Encouragement, Spiritual Growth, Triathlon Training

7th anniversary part A

Worship at word of life North  was off the charts with God’s presence. The last song they sang was The Stand. What’s so interesting about this is that that song, was my theme song, exactly 7 years ago today when I raced in the 70.3 triathlon world championships. Getting to that championship is a whole testimony in itself. Today, God showed me a deeper layer of that experience. When he told me to go and qualify to get to World Championships – I chose to believe (nothing in my speed as a triathlete indicated I’d get there). Then, I chose to train to qualify. Then, despite finishing poorly at the race I picked to qualify at, I chose to believe and went to the banquet to get my qualification “ticket” to world championships (despite finishing 18th in my age group that day, I got 1 of I think 5 spots to go to world championships b/c others decided to not go). Then, I chose to train like a world champion during the 4 months between qualifying and racing. He provided everything I needed. My only contributions were to believe and to make that belief into action.
Before racing world championships, I became very sick. As I traveled to Florida, I was sick. The day of the race I didn’t feel my best but I chose to determine to race my best. The entire 6 hours and 4 minutes of the race were absolute misery of nausea and diarrhea. But I chose to not quit. I determined early on when I realized that this wasn’t going to be pretty, or fast or fun. I chose to finish, even  if I were the last one to finish.
The Lord showed me this morning as we sang The Stand, that it is in our believing and choosing actions that support the belief that we STAND. He showed me that He has put in me a huge about of tenacity and perseverance. He showed me that when we are willing to let Him get the glory (and trust me…as an athlete nothing about my times to qualify or on WC race day brought me glory and with intention I prayed to race for His glory and not mine.) that He would bring His glory through me. Then, He showed me that these past 7 years, which have been HARD, have been  “training and race” days too and that I’ve been tenacious and persevered and He is pleased with me. Oh transformation and working with God can be ugly and messy and many mistakes can be made…but God…brings us through and works it all out for good.
He then asked me, Daughter, are you willing to keep “training and racing” with your life for my glory? I’ve told you things that will be and I know you believe them. You know you can’t accomplish these things on your own. Are you believing as passionately as you did? Are your actions supporting that belief? Are you walking tall in confidence, hope and expectation of my provision for you like you did 7 years ago? The past 7 years have been much preparation..but now, I want you to commit more fully to believing and acting on that belief. I’m calling you UP to a higher faith, a greater expectation..and it’s all for my glory! Remember a few years ago when I whispered to you, “don’t do this for me…do this with me”?  Will you do this with Me?  With all my heart I want to do this with you!! Are you in daughter?
Oh Lord, what can I say? What can I do..but offer my heart dear God only to you. I’ll stand with arms high and heart abandoned to the one who gave it all. I’ll stand, my soul Lord to you surrendered. All I am is yours. All I am is yours. I’ll stand.
Yes, Lord, the answer is Yes. Let’s do this together.  Let’s go to the next level for your glory. Soli Deo Gloria. Soli Deo Gloria.
here are links to the 2 blogs I wrote about the 2010 World Championships if you are interested: https://wp.me/pTgvZ-1f, https://wp.me/pTgvZ-1a,
Pilates, Triathlon Training

Remember, tell and believe!!

One morning about 5 years ago  after I “retired” from triathlon coaching and racing, the Lord spoimg_1703ke to me and asked me to take down all my triathlon photos, medals, posters etc. It shocked me  because the Lord had blessed me so abundantly during those years.  Through the tears, I pulled everything down and put it in a backpack I’d received as schwag at a race.  I then put the backpack into storage in a closet.


One morning, just 2 weeks ago, as I was praying about my Pilates career, the Lord told me to pull out all my triathlon stuff and put it up in the Pilates studio. Again, the instruction shocked me.  I asked, “why Lord?”.  Oh I love that the Lord speaks to His people!  He said, that putting it up would be a reminder of all He had done for me during my triathlon racing and coaching years and it would bolster my faith, hope and confidence of all he planned to do for me in my Pilates practice and career!! What a difference 5 years can make.

