Getting the Brain to "Stay"

When was the last time you took time to think? The importance of getting the brain to "stay."

The God of Details (from my book #TheWalk)

Don't be deceived into thinking God is only interested in the big stuff. He is involved in the details.

Permission to Do It Tomorrow

If you are having trouble knowing when to stop, take a lesson from the Creator. Pace your day.

Life at Smartphone Speed

The Christian life was once known as "The Way" it has never been "The When." An excerpt from my book #TheWalk.

October 20, 2014

Getting the Brain to "Stay" (An Excerpt from My New Book #TheWalk)

We get a lot of information but have lost the art of meditation.  We know what is happening, but think very little of what it means.  Those who want to go further must also go deeper.  

When was the last time you read something from the Bible and thought about it the entire day?When was the last time something you read in the Bible changed the way you saw things throughout the day?  If the brain is constantly interrupted by notifications, giving proper attention to deeper truth is impossible.  

Because we are at a place in time and technology in which we want to know so much, we have reached a place in which I believe we know too much.  The fast pace at which we receive notifications is causing the erosion of one of our greatest God given abilities - the ability to think.  We no longer take time to think about what we know.  

Isaiah 26:3 says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”  With constant notifications we are not at a pace for peace.  It is difficult to get our minds to “stay” on the Lord when it strays after every vibration and alert that comes through our smartphone.

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October 14, 2014

The God of Details (An Excerpt from my new book #TheWalk)

  You make a critical mistake if you believe that God is not interested in the details of your life.  You may feel that God is uninterested because you are unimportant.  You may not be one of the 40 most influential people under 40 in your city.  You may not be a leader in your company.  The only picture of you in your high school yearbook is the one they made you take in front of a cheesy background in the cafeteria.  You may not think anyone is interested in your steps, but, if you walk with God, He is interested in each one of them.  Look at Psalm 37:23 again.  If you delight in His way, He will take delight in yours. 


Another mistake is to believe that God is interested only in the big things.  Whom should I marry?  Where should my kids go to school?  What should I do with my life?  Psalm 37:23 doesn’t say God is interested in your leaps.  God is interested in your steps.  If you will learn to acknowledge God on your way to taking the plunge, you will find that He would not have walked you to the edge of the cliff in the first place.  Even big decisions which require great risk are the culmination of many steps.

I like the choice of the New Living Translation.  The NLT says, “The LORD directs the steps of the godly.  He delights in every detail of their lives.”  The qualification for God’s involvement is not the size of the step, nor is it the size of the person.  For the godly, God is involved in every step.



October 8, 2014

Pacing the Day (An Excerpt from My New Book #TheWalk)

pages 28-29

Have you ever thought about what God teaches us in the pace of creation?  If God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light, don’t you think He could have just as easily have said, “Let there be a universe, fully furnished” and there would have been life as we know it?  Yet it took Him six days to talk it out and work it out.

If it took God six days to create the world, what is it that you and I think we can accomplish by trying to outpace Him in a week?

We must learn to do what God does - pace the day.

God has infused a rhythmic schedule into creation.  It would benefit us greatly to walk accordingly.  There is day and night.  Some of us never quit, so God turns the lights out as a signal.  The sun has gone down.  So should you.

Get off of Facebook.  Turn off the television.  Stop working.  Shut down the computer.  Relax.  Don’t work.  Talk.  Tell the story of your day - God tells us the story of His.  Go to bed.

If God waited until day 2 to create the heavens (Gen. 1:6-8), what is it that you and I have going on that can’t possibly wait until tomorrow?

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October 6, 2014

Life at Smartphone Speed (Excerpt from #TheWalk)

from page 12:

Guided by GPS, we can arrive at any destination and have no idea how we got there.

  Long life with the Lord is not merely about arrival at a destination, it is about steps.  It is less about praying about where we want to be and more about paying attention to where we are and how what the Bible says applies to today.  

Living at smartphone speed, we are deceived to believe we need all the answers.  If you want to go further, do what David did in Psalm 37:23.  Do life at a walking pace, with the Word of God in hand to light the path before your feet.  If you live like that, you don’t need all the answers, you need only one.  What’s the next step?

