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How Can We Pray When There Are So Many Distractions Surrounding Us In Everyday Life!

I don’t know about you, but seasons of distraction and being overwhelmed can sometimes come on like a surprise blizzard and then linger like an Indian summer. I find myself in survival mode. Wake up, coffee, chores, kids to school, go to work, come home, more chores, enter zombie vegetative state with interjections from my family to help regain consciousness, go to bed, and repeat. So praying? What’s the point! If I can barely listen to my sweet 13 year old go on about the weird dream he had last night and what happened in history class today, how on earth can I carry on a conversation with my Lord?

So How Do You Pray When You Are Feeling Distracted And Overwhelmed?

When you’re completely distracted and overwhelmed, I have found that all you can really do is break it down to the basics. You simply need to designate a quiet place, crack open your Bible and pray along with what you read. Here is how it works:

Designate a Quiet Place – Luke 5:16

Honestly, for me, even if I’m not feeling distracted and overwhelmed, the consistency of having a designated quiet place for me to meet with the Lord is key in keeping grounded in and connected to Him so I can live my best life.

My time is when I go to bed at night. Around 10 pm every night I get up out of my recliner in the living room and head into the bedroom. I get ready for bed and lay down, grab my phone and open my youversion bible app. My church does a whole bible reading plan together every year. The reading takes about 15 minutes each day. This is also a great time to read a devotional book.

This quiet time works for me because on the weeknights my kids are already in bed and on the weekends, they’re still out watching t.v. with their dad. If I’m not ready to fall asleep after I read, then I read a book for a while or watch Forensic Files. By then, my husband and the dog have usually joined me and we’re off to slumberland.

So, that’s my quiet place but I wanted to share with you one other idea.

My friend has a certain chair in her home that her whole family (one that includes 4 kids I might add) knows that if she is sitting in it, she is talking with the Lord and they are not to interrupt her.

It’s a simple visual signal to her whole family and it’s also a place where she can mentally signal herself that she is now in her “prayer closet” or “devotional room” so to speak. What I love about this idea is that her kids see her go there so they are witnessing their mother dedicate her life to their Lord. It’s beautiful.

Crack Open Your Bible – Proverbs 3:6

I already mentioned that when I climb into bed I grab my phone to read my Bible. As soon as I open my Bible reading app to my Bible reading plan,  before I begin reading I always offer up this prayer:

“Lord, help me understand what I’m reading and apply it to my heart and my mind in Jesus’ name, Amen.”

It’s so simple yet so effective. I do this every night but the reason it’s so good if you’re distracted and overwhelmed is because it brings your focus in right down to the simple basics and invites the Holy Spirit to help you keep it there (even if only for 15 minutes) while you hear from your Lord in His word.

Pray With What You Read  – John 15:7-8

In addition to that, I read really intentionally to soak in all I can. As I’m reading, if something strikes me, I converse with the Lord…

Yes, God, that’s so good

Lord, thank you for creating that for us

Jesus, help my actions to like that of Moses, David, Esther etc…

God, please forgive me for my sin in this area.

Do you see? This. THIS is how you pray when you’re distracted and overwhelmed. Let the Bible pray for you. Pray with authority by praying a Scripture verse right back to God. Prayer is a conversation. Let God in His word guide the conversation for you. You don’t always have to be the keynote speaker when talking to God and in fact, you shouldn’t be.

Prayer does not have to be complicated.

When you’re distracted and overwhelmed the last thing you need is complicated. Make it simple. Ask God to keep you focused on Him and let Him guide the rest of the conversation. It’s really that easy. Yes, your mind may even wander during that 15 minutes of reading His word and conversing. Mine does! But then I simply come back to reality and re-read the passage I was just reading. Sometimes I end up reading it three times! Ha! But when we’re distracted and overwhelmed, that’s perfectly okay….and perhaps, perfectly necessary!

Lord, help us when we’re distracted and overwhelmed. Don’t let anxiety, depression or exhaustion take advantage of that and grip us. Give us strength and rest in you. Keep us focused on what you’re trying to accomplish in us for that day even if it’s a simple 15-minute communion with you. We know you are the only one who can satisfy and so we ask that you give us a desire for you. We know more energetic days will come. More serene days will come. Days when we actually have our wits about us will come, but in the meantime, we lean on you. Thank you, Lord, for keeping us straight in the midst of the chaos. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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The post 7 Biblical Truths For Singles [Waiting on Marriage] appeared first on Women Devotions.

Being single isn’t always easy… singles know that well.

If you haven’t experienced a prolonged season of singleness yourself though, I’m sure you have single friends who have shared either privately or publicly how discouraging it can be… to feel like a third wheel when out with their married friends, to have lonely nights wishing they had someone to come home to and share with how their day went, or even the frustration at times of well-meaning family members or friends continually trying to set them up with one person after another.

I myself remember many times on my knees in prayer, pleading with God to keep the man He created for me waiting for me as I waited for him… at times longing for marriage, but never seeing God work that way in my life like He was in the lives of so many others.

Despicable Me 2

My husband and I know what it is like to wait… but even more so, we know how amazing it is to finally see God glorified in the perfectly sovereign unfolding of His plan.

I had just turned 30 – my husband 35 – when God, in His faithfulness and goodness, sovereignly brought our lives together.

Luke and I had known who each other was before the day we actually talked to each other.  We had been briefly introduced just before I left for the mission field 3 years prior…. but it was a seemingly divine “meeting” in our church’s parking lot 3 years later that set us on a “quicker than we would recommend to our kids” course of friendship, courtship, and engagement.