About a day later, I pulled out that back pack and pulled out my memories.  Yes, very emotional.  I remembered so much and the Lords’ hand was in all of it – everywhere!

I picked out some of my favorite things and got a visual in my head of how I wanted to arrange this altar to the Lord on the wall in my Pilates studio.  Today, with Robert’s help, it is up.  After Robert got everything hung up for me, we stood back and looked at it.  With tears in my eyes I hugged him and thanked him for making my vision a reality.  He looked at me and said,” This wall has many stories to tell.”  True! So not only is my triathlon wall a reminder to me, it can be a conversation starter and I’d be thrilled to tell of the Lord’s goodness!!
When I pulled it all down 5 years ago.  I was broken hearted but obedient.  Never did I imagine the Lord would tell me to put it up again!!

Remember all He has done.  Tell of all He has done.  Believe in all He will do.


CALM – Managing emotions in the heat of the moment

This is a very short post!

The truth is that I have historically reacted too emotionally.  I have let my emotions and what seems important or what I seem to need in the moment drive me.  Needless to say this isn’t good!  So, the Lord has been showing me over the years how to manage my emotions instead of letting my emotions manage me.  Today, He gave me a great insight and lesson on this.

First, read how Esau sold his birthright to Jacob.  Even if you’ve read this many times before…read it again.  Genesis 25:29-34.  These short 6 verses tell the story of how the current need being met can cost you in the long run so much.

So, what to do when emotions are high?  Here is an acronym and a grid to stop and put your thoughts through to manage emotions. CALM

Clear – What is seeming urgent?

Alert- what does the Holy Spirit see?

Lessons – what lessons and wisdoms can I apply right now?

Manage – what do I need to do or manage in light of the BIG PICTURE?


I applied that to a situation I encountered just last night and it put the whole thing into proper perspective.  Allowing me to be CALM and at peace focusing my responses, choices and decisions on the big picture.


I hope this helps you too!!

Encouragement, Spiritual Growth

From the heart – 3 things I’m learning

whiteboard-wallpaper-hd-resolution-3i5I’m going to just jump right in with this blog.  Growth with God for me seems to come in spurts and after about 7-8 months of silence, the teaching and lessons and circumstances to practice the lessons are coming in fast.  Here’s 3 things I’m learning that I hope will help you as you grow closer to Jesus each day.

  1.  Prayer is a conversation.  I’ve heard this for years and honestly prayer for me has been me talking to God.  And after I’m done I say “Thank you Lord, Amen.” And then, I go on with life.  Recently, I’ve was inspired to pray a different way.  I went to have quiet time to pray over a specific circumstance that I needed direction on and an answer to – time was of the essence.  So, I got on my knees and prayed something like this, “Lord, you know all things – you know both sides.  I’m wiping all my thoughts and everything off the whiteboard of this circumstance.  I am completely open.  Help me to see it your way and direct me to the right decision that is in agreement with your way.”  When I handed the Lord a “whiteboard” for this – He handed me a clear understanding and a clear directive to take action on.  Since then, I’m all about being a whiteboard and letting the Sovereign Lord tell me.  There is an immense clarity, confidence and peace that comes from this approach – not the least of which is listening instead of just talking. Sometimes we do need to be heard and to bear our soul but more often than not we need to just come humbly and say, “what do I do?” and then when He tells us do it.
  2. “With”ness – it’s a new word I created – withness.  It’s not a typo.  Too often, as Christ followers we are compelled to “serve”, to do for Christ to be His hands and feet.  In fact, many of us simply wear ourselves out in busyness – “holy” busyness.  But, it is through our withness that we will naturally become a witness.  Jesus wants us to BE WITH HIM.  To simply spend time apart from everything else and BE WITH HIM.  When we are filled with withness, we can truly, naturally and easily be a witness.
  3. Through the eyes of the Lion – this concept is really a few blogs long and was inspired by the book of the same name written by Levi Lusko.   Jesus is the Lion of Judah.  The Lion has dominion (rule, power) in his territory.  Jesus is also Emmanuel – God with us.  In fact He is IN you.  So, look out at everything and learn to see through the eyes of the lion.  What does the Lion see?  A lion is calm, confident, sure of his position and his power.  Is this how you see through your eyes?  Or is it through fear and doubt and emotion? Be confident of your lion within.  Trust the lion. Don’t trust what you see, trust what He sees.  Ask to see what he sees and ask him what to do.  Let the lion lead. There’s more to this…and I’ll blog on it when it has marinated and percolated..but..think on it and of course, check out Levi’s book, Through the eyes of the Lion.  It is a worthy read.

