“I’m slowly learning how to adjust my lens and settings on my camera of life as things change like seasons so that I can clearly see the different colors, texture, shapes, and sizes to live God’s wonderful lifestyle on this Green Earth.”~ Jon Barnes
“I speak to kids, teens, and adults all the time about the joys of teaching, composing, recording, marriage, ethics and working hard to do your best in every relationship, friendship, and project, as if God is your Mentor, smiling at you!” ~ Jon Barnes
The Best Times
Victory by God’s Grace
Remembering the Gold Calf
“Respecting God is a measure of quality you place on your personal relationship, walk, faith, work, and love for your Father God!” ~ Jon Barnes
Ten Commandments for the Covenant Community
“In order to receive a message, thought, or idea from God, you must be willing to hear, listen, do, and consistently perform the entire duties of His plan for your life, which will be communicated through your life’s story.” ~ Jon Barnes
Towns for the Levites
Cities of Refuge
“Keep your eyes on your own paper, allowing others to accomplish their tasks while you’re completing yours”
We each have different assignments, of which we all must learn how to do on our own accord. Study your assignments wholeheartedly, preparing for your best work as if God was sitting next to you. There is a great sense of satisfaction when you do your best leaving all of the good work on the table. While helping your neighbor is an important part of life, we must allow each person to study their assignment, lest we deprive them of mastering their work, while also hindering our progress on our own tasks. Fortunately God provides us many tools and resources that we all can study from.
God is a savvy teacher, ensuring that our work is uniquely specific to each individual. Your test will look different than those around you, which is why we all must study for our own exam. Knowing the answers to your neighbor’s test will do you no good as your answers are from your personal homework. So keep your eyes focused on your own paper so that you can ace your exam.
Question of the day
Did you study your personal assignment to have the right answers to your test?
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The Water of Cleansing
“Whatever you struggle with, don’t be surprised if it’s your test to get to the next level” ~Taryn Barnes
I haven’t been on this Earth very long, but I can say without a doubt that God has a very funny sense of humor. Yesterday, I talked about forgiveness and that it was something I was working on. Sure enough, only hours later, I was placed in a situation where my forgiveness levels were put to the test.
God put me smack dab in the room with the person I was struggling to forgive! At first, I was very upset at the situation. I didn’t want to be there and I didn’t want to deal with it. That said, in a very glaring way, I realized that I was being tested on how I’d react in the situation. I’m glad to say that I didn’t and I kept my cool. However, the night did leave a bad taste in my mouth, leaving me to struggle with it this very morning.
I had to admit that I was being legalistic about forgiveness. You see, just because you may be “right” in the eyes of man doesn’t mean that you’re “right” in the eyes of God. I could sit and be angry, or I can have peace and let God deal with the matters at hand. So I say, whatever turmoil, anguish, or problems you’re dealing with– whether situationally or relationally– let them go. It’s not about the other person or the problem. The truth is, the longer we dwell on the situation, the longer we rob ourselves of our joy, ultimately deterring our blessing for passing the test.
Lastly, when it comes to forgiving someone, it’s never about them. You choose to forgive because it’s the right thing to do. That other person/party involved does not have to be on board or even acknowledge their transgressions, you just forgive and move on anyway. It’s not always a walk in the park, but the peace and the close relationship you build with God is all the more worth it.
Question of the day
Are you deterring blessings by holding on to unforgiveness?
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Duties of Priests and Levites
Offerings for Priests and Levites