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Thursday 12.12.13

Posted on 12. Dec, 2013 by in WOD with GOD

Are you a person who doesn’t give up easily, or are you quick to bail out when the going gets tough?  We joke around in the gym about indomitable will, or picking the bar up even when you don’t want to.  These are all signs of the desire to persevere.  If you have developed the habit of giving up at the first sign of trouble, it is probably time for you to have a heart to heart talk with the person you see in the mirror every day.  A well lived life is like a marathon, not a sprint.  It calls for preparation, determination, and lots of perseverance.  As an example of perseverance, you need look no further than our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Jesus finished what He began.  Despite his suffering and despite the shame of the cross, Jesus was steadfast in his faithfulness to God.  You too should remain faithful, especially when times get tough.  Are you facing  a difficult situation or some kind of adversity in your life?  If so, remember that whatever your problem, God can handle it.  Your job is to keep persevering until He does.

Therefore, my dear brother, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.~1 Corinthians 15:58

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Thursday 11.28.13

Posted on 28. Nov, 2013 by in WOD with GOD

When you think about what you are thankful for, what comes to mind?  Thanksgiving is a legal holiday for people to be thankful for what they have.  People often associate this holiday with turkey, pumpkin pie, Black Friday, etc…  Often we forget to focus on things that mean the most to us.

Thanksgiving is defined as, the act of giving thanks, prayer expressing gratitude or a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness.  Do we give thanks everyday or just one time a year.  Do we start off our day despite our circumstances finding something to be thankful for?  More than likely the things we are most grateful for we take advantage of and often shift to the back burner.  Our world has got us in  a rat race just trying to keep up.

Time seems to fly and we feel like we are surviving day in and day out.  Who’s fault is this?  We have slowly fell into this year after year and the breakdown of the home becomes more and more.  With the advancement of technology, families spend less time together.  Teenagers are glued to their cell phones and parents are more than likely glued to their I pads or computers.  While technology has been a great advancement to many things in our life it has also been a tool to drive distance in the communication in families.  Families were stronger when they had less distractions.  When was the last time you sat down and just talked to each other?  When was the last time you drove by someone’s front porch and saw a family outside visiting?   All of the simple things of life that we take for granted have become obsolete. Families have forgotten how to communicate.

Thanksgiving means something different to all of us.  Make it an appoint in your life today and everyday to find something to be thankful for.  Don’t allow the things that don’t matter to trump the things that do.  We are all guilty of this and it is a slow fade into separating our homes, family and friends.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Colossians 2:6-7

 

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Tuesday 11.12.13

Posted on 11. Nov, 2013 by in WOD with GOD

Each day, we should spend time alone with God.  But the demands of everyday living often rob us of those precious moments with our Creator.  The cycle is so predictable and eventually conspires to happen to all of us.  We become so busy with the inevitable distractions of daily life that we fail to carve out quiet moments with the one who created us.  And when we fall into this, we suffer because of our misuse of time.  We live in a world filled to the brim with distractions, temptations, frustrations, and mandatory obligations.  However, our need for God is much greater.  We must often consult with him, and we must make time to consult with him in solitude, so we can hear him and not the constant distractions of our busy lives.  No time during the day is more valuable than the quiet time we spend devoting to communicating with God.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.~2 Corithians 4:16

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WOD with GOD 11.2.13

Posted on 01. Nov, 2013 by in WOD with GOD

Do you ever feel weak and weary?  I speak from example of myself that I tend to take on more than I can chew.  We all have the willingness to work.  We work hard at our jobs, at life, inside of the gym but do we ever take time to recharge our own batteries with rest.  We sometimes need to step away from all the clutter in our lives and focus on why we work so hard to begin with.  What are we working for anyway?  God wants us to take a break and get some rest.  He set aside a full day of rest after creation as an example for us to follow.  Jesus understood the needs and limitations of his disciples and took them away for a break.  Work is good, but it must be balanced by regular attention to the health of your body, mind, soul, and spirit.  Whole life comes from holy rest.  Take time to seek rest from God.  Spend time in the word free of distractions.  Take the time to remember who and why we are working so hard for. 

