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    The Overwhelmed & The Able

    1 Corinthians 9:24-27
    Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize…No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
     

    I remembered the famous childhood fable of “The Tortoise and The Hare” and decided to rename it, “The Overwhelmed and The Able.” At first glance it’s easy to think the tortoise is the one overwhelmed because he’s the slowest moving one in the race, but in reality the hare was overwhelmed by his emotions enabling the tortoise to walk in victory.

    Have you ever let your emotions give you a false confidence? You showed up but mentally you gave up. The hare knows what its like to be so busy running after his feelings he lost focus on running the race. His eye wasn’t on the finish line but on how he felt and it clouded his view of reality until the reality of him losing was on the line.

    What has been clouding your view? Loss? Disappointment? Feeling unappreciated… Discontent…Unworthy…Overconfident? If you are emotionally unstable, God is able. But how will you get the trophy if you leave the race?

    Run the race don’t run away.

    So speak when you’re fearful and serve when others are sleeping.

    Perseverance is what wins the race, not talent. Attitude always beats ability.

    Are you sleeping or resting? Are you striving to GET what you want or striding TO it? Run the race instead of watching other’s pace.

    Comparison of others time or journey will always make you fall behind on your purpose.

    Look at your giant in the face and say, “I’ll race you,” because what you speak about your situation determines the outcome. If you speak it in faith, God will bring it to action.

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    Here Comes The Dreamer

    thread by thread, woven just for you, the Father’s intricate detail was given to you. you held out your arms one at a time as He placed the exquisite coat of many colors upon your shoulders. it was your identity and His favor, that marked you as His but this was the very mark that put the brothers at odds with you.

    “Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a long tunic with sleeves.” -genesis 37:3

    you began to dream of the future and couldn’t contain telling your friends. you opened your mouth and they shut off their ears at the thought of your dream turning to reality and so they turned into enemies.

    “And they said one to another, See here comes this dreamer…we shall see what will become of his dreams!” -genesis 37:19

    the Father’s love rested upon your shoulders, until they ripped off the robe of your identity. but may i beckon to ask you…

    if the enemy throws you in a pit, will your dreams die with it?

    “then they took him and cast him into the pit which was empty; there was no water in it.” -genesis 37:24

    did you know that a pit is a well without water? a pit is a place you never want to fall in, but a well is a place you want to draw from. you can’t see a pit but you can always spot a well. so how did you end up in this deep dry place? that place where you think no one even knows exists. the girl once determined to dream now feeling destined to die all alone. so how do you get out? if you can’t change your circumstances you must change your perspective.

    the only thing left to do to get out of a pit is fill it with praise.

    so you pour out your praise and the water begins to fill up all of those cracks that people couldn’t see until your swimming up to the top.

    “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” -john 4:13-14

    When they looked UP, behold, they saw a caravan of Ishmaelities coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing gum from the styrax tree, balm, and myrrh, to carry them down to Egypt”

    in a pit, you have nowhere to look but up. do you see Jesus on the rescue? here He comes with a bittersweet fragrance (gum), warning that there’s good news and bad news. the bad news is, “they want to bury you”, the good news is, “they’re going to sell you instead.” the good news is, “you’re getting out of the pit”, the bad news is “you’re going to (a different pit) jail.”

    He comes with balm used greatly for healing wounds, to reveal that He has seen your hurt and He’s come to heal.

    He comes with myrrh, to unfold the process you’re in, which is a laborius and delicate procedure for only exceptional skilled workmen. the only one capable of doing this is Christ, but He will use people to extend His hand. to get something this precious, the workman must hit the plant with a specific implement slowly and methodically to detach the juice from the flower. sometimes detaching our dreams from our soul, revives the hope when He makes them reality. dying to our dreams actually brings them to life.

    He comes through the deserts on a camel: a strong creature made to carry burdens, very fit for its purpose in every way, & able to travel many days without water.

    HE IS COMING TO YOU. HE IS MEETING YOU IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR DESERT. HE SEES YOUR PIT AND HE’S COME TO PULL YOU OUT FOR THE PURPOSE YOU WERE MADE FOR!

    “…the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the well…” -genesis 37:28

    Joseph to turned a pit into a well. will you?