However, the whirlwind 9 months of excitement and joy from our first “hello” to our forever “I do” was preceded by years, even decades of singleness, dependence on God, prayer, fasting, and trusting while we waited on the Lord.

And as we look back at it now, both my husband and I can say, that while the wait was hard, and there were difficult moments, days, and weeks, we wouldn’t trade that season for anything. It was during our prolonged season of singleness that God, in His all-knowing love and grace toward us, SHAPED US… not just for each other, but far more importantly to bring us into a deeper enjoyment and reflection of his goodness and His glory.

It is our prayer now, though married, that God continues to use what He taught us during our prolonged seasons of singleness to encourage those still walking through it.  Here are 7 Biblical Truths For Singles (Waiting on Marriage), and that we pray others singles learn as well:

1. Trust in the sovereignty, wisdom, and love of a perfect God

Marriage is a good thing!

It was designed by God to reflect Christ and the church. For me, it has been amazing to experience this in a whole new and incredible way through marriage and the way Luke loves and leads me, and the way I receive joy in following and serving Him!  A spouse is a blessing from God.

When God calls us to walk through a short or prolonged period of life though where He tells you “this is good for you, but I am going to withhold it for this season,” like He has called so many singles to do, we have to trust His sovereignty, wisdom, and love. He is your Father who loves you deeply. You can trust that if He is wise (knows what is best for you), sovereign (is in absolute control of your life) and loves you (more passionately that you can ever fathom), then you can rest in the fact that it is better for you to be single for this season (even though if it was in your control you would choose marriage).

If you struggle with trusting God’s timing in your life, cast that struggle upon Him. Confess your struggle to Him and ask Him to produce in you more and more a deep joy and trust in His character and perfect timing in your life.

2. Understand the beauty of singleness

Singleness is a good thing. It was designed also by God.

The fact that marriage was designed by God to reflect Christ and the church shows that there is something greater than marriage, that is the church’s relationship with Christ. The actual thing is always greater than the reflection.

Singleness isn’t a secondary status or a time when you are waiting for what is better. You have what is better right now! Singles get to know and experience that greater relationship the same as married people do. While marriage does provide things like companionship and physical expressions of love that a single isn’t intended to experience until marriage; singles can experience aspects of a relationship with Christ that married people can’t know or experience.

So, if God has called you to be single, don’t use this season as a time when you are just looking forward to a season you think will be better. Enjoy the beauty of your singleness and all that God intends for you to enjoy season right now.

3. Don’t waste your singleness

In 1 Corinthians 7, Paul talks about the blessings of singleness. One of those blessings is the opportunity you have to serve God in a way that your married friends cannot.

I get that now more than ever. Marriage, while a great blessing, brings with it responsibilities and commitments that a single person does not have. If you have kids multiply that by 1000!

Me in the Phillipines

I would never be able to just pack a few bags, sell everything else and leave for the Philippines as I did before meeting Luke and starting our family. I would never be able to spend my Saturday mornings volunteering at a local food pantry, serving in my church, or helping a neighbor now like I could have when I was single.

Singles, you might not be in this season forever. Don’t waste these years God has given you. Use this season as a time of wholehearted devotion to Him!

4. Fight to be content

Anytime you want something and it is withheld, it creates a longing in you for that thing. Even more so when it comes to marriage.

When you desire marriage, but God withholds it, it is always going to be a fight to find contentment in that situation. Paul knew that battle well. He said in Philippians 4:11 that he had to “learn to be content in whatever situation he was in.” It can be a battle to find contentment in singleness. And it is a battle that we have to learn to fight. Paul tells us learning to fight that battle is found in learning to rely on the strength of Christ.

It is about learning to abide in Christ and learning to endure in His strength. For God’s glory and for our joy, however, it is a battle worthy of learning to fight.

5. Pursue marriage

Marriage is a good thing (did I say that?).

Because it is a good thing designed by God to bring glory to His name, be content as a single, but if you desire marriage, pursue it.

“Waiting” in Scripture is never a passive thing. We need to be careful of both ends of the spectrum on this one though.

On one side we don’t want to be anxiously talking to every single guy at church hoping he is our prince charming come to sweep us off our feet, but on the other side, we don’t want to hide ourselves in a hole, never putting ourselves in a position to meet a potential spouse.

Prior to meeting, my husband and I didn’t date around, get on Christian dating sites, or get involved in singles groups. God gave both of us a peace that as we prayed about and for marriage, as we immersed ourselves in serving Him and seeking His kingdom and righteousness, He would provide for us when the time is right. At the same time though, not everyone’s story will look like ours.

For some people that means getting on a Christian dating site, joining a local Christian singles ministry, or going on a double date with that guy your friend keeps trying to set you up with. For others, however, that might mean not doing those things and leaving behind a culture and a country where you are more likely to meet a potential spouse, like he did for me when I was 27, because that is where God is leading you.

I think each individual must spend much time in prayer, seeking God’s leading in what the pursuit of marriage will look like for them. 

6. Trust that God is your Provider

If you are in Christ, God is your Father and He PROMISES He WILL supply all your needs.

Singles, you can find A LOT of peace and strength in that promise.

Trust that he will provide your need for a spouse when the time is right. This isn’t permission to sit at home and hide, but as you actively wait, it frees you from the anxiety and fear that you have to do what God says He will do for you.

Matthew 6:25, 33 says, “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?… But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Philippians 4:19 echoes, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Rest in the truths of those promises.

