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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!!

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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!

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Pilates – Your body and Your budget

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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.
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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!
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Follow your heart’s GPS

imagesPossibility. Potential. Exploration.

You may want to look up the definitions of these three powerful words!
What’s possible? How much more is possible if our response to the seemingly impossible were open instead of closed? How many explorations whether scientific, geographical or spiritual would not have occurred if someone hadn’t first considered the possibility?
How often do we shut down possibility without first exploring? Or how often do we shut down possibility and potential by not being willing to openly explore and do the work of exploration? How many times have we allowed people to limit possibility or at best narrow our possibility into what seems probable or likely to them? How many times have we shut down someone else’s potential or possibility down by pointing out the “reasons” it would not be possible?
Yet, historically speaking, we are the benefactors of others willingness to consider possibility and their determination to explore it at often great cost and sacrifice?
So, if the potential of possibility is so great why do we not risk exploration of it? Why do we shy away from potential and possibility as if they were deadly or dangerous?
Fear.
Fear of failure.
Fear of wasting time (don’t even get me started. How much TV do we watch? Facebook do we scroll through? How many times a day does one of your devices beep to give you an “Important” notification)
Fear of looking crazy and our lives don’t look like the typical American life.
Fear of the unknown.
Fear of risking it “all”. What is “all”anyway? Safety? Security? We Americans place way too high a value on security. Yet, we are founded by huge risk takers and rooted on possibility, potential and exploration!!
I watched a video on how to organize information to write a book, screenplay or other large body of written work. The guy said something that hit me square between the eyes and stabbed my heart. He said, he writes to affect change in this world! Whoa! Crazy talk right there huh? He’s JUST a guy…like I’m just a woman. But, he sees possibility, he believes in potential and he’s using his talent, time and resources to create work that presents these ideas to others. If he didn’t and merely talked about it over coffee with a friend….how could change ever become possible?
So, this guys “crazy” talk affected me. My writing project, that has taken me nearly two years to really start and work on in any significant way, was held up by fear.  Yet, it was birthed out of passion to help others! I hadn’t seen the depth of this passion as clearly as I did while I watched that video. The fire of possibility was lit!
So, what’s in your heart? What possibility do you push down and instead get up everyday, go to work, buy new clothes, eat out and watch tv instead of doing? Our comfort and wealth as a society has made us soft and satisfied. Wake up! Look deep inside…there is so much really, really wrong all around us!! What possibility do you see? Are you willing to explore its potential? Are you willing to give it a chance? Are you willing to dare? Are you willing to risk? Are you willing to contribute in any way, large or small to the potential and possibility in each and everyone of us?
I bought a bracelet, nearly 20 years ago while on a buying trip in New York. Inscribed in French, it translated says: we must live not merely exist.
Me? I realized my heart and what I want to say and it’s worth the time, risk, focus and investment…it’s taken me a lot of exits off the freeway to finally decide to follow the God given GPS directions deep in my heart without fear and without diversion and distraction. (Well, I’m getting better at recognizing diversions and distractions…)
When I finish this writing project, if I am the only one to benefit and I am changed because of it and have more to give others, it’ll have been worth it. If, a few people read it, great. If it gets published, even better. If it becomes a good seller or best seller, stupendous. But the outcome isn’t my focus. The “success” of the project will be in the completion of the project. My focus is on the completion and the outcome is in Gods hands. Affecting even one person through your exploration of possibility and potential is worth it! Sometimes God gives us this burn in our heart and He is aiming at just one person. Sometimes He is aiming for a hundred, or a million, or an entire generation, or many future generations.  Sometimes, He is looking to affect all of humanity for all of eternity; like He did through Jesus!  It’s not how “big”…don’t get hung up there. Follow your heart’s GPS, follow Gods voice…when these two things merge great stuff happens!
Stop. Get quiet. Listen to your heart. Listen for Gods voice. Is there a possibility and potential you perhaps should take more seriously? Is there at the very least some exploration you should do because it is at least worthy of some exploration? Go ahead, do it! Do it for all of us. Do it for you. Do it for the one, or the hundred or the entire generation.
 Is there someone around you that believes in possibility, potential and exploration? Support them! Don’t quietly think, that’s stupid or that’ll never work or that won’t happen or that’s too risky.  Speak life into it! What’s the worst that can happen? Yeah, that what I thought…the worst really isn’t that bad and a small price indeed to pay in the seeking of possibility and potential via exploration! Be there for them..it may take a few failures…remember, sometimes the price is high!
I believe that Gods voice is very, very clear if we listen! If God is breathing a dream in you, a vision of possibility…..pay attention! Contribute!!
Not sure you know Gods voice? I have 2 suggestions:
1.  Start reading the Bible daily with pen and paper handy and listen.
2. Pick up a killer book by Priscilla Shirer called Discerning the Voice of God.
Let’s stop existing and live up to our God created, God inspired potential and purpose! Explore,the possibility…follow it…see where God leads!
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Being Real