It is useless for you to work so hared from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.~Psalm 127:2

The creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed.  On the seventh day, having finished his task, God rested from all his work.  And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from his work of creation.~Genesis 2:1-3

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Thursday 10.10.13

Posted on 10. Oct, 2013 by in WOD with GOD

I use to love about ten minutes of the news in the morning.  Just give me an idea of what is going around the world.  This morning I listened to the government shutdown.  Are they going to raise the debt ceiling?  Are people going to get their social security checks?  It doesn’t sound good and you wonder how long will this go on?  It just made me realize that we serve a God with no boundaries.  There is no ceiling that has to be raised for him to perform mighty works that only he can.  His power will never run out or shutdown.  Our hope has to come from him or else we will feel like the Free Fall at Six Flags.  Wondering if we going to puke or pass out from the whip lash of emotions that take over when allow our self to worry about all these things we have no control over.  Place your trust in him and you will never be disappointed.  God is awesome – he is omniscient (all knowing).

For he looks to the ends of the earth
and sees everything under the heavens.
Job 28:24

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Wednesday 10.9.13

Posted on 09. Oct, 2013 by in WOD with GOD

Under today’s post there is a link about what matters most to Pat Sherwood.  Basically what his point is, we all have too much stuff.  If we are stock piling our junk somewhere for some reason that we think we might use it down the road.  Guess what?  You won’t.  I like to take the article further and ask, “What matters most to you?”  The truth is everything on this earth will pass away, including you and me.  We will leave the earth the way we entered.  We cannot take anything with us.  This should be motivation to drive us to be more of an impact on people’s life.  Not to focus on our earthly gains but our eternal gains.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
Matthew 6:19

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Wednesday 9.25.13

Posted on 25. Sep, 2013 by in WOD with GOD

One of my favorite movies is Forest Gump.  His famous words are, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get”.  Can we all say Amen to that.  Just when everything is calm you get blind sided.  Maybe your life feels like it is a mad rush all the time and you wonder how it feels just to stop and slow down.  God gave us an owner manual to refer to everyday and it is his word.  It will guide and direct us and when the unexpected happens, it will give us peace and understanding.  You never what lays ahead in life but be sure you have a way to get through it.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.Proverbs 3:5-6

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Thursday 9.19.13

Posted on 18. Sep, 2013 by in WOD with GOD

Do you know of someone struggling right now? It could be yourself or someone close to you. Do we take the time to pray for that person? The bible tells us not grow weary and lose heart. Doesn’t that seem hard to do these days. Everyone is weary and it is hard not to lose heart. That is when we focus on everything around us and fail to look to God. We should have a passion to pray for others and hope that others are praying for us.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
James 5:16

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Wednesday 9.18.13

Posted on 18. Sep, 2013 by in WOD with GOD

God’s power has no limitations. Often due to our limited understanding and limited faith, we place limitations on God. We are to trust Him with everything. Everything!!!! That means don’t hold on to anything that troubles you. We like to feel like we have some level of control if we worry about something. Only will God work when we let go and let him have total control.

Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.
Psalm 77:14

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Monday 9.9.13

Posted on 09. Sep, 2013 by in WOD with GOD

I admire people that work in the health field especially people that work in the ER.  I always wonder what is going through their head when they deal with life and death situations.  How do doctors know what decision to make?  Experience, knowledge, talent, etc?  We may not have stressful jobs in that sense what when life has stressful situations, how do we handle them?  We never what the day will bring.  Spending time in the Word guards our minds and thoughts and allow us to focus on Him so that when the unexpected happens, our emotions don’t take over but our confidence in our knowledge of the truth.  The truth will be our foundation in the time of the storms.

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Matthew 7:24-27

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