Friday Favorites: Accused to Accepted

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Accused to Accepted

The story you are about to hear is true. The four-day conference had ended thirty minutes ago. I felt free. My feelings of spiritual relief weren’t because I was now outside the four walls of the training facility. God’s Word had cut through fear I believed about myself and my choices for my future. God gives fear as a natural response when our safety is threatened. Neil Anderson says, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but it is living by faith and doing what is right in the face of illegitimate fear objects.” I learned that behind my anxious fears loomed deceptive lies.

My self-image and confidence had been altered for decades because I had believed the lies for so long. Like overgrown weeds in a verdant garden, falsehoods had invaded my blossoming faith. Deception was coupled with false beliefs about myself and choked my faith to a dry, almost lifeless place as these undermined my trust in God. These falsehoods had become my identity. God asked me trust Him. I chose to submit. I followed God’s ways and decided to renounce these lies. Once I did this, I could again be centered to believe the truth. Empowered, refreshed and reaffirmed in my ministry, I couldn’t wait to see what God would do next.

Now in my car, I arranged my lunch so I could eat while driving home, my phone rang. A man’s commanding voice said, “Everything you have believed about God is not true. To listen to our weekly hour long church service by phone, call this number.” Click. The call ended. I sat in shock for a moment and remembered the four-day truth encounter.

Greater is He who is in me than He who is in the world. Thank you Lord Jesus, that you have not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and of sound mind. I renounce this spirit of fear. I want to live by faith in you and in the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Instead of feeling overpowered by a phone call. I was empowered by the Holy Spirit. I broke out in tears, as I realized God had shown me how to implement the tools I received at the conference. I was refreshed, revived and renewed. I knew I would no longer be victimized by false beliefs. Instead feeling powerless, incapable and weak, I knew I would never again let the father of lies accuse me of my past. I was able to abide with God-confidence that all my wrongs were now covered by the blood of the Lamb. I could stand firm, confident and strengthened. In my authority in Jesus, I was secure in my Lord’s complete acceptance of me. Finally, I could accept myself as a ‘saint who sometimes sins.’ I personalized God’s word as I remembered how I’d been encouraged from Isaiah 41:8-10, “But you, O Sheryl, my servant, Sheryl, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham, my friend, I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant,’ I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

http://www.leadlikejesus.com/blog/accused-accepted

Finally, I could accept myself as a ‘saint who sometimes sins.’

 

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Sheryl Giesbrecht

Exchanging hurt for hope is Sheryl Giesbrecht’s focus—a message she shares with audiences as a radio personality, author and speaker. She is the author of Experiencing God Through His Names (released June 28, 2016), and has served as Focus on the Family’s columnist for Pastor’s Wives for four years, with hundreds of articles appearing in Focus on The Family Magazine, Just Between Us, Discipleship Journal, CCM, Walk Thru the Bible’s – InDeed and Tapestry publications.  Sheryl’s nationally syndicated radio show, “Transformed Through Truth,” can be heard daily by over 21 million listeners.

 

Sheryl has a heart for reaching out to the poor and needy, locally through the Rescue Mission and worldwide through Compassion International.  She is a Lead Like Jesus facilitator and missionary with Freedom In Christ Ministries. The joys of her life are her two children and their spouses, memories of the time spent with her beloved late husband and the new beginning she shares with her marriage to Dr. Jim Turner. Sheryl holds a bachelor of arts from Biola University, a master’s in ministry and a doctorate of theology. Learn more about Shery’s ongoing ministry at www.FromAshesToBeauty.com and www.HSBN.tv.

Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for Jordan

Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for “J” Jordan

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” 1 John 5:14

Welcome to Worldwide Wednesday. Each week during the year of 2017, we are praying through the alphabet. Today we land on “J” and we are going to pray for Jordan. So what is all the fuss about Jordan? Jordan is the land where our founding fathers walked…Abraham, Isaac, Moses. But more than that, the Jordanian society is multi-ethnic – a phenomenon which is also reflected by the monarchy. Jordan hosts large groups of refugees, mostly from Iraq and Syria, which leads to economic, political and religious pressure, all of which is potentially destabilizing. The number of Christians in the country has been declining for half a century. For a long time, Jordan was one of the most liberal countries in the region in terms of freedom of religion. However, the tide seems to be turning for Christians – especially for Christian converts from a Muslim background (MBBs) who suffer the most persecution. Believers here often face interrogations from police or even abduction by family members.

Jordan

Geography

Area: 89,206 sq km

Lies on the eastern bank of the Jordan River. Agriculture and population are concentrated near the river. Most of the country is desert.

