Take Up Your Mat sprang up at an event in Dallas, when four women brought four distinct messages about the woman at the well. It served as an exciting reminder that our God is multifaceted and reveals aspects of Himself to each of us. The more we share, the more we perceive of His nature. We grow closer to Him and each other. Of course the Triune God, the ultimate community, would reveal Himself in community! Each of us has a unique Spirit-given perspective of Scripture. Sharing personal revelation renews our love for the Living Word and spurs revival in our soul!
We become comfortable with Scripture and what we think we know. We become complacent with our place by the pool. This podcast is a celebration of our Lord as revealed through Biblical text. The prayer of Take Up Your Mat is a fresh word for all. May this podcast serves as a reminder to all of us that it’s time to get up!
A New Way To Love / John 13:34-35
34 I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another.35 By this shall all (men) know that you are My disciples, if you love one another (if you keep on showing love among yourselves).John 13:34-35 Amplified Bible
34 So I give you a new command: Love each other deeply and fully. Remember the ways that I have loved you, and demonstrate your love for others in those same ways. 35 Everyone will know you as My followers if you demonstrate your love to others.John 13:34-35 The Voice
Eternity NOW! Ecclesiastes 3:11 w/ Lea Benson
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV
9-13 But in the end, does it really make a difference what anyone does? I’ve had a good look at what God has given us to do—busywork, mostly. True, God made everything beautiful in itself and in its time—but he’s left us in the dark, so we can never know what God is up to, whether he’s coming or going. I’ve decided that there’s nothing better to do than go ahead and have a good time and get the most we can out of life. That’s it—eat, drink, and make the most of your job. It’s God’s gift.Ecclesiastes 3: 9-13 The Message
11 He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity (a sense of divine purpose) in the human heart (a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God)—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end.Ecc 3:11 The Amplified Bible
11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.Ecc 3:11 NLT
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Lea Benson serves as COO of Holy Yoga Global. Benson has more than 30 years of hands-on experience working with public and private entities, with a strong background in leadership and business. Lea is a passionate visionary and respected leader who has delivered breakthrough solutions that have grown organizations, built strong alliances, and united diverse constituencies. With a keen understanding of competitive and economic issues, she is wholeheartedly committed to helping the Holy Yoga Global flourish and thrive. During Benson’s relaxation time, she serves on nonprofit Boards, mentors victims of child sex trafficking, hosts international students in her home, and enjoys time with her two sons.
“. . . hell is wanting to be somewhere different from where you are. Being one place and wanting to be somewhere else . . . . Wanting life to be different from what it is. That's also called leaving without leaving. Dying before you die. It's as if there is a part of you that so rails against being shattered by love that you shatter yourself first. (p. 44)Geneen Roth, Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything
New Pathways Philippians 1:6
6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.Philippians 1:6 NLT
6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work among you will complete it by the day of Christ Jesus.Philippians 1:6 NASB
Melanie Romano is a (R-HYI 225) and (RYT 200) certified yoga instructor, also certified in Chair yoga, Yin yoga and Touch & Assist training. In the studio, she loves challenging herself with unique flows and new balance poses. When she's not in the studio, you can find her in the sun - relaxing on the beach or boating out on the water!
