Not Getting Ahead of God…or Yourself

Summary: By taking a disciplined and diligent approach to a challenge in life, we can learn much more about our relationship with God and how God sees us! 

It amazes me how much God has taught me through my cross country running days of High School and how I still use that wisdom today.

One of my favorite memories was when I was a “cocky” sophomore and feeling pretty good during a 10 mile run. I recall saying around mile 7 saying,

“Hey coach, I am feeling pretty good, I’m going to go ahead of you and everyone else and finish!”

And off I went! And I did fine for the rest of the run…..until the next day. The next day I felt way too tired to run because I got ahead of where I was at.

Using that wisdom from running, I have been applying that knowledge as I have been moving forward with work.

When I began working in September, I was working from anywhere from 10-18 hours a week.

Then in October, I felt a bump from God saying you are stronger than you think you are, and worked anywhere from 16-30 hrs a week.

November, leveled out from anywhere from 20-28 hours.

And now that it is December, I feel that similar bump that I had in October.

What happened?

I am using that “Spirit of power, love and sound mind (discipline) that God gave us! (2 Timothy 1:7)

I did not run ahead of where I was at and it has made work so much more enjoyable! Instead of going for the “big home run”, I started chiseling around at what had been an albatross.

Over the past 3.5 months, some of the greatest victories is when I get up and go even if it just for an hour. Those days have been perhaps more important than the days when I work a more normal work day.

And perhaps the most important lesson is to love myself unconditionally and accept myself where I am at!

Prayer: Loving Abba, thank you so much for how patient you are with us. While the “Home runs” are indeed incredible, help us to continue to “walk in a manner worthy of our calling.”(Ephesians 4:1)  In Jesus name, I bless and release consistency, discipline, courage, diligence and boldness right to every reader right now in a two fold fashion. Amen.

Application and Comments:

What is an area of life that God is/has been teaching you that consistency route is better than “swinging for the fences?” I would love to hear about it in the comments below!

 

 

The Benefits of Praying in the Spirit

Summary: Today, I am going to write about a few benefits of praying in the Spirit and impart the gift of praying in tongues!

Praying in the Spirit is something that is relatively new to me. A mentor imparted the gift of tongues to me last year. It wasn’t something that I gave much attention to. I admit I thought it was a bit hokey.

Until this year that is.

I was at a class earlier this year that talked about how praying in the Spirit is like our secret weapon. We don’t even have to know what we are praying because it is inspired  by the Holy Spirit!

1 Corinthians 14:14 says, “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.”

Not knowing what we are praying for is exciting after many years of “unanswered prayers”. There were many times I prayed for something specific and if it didn’t come on my time table and my way I would become discouraged. Not knowing what we are praying for is exciting because we can trust God that He knows what we really need and advance His kingdom.

It helps to take the focus off of ourselves because when we pray in the Spirit, we can be interceding for those around us.

There are times I get a sense of what I am praying for and I am learning to journal those moments and see them come to pass. It helps with building a healthy relationship with God.

The second benefit of praying in the Spirit is that it is good for our brains! YAY! There is a Christian psychiatrist named Dr. Carl Peterson that writes how praying in the Spirit releases healing power.

He writes, “As we engage in our heavenly language the brain releases 2 chemical secretions that are directed into our immune systems giving a 35 to 40 percent boost to the immune system. This promotes healing within our bodies. Amazingly this secretion is triggered from a part of the brain that has no other apparent activity in humans and is only activated by our Spirit led prayer and worship.”

Wow! How awesome!

Prayer: Abba Father, I thank you so much for the gift of praying in the Spirit. Thank you that praying in the Spirit really is our secret weapon when it comes to spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:18). In Jesus name, I impart the gift of praying in tongues to each reader. Stir up the gift in each reader as you see fit. I praise you Father for the love, grace, mercy and patience you have for each of us! In Jesus name. Amen. (Note: Only receive this prayer if this is something you want)

Comments: How has praying in the Spirit benefited your own life. I would love to hear your comments below! Be blessed!

The Benefits of Praying in the Spirit

Summary: Today, I am going to write about a few benefits of praying in the Spirit and impart the gift of praying in tongues!

Praying in the Spirit is something that is relatively new to me. A mentor imparted the gift of tongues to me last year. It wasn’t something that I gave much attention to. I admit I thought it was a bit hokey.

Until this year that is.

I was at a class earlier this year that talked about how praying in the Spirit is like our secret weapon. We don’t even have to know what we are praying because it is inspired  by the Holy Spirit!