May God bless you and show you truth.

Encouragement, Spiritual Growth

A rising tide lifts all ships

tsunamiI wrote not long ago about a Tsunami and how it rolls in off shore and as it’s rolls towards shore, things are changing profoundly. Lately, I just keep thinking over and over a rising tide lifts all ships.  The past couple of weeks, God has used Exodus 14 and Psalms 22 to show me things about deliverance, victory and true humility.  Tonight, I went to sleep and this statement woke me up and began to bring these things together:  God can’t/ won’t change our circumstances until we see them through eyes of faith. So here’s what I believe God is saying to His people right now.
I can’t and won’t change your circumstances until you begin to see them through eyes of faith.
Something has you in it’s grip because of circumstances I’ve permitted and you are allowing “it” to keep it’s grip on you.You are actually perpetuating it’s grip on you through one of two ways:
Pride which is independence or Doubt which is lack of trust in me.
I am encouraging you strongly that as you follow the pattern in Psalms 22 and enthrone me in praises and bow before me you will begin to work with me as I am working for you.  Until you place yourself in TRUE HUMILITY through enthroning me in praise and bowing before me you will remain gripped by these circumstances.
The danger is that right now, in the spiritual realm you don’t have time to hang on.  There is an unusual sense of urgency right now that I can’t fully share with you.   So please let go of the pride, let go of the doubt and work with me as I work for you!!
There is a choice you need to make regarding something very specific – say NO to your will and YIELD to my will.  This will begin to place you in TRUE HUMILITY before me.  Be brave and just decide to do this.  I John 2:15-17 reminds you of the importance of  saying NO and letting  go!
When you do, I can release my Royal Power on your behalf.
A Tsunami is rumbling off shore in the distance and continues to roll in.  The tide will rise.  You really don’t want to miss this opportunity, this timing.  Destiny can be slippery and sometimes the cost of not dropping something, of not getting in TRUE HUMILITY  will be FAR GREATER than you know.  Yield to me NOW and ask to see with your eyes of Faith.
Need me because this is your greatest asset and I long to HELP you.
Trust me because this is your greatest strength and I am fighting  FOR you.
Stay close to me because I am constantly WITH you.
Please take these circumstances that you are focused on and put them in your peripheral view.  Focus on where I am taking you.  These circumstances will be used to transform you and you will be given victory when you choose TRUE HUMILITY.  The transformation and deliverance and victory get delayed as does your destiny when you keep the circumstances in your focus and not your periphery.  Put these problems in your peripheral view and focus on what I’ve already shown you and told you – focus on your destiny not your circumstances.
You have in your hand what I want to use to bring you in to your destiny.  You have in your hand your victory.  Use it.  You’ve got it!
Stop wrestling with your circumstances.
Ignore these silly speed bumps you get focused on that are irrelevant.
Focus on what I’ve told you and focus on your destiny.
Get serious because the time is NOW.
I’m not parting the sea this time.  The Tsunami is rolling in and the waters will rise.  Enthrone me in your praise, bow before me and yield your will to mine and I will release Royal Power on your behalf and you will safely ride this rising tide in a ship and I will bring you to your destiny and you will be safe from the impending destruction this Tsunami will bring when it hits shore.
Don’t delay ok?  I want you to fulfill your destiny.  I designed it especially for you! Your destiny embodies my eternal purposes and dreams that I have anointed and appointed and planned to fulfill through you.  I am with you. Are you with me? Don’t miss your destiny by continuing to wrestle with your circumstances – release that pride, kill that doubt and work with me as I work for you!!  Then you will be on MY rising tide that lifts all ships!!
Hebrews 12:1,2
Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  We do this my keeping our eyes on Jesus, the CHAMPION who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the JOY awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding it’s shame.  Now, he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Each time he said, my GRACE is ALL you need.  My POWER works best in weakness.  So, no I am GLAD to boast about my weaknesses so that the POWER of Christ can work through me.

