Midweek Encouragement

Here is some midweek encouragement compliments of Proverbs 31 Ministries http://www.proverbs31.org/devotions/i-dont-have-what-it-takes-2012-09/   But I Don’t Have What It Takes “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.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) “You don’t belong here, boy. You don’t have anything worth saying to these people.” You’d think a pastor about to preach to thousands of people eagerly awaiting his message would feel confident and courageous as he walks to the pulpit. But as I stepped out on stage, I literally had to talk to myself aloud to drown out the voice inside me telling me I didn’t have what it takes. Have you ever stopped short of God’s calling on your life because you felt almost paralyzed by your limitations and insecurities? Click here to read more.   Share...

Week 1: Spiritual Endurance

Week 1: Spiritual Endurance

At a meager five foot two inches and built more like a stocky softball player than a runner, I’m sure I stuck out at my first half marathon training. As I looked around at all the Garmin watches, hydration belts, compression socks, and dry-tech t-shirts I knew I was out of my league. These people were bona fide runners and I was a naïve stay-at-home mom with twenty pounds of extra body fat and a motivation to rise above the monotony of my life. As beads of salty sweat poured from my face and stung my eyes I mentally berated my girlfriend for talking me into this hellish endeavor. Who in their right mind would train for a half marathon in the heat of a Florida summer? Not to mention I was NOT a runner! Two grueling miles later I concluded my first training with the surprising realization that my boobs, my crotch, my butt, and even my ankles were capable of leaving substantial sweat marks. Could I really do this? Fast forward four months and the truth is YES, I could really do it! It took four months of dedicated training and steadfast resolve to build up the endurance necessary to cross the finish line of my first half marathon race. Little did I know that my physical endurance race was merely a precursor for the spiritual endurance race to come. The Lord has called us all to “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called [us] heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:14). As Christians we are all continually running the race that the Apostle Paul is talking about here in Philippians. The final finish line for Christians is reunion with Christ. Nevertheless, throughout our lifetime the Lord will also call us to “run” additional spiritual races. These races can come in the form of starting a new ministry, working through a troubled marriage, raising children, starting a new career, dealing with trauma, or overcoming habitual sin and so forth. Like Paul says in Philippians 3:12 “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” The Lord has taken hold of me and has impressed the importance of spiritual endurance in our lives. My spiritual endurance has not been refined to “perfect” or even “great” for that matter. The Lord, my coach, is whipping me into spiritual shape so I can “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” I welcome you to join me over the next few months as I share with you what the Lord is teaching me and how I’m actively applying it to my life. Spiritual Endurance has radically transformed my race and I believe it can transform yours as well! Week One Workout Plan: Write down your spiritual goals (I mean it…WRITE IT DOWN…open a Word Document or get a pen and paper). Do you want to start a home bible study? Strengthen your relationship with the Lord? Build a better relationship with your child? Go on a mission trip?  If you are unsure of your goal prayerfully seek the Lord. Pray and read the Bible as much as you can this week. Ask the Holy Spirit to define, refine, or realign your goal to His perfect will and plan for your life. Share...

Welcome

Welcome

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. About eight months ago I began to ask the Lord, “Who have YOU created me to be?” I knew I was a natural teacher but I didn’t feel called to the classroom. He gifted me with two wonderful daughters but being “super mom” was becoming less fulfilling. I felt hunger pains in my soul…there was something more he was calling me to…but what? I began to pray and read. I sought counsel from a dear friend and life coach. The word says, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13. The more I sought him the clearer it became. He was calling me to write. More specifically, He was calling me to write about spiritual endurance. I was training for a half marathon when the Lord began to impress this message upon my heart. Parallels between physical and spiritual endurance began to pour out of me.  As Christians we are all called to continually run a race of righteousness and Christ-like living (Hebrew 12:1-2). There are also times when God calls us to run smaller races within “the big race.” We gain momentum, confidence and endurance as we cross the finish line to each of these smaller races. The next few months I will be blogging about spiritual endurance principles and how to increase your endurance level spiritually.  Each week I will post a blog/teaching and a “workout” plan.  My blogs will include many running examples and metaphors but please don’t feel like you have to be a runner to follow along. I’m ready to increase my endurance and cross some finish lines in my life…are you? Please join me as we train and grow together! Share...