Attempt #2, sorry.  Had technical difficulties correcting the title.

This is a super fast post.  Unplanned.  But must quickly write these words down. Perhaps someone needs them today!

Genuine:  actual, true, free from hypocrisy or pretense, sincere.

Authentic: real, not copied, not false, conforming to an original so as to reproduce essential features.  Made or done the same way as an original.

We, as disciples of Jesus, are called to be genuine.  We are to replicate Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and so we become Authentic Christians (aka Christlike).  So we produce His essential characteristics.

We all have a high calling (to become an authentic Christian) and human weakness (that sin problem).  So in relationship with each other we remember this:

1.  That we are all legally taken care of.  Christ paid the legal debt of our sin (death).

2.  We are each to daily maintain the relational aspect and responsibility of our sin through daily confession and repentance and thereby receive forgiveness from God. This keep our relationship with God unhindered and intimate.

Now, #2 above has a distinct impact on our relationship with each other.  Through #2 above we maintain relationship with God and this allows the Holy Spirit to work in us to make us authentic Christians.  Without this, we can not be genuine. But, if we accept that we need to do #2 daily because we want our relationship with God to be unhindered, this also makes us able to love our neighbor as ourselves because we can now be genuine. There is NO need for hypocrisy, pretense or false sincerity.  We are “straight” with God! So we can be humbly genuine with others. There’s a long list of things that will change to our benefit (no time to fully think this through at the moment) but the first ones to come to mind is how quickly we will be able to forgive others, we will become and stay humble, we will find it much easier to love others too!

When we get real (honest) with God by confessing and repenting and then receiving His forgiveness we can be genuine and extend to others the permission to be genuine as well.

To be genuine is a freedom.  That freedom is paid for through the act of confession/repentance and then the receiving of God’s immediate forgiveness. Freedom is always worth the price of admission.

 

Ok, as you were today. I’m going back to my originally scheduled programming.

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What are you praying for?

prayer-on-my-knees4I have read two of three books in a trilogy by Francine Rivers. She writes historically accurate Christian fiction. The main character in the first two books is Haddasah; a Jewess woman living in 70 A.D. who believed that Christ was the Messiah. Throughout the 2 books, Haddasah prays. She prays many, many times. After reading her prayers it HIT me. She is praying that she will respond to all her circumstances and situations in a way that pleases Jesus. She isn’t praying to escape difficulties, or that difficult people to love in her life get removed or experience suffering as revenge for their hateful or disrespectful behavior to her. She prays that she will respond according to the example of Jesus. She prays for strength, she prays for the ability to love, she prays for the ability to overcome her fear and in fact she prays to not be concerned about her own survival. Indeed, this woman is clearly more spiritually mature than me I thought. Perhaps one day, I too will grow into that “level” of Christlikeness.
Then, I began to consider her prayers more intently. If she felt it necessary to pray for what she prayed for, those responses did NOT come naturally to her; she needed the supernatural power of Christ to respond like Christ! It was what she prayed for that made the difference…not that she was mature or able to attain a holiness not yet available to me. Haddasah knew she couldn’t respond as Christ would like her to without His help. That sounds obvious but, when I consider so many of my prayers…I pray for outcomes. Outcomes that seem best to me and of course outcomes that are to my liking!

