…impacting others for change by encouragement from the Word of God and sharing my journey with Him
As a Christian life coach, my heart's focus is to help others move forward. Being stuck is no fun. You don't have to stay stuck. The biblical perspective is my anchor. My objective is to share my journey with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 26:41 – “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (NKJV)
The richness of God’s word. Matthew Chapter 26 is so full of the mercy and grace of God. Jesus prepared the disciples for His departure. This chapter brings forth the story of the woman with the alabaster box. The establishment of the new covenant through His blood is made known. His betrayer is brought out in the open. The Last Supper is established to celebrate the Passover. Communion is established and why. Peter’s denial is predicted and described as it happens.
What are you experiencing that Jesus cannot bring you through? Do you trust Him? Are you willing to let go of what binds you? Are you willing to give up the temporary for the eternal? Just asking…
This chapter shows many aspects of man’s character that make us recognize our need for Jesus. Betrayal, greed, denial, humility, and the weakness of the flesh are just a few of the things that come forth. Jesus went through it all before death on the cross. His sacrifice for us is absolutely amazing. There is nothing that you will go through that Jesus did not. And, through it all God said that He would never leave us nor forsake us. In Jesus’s death and resurrection, He leaves us with the Holy Spirit to comfort, guide, direct, and bring us even closer to God.
Today’s reading and meditation was John, Chapter 14. Jesus talks all about who He is. Many say that they don’t know Him and want to. In this chapter, Jesus tells us everything we need to know to believe in God and Him as the Son of God. God did say He would never leave us nor forsake us. By Jesus’ death on the cross, God made it possible for us to return to Him and give us what we need for this journey. By depositing the Holy Spirit in each person who accepts the free gift of salvation, the Holy Spirit is everything else we need. Jesus did tell us He is the way, the truth, and the life. The Holy Spirit is our roadmap.
“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” Psalm 145:18 This chapter of Psalms spoke volumes today. When the physical seems the most real to us, it is time to change the focus. David wrote this chapter after going through challenging times. David calls us out to praise the Lord. He illuminates the benefits of having a relationship with God. If nothing else, David was very candid with God. And David is candid with us. He shares the greatness and the goodness of God. God is merciful and compassionate. He is good to everyone. He is gracious and always keeps His promises. “The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads.” Psalm 145:14 (NKJV) Do you have a load you cannot bear today? Call out to the Lord. Have you fallen and can’t seem to get up? Call out to the Lord. David said he would praise the Lord. Let us do that. Praise God today for His goodness and mercy. Praise God for your breath today. Do you have food, shelter, family and friends? Praise God. If you need any of this, praise Him anyway. Verse 14 above says he lifts those who have fallen beneath their loads. The encouragement today is to trust God no matter what it looks like. God is faithful. Be blessed
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and He delights in his way.” Psalm 37:23 (NKJV) Psalm 37 is a very interesting and sobering psalm. It is a very descriptive comparison of the godly and the wicked. The word “wicked” is an unsettling word. Many don’t like it. However, it is all over Scripture. Reading Psalm 37 has shown that there are consequences for our choices as well as rewards. This post is not to highlight the wicked. This post is to inspire the reader to look to God for what is needed. The promises of God to the godly are numerous and God is faithful to His word. Read the word of God. “As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” Psalm 18:30 (NKJV) The word of God has carried me through the years. When confused, misdirected, in pain, in danger, betrayed, alone, selfish, and self-centered, His word has made the difference. Change is inevitable when you trust God. Believe the word of God. You have to read the Word to believe the Word.
“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him.” Lamentations 3:25 (NKJV)
Jeremiah speaks directly to us from chapter 3 in Lamentations. His description of going through difficult times and challenges paints a powerful picture of feeling like there is no hope, no way out. The challenges presented are directly relatable to what you may be dealing with right now. Sometimes in reading the heroic steps of the people of God from His Word, the internal challenges they faced may be overlooked. When walking through darkness, there may be the impression that we are all alone. The emotion is so strong we may feel that no one can know what is being experienced. No one can imagine what you are dealing with. No one can know or understand. However, ask Jeremiah. Read his testimony of what it feels like when it seems everything is totally against you in every form and fashion.
Changing perspective though, he also describes what it looks like to trust God in the mist of the darkness. To wait on God, to cry out to Him in the midst of the pain. God will turn it around, no matter what it looks like. Jeremiah accurately describes the road to change. Turn your heart back to God. He is faithful and His mercies are new every morning. He will answer prayers. Rather than wallow in distressed emotion, speak from the heart to God. Jeremiah did.
