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Kyle Negrete  I ruffle feathers

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What happens when you get everything you want and your wildest dreams start coming true? What happens when your relationships are connected and fruitful? What happens when you don't have to reach or fight or fix? Do you know how to enjoy peace? You forerunners, it's easy to get antsy and restless when you find purpose in pushing the envelope and charging into new territory and you hit a pocket of rest. What happens when you don't have a mountain to climb, a direction to oppose, a new path to make? You leaders, it's easy to feel anxious and aimless when you find purpose in influencing the masses and you come to the destination of a journey. What happens when everyone is in line and things are flowing well? What happens when people have gone to where you led?
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You fathers and mothers, what happens when your kids grow up and no longer need your careful oversight? You teachers, what happens when the lesson is learned and your students graduate? You counselors, what happens when your clients take your advice and actualize your insight? You children of God, what if there was nothing left for you to do in the day but enjoy the Father's house? What happens when all the chores are done? What do you do with achieving the goal? Can you recognize that it's time to rest? Can you take pleasure in the peace? Can you stomach the tranquility? What is all of this work for? What is the aim of your efforts? Isn't the ability to enjoy the fruit a vital part of living? What do you do if you suck at living and you can't appreciate when it's time to stop? The King is a delight and He is to be treasured. Let your powers of appreciation be exercised when striving ceases and it's time to settle in the arms of the King. What was all of this effort for?
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Him.
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Enjoy.

Resurrection Sunday with my family.

The Silence Between // Promise & Fulfillment
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We reflect on Good Friday and celebrate on Resurrection Sunday - both for good reason. Humanity was restored once and for all. Death was defeated. But the silence felt on that Saturday over 2,000 years ago is meaningful too. We can't forget Saturday.
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Think about it. All of the commotion of the crowds during Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. The entire city throwing palms at His feet one week - to shouting "crucify Him, crucify Him" the next. Both events were filled with noise and motion. One was filled with reverence and the other was marked by hatred. But in between the crucifixion and the resurrection, there was nothing but silence.
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Jesus was silent. God was silent. The tomb stood still as Jesus' earthly body lay dead. Tomorrow, the Resurrection message will storm every pulpit, but we can't ignore Saturday. Why? Because we all have them, too.
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Silent Saturdays live in the days between the struggle and the solution, the question and the answer and the promise and the fulfillment.
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For humanity, this is a great reminder that just because God may seem to be silent in your life, He is far from ABSENT. For on the third day, heaven intervened. The prophecies fulfilled. A new era had begun. Jesus had arrived and ascended into heaven to be seated at the right hand of the Father.
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Maybe this Easter we can embrace our silent Saturdays and respond like the one who endured ultimate silence on our behalf, "Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming." James 5:7

BONDYE W FIDÈL (God You're Faithful)
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Tonight reminded me of the radical faithfulness and obedience of Jesus' journey to Calvary.

The darkness in this world is ugly and deep. It doesn't take a keen eye to notice or a wise heart to recognize. Observe the carnage, feel the devastation , let it hit you. Grieve. Embrace the sadness of the injustice and breakdown. Then get up. Don't wallow with the hurting, that will not help. Don't point a finger at the devourer, that won't change anything. Let the searing pain motivate you to find the light and the ignorance spur you to find the answer. We don't need more commentators or opinions. We need Love Himself.

Facing ugliness in yourself isn't as hard as it may seem. The threats only come from fear and shame, who are both liars. Once you allow their accusations to hit your character and see if what they promised came true, only then will you discover that they didn't and that you're more than they said. Surrender your poverty stricken identity and step into your ugly. Confronting it for what it is quiets the voice of the haters. You are more than you think.
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When you can love who you are after seeing the grimy underside of your uncivilized pains and pride, you don't need other people to love the fake version you created to help them accept you. Stop inventing a self that everyone admires and nobody knows. Accepting yourself allows others to accept you too. Stop running. Come out of hiding. Adam and Eve are no longer your role models. Stop pretending. Admit to your ugly and begin the journey into real love. The true Eden. Love makes ugly flee.

