Run in such a way that you may win. 1 Cor 9:24
How would you like to be greeted by your own Olympic coach every morning while you are having your morning beverage either at home or out and about with your mobile device? If you’ve felt tired, down, or spiritually weak as we all do from time to time I urge you to just try “The Christian Olympics” social experience. I was fortunate to participate in this last week and I truly was inspired to make some changes for the better in my daily living.
As the title suggests this is a “faith based“interactive app which uses Mindbloom and Facebook in conjunction on a daily basis to encourage you and your friends in NUTRITION, RELATIONSHIPS, and FAITH. Using Mindbloom, Facebook, and Coach Liz’s instructions you will be nourishing your “Tree of Life” each day and you will also have the opportunity “friend” others. By “friending” in the app you can assist, encourage, inspire, and even share music with one another. (“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12)
This is a “special event” that is free and you can even ask your family to come alongside of you in the twelve events which take place over twelve days. Don’t worry, you will not be throwing a shotput or jumping off a cliff into cold water as you will be seeing in the real Olympics; but you will tackle overall wellness and at the same time receive friendship, inspiration, and encouragement which we need as Christians to “run this race”.
As mentioned before it is free and I hear there will be prizes. So I challenge you to go the Christian Olympic’s Facebook page where you can view all the details along with a video to get you ready for training in The Christian Olympics special event. In faith I believe you will be encouraged and you will also encourage others so don’t wait as this special event begins very soon.
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Wow, this title is a mouthful isn’t it? It even kind of overwhelmed me when I typed it but as I have been debating with myself about some things I have read and heard lately I asked myself, “What is my goal at this point in my life?” I had all kinds of goals many years ago when I was young and many I did not achieve–some I did. Some of those goals were selfish goals and some were unselfish. I know we are not to dwell on the former things because they can’t be changed now (Is 43:18-19) and dwelling on anything usually seems to keep me from achieving anything. Dwelling is not a bad thing–the question is do we ever get past just the dwelling part? As I typed this I was prompted to look at some definitions for dwell. The one that jumped out to me was this:
dwell—time spent in the same position , area, stage of a process, etc.: .
Now I definitely see why I don’t always get to the achievement part. I spend too much time on the dwelling of it whatever it may be. Don’t get me wrong–I think there is wisdom in dwelling sometimes before making a hasty decision but I see at this point that I can “stay there too long.” The only thing that I need to use to determine that my dwelling is over and I can move forward or away from whatever it is I’m dwelling on is to know God, become like Christ, and listen to the Spirit. Then I will know who is leading me, if it is Christlike, and does it agree with His spirit within me.
This is going to be a short post today because I didn’t want to dwell on it for too long. I know, that is not very funny but the further I get in my journey with God I’m finding that I must simplify things more. Yes, I love to read profound articles espousing the deepness of the Word of God, because the Word is deep but for the decision I may have to make in the next few hours or the goal “I think I should achieve” I need to ask myself 1)do I know God–is it pleasing to Him? Is it helping me to achieve more Christlikeness–will I remain humble? Am I listening to the Holy Spirit who speaks Truth and is that “still small voice” within that gives us comfort and confirmation speaking to me that I can act upon my “dwellings”.
I am not trying to get deep with this but if you are a “dweller” as I am you may be seeking some explanation as to why you are still dwelling on that one thing you feel you are supposed to be doing but can’t seem to get past the dwelling upon it. I believe if we remind ourselves of these three things and as Mary did, “ponder them or dwell on them in our hearts”, (Luke 2:19) where He resides; we might just get to where He is leading us.
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Strength is something that I battle physically every day and it affects many parts of my life. I have found that when my physical strength is low it will affect my spiritual strength if I allow it to. You may ask, “What do you mean by spiritual strength?” To me my spiritual strength is being able to pray against whatever may come my way on that day in the name of Jesus relying on Him and Him only. Am I going to give in to the physical pain and fatigue or will I say to myself, “In my weakness He is strong” or to make it more intimate I say, “In my weakness You are strong Lord.” This is what I call my free-thought prayers. Instead of dwelling on what I know to be coming from the enemy of my soul I strive to immediately fill that time (that free thought) with a quick cry out/prayer to the Lord. He is an everpresent help in time of need is He not? As I age a little more each year it seems those times of need are increasing but His grace is sufficient is it not? I still have a lot to learn about operating in a weakened state and it has been very hard because I always was a person who could go, go, go but many times it was going in my own strength even when I thought it was in His strength. I had no clear concept of His sufficiency back then but I now have an amplified concept of His sufficiency and have been very humbled by it. And as I think about this humbling now I have been reminded of Paul’s words in 2 Cor 12 which you will see below:
“Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor 12:8-10
I don’t know that I’ve come as far as Paul (or ever will) as far as boasting in my weakness but I truly want Christ’s power resting on me so I will persevere in His word and praying His word in hopes of humbly boasting in my weakness. If you are struggling with weakness in any area of strength or needing guidance I hope you will read the prayer below from the website Prayers for Special Help:
For Unfailing Strength
Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then. Put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually: “The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart has trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not only with me but in me, and I in Him.”