We need to be asking more questions like "What's next?" rather than questions that begin with "When?"  Your phone may know exactly "when" you will arrive, but God is less concerned with the "when" and more concerned with the “way” you get there.  

At one time the Christian life was actually known as “the Way” (Acts 9:2).  Living long for God has never been referred to as “the When.”



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October 3, 2014

First Step Promotion #TheWalk Book

THE WALK - FIRST STEP PROMOTION!!! HOW YOU CAN HELP

Truth is - you can order a copy of #TheWalk RIGHT NOW at my estore:https://www.createspace.com/4961701 or on Amazon at:http://www.amazon.com/The-Walk-those-ready-far/dp/1502472333/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412363753&sr=8-1&keywords=brian+branam

If you can hold off - HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP. On Tuesday I am going to offer the print edition of #TheWalk at $14.99 ON AMAZON ONLY instead of the retail price of $16.99. The goal is to sell 500+ copies in 48 hours. BUY YOUR BOOK ON TUESDAY ON AMAZON!!!

SHARE #THEWALK Book with your friends and encourage them to buy a copy on Tuesday as well. I AM GOING TO POST AN AD YOU CAN SHARE ABOUT TUESDAY'S FIRST STEP PROMOTION

WHY? One of the reasons I am excited about #TheWalk is not only is the book full of wisdom for life, but it is full of Scripture and the gospel. Sadly, many Christian books published today have a lot of great information in them, but they do not have a clear invitation for a person to be saved. #TheWalk contains a clear, simple call for a person to respond to Christ in repentance and faith.

By concentrating sales of the book on a certain day, the book will pop up on Amazon and other sites as recommended reading for customers purchasing books in similar categories. Yes, it will pop up in Christian living, but I am hoping it will also search in "management" and "family" categories.

I am praying for God's favor on this project and that we will see many people come to Christ. There will be other promotions announced along the way - and some fun stuff as well!!! I hope #TheWalk becomes a community as we read it together and learn to break life down into one simple question, "What's the next step?"

#TheWalk Book is Here!!!

It has been quite awhile since I have posted to FeelMyFaith.  I have a good excuse.  I have been writing!

I have started many books, but I have never finished one.  I am happy to announce, however.  That is no longer the case.  On October 3, 2014 I became a published author with my first title #TheWalk.

This book has been an incredible experience to write from inception to publication.  It all began with a great deal of frustration about the status of some goals in my life and a morning of praying, no - more like whining, to God.  As I prayed/whined I cam across a verse in Psalm 119:133, "Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me."

Steps!

You can't accomplish goals unless you are taking steps.

Through an incredible study of the concept of "walk" and "steps" in Scripture I came to a life changing question that has revolutionized my prayer life.  Instead of asking God "why" I have learned to ask God "what."  More specifically, "What's the next step?"

Through this prayer God has helped me to focus less on my dreams and more on my days.  As a result I have seen more things come to fruition and carry a sense of blessing with them than ever before.

In the coming days I will be releasing more information about #TheWalk.  There will be promotions, sales, and conversations.  You can be a big help in getting the message of #TheWalk into people's hearts and hands.  The thing I am most excited about with #TheWalk is that there is a clear presentation of the gospel throughout.  More than selling copies, I want to see people saved.  I am praying for God's favor on #TheWalk as a means of spreading the gospel.

Thanks to everyone who said, "I can't wait to read it."  You kept me going!

For information and updates, keep visiting the blog, but you can also join #TheWalk community at:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheWalkCommunity

or

Twitter:  @ReadTheWalk, https://twitter.com/ReadTheWalk

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August 20, 2014

My ALS 50 for 50 Challenge, A Twist


ALS Challenge with a Twist from Brian Branam on Vimeo.

I took the ALS challenge from Joel J Dison, but I want to add a twist. My friend ChrIs Jones has been trying to move his family to sLOVEnia to be missionaries for the 2.5 years that I have known him. He has sold his business and his stateside stuff, his kids are enrolled in school in Slovenia, he is ready to go. They need to be there by Sept. 1. They are $2500 per month away from their goal. I issue a new challenge for every follower of Christ watching this video. Share this with your friends. I need 50 for 50! 50 people to pledge $50 per month for a year so the Jones family can get on mission in Slovenia. Let's send them!!!! Donate here: http://www.send.org/info/jones/

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