Have you ever noticed that right at the epicentre of a disagreement, say with your Partner or someone else close to you, there will be a gap; both sides temporarily disconnected in a kind of no-mans landscape.
One of the parties may take the ‘lull in activity’ to mean a temporary cessation of conflict – even professing to have won the battle! But not for long! In a moment the two parties lurch back to the epicentre of the conflict and continue spouting nonsense, threats and self-proclaimed victory! There is, however, no time to proclaim victory at this rate, for this is a God-given moment to be still and let God be God.
IN OTHER WORDS, SHUT-UP AND LET GOD SPEAK!
He may bring a word of encouragement, conviction, understanding or revelation! Whatever you feel, remain right there in the intensity of the moment and allow God to do His ‘Thing! Eventually you will feel The Lords peace, ‘the peace that passes understanding.’ This is His grace indeed; and your opportunity to allow His full work take it’s place as you thank Him for His kindness.
If you don’t know what you want, you will probably end up either doing nothing or doing what others want you to do; which maybe ok, or not!
By default our wants and needs will gravitate towards the easy option; for example, staying in that low paid job, Ministry, Church, Relationship etc,. even though we may be wanting more out of our relationship with the Lord.
What are we to do then in oder to fulfil that sense of purpose and destiny in our hearts?
On the one hand we don’t want to behave in a presumptuous manner , but on the other hand neither do we want to miss it!
In the Book of Mark: 10.51, Jesus asked His Disciples a simple question – “What do you want me to do for you?Until our desire’s come from the heart they have no power to fulfil our purpose.
Although Jesus would have known the answer to His own question, He needed His Disciples to speak out loud what they’d heard Him say. Similarly He’s waiting for us too!
I’ve noticed in my short life that those who have the attentions of a ‘one-to-one’ Teacher, Coach, Parent or Mentor, they just seem to sail through normal life’s difficulties, quickly turning disadvantages into opportunities and failure into success.
Which doesn’t mean they are more intelligent, better looking nor hugely rich. No, indeed the wealth they seem to exude comes from a place deep within – a place unavailable to those who struggle through life alone.
And this is the ‘Key’ to opening up the inner ‘treasure chest’ of true peace. It is a journey of the heart. The Bible put’s it like this ” as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Prov. 23:4
Fill the heart with love and acceptance and that’s what you’ll get on the outside.
If you are like me you’ll have Post It Notes clinging to every available space: at your desk, your computer and beyond. I’ve even found one such preditor clinging to my cheek bone which, when decifered, reminded me to remove the other Post It Note on the back of my wrist, telling me to buy some more Post It notes and sundry stationary whilst in Sainsbury’s.
These spontanious ideas and reminders that promise so much, serve only one purpose and that is to drain me of all mental peace and sanity. The clutter, of course, goes way beyond the office in ever increasing creativity. So much so you may suggest I invest in an electronic devise to remind me of just about anything the ‘Enemy of my Soul’ could possibly cause me to forget. But, I’m sorry, I JUST DON’T DO ELECTRONIC DEVISES – Why not? Simple reason it would necessitate 4 or 5 Post It Notes just to remind me how to operate the ‘Darned thing! ……. Born out of time, I guess!
When we are not affirmed by a Godly ‘father figure’, life can be an up-hill struggle.
God the Father ordained that man should not be alone, but be placed in families where mutual trust and encouragement would be the norm. Our value and worth is related to what we do and how we are nurtured within the context of ‘Family’.
And yet as the very fabric of ‘families in society’ wears so thin, even fathers are now relinquishing their traditional and God made roles of authority and affirmation.
Increasingly marriages are breaking down and children and young adults are growing up without a strong concept of ‘fathering’. It is truly amazing what people can do when they know the strength of a father figure rooting for them.
So, my call is “Arise, ‘father figures’ in the church and let us make a positive move to re-dress the balance.”
Cafe Culture in the heart of Birmingham, during the 1920’s
My mother lived in a Cafe on the edge of Birmingham City Centre, UK. She was born and raised there along with her Brother, her Mother, her Parents in law and Grand Parents.
The “Park Cafe” was, from all accounts, a well patronised ‘Hub’ on the east side of Birmingham city centre, close to the famous Football Club – Aston Villa.
Business Travellers, Merchants, Shoppers and Mothers would while away their time in the warm and comforting establishment, along with their young children ‘skiving-off’ school on such cold and polluted days. Many little friends and dolls were lost and made under those tables.
