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Inspiration for your Perspiration – June 30, 2013 – I am Enough

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I Am Enough
 
Jill had a very thought provoking post on Friday.  She says it so much better than I so go check it out HERE.  However, it did get me thinking.  A month or so ago I wrote this post on Comparisons– I think it really goes along with this thought so I wanted to continue in that vein and write about being “enough”.
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It really got me thinking about that word- “enough” and what the connotations of that word are.  I hear the word enough and think “that’s enough” meaning “no more” but the word takes a completely different meaning when it is put in the phrase “I am enough”.  Webster’s Dictionary defines enough as: occurring in such quantity, quality, or scope as to fully meet demands, needs, or expectations”.  That’s it- it meets all expectations.  But, that brings up the question of WHOSE expectations?  I liken it to enough being sufficient.  And that takes my thoughts to 2 Corinthians 12:9: 
 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (ESV)

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I Am Enough- because HIS grace IS enough- because in my weakness- he is making me strong and His power is being glorified.  So, to sum that up- I Am Enough BECAUSE of my weaknesses.  Those things that I perceive as “piddly”, obstacles, deterrents, speed bumps- those become why I am enough- because in those is where I see Him, feel Him, and even more importantly KNOW Him.  

*I am enough even when I look in the mirror and don’t like what I see.
*I am enough even when I feel like I have failed in my journey
*I am enough even when the run/workout doesn’t go like I wanted it to
*I am enough even when I eat something I know I probably shouldn’t (ahem- such as the cheesecake I will eat at The Cheesecake Factory)
*I am enough even when I have mixed up priorities
*I am enough because all of my life experiences make me who I am.
*I am enough for one simple reason- because HE says I am enough (“for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.” 1 John 3:20)

 
 
 
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Delighting in HIM,
Tami
Zephaniah 3:17

Inspiration for your Perspiration – June 9, 2013 – Adversity

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I wasn’t feeling very inspirational this week and her
willingness to post was very appreciated.
I had another thought in mind for today’s blessing but I am holding onto it until next week.  The reason why is very simple- several people who I care about- both friends and family- have been dealing with some adversity in their lives.  It has been everything from emotional and spiritual adversity to a physical adversity (a “thing” not body).
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C.S. Lewis had a lot of wisdom in these words.  A lot of the thoughts from this came from my drive home and then this song that came on while traveling:
along with a book we are reading in our Singles ABF (Sunday School) class at church called Trusting God by Jerry Bridges.  In my reading this week I came across this verse from Ecclesiastes 7:14  “In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.”
From the book (page 51-chapter 3) “God controls both the good and the bad.  God has not looked the other way or been caught by surprise when adversity strikes us.  He is control of that adversity, directing it to His glory and our good.”  They used the comparison of putting yourself in the shoes of James’ wife and Peter’s wife after James was killed and Peter was saved. Jerry Bridges says, “Trusting in God does not mean she doesn’t suffer grief, that her heart does not ache.  It means that in the midst of her heartache and grief she can say something to the effect of, ‘Lord, I know You were in control of this dreadful event. I do not understand why You allowed it to happen, but I trust You.’ I readily admit it is difficult to believe God is in control when we are in the midst of anxiety, heartache, or grief… just as we must learn to obey God one choice at a time, we must learn to trust God one circumstance at a time…Our first priority in times of adversity is to honor and glorify God by trusting Him.”
Now, I know that most of this post is made up of quotes and the thoughts of others.  However, here’s my bottom line- I know that life is not easy- there’s a lot of people who struggle daily with the various ups and downs of life.  And, it’s even harder when that person is a Christian because there’s the tendency to throw doubt or lack of faith in the mix (even when it’s thrown there by others because then it gets into your head).  I have found that the blessing is found in being faithful in spite of adversity.  The staring the problem in the eyes and not letting the problem “beat you” but instead choosing to trust that there is a lesson and growth in the circumstance.  I keep coming back to these two passages:
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-10)  and

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4).  I placed the emphasis on WHEN because that’s exactly what it says- WHEN, not if, not maybe but WHEN.  I WILL face trials- but those trials are there for me to grow from and share my experiences with others!

Delighting in HIM,
Tami
Zephaniah 3:17

Inspiration for your Perspiration – June 2, 2013

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I have decided that my Sunday posts are going to be all about counting my blessings, they may not come every week but as often as possible I will be focusing on things that I am thankful for.
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Today’s blessing was brought about by the fact that tomorrow, June 3, I have a birthday.  I will be 38- and as one three year old reminded me this week- that’s a big number 😉 LOL and as my nephew reminded me- that’s close to 40 (yes, I know that- thank you for that) 😉  I have really been contemplating my life and the impact that I am making on others.  Am I sharing His love with those around me?  Am I letting my heart, my passion, for others come through when I talk with them.  More and more I keep thinking of where I want to take my health coaching business- I know that I want to do something with children, and possibly even with medical coaching.  However, as time goes by, my heart is reaching out to how to best tie in my faith in these areas- I remember my reading of Made to Crave and how it helped me and I think that’s part of where my heart is.  Thankfully I am just starting this journey so I have lots of time to refine my direction with it.
My heart keeps coming back to these words in Psalm 90: “So teach us to number our daysthat we may get a heart of wisdom.” I desperately need to gain and grow that heart of wisdom and know that it can only come through consistent time spent in the Word.
So my blessings come from the realization that I have been giving these days for a reason.  They are not to be complacent and just sit around.  They are to be used to seek Him and serve others- not self.
 As I come to the end of this “long” post- I’ll recap quickly- my blessing for today are the days that I have been given.  They aren’t always easy, they aren’t always good but they are “mine” and they are what I make of them.  So, my goal is to make the days count- I have one earthly life to live and I want to live it to the fullest.
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 oh, and this week I hope to have a few posts scheduled but I am on vacation with my parents and nephew with limited access to a computer.  We shall see if they get written- if not, I will post when I get back (see, I am taking care to recognize the blessings in my days)