7. Have a strong support system

Because singles are naturally put in positions where they will be isolated more often than married people, singles have to even more intentionally walk in community with others. You can’t do singleness (or anything in the Christian life for that matter), by yourself. Singles, build a strong Christian support system around you with other singles, with married friends, and with older mentors.

A few years ago a good friend of mine brought her kids to a local amusement park for the afternoon. Her plan was to surprise them and take them to a local restaurant that was a favorite of her kids for dinner.

Halfway through the afternoon, her young son asked for some cotton candy and she, knowing it would ruin his dinner, said no.

He started to fuss and cry and it completely ruined the rest of his day. He wouldn’t ride any more rides and moped around the rest of the afternoon. He let the one thing his mom wouldn’t let him have, cause him to miss out on all the good things she had planned for him to enjoy during that time.

Singles, don’t miss out on all that God has for you during this season of your life because God is withholding this one thing from you now. God is in control of your life. He loves you deeply. He knows what is best. And He promises He will provide all your needs.

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What is the Golden Rule? – Treat Others The Way You Want to be Treated

The Golden rule: “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12, ESV).

We’ve all heard the golden rule.

For some people, it’s the first bible verse they ever learn. To others, it’s just a saying that is tossed around frequently as “guidelines” for morality.

I bet most people would be surprised to know that it was Jesus Himself who said this.

So most of us know the Golden Rule, but do we follow it, especially in marriage?

If I had to guess, most people think of the Golden Rule when they think of friendships and acquaintances. Do we think of the Golden Rule when it comes to our closest loved ones?

This may seem incredibly simple and obvious, but I know that I’m not the only one who doesn’t treat my spouse as nicely as I treat others.

Before We Can Really Live Out The Golden Rule, God Must Be The Center of Our Marriage.

First and Foremost, God must be the center and rock of any marriage.

The Golden Rule requires us to put our thoughts, feelings, and desires on hold so we can truly and fully love on our significant other.

This means we need to die to ourselves and sacrifice our desires for another.

This is not hard… this is impossible (without God). God must be our center in marriage. Only by being filled with the Spirit of God can we really live out the Golden Rule. 

So… let’s Apply The Golden Rule To Our Marriages

For us women, if we reword the saying so that we apply it specifically to our husbands, it would say: “Whatever you wish that your husband would do to you, do also to him.”

Ok… so if we want our husbands to be kind to us, we must be kind to them… even if we feel crabby inside, or even when we’re hungry, or tired, or annoyed, or hurt…etc.

If we want our husbands to help around the house, we must be willing to help them when they ask for our assistance.

If we want our husbands to show us love using our love languages, we must do the same. A great book on love languages is (The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts) by Gary Chapman.

If we want our husbands to pursue us the way they did when dating, we must also pursue them.

If we want them to show us love, grace, and forgiveness when we sin…even if it’s for the 4947th in the same struggle, we must be willing to forgive and show grace to them…even if it’s for the 4947th time in the same struggle.

There’s probably a ton more scenarios I could write but I’m sure you understand the point. It isn’t fair for us to wish for our husbands to be a certain way or do certain godly things if we’re not willing to do the same.

But Why Live Out The Golden Rule?

This is important to follow because Jesus commanded it.

However, this isn’t about changing our husbands or doing something for them just so we get what we want in return…because that would be rather selfish and narcissistic. Instead, it’s an evaluation of our hearts, thinking that they probably desire the same things we do so if we want to be a loving wife, we could work on the areas in ourselves and take the log out of our own eye (Matthew 7:3-5).

It can be so easy to become fixated on how our spouse can improve and what we wish out if him. And Satan likes to make us feel like we don’t have to be kind, respectful, or loving to someone when they aren’t to us.

But this Golden Rule serves as a good reminder that it’s not about us, that we’re called to set aside our desires, and love others. But this is absolutely impossible without the daily surrendering of our selfish desires to the Lord. We will live hypocritically unless we ask God to empower us to obey Him and love others the way we want to be.

How do I do it?

Spend alone time with God every single day. Read and Pray his word consistently. Listen for the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Then as you feel yourself wishing something from your husband, ask yourself if you are fulfilling that same request for your husband. Evaluate whether it’s an unrealistic desire vs. A godly, biblical desire. Ask God to work in your heart and mind to empower you to treat your husband the way you want to be treated.

And continually fill yourself up with daily bread from the Lord. When both a husband and wife are filling themselves up with the love and joy that can only come from God, the love they pour out to each other will be genuine and sacrificial, rather than selfish or needy.

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Marriage is The Hardest and Most Self-Denying Thing You Will Ever be a Part of.

As Valentine’s Day and National Marriage Week approaches, it seems fitting to write about the God-ordained covenant of marriage.

I’m not going to focus on its blessing. I’m not gonna tell you it’s between a man and a woman, though it is. I’m here to tell you that marriage is the hardest and most self-denying thing you will ever be a part of and these 3 tips are essential for the success of every marriage.

John 15:3 says “greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”.

We usually look at that and think of two things: Jesus dying for our sins, or a friend stepping in front of you to take a bullet.

Nothing can explain how meaningful, powerful, selfless, loving, and hard it must have been for Christ to humble himself and die in the place of sinners. That right there is why He is so worthy to be praised!

Taking a bullet for someone is about as close we can come to “sacrificing” our lives for others… or is it?

Marriage is more than that. It’s harder than that. The essence of marriage is that you have to lay down and put to death your selfish desires every stinkin’ day of your life so that you can be filled with the spirit and lovingly serve your spouse.

But… How can we do that?

How can we have the strength and the desire to put someone else above our own desires?

