Week 3-The Reckoning


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Jesus’ Power is Our Power And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:11

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Symptoms of a Divided Heart The Feeling of Being Pulled in a Thousand Different Directions There are parts of you that you not only don’t let others see, you work hard at not seeing them yourself The feeling that you are “putting on a show” for others The feeling that you are “not enough.” You compare yourself to others You have thoughts that begin with, “I don’t deserve . . . “

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Mark 12:28-34 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: . . . Love the Lord your God with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul and with ALL your mind and with ALL your strength.”  

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Cultivating Authenticity Self-compassion Resilient Spirit Gratitude & Joy Intuition & Faith Letting Go What People Think Perfectionism Numbing & Powerlessness Scarcity & Fear of the Dark Need for Certainty

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Cultivating Creativity Play & Rest Calm & Stillness Meaningful Work Laughter, Song, & Dance Letting Go Comparison Exhaustion as a Status Symbol & Productivity as Self-worth Anxiety as a Lifestyle Self-doubt & “supposed to” “Being Cool” & “Always in Control”

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Individuation “. . . the lifelong project of becoming more nearly the whole person we were meant to be, what [God] intended, NOT the parents, the tribe or the easily inflated ego. “ Carl Jung

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2 Timothy 1:6-7 I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

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Reckoning with Emotion

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Barriers to Reckoning With Emotion Living Divided Chandeliering – Road Rage, Athletics, Other Sudden Outbursts Bouncing Emotion – Anger, Blame, & Avoidance Numbing/Masking – alcohol, drugs, food, sex, money, work, gambling, affairs, shopping, internet/social media Stockpiling/Denying – sleeplessness, can’t eat, anxiety attacks, clinical depression, disease

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Reckoning with Emotion Permission to Feel Breathe! Pay Attention - Get Curious –Ask Questions Accept - Don’t judge Pray! Read Scripture – (Psalms 13, 22, 39, 51, 56, and 92, Job, Ecclesiastes, etc)

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Brene Brown "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy." Proverbs 28:13 “What you cover up, God uncovers. What you uncover, God covers” Proverbs 28:13 Paraphrase

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Pixar’s 3 Storytelling Formula Act 1 – Call to adventure is issued and accepted, the rules of the world are established, and the “inciting incident” occurs. Act 2 – The protagonist tries conceivable comfortable way to solve the problem. He or she learns what it’s really going to take to solve the problem. This includes the “lowest of the lows.” Act 3 – The protagonist needs to prove that he/she has learned the lesson, usually showing a willingness to show this at all costs. It is the Act of redemption

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Thomas Merton Prayer “My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

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And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore, will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. Amen

Summary: Part 3 of series, Rising Strong, delivered by Pastor Eric McCrea at Pine Island UMC on November 5, 2017.

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