The Oaks Church, Josh Hallmark

2. Clarity - Living Above the Haze - Reflection

September 25, 2019 Josh Hallmark
The Oaks Church, Josh Hallmark
2. Clarity - Living Above the Haze - Reflection
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The Oaks Church, Josh Hallmark
2. Clarity - Living Above the Haze - Reflection
Sep 25, 2019
Josh Hallmark

Reflection is a tool that we can use to get out of the rat race. When we reflect, we are able to attach meaning to the things that truly matter. When we attach meaning to the things that matter, we are able to do those things intentionally.

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Reflection is a tool that we can use to get out of the rat race. When we reflect, we are able to attach meaning to the things that truly matter. When we attach meaning to the things that matter, we are able to do those things intentionally.

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I'm Josh Hallmark, and I want to thank you for listening to one of the oaks podcasts. Remember this message from Isaiah? Chapter 61 God takes the seeds of Brokenness and turns them in the hopes of righteousness. And that's so we're in a series right now called There it to it is living above the haze. And really, what the Siri's is about is us learning to get out of the rat race, us learning to get out of the the sense of fog. And I know, um I mean, I guess that the holiday season really does get like that, but But as Americans in general, we tend to have ah ah, high value for activity and for business. But, um, but we want to live lives that are intentional and where we're not necessarily just mindlessly going from one thing to another, but where instead, we're actually navigating the waters of life, if you will. So anyway, this this Siri's is that it's gonna lead into some talks about being intentional, you know, making plans, goals, that kind of stuff. But But first, you know, I thought the topic that I have for today it really is, um, I feel like it's appropriate to the holiday that we just experienced in that really the holiday season. But first, let's look at our verse that we're using for this Siri's and it's this. It's Proverbs for 18 and feel to read it with me. We saw it last week. Let's read it together this week, the path of the righteous. Okay, let's start you ready. The path of the righteous is like the morning sun shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness. They do not know what makes them stumble. Eso The idea here is that God's desire for our lives is that as we progress and I know that we have seasons of funkiness sometimes. But we need to know that God's desire for us is to move in a greater and greater place of understanding, of light, of revelation, of intentionality, where that we can see what's happening around us, where there is sight about what's going on. And, uh, anybody ever seen men in black? When I first saw that, I had a revelation in the revelation was, you know, men in black. There's basically aliens. That's what the sermons really about is there is no such things as aliens, by the way, there are spiritual beings, but they're not aliens there any way. That's another talk. But in this movie, basically, um, there's all these aliens and they're living everywhere around us. And people, for the most part, are just They're oblivious to write. And the men in black, These are guys that have sight, if you will. They have understanding, and they get in the navigate. They go to the tabloids to get their information and which is interesting. But, uh uh, anyway, when I saw that movie, somehow God used it to show me how small and help how small my understanding was of what's really happening around us, because you guys do understand that we are not just physical beings but were spiritually things, you know. And there there are things happening all around us, and and God wants us tohave eyes to see if you will, and just so that we're aware. And I think it's a basic a basic thought in Christianity that when we're in sin, basically were blinded by saying, But when we come to Christ. God opens our eyes, and that's part of the whole process is that God opens our eyes and he enables us to see more clearly. And this proverb. I love it because it says that on We talked about this last week that the path of the righteous God, it's it's brighter and getting brighter. And but the way of the of the way of weak and this is deep darkness, they don't make some stumble. It's like there's the inability to see and so more light, less darkness. That's what we're looking for a man. So, um, last week we had sort of an interactive sermon, if you remember, and, uh, and we talked about confusion and how confusion is not God's wheel, but God's wheel is clarity for there to be some understanding. It's not that the Lord, he doesn't tell us everything he's doing sometimes he wants is just to believe him. But the Bible says God is not the author of confusion, and so we really kind of went after that. Last week, we talked about sources of confusion in our life. We dealt with some of those guys. We're married. Anybody had a better week this week. Since we did that last week, I felt like we really had. It was a pivotal moment this week. I want to talk about something that's a little bit different, and, ah, it is the subject of reflection. Uh, I talk about reflection here and there, but don't know if I've ever actually done a talk on our sermon on reflection. But I just wanted to give a couple thoughts about reflection today and ah, and why? I think they're really, really important topic sip of coffee. And so when I talk about reflection, really, what I mean is this is is as a on exercise or that this is a tool, basically, that I want to give