Population: 6,472,392    Annual Growth: 3.06%

Peoples: 21 (67% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card
Official language: Arabic    Languages: 16 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion                 Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 144,982 2.24 0.4
Evangelicals 19,116 0.3 3.3
Muslim 6,243,917 96.47

Jordanian women take part in a mass prayer for rainfall in Amman December 3. The Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs urged Jordanians to pray on Thursday for rainfall to help boost reserves in the water-parched Kingdom and calm farmers worried about their crops.
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Challenges for Prayer

Religious freedom could be a casualty amid rising religious tensions. This nation is a centre for many Christian activities and ministries, and much Christian work in the Middle East would suffer were a setback to occur in Jordan. A number of converts find life difficult – pressure comes from family, work and society. Emigration is often seen as an obvious and safe option. Pray for the freedom to proclaim the gospel and for followers of Jesus to be able to remain in Jordan.

Ministry opportunities for foreign Christians are under threat, but remain important. A crackdown on Islamist extremism resulted in some Christian ministries being shut down and visas denied. Several agencies are involved in a wide range of activities, usually supporting and enhancing the national Church and meeting humanitarian needs. Jordan also hosts a language school wherein many learn Arabic for their service in the Arab world. Pray that these expatriates’ lives may commend the Lord Jesus and gain witness opportunities.

http://www.operationworld.org/jord

Jordan is categorized as a restricted nation, where Christians are persecuted or oppressed as a result of government policy, and a staggering 14 of the 21 people groups in Jordan have not heard the Gospel. While Islam serves as the official religion, the constitution allows for religious freedom as long as Islamic law and public morality are not violated. Though legally protected, many new followers of Christ are pressured by the Muslim society and emigrate. This results in fewer people remaining to bear witness to the transforming power of the Gospel. While the churches within Jordan generally have good relations with each other, only about ten percent of house churches have meaningful relationships with Muslims. Media ministry is proving to be effective in this nation, specifically Christian satellite TV and radio broadcasts. Pray for the unreached to hear the Good News and be equipped to effectively minister to those around them.

http://prayercast.com/jordan.html

Thank you!

 

Monday Motivation: 3 Discouragement Hacks

Monday Motivation: Got the Blues? Three Discouragement Hacks

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say this–those he redeemed from the hand of the foe.” Psalm 107:1-3

When I am discouraged, it helps me to remember three things:

  1. Remember God’s goodness to me in the past. Make a list 1-100 of all the amazing things that God has done.

    The world’s authorities on stress have actually registered that – the attitude of gratitude  — conserves more energy in your life than any other attitude that you can have.  An attitude of gratitude is a healthy antidote to discouragement.  Look for things that you can be thankful for.  Remember God’s goodness in the past.

  2. Remember God’s closeness in the present. I remember that I am not alone.  No matter what I go through or what I’m experiencing, “Lo, I am with you always.”  I’m not facing any circumstance by myself. 

    I stop and remember, God’s goodness in the past and God’s closeness in the present.

  3. Remember God’s power for the future. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

    If you ask someone how are you doing, the answer: “So far, so good, under the circumstances.”  What are you doing under them?  Circumstances are like a feather mattress.  If you get on top you rest easy.  You get under them and you suffocate.

Corrie Ten Boom says:  “If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. [Just read the newspaper.]  If you look within, you’ll be depressed.  [You see all your own faults and weaknesses.]  But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest

Let’s pray, “Heavenly Father, I choose to thank you in the middle of my discouragement. Thank you for helping me to find things to be thankful about. Help me to share with others what you have done. I pray you would help me to share my testimony with others who need to hear. Help me to continue to rehearse and remember the ways you have been faithful in the past. Let me be more faithful to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Friday Favorites: Rewrite Your Story

Rewrite Your Story – Defy The Ending

 “Our job is not to deny the story, but to defy the ending…to rise strong, recognize our story and rumble with the truth until we get to the place where we think, yes. This is what happened. This is my truth. I will choose how this story ends.” Brene Brown

Yes, it is entirely possible. But only through transformation. Here’s how it works. Let go of your expectations. Release your plans. Submit and commit to loving God above more than anything or anyone else. He is your perfect Heavenly Father. My story began with the consistent love of my own strong and helpful dad. I remember when I first learned to ride a bicycle. “Be careful, sweetie,” my dad’s strong voice cautioned me to avoid the object in the road. He’d just removed the training wheels on my Schwinn; so even though I was seated securely on the banana seat, both hands on the handlebars, the front tire still wobbled a little. I focused intently on the path ahead, “Yes, Father,” I said. I veered to the left just a little and swerved to avoid the obstacle. Father is one of the most familiar and commonly used name of God.” (quote from newest devotional: Experiencing God Through His Names)

