4 Signs It Is Time To Adjust Your Mindset

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From this week’s Podcast and YouTube Show HOPE REVEALED with Matt Crump.



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4 Signs That It's Time to Adjust Your Mindset

Ultimately, how you look at your life, is what will make you happy or unhappy. When you are consumed with negative thoughts and beliefs, you will discover that you are unhappy with your life. Eventually, your perception of the world will become your reality. This is why changing your mindset is so important because it will make a substantial difference in your life.

I’d like to share with you four signs that it’s time for you to change your mindset.

1. You Focus on Everything That’s Wrong

A sure indication that you need to shift your mindset is when you continuously fix your attention on the disappointments and worry in your life. To change this mindset, you need to take some time to think about the things you are thankful for in your life. This will help to keep the negative thoughts from overwhelming your perspective.

2. You Refuse to Face the Truth

Complaining all the time about reality won't change anything. Always complaining about your life is your refusal to acknowledge and accept the truth. There are things in your life that you just won't be able to change, and refusing to see reality, will result in you no longer being able to separate fact from fiction. To change this, you have to take action and change those things that you can change and accept those things that you can't change.

3. You Become Angry When Your Expectations Aren’t Met

A large part of your mindset consists of your expectations. These are what you believe to be possible and necessary. If you are always angry with the people in your life because they aren't meeting your expectations, it means that you have unrealistic expectations to start with. It is our expectations that lay the groundwork for our experiences, but if you have unrealistic expectations for yourself and those around you, you will never be satisfied with your life.

4. Always Seeing Yourself as the Victim

When you always see yourself as the victim, you are hindering your ability to change things and create a better life for yourself. A victim mentality is typically a by-product of low self-esteem. If you want to change your mindset, you have to reject the victim role and start building something better for your life.

Changing your mindset isn’t always easy, but it is one of the most powerful things that you can do for yourself. Learn how to recognize when you have a negative mindset and make the necessary changes to become more positive.

I hope and pray today has been a blessing to you and before we go I want to share a great scripture with you:

Remember as Paul said to us from God’s heart in Philippians 4:6-9  



6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.



And that He surely will my friends. I hope and pray you have a better view of Intimacy this week and your transformation can go from weird to wonderful at 110MPH!!!!     That being said…. Don’t give in, don’t give up and never forget      

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16 EMPOWERING BELIEFS BRINGING LIFE TO YOUR LIFE

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I’d like to share a few things with you this week that can put some high octane into the fuel tank of your life! Obviously the 16 steps below will not answer all of your life issues (wouldn’t that be nice!) It will however, provide you some really nice tools in your handy dandy repair kit and I hope you’ll pull them out. I also hope that you will take time to comment below and also join us at our Facebook group where the community can meet and help one another with idea and resources you just may find useful! (That link is at the bottom too) Okay, sit up, strap in and here we go!!!!!!!!!!!!


Your experiences are shaped by your thinking. Even obstacles have a value when you can see it. You can develop convictions that will help you to feel happier and achieve more, regardless of the situation.

 

Consider these empowering beliefs that you can start using today to transform your life through the power of prayer, focus and positive thinking.

 

Empowering Beliefs to Make You Smile

 

I understand my potential. You can achieve amazing results when you put your mind to it. Feel excited about reaching your true potential. What are some ways today you can do things to achieve this?

I count my blessings. List each thing that you have to be grateful for. Remember to include the smaller items, like warm pants right out of the dryer or some beloved sweet treat after dinner. Expressing your appreciation reminds you of how rich you are.

I learn from mistakes. You can make setbacks work for you by focusing on the lessons that they contain. Flubbing one job interview can teach you how to ace the next one. What mistakes of your past have actually become a place of growth and measurement for today’s success?

I find meaning in adversity. Tough times can be the most rewarding phase of your life. Know that you can emerge from any challenge with greater wisdom and courage. Look back at the obstacles you’ve already overcome, and reassure yourself that you can handle what’s ahead.

I embrace change. Accept that life is a series of changes. Focus on the present moment and prepare yourself to adapt to whatever circumstances come your way. What does that look like today?

I dream big. Expand your wish list. Setting demanding but attainable goals gives you adventures to look forward to each day. What adventure lies ahead of you today?

I practice forgiveness. Lighten your load by clearing away any resentment you’re holding onto from the past. Set reasonable boundaries while you respond with compassion when others disappoint you. Pardon yourself too. Who is someone you have been carrying? Meaning…What area of unforgiveness have you been harboring in your life? Do an unforgiveness inventory. This is not a list of offenses at all. This is to identify people in your life you must release. Yes, they may be 100% at fault and that doesn’t matter when it comes to you releasing them freeing you from a bondage of bitterness, grief, hate and emptiness. When you do choose to release this person or persons to God, you are freeing yourself to live life without someone else directing your traffic. It’s not easy, I know, ask God to give you the strength to release them to him as he for sure can handle the situation much better and of course in the end, vengeance is his anyway. Enjoy the release, experience the freedom and make it a regular part of your life. You will always use this tool for freedom.

I give generously. Sharing your blessings makes you more powerful and joyful. Volunteer in your community and speak kindly to each person you meet today. Buy coffee for your co-workers or give your receptionist a flower. Don’t volunteer because it makes you feel good or that you accomplished something, volunteer because you want to be a nameless hero serving someone else.

Empowering Beliefs to Make You Strive

 

1.     I take responsibility. You are in charge of your life. Hold yourself accountable for the outcomes you create. Celebrate the fact that you have the power to determine your own future. What one thing will you take responsibility for today?

2.     I apply effort. Figure out your definition of success so you know what is worth working for. Give yourself credit when you’re making progress rather than comparing yourself to others. What is your definition of success?

I leverage my strengths. You have your own individual strengths that you can draw on. Figure out what you’re good at and what you want to do. Let that knowledge guide your choices. What is that?

I listen to feedback. Ask for feedback so you can enhance your performance and show others that you respect their point of view. You grow faster when you gather solid input that you can translate into action.

What will you do with the feedback you received today? Put it in a journal do you a) don’t forget and b) can reflect at another time in life.

I ask for help. Expand your capabilities by building a sturdy support network. Carpool with other parents. Divide up household chores with your spouse and children. Know why you’re always tired and complaining you do everything yourself? Because you do everything yourself.

I connect with others. Moral support counts too. Surround yourself with loving and encouraging family and friends. Participate actively in your faith community. Join a group of people who share your interest in things you love to do. Could be a community center basketball league. A picture cropping club. A bowling league. A bible study. What will that look like this week?

I recognize opportunities. Stay alert for promising openings. You may meet a new friend while you’re standing in line to buy your morning coffee. Who have you met in the past week? Have you followed up?

I try new things. Be open to experimentation. Go kayaking one weekend instead of playing tennis. Bake your own bread or knit a scarf. You may discover hidden talents. What are a couple of things you’d like to try out?

An upbeat attitude increases your happiness and productivity. Question your old assumptions so you can replace them with a new sense of certainty about yourself and your future. Adopt empowering beliefs that build up your confidence and prepare you for greater success. Start today. You’ll be glad you did!

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5 Ways Optimism Can Improve Your Life

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5 Ways Optimism Can Improve Your Life

 

Researchers have found that individuals who maintain a positive attitude during intense surgeries and after, usually have a shorter recovery period. People who work in high stress environments find their inner peace and balance by focusing on the positives of their job. The act of meditation focuses on finding gratitude in your hardest struggles even in the midst of the paralyzing challenges.

 

Out of the three scenarios, learning how to develop an optimistic attitude was the common factor. In fact, people who strive to look for the “silver lining” usually rise above their challenges with triumph and victory.

 

While it’s easy to say, “Focus on the positive, and you’ll be happier” putting it into practice is quite difficult. It may even seem insurmountable when you face certain challenges. However, trying to find the positive, in whatever you’re going through, will save you a lot of stress. You may even find a useful solution to the problem you’re facing.

 

Since remaining optimistic during tough times is challenging, it’s important to consider a few tips and tricks that’ll reshape the way you think. Let’s go over five valuable tips that’ll help you maintain a positive attitude.

 

1.     Remove Yourself From Toxic People

 

If you’re trying to elevate your mentality and remain positive, you have to remove yourself from negative people. It’s almost like trying to grow an orchid in a dry environment. It simply won’t flourish. When people drain you of your energy, constantly criticize or put you down, it’s time to let them go. Walking away from unhealthy relationships is the first step towards loving yourself and maintaining your optimistic outlook.

 

2. Practice Speaking Kind Words

 

It’s easy to get in the habit of negative communication. Whether it’s complaining about your morning commute or not getting enough praise on your job, you can find yourself complaining about everything. This negative attitude can transcend into every aspect of your life. Soon, you’ll find yourself having a negative disposition. Practice speaking kind words about yourself and what’s around you. The old saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it” will definitely come in handy.

 

3. Learn to Love Yourself

 

Having a negative outlook stems from not being fully confident in yourself. In order to find the positive in your life, start with what’s amazing about yourself. Practice daily affirmations so you can remind yourself how awesome you are. Get in the habit of regular self-care and stick to it. This will help you change your outlook towards whatever situation presents itself.

 

4. Make Progressive Changes

 

If you’re finding it hard to stay positive in your current situation, perhaps make changes to get out of it. If you dislike your job, make the effort necessary towards finding a new one. If you’re feeling unhealthy, make nutritious changes so you can live your best life. Sometimes a little effort is all you need to change your current perspective.

 

5. Give to Others

 

They say there is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving. When you give of yourself to others, you’re no longer focusing on your own issues. You’re exposing yourself to those who are less fortunate and making their moment better. If you find yourself constantly in a negative space, volunteer at a homeless shelter. If it’s in your means, donate to a local animal charity. This will give you a broader perspective and help you develop an overall positive attitude.

 

Shifting your focus from negative to positive is not an overnight fix. It takes a lot of self-improvement and effort to really see changes. Keep working towards changing your perspective and you’ll be on your way to living a happy life.

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The Call I Almost Didn't Answer and the Blessing I Almost Didn't Receive

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Who may be calling you?

It was another down day and I just didn’t have it in me to do anything. I was beyond exhausted and thought I would rest for 1 hour before I got another marketing call I signed up for.

As I laid down for a bit, I set my alarm to wake up at the top of the next hour to speak. My alarm went off and I hit snooze. It went off again and I reset it for 5 minutes before my call.

The alarm went off again and I was still having a hard time getting going, so I had determined I would just tell the person that I needed to find a different time.

Then the call.

When the phone rang, I was expecting a team member from the marketing guru in whom I was interested in. Nope, it was the guru, in person. He told me when I questioned if it was really him that it indeed was. This person has been able to develop his own multi-million dollar business in a short period of time and told me that on this particular call, he wasn’t interested in any other persons thought of the phone call with me, he wanted to speak in person and wanted to see if the relationship was going to work for himself and for myself.

I was pleasantly surprised to say the least, enough so that I sat up in my chair, got out of it and began walking around listening to him talk for about 5 minutes.

He asked me about myself and my plan and desire for the call and what he probably wanted, but didn’t know is that I was locked and loaded and immediately I shot a full passionate plan and mission with him.

After a few minutes of back and forth, he politely yet with focus stopped me and told me the relationship was not a fit. It wasn’t that my program was no good, it is that his sales platform wasn’t set up for what I am doing.

It didn’t stop there.