1. God Must Be the Center of a Successful Marriage

In my book, As My Mind Unwinds, you’ll see the poem I’m about to share in a chapter about relationships. It’s called Marriage Takes Three:

I once though marriage took

Just two to make a go,

But now I am convinced

It takes the Lord also.

And not one marriage fails

Where Christ is asked to enter,

As lovers come together

With Jesus at the center.

But marriage seldom thrives,

And homes are incomplete,

Till He is welcome there

To help avoid defeat.

In homes where Christ is first

 It’s obvious to see,

Those unions really work.

For marriage still takes three.

-Author unknown

I love this poem.

For the Christian marriage, when Jesus is the center, and when both people surrender to the Lord, Ephesians 5 is actually possible. Why? Because if the gaze of both spouses is fixed on Jesus, and we know Jesus love us and our spouses better than we ever could, then it’s a fail-proof system.

Yes, you’re human and you’re gonna screw up.

There’s gonna be that day you wake up on the wrong side of the bed and you’re gonna be the biggest jerk trampling all over your spouse, but then at some point Jesus gently tugs on your arm, you feel remorse and you ask your spouse for forgiveness and the world keeps going ’round in a beautiful way.

2. You Must Take a “Bullet” For Your Spouse.

Without tip #1, this would be impossible.  Only by the grace and power of God can we truly die to our selfish desires and live freely for God and joyfully love our spouses.

If you ask me (and you should because I’m incredibly selfish), laying down my wants, rights, and desires is leaps and bounds harder than the split minute decision it would take to jump in front of someone sacrificing my life to save theirs. Look at Ephesians 5:22-29

Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.  Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,  and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.  In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.  After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church—

Do you see what I”m seeing?

Both the husband and the wife are called to drop their own welfare to focus on that of the other.

This doesn’t mean that we allow ourselves to be abused if we’re the only one living up to this. It does mean that your heart is in a constant attitude of this model and that you have extreme grace for the other when they fail because you love them more than you love yourself.

And imagine this….how beyond perfect would a marriage be if each person was only focused on the needs and desires of the other?

Imagine waking up every day as a wife knowing and believing that your husband will put you first so you feel free to do the same for him?

Well, this isn’t just some fairy tale that will never come true. If God is the center of your marriage, and both you and your spouse pray with confidence and ask God constantly for the strength to love one another as He intended, you will see fruit!

3. Truthfulness Is Essential to Marriage Success.

You guys, I’ve been married for 15 years; 16 in April. In all honesty, I was only “hot and heavy” for him before our kids were born.

It happens. However, due to this man’s great love and daily sacrifice for me, I trust him more than any other human on the planet (even though he’s done things that scare me), and I’m so incredibly in love with him, not because we can’t keep our hands off each other (most days I don’t wanna be touched. Haha) but because he knows me more intimately than anyone else on the planet.

The only one who knows me better is God.

My husband has seen the darkness in my heart. He’s seen me ugly and stinky. Dude, let’s not even get into what happened on that childbirth table (YIKES).

He’s seen me sick and scared. He’s dealt with the effects of abuse I’ve suffered in my life even though it’s not his fault and it’s not fair to him, and he still helps me find healing. He’s endured my absolutely wretched and horrid treatment of him when I’m in a fit of selfishness and yet he still goes out of his way to love me the best way he knows how.

I pray to God daily that I will learn to lay down my selfishness and love him better each and every day; not only because I believe he deserves it, but because in doing so, I will become more Christlike.

There is nothing on this planet, in my humble opinion, that will make you more like Christ than the sacrifice of marriage. Value it. Honor it. Praise God for it.

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What is a Baby Dedication?

This Sunday we are going to dedicate our second child at our church. This is an exciting time for us and there are a few reasons why we are choosing to do it. But before I dive into those reasons and essentially explain what it is, I want to explain what it is NOT.

By dedicating our son, we are not stating that he is a believer…he’s 6 weeks old…how could he be? This is not a baptism, which is a biblical public profession as a believer of an inward transformation. And this is not a “guarantee into heaven” ceremony.

We are simply making a commitment before the Lord and our church family to raise our child up in Godliness (Proverbs 22:6).

With that being said, here are 3 reasons why we should dedicate our children:

1. To recognize our children are not our own but belong to the Lord

This is a time where we are reminded that our children are actually not our own.

He created them.

He has a plan for them. And He is sovereign over their lives.

Yes, we have been chosen to be the parents (and I am SO incredibly thankful He did!), but we are not ultimately in control of their lives. We do not own them and we cannot convince them to become believers because we cannot change their hearts.

Child dedication serves as a good reminder that we have an important responsibility to teach our children about God but that our children ultimately belong to the Lord. This is both humbling and comforting.

2. To publicly profess we will raise them up in the Lord

You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise”

(Deuteronomy 11:19).

As stated briefly before, it’s our responsibility and privilege to be the primary disciple-makers in our children’s lives.

God did not create the church to do all the teaching; He put our children in our specific homes where they will spend the majority of their time as a youth.

The Bible and Jewish traditions indicate that it is our role as parents to teach about God. And we do this not just with our words but in our daily living. It simply makes sense that we are the primary disciple-makers and it should come naturally if you love the Lord with all your heart because you will want your children to know the same joy you do.

Child dedication is our chance to announce in front of family, friends, and the church family that we will follow Deuteronomy 6:7 and teach our children about God. Not only does a public profession match with Scripture but whenever something is publicly announced, accountability comes along with it. This leads me to last reason.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go;  even when he is old he will not depart from it.

