Friday Faith

Trust in the Lord and do good;

Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.

Delight yourself also in the Lord,

And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord,

Trust also in Him,

And He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:3-5 (NKJV)

I think the most important thing to draw from this passage is that it includes every situation. Some days we are all on top of the world and some days we are very low. Whether it be financial stress or relational problems there is an importance wherever you are in life.

The very first text says “Trust in the Lord and do good”. This is key. Above all else God must be trusted. We can not always see the end result of every situation. You have to trust, through the pain or the pleasure, God is using each segment of life as a teachable moment.

I know right now many of the readers of this blog are experiencing some sort of financial stress. God is saying to you that all you have to do is trust Him and He will give you the desires of your heart. This is key though. The desires of your heart are not always pure. So we sit around and wait for our own selfish desires. If you are calling on God to change your situation and nothing is happening you need to reexamine your heart. God will answer prayer in His time and for His glory.

How do you think this scripture is speaking to you today?

Are you working on your time line or His?

Do You have a Bible on Your Phone?

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Slap Yourself in the Face and Make It Happen

I wonder where I would be if one day I could just get past my selfish wants. I wonder how much further ahead my family would be if I could look in the mirror and not first think of myself. Here are 6 important tips to getting over yourself and begin conquering the giants that hold you back.

1. Vision is key. You have to cast vision for your life journey. You need to write down a statement that will ever define you as a person.

2. Keep the end in mind. You will always here the token phrase “What do you want your epitaph to say”? The challenge is to live that out everyday. You must constantly strive to leave the legacy that you set out when casting your vision.

3. Check your pride at the door. Pride is a common killer to leaps of faith. You were not born to live life with caution. It seems the bigger the feat the more detractors you will have. Put the detractors in a sleeper hold (figuratively) and make your dreams happen.

4. Never go on a trip without a road map. Before you set out you have to make a plan of action. Be careful though not be paralyzed by analysis.

5. Don’t go alone. We were created for relationship. Find a partner whether it be your spouse or close friends. Always have an accountability partner. It is easy to lose yourself without outside perspective.

6. Dream big. A mentor of mine once told me to dream so big that others might laugh at you. Faith is what will help bridge the end of yourself and the beginning of a seemingly impossible reality.

Now GO take a good look in the mirror. If you don’t like what you see SLAP YOURSELF (figuratively) and start conquering your dreams.

Important Resources for Making It Happen:

Family Vision

What is Accountability?

How to Apply a Sleeper Hold (literally)

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Intentional in 2010

This year the tag phrase for my family is Intentional. My wife and I attended a goal planning retreat over the weekend which will benefit our childrens children. Not only did we work on our overall communication but we planned how we would be intentional in all aspects of our lives. For example, we want to be intentional in our finances i.e. budget. We want to be intentional in our ministry. To sum up the weekend we want to “happen” to our lives instead of 40 years down the road realizing that our lives have happened to us. So my questions today are:

– How are you being Intentional? and,

-What will you do today to happen to your life?

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