Starting is fun. Finishing is better.

Since the fall 2012 of when I  “retired” from being a triathlon coach, I have start a lot and finished litte.

During the spring ofimages 2012  through spring of 2015, proved to be both a restful time and a restless time.  It was a season of rest – coaching had taken a lot out of me.  My tank was low. I was not working and felt strongly that I shouldn’t work – very weird.  I have worked hard all my life.  It was a restless time because I was searching for how God wanted me to serve him.  During spring of 2013, God placed a book on my heart.  The working title is The Believer’s Travel Guide.  During spring of 2014,  we spent 6 weeks in California.  These 6 weeks for me were a time of reflecting, writing and prayer.  During spring of 2015, I made the commitment to begin the rigorous process of becoming an internationally certified Pilates teacher. And now, on the verge of spring 2016 I am poised to launch a new business (more details to come, stay tuned.) In between all of that, I explored and traveled down the path of being a missionary, going to seminary and becoming a pastor. Oh and simultaneously we sold everything we owned and moved into a 42′ motorhome called Tsunami for 18 months!

Let me tell you, all that exploration was exhausting. Let me also tell you how much each of those journey’s changed me, grew me and gave me greater clarity on who I am and who God has called me to be.  I am not a missionary,  God hasn’t planned for me to go to seminary and I am definitely not a pastor.  And living in a 42′ motorhome – well that will change you mightily in and of itself (that’s another blog post)!

Ecclesiastes 7:8 says that finishing is better than starting and patience is better than pride.

I started several things I did not finish.  I will tell you that I concur with Solomon, finishing is better.  The starting was fun from an exploration standpoint and exhausting from a decision making standpoint.  But, what did I learn?

  1.  Do your research – Ask a lot of questions.  Listen and observe intently.  Check your heart for motives.  Watch the behavior of others more than listening to words.  But, most of all, when exploring and seeking your choices and path – be with God.  Spend quiet time in the Word.  Journal lots and reflect lots.  Observe and process in prayer and communion with Him.  He will guide you.  He will confirm his direction for you and the answers to your questions by a settling in your spirit confirmed by a specific scripture or scriptures.
  2. Counsel – We all need people to guide us that we can trust.  Choose these people carefully.  Ask God to confirm who they are.  Then, listen to them.  Compare what they say against what you hear God telling you.  See, God guides us and he creates “echoes” around that guidance so we can KNOW.
  3. Be careful with options that are a sharp detour from your general yet unique path.  Sometimes, God will throw in some big curve balls.  But, generally speaking, you will find a thread or 2 that you can trace back for years.  This thread is a guide, something to hang on to as you find your way.  I can only speak from my experience and, now that things are settled and my path is direct and clear I can see the thread of writing, coaching/leading and health/fitness.  Find your thread – let that thread evolve and perhaps change colors.  Look for consistency.
  4. Start where you are you won’t stay there.  This is perhaps one of my favorite phrases and it is a powerful one.  I am learning all over with Pilates – it’s been a challenge.  It’s been exciting.  And Pilates amazing me with it’s effectiveness and results.  In my new business endeavor, I will be starting all over.  Yes, I am an entrepreneur through and through but each business is different and requires humility to begin again and learn. This is the patience part of Ecclesiates 7:8.  I believe that too many people get stuck where they are – not where God wants them, not operating at their best because they have pride.  Give up that pride.  Start at the beginning, right where you are…learn, practice and keep failing forward.  You won’t stay there.