3. To ask the congregation to support and pray for us.

At our church, we actually call this process “Parent Commissioning.” We believe the child dedication is a partnership with the church.

They equip us to be Christ-centered parents and together we rely on the Holy Spirit in the process of parenting/discipleship of our children. We are “partners together in the gospel” because our church and home will both aim our children to know Christ.

Our church is committed to equipping us parents to not only share/live out the gospel for our children but to walk together with others while doing so.

As we sign up for the child dedication, we attend an “early years” parenting class for several weeks where the families who are dedicating their children join together with our Family Pastor and his wife.

We discuss a variety of topics including our God-given role as parents to be the authority figure, representing God’s authority, and making the gospel the priority over all things. It’s a great time to learn from other parents and it opens the door for future friendships/accountability/help as we journey through parenthood together.

I love that our church offers this class but then continues to support discipleship in the home; they do this by offering resources such as these books to read.

Then, after meeting with others who are also dedicating their child and partnering with them, we stand before the church asking them to support us in our decision and to come alongside us. We ask for prayer. We ask them to also teach our children as time comes. And we celebrate.

It’s a beautiful picture of us working together to make disciples as Jesus commanded.

We pray this will be a step you take as you raise your children to know and treasure Christ.

One last reason to dedicate your baby:

In case you need one more reason.. it’s an excuse to dress up your infant or older child. Kids always look so cute when they’re dressed in their “Sunday best.”

Make sure to take a good picture!

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Why Should We Be Listening to Christian Music?

I love listening to Christian music…whether it be traditional hymns, praise songs we sing in my church or contemporary Christian music I hear on the radio. I even like some Christian rap.

I love singing to my Heavenly Father. I love to hear lyrics that remind me of what my Savior did for me and how beautiful His love is. I love singing about His perfect and unmatched character, proclaiming truths out loud. And I love that the Holy Spirit convicts me and moves in my heart using some of the lyrics I hear.

I’m not going to address what kind of music should or should not be played at church. That’s a whole different topic that really gets some people fired up. Instead, I want to focus on the top 5 reasons I believe we should listen to Christian music wherever you are:

1.  Lyrics get stuck in our heads.

It’s just a fact that music gets stuck in our heads, whether intentional or not. How many times have you heard a jingle, theme song, or a song that someone else was singing only to be singing it to yourself later?! Because of this, the lyrics to the songs we listen to DO matter. What do you want to repeatedly hear throughout the day? Something based off a lie/ungodly/dirty or something that can remind you of biblical truths?

It just makes sense to choose songs that will remind you of who God is and who you are in order to prepare you to live for Him. Our thoughts affect our actions so we need godly thoughts in our head which will come from godly music.

Listening to Christian music in the car is important because the last thing you listen in the car is probably going to stick in your head more than a song played much earlier in the day.

Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

2. Christian music renews our mind.

This reason is especially why it’s important to listen to Christian music throughout the day.

In our fast-paced busy lives, we get caught up in whatever we’re doing. We’re distracted and our mind, emotions, and desires are focused on ourselves. We get impatient with the car going too slow. We feel mad at a text we just read. We are late again and beating ourselves up thinking we can never do anything right…then we turn on the Christian radio/our own playlist and suddenly our heart changes. We become patient. We are reminded to be forgiving and full of grace. We hear of God’s mercies and never ending kindness despite our faults.

God uses music to encourage us when we need it most. He uses the songs of salvation reminding us just how grateful we are to be redeemed. He uses songs to reveal hidden sin in our life. And He uses music to draw us to our knees while reminding us how to live.

I absolutely love God’s sovereignty.

I love how I hear a specific song with a specific truth exactly when I need to…and I know many people feel that way. He can teach you using anything because He’s God and we have the Holy Spirit but listening to Christian music helps to set the stage.

Colossians 3:2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

3.  We’re called to put off our old self, which may include old music!

That includes all of our old favorites if they’re contrary to Scripture.

I know some people believe you should only listen to Christian music and to stay away from all other music. I’m not here to add to that debate except to say that we are called to do all things for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). And we’re called to put off our old selves.

Ephesians 4:22-24 …put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

Romans 6:6-14 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

If our old self was crucified…and we’re called to live differently than before…and if we’re called to do all things for the glory of God…while not presenting ourselves to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, then it just makes sense to listen to music that causes is to do these things.

4. Christian music has good lyrics for your kids (or anyone else around) to hear

We are called to bring up our children in godliness. And let’s just admit that we won’t be doing that by letting them listen to the most popular radio station. As a former teacher, I can tell you with certainty that kids repeat the songs they hear…no matter how young they are or how disgusting the lyrics are. What we listen to truly does matter.

This doesn’t have to be restrictive but exciting. What godly songs and truths do you want your child to hear today!? Choose a playlist based on what’s going on in their lives. Choose artists you know they’ll enjoy. Christian music benefits everyone around, not just you.

Ps. This applies to work music too… if you’re allowed to listen to music at work and have the ability to control what kind of music it is. What a great ministry opportunity!

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Deuteronomy 11:19 You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

5. The Bible tells us to! See for yourself…

Psalm 30:4 Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.

Psalm 150:1-5 Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

It can’t get any clearer than that and I just love that we aren’t restricted to quietly singing in a quiet voice with quiet instruments. Nope, we’re told to praise Him using loud instruments out of genuine gratitude and awe. There are many more verses which tell us to sing songs of praise to the Lord! Here are some of my favorites:

Psalm 13:6   Psalm 89:1   Psalm 95:1    Psalm 98:1-7   Psalm 135:3   Ephesians 5:19

I pray you see the importance of listening to Christian music! I can’t even begin to list favorites I have, but what are yours?