“I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I sill hope in Him.’ ” Lamentations 3:2
“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.” Ephesians 1:17 (NKJV)
In reading Chapter 1 of Ephesians, everything needed to live a victorious life in Christ has been given to us. Believing in Jesus, the Holy Spirit is deposited in us as a guarantee of God’s promise of eternity. However, the blessing is not just for eternity but the journey here as well. In God’s expression of love for us, He provided the means for us to be victorious in everyday life. Surrendering your life to Jesus would not be necessary if we held all the answers. He would not have needed to lay down His life on the cross for us. However, God in His mercy and awesome expression of love for us, tendered His one and only Son that we might have life and have it more abundant. There is thankfulness in my heart today for all He has done for me. What about you?
This post supports a passion for a lifestyle according to biblical standards. The Bible outlines a standard of living that protects each of us. Based on the chaos going on in the world today with man’s objective to do things his way, we are totally going around in circles. It is a given that the world is progressing. But, to what end? There is a need for us to get back to basics. That may sound boring to some. At this point in my life, I would rather be bored than going around in circles. Each person has the choice to choose how they want to live.
This post is purely subjective. Here are some questions for you to ponder. Do you believe that man is body, soul, and spirit? Do you believe that the spirit man needs to be fed spiritually as well as mentally and physically? Do you believe in eternal life? Do you believe that the earthly realm is all there is?
Jesus is the answer. He not only died for the sins of the world but left instructions to boot. How about that? The biblical standard is about each person taking accountability for what they choose to do. There was a saying heard a couple weeks ago, “People act on what they believe and not what they know.” What do you believe? What do you know?
As I continue to heal from surgery and do the work for my Master’s, I wanted to come to say hello. I hope all is well. Not sure if anyone else is challenged with getting everything done on a consistent basis. Time seems to get away from me. Okay, so the grandkids help with time getting away from me.
Work on one thing at a time and finish it. Sometimes I am all over the place, starting something and moving on to something else without finishing the previous item. Moving forward in the Master’s program is challenging as I deal with medical issues. However, this process is calling for me to glean things unimportant. I never knew how much I added things I didn’t need to do. I am also learning to prioritize. What’s most important to be accomplished today? As I answer these questions, things become clearer. The good thing is that God is giving me the grace to do this.
I would just like to encourage any reader who is challenged with that ominous to-do list to prioritize. I have accepted that I can not do everything every day. Days need to be set aside for certain things. That way I can accomplish excellence in what I do on that day. Boy! If I was only practicing this in my thirties. Back then, I had the delusion I was superwoman. You know what is said, “Hindsight is 20-20.” No fretting though. Got it now.
Last, but not least, make sure to get rest when needed. Since having the surgery, I don’t have the same energy I used to have. My body will tell me, “You need to sit down, lie down, or go to sleep.” I obey. Side note. With the heat wave that is all over the place, not just Las Vegas or Phoenix, but areas all over the place are experiencing high heat warnings, it’s best to make sure you are not only resting when required but hydrated as well.
There may be a thought that life coaching is simple. That you do not need another person telling you what to do. This is what coaching is not. Life coaching is about helping another person get “unstuck”. Regardless of the area in which you are stuck, someone walking alongside you to make suggestions, ask the right questions, and motivate you to take that leap of faith is an important part of the journey. A life coach doesn’t make decisions for you. A coach helps you understand the decisions needed to move forward. As I move forward on my own journey, change can be daunting. I understand. However, nothing is impossible.
One foundational principle for me is that you do not have to walk alone. My primary goal is to help you move forward. It’s not to make decisions for you. Should you need someone to support you on your journey, contact me. I am glad to help. I do not know everything, but I do know if there is an area I am not versed in, I will give you resources to help you get what you need. Let’s talk. Let me be a bridge.
Be inspired, motivated, and excited about your life!
Hi, all. I am posting today about what’s going on with me. I have been dealing with some medical issues, from having a mini-stroke in March to having major carotid artery surgery last week. I have accepted the realization that you don’t go to the hospital to get rest, you go so that you can healthier to be able to rest when you get back home.
Today I write to not only encourage others but myself as well. There are times when things happen in our lives to help us refocus. Self-care is important and even with that, aging does appear to shoot darts at us. Truly living is not about blame or shame, it’s about apppreciating life every day. It’s about learning how to live and not just striving everyday to acquire levels and accolades.
As I write this, I am faced with how easy it is to become overtaken by the chaos, by the misperception that achievement is all there is. What comes to mind is the Scripture “Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6)
I may be amiss here, but I would venture to ask, have we forgotten how to live? Enjoy the moments, whether sitting in the backyard and enjoying the breeze, or the early morning cup of coffee with silence and the aroma engaging our sense of smell; even thanking God for just that moment of being. Being present, whether it’s the coffee, the meal, the grandkids, or even a really good book, I just want to encourage you today, live for today.
Jesus says He came that we may have abundant life. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) This abundant life is not about things and busyness, but about living out your purpose to serve God and others. Be present with those you love, including yourself.