As a triathlete, it seems that most of my races were extreme “adventures”. I remember one very early on where I quit halfway through the swim.  I couldn’t go for a second loop around that swim course.  The first one had done me in (that’s another story for another day).  So, I quit and went home.  Ugh.  That felt horrible.  But, I learned and I didn’t quit triathlon.  I just quit that race. Sometimes we need to start and not finish so that we can learn, grow and come back to finish.

Starting is fun.  Finishing is better.  It’s ok to start and not finish until you find what’s worth finishing!  Go with God!


Pilates – Your body and Your budget

I want to be a line item in your budget.  Here’s why!
We spend lots of time shopping for clothing, shoes, make up, hair and nails – all things to put ON our bodies…yet many of us invest so little time and effort INTO our bodies themselves. We spend lots of time on the internet, on Facebook, etc. In fact, recent studies show that the average American is spending 14 hours per week on tv alone. So, really it’s not about time and money.  It’s about redistributing time and money.
Why Pilates?
In August 2015, I took the leap to become a Pilates Teacher. Why? Because Pilates  helped me recover from a painful back injury.  As I worked with my clients, I could see that Pilates was one of the most powerful exercise methods to help anyone and everyone move with greater ease, greater strength and balance.  Pilates is adaptable for someone just getting out of rehab or finishing sessions with a Physical Therapist.  Pilates is ideal for any athlete seeking to improve their performance and reduce injury. Pilates is great for someone who desires to perhaps exercise and connect to their body for the first time in their life.Pilates is great if you are short on time because it can incorporate cardio, strength and fitness into each session.  Pilates is precise movements with precise breathing making it highly effective – no more doing endless sets and repetitions.  It is not boring, it is challenging mentally and physically.  Pilates equipment allows a teacher so much adaptability and flexibility making sessions highly creative and individualized for the client.  I know teaching Pilates is another tool in my toolbox of helping my clients get fit and achieve their goals.
Now, back to your body and your budget……
First the challenge.
1.  Are you investing in your body or just investing in putting stuff on your body?   What would happen if you transferred some of that investment into your body?  Perhaps you wouldn’t need new jeans…you’d love the ones you already own.
2.  If you do invest in your body…is your investment paying off?  Do you look better, feel better and move better?  Has this investment improved your life? See, Pilates translates from your sessions to your life. That’s the point of it – results!
3.  To the athletes – you’re invested and investing in your body or are you?  Do you empty the tank but don’t replenish it often enough? What if that achilles, knee or back issue stopped interrupting your training plans?  What if you could move with greater efficiency and thereby improve power and/or speed?  What if…..Pilates was your “secret” performance ingredient?
Now, the invitation
 You’re invited to try Pilates with me.  I’m taking the Pilates journey and loving every single minute of it and so are my clients!  My pricing is affordable for two reasons. 1.  Because I’m learning to teach Pilates comprehensively. (I will graduate in April 2016 and hope to pass my PMA-CPT test by 7/31/16) 2. Because I also want Pilates to be a line item in your budget. Pilates is a practice and that takes time and investment.
You can start small – a 90 day commitment or you can start “all in” with a 6 month or 12 month commitment. 2 visits per week are minimum and 3 visits per week produce near magical results! Your commitment level reduces the cost per session.  Visit Visit https://kpministry.com/605-2/ for details.
I would love to start the new year with 2 new clients.  Perhaps you’ll be one of them!
Pilates works. Pilates is an investment.  Pilates will take time.  But, Pilates works.
Won’t you consider giving it a try? Contact me at kpatallas@icloud.com – I’d love to hear from you!
Health and Fitness Coaching

Is this your year? This is your year.