Instead of ending the phone call, he said, I believe you are ready, I can hear that you are on the edge of this an I believe in what you are doing. That being the case, I want to share with you your next step(s) and help you get to where you need to be without getting ripped off by other people and wasting anymore of your money.

For the next 15 minutes or so, he strategically laid out a plan for me to follow that made perfect sense. We thanked each other and that was the end of the call.

That is a big behind the scenes story, but what I want to convey, what I want to share is that…

I ALMOST HUNG UP

I was 15 minutes away from a breakthrough in my life and my life almost got in the way.

What in your life is almost getting in the way of your breakthrough?

What call are you about to get that you don’t have time for? What conversation are you about to have that just doesn’t seem to be your cup of tea?

The reality is, there may be something in store for you in places you least expect it.

MARK 13:33 The Message

So keep a sharp lookout, for you don't know the timetable.

Okay, obviously that verse is about Jesus coming.. however, it is also about being alert, on guard, sensitive and that is always a good thing. You never know when something GREAT can be happening to you. We sure as heck have enough faith to believe easily that something BAD can/will happen, so why not great?!

We serve a great big God with great big plans and a great big heart. FOR YOU!

Here’s the other part I didn’t mention at the beginning of this blog. I knew I needed to answer the phone, I could sense it, however, my weak ole flesh didn’t “feel like it”.

How many times have you had that happen in your life? I want to encourage you today (as I must do for myself) there will be plenty of times you just don’t feel like it.

GET OVER IT! ANSWER THE CALL!!!

It may not be a telephone ringing. It could be someone wanting to talk to you. It could be someone in line at the store. It could be someone you don’t like. Yep.

My friends, the call I got this week has put fuel in a tank that was starting to run low. It also gave me more fuel than I could contain at the time. It gave me extra, more…It is exactly what someone who is supposed to be living an abundant life was supposed to get!! I am so grateful to God for his grace and love for me. I am no different than you, well, except perhaps this epic beard of mine ;-) God wants to pour out blessings in your life as well!

Is my life perfect now? Well, no. But it sure does feel good to know that when the times are feeling rough and I just don’t know if anyone cares and not quite sure if I’m gaining anything at all …. A call comes in.

Yours is too. Be ready. You know why??

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How Not To Quit

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In today’s #GodsGotThis Blog we are going to talk about HOW NOT TO QUIT BY A GUY WHO HAS QUIT A LOT AND LEARNED FROM QUITTING AND EVEN MORE FROM PERSISTENCE



I have been away from the blog for quite some time. It’s been holidays, illness, work load you name it and I have missed it probably more that y’all! I have talked to so many people lately and this one thing continues to come up. I have even really wrestled with quitting myself!! A LOT over the past couple of months and I can’t guarantee I will never have those feeling again, but I can share how to get away from always living in the pit or the shadows and actually coming out and enjoying the sunshine once in a while.



To start with, here are a few areas to adopt and work on the discipline of STICKTOITIVENESS 🙂



  • Try to discipline yourself… Discipline is at the root of every success story. If you are lazy this is what you might lack.

  • Hard-work has NO substitute… If you wanna do it, it ought to have enough sweat and blood in it. Working hard doesn’t mean you work hard on useless things. It means that you go that extra mile to know about stuff…The stuff of your passion, your message, your breakthrough.  Learning from things is also hard-work.

  • Hard-work doesn’t matter if you don’t improve… Even if it seems to yourself that you are working  harder than God himself but forget to improve then you are going nowhere. (By The Way… You’re not working harder than God himself) Improve yourself, change with the opportunities.

  • Appreciate yourself for your small wins… This is one of the most forgotten piece of advice in the history of advising. If you don’t appreciate yourself for you small wins, you feel depressed even if you lose once.

  • Its okay to quit BUT… When you have given it all you have and more then its okay to let go. Maybe, it just wasn’t for you or maybe letting go will open up something you have been missing. You see all people quit but  in this quote from former President Barack Obama (and this is not any political agenda or anything.. just a great quote.) 



"The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. It's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere." —Barack Obama



Henry Ford said “If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right”.



I know for those of you listening that are passionate about your call and dealing with road blocks you’ll get what I am about to say…

But, I didn’t come this far to only come this far! 

Harriet Beecher Stowe- Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.





Sometimes hearing things like that can just be plain frustrating!! When you have tried so hard and don’t seem to be getting anywhere, it’s tough to just keep going.. BECAUSE THAT’S ALL YOU’VE BEEN DOING!! Well, you keep on.


G.K. Chesterson, a Christian philosopher came up with a great phrase that is surrounded by the basis that if what you propose to do deserves your attention, and is not so trivial that time should not be wasted on it, do it to the best of your ability.

Here is what he said: 

‘If a thing is worth doing it is worth doing badly,’ 

In other words, if a thing is worth doing it is worth making an attempt at it, rather than not trying at all.

That really makes room for mistakes and also for improvement.


Here is a tough reality: Not giving up is a mindset. And it’s a mindset that you CAN adopt. It may not be exactly what you want at the time, but it is an essential part to success.  

Galatians 6:9 in The Message has a great way of putting it about quitting:

9 So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit.

Here are a few things you can tell yourself to get in the mood and mode of NOT QUITTING!

  • I persist when things get tough.

  • I will either find a way or make one.

  • Every problem has a solution, and I have the perfect ability to find it.

  • Every day I gain more knowledge and insight about what works and what doesn’t, which means I’m getting stronger and wiser.

  • Setbacks are temporary.

  • I will find a way through this.

  • Think! What’s the best thing to do now?

Having an “I won’t quit” mindset will make it much easier for you to persist—and refuse to give up—until you achieve your goal. Persistence can always defeat resistance if you adopt the right mindset for your life.


I hope this speaks to your heart and that you have found some truths you can carry with you for the rest of your life. It’s not easy to get out of the habit of just quitting instead of persisting. I wish I could say I have achieved it.. I’m a work in progress for sure!! I will say however….There is a way and there is a hope and most assuredly   LIFE! …even when we may doubt, there is hope. 


So, before we go today I want to share another great scripture with you from the Bible and remember as Paul said to us from God’s heart in Philippians 4:6-9  


6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.


And that He surely will my friends. The choice is yours. Judging stops when we make a decision to stop it, we just need to discipline ourselves to hold faithful the truth of God’s Word! That being said…. Don’t give in, don’t give up and never forget

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Day 7: The 7 Day Morning Makover Challenge!!!!

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DAY 7 IS HERE!!

Have you changed?

Take Time To Review Your Morning Routine Regularly

 

Creating routines and habits for your mornings are a great thing. They allow you to do what you need to do to move ahead without having to spend a lot of energy and time thinking about it. That’s a good thing. It’s can also be a dangerous thing when you’ve focusing on the wrong things and are in the habit of doing things that don’t help you reach your goals.

When we get into a routine, it’s hard to stop and ask ourselves if it’s working as well as it could be. Even more importantly, with a routine and a set of habits firmly established, it’s easy to keep going even when the circumstances changes. That’s why it’s important to take some time every now and again to review our routine and habits, including the new morning routine.

Set aside a little time every few weeks, or even months to review your routine. Put it on the calendar and make sure you do it. It won’t take long and it will be a very valuable exercise in the long run. Our lives and circumstances change. Our routines should change with it. Just because something has served us well over the past few weeks and months, doesn’t mean it will continue to do so. Which brings up a good point…

When you sit down to review your morning routine (or any routine or habit you’ve been working on for that matter), ask yourself this:

Is it working? Is it working really well?

If it is, simply carry on. If it isn’t, it may be time to make some changes and tweak it until you find something that works well for you at that particular point in time.

Another way to look at it is to find what you love and what you hate about the new morning routine. Change it accordingly until you get as close as possible to loving everything about it and still getting the results you want.

Remember, this morning routine will change and evolve over time as you, your circumstances, and the people in your life change and evolve. Embrace the changes and look at them as an indication that you’re making progress.

Keep tweaking and improving your morning routine and don’t be afraid to mix up your goals for it. Maybe you started out by making exercise a priority first thing in the day. As time goes by and you become more fit and make time for it later in the day, your focus may shift to meditation, or learning a new language. Keep evolving, keep changing, and keep using those precious first few hours of each day to establish some positive change in yourself and those around you.

 

Psalm 119:59 ESV

I considered my ways and turned my feet to Your testimonies.

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Day 6: The 7 Day Morning Makeover Challenge

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The Importance Of Habits And Routines

 

With your new morning game plan figured out, it’s time to not only put it into action, but make it your new morning routine. Why is this important? Because you want to make sure your new plan happens every morning without fail and turning into a routine is the best way to make sure that happens.

Before something becomes a habit or a routine, it takes a lot of willpower to things happen. That’s energy that you will need for other things throughout your morning and busy rest of the day. Yes, it will take some willpower, mental energy, and drive at first to create the new morning habits, but once they are set, it will become automatic like brushing your teeth before bed.

Once you come up with a good working morning routine, stick to it for a few weeks. That’s the best way to turn it into a strong habit. Before long, it will feel like the new normal and you no longer have to remind yourself to do each thing along the way. It will have become a habit and a routine you’ll follow automatically. It will take a lot less effort and mental pep-talk to get things done… even if your new routine includes a 30 minute run, or getting up at the crack of down to work on your most important business task for an hour.

Watch out for moments when you slip back into your old habits and routines. It’s going to happen. The key is to catch it early and get back on track as quickly as possible. For example, let’s say you’ve been doing well with waking up 30 minutes earlier and going for a run before you start your day. Then one day you oversleep and can’t make it out there. Or the weather turns too bad, you get sick or hurt, or something else pops up that keeps you from going on that run. That’s life. It happens. What’s important is what you decide to do the next morning.

Your most important job whenever life gets in the way of your new morning routine is to get back on track as quickly as possible. Do what you can as soon as you notice the disruption. If the weather is bad, do a quick workout at home, or head to the gym to run on the treadmill. If you overslept, try to squeeze in a few minutes of meditation or doing something to grow your business before you get back to the rest of your day. Most importantly get back on track with your regular morning routine as soon as possible. Get back into your new habits the next morning if at all possible. Actively remind yourself to get back on track for a few days until it routine is firmly back in place. You’ll be glad you did when you start to see the results you’ve been hoping for.

 

2 Timothy 2:15 English Standard Version (ESV)

15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,[a] a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Day 5: The 7 Day Morning Makeover Challenge

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Come Up With A New Morning Game Plan

 

Now that you have a pretty good idea of what you want to do in the morning, what you don’t want to or need to do, and where to find the extra time needed, it’s time to put it all together in a new morning game plan.

The best place to start is with the new set of tasks that are most important to you. Figure out a preliminary time during which you want to get them accomplished. If your goal is to go for a run in the morning, you may decide to do that first thing before getting a shower and having breakfast. If your goal is to meditate/pray each morning, you may decide it would work best after you’ve had a cup of coffee. If your goal is to find some time for reading or your favorite hobby in the morning, you could carve out some time before everyone else gets up and while you enjoy that first coffee. The same goes for wanting time in the morning to work on your business or learn something new.

Then work the rest of your morning chores around these new plans. It may take some shuffling around and mixing up of your current routine, but with a little creative thinking and a bit of flexibility, I’m sure you can come up with a working plan.

Making over your morning and turning it into a new routine isn’t something that comes natural to most of us. It takes a little while to get into the groove of things. We’ll look at this in a little more detail tomorrow. For right now, my suggestion is that you write your new morning game plan down. It’s easy to forget what you’re planning to do. Writing it down will not only give you a reference to refer back to, but also solidify your new plan in your mind.