On a Side Note

While writing this blog post, I came across others who believed we should NOT listen to contemporary Christian music. The reasons were mainly personal preference (I mean I really don’t care if the songs are “knock offs” from mainstream melodies. I’m not listening for the creative artistic aspect…I’m listening for all the reasons listed above).

But there was one valid point that has stuck in my head. One man said that many of the songs are about us and not about God. At first I was hesitant to believe it but after listening to the radio the next day, I quickly realized it was true. However, the songs of the world are all about self too…but the difference here is that the Christian songs point back to Christ. The majority of the songs might not be praising God by stating all of God’s characteristics but they are praising God because of His love and what He says about us or how He’s always there for us. And that’s biblical. It reminds me of the Psalms…reflecting on life situations and then praising God or calling out to Him.

So my response would be to check your heart. That’s what Jesus always focused on. Where is your heart as you’re listening to the music? Are you focusing on yourself, your emotions, your circumstances without going back to God and giving Him the glory and praise? Are you focusing on your problems and not turning back to the Lord? We do need to make sure we are not focusing on ourselves but instead throwing our hands up in surrender and praise.

One other comment I saw was that the music doesn’t teach very good theology. Of course, there will be some songs with bad theology…just like there are some Christian books that aren’t biblical, some churches, some people. The Bible says that will happen. But that doesn’t mean we have to abstain from all Christian music…just like we wouldn’t stay away from church because somewhere in the world is a bad preacher. The music should not be used to teach you theology by itself. Reading the Word of God and going to a church that holds the Word as the final authority should be where we learn our theology. Instead it is meant to encourage you and draw you to praising God. If you come across a song that you know doesn’t match Scripture, then change the song! (And pray for the singer as well as people who heard the song.)

Psalm 104:33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.”

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What’s Love Got to Do With It? – Absolutely Everything!

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, here comes the obligatory Love post. However, it should be no secret that Love is central to the theme of the Christian Community. If it’s not, therein lies the problem and this post is more needed than some may realize.

With love being as big and as important of a topic as it is for us as followers of Christ, I simply can’t cover all that could or should be said in one post. For today, I’ll suggest that love provides a platform, love is not tolerance and love tops all. So, in the famous words of Tina Turner, “What’s love got to do with it?” Absolutely nothing? I say absolutely everything! Say it again!

Love Provides Platform

What do I mean by this? Well, have you heard the saying “they don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care?”

You can’t lead, parent, befriend or teach anyone until they feel loved by you. It goes hand in hand with the fact that people won’t do as you say, they’ll do as you do. Practice what you preach. Walk the talk. If Christ IS literally love (1 John 4:8) and we call our selves Christians (Christ-like) then love should be the basis for everything we say and do.

Now does this mean we love to gain platform?

Of course not. If that’s your goal, then you have no idea what love is or how to live it. I’m simply trying to convey that we all have things deep inside of us that we are crazy passionate about and are trying to share with others constantly; whether it be politics, human rights, opinions, insights or anything else. And, the only way to be able to do that without wasting our breath or energy is to make sure it’s secondary to shelling out love and grace like the bubonic plague.

I know I for one don’t care what you have to help me unless I know for a fact your motive is to actually help ME and not yourself. Are you picking up what I’m putting down?

So, how do you do that? Be patient, kind, don’t be jealous of others, or brag about yourself, do not embarrass or insult others, don’t self-promote or lose your cool too easily, don’t keep track of everything people do wrong, don’t rejoice over evil, but always protect, trust, hope and keep on doing what’s right without giving up. (1 Corinthians 13) Consider everyone as better than you without diminishing your own value. (Philippians 2:3) If you do all of that before you ever share what’s on your mind, people will take you seriously and trust you. You’ll always have a platform with them whether they agree with you or not.

Love is Not Tolerance

Love does not mean we passively agree with everyone nor does it mean we turn a blind eye to what we believe with our whole hearts is the wrong actions of someone. It does mean that we approach everyone and everything with the principles of the above paragraph.

Tolerance is defined as the capacity to endure continued subjection to something or someone you don’t agree with. As people living out the principles of the Bible, I believe we are to not tolerate much at all. Hear me out…

If you’re tolerating “something” you don’t agree with, you may be either lazy or a coward. If you don’t agree with something, do something! Whether you’re learning more about the subject yourself so you can form an educated opinion or you’re teaching others whom you have a platform with, take action. Tolerance is inactivity and inactivity is faithless. (James 2:14-17)

If you’re tolerating someone, my guess is it looks something like this…

“ugh…that person. Oh well, I only have to endure an hour or so in the same room with them, I’ll just keep to myself over here doing my thing until this wretched hour is over“

Does tolerating seem Christ-like to you? An article at deliveredbygrace.com says this, “One of the greatest errors of many church members today is the idea that God is perfectly happy with us merely tolerating one another and refusing to love one another in the life of the church.  God’s Word clearly teaches his people to love one another in a way that involves more than tolerance and casual passivity in the hallway of the local church building.” They go on to mention that love requires sacrifice and honors God. Go out of your way to fiercely love others. It will require you sacrificing your comfort and sometimes you may have to suppress your gag reflex. It’s worth it.

Love Tops All

Last but certainly not least, love tops all. 1 Corinthians 13:13 is a good verse to memorize for Valentine’s day. “Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love: but the greatest of these is love. I highly recommend that everyone give yourself a valentine this year and read Bob Goff’s Everybody Always. It will change your life.