you today, that I think can help bring some clarity into your life. And I'm morning, I say reflection. I mean, stopping to think, um, doing the work of thinking, doing the work of thinking, Um, some of us we may have on Leah value for work in action, and it is very legitimate because nothing really happens without worker action. But there needs to be not busy nous, but there needs to be intentional things that we're doing our lives. And this happens a precursor. That is reflection. So, um, how many of us and how many of us do many things in a day? Because we're on autopilot. We do it cause you do it right. And ah, it's like the story I heard of, um, this lady that cooked Ah, she cooked her chickens are her nose her thanksgiving turkey, and she would cut it in half. And the daughter sika are turkeys and habits. You got to talking with her friend or something and said, Why did you want to cut your turkeys in half? I don't know. I never thought about it. I just did it because that's what my mom did it and she was back together, you know, with her mom, uh, holiday or something. She's like, Mom, um, how come you always get the turkeys and 1/2? Um, and the models like, oh, is because of my stuff is too small to fit the whole bird in there. And anyway, so there are a lot of things that we do that our normal that we've never stopped to think. Why did I do that? And I answer reflection. Really? is away that we can gain. Understand? So, uh, here's a verse in proverbs. One of my favorite verses in the whole Bible is Ah says there's the wisdom of the prudent or another way to say, the wisdom of the wise. The wisdom of those who are wise is this is that they give thought to there ways the wisdom of the wide. This is what makes the smart smart as they think about what they do. God's God wants to bring us into a place where we arm or more intention. We're understanding what's going on around us, and it's not. Let me just say something Sometimes I thought, I do not know what's going on, okay, I'm just trying to hang in there and believe, but at the same time, uh, I believe that God eventually will give me understanding if I'm obedient, and so I know that it's moving in that direction. But the wisdom of the prudent is that they give thought to their ways. And so what I want to do today is I just want to give you three things that happened when you reflect three, um, three results of reflecting. Let me just say something. This is for the guys. Maybe some of you guys might just think that reflecting is like a sec kind of thing to do or something. But I'm telling you, one of the most manly things you can do is to reflect on how you can be a better man, all right. And, uh, and for the ladies we're And this, actually, this just comes down to personalities. Some of us have personalities where we farm out all the thinking to the other spouse or something like that. I want to challenge every person here to be wise in that you think about what you do. And so, um, so stopping to think is what we were trying to do. So when I reflect, um, this happens when I reflect, I become more self aware. This is one of the great gifts that God has given to people is self awareness city. If you have thought about that, that, um, that God has given us the ability to reflect this is a unique human feature. This is something that, um, that might don't do our ticks or fleas or, um and so when we reflect, we become self aware, we are going to think about something. Could you all stand up for just a second? This is a kinetic exercise. All right. You're standing one space. I want you to imagine yourself standing there. Okay? You see yourself are everybody step to your left. Look over there. And do you see yourself staying there were able, in a sense, can you imagine yourself staying there? You see yourself were able, in a sense, to be able to look at our lives from outside of our life. Even though we're in us, we have the ability, we have self consciousness. And it's one of the It's one of the gifts that the Lord has given us, and it's because he has made us individuals. Okay, you can be seated. Thank you. And so it really is a gift that the Lord has given us the ability to do this only introduce you to somebody. Oh, by the way, and I'll talk about this more a little bit is because the goal here is not like self actualization or whatever. The goal here is for us to be aware of our lives so that we can take responsibility for our lives. Instead of just responding to stimuli, we become more self aware. And ultimately we were trying to become more gotta where there's really a relationship that we're trying to manage and foster and cultivate through self awareness. And I would put God awareness with that because we're also trying to discern what he's saying to us and doing in us. And so these two kind of go together. I don't introduce you. This is bare and bear is Ah, bears are our lab. I say lab. I think he's mostly lab we Ah, this picture out here was actually when we went to adopt him from the Humane Society and ah, we, uh, long story short, we had another black lab. His name was Bo or Beauregard is short, but was short for Beauregard and Bo. Bo went to be with Jesus, and our family was reeling from that. To be honest with you, it was really, really punch in the gut. And so we just decide. Okay, we're gonna go by another dog because we just, uh we want to replace that whole No, I'm just kidding. We've got no, We can't replace bow, but we'll feel better. Maybe somebody told us that had lost that I like you can't replace him, but you can't get in it. So we went and we adopted Bayer. And he is the sweetest dog. He's kind of a bruiser. He'll bump into you. But at the same time, he is very, very gentle and tender and hey, doesn't