Put the note, or notebook where you jotted down your new plan on your night table or somewhere else where you’ll see it first thing in the morning. It will serve as a reminder of what you’re intending to do and do differently in the morning now.

Even though you’ve written your plan down, it’s important to realize it’s not written in stone. The well-laid out plans don’t always work when put into action. Adjust it and make changes as needed until you come up with a new morning game plan that works well for you and the rest of your family. Once you have that it’s time to make it the new routine… something we’ll talk more about tomorrow.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT

16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.

17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

Day 4: The 7 Day Morning Makeover Challenge

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Determining What You Should Be Doing Is Crucial

 

Yesterday we talked about finding the time in your busy morning to do the things that are important to you. Today I want you to think about what you should and what you shouldn’t be doing in those first few hours of the day. That’s an important idea to ponder. So often we get stuck in a rut or a routine and do things because that’s what we’ve always done. We do it without really thinking about whether or not it’s the best use of our time.

It’s Not About Cramming More Things Into Less Time

Making over your morning isn’t about figuring out how to cram more tasks into fewer hours. When you read books and articles on productivity and time management, that’s often the main message and gist of it. While it can help in the short term, it isn’t a good long-term strategy for meaningful change. Very soon you’ll hit the limit of how much faster and how much more efficient you can get.

Shift your thinking and don’t try to add to what you do in the morning. If you want 15 minutes for bible study, meditation, or exercise, don’t just think about getting up 15 minutes earlier, or shaving 15 minutes off your morning routine by showering faster, getting dressed in record time, and rushing through breakfast. In other words, don’t add to your already lengthy list of things that need to get done. You’ll only feel more rushed and stressed if you do.

It’s About Making Smart Choices About Using Your Time

Instead, what you should be thinking about is the best use of your time in the morning. Compare your perfect morning with your current morning routine. What aren’t you doing on your ideal morning? If you can start by cutting things out, finding time to do what’s important to you becomes much easier.

There are two great ways to find things you can stop doing. The first is to look for busy work. This is something you do out of habit that doesn’t necessarily need doing every day. Maybe it’s checking your email first thing in the morning or playing around on Facebook for half an hour while you drink your coffee. If that’s how you choose to spend your time, that’s perfectly fine, but if you’re doing it out of habit it may be time to rethink it.

The second way to quickly earn back time is to see if you’re doing things or others that they can do themselves. Kids are the perfect example. We start out fixing their breakfast, making their lunch, cleaning up after them, picking out their clothes, and making sure their backpack is packed and ready to do. When they are very small, we have to do these things, but all too often we continue to do them long after they’re capable of doing things on their own. The same goes for things we do for our spouse. Maybe there was a time when you had less to do in the morning and it made sense to take on the majority of morning chores. Did things change and if so, is it time to lighten your load and get help from your partner? A few small changes may be all it takes to make the time in your busy morning for what’s important to you.

Isaiah 43:19 NIV

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Day 3: The 7 Day Morning Makeover Challenge

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Finding Time In Your Busy Morning

 

Mornings are busy and they can be quiet chaotic. If you have a young family and plenty of people to get ready and out the door, you know this first hand. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way, no matter how busy you think you are first thing in the day. Earlier I shared with you how the first few hours in the morning set the tone for the entire rest of the day. Do you want that to be rushed, frantic, and feeling like you’re constantly running and trying to catch up? Or do you want it to be calm, collected, productive, and with a feeling that you’re in control? It’s up to you and it’s all about embracing two simple concepts.

Get Up Early Enough

It’s tempting to hit the snooze button and catch a few more minutes of sleep, isn’t it? It’s even hard to set the alarm early enough that you have plenty of time for everything you want and need to get done. I get it. If you’re not a morning person, moving up the alarm by 30 minutes to carve out a little extra time can be tough. Trust me though, after the first few mornings it’s not nearly as hard as you think and something you’ll quickly get used to.

Getting up early enough and avoiding the snooze button at all costs is the key to an unrushed morning. Here’s the problem with cutting time too short, or worse hitting the snooze button a few times. It gets you behind from the very start. You have to rush to make it out the door in time and any little problem or speed bump along the way turns into a huge problem. Not being able to find the car keys is suddenly a major crisis because it could cause you to be late for work and the kids to be tardy at school. Remember, your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you start it chasing down time and things, that’s likely how you’ll spend the rest of your time.

Getting up early enough on the other hand puts you ahead of the game. You’re in control. You can take care of everything that needs doing in a calm manner and still have time for the important things you want to work on. In short, getting up early enough sets you up for an amazing, productive day.

Restructure Your Routine

Before we wrap this up, spend a little time thinking about your current morning routine and where you’re spending time. Look for things you can change and tweak to find more time for the things you really want to do. For example, if you want an extra 20 minutes in the morning to meditate, look at what you could take care ahead of time, eliminate, or delegate to make that time. If you spend a lot of time getting breakfast for everyone, get in the habit of setting the breakfast table the night before. Get your spouse to get the coffee ready, so all you have to do in the morning is push a button. Teach the kids to make their own breakfast and take the dirty dishes to the sink, rinse them, and put them in the dish washer. Make sure clothes are set out the night before (including yours), and that book bags, purses, briefcases, and car keys have a designated spot and that there where they need to be before you turn in for the night. Small changes like this to your morning routine can make a big difference. I challenge you to come up with a few small tweaks that will save you at least 30 minutes in the morning.

Psalm 5:3 In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.

Day 2: The 7 Day Morning Makeover Challenge

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Define Your Perfect Morning

 

(To those of you on the challenge.. don’t cheat if your are skipping ahead!! See you tomorrow!)

Here is my question for you this morning. What’s most important to you? What is the one thing you really want to do on a daily basis that would make a big difference, but you just can’t seem to find the time for?

In short, what good habit do you want to cultivate that would make a real impact on your life? Think about this for a moment. It could be in any area of your life from exercise and healthy eating to self-improvement or getting ahead in business or at your job. It could be working on your relationship with your kids, finding time for creative pursuits, or getting in the habit of reading every morning.

Once you’ve figured out what you want to work on, what you want to improve, and what’s important to you, we’ll think about how you can make it part of your morning routine. Sit back and imagine your perfect morning. It isn’t stressed or rushed. Most importantly it’s a day when you have time for everything on your list. Maybe it means having time for a long shower. Maybe it’s going for a run before breakfast. Maybe it’s having a few minutes to connect with your spouse over coffee or maybe it’s carving out an hour first thing in the morning to work on your side-business.

That’s a lot of “maybes” but the key is to start with what’s most important to you and think about how you could fit it into your morning routine. Remember, you’re just dreaming and imagining at this point. We’ll work on figuring out where to find the time to fit it in and how to make it all work out later on. For now I simply want you to paint a vivid picture of what your new morning could look like.

I want you to become very clear on what you want that perfect morning to look like. Imagine it in as much detail as you possibly can. Write it down in a journal or on a piece of paper that you can refer back to as needed. In short, define your perfect morning. (would love to hear about it on our Facebook group!)

Why is this so important? Because you can’t start to make any meaningful changes until you know what your goals are. You need to know your destination before you can start to pick a route and figure out how you’ll get there. That’s what today’s task is all about. It’s figuring out where you want to get to. Don’t stop until you have it figured out and firmly pictured in your mind.

Today’s Challenge Verse:

Proverbs 2:2-5 English Standard Version (ESV)

2 making your ear attentive to wisdom
    and inclining your heart to understanding;
3 yes, if you call out for insight
    and raise your voice for understanding,
4 if you seek it like silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasures,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.

Day 1: The 7 Day Morning Makeover Challenge

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Impact of a Morning Routine

 

I love mornings. Each new day brings new opportunities and it’s a chance to start fresh and do better. How you start your day, or more specifically how you spend those first few morning hours has a big impact on the rest of it. Think of it as setting the tone for your entire day. That’s why making over your morning is so important. It’s about much more than those first few hours.

 I’m sure you’ve experienced this yourself. Let’s use the snooze button as an example. You set an early alarm to make sure you have time for exercise, meditation, or simply some much needed “me time”. You have every intention of getting up and doing whatever you’re setting out to do when you set the alarm in the first place. Some mornings - hopefully most mornings - you get up when the alarm chimes and go for that walk, do your meditation exercise, or read a book for twenty minutes. Then there are those days when you just can’t make yourself get up. You hit the snooze button multiple times, or turn the alarm off altogether and go back to sleep.

Think about how the rest of those days went. Did you notice a difference in how you felt? How much did you got done on the mornings when you got up with your first alarm? Were you able to do all the things you set out to do? How did those days compare to the ones when you hit the snooze button over and over again?

If I had to take a guess, I’d say that the mornings when you got up as soon as the alarm went off went a lot smoother.  I bet you accomplished what you have planned to do, too. Chances are that sleeping through the snooze button didn’t just affect your morning, but the entire rest of your day. You set the tone for how your day is going to go first thing in the morning. That’s what the old saying about getting up on the wrong side of the bed is about. Let’s make sure we get up on the right side and start our day off in a positive and productive way.

Over the course of the next seven days, I want to guide you through the process of making over your morning. As we’ve already established, this is an important tasks and a good thing to work on and pay attention to. Not only will you enjoy your mornings more even if the alarm goes off much earlier than you’d like, it will make the entire rest of your day go much smoother.

I find this is the best time to be alone with God as well (you have to go to the bathroom sometime!)

Here is a scripture for you today, ask God to share with you what He wants just for YOU to get out of it today:

Deuteronomy 31:8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

Go make a difference today!! Get ready for Day 2 and visit us at the Facebook Group Page today to share your day today!!! #GodsGotThis

Whose Judging?

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The Emotional Dangers of Judging and How to Stop

Do you find yourself often judging others and criticizing them? Are you also critical of yourself? You may have formed a habit of judgmental thinking that you didn’t realize you had.

Judging is a common issue and can have negative emotional consequences. Although some level of criticism is normal, frequently judging others or yourself can lead you down the path of negativity, suffering, and misery.

Learn the emotional effects of judging:

  1. You decrease your own happiness. Judging usually involves negative emotions. You focus on the negative qualities you see in others and yourself. You miss out on the positive aspects.

  2. This leads to dissatisfaction with the world, your life, your friends, and other things.

  3. You hurt others, and harm yourself in the process. Because of the negative feelings you cause when you judge or criticize, you can destroy friendships and relationships. You can sabotage connections at work or other places. Life can become very difficult.

  4. You become more critical of yourself. One of the worst negative emotional effects of a judgmental mindset is that you criticize yourself as well as others. Your self-talk becomes very negative as you mentally beat yourself up, and your self-confidence plummets.

Tips to Avoid Judging

If you’re struggling with a judgmental mindset, take heart! Whether you’re criticizing another person or feeling bad about yourself, you can break the cycle. You don’t have to remain in the pain that it causes.

Use this process to avoid judging yourself and others:

  • Instead of jumping to negative conclusions, look for positive qualities.

  • 1 Peter 3:8 NIV 8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble

  • For example, you may be critical of someone who eats a lot of junk food and struggles to lose weight. You may feel this person isn’t leading a healthy life, and you know some simple changes can help them. However, you aren’t aware of the real reason they eat, such as emotional issues or years of abuse.