But, God gives us the circumstances to produce Christlikeness in us! So, really, it just seems like I should pray to respond to these circumstances in a way that pleases Him and leave the outcomes to Him. And of course as soon as I decided to make this paradigm shift in my prayers, He provided a circumstance for me to give this a try! If you’ve walked with God you know that He is funny this way- He gives opportunities! Well, I began to pray that I would respond right and I searched the Bible for what my response should be and prayed that way.
At first my prayer was a choice- a choice I made with my mind while my heart still wanted to pray for outcomes! But, as I continued to pray and use the scriptures, my heart began to experience the paradigm shift as well! And soon, a peace and calm came over me. I could leave the outcomes up to my sovereign Lord knowing He would give me the strength and grace to respond in a way that pleased Him. Soon, my prayer shifted from asking to thanking. From asking, “Lord, help me to trust you. Help me to not worry,” to “Lord, thank you for being so trustworthy and faithful. Thank you for helping me respond with love and confidence in You. You have never failed me and no matter how this turns out I will praise you and give you glory.” This new attitude in prayer and thinking and responding, this paradigm shift from seeking outcomes and results to instead seeking right responses and leaving the results and outcomes to Him Is so freeing! Free. Let me tell you, I’m hanging on to this paradigm shift.

Here are a couple of verses that are strengthening me as I train with the Holy Spirit to deeply ingrain this paradigm shift into my heart, my mind and my soul.

Psalm 112:7,8 NET
He does not fear bad news. He is confident. He trusts in the Lord. His resolve is firm; He will not succumb to fear before he looks in triumph over his enemies.

Psalm 26 1,3 NET
I trust in the Lord without wavering. For I am aware of His faithfulness and His loyalty continually motivates me. (I paraphrased slightly here.)

Psalm 91:14,15 NET
The Lord says, because he is devoted to me, I will deliver him. I will protect him because he is loyal to me. When he calls out to me, I will answer him, I will be with him when he is in trouble; I will rescue him and bring him honor.

When I look at the lives of God’s people in the Bible, they are far from smooth sailing with a straight upward trajectory. Their lives twist and turn and go this way and that. And, as God orchestrates their circumstances He reveals Himself to them in deeply personal and intimate ways and He brings them through and they know Him more, love Him more and understand His vast love and power more.

I am praying for right responses to every situation, circumstance and encounter so that I can experience the resurrection power of my Savior in each opportunity and so that day by day I can trust and love Him more and experience more of His loving peace that passes understanding.

John 16:3
I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But, take heart I have overcome the world!

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My manifesto

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Manifesto is from the Latin word Manifestus.  Manifestus means to make public, to make obvious.

I share my manifesto with you because I need a manifesto to make obvious to me each and everyday what my truth really is! I share my manifesto with you to encourage you to take some time with God and His word to create your own manifesto.  Manifesto’s can change with each season.  To me, having a manifesto means that I am focused on truth in my life and this truth is guiding me. It is also an admission that keeping this focus in our busy and invasive world is not easy and I need something to help me find my Spiritual “north” quickly each time I stray.

If you do in fact create or have a manifesto..I’d LOVE to hear yours!!  Post on facebook or this blog won’t you?

Manifesto

Everyday I wake up and I know that I am not enough. But, this doesn’t stop me because this is only part of what I know.

Everyday I wake up and I know that Jesus is with me, that I have the wisdom and the power of the Holy Spirit inside me, that I have an entire team of my spiritual ancestors cheering me on, that I live out this life on earth in the invisible spiritual city of the New Jerusalem with my fellow citizens – other Christians and festive angels.  (Hebrews 12)

Everyday I wake up and I know that I am being taught and led and shown how to win this spiritual race by the One who ran the race perfectly. That if I keep my eyes on him, that if I train and do as He did and as He tells me to, I too will win the race that God has marked out for me. (Psalm 25, Philippians 3)

Yes, it is true, I am weak. Yes, it is also true that my savior and hero and perfect examples’ power is in me and with me and works best when I am weak. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Everyday I will fan into flames the spiritual gifts God gave me and I will do the good things He planned for me long ago, because His plan comes with the power, love and self-discipline to execute the plan. ( Ephesians 2 and 2 Timothy 1)

Yes, I have an opponent, an enemy who works day and night and night and day to bring me down, to side track me, to destroy me. Yet, my enemy is already defeated and his efforts will not stop me. As my enemy puts lies into my mind I will open my mouth and refute them with the true Word of God. (Ephesians 6)

I am a spiritual athlete. My coach is Jesus. I run to win the heavenly prize! 

I am not enough but I don’t need to be! I am more than a conqueror and I run this exciting race with strength, peace, joy and confidence through the power and authority of Jesus!


Philippians 3:12-16
I’m not saying I have all this together, that I have made it. But, I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward- to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m. It turning back. So let’s keep focused on the goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have so etching else in mind, something less than 100% commitment! God will clear your blurred vision. Now that we are on track- let’s stay on track!