1 Corinthians 14:14 says, “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.”

Not knowing what we are praying for is exciting after many years of “unanswered prayers”. There were many times I prayed for something specific and if it didn’t come on my time table and my way I would become discouraged. Not knowing what we are praying for is exciting because we can trust God that He knows what we really need and advance His kingdom.

It helps to take the focus off of ourselves because when we pray in the Spirit, we can be interceding for those around us.

There are times I get a sense of what I am praying for and I am learning to journal those moments and see them come to pass. It helps with building a healthy relationship with God.

The second benefit of praying in the Spirit is that it is good for our brains! YAY! There is a Christian psychiatrist named Dr. Carl Peterson that writes how praying in the Spirit releases healing power.

He writes, “As we engage in our heavenly language the brain releases 2 chemical secretions that are directed into our immune systems giving a 35 to 40 percent boost to the immune system. This promotes healing within our bodies. Amazingly this secretion is triggered from a part of the brain that has no other apparent activity in humans and is only activated by our Spirit led prayer and worship.”

Wow! How awesome!

Prayer: Abba Father, I thank you so much for the gift of praying in the Spirit. Thank you that praying in the Spirit really is our secret weapon when it comes to spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:18). In Jesus name, I impart the gift of praying in tongues to each reader. Stir up the gift in each reader as you see fit. I praise you Father for the love, grace, mercy and patience you have for each of us! In Jesus name. Amen. (Note: Only receive this prayer if this is something you want)

Comments: How has praying in the Spirit benefited your own life. I would love to hear your comments below! Be blessed!

Building Bridges

I look forward to building bridges with my relationship with God, myself and others.

Since around April I have been going to a “Overcome Bipolar” small group and a “Supernatural Power of Transformed Mind” workshop each week. And they have been a great one two punch!

It’s been fun to see the mind renewed! (Romans 12:2). It is so fun to replace old thoughts with scriptural truth! It goes something like this:

Old Thought: In chains

New thought: I am redeemed by the blood of the lamb! (Ephesians 1:7)

Old Thought: God is angry

New Thought: God is kind and merciful! (Psalm 103) 

Old Thought: sinner

New Thought: I am a saint! (Romans 1:7)

Old Thought: weak

New Thought: Be Strong in the Lord and in His Might (Ephesians 6:10)

Old Thought: bipolar

New Thought:  But we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16)

I could go on and on, but meditating on His word about what God actuallty says about us continues to be amazing. It is so important for us to know our position in Christ, identity in Christ and all the spiritual blesssings we have in Christ.

Claim your true identity in Christ! It’s yours for the taking!

And let me say the “old self” burnt some bridges with some friendships.

Fear of commitment, not submitting to authority and not being able to trust caused the “old self” to want to run at away when things began to get serious.

I am so grateful and thankful that our God is a God of restoration. I look forward to partnering with God in restoring those relationships.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, thank you so much for being here and Father I pray that people claim  their identity in Christ. Help us to call out the gold that you see in them. When some feels broken, remind them that they are your masterpiece. When someone feels defeated, remind them they are victorious in Christ. When someone doesn’t feel blessed, that they are blessed with all the spiritual blessings in Christ. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.

God’s Grace

What is grace?

Well the Christian definition of grace is, “of the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.”

The ultimate sign of God’s Grace is Jesus dying at Calvary for our sins. Because Jesus died for your sins, and paid your sins debt in full, we have a cup full of grace that will never run dry. Because of this we can do NOTHING to earn His grace. It is already a gift from God!

Ephesians 4:7 says, “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.” What an awesome promise from God!”

How has God shown me his unmerited favor in my own life?
-Having me walk away from a from hitting a bus head on and walking away without a scratch.
-Providing for me when I didn’t see a way.
-Starting to reveal His purpose for me.
-Giving me a shooting star for a promise.

These are just a few examples for myself. So how has God shown you His Grace throughout your own life? I encourage you to do so.  Please tell me in the comments below.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, how grateful we are that you lavish is with your grace and mercy. We love you for sending your son Jesus Christ to die on the cross at Calvary to pay our sin debt in full. We are so in awe that we can do nothing to gain your grace.  It is a gift you have given to us as children of God. We love you Lord. As we about to embark on another week, continue to fill us with Your grace that only you can provide. Help us to give Your grace to everyone we encounter this week. We pray this in Jesus name. Amen.

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