  • When you find yourself being critical, remember that you don’t know their story. Give them the benefit of the doubt. They may have perfectly valid reasons for their thoughts or actions.

  • 1 Samuel 16:7 ESV But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

  • Practice acceptance. Everyone has faults, idiosyncrasies, and issues. Learn to accept these challenges you see in others without judging them or making them feel bad.

  • Work toward accepting your own faults as well. Perfectionism is overrated and unachievable. Errors can teach you more than success.

  • Acceptance can lead you to sympathy and empathy. It can also open up the doors for you to truly connect with others. Practice acceptance and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results!

  • Colossians 3:12-14. NIV

  • 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

  • 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

  • 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Judging makes life more difficult and interferes with your well-being. You end up creating pain and suffering that isn’t necessary. You miss out on the good and positive qualities in others and in yourself.

Alternatively, you can turn on joy in your life when you take steps to become more accepting!

  • Once you learn to recognize a critical thought as soon as it happens, counteract the negative thought with a positive one.

  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 The Message 3-6 The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

Remind yourself that you can’t see the whole story. No one can see into another person’s soul and read their past! In fact, you most likely don’t know why they think or behave the way that they do.


I hope today spoke to your heart and that you have found some truths you can carry with you for the rest of your life. It’s not easy to get out of the habit of judging that’s for sure. I wish I could say I have achieved it.. I’m a work in progress for sure!! One thing is for sure….There is a way and there is a hope and most assuredly life…even when we may doubt, there is hope. 


Before we go today I want to share another great scripture with you from the Bible and remember as Paul said to us from God’s heart in Philippians 4:6-9  The Message


6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.


And that He surely will my friends. The choice is yours. Judging stops when we make a decision to stop it, we just need to discipline ourselves to hold faithful the truth of God’s Word! That being said…. Don’t give in, don’t give up and never forget

#GodsGotThis!

The Question WHY?

I must first apologize for being absent the past couple of weeks. We had a hurricane, I’ve had health issues and this week dealing with the death of an incredible young student at my children’s school.. one of the reasons for today’s blog.

It is a question asked by so many people and the answer is usually one that is not good enough… the question is WHY?

Why did this happen? Why is my life like this? If #GodsGotThis so much then WHY could a God of love allow something like this to happen.


All great questions and the answer is probably not one that you want to hear. I have some why questions in my life too. I didn’t ask for cancer in my life and I’m not perfect, that’s for sure, but I’m a pretty good guy… Why do I get something like cancer?

Death is probably the leading cause of the question Why. Death in most cases doesn’t come by appointment and in most cases again.. is never on time.

The anguish, crushed emotions and the feeling of death that comes along with situations and circumstances that create the space to ask the WHY question are many times so overwhelming, so powerful and so draining it can end someone else life.. It can end either physically or mentally. 

I even know of some good Christian people who have walked away from the faith over a why question.


There is no GOOD answer when you deal with a crazy, unexplainable death and the answer.. “Well, we’ll find out when we get there” typically isn’t a good answer either. 


I do believe, that even though circumstances can be horrific to us, there is always a bigger picture and yes, always a reason. God doesn’t just kill to kill like that and he doesn’t just “kill” someone to teach us a lesson anymore than he just “gave” me cancer to teach me a lesson. Now, he will use the circumstance to teach, especially if we are open to it. 

I tend to believe that we as humans are selfish by nature. We want what we want and it is a life long discipline to learn how to put others before ourselves. There is no doubt an evil force in this world at work. We have an adversary named Satan. Although he is a diabolical agent of evil, he isn’t strong enough or big enough to be every evil.

That’s a big statement there for sure, I know. The reality is, we are pretty good at being evil ourselves and there may be things we consider to be evil that aren’t evil at all.


For example…I tell my kids to make their beds and clean their rooms all the time. They hate that and even consider that my request is too much and at times they may even consider it to be an “evil” request. 

So, I’m sure you can fill in the blank with things that we could consider evil all on your own and save me hours on this podcast in examples. 

The next point is that I would say evil is necessary in the aspect of understanding the value of good. Again.. no clean your room, now your grounded or you lose something and to the child, I am now an agent of evil, doing an evil thing. The flip side of that coin is that they can learn the value of doing their chores and live into the the “Good Life”!!

Good becomes even more valuable. Not because I want to teach a lesson, because it is always a consequence of no good.  It is not the opposite of, but a consequence of (the so-called evil).

Okay…. All of that does not say that someone dying is a consequence of someone not being good. Quite the contrary. It is an opportunity, in what is or can be perceived as an evil to experience something very good.

A professor at Oxford has a great point about that: 

Oxford philosopher Richard Swinburne puts this in perspective:

If God is to allow us to acquire knowledge by learning from experience and above all to allow us to choose whether to acquire knowledge at all or even to allow us to have a very well-justified knowledge of the consequences of our actions—knowledge which we need if we are to have a free and efficacious choice between good and bad—he needs to provide natural evils occurring in regular ways in consequence of natural proce

So, when it comes to suffering and specifically children… Are we saying that for God to be good, he has to perform miracles constantly around the world with every child to be safe from anything.. no matter what? So then, two kids are playing at the dinner table and little Johnny grabs the steak knife playing like in a cartoon and as he plunges the knife into his brother Steve’s side.. God then miraculously turns the knife into rubber and the whole family laughs because God will always do a miracle and protect little children. If we lived in such a world, children wouldn’t learn morality because many of their choices would lack moral consequences. Okay, then at what age does that cut off. If God is that good..why then does that miracle even stop??  Now, I suspect the more serious answer will be that God should every day orchestrate tens of thousands of amazing miracles to protect children. But if God constantly worked through providences, then God would still have to interfere constantly with free will. For example, how does God prevent parents from getting drunk, or texting, or nodding off, while driving? How does God providentially keep all children everywhere at all times from the fatal occurrences that might afflict other family members? How would God providentially keep all children from being harmed by the intentional cruelty of adults? He couldn’t do all these things unless He was to make Himself unmistakably apparent. After all, even the most ignorantly spiritual person would conclude, sooner or later, that there’s something about the universe that prevents children from coming to harm. In the real world, parents and their children must learn to be responsible because natural laws do work in regular ways.

And suffering has other benefits.

Many important spiritual lessons can be learned from the suffering and/or death of children—Things like: courage, patience, compassion, selflessness, humility, and so on—but I’m going to focus on what today is the biggest issue in this podcast. The death of children, whether other people’s children or our own, we learn that we can never base our ultimate happiness on this world. We have The American Dream—that we can have our kids grow up, graduate, achieve successful careers, marry great spouses, and have wonderful children, and through our children, and our children’s children, we can gain a sense of immortality an incredible legacy—That is forever in danger. There is nothing worldly that we can count on, including what most people love most: their children. Instead, we must look to God for our ultimate and eternal fulfillment.

Only worshippers of God can accept this. We shouldn’t expect those who only live for this life not to bitterly complain that God is unfair for threatening what to them is the top priority and value in life.

Suffering can be valuable for children, too. In my ministry, I experience many times an illness that affects a child. It is at that time we can best understand our own mortality and the value in life. I have even faced this with my family dealing with my disease of cancer in my body. I thank God for being aware of my own mortality and the value we have on each other and family as a result. What a shame to be unaware of that value and benefit in life. To be numb to good and evil both. That is ultimately the worst evil at all.

So, the question why to me takes on a different meaning. I don’t think the question why is a question that can ever be answered. I don’t even think that why is an appropriate question. The question best asked is HOW?

How could this happen? That can be answered. It could have been a freakishly awful health issue, a horrible accident, a mishap of someone else’s careless actions… so many answers can fill in the blanks. 

God is the one who allows us the opportunity and the blessing of mortality to understand the value of life and free will to be able to live it by the choices we choose. The benefit is to look to live a life the way God describes and when a bad thing happens, we then know how to be the hands and feet of God to a person who is suffering. 

We offer love, we sit in silence, we hug, we prepare meals, we help with housework, we help pack boxes and so on. We love each other and love each other through some horrific situations that eventually can be things God can use in your life or the life of someone else to share that incredible value of life and love and freedom. 

Freedom always comes with a price. For me as a Christian, it came with the price of Christ dying on the cross. For me as an American, it came and comes daily by the sacrifices and lives of those serving our country. The freedom I experience in my community from the protection of law enforcement, fire officials, first responders and so on. They pay a price for me to enjoy my freedom. Someone always pays, the reality is that it just sucks when it is you. 

It’s not fair to pick and choose. I wouldn’t want someone else to have my cancer instead of me, that is just pure selfish and evil in itself, I deal with it and believe God for my healing. I’m not in a pick and choose situation.. I can’t do anything about it.. well, that’s not all actually true.

I can live. I can enjoy life while I have it. I can help others experience hope and peace through the experiences I have had to get to a place that I can in my suffering. And then there are just times we suffer together and get through it.

I started today by saying you probably wouldn’t like the answer, and you still may not and still may think it’s not good enough. Well, then, what is good enough? How is that good enough a fair answer in life for everyone?

God loves us regardless.  Now some people say “As long as we trust God, everything will be okay.” However, the Bible is quite clear that God will walk with us through life’s problems, and that he will never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8; Hebrews 13:5). But he never promises a life free from pain or suffering. Throughout the Bible, the people who trusted God most were also the people who suffered the most. Look at Job or the Apostle Paul. They each suffered greatly. But they held on to their faith because they understood something important: God's ways are different from our ways. What seems best to us is not always what’s best to God.

When my mother-in-law was dying of cancer, I couldn’t say “Praise the Lord! My mom is going to be with God!" I prayed for her healing and hoped God would keep her around for a whole lot longer. Yet, when she died, I was faced with the truth that she is happier today in heaven than she would have been on earth. If I really wanted the best for her, then I needed to trust that God's way was the best, even though it wasn't the best for me.

I know that doesn’t take away your pain for your situation but I hope it’s comforting to know God may not always take away our suffering, but he will always walk beside us, leading us toward the best future possible—an eternal life with him.

I hope today spoke to your heart and that you remember how valuable life is. There is hope, even when you may doubt, there is hope. One last thing before we go today I want to share a  great scripture with you from the Bible and remember as Paul said to us from God’s heart in Philippians 4:6-9  


6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.


And that He surely will my friends. The choice is yours. I don’t think, I know you’re valuable to God and others we’ve talked about it and there is page after page of it in the Bible for you to read! That being said…. Have faith, know you’re loved…..Don’t give in, don’t give up and never forget

#GodsGotThis!

Transformation Infatuation

I’m sure you’ve seen it. Commercials on every channel promising a better you. Skinnier you, richer you, more secure you, more popular you. It’s everywhere and at some point, it becomes information overload to many and a stumbling block to others. When thinking of transformation, a usual thought goes right to weight loss and when thinking of major weight loss, there is a show for and about that attracting MILLIONS of viewers every season. You guessed it, The Biggest Loser. Without a doubt, it’s amazing to see the transformation and also see the dedication it takes to get there. But what happens after the trainer isn’t screaming at you all day? What happens when the healthy stocked fridge is no longer stocked by a crew member, but by you? A study of contestants from “The Biggest Loser” found their metabolisms slowed during and after the competition, making it difficult to maintain weight loss.

Thirteen of the 14 contestants studied regained weight in the six years after the competition. Four contestants are heavier now than before the competition.