Nothing means anything without love. God created the whole universe and the beginning of time and He IS love (John 1:1). That means Love created all things. Love is the purpose, reason and origin of everything. So, what’s love got to do, got to do with it? Absolutely everything!

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Have you ever had to give up something you really didn’t want to? We all have to sacrifice time, money, or something valuable at some point, but have you ever had to make a “major” sacrifice?

How did you feel when you realized you’d have to sacrifice? Was it difficult for you? Was it worth it in the end?

Right now I’m having a hard time sacrificing something very silly…food. My newborn is having digestive issues and we’re not sure if it’s related to my food intake since I’m breastfeeding. The doctor seems to think it’s unrelated to what I’m eating because he thinks the issues are caused by how much he’s eating in a short amount of time.

Since the doctor didn’t seem to think it was food related, I’ve had a hard time staying committed to staying away from certain foods…although I know I should limit those foods just in case.

This is such a sacrifice to me because I love to eat…and am recently learning that I might like it too much.

I mean, why is it so hard to give up food? Or social media? Or TV? Or whatever the struggle may be?

This small sacrifice got me thinking about the real sacrifices shown in the Bible.

Take Abraham, for example. He was called to sacrifice his own son, and was actually going to until God provided a ram in his place. Read the whole story in Genesis 22:1-19.

Talk about a sacrifice. I can’t sacrifice a piece of chocolate but Abraham was going to sacrifice his son!? He’s someone who understands obedience to God and willing to sacrifice to no end.

We do see the opposite in Scripture as well. Remember the story of the rich ruler in Luke 18:18-30? This man thought he had “sacrificed” enough by following God’s commandments when in reality he was unwilling to sacrifice what he needed the most…his possessions. He wasn’t willing to sacrifice his wealth to follow Jesus and that cost him everything.

How can I ever say no to giving up something, whether big or small, for the benefit of someone else, when God was willing to sacrifice everything for us?

It goes without saying that He is the ultimate example of sacrifice in the Bible and all of history. We see the sacrifice in two ways: (1) God the Father sacrificed by giving His only Son for us and (2) Jesus sacrificed His own life by dying for us.

Just as Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son, so was God the Father. But there wasn’t a replacement ram waiting in place for Jesus; nope, He had to be the perfect, spotless sacrifice for us because He is the only One who could be. (Read Hebrews 9-10 to see how He replaced the old animal sacrifices.)

God the Father Sacrificed His own Son for us

Think of the relationship between Jesus and the Father. Perfect love, perfect satisfaction and wholeness. That was all put aside for us. That’s a real sacrifice.

John 3:16- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Romans 8:32- “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” 

1 John 4:10- “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

Jesus shows us the true meaning of sacrifice by giving up His own life for ours.

I can’t say it any better than Paul does in Philippians 2:5-8…”Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Jesus was humble, obedient, and full of love. He didn’t deserve the betrayal, denial, rejection, mocking, spitting, beating, and gruesome death…we did. But He sacrificed His life knowing that we needed Him to. That’s a real sacrifice.

1 John 3:16-  “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.”

Titus 2:14- “who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”

Hebrews 9:26- “For then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.”

So in conclusion, my little food sacrifices are nothing compared to the sacrifice God has given for us. I can certainly give up some food for the sake of my son’s health when God gave the ultimate sacrifice for my salvation, especially when I didn’t deserve it at all. It might seem like a big jump to connect these two but my heart was not in the right place; I was having a hard time sacrificing and since the behavior doesn’t matter as much as the heart, I’m thankful God put my heart back in check. I want to be like Him, willing to sacrifice for others.

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I pray you’re encouraged to make any sacrifices you’re called to for God or for the benefit of others. And remember to “count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4).

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In this post, we are going to look at how to choose a church by looking at 4 unique and biblical components.

So, God has recently opened your heart, or you’ve finally decided to go back to church after a hiatus, or you’re simply curious and have always wondered what church is like and if you might benefit. No matter the reason, you’ve decided to go to church. Now how do you decide which one to go to?

Although, this list of how to choose a church is certainly not the way by any means (I’m not that self-righteous or legalistic – haha). This is simply what I would look for in a church if I were on the hunt. So, if you trust me, let’s go on the hunt for a group of believers that: offers biblical teachings, is outward focused, develops and equips disciples, and feels like family!

A Church that Teaches the Bible and ONLY the Bible

This is important. Of course, you can probably only find this out after attending a few weeks. So, obviously, it’s a process.

How do you know if they teach the bible?

  • Check out their website and see if they state their core beliefs. You’re looking for statements along the lines of “the bible is the ONLY authority” or the “complete and inerrant source”. Basically, you want to know that they teach the bible and nothing but the bible. If they state any other books that they hold up to the Bible as equal in value, that’s a red flag.
  • Check out any podcast or vodcasts on their website and listen to them. Does everything they say glorify God or do they rarely ever mention Him or Jesus? Do they share more of their opinion, teachings from the world, or truth from the Bible?
  • Whether you hear a sermon live or online, match up everything they’re saying to the Bible yourself. Why? Because preachers are human. An occasional mistake in their “relaying of the message” is probably just innocent and you can kindly point it out in an email to them. However, if they’re doing it regularly….red flag! (2 Peter 1:20–21, 1 Timothy 3:16–17)

*side note: even if you’ve been going to a good bible believing church for years, you should ALWAYS study the scriptures yourself after you hear a sermon. (Acts 17:11)

A Church that is Outward Focused

At our church, we have something we call the Code. I believe we may have ripped a big part of it from Craig Groeschel haha. Anyway, one of my favorite parts states, “the church does not exist for us; we are the church and we exist for the world.” If a church is inward focused, how are they accomplishing the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20)?! I once heard someone say “if your church closed its doors tomorrow, would your community even notice?” If you can honestly answer no about a place, then that’s not a good sign, friends!

