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The ‘Like Jesus’ Challenge: Week 2

By August 14, 2017 Like Jesus Challenge
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Hello, Welcome to Week 2!

This is week 2 of the ‘Like Jesus’ challenge. I hope everyone did good on week 1. I hope you are ready to jump into week 2. This weeks challenge is super simple. Notice, I said simple, not easy. There is nothing easy about the challenge I am asking you to do this week.

Smile at everyone you come in contact with.

Like I said, simple. NOT EASY! Taming your words is hard but it is easier than controlling your facial expressions. Often times, you don’t even notice you have an unwelcoming expression. It is wise to be slow to anger and to think before you speak but another thing that would be wise would be being more careful with your expressions.

You may be saying nice things but your face may be saying, “get out of my face; who gave you permission to speak to me.” You know what I mean? Another thing I am really bad about is rolling my eyes after I turn my back. This is not the attitude of Christ. So we need to be trying our best to remove it.

So rather than making a facial expression, smile. Just smile. Don’t have any other emotion showing on your face other than a huge smile! Smile at everyone you talk to. Even short conversations. Sometimes, when I have a really bad day, just someone smiling at me genuinely can make a world of a difference. Seriously, try it. Do it all week.

Be Joyful

Besides, you have so much to smile about. You have so much to be thankful for. Smile because you are a Christian, forgiven, and free. Smiling can even up lift you. If you smile, I promise, it will become natural. This small thing can make an impact on your day. As Christians, we are supposed to be joyful. Let me tell you… nothing says joyful more than a big ol’ frown. Kidding. Be joyful and smile. For every one reason you have to frown, you have a dozen reasons to smile. The bad doesn’t outweigh the good, even if it seems that way. So just smile for week 2. You have so much to smile about.

Don’t forget!

Make sure you spend time with Jesus every day this week. This challenge will not be as beneficial if you are not in the word. If you need help, contact me; I gladly will. Make sure to being doing week 1 throughout the week too. Continue these things so that they become a habit! These things are odd for us, that’s why we have to keep on!

Good luck smiling this week! Make a difference with something as smile as your beautiful smile! Be ready for next week!

Have a blessed day everyone.

-Chrissy

 

 

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The ‘Like Jesus’ Challenge: Week 1

By August 8, 2017 Like Jesus Challenge
WEEK 1: PRAY FOR THE FIRST 5 PEOPLE THAT COME TO YOUR MIND

Week 1

Thank you for joining me on this journey. If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to. We are just starting week 1, hop on board! One of the greatest things you can do in your relationship with Jesus is… praying. Prayer is a very intimate thing you can do to grow in your relationship with Jesus and it is vital that you do it. How can you have a close and personal relationship with someone without talking to them? Through this challege I will be stressing the need for prayer. A lot of weeks, you will be praying often.

But I’m not good at praying…

You aren’t? Wow, I’m just ashamed of you. KIDDING! A lot of people are not strong in the skill of praying. When people used to be like, “Alright Chrissy, pray,” my heart would skip 30 beats. I’m not very good at talking in general. There is something about the room being really quiet that makes my skin crawl. Every time I prayed, it would be a 10 second prayer. I would have like 15 words between ‘Dear Jesus’ and ‘Amen.’

When you say I don’t want to pray or I’m not good at prayer, someone always likes to call you out. I used to hear, “Well, if you don’t pray in public, you don’t pray in private.” Hearing that made me so angry. I prayed all the time in my personal life… but I prayed in my head. It is different talking out loud or in front of people. I used to get so discouraged when people would ask me to pray. I’d either refuse or say a ‘bad prayer.’

No prayer is bad

I cannot tell you how many times I would place my prayer in the ‘bad’ catergory. Listen. No prayer is bad. I used to hear everyone else pray and they would pray for like 5 minutes using big words and creative sentences. That was discouraging to me because I wansn’t ‘good’. I did not understand why I wasn’t good at praying. I did it often. I was tired of refusing to pray. I knew I had to change this because I know God has called me into some sort of minestry. I’m going to have get better at praying out loud.

Pray out loud

This has helped immesnly. At first it was a bit awkward and I felt like I was talking to myself. Start praying when you’re alone, out loud. It will help. I started off with short prayers but now I can pray out loud for hours. Praying this way allowed me to get closer to Jesus because I talk to him now like I’d actually talk to a best friend. Which He is and He always has been; it’s just hard to be best friends with someone you don’t spend time with and don’t talk to. You feel me? Dedicate a specific time to praying but still pray as much as you possibly can throughout the day. Just use those specific times as your prayer time regardless of what is going on because sometimes our minds go crazy through a busy day.

I chose to pray anytime I am driving and showering (like once every three weeks, just kidding, probably). More times you could pray is when you wake up, before bed, while brushing your teeth, everytime you pick up your phone, etc. There are many times you can dedicate to prayer. I promise, having this time set aside specifically for prayer will help you get in the habit of praying often. So try devoting some time to praying.