Nearly all the contestants have slower metabolisms today than they did six years ago and burn fewer calories than expected when at rest. What does this mean? It means that the transformation infatuation we have in our culture 1. Doesn’t always work and 2. If true transformation is a desire, it requires information and dedication.

I do want to say that there is nothing wrong with a desire for transformation, that is key and good desire, however, there is a difference between dedication and infatuation.

Infatuation means an intense but short-lived passion or admiration for someone or something. Intense but short-lived. That doesn’t sound like much of a transformation at all does it? That sounds like coming to a program at 425lbs, leaving at 189lbs and 3 years later you are 450lbs.

That wasn’t transformation that was imagination suffocation!


In an incredible resource and article I found in a blog I follow from positivepsychologyprogram.com  written by an young and very talented writer by the name of Courtney Ackerman I wanted to share a small section of what she shared with the world in an article entitled:

What is Self-Acceptance? 25 Exercises + Definition and Quotes

The article has many sections, but one of the first is entitled What is the Meaning of Self-Acceptance? And Courtney goes on to say….

Self-acceptance is exactly what its name suggests: the state of complete acceptance of oneself. True self-acceptance is embracing who you are, without any qualifications, conditions, or exceptions (Seltzer, 2008).

For an academic definition, we can turn to Morgado and colleagues’ (2014) working definition:

“[Self-acceptance is] an individual’s acceptance of all of his/her attributes, positive or negative.”

This definition emphasizes the importance of accepting all facets of the self. It’s not enough to simply embrace the good, valuable, or positive about yourself; to embody true self-acceptance, you must also embrace the less desirable, the negative, and the ugly parts of yourself.

If you’re thinking that accepting all the negative aspects of yourself sounds difficult—you’re not wrong! It’s not easy to accept the things that we desperately want to change about ourselves; however—counter intuitively—it is only by truly accepting ourselves that we can even begin the process of meaningful self-improvement.

In other words, we must first acknowledge that we have undesirable traits and habits before we start off on our journey to improvement.

Amazing insight and very helpful in today’s podcast, thank you Courtney...

So, how can a person find a place of transformation and be confident it is the correct one and one that can be maintained? Good question. Especially when there are literally thousands of requests for your attention to their solution.

However, the initial question is probably a question that was fueled by the feelings in your life like: Maybe you’re sick of your life, your waistline, your bank account or the person you’ve become.

Well, guess what?! You’re more flexible than you think! You can become just about anything or anyone you like. Whether you want to get fit, build wealth, or revamp your social life, you can do it!

It’s far from easy, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.

These strategies can help you become the person you’ve always wanted to be:

  1. Identify your core values. You won’t be happy if you create a big change that puts you in conflict with your values. Most people have never really taken the time to identify their values. Take a day to consider the values that are most important to you. Write them down. For those of you who are wrestling with what your personal values are, this week we are offering a few worksheets to help with that. All you have to do is email us at community@godsgotthis.love and we will send you your FREE copy of your MY VALUES WORKSHEET. It will give present some questions to help you answer and identify some things that are key and important in your life and we want to provide that to you this week for free just by simply requesting it. We’ll give you the information at the end of today’s podcast too.

A good scripture that helps paint a picture of solid values in your life is found in Luke 6:32-42 ESV

“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. ...


  1. Create a vision of the future. Think about the end result of the transformation you want to make. If you want to lose weight and become fit, think about how you would look and feel. Maybe you’re more interested in becoming wealthy. What would that look like? What kind of house would you own? How would you spend your day?

  • Is your transformation reasonable for you? For example, you might not be able to make a trillion dollars, but you could still build great wealth. Are you willing to put the work into what it takes to reach that vision for your future? If you don’t, you’re right back to being that person who was heavy then lost the weight and then slowly gained it all back.

  • To fully understand your future, you must be willing to trust the one who holds it all in his hands.

Jeremiah 29:11 is a scripture you hear me use a lot and for good reason. It’s true and it works!! In the case here when you are planning your future out, it is good to align your thoughts with truth and here is what it says:

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”


  • Make sure you are aligning with truth. That is the best form of success.


  • It’s important to address each of the issues that creates emotional discomfort. You’re likely to quit if you don’t.


  • Either come up with a plan to work around those issues or just relax and let the negative feelings go.

  • You’ll know you’re in a good place when you find yourself chomping at the bit to get started. Procrastination is a sign that something is awry.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

What a great place to start.  A place of confidence and truth now plan a realistic approach to fit that truth that you feel honors God as well.

  1.  Determine why. Why do you want to make this change? Create a long list of reasons why you want to transform. Get excited. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming big here, it’s just a list, after you are done, you can go back and re-evaluate it. This is your chance to reach for the stars and at the same time an opportunity for you to make some grown-up decisions. The question was “why do you want to make this change?” Does it have a purpose? Does it make sense? Does it not only benefit you, it actually will benefit others? Start your why list.

  2. Identify the qualities and skills you’ll need to develop. If you want to transform your body, you might need to learn more about exercise physiology, nutrition, and develop some discipline. Consider what it will take to accomplish your transformation. Doing a few sit ups and running a couple miles is good, but that alone will not provide the transformation you want if your running is on the way to McDonalds to get a double cheeseburger, large fries and a milk shake. Discipline is vital. A good partner to discipline is accountability. Who can you trust and confide in that becomes an accountability partner? Your spouse? A best friend? A family member? Create on your list the qualities and skills as well as the form of accountability for each area of transformation you are striving for.  Proverbs 16:9 NLT says

  3. Identify the resources you’ll require. Do you need a personal trainer, gym membership, and a blender? Maybe you need money and a mentor for your transformation. Figure out the resources you’ll need. Planning for success requires forethought. Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  It makes no sense to go to the efforts to fail, it makes all sense to go to efforts to succeed, so do it. Think it out. What are the details behind your desire of transformation? Yes, this list is getting big, however, it’s better to have a big list than a huge disappointment!

  4. Make a plan. Start at the end and keep working backwards until you reach a step that you can do today. Avoid worrying about the details of step 11. You can worry about that when you’re finishing up step 10. You don’t need to see 10 miles down the road to back out of your driveway. So, if your transformation is not about your weight it’s about finances then the end of your plan would be for example: I am debt free and have a thriving interest earning savings account, a debit account with actual cash in it, a retirement fund and if you have children perhaps you would say you have a college fund with the money it takes to pay for college in cash. Okay, you get the idea then you go backwards from there for example, I put an extra 100 per month in my savings account, created a college fund account and put in X amount of dollars per month there and it goes on. If you have a plan in place, it is much easier to follow it if it makes sense to you.

  5. Audit your plan. Imagine following your plan and note how you feel at each step. You’re bound to feel some emotional resistance at one or more points. If you didn’t, you would have made the transformation long ago.


Okay, and now we are at the last in our list today to defeat transformational infatuation with a transformational aspiration!

Don’t quit! This is the most challenging part for most people. You fail if you quit. You can’t fail if you don’t. Keep on going no matter how bleak things seem. You can always go for it again. I could share so many illustrations of people of success who didn’t get there without many prior failures. I’m sure you’ve heard of many as well. A little bit of progress each day or week is all you need. As you might be well aware, I have said #GodsGotThis a time or two in my life and by saying that, I am proclaiming a truth I chose to align with. There is no doubt in my mind he is perfect in all his ways and more than able, that being the case, I’d much rather follow his lead than my own. The key is as I just mentioned, DON’T QUIT! Press in, trust him and things will work out just fine!

You can transform yourself starting now. Build a vision and create a plan. Stay the course until you’re satisfied with the changes you’ve made. After you have made those changes, continue to stay the course, you’re in for the long haul. Running isn’t about being better than someone else, it’s about being better than you used to be. This is a marathon called life, enjoy the journey!

Don’t forget…

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Running After What?

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This week's theme is about RUNNING AFTER WHAT?! So many things we are running away from and to and the clarity in our lives that we so desperately need.

Hear a story about two businessmen with similar goals and up against a clock yet they both had dramatically different outcomes.

The challenge this week is to identify where you are going and how you are getting there. We'd love to hear your comments below and if you are not on our mailing list, please visit us at GodsGotThis.Love and subscribe to our weekly magazine.

Thank you so much and as always, no matter what circumstance or situation always remember

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An Almost Love

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This week I've been sharing a message about AN ALMOST LOVE. If you haven't had a chance yet to tune into a special edition podcast this week, please take some time to go download and/or listen to it. It's a powerful story about an almost love set back in 1944 at the height of World War 2.  You can visit our podbean site at http://www.godsgotthis.podbean.com

Okay, you know how it is. If you are a follower of Christ perhaps.  The kids are sick ... so church is missed. You have to leave earlier the next morning ... leaving no time for quiet prayer. Bodies need exercise so reading the Bible gets pushed aside. Of course, we have to eat so meals must be prepared ... so worship becomes secondary. Reports and projects have to be finished (and you just found out!!) ... you get the idea. Obviously, the list goes on and on of what can keep us from the closeness of God.

I felt this week that as hard as it is for some to actually commit to Christ, that is really the easy part, it's the living for and with him part that is hard.  Life can get in the way. We have our issues in life, then we find something happens, we find someone who looks much better than anything we've ever seen, we find a love in Jesus Christ that looks so beautiful and we have to move in his direction.

Then... For some of us, something happens. Little by little, a piece at a time, STUFF gets in the way and then soon enough the same stuff is really what you spend all of your time with and on and the beautiful love, the peace, the freedom you found in Christ....Get's buried under a heap load of your life.

You may go months some even years and not even think about it again. Oh, there are a few reminders, Easter and Christmas come along and you remember, you celebrate, you feel guilty as well and you think "Man, I need to get back in church". Well, yes you do, however, the first step is in recognizing that the one you love the most, the one who gave all for you, is waiting for you.

You see, being a good person and being a good busy person with good intentions is not what it takes to honor the sacrifice that a man named Jesus Christ paid for you, before the cross, at the cross and after.  He was mocked, beat, tortured and murdered by bloodily being nailed to a cross in such a way that the nails pierced through both feet at the top and out the heal area and then each through his wrists. He paid a price knowing you would be born, born into a world that was all screwed up and lived it right and by example to show you how to do it and do it even better. But then, we have too much laundry? The house needs to be cleaned? The kids have sports or dance? The meeting at work? School? You get it and... Really? What that is is AN ALMOST LOVE.

Yes, this is a tough one today. It was tough for him too. I know that there are many times in my life that I do the same thing. There is a scripture that exposes that and what it is like for the one we love and it says:

and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. Hebrews 6:6 ESV

 

So when we know him or knew him, in all actuality, walk away from him, even secretly, by that I mean saying the right things at times to give the illusion that all is good, when really what has happened is, you have a hammer in one hand and a spike in the other. Then turn and begin the process of sticking them to his skin, lining it up and then hammer away. Bursting through his skin and then pounding into the wood behind. Yes, it's graphic, gross and sounds horrible. IT IS!!!!

Another ALMOST LOVE is basically the same as above, perhaps you have thought about it, thought about him, but you and your stuff are too much to think about and how he could possibly fit, want you and that it probably wouldn't work. Yes, it can.

The other ALMOST LOVE is like our love story I wrote this week. We come to a place, find something beautiful there and see there is someone you think you have fallen for. Someone you could spend the rest of your life with, but somehow, things happen or get in the way through choices and actions we choose and the chance slips away through the night.

Here's the reality, ALMOST LOVE is NOT LOVE. Love is a commitment, a life, and a passion. Love is doing the hard things. Love is established boundaries and respecting and following them.

