The Brain, Habits, Life Hacks

Quick Mike Bickle Quote

…one of the most common temptations is to draw back from pressing in hard after God. I am not referring to being tempted to quit the faith but of being tempted to quit pressing in hard after Jesus and to just “coast” spiritually for a few years. The Spirit inspires us to recommit again and again to live in wholeheartedness and to never let go of our vision to walk in the fullness of God in our lives.

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Make the Most Of Prayer – Reading “Growing in Prayer” by Mike Bickle

I’ve begun a 10 month discipleship program, designed for me to learn more about following God’s plan for me so that I can grow as a person, pray more powerfully, and help others more effectively.

One of our first assignments is to read “Growing in Prayer” by Mike Bickle. I highly recommend the book for anyone wether you’ve never prayed a word in your life and need to take a first baby step, or whether you consider yourself an absolute prayer warrior.

How can one book cover so much ground? Well let me give you an idea by telling you about Mike Bickle. In the book he tells about one of his first big dives into the prayer life; as a freshman in college he decided to accept a challenge to pray for an hour every day,  and

he soon announced to his roommates that he would pray from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. every single night

(what he soon begin to refer to as “the hour of death”, and if you’ve ever tried to pray for an hour straight, especially the first time, you know why!).

Fast forward many years and Bickel is now the head of the International House of Prayer, a church where 24/7 prayer has not ceased for decades now, night and day every day of the year.

What came in between is what Bickel calls the transformation of his prayer life “from duty to delight”.

I’ve only just started the book and it’s already taking me deep into the world of prayer, but I really wanted to share one quote from what little I’ve read so far. Let this sit with you today:

“By praying we can both release God’s blessing in greater measure and cut off the work of the enemy, who seeks to devour our finances, break our bodies, ruin our relationships, oppress our hearts, and destroy our families. Through prayer we can hinder his destruction in our lives. God opens doors of blessing and closes doors of oppression in response to prayer.”

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Parenting, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Christmas, and The Traditional Proclamation of Shenanigans

Here’s one one that may file me firmly in the nerd/geek category as a dad:

Tonight, Christmas eve, with the tots all tucked in, my wife and I were wrapping some final gifts for the kids. As I grabbed the last one for my 4 year old son, I examined the packaging. 

It is a “Code-a-Pillar”, a popular new STEM toy that helps kids learn the basic concept behind computer programming code. It is a caterpillar with different segments you can attach behind the head, and depending on the order you put the segments in, it will wiggle across the floor differently. For example, you may start with a straight segment and then a right turn segment, so it would drive first straight then right. If you started with the left turn segment he would turn left first instead. So by the order you build him in you “code” his actions and solve problems (like getting around an obstacle).

As I read the packaging, it rightly advertised “learn and play”, “problem solving” and “think critically”. But then the nerd-siren began to sound. I read “8 different segments, unlimited combinations”. I immediately grabbed my green broom and headed to the village square to begin the customary proceedings of declaring a right and proper shenanigans.

I (smuggly) announced to my wife that at most it would be 8 factorial combinations, and even though it was 2 am and I had just driven for over 3 hours on pure ice after a long day of Christmas celebrations, I began to do the math in my rapidly fading mind. After missing the 40,320 answer by about 2000 ( in multipling 1680 by 4, I forgot that last pesky 30 x 4 and hit 6600…duh), I realized that I had wrapped it before even checking for duplicate segments which would have reduced the possible combinations even further.

That didn’t stop me from explaining to my wife (poor, patient woman) that 38k (wrong 40k) was not the same as “endless”. She rightly pointed out to me that to a 4 year old, with the attention span of a hummingbird’s heartbeat, it might as well be endless. 

I began to complain about a STEM toy claiming to teach math and the like, and was about to righteously be disappointed that I would miss out on teaching my son what the fun “8!” on the box meant. Then I remembered how difficult it was yesterday explaining 6/2 and 1-4 even using blocks to count. I started to imagine explaining combinatorics and the concept of multiplication, let alone factorial…we don’t have quite that many blocks.

As a last resort for being right, I noted the 3 to 6 age range of the toy and started to figure whether a very advanced 6 year old could understand my complaint, and well, let’s hope this Code-a-Pillar is REALLY effective at teaching some math.

The 2016 Challenge: Will You Join Us?

January is coming up…which means it is {GOAL-SETTING} time!! Have you made your goals yet? Let’s aim to be the healthiest that we can be in the new year! This includes setting long- and short-term goals physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally and financially. I found something that helps me in all these areas at the same time…PLEXUS! I know it can and will help you, too! ‪#‎askmehow‬ ‪#‎dontjustwatchmejoinme‬ ‪#‎feeltheenergy‬
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9th Day of Plexus: Plexus 96!

I am SO guilty of being out and about close to lunch time, getting hungry and jumping right in to a convenient drive-thru for fast food. Anybody else?! Plexus has a wonderful alternative, call P96, a perfect protein snack on-the-go. P96 is made with high-quality grass-fed whey protein isolate and concentrate to help build lean muscle and to fuel the body’s needs. It also contains more than 20 vitamins and minerals for optimal nutrition as well as necessary amino acids for proper brain, muscle and energy function. Because of these ingredients, P96 helps to curb cravings and hunger as well as maintaining optimal blood glucose levels. It’s delicious and there are so many great recipes to use to have a different shake every time! Perfect for an active lifestyle.
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3rd Day of Plexus: BioCleanse!

Because of our modern lifestyle, most of our bodies are burdened with toxic waste and sluggish metabolisms. The buildup of toxic wastes within our bodies creates an environment for viruses, bacteria and fungi to thrive in. BioCleanse is specially formulated with a Magnesium Oxide compound with Oxygen enhancement and Vitamin C with bioflavonoids. These natural ingredients oxygenate and energize your body while detoxifying and cleansing wastes, pathogens and plaque in the gastrointestinal tract, colon, arteries, blood, etc.
The benefits of magnesium are amazing! Magnesium may help with migraines, chronic fatigue, restless leg syndrome, insomnia, constipation, bloating, anxiety, ADHD, insulin resistance, muscle cramps, asthma, fibromyalgia, and MORE!
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