However, some cannot relate to God as a caring, tender and involved dad, like mine, because they’ve been disappointed by their own negative personal paternal experiences. So what’s the big deal about ‘spiritual fatherlessness’? A lot. According to a recent study, ’15 million American children — one in three — live without a father. In the past decade, families with two parents in the home has dropped significantly.  From poor academic achievement and teenage pregnancy to drug use and crime, most social problems cannot be properly understood without considering the absence of fathers in homes. Many of the social problems we face are a direct result of the fatherless home. Even as the country added 160,000 families with children, the number of two-parent households decreased by 1.2 million.’ http://www.commdiginews.com/life/studies-reflect-the-damage-of-the-one-parent-fatherless-family-17573/

‘Spiritual fatherlessness’ causes a breach between the natural father, spiritual father and heavenly father. The devil destroys harmony between our most valued relationships.  This is not necessarily a physical breach, but a spiritual battle waging war against those that mean the most to us. I am the first born of four children, my dad always called me princess. I was the apple of his eye. However, for a few years, dad and I exchanged only harsh words, disagreement and disconnection. Unfortunately, I was unaware of the enemy tactics to divide our family. I was rebellious, un-submissive and could not respond to my father’s attempts to show me his love. It’s interesting that this is one of the final verses in the Old Testament: “and he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their father lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” Malachi 4:6 Truly a sign of the times.

At seventeen, I was sinking deep into drug addiction. I stayed high as much as possible, trying to fill the emptiness in my life with the highest high or the cutest guy while my need for affection only increased. I couldn’t wait to move out of my parents’ home. My family pulled strings to get me a volunteer summer job at a Christian camp. The camp staff assigned me lists of chores, such as washing hundreds of dishes in the mess hall, raking piles of pine needles around the campgrounds, and even moving logs around the outdoor campfire ring.

Whenever I complained or threw fits over doing my chores or smoked cigarettes and dope, the camp staff said, “Love covers over a multitude of sins.” (I Peter 4:8 [NIV]) Their words, repeated over and over, immersed me for two weeks. The words rang in my ears, I couldn’t get the five-word phrase off my mind. The staff didn’t tell me to change anything about my appearance, attitude, or addictions. Instead, they showed me what the invitation of love looked like. They were kind; they offered the true love of God without forcing me to accept it.

As a youngster in Sunday school, I’d learned Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” After two weeks of experiencing how “Love covers a multitude of sins,” I embraced it. Submitting to the overwhelming love of God, I allowed His abundant love to cover my multitude of sins. One night in my cabin, I submitted to the overwhelming love of Father God. He had reached out to me, and I, a most unlikely choice, finally grasped His hand. His abundant love did cover my multitude of sins. I accepted the invitation to live a new life. My life was transformed, I was given a fresh start and the divine connection to my Heavenly Father was restored. But there was still work to do.

  1. I had to communicate with God as my Perfect Father.

The breach in my relationship with God could only be restored through the Son. The blessing came when I came to know God as my Perfect Father. I began to believe God’s love could cover the things that held me captive: drugs and alcohol, lying and stealing, promiscuity and drug dealing. It was finally clear: I didn’t need to clean up my act before coming to God; He loved me passionately just the way I was. James 1:17 “Every Good and perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

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I was searching for meaning, purpose and identity in things and people that could never fill my God-shaped void. In God there is no lack. God does not want the enemy to rob us of blessing, destiny, purpose. I asked God heal my father wound caused by my own decision to turn from my earthly and my Heavenly Father’s will. God showed me how to release every disappointment that had been imagined or feared and to put my trust in Him. We cannot go back and re-write history but we can get to the place where we allow God to heal us. This takes trust and transparency.

James 5:16 “Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

  1. I had to ask God to help me find a spiritual father, be a father.

Once we allow God to heal our father wound, we will want to share our joy with others. It helps to keep accountable and also to share our victories and defeat. We get to choose our own spiritual parents. Let God help you find a father and be a father.

God wants us to show the world of ‘spiritual fatherlessness’ what it means to be included the family of God. So let’s share how wonderful it is to be loved by a Perfect Heavenly Father. And it will make all the difference in our destiny and theirs, too.  Psalm 68:5-6 “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing but the rebellious live in a sun scorched land.”