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    Just Like a Child

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    did you know God journaled about your life? He has a book on you in heaven that captivates your beauty. this past summer i took a class on ‘the developmental stages of a child’ and i couldn’t help but read it from our heavenly Father’s perspective. as you read, allow Him to reveal which stage you currently reside in and where He wants to take you.

    in the beginning of your faith as an infant, you were totally dependent on Me to meet your needs. you reached out and learned from the response you got whether or not I could be trusted to care for you. maybe you prayed for someone to get healed and the illness buried them in the grave. maybe you fought in prayer for a marriage that failed. maybe you believed in Me for a miracle that never came to pass. if you felt like I wasn’t there, you accepted a belief in that moment that no one would be there for you.

    I want to rewind and remember your first moments entering into the world of the kingdom of heaven.

     

    re-Birth 

    the water of the Holy Spirit poured from heaven washing you from the inside out. it started from the top of your head and reached the tip of your toes as I pulled you from the womb of Holy Spirit and your wide eyes of wonder saw My lips breathe in life as you turned toward the sound of My voice. you developed a hunger for the only One who could quench your thirst. every time I came close your eyes would close at the brightness of My face. I saw you had a personality totally unique to you and it was good.

    Three Months:

    your head became stronger. your ears began to detect the voice of your Father, and you sang your own sound back to Me. like a beautiful cadence, your heart would beat faster when you saw a table of food stretched before you. the Word became flesh to you and with Me you were excited to explore the world.

    Six Months:

    I called you by name and for the first time you realized it. but your lips learned the word “no” and you used it often. tickled by timidity you would shy away from strangers because they were not in your comfort zone. you were devoted to watching others carefully to imitate their movements. seeing maturity, you fostered a craving so badly to be at that stage that you tried to talk like them but it came out as babble.

    Twelve Months:

    you mostly played alone but flourished in familiarity, unafraid to test your power in walking. zealously, you participated in whatever was going on because to you, everything was a delight, not a duty.

    Eighteen Months:

    running the race and climbing higher became an easy skill set for you as well as taking things apart and put them back together. proud of your accomplishments, you found it manageable to take care of your self more.

    Two Years:

    after a while you longed for independence. you tested to see how far you could go. if you felt confined within the rules and structure or didn’t feel allowed to think for yourself, it would create an insecurity within and a strong will was developed. you’ve been house broken and now you’d rather do it your way and withhold your possessions from others as if it were a treasure that could only be found by you.

    Three years:

    you discovered the benefit of being less physically active, yet you did more within this frame of rest. you conquered the mundane like it was a game. it was stretching trying to find a balance between cooperating, sharing and playing with others but your attitude changed from “me” to “we.” reason rather than emotion became your first instinct. if there was a group, you wanted to be apart of it and clean up any spills. a trophy was carried in your heart with a love to learn new things and you developed an adoration to sing. you focused your attention and then understood the concept of time and seasons.

    Four Years:

    you loved trying new things and began to meet new people and have new experiences. successful attempts developed in you a sense of purpose, a feeling of “i can do this” but the unsuccessful attempts caused a lack of initiative and the will you once had diminished. strong opinions formed and a love to carry on long conversation with greater concentration. learning right from left bolstered you to follow more complicated directions. 

    Five Years:

    you became very social and started to have “best friends.” you developed affection for status and prestige. you fostered doing things that were “good deeds” and thrived to boast about it. you were willing to bend the rules if it impressed the crowd. questions like “why?” and “how come?” progressed as your mind persisted on wanting to problem-solve and you fancied learning IF you felt it important enough.

    Six-Twelve Years:

    important created a satisfaction that had you overflowing. but if your mind found excuses to sit out, you began to feel inferior with thoughts like, “i can’t do anything.” when the music sent sound waves to your ears, you delighted in dancing and savored new songs. you increased independence yet still needed to be included. you were assertive & aggressive, relishing in planning ahead. you cherished the idea of leaders and followers but you always longed for prestige.a burst of activity welled up and being active in things your heart considered

    may we be childlike…

    to trust. to be dependent. to try new things. to be active. to be conquerors. to attack projects we’re interested in with zest and enthusiasm. to develop a skill we want to have that benefits others. and let us remember that despite our feeble misunderstandings and strong-willed, self-centered thoughts, that He has loved us before our dust was formed and in our wobbling naivety He will breathe life into our bones until were dancing like children again.

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