{January 3, 2021}

Heartland Community Church




By Lisa Zulke

Such a challenge today, considering where I need renovation on the inside. Like the video intro, it’s everyone else that needs to change. Certainly not me. A slippery slope, indeed.

My insides come out, often in the most inopportune ways. Ever been there? A button gets pushed, and out comes your unfiltered, uncontrolled reaction?

Or, through sheer force of will, I catch that thought, hold it in and tamp it down. Only to do so ten more times . . . until I explode. That coping method isn’t good either.

I take after my grandmother, though. Long on patience and justifying the actions of others, attempting to let it all roll off. The blessing in that is I see the good in others. The potential. The hope for a better relationship some day.

One of my inside out renovations has been to use my words. To process them, pray about them, choose how to approach a situation and try to speak with confidence as I step in. It takes sooooo much practice. Failure is sometimes just around the corner. But, the freedom in attempting to understand and then using my voice, is so very worth it.

As I consider my life and relationships today, I think my new renovation is going to be learning to speak with confidence in the moment. Learning to filter and process and ask God for insight IRL. (That’s "in real life" for the those of us who prefer complete sentences to text language!)

As God helps me in this renovation, I will be a better engager, a confident communicator, and hopefully still a trusted voice. The pause and ponder for days is not good for me, and often leads to inaction. Definitely leads to angst and frustration!

I love how The Message version puts the invitation of God (via Paul) in Romans:

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering . . . fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. (excerpts, Romans 12:1-2)

God, would you join me in my everyday, ordinary life. Would you help me see and hear as you see and hear, and would you give me confidence in my words and actions to move out IRL vs in my head…amen.


{sunday 1.3.21}

Read Romans 12:1-2 MSG

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What has been revealed or amplified in your life this year that could use renovation? Which of these steps, from Romans 12:1-2 and the teaching today will you implement this week?

-Remembering God’s blessings

-Offering your everyday life to God (in thought and action)

-Choosing a different path than the world around you

-Believing that God loves you and living as if you do


{bible reading plan: psalms}

By Marnie Vasquez

{monday 1.4.21}

Read Psalm 91

Read, Ponder, Pray: What do shelters mean? A place of safety, protection, rest and rebuilding. This world is filled with many evils, diseases, terrors, and worse. How can we stand strong against this? We need a shelter to protect us today. And tomorrow. God is our shelter. He brings angels around us, our families, our homes to hold us up. How beautiful and amazing is this? The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”

{tuesday 1.5.21}

Read Psalm 92

Observe, Reflect, Apply: As I look around at our culture and society, I see it becoming more corrupt, more falling away from God. I wonder why I see these things? This verse reminds me: Though the wicked sprout like weeds and evildoers flourish, they will be destroyed forever.”  That to me says there are a lot of bad things around. But what happens now? Verses 12-15 are an inspiration and motivation. Choose God.

{wednesday 1.6.21}

Read Psalm 93

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Twenty years ago, 9/11 happened. Last year COVID happened. What will shake us next? What will 2021 bring? I know this, God is everlasting. God reigns yesterday and tomorrow. God will take care of his children. Us.

{thursday 1.7.21}

Read Psalm 94

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Reading today’s verse makes me tremble, it makes me fearful. God is great. Very great. Would you rather stand with him or against him? Psalm 94 shows us what He is made of. All his glory, all his vengeance, all his greatness, all his love. Even in my weakness, I choose to stand with God.

{friday 1.8.21}

Read Psalm 95

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What does it mean to ‘harden your heart towards God’? I hope I don’t enter whatever stage that is. I do know I doubt, I question, I wish he’d do more than it seems he’s doing in my life. I know I’ll not think about him for stints in my life. And there may be times I don’t do what I think he tells me. I’m reminded, though, God chases after us to ensure we turn towards him, like Jonah. I have great hope in that. I do hope I don’t become like Israel at Meribah and Massah.


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