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Burden-free Living.

I did it.

I blindly saved my life from clutter and burden. With abandon I removed stuff from my life. I did it! I feel free!

And, I plan to stay that way.

Today, after an hour of clicking and clicking, I deleted not one, not two, but 7,000 emails–dating back to 2010.

It’s been weighing on my heart for awhile now. Seeing that dreaded number when I opened my iPad has haunted me for weeks. When you truly see how many emails you have, it’s eye opening. I couldn’t believe it. I’ve been hoarding unread emails for way too long, so today I started from scratch–a new beginning for me in 2015. I’m ready.

I want you to have freedom, too. So, here are some tricks to keeping your email under wraps.

1. Read it and delete it.

I would say a majority of my emails do not need to be kept. Seriously. So, when I read it, I need to delete it. Period.

2. If it’s important, put it in an important folder.

Are you on committees? Have clients? Need to save important things? We all do! Put it in a “folder.” They are easy, fabulous, and you know where to find it later. Be proactive! Stick it in a folder!

3. Unsubscribe

Let’s face it. Right now you have emails in your inbox (maybe from me 🙂 ) that you will never open and never read. (I do hope you read mine!) It’s time to take an inventory of your inbox. What can you politely unsubscribe from?

4. Delete

Just thought this warranted some repetition.

Stuff takes on many different forms, and “digital stuff” is a heavy burden just like too many papers on your desk or too much junk in your closet. I am ridding my life of junk. All kinds.

What’s holding you back? What is a burden for your heart? GET RID OF IT! Be honest with yourself. You have one life, live it. I’m tired of being so stressed that I can’t live life. Are you?

May God bless you richly today.

~Chelle

The Shorter We Pray, the BIGGER We Make Him

Enjoy this wonderful sermon by Joseph Prince — a powerful teacher of God’s word.

Have you ever been in a place where you just didn’t know what might happen next?

A lot of people want a lot of things.

Today, we went to a new church. Today also felt like the beginning of a new journey.

It was nice to be in a new place and feel loved. I know several people there. Not intimately — I don’t even know their last names –but, I know them enough to want to develop a closer relationship with them, which is nice.

Have you ever been in a place where you just didn’t know what might happen next?

With a job?

With a relationship?

With your life?

That’s where I am now. I’ve never been in this place before. Not committed to a church or a job. It’s exhilarating! I can be who God wants me to be!

Praise JESUS!

This morning when I woke up, God gave me Matthew 6:33-

33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (NIV)

He knows what we need. And, today our dear friend who is the new pastor at the church we attended spoke about what a covenant is.

A binding contract.

A promise.

In the bible, a covenant always comes with an exchange. Blood or a sacrifice primarily. In every piece of God’s word, God shows you the exchange.

Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.

The exchange: And, ALL these things will be given to you as well. God’s Word is full of promises and exchanges, and God always promises blessings and prosperity for those who are obedient to Him. God is even painfully honest in Deuteronomy 28 and lays out the blessing He gives for obedience and the curses received for disobedience. God’s Word is truth — no matter how you look at it. His Word is true.

God provides everything we need when we need it. And, when you surrender your heart to Him, He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). Surrender to Him today and watch His powerful Word unfold. A lot of people want a lot of things. And, God provides.

Do Not Worry (Matthew 6:25-34)

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Vintage Day! – From the Vault

It’s Vintage Day! Here is my post from April 19, 2012. Still good as a reminder after all this time. Enjoy 🙂

My aunt attended church on Sunday, and the priest asked the congregation:

What if you woke up tomorrow morning with only the things you thanked God for today?

Think about it. It sure made me think. Have I been grateful for the gifts God has given me? Or, do I go through life like the spoiled little brat that I never intended to be?

Our Father gives us everything. As a fellow blogger commented on this blog earlier this week:

From My Lenten Challenge…still Lenten Challenging

Let them [your books] go. You have not needed them for the past 40 days, you are not going to need them. And if you do…He will provide them again.
m. (m. writes at amomentinmyday.com)

He will provide them again. I am so thankful for that. Our Father never let’s us be in want. He provides everything we need with abundance. Not always what we want, but always everything we need. As Psalm 23:1 states:

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

As a shepherd provides for his sheep, so our Lord provides for His.