Because Scripture IS Scotchgard - James 1:27
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.James 1:27 NIV
True spirituality that is pure in the eyes of our Father God is to make a difference in the lives of the orphans, and widows in their troubles, and to refuse to be corrupted by the world’s values.James 1:27 The Passion
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.James 1:27 NLT
Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.James 1:26-27 The Message
Christians are usually sincere and well-intentioned people until you get to any real issues of ego, control power, money, pleasure, and security. Then they tend to be pretty much like everybody else. We often given a bogus version of the Gospel, some fast-food religion, without any deep transformation of the self; and the result has been the spiritual disaster of "Christian" countries that tend to be as consumer-oriented, proud, warlike, racist, class conscious, and addictive as everybody else-and often more so, I'm afraid.Richard Rohr
Lamentations 3:25-26 God, as played by Robert Redford
25 The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. 26 So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.Lamentations 3:25-26 NLT
God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks.It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God.It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times.Lamentations 3:25-27 The Message
The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.Lamentations 3:25-26 ESV
When day comes we ask ourselves,where can we find light in this never-ending shade?The loss we carry,a sea we must wadeWe've braved the belly of the beastWe've learned that quiet isn't always peaceAnd the norms and notionsof what just isIsn’t always just-iceAnd yet the dawn is oursbefore we knew itSomehow we do itSomehow we've weathered and witnesseda nation that isn’t brokenbut simply unfinishedWe the successors of a country and a timeWhere a skinny Black girldescended from slaves and raised by a single mothercan dream of becoming presidentonly to find herself reciting for oneAnd yes we are far from polishedfar from pristinebut that doesn’t mean we arestriving to form a union that is perfectWe are striving to forge a union with purposeTo compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters andconditions of manAnd so we lift our gazes not to what stands between usbut what stands before usWe close the divide because we know, to put our future first,we must first put our differences asideWe lay down our armsso we can reach out our armsto one anotherWe seek harm to none and harmony for allLet the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:That even as we grieved, we grewThat even as we hurt, we hopedThat even as we tired, we triedThat we’ll forever be tied together, victoriousNot because we will never again know defeatbut because we will never again sow divisionScripture tells us to envisionthat everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig treeAnd no one shall make them afraidIf we’re to live up to our own timeThen victory won’t lie in the bladeBut in all the bridges we’ve madeThat is the promised gladeThe hill we climbIf only we dareIt's because being American is more than a pride we inherit,it’s the past we step intoand how we repair itWe’ve seen a force that would shatter our nationrather than share itWould destroy our country if it meant delaying democracyAnd this effort very nearly succeededBut while democracy can be periodically delayedit can never be permanently defeatedIn this truthin this faith we trustFor while we have our eyes on the futurehistory has its eyes on usThis is the era of just redemptionWe feared at its inceptionWe did not feel prepared to be the heirsof such a terrifying hourbut within it we found the powerto author a new chapterTo offer hope and laughter to ourselvesSo while once we asked,how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?Now we assertHow could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?We will not march back to what wasbut move to what shall beA country that is bruised but whole,benevolent but bold,fierce and freeWe will not be turned aroundor interrupted by intimidationbecause we know our inaction and inertiawill be the inheritance of the next generationOur blunders become their burdensBut one thing is certain:If we merge mercy with might,and might with right,then love becomes our legacyand change our children’s birthrightSo let us leave behind a countrybetter than the one we were left withEvery breath from my bronze-pounded chest,we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous oneWe will rise from the gold-limbed hills of the west,we will rise from the windswept northeastwhere our forefathers first realized revolutionWe w...
1 Kings 19:11-12 w/Amy Hoyte The Whisper Spaces
11 And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.1 Kings 19: 11-12 ESV
Amy Hoyte is the founder and facilitator for Beautifully Made Adventures.
An avid explorer and outdoor adventurer, Amy enjoys the beauty of all seasons - there really is no bad weather for her! She believes in living life so we can both receive and offer the energy and love that comes from time spent in the presence of God in His most beautiful creation. Amy is fueled by a passion for the journey of self-discovery, accepting rest and refreshment, and doing the things that make us come alive.
Amy is a NOLS certified Wilderness First Responder, a Master Yoga Instructor RYT-500, and has certifications in yin yoga, adaptive yoga, and adventure-based counseling. She is an experienced facilitator of individual and small group guided adventures as well as team building events for a large groups and business training programs
"This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?”
Romans 8:15 MSG
FYI - the sound stopped around minute 17:00 left when I listened both times. This totally could be me but wasn’t sure. :) 💜