Love is chasing after the girl when you know something is there instead of letting her slip away. 

(listen to the podcast, you'll get it) :-)

I don't mean to sound like the mean teacher slamming the ruler on the desk, however, it the pop of that ruler hitting the desk is enough to snap you out of it, shake your head and realize it's time to wake up and do the work, then I'm happy for that.

You mean and meant enough that he was willing to do what he did FOR YOU. To see in Hebrews 6:6 of how we can crucify him afresh, which obviously means to crucify him over and over and over again by the countless amounts of people who fall into what the scripture is revealing.

The revealed hope is, IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE YOU. Run after your love! Don't let it slip away! This is the best thing that has or will ever happen in your entire life! Do what it takes and if you need help in the process, reach out!! Reach out to us here at #GodsGotThis or reach out to a follower of Christ, reach out to your church, to a new church.. Something!

My hope is that you say yes to him and experience the abundant life he promised and died for.

Again, feel free to reach out at: community@godsgotthis.love or visit our website for resources and connection as well. Whatever you do, whatever you face, circumstance or situation, never forget:

#GODSGOTTHIS

 

SOMETHING BIG!

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Listen to SOMETHING BIG at GodsGotThis.Podbean.com

 

You see it on the news. You hear it on the radio. Someone every day is living it large, making a dream a reality and doing something big!

 

Maybe you want to be the next Charles Dickinson and write an incredible book that lasts for generations! Perhaps a bit more like Jorge Paulo Lemann. That’s right, a name not to familiar and that is just how he likes it. One of the top 5 richest people in the world. He lives in Sweden and owns a few things, one of which is a little store called H&M. Jorge is worth over 24 Billion with B dollars. It could be that you want to do something big to leave your mark on the world, something small like Tim Berners-Lee did and he’s still alive. He is the man who invented the three little letters we use everyday www. Yes, contrary to some beliefs he actually invented the internet.

 

You see, a person doesn’t have to have the pre-requisite of being famous to be SOMETHING BIG! Today, let’s talk about the next biggest thing here on planet earth. This person may not be currently watched by Fox or CNN or CNBC or MTV or TMZ, but is being watched by G-O-D! Yes the person I am talking about, the one who is really SOMETHING BIG… is YOU!!!!

 

If you have ever been to a church more than 5 times in your life and possibly if you never have, there is a probability you have heard this scripture:

 

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

THAT MEANS SOMETHING BIG!!!!!!!

I have been a passionate person my entire life. I haven’t always been focused, but I have been passionate. I have always wanted to and felt the drive for greatness. I sure don’t mean that in some egotistical way (although, there was a time in my life, and I wouldn’t have admitted it then, that I was). I mean I feel like I always felt there was to be something more. Something I was to do to leave a mark, something to bring transformation. When I was in high school, I left the last 2 years my Junior year to go to a vocational school. I went for Marketing Sales and Services. Why? I felt like I wanted to own my own business one day. Fast forward over 30 years and I have. Not just one, but several and I’m still going.

Well, Matt, that’s okay for you, but I’m not wired that way. Really? Okay, I’ll give you that we are not all alike, we are not all wired the same way. Some are the life of the party and some can’t wait to get home from the party. Some want to run the business and some are just fine working quietly in the back of the business. That much is true, however, here is the truth spelled out in Ephesians 1:11-12

11-12 It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. Ephesians 1:11-12 The Message

Here are a few foundational points to consider when considering that it is you that is the SOMETHING BIG on this big blue ball and only called that way by the creator of the universe, no biggie right? I mean, come on.. whether you like the President of the United States or not... If he were on TV giving a speech and just stopped and looked dead into the camera and said.. You know what MATT CRUMP?. you are incredible. There is no one quite like you on this planet and any company on this earth should be blowing your phone up for the chance to have you and here is his phone number… WHAT!!?????? It’s like that.. only better. 

So..back to those foundational points. Let’s look at Jeremiah 29:11

 

  1. God said “HE KNOWS THE PLANS”. That means he isn’t going to make them up as we go, it’s not dependent upon what school you finally graduate from, how much money you come from or get to, nope.. he said HE KNOWS! That means my friends that you are destined for SOMETHING BIG.. LIKE...

  2. God said “PLANS FOR GOOD” He didn’t say plans for the worst, plans for destruction, plans for you to always fail, nope, he said SOMETHING BIG Good there comes from the Hebrew word SHALEM which in English means a few things like completeness, soundness, welfare and peace. Also safe, i.e. (figuratively) well, happy, friendly; also (abstractly) welfare, i.e. health and prosperity. So, when he says GOOD in our language he means SOMETHING BIG!

  3. God said “NOT FOR DISASTER” Like I said before not for bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral)one), worse(-st), wretchedness, wrong. (Incl. feminine raaah; as adjective or noun.) and not for evil, misery, distress or injury. What??!!  All that? But, I thought God was supposed to protect us, so why did my Grandpa die of cancer, or my child die at birth or my son get killed at war. Well, as you can see from this ONE WORD, that wasn’t God. Yes, we live in a world that has bad things. We have screwed it up pretty good. Why do you think Jesus even had to come back on the scene? It was so far out of order, so far away from God, it took God to bring it back to where it needed to be and now we have a choice, it might even be better to say, the example to follow of Jesus Christ. Many choose not to. It’s an unbalanced world, however, God’s plan never changed, we just need to learn his heart and press more into it, understanding that YES.. YOU ARE SOMETHING BIG!!!

     

     

    4. God said to “GIVE YOU A FUTURE” Wait a minute.. a future? But if my life sucks and nothing else is better.. wrong mentality, there is something better and it comes through YOU.. SOMETHING BIG!!!!! The word future from the Hebrew means literally, a cord (as an attachment); figuratively, expectancy -- expectation (-ted), hope, live, thing that I long for. Wow!!

     

    5. God said “AND A HOPE” So to live a life pointless and hopeless is to live exactly the opposite of what he has already said he will do!!! He has already said there is a plan for hope and yes it can feel like there is no hope, I understand that and I have felt that, like maybe last week! Vetikvah means literally, a cord (as an attachment); figuratively, expectancy -- expectation (-ted), hope, live, thing that I long for that’s SOMETHING BIG!!

     

    So now we know the plans for us what about the SOMETHING BIG?! For that we’ll look to Ephesians 1:11-12

     

    6. In Christ “WE FIND OUT WHO WE ARE.” When you KNOW who you are, you’re confident. When you KNOW who you are you are courageous.

    7. In Christ “WE FIND OUT WHAT WE ARE LIVING FOR” When you KNOW what you are living for it’s the difference from living fully alive to living a life on autopilot.

    8. Before we knew “CHRIST HAD HIS EYE ON US” When you KNOW that Christ has his eye YOU, individually, it empowers you with a pure purpose driving others to the same place in their life instead of being a person without that confidence who will constantly drive people away from destiny, including one's self.

    9. He had a “DESIGN FOR US FOR GLORIOUS LIVING “ When we KNOW who we are, what we are living for and that Christ had his eye on us, the Hollywood glorious living is not what is being said, it is a living that honors God in all we do because we know where it came from, it is a person of gratitude for what they have and a person who is humble enough to receive the awards and rewards of living a glorious life. Oh yes, we get stuff, but the difference is the stuff won’t get us, that’s GLORIOUS LIVING!

    10. “HE HAS AN OVERALL PURPOSE WHAT HE IS WORKING OUT IN US” Yes he is and we know it for sure. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give a future and a hope.

 

When these points I have just shared with you become not just knowledge in our heads, more like an empowerment to our core, it is then when we can realize that we were made to be a HERO. A person who is destined to do SOMETHING BIG. A hero is a person of bravery. This person has usually overcome huge obstacles to survive or to rescue others and is willing at any given moment to overcome their obstacles and fears. A hero is a person where integrity, honor, honesty, intelligence, wisdom, action, morality and love work in harmony to balance that person through a grounded knowledge and understanding of their identity in Christ. 

 

SOMETHING BIG is BIG when it is never about you individually and alway them collectively. 

 

So, my friend, this is your day, this is your week, your month, your year and your life. You have been equipped, empowered and established by the biggest SOMETHING BIG there ever was, is or will be. Take these words of truth to defeat the true of you. Okay, just so that doesn’t fall flat at the end here… When I say what’s true of you, I am saying the part when you quickly think, “Oh, that would never be me” or “I can’t because” kind of true about you or us for that matter to a confidence about the truth of what God created in, for and about you. Knowing these things can only be the fuel needed in our faith tanks to blast us off into SOMETHING BIG!!!

 

If you’re ready for a change in your life and tired of the some old whatever and youre ready for SOMETHING BIG, we’d love to pray with you and help you meet the BIGGEST SOMETHING BIG of your life named Jesus Christ. Feel free to reach out to us here at community@godsgotthis.love or reach out through our social media and message us there we’d love to chat. My friend, there is hope and not just some flimsy hope, I’m talking SOLID. No matter what you are facing, things always seem different when you don’t have to think about it anymore, you just live into the hero you are, spring into action and do SOMETHING BIG!

 

I hope today spoke to your heart and that you have found some truths you can carry with you for the rest of your life. There is hope, even when you may doubt, there is hope. Before we go today I want to share another great scripture with you from the Bible and remember as Paul said to us from God’s heart in Philippians 4:6-9  

 

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

 

And that He surely will my friends. The choice is yours. I don’t think, I know you’re SOMETHING BIG, we just read it today in God’s word! That being said…. Don’t give in, don’t give up and never forget

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The Bottom Floor

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A couple of weeks ago I talked to you about a young lady named Sasha setting records all over the world for her success in climbing and we’re not talking up some tree in the backyard, I’m talking about solid chunks rocky earth hundreds of feet in the air. The struggle is real and the celebration at the top is always a moment you never forget. The climb is a powerful experience requiring stamina, skill and fortitude. 

 

Think about incredible athletes like Sasha, headed out to the mountain they are about to climb, all their gear with them, prepped for days, weeks, months and even years for the perfect situation and the perfect climb. Do you think that they would go to all that trouble to get there, look at the mountain they are about to climb and then say “Ah man, I’m probably just going to fall off and die, what’s the use, forget it!”

 

No, that would just be plain stupid to plan and prepare for something so much that when you get to it you just give up and quit.  Today I want to talk to you a little more about the climb for sure and the fortitude to make the climb, but if we are ever going to climb the ladder of success, you’ll never get to that penthouse view without the right foundation.

 

When it comes to tall buildings, downtown New York City wasn’t the first place with tall buildings. No, we have been infatuated with reaching the sky for centuries. From the tower of Babel at Babylon to enormous architectural masterpieces still standing as the great pyramid’s throughout Egypt. Yes, it’s easy to think of many examples of structures over our human history and even more recently in the past 150 years or so, mankind has developed strategies and technological breakthroughs making it possible to have buildings 1500 to almost 2000 feet high!!

 

I don’t know if you have ever had a chance to see a skyscraper or just a really tall building and stand in front of it and then just look straight up. It will be a matter of seconds before you notice yourself becoming a little wobbly and for some, it’s just plain impossible to stand there and look without getting sick or scared or both!!!

