Author: Romey Ritter

Our lazy brain

It takes work to keep our thinking where it should be. A lot of work and most of us don’t like this kind of work. It’s easier to plod through life not thinking about our thinking. It’s almost as if thinking about our thinking hurts our brain. The truth is thinking about our thinking with the purpose of being deliberate uses up a heck of a lot of energy; caloric energy. Our brain is quite a greedy organ and just like going for a run, or riding a bike, our brain burns alot of calories, but our brain doesn’t...

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Encouragement is like oxygen

Have you ever noticed how a person responds to encouragement?  Real encouragement, not fluff, or smarmy flattery.  Encouragement that is an accurate assessment of something a person has done well can provide all the impetus for them to keep reaching higher, doing more, and achieving a greater level of excellence. Many years ago I determined to become a great encourager of people and I have watched it lift burdens off people as they get renewed energy in their God purpose. Their attachment to church strengthens and they start to value their relationship with Jesus more than anything else in...

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Tracks in your mind

The first time a car drives down a snow covered road it moves slowly and carefully and it creates a track. The next car will very likely follow the track made by the first car, it’s easier to navigate than attempting to create a new one. The third car will quickly find the track and travel down it. As the track becomes more obvious, eventually, every car follows. The ease and pace of travel down that track increases with each car pass, and the track gets a little deeper and wider. Once on the track a car will have...

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Utterly Useless

My prime motivator in life is Jesus.  He is at the center of who I am.  I have firmly placed Him there.  I was created to be in relationship with Him.  He is the first purpose of my existence and where all other purposes find their meaning.  Without my relationship with Jesus any other purpose for my life would be utterly useless. He gives meaning and value to my life.  He is the author and finisher of it, Hebrews 12:2. In my everyday moments, big and small, important and even the mundane, I am aware of His presence and...

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Push through

Why does God seem to come through right at the last minute?  He seems to like to bring the answer, or miracle, or whatever we are believing for right at the last minute.  Some call this the eleventh hour. It seems like some of the biggest prayers I have prayed, or the biggest needs I have had, and even some of the greatest pain I have experienced have been times when God seems to be taking His time; yet He shows up in the eleventh hour. I will also say some of the greatest sacrifice—those moments of obedience you...

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Heaven waits with baited breath

Every time I open my mouth and talk about Jesus I am confident that heaven is waiting in anticipation as the words coming out of my mouth are living and active and will put faith into a persons heart, Ephesians 4:12. Even the smallest invitation to church or simply saying Jesus loves you just as you are, is a seed that goes into a heart that God will cause to grow, Mark 4:26 and 1Corithnians 3:6. If I am faithful to open my mouth and talk about Jesus, God will do the work in the person’s heart. I don’t have to...

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Up a mountain on the edge of a desert

What are some of the seemingly crazy things God has asked of you? Or what are some of the crazy things a leader has asked of you? Things that don’t make sense, seem a little strange, obscure even. I’m not talking about immoral or unethical things, just things that don’t fit your thinking, or limited perspective. What do you do? Some people rationalize away those requests; after all, they’re strange.  Some get other people’s opinions to garner support for their own reasons as to why the request is crazy, so they can justify not following through, or to present...

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Street Walker

I am a street walker. In 1986 I was 16 years old and I came across some bible verses that spoke to me about how I should pray for the town I lived in. Deuteronomy 11:24, Every place where you set your foot will be yours… Joshua 1:3, Every place where you set your foot will be yours… I was in grade ten at school when I came across those verses and they just went around and around in my heart and my thinking. I knew the verses where speaking about territory and I knew that God wanted to...

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Want to go to heaven?

You are not alone. Everyone wants to go to heaven. People may not tell you that. They may not even be honest with themselves about it, but no one wants the only other option—Hell. We get busy with life and it becomes easy to avoid having to think about our future. So there are very few conversations going on about heaven, either with our selves, with our friends and even sometimes in our churches, but it is something most people think about. People avoid talking about heaven because that usually means talking about hell. That raises the question of...

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Objects of affection

My kids are the objects of my affection. Very often I stop what I am doing just to watch them. I love to watch them play and giggle and enjoy life. I feel myself fall more in love with them and I appreciate them more everyday. Sometimes my heart will skip a beat as I feel it swell full of love for them. I watch them a lot. Most of the time they are unaware I am watching them. Occasionally, one of them may look up and catch me watching and throw a loving smile my way, then immediately get...

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