You’ll know if your church is outward focused through their service in the community, how they’re giving to the community, and by examining the purpose behind their events. If everything seems to be just for the people inside the church, than it is not outward focused.

A Church that Develops and Equips Disciples

What’s the point of church if we’re not helping each other grow? Every single one of us has gifts that need to be used. Every single one of us needs to be learning more about God and growing closer to Him daily. Find out if the church you’re considering is doing this and find out how. Many churches use small groups to disciple. Every church should have a place where you can serve/volunteer that will utilize and develop the unique way God has wired you. If the church you’re considering doesn’t, offer to help them develop it or reconsider. (Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 12; Romans 12:4-8).

Making disciples who make disciples who make disciples is why we’re here on earth. It was the driving force behind the apostle’s ministry and it should be with ours too. God did not mean for us to come to believe and then just sit. We should be growing, investing in others to help them grow, and continue on with that cycle. If it’s not a focus of the church, their not living on mission the way God designed.

A Church that Feels Like Family

One thing my church is known for is making every single person who walks in the door feel like family; feel like they belong. This is vital because if the church is people then where you gather should feel like a safe haven because you’re all there…welcoming each other, excited to see each other, offering a safe refuge from the harsh world and a shoulder to lean on. It really is true that “there’s no place like home”. Don’t let the church you’re a part of be the exception.

If you walk into a certain church building and don’t get greeted for weeks or the same people keep asking your name over and over and over again every time you come, or they keep re-introducing themselves every time they see you as if even if they did happen to forget your name (I mean it happens) they honestly don’t even recognize your face!… that doesn’t sound like home to me.

There are many verses that touch on the being in the “family of God”, here are a few for example:

  • Galatians 6:10
  • 1 Corinthians 12:26
  • Romans 12:5
  • Ephesians 2:19
  • 1 John 3:1-2

Some of the best friendships you will ever have can be formed inside a healthy church. Check out this post here on how you can make friends in a new church.

Well, that’s how I think I’d go about finding a church if I should need to. Anything you would you add? Have you found a good church? Comment below!

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For a couple of years now I’ve seen the statement, “God is within her; She will not fail”. Ah man, does it ever sound lovely; and it gets me all fired up with an explosion of “amens” and “preach its.” Every time I see it, I feel this way and remind myself to someday buy the t-shirt.

I especially felt this way this last week when I saw it again as it seems very timely. Now, that we’ve started a new year, I have many new and exciting opportunities that lie before me. However, new and exciting opportunities, for me, have always been accompanied by a good dose of anxiety as anxiety seems to be my life long battle.

Last year, in August, I published my first book. It was exciting and very scary. I was shocked and thrilled that God would use my words to share with others. However, it’s terrifying for the whole world to have access to my personal thoughts! With the launch of my book came new opportunities; people began asking me to come speak at their events. All of these events would happen in 2019. Up until last week, I kept my anxiety at bay by reminding myself 2019 was so far away and I’ve plenty of time to prepare for these new and fun endeavors. However, 2019 is now here and the shakes are coming on; the nerves are on high alert. So, when I read once again as I had so many times before that “God is within her; she will not fail” it washed over me like cool peace in the midst of hot anxiety.

But then, it dawned on me….”is that even biblical? In all my study of scripture, I don’t ever remember reading that!” So, I looked it up. Psalms 46:5 contains it:

God is within her, she will not fall. God will help her at break of day.”

Okay, okay…so, it’s in there…but is the way we’re spouting it about biblical? The only way to find out, is to read it in context. So, I read the whole Psalm:

1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 through its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.

6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.

10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Yay! It’s biblical!….almost! This verse is not just meant for women and little girls but for the whole church! It’s talking about His people and how He brings them strength and joy. It’s meant for all who are a part of the family of God. AND….did you catch it earlier, like I did? It doesn’t actually say that she (or we the church) won’t fail but that we won’t fall. 

I was so glad the Holy Spirit led me to pursue this passage because it gave me more Holy Spirit power when reading it in it’s entirety AND in context than the simple phrase I’ve been seeing all over social media ever did!

Let’s devour some of these juicy nuggets as I paraphrase the whole psalm in my own words:

God IS our refuge, strength and constant help in trouble (watch out anxiety!) Though my entire world be turned upside down by trouble or grief, He makes me(all of us) glad! God is within me (us) and I (we) won’t fall (we may fail but we’ll get back up again). He helps us at the break of day (2019 for me, remember? It’s here! Ah!) No matter what happens, He rules. He is with us and is our safe place (in the midst of anxiety) Remember what He’s done so far (I mean He made me an AUTHOR for Pete’s sake! What has he done for you?) REST…and know who He is. He will always reign and be praised. He’s with us. He’s our safe place.

Check out this post here on How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution.

People, people, people….whatever 2019 is bringing your way, God is within YOU; you will not fall. He will help you at break of day. Can I get an Amen?!

A couple of things:
  • I love inspirational quotes from the internet; especially those that seem scriptural. But, let’s make sure everything we live by IS in fact, biblical. Is it wrong to be inspired by innocent sayings? No, but boy, is the REAL thing with its ACTUAL intention so much better! Am I right? Will I still buy the t-shirt? Probably…but now it means so much more!
  • Pray for me this year as I continue to follow Him.
  • How can I pray for you? Comment below.

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