 

Have you ever wondered what it takes for buildings like that to be able to get so tall? Well, you have guessed correctly if you’re first guess was the foundation. There are so many combining factors that make for the success of a solid structure like that, but today, I’d like to talk to you about something powerful for those and something powerful for us “THE BOTTOM FLOOR”

 

One of the first skyscrapers built was built in the late 1800’s in Chicago called the Chicago’s Home Insurance building, it was finished in 1884 at 10 stories high. Obviously, that doesn’t sound too high compared to buildings of today, but go stand on its roof and lean over and then tell me how tall a 10 story building is!

 

The only way to build a building that keeps going up is to first start going down. It takes, in most cities a lot of digging. The World Trade Center had to be dug 65 feet down before it hit bedrock. They had to devise a plan to keep the water table from flooding the huge hole and at the same time stop the walls of that hole from falling in on themselves. It took a lot of engineering to come up with what it takes to build these enormous buildings. Some of the other issues besides the sheer weight is wind! Before I talk about the wind, here’s an interesting fact, an average house can weigh usually around 70 tons but the Empire State Building in New York City weighs about 350,000 tons! Okay, so the wind. The taller you go the more wind is an issue and can cause a building to sway and that is not good. So one of the ways to help stabilize these structures is by building a much wider foundation. So the wider and deeper it goes the more it is able to sure up and steady these swinging steel structures and stopping them from falling right over. Oh, there is the way the walls are constructed and the steel beams as well that play a major part.

 

Here’s another interesting fact. When the 110-story World Trade Center towers were built in New York in the early 1970s, more than I million cubic yards (765,000 cubic meters) of soil and rock were removed and dumped in the Hudson River to create 23.5 acres (95,100 square meters) of new land, on which another skyscraper was later constructed. That was a deep hole and a lot of dirt!

 

I mentioned a moment ago that when builders begin building a skyscraper they don't start by building up. Instead, they start by digging to the bedrock in order to create a foundation of stability. They have to go down deep and excavate tons of soil, sand, clay, rocks, and worms (sorry, I used to dig up worms when I was a kid). They do all of that to finally reach that bedrock so that they can build something that would be worthy of breaking through the clouds and called a skyscraper.

We’re a lot like that in many ways. Our lives, careers, and families work the same way. If we want to build up we have to first dig deep and develop our foundation. It's not always easy to dig up all that stuff we find below (the fears we have, the wounds we carry and the things that hold us back) but once we uncover them we can reach the core of our foundation and begin the building process to reach even greater heights. Another interesting tidbit of information is the area that’s dug up prior to going down to the bedrock is called overburden. It’s defined as “the rock and subsoil that lies above a mineral deposit."

Today I want to talk about some of those layers that we must dig up to build a great foundation. If you visit some of these beautiful and massive buildings you can typically walk into a huge area usually 2 stories high with shops and escalators or elevators leading up or down. That’s because THE BOTTOM FLOOR or ground floor is usually made of some of the thickest walls and material. It’s THE BOTTOM FLOOR that is your first impression, place of direction and for some a place of reflection. 

Before we finish this building and enjoy all it has to offer, we first have to do some digging. 

When taking some time for self-reflection and a desire to make that climb to the top, it’s important to think about what's holding you back. 

What needs to be unearthed and dealt with? Oh yeah,  it's so much easier just not to address or confront it…. but remember a key factor of a skyscraper. 

If you don't dig dip, you'll never be able to build a solid foundation needed to live the life and legacy you really want.

Once you dig down deep you'll find that core that you can build on, creating a massive and strong bottom floor before you will ever get to the next step. That is to build from your foundation floor by floor with the principles and habits that will help you soar to that penthouse view!

 

So, what are some of the things you can find at THE BOTTOM FLOOR? What are some of those layers to be dug up or revealed in our lives, Those layers that are like the overburden covering the bedrock of our lives?    Well....Here we go!!!

  1. HUMILITY - The only way to achieve being a fantastic leader, and enjoying an incredible life is to be an excellent follower. A BOTTOM FLOOR person who is humble (which is an adjective or verb) which describes a person (or thing) who is not arrogant or overly proud, but modest, simple and lowly. ... "Humility" is an attribute making it a noun form of the same word basically meaning "a modest view of one's own importance.” Humility often means recognizing that we are created by God and interconnected with and dependent upon others. C.S. Lewis said of humility: “True humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less. I recently heard the story of Maria and Miguel. They have been married for 22 years living in Medellin Columbia. When they found each other, they were both drug addicts and got worse when they found each other. After they realized they really needed each other and had fallen in love, they used that gift to beat the addiction to drugs they both faced. I didn’t mention that because they were so poor and had no jobs they couldn’t afford housing, I didn’t say they were homeless, they just couldn’t afford housing. When they first met in their drug-addicted situations they made their home, get ready… IN THE SEWER! Not some sewer like you would think of under the streets of New York City, it was more like a giant concrete septic tank. What’s more interesting in this story is that after they got clean and have remained clean, they still live in the sewer! They found a place of comfort with each other and have made that place their home. They have a little kitchen, a bedroom area, and electricity in their little home now. I’m sure quite possibly many of you would be thinking, man, if they are drug-free now and happily married, why not find a better place to live. The answer is simple, humility. They love each other and they are happy with what they have and it works just fine for them. I’m not saying to go live in a sewer to be happy, I’m just saying that for them BOTTOM FLOOR living has been pretty good.

 

  1. GROUNDED - A person who is grounded has the ability to be completely aware and conscious during the present moment. You’re a person who practices a deep sense of mindfulness and don’t really live around the “what ifs.”  Just like getting a foundation that holds hundreds of thousands of tons of weight and pressure, it takes time and isn’t always easy, but it is achievable. Simple personal exercises like breathing, walking, taking some time to relax with some calming music, stopping to listen instead of waiting for the next opportunity to get your point across. I recently read a blog from a person whose life was just changed dramatically and some could even say turned upside down. The person, Amina, was originally from Kenya and had lived and worked away for about 30 years. She was doing well, however, and unfortunately her visa ran out and although her employer had tried to get it renewed without her knowing and twice at that, it was to no avail! Amina had to return to Kenya, a home she had been away from for 30 years! How can a person get through a situation like that? Her friends and life she had built and enjoyed for all of those years suddenly changed. That is was is special about Amina. Here are a few things she shared that got her through that time in her life and she accredited it how in an article entitled

  2. How I Keep Myself Grounded After Life's Hardships    Understand that "some things are and some things are not”

  3. I believe like Maria and Miguel Amina understood a vital principle in life, to be grateful. Out of that posture, she was able to write a few points that are excellent ways to understand how to live and be GROUNDED. 1. FOCUS ON THE NOW - As friends and family were saddened and made it tough to stay positive Amina was reminded of a quote from Louis C.K. "Some things are and some things are not.” She came to the conclusion that the job and the visa were things that are not. She said "what could have been' is just a waste of cognitive energy. So I try to be mindful and focus on the present, and just the very next step that I'm supposed to take.” And of course, her second point was 2. BE GRATEFUL - She practices being grateful and takes a few moments every morning to reflect on the things she does have. The opportunity to live in another land for over 3 decades and now has friends and experiences she would never have had before. She has a Kindle with books she has even yet to read on it and so grateful for the opportunity to have that and also a blank piece of paper. She has something to write, something to say and is grateful for that opportunity in life. Writing is one of her passions, as is mine and she is focused to write even if no-one else is reading. It’s a passion and part of things in her life that have helped her to not only be grounded but a shining example of what it means to be a BOTTOM FLOOR person. Thank you, Amina! (And I’m hoping to introduce you all to her one day in a future podcast if we can work it out!)

     

    3. SUPPORTED - Support actually means to bear a part or all of the weight. Is that a description that could define you? A person who is supportive isn’t a person that’s just all clingy and does whatever you want (you can get a puppy dog for that) they challenge you, stand beside you when you need them, and give you the space you need to roam free and grow as a person. They are a cheerleader and not a groupie. A great quote that embodies what it means to bear a part or all of the weight was spoken by the 35th President of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy:

"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” 

  1. TRUSTED - This can be one of those tough places. 1. It’s hard just to trust and 2. To qualify as a person of trust means you have to be a person who can trust. There are so many things that can rob us of trust in our lives. Failed relationships, abusive relationships, lies, manipulation, laziness the list goes on and on. Trust is a precious commodity in our lives and once it is lost, it is so hard to get back. The old saying goes trust is not given it’s earned is a powerful phrase, however, the latter part deserves a look, earned. That means that we have to actually trust to allow the trust to be earned. Trust is built with consistency, not only for others but in ourselves. Trust is also one of those let go places. It can kind of be like going to an amusement park and seeing one of those bungee jump towers. You know what I’m talking about, the ones that look like they are a mile high with a piece of dental floss attached to your body preventing you from becoming a stain on the pavement. That kind of let go. It’s not easy and not easy for most, but it is possible. Life can be so much of a rewarding experience with trust in our lives than without it. Without it, we’re always looking over our shoulders, constantly living in doubt and never really enjoying much of anything. I don’t think there are many people who on the 32nd floor of a skyscraper obsess over the fact that they aren’t sure about THE BOTTOM FLOOR. In many cases THE BOTTOM FLOOR can build your trust so much, you never think about it and actually, enjoy the reason you showed up. THE BOTTOM FLOOR can be a place of calm, a place of hope and yes, a place of trust.

 

  1. FIRM - What an interesting 4 letter F word! Firm means having a solid, almost unyielding surface or structure. There’s no better understanding of this word than to look at what Jesus said in Matthew 7:24-27 in The Message:

24-25 “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.

26-27 “But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”

Jesus started from a posture of trust in what he was saying, and although this translation is provided as a better understanding in English for us to understand, the essence of what he said really shines through. He wasn’t offering some home improvement, he’s offering something better and stronger built on a firm unyielding surface. These are words to build a life on. They incorporate all of our 5 points here: Humility, Grounded, Supported, Trusted and Firm. These are all foundational BOTTOM FLOOR essential attributes. And like in verse 26 when he said if we just use his words for some Bible study instead of actually working them into our lives, we’re building a house on shaky, shifting sand instead of that firm, unyielding bedrock that provides the foundation for a solid, thick and trustworthy BOTTOM FLOOR.

What this all comes to is that Christ is our foundation, our bedrock and on that life can be built. Your life. That means you’re not the penthouse, you’re the BOTTOM FLOOR that the penthouse gets its joy from. Without the bedrock and without the solid walls and well thought out construction of you, there is no penthouse. Each floor of a towering skyscraper is built on trust, floor by floor, higher and higher each floor is a rung in the ladder of a successful life allowing the climb to the top not easy, but possible. 

My friends, if you are ever going to climb to the top of success in your life, you’ll never get there without a good BOTTOM FLOOR. It’s never a place to turn our noses up to, it’s a place of respect, dignity and of course trust. 

 

I want to encourage you today to evaluate your place in life. Are you living on shaky ground right now? Questionable relationships? No real firm foundation in your life, just drifting? Is the overburden of your life a cluttered minefield of broken trust, lies, depression, and hopelessness? Then I suggest it is time to start digging. Find a place where there is good soil and an incredible view and then layer by layer dig deep until you reach the bedrock of your soul. Jesus has been and is there waiting for you. He’s not only the bedrock, he’s the shovel that helps you dig, but you have to put the shovel to the ground. As you do, Christ begins a work in you and the layout begins for an incredible BOTTOM FLOOR. When people walk into the doors of your life and look around with Christ as your foundation, then the BOTTOM FLOOR looks like a welcoming place. A safe place. A place of potential and dreams. A place that when the top floor is reached isn’t just about how ornate the penthouse is, because that is going to be awesome for sure, it’s about the view!