My Great Grand Father owned the Cafe and his long suffering wife ran it. She worked night and day to keep the establishment viable whilst her Husband gambled away the profits doing questionable deals with his cronies.
Toasted Tea Cakes would have been prepared hours before the Cafe’s doors opened along with great pans of Soup and Bread. Meanwhile Silver Urns of Tea and Cakes would have graced the Travelling Salesmen, interspersed with great drawers of cigarette smoke.
My Grand Father was one of four sons, each of whom would have been known for their excesses. There was my Grand Father who was a Gambler (An unlucky one by all accounts!) Another son a wheeler-Dealer. Then there was the Artist, a thin young man given to fears and illnesses! The fourth of the son’s was an Adventurer; a day-dreamer who was convinced his fortune and future was as a Writer & Producer of films in the burgeoning West Coast of America. I have caught a glimpse of his name from time to time but am not sure this is truly the destiny of one of my English ancestors (although I would love to think he is!)
Dreams and plans are truly birthed in the nurturing atmosphere of Cafe’s
Christian Life Coaching is about helping the Client get from where they are now to where they want to be expressed as a Goal. Then helping them take action to fulfil their Goal through patient questioning and active listening. Prayer and the application of faith through the Word of God is encouraged together with accountability in fulfilling tasks. A variety of ‘tools’ may be drawn on, such as the application of Mind Renewal, Forgiveness, Disappointment and Unresolved Hurts, as a means of helping Clients identify and achieve their defined Goals.
Counselling is a type of ‘talking therapy’ which involves a person discussing emotional difficulties and problems in a supportive and confidential environment. The Counselor does not give advise nor be judgemental, rather their role is to listen to the client with empathy so as to help them understand their feelings and behavior Hopefully the client finds their own solutions to their problem.
Mentoring A Mentor is an accomplished and experienced professional/expert who has a desire to help, to guide and develop a junior or more advanced person.
Briefly Counseling is there to sort out issues, Coaching helps you negotiate hurdles, whilst Mentoring shows you how to do it for yourself!
“But those that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
Have you noticed there are people with all kinds of challenging situations going on in their lives and yet they are not dragged down to a lower level of fear. On the contrary, they seem to be positively soaring above their circumstances.
Could it be that they’ve learned to emulate the wisdom of the Eagle – soaring above the high places of world; connecting with the thermals that will take them even higher and higher! A place of effortless mastery.
It is from this place of dominance that the Eagle plummet’s from a great hight to pluck from the skies it’s unsuspecting Pray. In no time at all it’s all over!
So what can we learn from the Wisdom of the Eagles?
Your ‘Thermal’ is a place of authority and grace. It is clearly the place of your anointing and Gifts. Your ‘Thermal’ could well be for Worship – songs flowing from your heart to the congregation. Your ‘Thermal’ could be for ‘Leadership – encouraging and provoking. Your “Thermal’ Could even be for ‘Finances’ ‘Prayer for Healing, ‘Prophetic Songs’ and for ‘Correction and Rebuke!’
No matter what your Gifting, In Christ you will soar like Wings as Eagles.
To Be Read Out Loud 1. Patience is not the ability to endure suffering but is a constant belief for the best in every situation.
2. Death and life is in the power of the tongue, not in the power of the Devil.
3. Don’t struggle to be more pure, holy or righteous; you have it all in Christ Jesus.
4. God doesn’t consider whether I have faith. He’s already dealt me a measure of faith. It’s what I do with it that matters.
5. My faith is based on the faith of Jesus Christ, in Him alone.
6. I’m not trying to be something; it’s who I already am in Christ Jesus that matters.
7. As he thinks in his heart so is he; for good or bad. Think about it!
8. The blessing of the Lord makes rich, adding no sorrow with it.
9. Trust God to do what you cannot do; but don’t meddle!
10. Keep a tight grip over your negative imaginations that may derail God’s plans for life.
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“I have come that they may have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
Abide in the Vine
God, from out of His abundance made us to expect abundance!
The abundant life God the Father bestowed upon His Son, Jesus the Christ, is now shared with those who believe. All we need do is to “Abide in the Vine”.
Jesus is the Vine. And as we dwell in Him, feast on Him and love Him, so we become like Him and partake of all the Blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant.
As sons and daughters of the Most High God we behave like Him, speak like Him and think like Him. In fact we become as He is in this world.
In Him we can do all things through Him who gives us strength.( Philippians 4:13)
But we must believe…
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