Four words in two different orders with two different punctuation marks will produce two different results. These two different sentences sound like this when you fill them in.

Is this your year?  Is this the year you will lose the weight?  Is this the year you’ll get serious and get off the couch?  Is this the year you’ll stop pushing through the training and racing and let those nagging injuries heal?  Is this the year you’ll starting choosing healthy foods more often and break that sugar addiction? Is this the year you’ll start appreciating your body and treating it with love and respect?


This is the year I will _____________.  (You fill in the blank.)

Are you asking a question or making a statement? I’m not talking “resolutions” here.  I’m talking about real change. Life changing change.  Lasting change.  I love this graphic because it shows clearly what your chances of success are based on whether you are making a statement or asking a question!


If this IS your year….then, awesome!  Now what?  You need a plan.  Yep, a plan.  Good intentions and positive statements are powerful, but a plan is how you move the needle from a 50% chance to an 80% chance and then on to I DID and 100%.

A plan is simply breaking down your goal into small steps with measurable achievements.  The power of having a plan is truly exponential.  A plan brings consistency and focus over time and leads to  achievement and change! See, real change takes time.  There isn’t a quick fix.  There is work to be done, over time.  It’s easy to start, it’s hard to finish and that’s why you should consider investing in a Health and Fitness Coach. Partnering with a Health and Fitness Coach can make all the difference in achieving your goal because a coach will provide knowledge, advice, a plan, encouragement and accountability.

Whether you want to:

  • Get off the couch and get exercising
  • Recover from too much training for too long
  • Lose weight
  • Or any other goal you may have for your health and fitness

If you are making a statement this year and not just asking a question, I’d welcome the opportunity to be your Health and Fitness Coach. I’m looking for 2-3 clients willing to go the distance in 2016. Wherever you are, that’s where we’ll start; but, you won’t stay there.  Step by step you’ll work your plan with your coach by your side, until you’ve achieved your goal.  Together we can make sure that this IS your year.  Contact me at kpatallas@icloud.com and let’s arrange a time to talk and see if we are a good match for each other. I can also explain how it works and what the costs would be.  I promise my fees are reasonable.



A super quick short post about time

The Rolling Stoimages-1nes sing, “Time is on my side, yes it is.  Time is on my side, yes it is.” Now, Mick is singing about a girl coming back to him.  But, I want to take a different twist.

Time IS on our side, when we invest our time wisely.

Newton’s third law says, “For everything there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Let me again, take a twist.

Time is NOT on our side.  When we waste our time and squander our time we can not get that time back.  It is gone, gone, gone.

I will bravely and boldly say that never in the history of humanity have we had more distractions and more opportunities to simply waste our time.

We often cry we wish we had more time.  But, do we really need more time or do we just need to spend that time with greater intention and focus?

I don’t have time to_______.

You fill in the blank.

Here’s a sobering statistic.

According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 28 hours/week, or 2 months of nonstop TVwatching per year). In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube.

And that is just TV.  28 hours per week. 28.

Let’s put more time ON our side.  What about exchanging just 30 minutes/5 days per week from our various “screens” and putting that time towards something that we falsely don’t believe we have time for?

Yes, time IS on our side when we redirect it towards the important and don’t let it just slip through our proverbial hands.

Advice from the bestseller The 7 habits of highly effective people.
Spiritual Growth

Lord, Bring me through!

images-1 Lord, bring me through. God is using the crucible (a place or situation that forces people to change or make difficult decisions) of our circumstances to strengthen us. To build our character and make us more like Jesus so that we can be who he made us to be and do what he has planned since before time began for us to do. He uses the crucible of our circumstances to deepen our need of him, our love for him and to show us his great power, love and fulfill his promises. He uses the crucible to transform us, strengthen us and prepare us. The crucible is painful, difficult and our natural human response is to want OUT.

