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16 Apr

Society is so far out of balance. We have too much food, not enough food, too much exercise, not enough exercise, too much TV, not enough study, too much sports, not enough downtime, too much purchasing, not enough producing,  too much worry, not enough meditation. So how can we use the CFO program to help us get our lives into balance?

It sounds a little like a cliché, but it makes sense, Inspiration + Expiration = Respiration. We need some of everything to have balanced lives. We can have a diet of only green leafy vegetables, but that does not mean we will be healthy. The CFO program replenishes and depletes (this is not a negative) each part of us, body, mind and soul. Meals, rest and sleep replenish the body. Singing, exercise and recreation deplete the body. The mind is replenished by the talk and also by sleep, while Creatives and fellowship deplete the mind. The Spirit is replenished by Meditation, prayer, sleep and the blessing service and is depleted by Creatives, singing, prayer and the world prayer broadcast.

In the next pages, you will find a basic daily guide for using the CFO program each day. There is a suggested meditation, song, scripture and so on. I encourage you to work through each day and all the parts of the program, do not be concerned about doing them in order or making sure you do it perfectly. If you do not know the song, let God help you make up a tune or choose a different one. If there is a suggested activity, that you feel you can not do, pray and let God give you an idea. He is always creative and will give you suggestions if you ask. Use the suggested activities to help you generate your own ideas. This should not be difficult. It it becomes too hard, then it has failed. The elements of the CFO day should just be part of who you are. Scripture, Song, prayer, giving and receiving blessing from God should be just as natural as breathing and eating.

Make notes as you complete each part and what God says to you through each section. Use the lists as a check point and journal at the end of each day. Try to look at the song and meditation early in the day, so you can carry God’s song and word through your whole day. If you are unable to do an activity on the day it is listed, do not skip it. Swap it for another day’s activity. Keep it flexible and balanced.

Once you have completed the days that are laid out, you should have some good habits developed and ideas about how to take this further. I have added a template in appendix B, that you can copy and record your daily activities and scripture choices.  You can also use these daily guides to help plan personal or group retreats. The CFO program, is a tool that God gave to an obedient man, many years ago. This book is just another tool to use the program. Let God be your guide.

My prayer is that this will help you develop positive habits and balance your lives. As John Wesley said, we need to “Do no harm, do good and stay in love with God”. This sounds balanced to me.

Remember that if or when you fail and you entertain your inner desires and they become sin, all hope is not lost. Do not despair, do not be discouraged. Confess your sin and repent (start over). Ask God to forgive you and receive his forgiveness. Forgive others that may have been involved (intentionally or unintentionally) and forgive yourself. Take control again and let Satan know that he has no place in your life. Then put on your armor, pick yourself up and continue the race.

Pray With Me: April 20

20 Apr

Pray With Me  For all who believe in Jesus–that we  proclaim Christ crucified and risen in our words and actions.  Alleluia!

Pray with me today for our world, our country, our neighborhoods, our friends, and our families. Begin your journey with an open heart. Unpack the heavenly box of prayer  for others and discover the priceless treasures of God’s Kingdom that are present in your life!   (Matthew 13:52)

Find a quiet place
Make today’s theme the focus of your prayers today.

Pray With Me: April 19

19 Apr

Pray With Me  For ourselves–today we pray that we open our hearts to ponder more deeply the mystery of self-giving love.

Pray with me today for our world, our country, our neighborhoods, our friends, and our families. Begin your journey with an open heart. Unpack the heavenly box of prayer  for others and discover the priceless treasures of God’s Kingdom that are present in your life!   (Matthew 13:52)

Find a quiet place
Make today’s theme the focus of your prayers today.

Pray With Me: April 18

18 Apr

Pray With Me  Unwavering in love, Jesus bore the cross for us: help us to lessen the load of others’ crosses and to bear our own with an attitude of joy and victory.

Pray with me today for our world, our country, our neighborhoods, our friends, and our families. Begin your journey with an open heart. Unpack the heavenly box of prayer  for others and discover the priceless treasures of God’s Kingdom that are present in your life!   (Matthew 13:52)

Find a quiet place
Make today’s theme the focus of your prayers today.

Pray With Me: April 17

17 Apr

Pray With Me  As we celebrate the memorial of the Last Supper on this day, let us search our hearts for how we can be better servants, washing each other’s feet–following Jesus’ example.

Pray with me today for our world, our country, our neighborhoods, our friends, and our families. Begin your journey with an open heart. Unpack the heavenly box of prayer  for others and discover the priceless treasures of God’s Kingdom that are present in your life!   (Matthew 13:52)

Find a quiet place
Make today’s theme the focus of your prayers today.

Pray With Me: April 16

15 Apr

Pray With Me  For those who suffer because of slander, gossip or betrayal.

Pray with me today for our world, our country, our neighborhoods, our friends, and our families. Begin your journey with an open heart. Unpack the heavenly box of prayer  for others and discover the priceless treasures of God’s Kingdom that are present in your life!   (Matthew 13:52)

Find a quiet place
Make today’s theme the focus of your prayers today.

Pray With Me: April 15

15 Apr

Pray With Me  For healing of the people of Boston and all those whose lives were forever changed by the explosions there one year ago.

Pray with me today for our world, our country, our neighborhoods, our friends, and our families. Begin your journey with an open heart. Unpack the heavenly box of prayer  for others and discover the priceless treasures of God’s Kingdom that are present in your life!   (Matthew 13:52)

Find a quiet place
Make today’s theme the focus of your prayers today.

