CHRISTIAN MINDFULNESS PRACTICE:
Mindfulness is “what your mind is full of” or the focus of your mind. Psychology teaches a mindfulness practice of taking notice of how your body and mind are doing, and non-judgmentally “noticing” what is there within you and your world. God wants us to be confident, wise, and assured of His love and that we are loved.” Peace and well-being are good hallmarks of a person who understands that Jesus has “overcome the world.” The following practice can help transform our thinking from worry and victimization to assurance and maturity. Finding assurance, peace and maturity helps us in our relationships with others by allowing us to arrive in those relationships whole, and helpful rather than burdened down with the usual insecurities and inner battles. It is good to avoid trying to make other people find the peace you have, or make them stop treating in ways you don’t like, Jesus showed up, knowing who He was, and then he was able to help even his enemies with love. Just show up with others and love them no matter what they try to do to you.
2 Corinthians 10:5
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Free yourself from the need to argue with other people. The arguments we are demolishing are the inner battles of our own mind, not that of someone else..
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
Express what you are grateful for, what is excellent, praiseworthy, of good report
State what is difficult in your life right now but frame it in gratitude, excellence, praise, and/or good report.
Colossians 3:1-4 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Set your heart and mind on things above, not on earthly things.
Affirm that Christ, “is your life.” And you have been “raised with Christ.”
Breath deeply and allow the forgiveness of God, or the sense of cleansing to penetrate through your concerns and troublesome thoughts. Remember, notice your thoughts non-judgmentally and under the covering of Christ.
I am so thankful for Edmonds Church of God's Leadership Board who provided me the time away for a Sabbatical. God began to refresh my vision for Edmonds Church almost immediately upon begin the month of August without the pressure to prepare a sermon each week.
For several years now we have assigned each letter of our logo ECG with the words, Encouragement, Celebration, and Grace. But specifically, we exist to encourage people to become followers of Jesus Christ and to grow in the knowledge and grace of our Lord. The Celebration word is our intentional effort to recognize when people have made a new significant step in their relationship with God, overcoming life's challenges with a transformed spirit and a victorious faith. When we speak of Grace, we emphasize the very foundation of our hope, for without God's blessing, favor, patience, and his love we could not be transformed or find the new life God provides through Grace by faith in Jesus Christ. So, it isn't just three catchy words, it is truly a method of communicating how we are a vibrant family of God.
has been the Lead Pastor at Edmonds Church of God since November 2005. Bob's passion is for families and developing healthy Christian "community" within the congregation. He has credentials as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and desires to see people function in healthy ways in their homes, their communities and in their faith. His wife, Melody, is a true sidekick as Pastor of the Children's ministry and together they make a great team.