In Gethsemane, Jesus was distressed at what he was about to go through to the point of crying tears of blood. He absolutely could have opted out- he could have not gone to the cross. But, just because this option was in His power to take, he didn’t. He went to the cross. He went through His crucible. The result? God raised him from the dead and He sits at the place of honor near God’s throne. The Cost benefit analysis on this one is clear!
God places us in crucibles of circumstances and crucibles of relationships and these are used for His purposes IF we cooperate with Him. Sometimes we are able to see that we are heading into the crucible and can brace ourselves for it.  Sometimes we just sort of go ” oh shoot here I am” after thrashing around a bit and sometimes we IGNORE the crucible that we are even in a crucible. Sometimes we decide to adapt to the crucible and never get out.
When we deny and ignore the crucible and the fact that it has divinely ordained purpose in it…we have quit on God and we have also decided that His best for us is to stay in this crucible.
But, all crucibles are temporary and used for a time. Begin to pray Lord bring me through and Lord help me to cooperate with what you are trying to create and forge in me. I’m here, you are with me…let’s do this!
As a triathleimageste, I always prayed and hoped for clear and smooth waters to swim in. I knew that the waters would be rough no matter what because of all the swimmers starting to swim at the same time when the gun went off. But, if the waters were smooth to start, once the swimmers got spread out a bit, smoother waters could be found. But, if the waters were choppy to start, then it’d be a tough swim the whole way. On those race days where I saw rough waters, I had to fortify myself more to create a calm, strong approach to the task at hand. It helped knowing that the swim doesn’t last forever. But, I had to swim the whole swim course. I couldn’t just do some of it.  And, if I didn’t swim I couldn’t go on to bike and then the run.  I had to swim to race, I had to swim to finish. I had to go through.
Oh, what would happen to us if  with confident hope and bold courageousness looked at our challenges and trials in life and said, “ok Lord, I’m in. I’m gonna cooperate. I know you are with me. I know this won’t last forever. I’m gonna do my part. Strengthen me, change me…I know it’s all for good and I know you are bringing me to my destiny and purpose through this.  Let’s do this Lord. Have your way with me.”
I never had a good swim in calm or choppy waters when I was stressed and fought the water. I had great swims when I was calmly courageous,  taking the swim one stroke at a time and dealing with each random toss of the water at a time. The difference in a lousy swim and a good one wasn’t the calmness or roughness of the water; it was my attitude and approach to the water. I had to be strong and cooperate.  Also, I never had a good race if I didn’t swim!
Isaiah 43:1-3
Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name. You are mine.
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty you will not drown. I am the Lord, your God, the Holy one of Israel, your Savior.
Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose.
Philippians 1:6 says
Being confident of this,that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
God wants to finish what he starts. God has you in a crucible for a purpose. Cooperate. Know you aren’t alone and know that it will be worth it. You have to swim to race, you gotta get in the water.  No one can swim for you – no one.
Jesus is our example. And here is what Paul says about Jesus’ approach to his crucible and how we should cooperate as Jesus did!
Hebrews 12: 1-4

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.a Because of the joyb awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. 3Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people;c then you won’t become weary and give up. 4After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.

Wherever you are, pause and ask God to show you the reality in light of eternity. Then you can see you are in the crucible, cooperate with God who is with you and will not forsake you and He will bring you through. You will not be the same. The change brought about when you cooperate in the crucible is called spiritual transformation! You will be more like Jesus. You will not be the same- you will be better…so much better! Crucibles, like races don’t last forever. With God, you CAN do this!!

Paul’s says in Ephesians 3:20

Now all glory to God who is able through His might power at work within me to accomplish INFINTIELY more than I might ask or think.

Lord, bring me through!!