Ever feel like you're being pummeled left and right in life. Just think of the Navy Seals and the Army Special Forces trainees. They go through punishing training days and nights. Physical extremes like we can't imagine. Does the military do that to punish them...of course not. These men and women volunteered to do some of the most dangerous, sacrificial, life-threatening missions to protect the Homeland and those who are in need in far away places. It's like that for those of us who have given over our lives to the Lord. If you are serious with Him, be prepared, for you may go through some rigorous training. You may not have the luxury sometimes of the softer things in life; you may be pushed beyond your limits, physically, mentally and spiritually. But, if you are led by the Spirit of God, it will be for a perfect result. As I shared with a friend the other day, "You are destined to be a strong warrior in the Lord. Satan knows that, and is badgering you to death. I
It is a hard thing to do to rejoice when everything is falling apart or not going our way. It's not a joke, or something casual. It is a practicing that puts us IN God's presence. That's where the peace and wisdom comes from to get through the challenge...or even just a tough day. Pray, work, rest...repeat. Now, go get to it!!
SQUIRREL!! Do you spend dedicated time alone with God, or are you “chasing squirrels”? It happens to all of us. You just get settled in a quiet place, you’re talking with the Lord, or just listening and the phone rings, or you think of the call you said you’d return, or the laundry that needs to go in the dryer…on and on. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that if you want wisdom, understanding and a good day…you better start it with some lone, non-squirrel time with the Lord! In that lone time, be ready to hear from God too. It’s not just a one-way conversation from you to Him. He will speak back to you, to show you, lead you, reveal something to you. You may not like that revelation either, so be prepared. It may be your stubbornness, impatience levels, anger, hidden dishonesty etc. God is not tormenting or rejecting us in these revelations, rather He’s trying to let us know what parts are still broken and need repair. And…hold on…it gets tougher…sometimes He has to ge