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Right now, today, you and I are being cheered on by Heroes!

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Lately, I have been understanding on a much deeper level the parallels between training as an athlete in sports and training as a spiritual athlete. Have you played a sport?  Ran a race?  Competed in any way?  Can you recall the emotional and physically energy you received during a competition when someone cheered you on?  Can you hear it? Even a simple clap, or the ringing of a cowbell help  when you are in the heat of a sports competition.  But, when someone specifically calls YOUR name, when someone you know or even better yet, when someone you love hollers for you…what does that do?  I know for me  just seeing Robert’sface and hearing his shouts of encouragement during a  gave me instant energy and courage.

In our training as spiritual athletes, God puts us through training sessions and race days.  And sometimes, when the training session is difficult or long or when the “race” day is particularly tough, discouragement can set in.  We want to slow down our pace, we may want to  even quit, we wonder if it will ever get better, we begin to  ask why, what’s the point and if it’s worth it.  Can you relate?

 

But, spiritually and athletically is IS worth it.  Can you remember crossing the finish line of a difficult race or hearing the buzzer stop at the end of a hard won basketball game?  Once it’s over, once the line has been crossed..wasn’t it worth it?  I bet you are like me, it WAS worth it.  Sometimes, I just cried when I finished racing.  Have you ever just cried when the race was over either spiritually or athletically?  Yes, finishing the game, crossing the finish line…it IS worth it.

But, as spiritual athletes who is cheering us on? Who is our spiritual athlete example?  Well, I hope that, like me you have friends in Christ that cheer you on, mentors that model strong spiritual athleticism, family that encourages your spiritual training and teaches you Godly principles and a church that supports you too.  But, sometimes, even that doesn’t feel like enough or sometimes those cheerleaders can disappoint us or not give a “cheer” at the right time…So, what to do then?  Let’s see who the Bible tells us is cheering us on and who our spiritual training example is….

Hebrews 12: 1-3 (the Messsage)


Discipline in a Long-Distance Race

12 1-3 Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
(emphasis in red is mine)

A listing of some big faith heroes is given in Hebrews chapter 11.

In chapter 12, Paul the writer of Hebrews, tells us that these veterans are cheering us on!  Really?  I have some favorite heroes in the Bible and I’m sure you do too.  If encouragement is what you need right now , think of your favorite heroes on the sidelines of YOUR life cheering you on in your spiritual training.  For me, I put Esther, Peter and King David on my cheering team!  They all had greater challenges and endured more that I have.  They know what I’m going through and how challenging some of God’s training can be and they are on my sidelines telling me, ” Keep going.  You’re doing good.  Trust God.  The finish line is worth it.  The next mile will be easier.”  Who are your heroes? Will you allow this truth real for you? YES, you are being cheered on by faith heroes that were so loved by God He included them in the Bible.  That’s some pretty important people sitting on your sidelines telling you to keep going!!

Now, Jesus.  We’ve heard He is our example.  Sometimes that just frustrates me because He set the bar pretty darn high and I know in this life, I’ll never reach that height!  But, this verse says that Jesus never lost site of of where he was headed – the finish line with God.  I think it’s time for me and you to start  focusing on and seeing that finishline and to determine to finish strong.  Time to start realizing that whereever your finishline is – short term challenge or arrival in heaven – God the Father and Jesus the Savior will be there!  They will be there to welcome you, congratulate you and put that medal around your neck.

So, I’m encouraged.  I hope you are encouraged.  Whatever your current spiritual athlete training looks like right now – easy or hard – press on.  Keep going.  Keep your eyes on Jesus.  Keep your focus on finishing and listen for the cheers from the faith heroes sitting in your sidelines!!!!

 

Finishing strong is everything. Finishing  IS worth it.

 

Where does Jesus sit now?  At the right hand of God.  Where will we sit when we finish? In heaven with God, Jesus and those who have finished before us!

 

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Marinating on Pie Chart living versus Concentric circle living – part 2

Work from inner circles to outer circles
Work from inner circles to outer circles

I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have prayed about what to do with my time, how to balance my life, how to make the “load” even (remember the washing machine blog?) and after writing the blog the other day about Pie Charts and God centered living, I continue to ponder the differences.  As I marinated, I had a pretty big AHA revelation moment!

