Trust

Trust is so hard to gain and so easy to break or lose.  We put our trust in so many things, but do we put our trust in God, his word, or his promises?  I’ve heard people who are atheists, agnostics, or just antagonists make comments about the bible that they couldn’t trust the bible because it was a book written by men.  If I used that logic, I couldn’t believe anything I read, because all books are written by men/women.  For me, the line in the sand is trust.  Do I trust what the bible says or promises?  Yes, I do and I think you should too.

The bible is filled with so many promises of what God will do for us if we follow his word, put our trust in him and believe what he is saying.  We have to activate our faith and believe that God is who he says he is and that he will do what he says he will do. The bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God.  That means with faith that it is possible to please God.  So what is faith then?  Faith is the substance of things hoped for, it is the evidence of things yet to come.

In my life, I have seen miracles happen when I just dare to believe God, put my faith in him and his word and trust that what he says is true and it is true for me in my life.  When I do that I see God move and I see the evidence of what I was believing for.   God is truly good all the time

I dare you to trust God and see if you put him to the test that He will not disappoint you.  Just remember to make sure you are not taking his word out of context.

My Mind is Renewed by the Word of God

Ephesians 4:23 says that my mind is renewed by the word of God; therefore, I forbid thoughts of failure and defeat to inhabit my mind.

Are you forbidding thoughts of failure and defeat to inhabit your mind today?  Here is the statistical reality of your thoughts.  60-80% of your daily thoughts are negative.  In fact, what you say about yourself to yourself is predominantly negative.  I’ve heard it said that the average person thinks around 60,000 thoughts per day.  Roughly 45,000 of those thoughts are negative.  If that is true, then how can we forbid negative thoughts to inhabit our minds?  We need to read God’s word.  We need to pick up our bibles and read what God has to say about us.

The bible says that faith comes by hearing the word of God or paraphrased, faith begins when the will of God is known.  Paul faced many perilous times and terrifying events in his life, yet his faith didn’t waiver because Jesus told him what his ministry would be and that he would finish his race in Rome.  So when the situation looked horrific, Paul didn’t have to worry about making it out alive, he knew he would because he was told how his life would end.  When you know the end from the beginning, you can cast off fear of the things that come against you in between.

The bible is filled with promises to God’s chosen people, the Jews and to his chosen people the Christians so that we know what the Lord has in store for us.  The bible says that we are to meditate on the word of God day and night, that we may be able to observe to do all that is written in it.

So back to forbidding thoughts of failure and defeat to inhabit your mind.  You can’t stop a thought from coming into your mind, but you can control what you do with that thought.  Let’s try it now.  I want you to think of a pink elephant!  What did you just think of?  I bet it was a pink elephant.  When a thought comes, it comes, but after that, you can dismiss it or you can dwell on it.  The bible says that you should meditate on the word of God.  When you read God’s word and understand his promises, you know what to replace the negative thought with and what meditate.  God’s promises are yes and amen.  God wants you to walk in victory and that comes from forbidding negative thoughts to take route in your head by reading God’s words and meditating on them.

 

Consistency-your key to success

Napoleon Hill said, “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” When you do small things in a great way consistently over a long period of time, you will propel you life further than you could ever have imagined.

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When I first became a Christian, I learned some key verses in the bible by listening to what people said. I started quoting scriptures until I fully believed them.  My favorite scripture for over a decade was Ephesians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Whenever faced with a new challenge, I would repeat the prayer until I fully believed it was true.  When I was fully convinced, I would take action and try to do that which was impossible moments ago.

When I was in high school, I had to take speech class just like every kid who wants to graduation has to take speech class.  I managed to skip class every time I was supposed to give a speech and I begged the teacher to give me a passing grade so I wouldn’t have to repeat the agony of standing in front of my peers and communicate anything to them.  I was deathly afraid.  Fast forward about 8 years later when I was in the military and I kept getting these assignments which put me in front of audiences to explain to them what they did wrong.  I hated the experiences, but my leaders kept putting me in front of groups of people and they forced me to evaluate them and give them feedback to their groups.

My assignments got tougher and tougher and the groups got bigger and bigger until one day, I was no longer afraid to get up and speak to large groups.  I have spoken to groups of 25, 50, 150, & more than 500.  I started with talking to small groups of 2-3 people and worked my way up to large groups and now, even if I am put on the spot, I can teach, coach, mentor and speak.  I did that by doing small things great until one day the small thing was a great thing.  You can do it too.

I challenge you to do something today that you didn’t think you could do.  Step out of your comfort zone.  Do the small thing to the best of your ability.  Evaluate your own performance, then do it again.

The last piece that I will leave you with is conduct rehearsals.  It is so important to take this step and speak out what you want to say so that you don’t stammer, stutter, or lose your place or your words when speaking.

 

Accountability-who’s your partner

I’ve heard this so many times in the past 18 months that I don’t even remember who said it first.  You are the product of the 5 closest people you spend the most time with.  This in fact makes so much sense since we are all products of our environment.  As a child, I saw my step Dad perform little rituals as a part of his interaction with us.  He would clap his hands together, rub together real fast and then jump to his feet to leave where he was sitting to go to the kitchen.  He would sign these cute little ditties that taught some kind of life lessons.  He had a ton of one liners that he used on us.  When I grew up and moved away, I found that I would start to do those same things when I was with my friends or even when I was all alone.  I was producing what I saw and heard him say and do.

I heard a preacher once tell the story of how he traveled through America in the 60’s with another minister from another part of the country.  Years later, he had his friend come to visit his church and the minister had his friend come up and explain to his church what all those goofy sayings meant that he kept repeating all these years.

So, how did these points lead to me talking about who your accountability partner is?  It’s because everyone needs someone to be accountable to.  Without accountability, people will eventually be left to their own imaginations which can be a very dangerous place. Choosing the right accountability partner can be the difference between life and death and success and failure.  You need an accountability partner who is stronger than you, physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and/or financially.  You need someone who has walked through and overcome the challenges that you are facing.  You also need someone who won’t hold back and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is and hold you to a higher standard.

As, I surveyed people when I decided to start the journey to becoming a life coach.  I asked friends, family, and acquaintances hard questions about what steps they would need to take to make changes in their lives, and I found that most people could give me an answer that sounded good and fundamentally would work in most situations.  What shocked me was that those same people didn’t know how to implement the steps, were unwilling to attempt them, or had tried them and failed.  Most didn’t have someone encouraging them, guiding them, and holding them accountable.  If you have struggled to complete goals, or were unable to accomplish your dreams or desires in life, you may benefit from life coaching.

Life coaches have the right questions that need to be asked to shine a light on your life exposing the areas that need to be worked on.  They have access to programs and systems that move the client or potential client from failure to success in key areas which are meant to cause growth in their clients.  They hold keys to helping you unlock your true potential.  Life coaches love what they do and they are waiting for you to call and ask, how can I become greater than I am today or how can I obtain my goals, hopes, and dreams?

I love to help people and life coaching is helping me fulfill one of my childhood dreams to help as many people as possible achieve what they have always desired, but thought those things were out of reach.

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