What’s the one thing none of your friends have? Enough.We are constantly seeking more and more stuff in our lives. Every day we wake up feeling like we have to achieve so much so that we can be considered efficient and productive. I wake up, butterflies in my stomach, anxious about what the day has in store for me.We need to remind ourselves of what Paul said:I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Philippians 4:11
I’ve never heard of a monk asking a billionaire for advice. Have you? Yet, I’m hearing about more and more billionaires checking themselves into monasteries, retreats, and treatment centers, looking for peace in their souls. The daily battle of constantly striving to find alpha, to achieve stratospheric success or just to stay ahead of the game is stealing our peace and...
Its is for freedom that Christ has set us free!
Suzanne Provagna is a Christian Health Coach, public speaker and educator, who teaches a twelve week on-line Course called ECGC which stands for Eating Clean While Growing Closer to Christ. Suzanne is certified as a Nutritional Therapist and as a Functional Medicine Health Coach. Her mission is to teach Christian men and women how to lose weight by eating whole foods 95 to 98 percent of the time so that they can have more energy, better health, and hopefully more years to do the work that God has called them to do.Suzanne shares: "Time to make some changes. But what to do? So many options which led me to research and research and research. I found what worked for me and then found others asking me how I did it and what they should do to lose weight. I knew what worked for me but would it work for others?And, so I researched more. I became certified as a Nutritional Therapist through the...
Whatever our circumstances we're to trust Jesus completely. He is God.
Jesus said, "Daughter, you took a risk trusting Me, and now you're healed and whole. Live well, live blessed!" (Luke 8:48 The Message)
The daughter Jesus was referring to had already suffered 12 long years, spent all she had on doctors and was alone in the world. She had no family, no husband, nothing to lose, but everything to gain as she risked her last ounce of self-worth and pressed through the thronging crowd to touch the hem of HIS garment.
Jairus, the president of the meeting place, also fell at His feet begging Him to come to his home and heal his 12 year old daughter who was dying.
Both were "daughters." One was 12 years old. The other one had lived many years, the past 12 in pain and suffering. Both were dying.
One had suffered at the hands of many with no one to cry out on her behalf but herself. The other was beloved by her father, family and community and yet unable to get to Jesus...
Satisfaction as a result of fully developing one's abilities or character.
The achievement of something desired, promised, or predicted.
People often live unfulfilled lives; trying to achieve time and again only to see their plans thwarted and dreams dashed.
It can seem as though a cloud of disappointments and sorrows are their lot in life.
"...a longing fulfilled is a tree of life." "...longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul." Proverbs 13:12 & 19
I've discovered that when we allow Christ to be the source of our fulfillment, we rest in His ability to complete us.
However, if we look towards our own accomplishments and abilities in order to measure our "fulfillment factor" we will fall short time and again.
A beautiful tapestry hanging on a wall is a work of art to behold.
From the wall's perspective, however, it is a mess.
The threads to make the artistic design look very ugly on the backside.
But from the front, the creator...
We hear what we want to hear.
Sounds go through the gateway of the ear 24/7. Some catch our attention. Others go in and out never making a lasting imprint.
Yet, others go completely unnoticed. People develop selective hearing. Two people can hear the same sounds, one will take it all in; the other won't even recall hearing anything.
We hear what we want to hear.
We block out everything else.
Ears are amazing. Their function incredible. God fashioned us in a high-tech way. We not only have physical ears, we have a spiritual ear too. In Psalms 95 and Hebrews 3:7-19 we're admonished not to turn a deaf ear to God's words. Verse 19 stated, "They never got there because they never listened, never believed."
I read an article about "donor fatigue." That's where people are overwhelmed with so many good causes needing support that after awhile they don't respond to pleas for help. Many cartoons have been drawn where husbands sit reading the newspaper saying, "Yes, Dear"...
He Is Jehovah Jireh
Jesus encountered a young man in Mark 10. This guy had wealth, power, things and yet he felt a void. Something was missing. He approached Jesus and let Him know he had faithfully kept all the godly commands and lived a good life.
Jesus, discerning his heart, lovingly said to him that he lacked one thing. "What?" "I'm doing everything by the book." (my paraphrase) Jesus knew he was holding on real tight to his possessions. He was afraid to let go and give God first place. Somehow "having" things, power, money, prestige, etc. caused him to feel secure, like he had it made, he was important in life.
Things had him. Jesus challenged him. Things were actually holding him in bondage to fear. Fear of losing his esteemed position with his network of friends and business partners. Fear of losing his possessions. They made him feel like he had arrived, he was somebody.
Here's the thing. You can't take things with you into the next life. They are temporal....
The Reason & The Resolution
The Temptation and Fall of Man
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was [a]pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to...
I am made in the image of God. In the final episode of our Mini-series on Spiritual Growth, Judy and Chad share the final tip and thoughts on enduring growth. Join us on facebook @EpicConquerors
You’re growing spiritually when you’re being you, and you’re being you when you’re…
1). Play, laugh - Joy isn’t a bonus; it’s your birthright. Children get this, but we lose it as we age. Joy, play, and laughter are often beaten out of us by the troubles and pressures of growing up. We’re not talking growing upward in stature, but growing inward developing our spirit, our inner man.
2). Dance, or “let go”—Embrace the moment. Release inhibitions or fears of what will people think is part of the journey to our freedom in Christ. It's our ego-management that keeps us tight and tense…yep, it’s called pride.
3). Take steps of faith—When we make a bold decision...
The honest truth... Judy and Chad take a look at the benefits of honesty in relation to those close to you and in one's personal relationship with God. Join the conversation on Facebook @EpicConquerors
Spiritual growth is often misunderstood and over-complicated.
I’m inviting you to think of spiritual growth from some different angles.
Definition: Spiritual Growth is the development of your inner man, your spirit, to be your true self and to live--moment by moment--in connection with God, yourself, and others.
Let’s start with a revolutionary thought: All growth is spiritual growth
If it is then it comes from God. If it’s of God, as His child, it belongs to you.
Growth is anything moving us forward--or, more specifically, helps us be our true selves. And if we’re becoming more of who we were created or designed to be--closer to our God-given “potential”—then it’s growth.
Thus, all growth is spiritual...
How much have you grown? Many time we don't realize just how much we have grown because its a natural process happening all the time. Judy and Chad discuss this truth and some more tips in this episode.. Join us on facebook @Epicconquerors
Spiritual growth is often misunderstood and over-complicated.
I’m inviting you to think of spiritual growth from some different angles. Definition: Spiritual Growth is the development of your inner man, your spirit, to be your true self and to live--moment by moment--in connection with God, yourself, and others.
Let’s start with a revolutionary thought: All growth is spiritual growth If it is then it comes from God. If it’s of God, as His child, it belongs to you.
Growth is anything moving us forward--or, more specifically, helps us be our true selves. And if we’re becoming more of who we were created or designed to be--closer to our God-given “potential”—then it’s...