The tsunami wave in my life has been trying to get balance in my life in a world that seems to want me to squeeze more and more and more “priorities” into my life.  Yet, God centered living does NOT do that.  In Psalm 103 – He remembers we are ONLY dust. God made us.  He knows our limitations.  He wouldn’t design a life for us that wears us down.  Jesus said, I came that you might have life and have it to the FULL – He didn’t say empty!  So I believe that I shouldn’t struggle with balance and yet I do!!  Grrr…

But, here is the AHA moment that has brought power and freedom for me and I pray it will for you too. When you are living a concentric circle God centered life, – balance is no longer the issue!!  I will write that again. Balance is no longer the issue. With a pie chart life, balance is always, always the issue because you are dividing your life up. In God centered living balance is natural and a given.

In God centered living, I revolve my life around Him and everything naturally radiates from there.  Life will radiate from the innermost circle to the outer circle in this order:  God, relationships, church and work.

Wow, I feel some serious peace and relief about this and I’m happy to stop trying so hard to balance.  Instead, I will just focus on God first and let everything else radiate and fall into place naturally from there!

As I said last week, I haven’t figured this all out, but this AHA is a big one!!

Any thoughts?  I’d love to hear them!

 

I hope that you will have a great weekend.  Stay tuned, I still have that 11 years in the dessert blog to write!

 

 

 

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Why do I want it?

tsunamiYesterday afternoon I wrote about why I want more of Jesus in my life and what I was willing to do, change and adjust in my life to position  myself physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally to get more of Jesus.  In other words, to shift from a place where God/Jesus have a section in the pie chart of my life to where Jesus is the place from which all revolves in my life.  Some of you may ask why?  Why does she want this?  Should I want this?  Do I have this?  Do I want Jesus like this?

To tell you my why, I will quote from the blog of Beth Moore that I read a few minutes ago.  Thank you Beth for taking just one aspect of the goodness of Jesus (grace) and capturing it’s truth and beauty. (I have taken a little liberty and used severe restraint to limit myself to highlighting just three no, four of the most amazing aspects of Jesus’ grace for me this morning.  If you ask me later, I might highlight three four different ones.)

If you know my Jesus like this, please like this post!  If you don’t yet know Jesus in this way, let me urge you to begin to do whatever it takes to experience  the  grace wave of Jesus roll through your life like a big tsunami each and every day!

GRACE

Grace is an inflated raft that can submerge to the floor of a sea to save you.

Grace is the silver thread that stitches up the shreds of mangled souls.

Grace is the eye that finds us where it refuses, there, to leave us.

Grace calls the waitress to the table and sits her down to wash her feet.

Grace sees underneath the manhole on a street of self-destruction.

Grace is the air to draw a breath in the belly of a whale.

Grace is the courage to stand in the shamed wake of a frightful falling.

Grace is the only fire hot enough to burn down a living hell.

Grace waits with healing in His wings when we’re too mad to pray.

Grace is the gravity that pulls us from depravity.

 Grace races us to the Throne when we make haste to repent and always outruns us.

Grace treats us like we already are what we fear we’ll never become.

Grace is the doorpost dripping red when the angel of death grips the knob.

Grace is the stamp that says Ransomed on a life that screams Ruined.

Grace sets a table before me in the presence of my enemy even when my enemy is me.

Grace is the cloak that covers the naked and the palm that drops the rock.

Grace is divine power burgeoning in the absence of all strength.

Grace proves God true and every self-made man a liar for the sake of his own soul.

Grace is the power to do what we cannot do for the Name of Christ to go where it has not been.

Grace is a room of a thousand mirrors, all reflecting the face of Christ.

Grace is…

The eye popping

Knee dropping

Earth quaking

Pride breaking

Dark stabbing

Heart grabbing

Friend mending

Mind bending

Lame walking

Mute taking

Slave freeing

Devil fleeing

Death tolling

Stone rolling

Veil tearing

Glory flaring

Chin lifting

Sin sifting

Dirt bleaching

World reaching

Past covering

Spirit hovering

Child defending

Happy ending

Heaven glancing

Feet dancing…

Power of the Cross.

Jesus Christ, Grace Incarnate.

Copyright 2013 Beth Moore

Tomorrow I will write about 11 years in the dessert and shift #2 in the J-Wave of my life!  Today, I will just celebrate the grace of Jesus!