Friday, May 22, 2015

Do You Use the Power of Prayer?

It's always good to find helpful advice.  As a life coach, I also like to give helpful advice.  But good advice can never replace the wisdom and answers God gives.

Yes, God often speaks through the writings of others.  I trust he will use my love of writing to speak to you. But you may read my advice and leave with head knowledge when what you're really seeking is heart knowledge.

Similarly, you may find an answer to your dilemma on the Internet, but applying what you find to your situation may be another matter.  You need answers backed with power. You long for answers that resonate with your heart.  You want to feel validated and on the right path.

Tap Into God's Power 

This is why prayer is the most useful tool you can use for finding answers.  The Bible says when we believe on Jesus, we received the POWER of the Holy Spirit. His power gives wisdom, courage, strength, insight, direction, and healing.  This is power beyond mere words.

Putting his power into place isn't always quick, easy, or effective.  I've got situations in my life, as I'm sure you do, that I'd like resolved quickly.  His power isn't similar to waving a magic wand.  His power requires faith, trust, patience, and hope.  His power requires his authority.  We have to listen carefully for what we think he's saying.

Though we may have ideas of how things should work, God's plan will supersede our ideas.  And that's a good thing.  For example, I've just come through a 21-day hormone reset diet.  I have lost a few pounds, but more importantly, I've lost inches.  As I have re-entered food, I've had to be careful not to slip back into old habits.  There have been times when I've been tempted to have something not on my plan and God has redirected me.

All Types of Prayers

Many of us pray breathy prayers through our day.  It takes discipline to actually stop, focus, and stop jiggling in order to pray the kinds of prayers that relieve us of stress though.  I like to pray while walking my dog, doing housework, and so on, but the best prayers are when I'm more intentionally focused.

I like to write prayers in a journal.  I like pray while in a yoga pose, as I sit on my yoga ball, as I sit in a favorite chair, as I walk around my basement, or as I sit on my steps or back porch.

Introverted Prayers?

A discussion recently on Facebook was in reference to Introverts being self-centred.  The woman's comments made me wonder how true that was.  It made me examine myself to see how many of my prayers are about me, since I consider myself an introvert.

Yes, I am pretty self-centred.  So I need to be more intentional about praying for others as I would have them pray for me.

The main point of this blog post though, is to remind you that God hears all prayers.  He hears the written prayers, the whispered prayers, the spoken prayers, and the silent prayers.  No matter how you do it, PRAY.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

What Divine Being do You Follow?

I was chatting with a woman recently who shared a friend's blog which she reads daily as it sets her on course for the day. I took a peak and the woman does write poetically.  Oh how I wish I could write in a way that I would set another on course for their day!  I could change the world one reader at a time!

I don't aspire to be so awesome that someone HAS to check in with my blog daily though.  I simply try to write from what I feel God puts on my heart.

By the way, this God I speak of is the God of Moses, Abraham and father of Jesus.  I point this out because I've been in a few groups lately that talk of a divinity, higher being, god, and so on, but the God they speak of isn't necessarily my God. I understand why they use these terms though, they want to be more tolerant, marketable, and not turn anyone away.

In some of my web content writing I've tried to dilute my God.  I've also been tempted to dilute the word "husband" in favour of "significant other" and "partner."  But it actually causes me great pain to do that.  My values are rooted deep within.  As I stay in communication with my creator, his spirit within me tells me it's wrong to compromise.

Some talk about the divine within.  Most acknowledge a higher power and creator.   My faith--Christianity--tells me there is no power within unless it is the Holy Spirit--the part of the trinity that indwells.   My faith tells me there is witchcraft, a devil and demons, but there is no greater or higher power than God Almighty, the Great I AM.  His power works through us to create, bless, and complete his work.

We come to this Father through believing on Jesus his son as our messiah.

I choose to live in the fear of God.  I choose to respect God's guidelines.  I choose not to denigrate him to the title of "divine being."  I choose to try to live a Holy life, not one caught up in compromise.

If I were to give you a word for your day, it would be to be on your guard to those things that would try to reel you into believing in lesser powers.  Be on your guard against the temptation to dilute the name of God.  Stick to your faith. Read the Holy Bible so you understand who the God of the Bible is.  Stay true to him.

