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Embrace the Awkward!

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Please follow and like us: 3“Embrace the Awkward” is a common saying in the S&P Noel household. Our human nature is usually resistant to things that make us feel awkward. It’s why public speaking was rated as the number one fear of American people in a 2015 study. People avoid awkward situations, confrontation and conflict because they make them feel uncomfortable. We like to be comfortable, warm, cozy, and have things according to our personal preferences. Well, life happens and honestly our personal preferences are generally just that, personal. I have never met anyone who loves confrontation or conflict, I do know people who put their feelings aside and say and do what needs to be said and done. If we want other people in our lives, if we want to influence and help others, if we want to parent successfully, if we want to change the world, we must learn to embrace the awkward. On the Christian side we must get over feeling awkward and not talking to people about Jesus and what He has done for us and what He wants to do for them. It helps me when I think of the horribly awkward situations Jesus put Himself in. Turning…
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The Forgotten Fruit-KINDNESS

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Please follow and like us: 3KINDNESS-The Forgotten Fruit     For the last month or so God has been talking to me about the different fruits of the Spirit. You know the fruits us Christian’s should be producing to change the world. God kept nudging me about KINDNESS. I did what I knew to do; prayed, started working on being kinder to people, checked my kindness walk and listened for the Holy Spirit. Within a week’s time three different people, not knowing my recent God talks, mentioned KINDNESS to me. One person said she was making a conscious effort on being kind as it was not something she had shown much of in her life. Another person, who works in the service industry, was talking with me about how rude and demanding Christians can be, she did not mention names but said “pastors would be shocked at how some of their people behave out in the world.” When another frustrated person shared about someone they’d gone to church with for years being unkind, and frankly rude, I got the nudge from the Holy Spirit loud and clear that this was not just for me. I still wrestled writing anything as…
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How to be respected (Husbands)

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Please follow and like us: 3Husbands, Do you desire your wife to respect you? Then we must do as God commanded and show love to our wives. The excuse is often used that if she were to respect me then I would be glad to show her the love she desires. The problem is that she is expecting the same and saying if he would show me the love I need then I would respect him. Therefore, in order to put an end to this continual emotional chaos, someone needs to be mature enough to take the high road. Why not make the first move as I am sure we all did when we wanted her hand in marriage? Ephesians 5 New International Version (NIV) 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become  one flesh.”[c] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. For starters, set aside time every day to hear about your wife’s day, look her in the eye and…
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Watch Out!!!

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Please follow and like us: 3*****After Pastor Eric’s sermon Friday night and my husband’s loving rebuke for not obeying God quickly I am finishing up this blog today. When P Eric started his sermon with “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees” Stuart, my husband, gave me a gentle elbow to the ribs and an eyebrow raise. Yes, I’m working on being QUICK to obey. Jesus told us to watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees. Because a little yeast can infect a whole loaf. What is the yeast of the Pharisees? Jesus, in Mark and Matthew, compares yeast to; arguing, questioning, complaining, manipulating and to deception. How the Pharisees would twist what He said;  they would ignore the miracles He was doing,  the Pharisees were questioning, critical and looking for fault in everything Jesus was doing and saying. We see the same yeast in our churches and work places today. People question the pastors or their leaders, they question the sermon or office policies, they twist the messages or instructions, they fault find the leadership and they’re critical of everything and anything. I’m not saying don’t question but take those questions to the one you are questioning,…
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Who is using Social Media

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Please follow and like us: 3Could it be that there are about 4 different kinds of people using social media today. 1) The weak who are just looking for a strong friend to come along side them and help them learn to be strong. These are the ones that we hear the cries of hurt and terror, but yet it is so hard to discern because they are pointing the finger at someone else instead of just being transparent and admitting that they are scared. 2) Then there are the wicked who are constantly tearing others down and lifting themselves up. Sadly they end up living a life of bondage and never finding real freedom. The Freedom that can only be found in our Lord and King, Jesus. Contrary to the intentions of the wicked, the one they are speaking poorly of continues to live free. The worst of this is the cowardly approach taken; instead of boldly confronting the one they are upset at, they cower behind a phone or computer and blast it out for everyone to see. Oh and then we see the other wicked hearts join in singing the same chorus…YUCK Matthew 15:11 10 After Jesus called the crowd to…
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July 23 Website ReDesign

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Please follow and like us: 3Please be aware that this Saturday, July 23, Seevertical.com will be down for maintenance.

Make the Switch!

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Please follow and like us: 3We have something inside of us that’s either a “glass half empty or a glass half full” outlook. However, it’s just a switch, so if you want to change it you most certainly can. I was raised in a home filled with sarcasm, criticism, and fault finding. There was not choosing battles, it was every battle. About 10 years ago my mentor and pastor/friend said to me “Patty you need to stop looking at what’s wrong with your husband and start looking at what’s right.” That was one of the things that changed the course of a very unhappy marriage. Something I started doing was writing on my bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker what I wanted to change so I wrote in big bold letters SPEAK LIFE and LOOK FOR THE GOOD. I didn’t get it right immediately and on a rare occasion can still fall back into that old pattern. Now, I quickly flip the switch back and start telling my husband how amazing he is, he’s a good tree (a post for another day-but roughly meaning to be planted next to), he works hard, he loves his children, is a generous man,…
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Building Healthy Family Relationships

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Please follow and like us: 3What does a truly healthy family look like? I believe building healthy family relationships requires us to first become united. Husbands and wives must show one another respect and respect their children. I think it is often difficult to do this and be the boss at the same time since respect calls for us to be humble and think of others better than ourselves. With that being said, maybe a good starting point is to not come across with the my way or the highway attitude, instead let it be known that every action comes with consequences either good or bad. If my child chooses to disobey, then they need to know that there will be negative consequences and it will not cause me upset, it will only affect them. Their behavior is not my problem, it is theirs and they need to take responsibility for their action and the only way for that to happen is for consequences to occur. In our house, my wife and I own everything in the house, if the children do what is right then they have access to everything and we continue to bless them, however if they choose…
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Framework of Perception

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Please follow and like us: 3“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are” – Talmud This last week I ran into a friend from church who is a Stress Management Therapist. She mentioned working with Wounded Warriors struggling with PTSD using a therapeutic practice called “Framework Perception”.  Framework Perception is a method that challenges others to change their perception of a situation/event in order to change their attitudes and beliefs. As a military wife with a husband that has been working for years with soldiers, we have seen firsthand that perception is truly an issue. As a servant of God, wife, mom and all the other hats I wear, I can apply this approach to every area of life; home, work, church, gym, battlefields, etc. Just because it’s your perception does not mean its truth. Judge a tree by its fruit. I read so many blogs that are perception based and are not necessarily factual or the complete truth.  As our perceptions can be based on feelings more than facts, sometimes those feelings are hurt or offended feelings that cause the author’s perception to become extremely distorted. As I get to be the author of this…
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Hunger and Thirst

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Please follow and like us: 3What do you hunger and thirst for? I think we all know what the religious answer is to this: For God, For Jesus, For Righteousness. So if this is the case then why is it being said that this generation (young adults and youth) do not have the attention span to sit through an hour or longer sermon? Would this also mean that they are unable to read their bible and pray for an hour or more? This does not compute or seem scriptural to me, since Deuteronomy 6:5 says “Love the Lord Your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength”. Don’t get offended and quit reading yet, let me explain. It would seem to me that if I cannot wait to go do something else when I am listening to a sermon, then I am loving something else more than I am loving God. If I cannot wait to get done with my religious duty of praying and reading the word then I am not very in love with the Lord my God. How about if the board members of a church get together and tell…
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