Dr. Katherine Hutchinson-Hayes

Author of "God's Little Black Dress"

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Dr. Katherine Hutchinson-Hayes

Feeling Ordinary? God Really Loves Your Type!

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  (1st Samuel 16:7 NIV)

Can I be honest with you?  I feel like the times I’ve really needed people the most are the times I’ve felt the most abandoned.  Have you ever felt like that?  If so, raise your hand right now!  Okay, I realize the teacher in me is coming out and it’s ridiculous to ask you to raise your hand because of course we can’t really see each other.  Yet, there is something so transparent when we’re honest enough to admit to ourselves or to each other that we’re just ordinary or that we’ve been neglected and we feel overlooked.

Do you sometimes feel like all the beautiful, talented people in the world are getting all the attention and are being used in all their gifts?  Whew!  I hope I’m not alone, a couple of minutes watching TV or flipping through magazines often leaves me depressed.  Sometimes I even get upset walking through my favorite bookstores, as I look at all those gorgeous celebrities on the covers of best-sellers living out their dreams.  I think to myself, “oh well I guess I’m just not good enough.”  Have you ever said something that lame?

 Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship who does a great podcast on harvest.org put a great spin on the concept of Christians who are feeling overlooked, neglected, ordinary and underused.  He points us to the story of David.  He explains that it was never man’s plan to appoint David as King but one of his brothers as they looked at the outward appearance.  However, it was always God’s plan to use David because He knew David’s heart as God looks at the inner man.  

David's had his share of struggles but he was prudent, he worked hard, wise, repentant, he used his gifts for God's glory, he was humble, and he always went to God when he was at his weakest.  He was a dreamer...

So my question for you today is how can God use your dreams, your ordinary to do extraordinary things for His kingdom and His glory?

Blessings – Dr. Katherine

 

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A Sold Out Palate in a Malnourished World

 

“Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied.”  — Luke 6:21

We are God’s creation with an instinctive thirst and hunger for food and water both physically and spiritually.  In a literal sense, the appetite we’re all born with begins limited where we can only ingest milk and we are completely dependent on others to feed us.  As we develop and grow, we crave solid foods, our diet expands, and soon our dependency on others lessens until we are self-sufficient.  Comparatively, as we grow from infants in our Christian walk to adults, our appetite matures, as does the way we are spiritually nourished. 

There are storms on the way to the table where we feed and feed others.  These storms are both literal and figurative in that as we develop spiritually we will battle troubles, roadblocks, hurricanes in life.  Just as in the natural, a storm arises and we must change direction and or deviate from our original route to avoid harm.  We are often surprised after the brutal force of a storm whether literal or figurative to find the path we took, the route we traveled brings us to where we were supposed to be.  In other words, the storm moves us from our comfort zones to our destiny, from our self-construed maps to God’s GPS. 

While we’re on the sidelines, stuck in traffic, or lost God reveals himself to us.  Many times God reveals his glory to us before speaking to us.  However, he has to get us off tract in order to have our full attention.  This was the case for Moses who ended up in the desert off the path to becoming Pharaoh because of his murderous behavior.  God revealed his glory in the burning bush getting Moses’ full attention.  No ministry is greater than worshiping, God.  God reveals himself in order to have us feast on the manna of the word.  God takes everybody to the wilderness to demand our worship!  It was then he was able to speak to Moses to tell him that he was there to redeem him and his people despite their sin.  In the fire and storms of life, God is right there with us.  Be determined to see Jesus!  That way no one will ever have to prompt you to worship to show you a great God!

 

 All who feared the Lord spoke to one another.  And the Lord listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the Lord And who meditate on His name.  —Malachi 3:16 NKJV

 

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  — Matthew 19:26 ESV

Your turn, how has God revealed Himself to you even in the midst of tough times?

Mind Boot-camp for our Spiritual Strength

(Isaiah 40:28-31)

Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
 the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
 and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
 and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
 they will run and not grow weary,
 they will walk and not be faint.

Prayer:

Thank you Lord for the hope we have in you.  No matter the stage in life we are in or the challenges we face, we are grateful that we can turn to you as our source of everlasting strength.

Set up:

There are times when we may feel like we’re on a hamster wheel in our daily existence.  Other times we feel overbooked, too busy and overwhelmed.

Have you ever been so tired you just felt like giving up?

Ask yourself, is there anything I can do to prevent overexertion; are there areas of my life I need to reorganize?

Reflection questions during cool-down:

Am I guilty of idolizing busyness?

Do I rely on myself and others more than turning to God for guidance and strength


Take a moment to reflect on this reality:

· Psychological tiredness is far more common than tiredness that's caused by a physical problem. One key reason is anxiety, which can cause insomnia and, in turn, lead to persistent fatigue. A survey by the Mental Health Foundation found that nearly a third of the population is severely sleep-deprived, often because of job and money worries. The Foundation’s report, Sleep Matters, suggests a link between insomnia and low energy levels.

· The worries and strains of daily life can be exhausting – even positive events, such as moving house or getting married. Emotional shock, such as bad news, bereavement or the break-up of a relationship, can make you feel drained.

·   Mental health problems such as depression or anxiety can make you feel more tired. They can also prevent you from getting a proper night's sleep.  At any given time, one in five people feels unusually tired, and one in 10 have prolonged fatigue, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Women tend to feel tired more often than men.

·   “It’s unusual to find anything physically wrong. Most of the time, fatigue is linked with mood and the accumulation of lots of little stresses in life,” says Dr Shah. At any given time, one in five people feels unusually tired, and one in 10 have prolonged fatigue, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Women tend to feel tired more often than men.  “It’s unusual to find anything physically wrong.  Most of the time, fatigue is linked with mood and the accumulation of lots of little stresses in life.” (Dr Shah, NHS Choices 2015)

1.Try to examine finding how you engage God to find the strength to take on the issues of life whether it’s emotional, physical, or spiritual.

2. Please share your comments: how do you challenge yourself to rethink your schedule?  Do you leave room for God?

 

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