Thoughts on Work and Life

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30-Minute Silent Retreats

Relaxing with some chai on my front porch.

There was a time in my life when I considered joining a monastery for a year.

I thought it would be a good spiritual experience to learn to live in quietness and simplicity.

I remember telling my best friend, Lacie, about this at the time. Little did I know she was thinking to herself, Oh great, I’m in love with a guy who wants to be monk!

Fast forward 10 years…

I’ve been married to Lacie for seven years and we have three kids: ages five, three and two.

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Walking and Praying the Streets of Battle Ground

Our garden as of today!

Tonight I went grocery shopping and then came home to an empty house. My wife took the kids to her Aunt Heidi’s house to help get ready for her sister’s high school grad party that’s happening tomorrow.

So I made myself some dinner and then picked some greens from our garden and made a green smoothie! It was delicious. I sat out on the front porch enjoying it while listening to this podcast by Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding, CA. 

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Specific Prayers & Tracking Results

On June 4, 2017 I decided to start a new daily prayer habit.

So for the last 3 weeks I’ve been praying at least 30 minutes a day. Some prayer sessions have been great. I sense God’s presence and feel like I’m praying in power and with authority.

But most days I feel like I’m just going through the motions.

My prayers feel lifeless and I fight thoughts that whisper, “Josh, you’re becoming so religious by turning a life-giving thing like prayer into a dead habit. You’re wasting your time.”

Thank you Accuser, you’re so “encouraging.”

When I get thoughts like that I go back to the Word to meditate on the truth.

I did that today. I read James 5:17–18 that says:

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My New Daily Habit: Prayer

prayer chair

My favorite prayer chair.

I’ve experimented with many different habits over the years.

Everything from writing daily to doing 100 pushups a day (something I did for 777 days straight).

However, the biggest daily habit I’ve ever committed to is to publish a new blog post every day for 10 years.

I’m on Day #207, and even though it sometimes is still a struggle to publish something before midnight, I feel like it’s now an “established” habit. In other words, it’s just a normal part of my life now (like brushing my teethe and putting on deodorant).

So now I’m ready to start my next habit.

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The Greatest Trick of the Devil

dont waste time

Clock I have hanging in my office.

Before I was a Christian my life basically consisted of doing, buying and selling as much cocaine as possible every day.

I was also addicted to sex and pornography, but eventually my coke addiction even overtook those cravings.

So when I got saved my life changed in a big way.

Doing and selling drugs were the first to go. It took another year to finally be free from sex addiction.

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