 

This is possible and it’s possible for you! No matter what condition you find yourself in now, be it poor health or poor self, it can all be turned around making the new creation even better. It’s girded up with HUMILITY because it is GROUNDED, SUPPORTED and TRUSTED with a FIRM foundation able to withstand heavy rain and winds. It’s very construction was thought out in a special way just to withstand those assaults.

 

If you’re ready for a change and tired of home improvements and just want a brand new place on a firm foundation, we’d be happy to pray with you and help you meet this bedrock of life named Jesus Christ. Feel free to reach out to us here at community@godsgotthis.love or reach out through our social media and message us there we’d love to chat. My friend, there is hope and not just some flimsy hope, I’m talking SOLID. No matter what you are facing, things always seem different when you don’t have to think about the foundation.

 

I hope today spoke to your heart and that you have found some truths you can carry with you for the rest of your life. There is hope, even when you may doubt, there is hope. Before we go today I want to share another great scripture with you from the Bible and remember as Paul said to us from God’s heart in

Philippians 4:6-9  

 

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

 

And that He surely will my friends. The choice is yours. I think you make a pretty awesome BOTTOM FLOOR. That being said…. Don’t give in, don’t give up and never forget

#GodsGotThis!

8 Cracks in the Rock

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I have heard it said that the very best comes after the hardest climb. No doubt that it is true, but man that climb can be horrible!! 

7 years ago a girl with a passion made an effort to be the first. Being first wouldn’t come without a price. Sasha Diguilian had begun climbing at the young age of 6 years old and considered a professional by the young age of 18. It was at this age that no woman had climbed a 9a formation before. She was determined to do it. In 2011 Sasha climbed Pure Imagination a 9a (5.14d) in the Red River Gorge, making her the first American woman to climb a route of that grade. She had her goals set and she had them set high. 

I watched the video as she climbed. She fell several times, caught by her rope and continued trying over a 6 day period until she finally reached the top. As she got there, here entire countenance changed. She looked out over the horizon and just said WHOA! I can’t believe that just happened. Her hands bloodied by the rocks and the tape ripped from her skin, when she reached the top she said, "SCREW THE TAPE, I MADE IT THROUGH THE CRACKS, I DON’T CARE IF I BLEED.” 

She has been climbing her way to the top ever since with records set all over the world. 

The only way Sasha could even set a record is through her first grip on a stoney surface and pulling herself up. Each time, reaching for more, pulling her weight and bleeding as she goes until she gets there, the goal, the top. 

 

There are so many incredible climbing stories I wanted to share, but they all have the same ending. Getting to the top. The very best comes after the hardest climb. 

 

According to Isaiah 2:2-3:

Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Many scholars and commentaries point to the prophecy contained in this scripture of the millennial end and if you want to study a ton about that, feel free to do so.. it is awesome to study, however, today, I want to look at it from a different perspective. Thinking for a moment about Sasha and her being the first woman in history to reach a height of that difficulty was amazing. She hasn’t been the only woman who has tried it since, but she set the way.

Looking at verse 2 and 3 we can see something similar.  The mountain of the Lord is established. Interestingly the mountain of the Lord isn’t really one of the tallest mountains in the region, talking about it is more about the height of God and his position. And then to say “LET US GO UP” means someone had to go up prior and set the pace, blaze the trail. I realize that I may not be holding to the eschatological statement here, but bear with me a moment and look at another lesson of climbing. 

I don’t know if you have ever been hiking on a mountain, but it is tough and if you go real high, the oxygen get’s thinner and it is harder for even the most conditioned to scale and to scale fast. I have climbed mountains and hiked trails and I’ll tell you, the best ones are the ones with a path already cut. It makes it easier to follow and easier to know how much further you have to go. Getting to the top is still tough and still a complete joy when you get there. The view is incredible, The air is crisp and clean. It’s beautifully amazing!!

It is when the trail hasn’t been cut that things are a bit harder. A bit scarier and require much more talent, patience and careful placement of your hands and feet. In Sasha’s situation, some had gone before her, but in her class, she was the first. She had a goal and a desire to do something, something that would make her feel incredible inside and something she could do for others women as well. When she made it to the top as the first recorded woman in history, she set the stage, she raised a bar and she said that women could do it. 

As we go climb even higher in our own journey, we will mature and our motives change. The path we’re on will become increasingly lighter and brighter. The huge blessing is that once we get high enough to catch a glimpse of God’s glory, we will be absolutely blown away. So much so, we begin to realize how big he really is! Our thoughts will become more like His thoughts. Our actions will become more like His actions. As we climb, following the path that he has set before us, we will become more and more humble in the light of His glory. Our time will be spent going higher and what’s even better is the opportunity of going back to help others climb, just like Christ helps others climb. 

The climb is never just about a personal goal of achieving the top rank and planting a flag, it’s about learning how to get there and teaching others how to do the same. The view always looks better when you have someone else to share it with. It’s almost like it’s hard to describe and explain unless you go there too. When we get there with others, they see a view that becomes even more incredible shared.

In 2 Peter 1:2-7 we can find some ways to climb to the top of our mountain. Some ways to experience the climb, but each area we place our hand and every foothold we can find is essential to have had the prior area firmly planted and understood in our lives. Let’s look at 1 Peter 1: 2-7 and see what it says:

2 May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to[a] his own glory and excellence,[b] 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue,[c] and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.

We can see in verse 5 where the cracks in the rocks are like Sasha found and it all starts with faith. Here are those 8 cracks that get to the top of every mountain and wait until you see what is at the top!

  1. FAITH and faith

  2. Virtue and virtue with

  3. Knowledge and knowledge with

  4. Self-Control and Self-Control with

  5. Steadfastness and steadfastness with

  6. Godliness and Godliness with

  7. Affection and affliction with

  8. Love.

 

We can clearly see that the first step in this climb is a step of faith and a place where you have to believe that #GodsGotThis. It is an abandonment to a faith that somehow, you will get to where you are going. In this case, the climb, if each crack in the mountain of life we are climbing is adhered to will always lead to love.

There are some treacherous storms that can cause us to slip from the cracks and our bloody hands lose the strength to just hold on any longer. Some of those storms are bitterness, unforgiveness, and resentment. All of these areas in our life are the sins we carry that weigh us down and cause us to carry more weight than we were intended to carry on this climb in the first place!

When climbing like Sasha did, she began getting bloody hands and had to quit a few times. Some of the sin in our lives can cause and create those bloody hands and even though we may overcome bitterness in our lives, when we have to face self-control and we can’t bring that part under control in our own lives it causes all the height we were able to gain to slip right past us as we fall as our hands lose grip in the cracks of life on that mountain.

From faith, we go next to the crack called VIRTUE. Virtue means behavior showing high moral standards. So to go from the faith in Christ and pulling up to virtue, we must be willing to live a life by showing a high moral standard. Let me tell you when you are climbing a vertical climb of a 9a, you are going to be seen by everyone and it’s not easy to hide a high moral standard by slipping up through low moral defeat. To get to that place of virtue, we must surrender and that takes faith. Faith to swing your hand under all the pressure of your own weight to a place of virtue. Once getting a hold of virtue in your life, it’s not easy to get to the next crack, KNOWLEDGE. Here’s a deep definition of knowledge, it’s what you know. Duh, right?! Yes and we learn in life through our struggles and pain and yes, from our ups and downs. Slipping from this height in the climb isn’t always as bad as it seems, not if we move by faith, to a place of virtue which then creates such a firm grip in knowledge it helps move us up another level to the next crack a little easier, but this one is a little hard to reach. It’s called SELF CONTROL. Sometimes we may get stuck in the knowledge we have attained by forgetting that we got there by faith and a virtue in Christ. Sometimes wounds along the journey can make us not want to forgive someone and by not doing that the next hold above our heads feels like it is just out of reach or we just no longer have the strength to get there. Self-Control is not just a sexual place that some may first go to in their minds, it can be a place of second-guessing others, a place of anticipating their moves even though they haven’t moved yet. It can be a place of passive-aggressive bitterness that is so hard to escape from, yet can cause us to slip from the cracks on our climb to the top. Keeping things in check, keeping things where they should be through the knowledge of Christ and the virtue we have found through our faith in him helps us to swing up to the next crack in our climb from Self-Control to STEADFASTNESS. This is a firm hold a deep crack to grab in the rock of this mountain. Steadfastness means resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering. This is a place where you WILL NOT BE MOVED! It’s about half way up the climb and you’re pretty high now and just too far to turn back, however, you can still slip and fall, but if you really grasped knowledge, you set a stake in the rock and secured a safety that could help you if you slipped. Many times we may try to climb alone, but the best climb is with someone who can come along your side, someone to encourage, someone to keep us accountable and ensure we are staked in strong. This is a steadfastness that will be like a ladder rung helping us to the next crack called GODLINESS. Godliness is quick to be thought of as in definition as Christian Character, and although it does contain it, it is not primarily that by definition. It is more. Godliness is DEVOTION IN ACTION. I read an interesting article that talked about Enoch. We are told in Genesis that Enoch walked with God and Enoch pleased God. (Genesis 5:21-24) Hebrews 11 says that Enoch was one who pleased God. Enoch’s life was centered in God; God was the focal point, the very place to hold firm in this climb we are trying to climb. Enoch walked with God; had and awesome relationship with God, and he pleased God. Just saying all of this, it is easy to see and to say he was devoted to God. There is the meaning of godliness. DEVOTION IN ACTION. By this point we are pretty high in our vertical climb of this slick mountain called life. It’s okay to take breaks to lean back once in a while on your safety. We have a bag of rosin to keep our hands from slipping (for us that bag of rosin we carry is the word of God in our hearts...it is vital in what we are doing, always preparing us for that next step and covers us. We don’t want to fall from here, we’re up high enough, a fall could be fatal. But we still swing our arm and hand to the next crack in the mountain and this one is called AFFECTION. Affection can easily be considered love, however it differs just a bit. It means a gentle feeling of fondness or liking. This is a place similar, but not exactly to the top yet. I can have affection for someone, but not be in love or passionately love. If you remember dating your husband or wife, before you said the big L word to each other, you just liked being with each other. Spending time together. Finding things you enjoyed doing with each other. It became an affectionate place and if you firmly grip the crack in this mountain when you swing your hand up to the next spot to hold, you get to the place you have been trying to get to, you get to the top. When you get to the top of this mountain, you find LOVE. From faith all the way to love. What a journey and what a climb. 

When I saw the video of Sasha making it to the top she was elated. Excited and overwhelmed. She took it in. She did it!!

You can too. It all starts with faith and faith to make the first move in your life. It’s all about THE CLIMB!!

 

 

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Start THE CLIMB this week, it just takes a little faith to start, but as you begin to grow and climb, the higher you get, the more you need to depend on the benefit of your journey to get to the top. I want to encourage you to start THE CLIMB this week. If you have fallen from it before, do like Sasha and get back to it, dont stop, you might get hurt, you might bleed, it might be hard, but you can do it!!!

 

I want to remind you of a passage of scripture to help you think the way God wants us to think, which helps us tremendously on our climb...Remember as Paul said to us from God’s heart in Philippians 4:6-9  6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

 

And that He surely will my friends. Keep climbing…..Don’t give in, don’t give up and never forget #GodsGotThis!