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Jar of Blessings?!?!?

Posted in Apps, Bible, Christian, Church, Devotion, Digital, Faith, Fun, God, Jesus Christ, Life, Love, Pastors, Real Talk with tags , , , , on January 6, 2016 by BigPhatPastor

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So I can’t be the only one who kept reading about the Jar of Blessings and thought “No one actually does this”, right?  I mean I’ve been in a lot of people’s homes and have not seen one jar sitting around.  So I thought it was bunk…until I tried it.  In January of 2015 I thought I’d give it a try…with a digital spin.  Instead of using an actual jar I created a notebook in Evernote and jotted down blessings throughout the year.  Since Evernote is cloud based I was able to jot down notes anytime anywhere.  Granted, I was new at it and probably missed jotting down multiple things but every now and then I’d jot something down and think how blessed I truly am.

Towards the latter part of 2015 I was feeling less and less blessed.  Just dealing with my own junk and extended family issues drew me away from focusing on blessings and caused me to focus on trials and issues instead.  But then recently as I was going over some lists in Evernote I saw the Jar of Blessings notebook and decided to look through it.  I was shocked at my perception of God’s blessings; little things that I was greatful for, tiny events that others might ridicule I was extremely ecstatic over.  And all the blessings I listed continued even in the times where I seemed to be focused on my trials.  It was amazing to look back and see not just how good God was but to see His hand of blessing even in times when I didn’t think I felt blessed.

So I started another notebook and began jotting down blessings for this year.  I’ll definitely be more active in recording things and way more active in referring back to them.  If you haven’t done so, start now and begin listing God’s blessings in your life, big and small.  And if you have done so ensure you make time to refer back to them regularly.

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The Newest New Year Resolution

Posted in Community, Culture, Entertainment, Family, Fun, Global, Holiday, Life, Real Talk, Social Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on January 17, 2012 by BigPhatPastor

So even though we are only halfway through the 1st month of the New Year many people are already lamenting over the resolutions began and already kissed goodbye.  In our new high tech digital age where everything and everyone is only a click away, a new type of resolution is making the rounds: The Digital Diet.  It may be hard to believe but some are realizing the need to slow down the pace of their social connections (yes, myself included).  Not sure if you merit a digital time out?  If any of the below describes you, perhaps you need a moment or two on the digital scale to reflect –

1.  You list your Klout score at the top of your resume

2.  Your children think your Facebook timeline is their ancestry tree…because you told them that

3.  You think your # of Twitter followers equates to votes at the polls if you ran in an election

4.  You are one of a few who know that “pinterest” is not a misspelled word

5.  You keep trying to root your office desk phone

6.  Your bill collectors no longer call you, they invite you to join them in Google+ hangouts…and you always do

7.  You no longer read books, you just scan them looking for the tweetable parts

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