really bark. He doesn't lead, But he will nuzzle you until you pet him. And then when you stop him, muzzle you again and bear, He's one of my favorite, actually, is my favorite dog, and, um, he, uh But he, uh, he's dog. Now, here's this thing I get Bear. We worked on the See it and I don't give you buy the food until you see it. And so, uh, there he sits And then we told him, Shake, that's That's his shape, You know, it's more like, you know, that's it. Um, and then we taught him lay down and he'll do all that and, ah, barrel, you know, he'll maybe he's Oh, he'll jump up on furniture is not supposed to do that about no bear. And so he does the face. That's kind of this, that you're looking at right now. And so bear is I would say bigger is an emotional being On some level. Hey, has some level of consciousness. But do you know that Bayer does not reflect on his life? Bear thinks about two things, really. Only two things. It's getting scratched. And, uh and it's also what's the other thing? Food. That's it? Yeah. I mean, I guess he thinks about sleeping to a lesser extent, but if he, his his love languages touch just in our whole family's like this were a snuggling family, and so air just jumps right in there. In fact, when we went to look at him, he laid down with us. And we're like, This is him. Uh uh. So we knew he was the dog force. And so anyway, as much as I love Bear is also Mrs Tricks are they're not that awesome to the Yazidi, but is awesome is his tricks are bear pretty much lives in the moment, and he doesn't really think about anything outside of the moment. And I would say he has some level of goodness in his life. I mean, you know, he gets scratched on the head all the time and snuggles. But But at the same time, God has a higher destiny for you than to just sit and shake and, uh, and do tricks for, you know, for the man for the system. God wants you to be intentional. He wants us to think about why we were made to discover how he's made us so that we can glorify him with our life. The devil is more interested, probably than anything in your life, as room is keeping you from what you were created for. Now we know first of all, were created for relationship with God. Um and so that's one of the things enemy tries to keep us from. The second thing is he tries to keep us from authentic relationship with people because we were created for that, too. And then the third thing, God has given each one of us an area of influence. What did God do when Adam and Eve, after he made Adam Annie? So you made Adam relationship with God, right? But he said, That's not good. That man should be alone. So maybe so. There's relationship with people there. What's the third thing that you see God doing toe Adam and Eve before they, um before they sand. So with what he created related that relationship with what God had created with the creation God put them in the garden says to work. Did you know that work is not a curse of sand? You're like, I swear it is. No, it's not. Work is actually pre curse. What happened was his toil got involved, right? But I believe that God's desire for us is to find joy in work, to find joy in what he's called us to do. And I'm not. Now work is work, and I'm not saying that. But I think ultimately God wants us to live on a different level than the world, because when we came into the King and we become sons and daughters and there is so much intention, God has invested so much that you would excel in life. He's invested so much he sent his son to redeem your purpose. That's how intentional he waas about it. And so, um so when we reflect, I feel like reflection is one of the quickest path to us taking steps end of what God has done now when I flicked. The next thing is I attach meaning to things that matter. And that's why I think reflections important, by the way, was that, uh, the Greek god Narcissus. You know him? You hear of north? This is basically the story goes, is Ah, and maybe I'm not saying his name. Right? Any Greek mythology scholars out there? Okay. Okay. So, Narcissus, he goes by this puddle of water or this lake or something, he looks like, man, I'm good looking, and and then he can't take his eyes off himself. And so eso forever. Basically, he's stuck in this position of looking in itself. You guys, that's not Jesus. Okay, um, that's not what I'm espousing here. But there is merit looking how God has made us looking at our lives so that we can then use that to glorify him. I'm not trying to get you and I love relationship with yourself where you can only look at yourself. That's not we're going forward cause that's a dead end, right? But as we that's not how you don't find fulfillment in, you know, self actualization or whatever. You find fulfillment and bringing God glory. When we made when we function, how we were created for his purposes, for his glory than there is fulfillment in that. But reflection helps us to identify those things. So when I reflect on other things, I attach meaning to things that matter. You see, our life is filled with activity. I think this is one of the reasons that God gave a Sabbath. By the way, is you remember God? It says that he created. And then on the seventh day, he rested. And I think he was pausing to think about what he had done. And he really he was setting, ah, pattern for us. And, you know, now the fair seas. They made the Sabbath into this really heavy handed thing. But when Jesus came along, he said, Actually, the Sabbath was not made for guy. The Sabbath was made for man or no, he said not. Not God. I'm sorry. Said the Sabbath was not made. Man was not made for the Sabbath, but Sabbath was made for the man. In other words, the whole point is not to serve the Sabbath. The point was that