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I’m Up For the Challenge!

13 For I can do everything through Christ,[a] who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13 NLT

Christian devotional for spiritual encouragement.


God Will Take You Beyond What You Can Imagine!

20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—21 To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).  Ephesians 3:20-21  AMPLIFIED BIBLE

This is what disappointment looks like to me if it could be described in a picture.  You thought you were headed in one direction, just to find you aren’t headed there at all.  In fact when disappointment shows up it feels hopeless, unending, and confusion tries to set in because you really aren’t sure now where you are going.  The promise or dream isn’t what you thought and it is almost grievous to you…well, let’s just get honest,  IT IS grievous to you!  The devil loves to play on this.  He will show you everyone else “living the dream” and make you feel like you are fighting with all of your might just to see a snippet of yours…a snippet that never seems to come. When you hit one of these places, shake the dust of that road from your feet and move on in peace.  Stay determined, not necessarily to see the dream come to pass, but to obey God no matter what it looks like!  Determine it is about Him and His glory,  because it is!  It isn’t about how I look, or even what I want, but how God is portrayed in me and what HE wants.  When you do you will find the scenery on that road will begin to change.  You will begin to see and experience yourself moving forward.

In order to go forward, some things have to be left behind.  Abraham had to leave his father’s land to go forward into the promise.  When you go about your daily life and errands you don’t take your house with you.  You go and leave your house and your possessions behind.  When you give all to God and determine to walk in  His love for you and others, but most of all in your love for Him,  you will go forth in knowledge, revelation, and wisdom.  God has prepared a way and you will go forward and walk therein!  He will keep you, preserve you, and prepare you to maintain your place.  There is a series of books that is titled “Love Comes Softly“, but love also goes forth boldly!

See how freeing it is to shake the dust from your feet and walk into greater fulness than you ever knew existed.  Be grateful when you get there, dear reader, for gratitude is a form of praise.  Continue ALWAYS to be grateful, no matter what the road looks like for truly you are walking into something you never knew existed.  That is why you could not imagine it.  It goes beyond your HIGHEST “desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams”.

To me the fulfillment of the promise GOD has in mind looks, not like the dusty, never ending road but something like this….

A path filled with never ending beauty and a place I didn’t know existed, and a place God has full intention of taking me to!!

Have a blessed day, dear reader!  I will see you soon!


Trained, Prepared, and Ready!

I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,[d] but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.  Philippians 3:12-14  NIV

Monday when I was going to meet my mother at the doctor’s office to find out what the next step was in her treatment I noticed a young man jogging past our house.  I couldn’t go because he was in front of the driveway.  I thought to myself, “What is a kid doing jogging this early in the morning?”  As he passed, I didn’t think much of it.  At the end of the street there is a stop sign.  As I stopped,  the young man ran to a culvert that is along the road.  I thought, “Umm hmm, he is about to sit down on that culvert!  He is probably hot and worn out!”  As I looked down the road for oncoming cars, the young man hit the pavement with his hands out in front of him, and he put his feet on the culvert.  He began to do what I call “Army” push-ups.  They were fluid and he had barely broken a sweat!  I would have collapsed and been sending my husband for a Dr, Pepper to cool me off!   As I turned down the road I thought, “What is all of that about?”  I was expecting him to be sitting down!  As I did the Lord spoke to me and said, “He is getting ready for two a days for football season.  He is building his stamina to take strenuous exercise in the heat.”

As I  was watching the Olympics with my husband I thought of that young man and the practice he had put in.  I watched the weight lifters and God spoke to me again and said, “They have trained and prepared, some from a small child,  for this day of testing.  This is far from their first “rodeo”!   None of these athletes got up one morning and said, “I think I’ll go today and be in the Olympics and win a gold medal!”  They had to prepare, be coached, practice when their friends were sleeping late and going out and having fun.  They chose the gold over the average.  They stuck with their dream through adversity, injury, and people who told them to rethink their dream!  They refused to give in to hardships.  They PREPARED!

God does this with us.  He knows the blessings that are down the road, but He knows the “hardships”, too!  He knows we have to be coached, practice, and pass the smaller tests to win!  He prepares us by calling us into hours and hours of prayer.  He trains us to hear His voice!  He brings us into relationship to practice His presence so when the hard times come, we are trained, prepared, and ready!  James 5:16b NIV states “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”  Earnest  simply means  “serious in intention, purpose, or effort; sincerely zealous”.  When you are going for a prize you are filled with zeal about having it!  You have a vision of it and of winning it!   No hardship is too hard!  No sacrifice is too great!  You are so full of zeal, that whatever it takes, you are willing to “pay your dues”!  When God tells you to pray for five to six hours a day, you can’t wait to get in your “quiet” place.  Believe me, you will see the rewards and benefits of such dedication!  It won’t be a strain to hear His voice, you will recognize it immediately!  You won’t be afraid to speak publicly, you have been in His presence and you have the attributes of your Father which includes boldness!  You will rightly divide the word of truth, because you will have the mind of Christ!  You act like who “you hang with”!  As our scripture says, you will POSSESS the prize of the high calling!  When trouble calls, you will be ready to mow down the trouble instead of the trouble flattening you!   You will have trained and are well prepared!