Life Lesson: April 14

14 Apr

Jesus, fully God and fully man, entered the city with His mission in mind. His purpose was to be the bridge, the way to the one true God.  Do you know Him?

Meditate

Luke 19:28–40

Sing
“Thou Art Worthy”

Thou art worthy
Thou art worthy
Thou art worthy O Lord
To receive glory
glory and honor
Glory and honor and pow’r

For Thou hast created
Hast all things created
For Thou hast created all things
And for Thy pleasure they are created
Thou art worthy O Lord

Message
As we have come through Lent, our focus has been on our sins, our repentance and our self-sacrifice. Palm Sunday is the day that the focus shifts from who we are to who Jesus is. jesus’ entry is so familiar to us that we sometimes forget the details.

In his entry into Jerusalem, Jesus shows us that he is:
ROYALTY – Jesus rode on a donkey, which would have been what King David rode on. Not a white horse. Horses were for battle and this was a regal entry. The cloaks and branches were being laid in the path as a royal carpet.
PRIESTLY – This was a donkey that had never been ridden. Unused animals were used for religious purposes.
SAVIOR – Hosanna means “Save us”.
MESSIAH – Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Jesus is the one who comes from God. Hosanna in the highest addresses God in Heaven.
KING – Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David. That was a great time in their history, before the trials and exile. Jesus will once again establish the kingdom.
WORTHY OF HONOR – Up to this time the people were only focused on what they could get from Jesus. Now they are praising him.
SACRIFICE – The people did not see this one, but we see that Jesus is the sacrifice being presented to the people prior to the slaughter.

As the people of those days, we tend to go through our days looking to Jesus for help, guidance, forgiveness, and healing. We forget sometimes who he is. We forget to just consider his greatness and worship him.  Keep in mind, that these same people who lifted their praise to Jesus were the ones who cried “Crucify!”. These were the same who ran and hid in fear instead of rising to the defense of their King and Savior.  May this be a day that we praise him as Lord and then live our lives in a manner that shows Jesus is our King.

Blessing
Do not wait until the last minute. If there is someone you know who does not have anyone to share Easter dinner with, call them now. Invite them to join you for the holiday.

Move
Walk around your house (inside or out) deep breathing. On the exhale, speak a name or attribute of God. Say it out loud and praise him in your walking, breathing and speaking.

Create
Make an EaSter basket for someone who is either away from home or for someone who is alone.

Nourish
Eat something green today and praise God for the coming of Spring.

Rest
Find 10 minutes to be still. Do nothing during this time. This is God’s time to renew you in mind, body and spirit.

Recreation
Go outside and find some rocks. Write on them things that you are thankful for. Remember that if no one else praises Jesus, these stones will cry out.

Pray
Ask God to make you aware of areas of your life that you have not released to him. Write these things on the back of the stones you picked up. Go back out and toss the stone into a pond, other body of water or a large pile of other stones. Be thankful that God is able to take all that we hold onto and if we hold onto him instead, we no longer have to hang on to these things.

Snacks
Try a Smoothie: “Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie” (2)

Ingredients
1 cup very cold, filtered water
1/2 cup fresh squeezed organic orange juice (about 3 large oranges)
3 cups fresh organic spinach leaves, chopped
2 cups organic romaine lettuce, chopped
2 stalks of organic celery
1/2 cup organic parsley
1 organic apple, cored and chopped
1 organic pear, cored and chopped
1 organic banana
Fresh juice squeezed from 1 organic lime
3-5 ice cubes

Instructions: Add water, spinach and chopped romaine to the blender. Starting the blender on a low speed; mix until smooth. Gradually move to higher speeds and add the herbs, celery, pear, and apple. Add the banana, orange and lime juice last.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

World Prayer
Pray for those who have not accepted Jesus as Messiah.

Sleep
As you fall asleep, repeat the words of today’s song. Fall asleep resting in the glory and honor of Jesus.

From morning until night, God wants us to worship and commune with Him. Start your day in His Word and then weave throughout the day these elements of devotion, worship, contemplation and service to others.

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LYRICS & RECIPE CREDITS:
 1) Used with permission: “Thou Art Worthy”, Pauline Michael Mills,  CFO Sings pg 232 2) Recipe from http://www.laaloosh.com

 

Pray With Me: April 13

13 Apr

Pray With Me  On this Palm Sunday–that we, who follow Christ the King in exultation, may reach the eternal Jerusalem through Him.

Pray with me today for our world, our country, our neighborhoods, our friends, and our families. Begin your journey with an open heart. Unpack the heavenly box of prayer  for others and discover the priceless treasures of God’s Kingdom that are present in your life!   (Matthew 13:52)

Find a quiet place
Make today’s theme the focus of your prayers today.

Pray With Me: April 12

12 Apr

Pray With MeFor the elderly who live alone.

Pray with me today for our world, our country, our neighborhoods, our friends, and our families. Begin your journey with an open heart. Unpack the heavenly box of prayer  for others and discover the priceless treasures of God’s Kingdom that are present in your life!   (Matthew 13:52)

Find a quiet place
Make today’s theme the focus of your prayers today.

Pray With Me: April 11

11 Apr

Pray With Me Protect those whose lives, homes and businesses are endangered by inclement weather or earthquakes.

Pray with me today for our world, our country, our neighborhoods, our friends, and our families. Begin your journey with an open heart. Unpack the heavenly box of prayer  for others and discover the priceless treasures of God’s Kingdom that are present in your life!   (Matthew 13:52)

Find a quiet place
Make today’s theme the focus of your prayers today.

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