when we have a Sabbath, a time of rest, it is a time of of the time of rest and contemplation. And one thing that that our family tries to do. We don't know if we'd done it lately, but it's something that we it's like something we try to practice is we'll say Okay, today's Air Sabbath, like it might be a Saturday. It might be a Friday, but were like, um, you know, we'll hit Friday night sometimes about okay, we're going to try to chill for the next, you know, a little bit. And one of the things we do is we start reflecting on the week and when we reflect were about Oh, guess what happened. We got this done this week. We got this done. You guys know anybody to do to do lists? Um, it's amazing that they just continue to grow its like. You do the things on them, and then new things appear, and I don't know how that happens, but it seems like this this endless cycle of to do's and here's the thing. When we pause to reflect, we take ourselves outside of that endless cycle to actually be able to enjoy to be able Teoh connect with what has happened I think that's one of the reasons on the Sava See and got. Remember when God created, He created, created, created stop. It is good so you would stop and reflect upon the activity that he had done. And I think this is a good pattern for us in our lives. The Sabbath Day is a great day to do that, and it's funny because sometimes the anxiety levels up here were you guys. We have six people in our family and a dog, and, um and so there's activity going. And so it's not like everything slows down and pauses, and we have this perfect moment for reflection. You know, we also, you know, sit Indian style in our living room and be okay. Lets No, it's not like that at all. But it's that we stop and start just talking about what happened this week. We got this. We got this done. We got that this happened, this happened, and all of a sudden the anxiety level goes down and the satisfaction level comes up. We're instead of that being just activity that happened. Now we're actually able to attach value to the things that happened and let me just say one more thing and, um and this will lead into My next point is that when we attach value to things that happened, it enables us to then plan to help those things happen again. So that at the end of our life, we didn't just have a bunch of things that we did that had no value. We want to isolate the things that matter don't way. What about this? Let's just say, for example, this past week you had some time, Maybe had a day off or something. You had some time with your kids or you had sometimes with a sibling. You don't see that often, or you had time for something that's out of the ordinary. And in reflecting, you're thinking, Oh, that was a good thing, man. I so enjoyed seeing them again. Well, here's the benefit of reflection, as you can grab that value and say, Oh, man, I need to make that happen again. This is I'm gonna talk about planning here soon, and I don't want to lose my thunder. I'm just gonna hush. I've got planning is an amazing thing that helps you impact the future because it's coming right? But reflection is a key point of knowing what to plant. And so, um, so there's this thing and again, and this is just kind of my own way of saying this is sometimes when I'm having a quiet time, if you will. And I think the term quite time really fits this sermon. But sometimes when I'm having a quiet time, we've got this table that overlooks our yard that's outside on the porch and I go out there and see it. I'll grab us some coffee and, um, I'll go out there and see it sometimes. I mean, I do in different places, but sometimes I go out there and I'll end up just kind of staring, Um and, um and this is what I call it. I call it thinking in front of God, because here's my goal is to create a dialogue between he and Mei. They were talking, and, um but I'm not always Sometimes I pray, Lord, I just pray that, you know, you would bless Sam. Guarding needs help. Lord bless him. Uh uh. And I'm praying and praying, you know, But sometimes I'm just sitting there and I'm just thinking But it's amazing when you stop in front of God to think how he will speak to you about the things of your life. And here's one thing I love is that he if you'll stop, he will add value to what you're thinking about. He'll be like you did the is that That was a good thing. So now God is enter the picture and he's attaching, meaning two things that you did. How much more meaningful would our life be if we gave God the space to say something you did was meaningful to him? That's motivation, right? That's good stuff. That is relationship relationships. Not always just prayer Or just, you know, reading there is There is an element. I would say that's very important when we spend time with God, where there's reflection, you know what also happens when you reflect. Sometimes you slow down enough to realize that you were really a jerk to that person at Wal Mart. Oh, Lord, I'm so sorry. Or you were really short with your family with your wife or your kids. And so you're attaching, meaning there is meaning that you need to repent of right. But if you don't slow down. You might just be a jerk all the time and never realize it. You see what I'm saying? So reflection enables us to think before the Lord. Now, here's the last one I was getting into Is that when I reflect, I'm able to plan because we're now attaching meaning to things because we're now understanding that some things are more important than other things because we thought about it. This one, too. We thought we used our mind and we thought, and we included got in a conversation. We thought about it. Nail. We're positioned, actually have something that has substance that has worth