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? ~Matthew 6:26

Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! ~Matthew 7:11

Our God loves us. He wants us to trust. Trust Him with every ounce of our beings. Are you trusting in God today? If you’re not sure, ask our Father to show you. He will let you know kindly and with His great love.

Soak in His love today and be thankful of the things He has given you.

With much love and thanks to God and you,

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

Scripture of the Day: Galatians 4:5

Galatians 4:5 (NLT)

God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.

We have our inheritance into God’s kingdom. Like good ol’ Uncle George had to pass to leave you your earthly inheritance, Jesus died on the cross to secure your eternal one. And, with God’s inheritance, you receive all the abundance in heaven that is PROMISED in His word.

Eternal life.
Forgiveness
Redemption
Wholeness
Freedom

One thing I’ve learned about adoption, is: Adoption is complete. It cannot be rebuked. It can not be “taken back.” Once you are adopted into a family, it cannot be undone.

That is how it is into God’s kingdom. He is your Father now, always and forever. He loves you. He forgives you. He welcomes you back. Every time. No matter what. Believe it today. You have a family. And, you are the most beloved son or daughter. We all are.

Receive it. 🙂

Be blessed today. And, rest in our Daddy’s arms.

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

Grab Your Hammers~Galatians 5:16-26

God has a plan for our lives. It’s so simple. He doesn’t want us to feel pain or discord. He never meant for us to hate others. He speaks repeatedly in His word about loving others. Jesus said to love the Lord your God with all your heart,  and with all your soul and with all your mind. And, to love your neighbor as yourself.

I’ve been drawn lately to Galatians 5.

Living by the Spirit’s Power – Galatians 5:16-21

16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

The flesh results in regret, conviction and defeat. But, when we walk in the spirit, we walk in truth, life and the fact that there is no law against the fruits of the spirit. (Gal. 5:23) When there is absolutely no law against it, doesn’t that mean it is perfect and acceptable?

Paul states later in Galatians 6:8 that…

Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.

Too many of us are jealous of our neighbors instead of loving them. Too many of us are walking in the flesh; not the spirit. It’s time to nail our “stuff” to the cross. Grab your hammers, people.

Be blessed and free.

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

Verse 11

11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Romans 8:11

I read Romans 8 this morning, and didn’t make it past verse 11. How many times have I read chapter 8?

Countless.

How many times have a stumbled over verse 11 and been awed?

Zilch.

I love how alive the Bible is. I heard once that in restricted countries, they take a Bible and tear it up in order to distribute it amongst the faithful. That one page breathes life into that Christ-follower for years — decades maybe.

Could I survive on one page of His Word for the rest of my days? Most definitely! He is the writer and finisher of our faith. He created in me a clean heart to see His Word. He reveals to me daily the new breath that I need to receive from it.

I’m so glad I live in nation where I can carry my Bible with me, display it on a table anywhere I go, and read to my heart’s content.

God bless the USA!

Okay, I’m back from my patriotic moment (I’ll be putting our flag out on the porch.)

So, today, God showed me new life in verse 11. My Bible is an NIV, so here is the verse as it is written:

 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[e] his Spirit who lives in you.

“The Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead.” This is powerful stuff. Not the normal stuff I speak of trashing or donating, but powerful, God-centered truth to keep around and harvest.

The Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in YOU.

Can you grasp that today? Do you that Jesus also said that those who came after Him would be able to do the miracles he did? He didn’t save it for Himself. He wanted those who believed he is the Lord and Savior of all to be able to

-Heal the sick in His name

-Perform miracles and wonders

-Prophesy

-See and DO the things the disciples did 2,000 years ago.

Our God’s not dead. He’s surely alive.

Let’s live it. Let’s walk it. Do you know Jesus? It’s time you do.

Be real in Christ~

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

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