By embracing the true God you gain access to the truest power possible.  You gain access to his guidance, healing, wisdom, provision, blessing, and a sense of trust and peace the world cannot give.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Buddy Up for Your Weight Control

Women tend to think about their weight at various points of their life.  We all have to work hard to keep fit as we work against time.

Buddying up in any situation is a good idea.  Ecclesiastes 4:9 tells us this:

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work

If you buddy up with friends on Facebook or in other places, keep these things in mind:

  • Don't complain or talk badly about yourself.
  • Don't use "I was good" or "I was bad" statements.  That's incorrect judgement.
  • Report what went well--even if there is no shift in the scale.
  • Don't argue about choices of others.  We all discover things unique to us and are all maturing at our own rate.
  • Don't criticize your buddy.
  • Have a get-back-on-track attitude.  One step back doesn't mean it's all downhill.  You can start again.
  • Don't look at setbacks as failures.  They are merely part of life.

I leave you with these truths:

Philippians 1:6

King James Version (KJV)
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 29:16

New International Version (NIV)

 You turn things upside down,
    as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!
Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it,
    “You did not make me”?
Can the pot say to the potter,
    “You know nothing”?

1 Timothy 4:8

New International Version (NIV)

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

eBook for Midlife Christian Women

Introducing my new eBook.  What started out as a short workbook, led to months of editing.  And, it's finally up on Amazon.  

This book will take you through a number of exercises that will help you narrow down your top five essential passions and help you find life direction. 

I'm not you, you're not me, so I have no idea if you'll connect with what I've written.  All I know is I sought new direction for years and became very disappointed when I couldn't seem to find what God wanted me to spend my time on that would be as meaningful as my role of raising my children.  Then I had an epiphany.  Through a passion and purpose hunt, I narrowed down my top five passions and dedicated myself to developing them.

Now, you may think you know your top five passions.  Maybe you do.  I pretty much knew mine, but in the end after going through the template I created, saw a switch. Actually, I had about 20 passions at the time, and the problem was I kept changing my mind on what to work on.  I looked into courses for this, that, and the other thing.  I applied for all types of jobs.  I thought of joining all types of groups. I discovered that too many passions kept me from focus.

Our Need to Dream Again 

I recall a time years ago when I had no new dreams.  That scared me.  I think I was about 48.  I was leading a group of women, encouraging them to capture their dreams, but I had none!  I also recall battling between my moods in a flip-flopping role of part-time empty nest mom.  I needed to find grounding. 

If you're looking for some new guidance about what to spend your time on next in midlife, this book may help you.  Only currently available in Kindle format on Amazon, but can be read on any electronic device such as your computer, laptop, iPad, phone, etc. 

My goal is to get my message out to help other women.  


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Are You in the Doubt Zone?

Most of us come to a point where we enter "doubt zone."  It may be mingled with boredom.

It may come on after finishing a major project.  It may come on when sales, blog or website analytics are low, or likes or follows are low or declining.  It may come on when something we were counting on doesn't come to pass.  It usually comes on when we find we aren't making traction, when we've been housebound too long. when we need a change.

There are some that say if something's not working walk away, give up, find something new and better.  But that's not always the best advice.

How to Walk Through Doubt Zone

Life is rarely constant.  We spiral up and down.
A more realistic approach to dealing with doubt is to decide you're going to see it as a phase and walk though it.  Give it to God, look after your health, give yourself time to rebound.  Resist making a radical change off your path.  Changes to your path should be made when you're thinking straight and advocating for yourself from a healthy place and as God reveals.

I walk through doubt by taking walks, taking supplements, looking after my sleep habits, diverting my attention to other interests, getting exercise, watching what I eat, and visiting new places.

I also might read a new book or devotional.  I definitely journal, and I will listen more intentionally to God.  I will pray for relief and clarity.

How do you process periods of doubt?  Do you have a plan?  

Create a Hope Book 

I'm thinking we should all make a "Hope" book.  It would be a journal we write in on the days we're energized, on-point, full of faith, seeing God's hand, having good results, envisioning new dreams. It could include Bible verses and positive quotes.

A hope book can become something we turn to when in a period of doubt.  

What do you think?  Would something like a Hope Book help you?  

If you don't have one to turn to today and are in doubt, hang on.  Change your scenery.  Go for a walk. Put your project aside.  Do a surrender exercise by giving your doubts to God. 

Let me know how you make out by adding a comment below.