that has value, and it happened in the past. But now that we see it, we can insert it into the future by planning now. What happened just through planning? No, there has to be action. Right? But that's a that's another servant. There has to be action, but there can't be intentional action unless you think. And I just want to invite you all not become the thinker. You guys another thinker, right? You know, saying that not you don't want to perpetually be the thinker. You know, it would be somebody that just, you know, sits and stares at themselves in the mirror all the time. But at the same time, there have to be moments that are guiding the action of your lives in these moments of reflection. This is why so beneficial to spend time with God. But also just to have time and something that Ginger and I did for for a long time We did it. We haven't done it lately, but, um, on some of this again can have to do with your season of life like, you know, So I'm not trying to put like some heavy thing on you, But at the same time, what we would do every now and then is ah, we would do, like, once every couple months, every three months or something like that. We would have, like a prayer day and basically what that would be One of us would take the kids or, you know, times we've only had water. None, because I think we're done this before I had kids to is, one of us would take a day. And like for May 1 time, I took my backpack. And with the Talladega National forests and just hiked in with the wrong way for a while. Then got it, got it straightened out. And but my whole goal was to just Teoh to create some space, to hear from God and to reflect. And, um and you know, Ginger. She would do it sometimes she would get like Starbucks for maybe just a whole afternoon. And but the purpose for these days was to pray. But it's not like just intense intercession, but it was more like taking time to hear from God and to think. But one thing that I do on these days, sometimes I'll pull all the prophetic words that people have given me over time. And, you know, I've written them down, and I've recorded over something like that and things that God has put in my heart. I also occasionally I'll do goals or something like that, and I'll take all that stuff and I just start reading through our dreams that I've had that I've written down. I feel like God was trying to speak to me through. I'll take all that stuff and I'll just start sifting through it and I'm looking for patterns. I'm looking for things that maybe God was saying over and over and that if I don't reflect, I will miss it because of the business of life. It's a reflection, actually. Positions us toe pick up on God sent in our life. Otherwise, we would just miss it. And so you can do this. Go to Starbucks for a couple hours. And just so you know what, I'm just gonna hang here, and I'm gonna I'm a something. You know what Paul told Timothy? He said labor. According to the prophecies that were spoken over you, he was basically saying, Timothy, what I want you to do is only to give thought of those things that released into your life. And I want you. I want you to think about I want to engage with your mind and with your life, because you guys do realize the things that we think about our leading us, right? And so we want to be thinking about things and attaching value and meaning to write things so that we were then able to plan. Now the Bible says in Proverbs 20 verse five. The plan and the heart of a man is like deep water but a man of understanding draws it out. Um, I love this verse. I think that basically saying There's things that God has put in us There's things that are deep in the heart of a person but a man of understanding. I think this is a privilege for us, by the way, God has put things in us, and it is as we gain, understanding and clarity were actually able to draw those things out of us. And, you know, even it would be cool to to be able to draw this things out of other people. And I know people like that when a mentor of ours named Joy Schroeder, you can hang out with her, uh, just for a little while and she speaks to things in your life, and it's like, Well, you know, when she speaks to like those who Wow, Do you know, I'm saying that when somebody affirms something in your life, you know? Ah, and it's the Lord. It's not like it's not flattering or anything like that. It's her in love, calling out what God has put in us and so, but we can do that with ourselves to weaken, discern what the Lord has put in. So a plan of a hearts man. So this is an invitation to draw it out. It's deep water, but that doesn't mean you can't go there. Amen. All right, here's reverse again. The path of the righteous like the morning sun shining ever brighter till the full light of day. That's enough. So I want to give you some tools that will be done. These tools will help. Hopefully in Ah, in reflecting. Here's the first thing you need, Uh, for reflection, as you need time. One of the best offerings you could give the Lord right there just time. And you guys, this this isn't really I mean, this is for the Lord, but this is this is for you. Just say no. Here's the thing. For those of you guys who are just extremely busy, it doesn't have to be a lot of time. It could be a little time, but a little time and reflection can really help the trajectory of your life and your family. Hey, man. So time. Um, here's the thing that I've been amazed by the Lord is that the Lord is so gracious toe work quickly. Since we had all these Children, God will get to the point of the so quickly. He's just he's gracious. No, I guess the point I'm saying is we are in different places in life were in different seasons of life, and, um, and some of the gold you only get