Monday Motivation: Plan to Succeed

Monday Motivation: Plan To Succeed

You’ve failed. Again. It’s time to reorganize. Start over. Begin again. Use a fresh approach, a new strategy. When you are discouraged, it’s probably not that you are doing the wrong thing, but you might be doing it in the wrong way. Our natural temptation is to give up on our dream. We think, “Maybe God didn’t give me this dream in the first place.” No, it’s probably just the opposite.

Is it the season to try a new approach to the same ministry? Washed up actors and soloists call a new approach “reinvention.” For those who need a facelift for their house, it’s called an ‘’extreme-makeover’ for your home. Have you faced a lot of discouragement? Have numerous problems remained unsolved? Does your workload seem unbelievable? It’s time to reorganize your schedule.  Evaluate things you need to cut out of your ministry.  Examine what is important and what is not important and get rid of the excess.  Get rid of those things that clutter your life, that are wasting your time.

Find the twenty percent of the things you have to do and focus on the ones that produce the greatest results.

Nehemiah was in the middle of rebuilding the Jerusalem wall. He saw the need to reorganize to complete the work. Nehemiah 4:13, “Therefore I stationed some people at the low points of the wall and exposed places, posting them by families with their swords and their spears and their bows.”  The key phrase here is, “We reorganized them by families.”  We need a ‘family’ support group. In our workplace, church, even our home-lives, we need a group of co-laborers. We need others we can share with and who will love us unconditionally.  There’s no such thing as Lone Ranger Christianity.

  1. Evaluate – You’ve accessed the need to reorganize. Now is the time to do so. Don’t wait until you feel like it because you never will.

  2. Examine – You’ve decided what is important. Now take the steps to get to where you want to go.

  3. Expect – You’ve invited your ‘family’ to be part of your solution. Now give them their marching orders. You can get there together. Remember we are better together.

“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:16

Let’s pray,

Father thank you for the opportunity to allow you to reorganize our goals. Let our plans be your plans. Let our desires be your desires. Let us evaluate, examine and expect for you to make things happen. Thank you for the body of Christ, who helps us do your will. Thank you for encouraging us to begin again. Thank you for giving us another opportunity to plan to succeed. For your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

FRIDAY FAVORITES: BACK TO THE BASICS – CALL HIS NAME

If you’ve ever felt frustrated with prayer, you are in the right place. Do you compare your prayers with others? Do your prayers seem simple? You know, you don’t have to pray long, eloquent, fancy prayers so God hears you. Just call His name.

Especially when it comes to the name of God. Ever hear God’s name tossed around, carelessly? It’s sometimes used in cursing or to make off-color comments, but that is not at all what God intended. God gave his name as a title to tell us something about himself. Psalm 105:3,4 says, “glory in His holy name, seek the Lord and His strength, seek His face continually.” God wants us to know him. We can get to know him by relying on him, he wants us to call on his name.  God wants us to praise His name, to seek his power and that comes through prayer.

Some of us might feel a little embarrassed, we haven’t been faithful, God already knows everything about us. We are reminded about this in Psalm 139:1,2 “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise, you perceive my thoughts from afar.” Prayer is for our benefit. Prayer gives us the advantage.

It’s being comfortable and having confidence in the One we are asking. Our Heavenly Father loves us so much, He can’t love us any more than He does right now. He wants us to run to him with every concern, problem and difficulty. God says, “Just call my name.” Some people think of prayer as a formal meeting time. But prayer is as easy as calling out the name of Jesus. Jeremiah 33:3 says “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”  Try calling out God’s name today. Just call it out – Jesus. He will be there.

Father, Creator, Jesus are just a few of the names you can use to ask for God’s help. And there are many more. God is waiting for you.

 

Worldwide Wednesday: H – Pray for the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network

Pray Around the World!

“Long before He laid down the earth’s foundations, he had us in mind.” Ephesians 1:4

Thank you for joining me to pray through the alphabet in 2017. Today we are taking a break from praying for individual countries. It is time to pray for my newest ministry partner: the Holy Spirit Broacasting Network. Currently, HSBN International is viewed on seven continents (except Antartica!) and in 181 countries.

HSBN International’s mission statement is: “We are led by The Holy Spirit of God to reach the lost, disciple the saints, edify believers and equip the churches through the usage of media. This ministry endeavors to reach every household to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that all people may believe in Him by calling upon His name to be saved.”

God loves all people. God us unwilling that anyone should perish. If you know Jesus as your Savior, you have allowed God to be your Lord and Master, you’ve probably felt let to tell others the Good News. If you have shared the Good News, the Bible says you have ‘beautiful feet.”

