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For the past 2 weeks  the Olympics has dominated our TV viewing time.  Ice skating, skiing, curling (it is actually a favorite of ours…) you name it, we watch it.  And as our Olympic binge watching is coming to an end, I will miss the unity it seemed to bring to us all.  In the United States, I love how suddenly it seems we all band together to root on the “home team.”  You could be a complete stranger, but watching any Olympic event at a local restaurant together can instantly bond you.  And what about pride for our nation? It seems to soar as we watch fellow Americans compete for a medal. 

Just a thought…  What if we swapped out Olympics for God for a second?  What would our lives or nation look like if we all banned together to praise God? 

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
Psalm 133:1 NIV

Or what if we were to chat about Jesus to complete strangers? 

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation." Mark 16:15 NIV

What if our joy for God was so overflowing that we almost were bursting thinking about the amazing things he has done and is doing?  And even outwardly cheering about Him? 

Praise the Lord, all people on earth, praise his glory and might. 
1 Chronicles 16:28 GNT

I mean, sure, watching someone land a quadruple lutz is pretty amazing, but God created this whole planet and everything on it. That definitely deserves some cheering.

For my family, there is a sense of comfort knowing that anytime of the day we could turn on the TV and watch the Olympics.  While I will miss that, I am comforted in knowing that God is always there and always will be. 

Lorie Richards
Multi-Media Coordinator
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I must have rewritten this blog about five times by now.  All on different topics, all things that are going on in my life or the world around us.  But none of them felt right…..

So instead, this is probably going to be the shortest blog ever.  Why?  Because I am in a season right now where I feel God is calling me to slow down, relax, rest in Him.  And I can’t help but wonder if this is something we could all benefit from, especially with the holidays quickly approaching.  So instead of listening to me ramble on about something I think you might like to hear, how about instead we take several moments together and just be, be in God’s presence, forgetting all we have to do, or who to be, just focusing on Him and the amazing love He has given to all of us. 

I’m serious… 5 minutes, put your electronic device down… (and here are some things to focus on if needed):

-Focus just on breathing, thank God that you are breathing and that he continues to give you breath.

-Focus on the amazing job God did with creation, the world around us is lovely and often times can be forgotten because of so many distractions in our daily lives.

-Focus on the many blessings in your life, we all can find an abundance of wonderful things going on in our lives, if we take time to  look for them. 

Matthew 11:28-30
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”  (MSG)

Lorie Richards
Multi-Media Coordinator

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