I love what David said when he faced Goliath.  Little David lugged the armor of Saul until he had to shirk it!  It was a weight that was keeping him from free movement to do what he needed to do to defeat Goliath!  David BOLDLY declared to Saul he didn’t need anything but the NAME OF THE LORD!!

32 “Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!”

33 “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.”

34 But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, 35 I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. 36 I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! 37 The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” 1 Samuel 17:32-37

What gave David such confidence and boldness??  He had practiced his faith IN God and he KNEW what God would enable him to do by His power!  Why?  Because he KNEW Him by having time in His presence!!

Go in power, my precious reader!  Spend time in prayer and in listening!  God will be there and He is ready to make a champion out of you!  When hardships come,  you will not be defeated because you will be trained, prepared and READY!!

Blessings to you!!  See you next time!


Trained, Prepared, and Ready!

I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,[d] but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.  Philippians 3:12-14  NIV

Monday when I was going to meet my mother at the doctor’s office to find out what the next step was in her treatment I noticed a young man jogging past our house.  I couldn’t go because he was in front of the driveway.  I thought to myself, “What is a kid doing jogging this early in the morning?”  As he passed, I didn’t think much of it.  At the end of the street there is a stop sign.  As I stopped,  the young man ran to a culvert that is along the road.  I thought, “Umm hmm, he is about to sit down on that culvert!  He is probably hot and worn out!”  As I looked down the road for oncoming cars, the young man hit the pavement with his hands out in front of him, and he put his feet on the culvert.  He began to do what I call “Army” push-ups.  They were fluid and he had barely broken a sweat!  I would have collapsed and been sending my husband for a Dr, Pepper to cool me off!   As I turned down the road I thought, “What is all of that about?”  I was expecting him to be sitting down!  As I did the Lord spoke to me and said, “He is getting ready for two a days for football season.  He is building his stamina to take strenuous exercise in the heat.”

As I  was watching the Olympics with my husband I thought of that young man and the practice he had put in.  I watched the weight lifters and God spoke to me again and said, “They have trained and prepared, some from a small child,  for this day of testing.  This is far from their first “rodeo”!   None of these athletes got up one morning and said, “I think I’ll go today and be in the Olympics and win a gold medal!”  They had to prepare, be coached, practice when their friends were sleeping late and going out and having fun.  They chose the gold over the average.  They stuck with their dream through adversity, injury, and people who told them to rethink their dream!  They refused to give in to hardships.  They PREPARED!

God does this with us.  He knows the blessings that are down the road, but He knows the “hardships”, too!  He knows we have to be coached, practice, and pass the smaller tests to win!  He prepares us by calling us into hours and hours of prayer.  He trains us to hear His voice!  He brings us into relationship to practice His presence so when the hard times come, we are trained, prepared, and ready!  James 5:16b NIV states “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”  Earnest  simply means  “serious in intention, purpose, or effort; sincerely zealous”.  When you are going for a prize you are filled with zeal about having it!  You have a vision of it and of winning it!   No hardship is too hard!  No sacrifice is too great!  You are so full of zeal, that whatever it takes, you are willing to “pay your dues”!  When God tells you to pray for five to six hours a day, you can’t wait to get in your “quiet” place.  Believe me, you will see the rewards and benefits of such dedication!  It won’t be a strain to hear His voice, you will recognize it immediately!  You won’t be afraid to speak publicly, you have been in His presence and you have the attributes of your Father which includes boldness!  You will rightly divide the word of truth, because you will have the mind of Christ!  You act like who “you hang with”!  As our scripture says, you will POSSESS the prize of the high calling!  When trouble calls, you will be ready to mow down the trouble instead of the trouble flattening you!   You will have trained and are well prepared!

I love what David said when he faced Goliath.  Little David lugged the armor of Saul until he had to shirk it!  It was a weight that was keeping him from free movement to do what he needed to do to defeat Goliath!  David BOLDLY declared to Saul he didn’t need anything but the NAME OF THE LORD!!

32 “Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!”

33 “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.”

34 But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, 35 I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. 36 I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! 37 The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” 1 Samuel 17:32-37

What gave David such confidence and boldness??  He had practiced his faith IN God and he KNEW what God would enable him to do by His power!  Why?  Because he KNEW Him by having time in His presence!!

Go in power, my precious reader!  Spend time in prayer and in listening!  God will be there and He is ready to make a champion out of you!  When hardships come,  you will not be defeated because you will be trained, prepared and READY!!

Blessings to you!!  See you next time!


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