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation who  say to Zion ‘your God reigns.’” Isaiah 52:7

It’s a joy for me to partner with HSBN International through my internet television and radio programs – Transformed Through Truth with Sheryl Giesbrecht.

, less than 2% are Christ-followers, that’s over 41% of the world population?  (Joshua Project)

Today we are praying for God to support and expand the ministry of my newest ministry partner: the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network. Thank you for your prayers for this ministry.

Pray for:

  1. Financial Support
  2. Protection for Equipment
  3. Technical Support for Networks
  4. Strength and Wisdom for HSBN Broadcasters
  5. Expansion for the HSBN Ministry

Let’s pray, “Heavenly Father, thank you for your love for the lost. We live in amazing times – thank you for this season for technology advancing the Gospel. We pray that your Word would go forth and your love would light up the dark places of this earth. We ask for you to have mercy on those who have not yet heard of the love of God. We pray for your Holy Spirit to reach them in ways beyond our understanding. Thank you for allowing us to share your Word, give your hope and live your love. May our lives shout your praise. May our lips speak of your power through the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. In the precious name of Jesus we pray, Amen.”

“And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” 1 John 3:22

Sheryl Giesbrecht interviews Pastor Wendell Vinson on Transformed Through Truth

TV Show #3 – Experiencing God Through His Names:Father

The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network

Friday Favorites: Hopelessly Devoted

I love chocolate. I am an expert in seeking out and finding great (not just good) chocolate.

…filled with not only ‘chocolate sightings’ like the luscious semi-sweet chocolate cake in the photo but also lots of ‘chocolate tastings.’ Are you a chocolate lover, too?

Here’s my thoughts from my latest article my blog with Lead Like Jesus: http://www.leadlikejesus.com/blog/hopelessly-devoted

Even the wallpaper at the Hershey Lodge was covered in semi-sweet chocolate kisses. Sorry, I didn’t check to see if it was chocolate-flavored!

Enjoy – have a great weekend. With love and prayers, Sheryl

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

Luke 16:13

 

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

Romans 12:10

 

Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for India

Welcome to Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for India

I was supposed to be in India right now! But since my travel visa was not approved, God has shown me He wants me to gather prayer partners for the Esther Movement/Global Sharing team ministering from March 10 – 24, 2017. Are you in?

“Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race market out for us.” Hebrews 12:1

Here’s a detailed account of

http://fromashestobeauty.com/2017/03/march-2017-from-ashes-to-beauty-news/  I hope you will take time to print the prayer guide and pray through the various needs of the team day by day. Thank you!

The Dalit women of India are overlooked and marginalized members of society. They work long and grueling hours in the tea plantations. The Esther Movement/Global Sharing team is bringing hope and healing through God’s word and their presence. Please pray for open hearts to God’s work in their lives for the Dalit women. Pray for strength and stamina for the team. Pray for healing and hope through Jesus.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

Monday Motivation: Run Shirley Run!

“Run, Forrest, Run.” Remember the movie Forrest Gump? He says, “Now you wouldn’t believe me if I told you, but I can run like the wind blows.

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My mom, Shirley Adkins, lives this way – she keeps on running. She decided to start running races at age 70 and hasn’t stopped. What does it take to keep on running? Not a runner, eh? Okay. For some of us, we need to consider how to start. We can ask what does it take to get going? How can we keep moving? Remember – you can’t move a car that is in park. Be willing to put your goals into motion. This works by applying two things:

  1. Resolve: My mom is determined not to give up. Webster defines resolve: “a firm course of action.” There are days she doesn’t feel like going to the gym or going on a jog, yet Mom keeps her schedule. I am impressed with how she implements her plan. Day in, day out, she follows through with her commitment to work out no matter how she feels.

“Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race market out for us.” Hebrews 12:1

  1. Renew: My mom resets her mind everyday through prayer time with God and studying His word. She asks God for help, even after dad passed away, mom continued and even increased her work outs.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

Do not quit! You can do it. Yes, stay at it until you are done. The finish line is not that far off. Haven’t started yet? Okay. It is never too late. Begin today! Even if you are not a runner, just put your foot to the pavement and start moving. When you feel like giving up, instead choose to keep going. As you keep your eyes on the goal, your worry will change to worship, your fear to faith and your hang-ups to hope.

Let’s pray, Heavenly Father, thank you for helping us throw off the sin that is holding us back from the race. Thank you Jesus for reminding us to keep our eyes set on you, our Goal.  You are our inspiration to stay in the race. Thank you Lord Jesus for showing us how to finish well. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.