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I have enjoyed having a prayer partner this last week.  I even got a funny email from him today:

“I will keep praying for you until the 30 days are up but that’s where I draw the line.  Kidding.”

It is good to have someone praying for you as you battle because the evil one does not want you to succeed.  I have really become more aware this week of how much I am not praying and I need to make that more of a focus.  I am limiting my facebook and ESPN but it is still hard to pray.  My thoughts wander, I want to be mindless, I am tired.  But when I pray I feel rejuvenated.  I believe Satan tricks us into believing that prayer is hard and not fun and I have bought into that over the years.  He also tells us it doesn’t matter and you can do more efficient things with your time.  A few of the guys in my discipleship group are getting up at 5 everyday and starting their day off in the word and in prayer and they LOVE IT!  I am slowly trying to get there.  Their stories inspire me to start the day off just like Jesus did as we have seen throughout the book of Luke.

In the video in talked a lot about coaching and having people in your life who truly love you and are honest with you.  This day and age love is a weak do whatever you want verb.  Love has no backbone and doesn’t stand for truth.  But when we look at the full picture of what love is in the bible it is totally different from the world.  It is loving people as you would love yourself.  I don’t want to waste my life.  I want to be as fruitful for Christ as I can be so I want others to point things out in my life that are hindering my witness.  I want my relationships to be a two way street where we do this for each other.  That is what true love is.  True love is wanting the best for the other, no matter what.  Speaking the truth in love is one of the hardest things to do in life.  I stink at it because I hate conflict, but in the past year God has opened my eyes to how this avoidance of conflict has kept me from truly loving people.  Many times I let things fester and don’t speak up right away and when they do come out there is so much frustration and anger in them that there is no room for love.

Justin Schuiteman

Author Justin Schuiteman

I am first of all a Jesus follower who is passionate about reaching the unreached, discipleship, and helping the hurting. I have an amazing wife, who is my best friend, and 4 children 4, 7, 13, & 14. 8 years ago God got a hold of us and life has not been the same since!

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