by Hert Niks on Pexels.com
three white snowman decorations
Photo by Barry Plott on Pexels.com
cozy room with christmas tree and decorations
Photo by Oleg Zaicev on Pexels.com
christ the redeemer brazil

Gratitude

11/ 8 Day of Gratitude
Let us continue believing, celebrating, rejoicing, and hoping with grateful hearts!
🧡”I truly believe we can either see our connected friendships, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings. Let us not see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning. For me, I’m going to believe in God’s miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the views of eternity, and hope my choices will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others. This is my choice.” Thank you Jesus!

🍂Psalm 56:12
So I’m thanking you with all my heart, with gratitude for all you’ve done. I will do everything I’ve promised you, Lord.

Serving God’s Calling For You

We are a new Church Ministry planting seeds of faith to serve God and the community of believers. We just put our lighthouse of hope out last week (building a sanctuary in Fischer area). We are excited! We are joyous! Coming CHRISTMAS Eve 2020. Serve in Gods calling in your life. We are graciously accepting your time, talent or offering.

Talents needed. Worship, greeters, bible study leaders, prayer team, children’s ministry.


Want to join the HHCE family?