The Challenge: Week 1

So each day this week, pray for the first 5 people that come to your mind. It can be the same people every day or it can be new people. Just make sure to do it each day. It doesn’t have to be a 4 hour long prayer but actually relax and take a few minutes praying for the people that Jesus lays on your heart. This not only helps you to get closer to God but it is also a great way to humble yourself before others. You don’t have to tell anyone you are praying for them unless you feel God telling you to. So make sure you pray for at least 5 people each day through the week. I’d write it down in a notebook so you can just keep track of your prayer life.

Why am I praying for others?

week 1I love those two verses because a lot of times, we are focused on us. When we pray, we say God, do this for me. Make this happen for me. I thank you for what you're doing in my life. It is important be praying for your prayers to be about you. Change my attitude and my heart, guide my footsteps, help me. Not only should you pray for yourselves, you need to be humble enough to step past praying for only yourself. Pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ. Pray for your lost friends. Pray for others. This is a true step of humbleness. Christ give's us a great example of humility. Alot of times, we are focused on us. When we pray, we say God, do this for me. Make this happen for me. I thank you for what you’re doing in my life. It is important be praying about yourself, of course. Change my attitude and my heart, guide my footsteps, help me, but not only should you pray for yourself, you need to be humble enough to step past praying for you alone.

Pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ. Pray for your lost friends. Pray for others in general. This is a true step of humbleness.

Christ give’s us a great example of humility in Philippians 2:3-4.

Remember, like I said in my post Monday (Read here), you need to be reading the bible and spending one on one time with Jesus all through out this challenge. Make sure to do it every single day this week. If you have never spent time with Jesus or aren’t really sure how to, email me below. Good luck on week 1 of the ‘Like Jesus’ Challenge!

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The Like Jesus Challenge

By July 31, 2017 Like Jesus Challenge

The Like Jesus Challenge

the like jesus challenge, attitude, heart

So, you’re wondering… what is this crazy challenge you are talking about girl? Maybe you aren’t; maybe you’re just trying to figure out how to get off this page. Since, you are, indeed, reading this, I am going to share a little about this challenge.

We as people, can sometimes act like total, well, humans. For me, I can catch myself with an attitude, getting a little angerier than I should, or getting jealous.  And trust me when I say this, people will notice. Our ultimate goal is to look in the mirror and see Jesus. If there are parts that do not belong or do not look like Jesus, we need to cut it out of our lives. God wants us to be his masterpeice. There are so many things that God wants us to work on.

I’m going to name off a few things that God wants us to work on. If you see any of these in your life, then I want to challenge you to do this challenge with my friends and I.

Do any of these attitude related sins apply to you?

  • Comparing ourselves to others
  • Lying, cheating, and lust
  • Anger, resentment, and unforgiveness
  • Jealousy, bad attitude, and impatience

Now I’m sure at least one thing on that list is something that is floating around in your life, making circles around your heart. I know there is a lot more things I could have listed, so if you can think of something else that you struggle with, that is all the more reason to take on this challenge. I suppose I should tell you what the Like Jesus challenge is, huh?

I was needing an attitude adjustment

One day at work I was think of ways to fix my whole attitude (which involves quite a few things on that list). I needed a lot more than an attitude adjustment. I came across a picture online that was challenging people to go day by day to change how they look at themselves. One day may be looking in the mirror and saying 5 things you love about yourself, while another day may be to go outside and get active. It was a week long challenge with a new activity for you to complete everyday.

I loved the idea and it really got me thinking. After lots of thought and prayer, I came up with the ‘Like Jesus’ challenge. I started sending a challenge to my friends and posting on facebook about it for anyone that wanted to join me. All it is, is doing simple, short activites daily to help you in with any attitude related sins like I listed above. Some days are more challenging than others.

There are a few important things that you need to remember while taking this challenge

  • You need to be reading God’s word and spending time with Him every single day because ultimatley, there is no amount of good deeds or attitude adjustment challenges you can do that will change your heart the way God can through His word. Reading the bible is a must with this challenge. If you are a christian, you should be doing this anyways. So if you are not, you need to start. (If you don’t know how or where to start, email me icametoworship@gmail.com.)
  • I will most likly be posting one new challenge a week, rather than daily. So your job is to make sure you do that throughout the week. The goal at the end of this, is that you start doing the challenges on your own, naturally. You should just wake up and be like, I need to call my friend and pray for them. I should thank my mom for being awesome today. Today while I’m at work/school, If I think something mean about another person, I am going to think of 3 good things that I like about them. You should get to a place where you don’t need the challenge anymore because your heart is changing so much.
  • Since I will only be posting one challenge a week, you can redo past challenges or make your own through out the week. You should be doing at least one a day. When all else fails, learn scripture, if you can’t find or thing of a challenge for that day.
  • Email me if there is anything that you need!

Are you ready to take the Like Jesus Challenge?

Do you want to take this challenge? Lets have a heart and attitude change together so that we can make a difference for Christ. Changing your heart and attitude will help you in more areas of your life than one. It can help you in your relationship, in arguements, at work, in school, etc. So this will really help you in more ways than one. Take this Like Jesus challenge with me, I dare you. Even if you think your attitude and heart is in a good place, these challenges will help you in your walk as well. Good luck; I will be posting the first day very soon!

-Chrissy

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