“My message and my preaching were not done with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.”
Hey there heeeere we go again! =) today’s message is about being empowered by the Holy Spirit. Now, instead of going off on a droning trail about the details of my circumstances, I’m going to shine some light on the glory of God in those situations. As a fellow motivational speaker once said, “you have to be PROACTIVE.” So, how does someone who has suffered abuse (by numerous people), loss of home (multiple times), broken relationships, change of job, health issues that have come and gone, deaths of multiple loved ones, and countless other traumas within a short period of time find the strength to move on? By keeping my eye on Jesus Christ. Knowing that He has good plan for my life and that He is a good God who gives life so we can live it to the fullest. Have there been moments when I’ve broken down and made a fool of myself?… of course! To say that I haven’t would be to deny the fact that I’m human. However, every step of the way… My heart has cried out to God in one form or another. Through it all, especially through the mosrt recent loss of my God Dad along with other battles, God has taught me to ask Him to turn it around for His glory. Now, for the first time in my life, though I’m not materially wealthy, I’m the richest person alive.God has given me a relationship with my mom that was once shipwrecked, a relationship with my sister and nephew… my miracles, a relationship with my little brother, and a God Family that has adopted mine and shown my family how to enjoy meals and birthday parties together in peace and joy. I have more now than any riches can buy. While it does still bother me at times that I’m not currently in a position to give back to others the way I would like, the hope remains that this too shall pass, and I too will get to be a vessel of blessing to others. In the mean time, I daily have to crucify my attitude asking God to give me strength to endure this season… Knowing it will all be for His glory in the end. For, you… I will say this… whatever you are facing, no matter how great a trial, cry out and ask God for His help. Open your word, meditate on verses that will help strengthen you to endure. Ask God if there is an area of your life that needs to be put into check, and be willing to make proper adjustments, fast (if you feel lead to do so), worship Him and let Him wash over you and refresh your spirit. Keeping your eye on Him will keep your mind out of the storm so He can lead you safely to dry land. In closing, I will leave you with some power verses to meditate on, a speed training workout that will add some power to your fitness and take you to a new level, a list of power foods and… a recipe for homemade breakfast bars that will give you energy to power out your day!
-“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit had come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
-“Not by might, nor by power but by my Spirit says the Lord of hosts.”
-“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
-“I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.”
“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
“for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”
Go to a track and do a nice dynamic warm up. Do a slow jog for 1/2 mile (2laps)-1 mile (4 laps). Go to the beginning of a straight run as hard and as fast as you can, then very slowly jog or walk the curve. Once you’re at the beginning of the next straight, run as hard and as fast as you can through to the end of the curve (1/2 way around the track). Stop at the beginning of the next straight and jog in place for two min. Go to the beginning of the straight and run as hard and fast add you can all the way around the track, then cool down with 1/2 mile-1 mile SLOW JOG. This is a beginner speed workout and can be changed up by adding repetitions of various cycles around the track. Have fun with it! Make sure you thoroughly stretch out when you finish. Make sure you DO NOT over do yourself! Listen to your body!!!!!
* 5 Power Foods
POWER OAT BARS (makes about 1 doz cupcake sized servings)
-3 cups rolled oats
-3/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries
-1/2 cup peanut or almond butter
-1/2 cup ripened pureed banana
-3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
-1/4-1/2 cup honey OR 100% maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350° and line cupcake tins with paper (you can also choose to use a cookie sheet sprayed w nonstick spray). With an electric mixer, mix the apple sauce, pureed banana, and nut buter together. One thoroughly mixed, slowly mix in the oats then… the dried fruit. Once all ingredients are combined, place 2-3 tablespoons into each cupcake paper. If you’re using a cookie sheet, spread evenly over the sheet, and using a buyer knife, cut into 12 equal parts making sure to wriggle the knife side to side at each point of separation to leave about 1/2 inch between each bar. (Please excuse the lack of image for this). PLace in oven and bake for 7min, pull out and drizzle honey or maple syrup on top. Place in oven for another 5-10 min or until golden/ crispy on top. Set out to cool. Enjoy!
I hope you all have a wonderful week! Be blessed, be safe, and enjoy life!