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Usually by the end of the year I kind of have a feeling about what may be transpiring in the next year. This year I did not. It is in the second week of the year and I am just now seeing some of it. I had determined that I was going to commune with God much more this year because I know I am weak right now in my relationship with Him and I did that by turning off the TV more and listening to more Praise and Worship music, which stirs my spirit, and beginning a new online Bible class. I sure have missed that.
The last several years I have allowed myself to get mired down in the pit again because of frustrations with my health and relationships. Have you ever said, “God, I thought I would be so much further by now. Why do I keep falling in the same pits? What am I doing wrong?” But when I look back I don’t remember hearing an answer either from myself or God. God “can” get quiet at times but don’t doubt that He is always at work. Many of us have situations that we have been praying about for many years and it seemed at times things were going to change for the better but then we find ourself right back at the same point dealing with the same thing again. How many times do we have to go around the mountain.
As I cried out to God for answers to a certain situation this AM I said, “God, I need divine intervention in this–please help.” After sitting down quietly and making a clear decision about my circumstances I heard in my spirit these words, “Your decision is divine intervention.” Wow! As I thought about it I could see how it could be true Through reading His word and recalling what He has shown us and communing with Him more He will show us how to make decisions that are from Him and not us. Of course the decisions have to be lived in our lives from that day and I pray that I will have the strength I need to carry out His desires but He did say He would never leave us nor forsake us didn’t He?
A few months ago I locked my blog to private because I had no desire to write. I wondered if the blog had served its purpose and it was time to move on; however in the last few weeks or so I have been receiving revelation and enlightenment about this Christian journey that is hard to express. All I can say is that when you truly understand who He is life can become uncomfortable but a good uncomfortable. He does not condemn us–He loves us too much to do that. There is so much He wants us to gather from life through His eyes. So I will begin anew on this Road Back”.and attempt to share my Road with those who may end up here by someway or other. Have a good 2012.
Passage John 1:14:
14And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth. (Amplified))))
Whether we want to admit it or not we are all searching for more meaning and purpose in our spiritual life. We may be tired of disappointment and defeat. Sometimes when a person first becomes a Christian they’re told that everything will now change for them. That is true but without inner examination (God looks upon the heart) they may spend the rest of their Christian life wondering why they still can’t seem to overcome the hurdles in their life. Are they still hearing those negative hurtful words spoken to them on a regular basis by adults in their childhood or by their wife or husband in that failed marriage? Have they been able to forgive them? Did their business venture fail and they fear trying again? Are they stuck in the past? Do they have problems in relationships? Ms. Harper’s book will show why we are still struggling and how we can begin to move on to complete wholeness which is intended and sealed by our salvation. On page 37 Ms. Harper says this,
“Our minds must be washed in the Word, and our hearts renewed. Approaching the “new” requires you to be clean upon entering.You cannot enter that which is unfamiliar to you with the same mindset and attitude.” In otherwords if we are still holding grudges or reacting to things the old way it is most likely we will stay stuck.
This book is chock full of wisdom and truth. One review I read said it is an easy and quick read but for me it was exactly the opposite because of the wisdom that I wanted to chew on before moving ahead. This is a book that is great for new Christians and seasoned Christians alike. We are all in the process together but the quicker we admit to ourselves and God what areas we struggle in and eagerly grasp these truths and wisdom we will become enlightened to the steps we need to take towards our complete wholeness.
Some may call this a self help book but it is much more than that. There are millions of self help books out there and some can dupe us. They are what I call “feel good” books but many contain untruths. This book is solidly backed by Biblical scripture and can be used as a great self-study/self-examination. As we immerse ourselves in these truths change will become complete wholeness in Christ and purpose will result.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A sought after speaker, certified life coach, minister and author. As inspirational and motivational speaker, Paulette’s desire is to motivate women to reach their God given potential through conferences, workshops and seminars. Combining enthusiasm with an energetic speaking style, audiences describe Paulette’s presentation as inspiriting, enriching and encouraging. She is committed to speaking a message that is always uplifting and edifying. As a writing coach, Paulette is the visionary behind “Write Now” (releasing the word in you) literary workshops designed to coach aspiring writers in the areas of creativity, development and publication of Christian books. God has given her a desire for writers especially those who want to write for the Lord. Through these workshops it is her aspiration to provide information that will help aspiring writers dream come to reality, by providing tools, resources and opportunities to help them succeed. Paulette Harper Johnson serves in ministry with her husband Sr. Pastor Tony E. Johnson at Word of Faith Worship Center in Bradenton,Ministry location: www.wordoffaithfl.org
Today I humbly have a guest post on Melinda Todd’s blog, “Trailing After God“. I hope you will stop by Melinda’s blog and catch a read as well as Melinda’s writings which are very real. I have been very blessed to be introduced to The LeadHer organization which connects Christian Women Bloggers. You really need to check their webpage and Facebook page.