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 chatted with a woman who reads a certain blog daily as  she feels 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.