to when you dig and dig and dig and dig and there's God, there's another side that where the Lord really is gracious. And so it doesn't have to be a huge amount of time, this thing that there needs to be a space, and what I mean by space is Jesus said to Martha, You're worried about so many things. Mary's chosen this one thing, and I'm not gonna take it away from her. One thing she want to connect with God. And there there is. Um um, let's do kinetic low exercise again. Can you hold your hand out of this? This is a cup in your hold. Your cup. Hold it up high. This cup is the cup of your heart. It's what your heart holds when her heart is field with anxiety. When our heart is field with worry, then one of the thing one of the consequences. You ever heard of the term opportunity cost? If this cup is field with, um, dirt bike racer or clash of clans? If this is field with Oh, I just stepped on some of your toes. If this is field with Social media or, um or what about worry how we're going to pay the Bills airfield with. It's filled with all these things feel with lots of stuff, any number of things. It's field. There's no space to receive anything. So it's very important that have times where we just say it's 15 minutes. But I'm just pushing all that stuff aside. Can we do that and saying, You know what? I'm on a day to do the work of thinking. I'm just gonna think for 15 minutes and instead of having some external stimulus, is me and Jesus and so So you need time and space. The next thing you need is the technological wonder of a pen. You need some way to write down what you're thinking about. Could be a scratch pad. You have a journal. Anybody know how to mind map? You know what that means? Uh, draw circle in the middle draw a word like I'm going to think about, um, se your house, draw house, draw a circle on your house, and then think what you're wanting prove about your house. You just start thinking, write down the things that bother you about your house. Well, this hallway feels like, so cluttering just every time I go through there, I hit money on whatever sticking out. Um, but you're thinking so that's the tool you can use is my mapping is just a little circle draw job. Just a little circle line off of it. And you have these offshoots. It's just a way to start thinking another way will teach you this letter. But, um, anyway, but or you could just right he just right or you're thinking about it could be free flowing, does not to be structured even, I mean, just some way, though, of being able to record it some way of being able to record it. There was this king. I was tryingto find it this morning and ah, and he basically he read a prophecy that was written about him before his lock time. This isn't This is in Scripture. And when he read it. He basically let a revival when he saw something that somebody was willing to write like a generation earlier. It may have been actually two generations earlier. It was It was before his lifetime. And And I'm like, Man, I'm so glad that he wrote that down. But for us, the Bible says in, Um um, what's that book called her back IQ is to write the vision so that the Herald who that reads it can run with it when it applies your own life. Write it down so that you can run with it. And here's I'll give you one more quote before I finished today is Ah, um, I don't know who this is from, but I read this at some points that you've not really thought of thought until you've written it down. Because when you write something down, you have to order in your son as we think we're thinking that we're not thinking our mind is just gonna Lou Lou who? But when we write it down, we have to structured enough to at least get it on the paper. It helps us toe helps the process of actually thinking because we got it right there because we thought we were thinking clearly. But you get the right, it doesn't come out. So when we have toe work to get the words that actually helps us, that it helps the process of thinking. And so we haven't thought of thought until everything else. So those were some tools time, space, a pin. You may be thinking more things in my help with reflection. Maybe some instrumental music out of coffee. Um, birds singing, he thoughts go outside. If that works for you. Turn your phone off. Yeah. Solitude. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Go go out in the woods or ago. I mean, really, it's just find something that works for you. You lock yourself in the closet so nobody can get Teoh a man. All right, well, do we just put our hands on her heart for a second? And I just want to go back to what I was saying before we started today, I'm gonna lead us in a prayer. This is kind of a declaration to just over ourselves. Listen, the enemy in the world are continually saying things to us into our ears, you know, through through all the ways that we hear things. You know, the TV, you know, social media, magazines, all just every way. We hear messages and it's important for us to say write messages to ourselves so that we're not just hearing those messages. So just say this wouldn't say I was fearfully and wonderfully Bay God knew what he was doing When he created May. He thought about a need. And then he thought about me and how he might get me to need through. He made me. I receive who God made Me to Bay and in Jesus name I will discover what God was saying when he made May I re nails the devil and all the voices that are just trying to make me something I'm not. But I receive the voices, especially the voice of God. They were speaking to my destiny. No, Father, I ask you, help me through all means. Concluding reflection. For more information about the visit the oaks dot org, thanks for listening. You received Amy and Blake