Dreams knock from the inside. They carry whispers and secrets. You don't find them in your phone or on the Internet, they're not on Instagram or Facebook, they're not in the woods or the mountains, dreams exist first in the heart. If we don't find the courage and take the time to look for them, we will pass them by, preventing some of the greatest contributions we have for the world. They are in our whims and fleeting thoughts, they hang around our day dreaming and they dance in our leisure (as evident in the Nae Nae above). Do not wait for them, hunt them down. Get on the prowl, track them down and make them yours. It takes courage to admit what you see on the inside. It takes love to embrace it and courage to nurture them to life. It's not your labor but your delight that will impact the world. Your greatest legacy is folded in your deepest playfulness.

Do you remember a time in your life when you would take the truth at any cost? When did the truth become a commodity that was negotiable? When left unattended, we have a tendency to creep into comfortable redundancy. We trade riding on the wind for the assurance of tomorrow. We exchange chasing the sunset for predictable routine. You are not built to tend to your safety. You are built to take risks, to rise above the distractions and reign. It's time to put everything on the line again. It's time to shake off the dust and believe. It's time to give wholeheartedness a shot. It's time to live. Don't reduce your days to managing and acquiring more stuff, you are more than you can amass. It's time to be all-in. Slide everything you hold dear to the center of the table. Cast your lot. Don't avoid calamity. Chase what you dream. This is your life, after all. Do what only you can: LIVE.

Sometimes you're the best solution. Sometimes things won't get better until you step in and fill the need. False humility will never allow you the confidence to step into the place of volunteering your powers for the need. If you fake being humble, you will have to wait for someone else to appoint you to a task or role. False humility has no power or backbone. True humility has discerning eyes and can speak the truth without hesitation because the heart is in right relationship with reality. When humility runs in your veins, you can identify when someone is the person of the hour, even if that someone is you.
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Humility aims to serve and bless. It doesn't overlook its host in the search for the fitting of a hero. Truly humble people are sometimes acting in accordance with the spirit of humility when they step into the spotlight even when they know people are going to misunderstand them or condemn their motives. The true test of humility isn't just how low you can go. Sometimes the true test is how high you can go. Because humility is trusting in the merit of Jesus rather than one's own. The humble would have no problem stepping into what God is asking of them. It's the imposter that hesitates to pick up the assignment of God, be it washing feet or ruling the world. You may very well be the best choice, embrace humility and offer yourself.

"Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?"
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"YouTube and Netflix make me feel like I'm not alone. Facebook and Instagram portray a better world than my own."
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The problem for the queen is that mirrors can be deceiving. We ask them to show us the truth, but mirrors can only show us what we already believe. The insecurities, the fears, the selfishness, the ugliness, the hope, the freedom, the power and the love. These are all merely present in the reflection. Mirrors can be dangerous, for they reveal what we cannot see on our own. Mirrors can also be powerful, for they can show us how beautiful we're capable of believing we are. They are handy tools, but deadly masters.
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Don't look for answers in the mirror, look for evidence.

Life happens in cycles, in seasons. This is a fact, we can't get around it. The wisdom of God empowers us not to fight this but to embrace it. With seasons comes work. You sow and reap, you give and receive.
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In these seasons there is a time where you sow. Sometimes you're not even doing it on purpose, you're just living your life, but it's happening and God is tending your efforts. But sowing looks like going after the work in front of you, it looks like diligence, it looks consistency and it looks like calloused hands after a long day's work.
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Pay attention to what I'm about to say: it can sometimes feel like losing. It feels like you are hidden. Unseen. It's so easy for that to translate into: "I'm not important, I'm not valuable, I'm not going anywhere with my life, I'm wasting my time, I'm failing." But that is not true. Hold fast to what God has given you and pour your heart into it. Be the best there is at what you've been given to steward. As you plug along and take care of business, harvest time hits and you get to win. It feels great. You're triumphant. The truth is, in both sowing and reaping, you win. It's just easier to believe you're winning when you can see it and feel it and others do too. But we walk by faith, not by sight. Enjoy your time of sowing. What a blessing that God has given you the power to invest in your labor with Him. Stop trying to produce what only our Gardener can give. Keep it up. You got this!

Need is a powerful gift. Need is actually an invitation to celebrate our interdependence as a member of a family. It's an opportunity for us to receive from others in a felt, fulfilling way. Need is only inconvenient when love is absent. Need is only seen as weakness when pride is present. Need is a manifestation of our nature for dependence on others to fully live. Need should not be frowned upon or disgraced, it should be celebrated and embraced and met.
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To all my women in the place with style and grace, you are NEEDED. Rise up. Your voice matters.
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Yes, that means you.
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#InternationalWomensDay

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