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Getting my mo-jo back !!

Hiya blog readers….  It’s been a little while I know, but after my exciting trip to Adelaide with my sis, my lovely DH shared the flu with me…. and yes, it was actually the flu..not just a bad cold.  It’s a pet peeve of mine when people have a slight runny nose and tell everyone they have the flu…. um, no you don’t, suck it up cupcake and put some vicks on it.  :0)  When you’ve had the full blown flu, you know about it.  :0(

Anyway, so I’m nearly 100% better… maybe I’m at 98%, still a lingering cough happening, but I’ve been able to knock out 3 half decent PT sessions, so I feel ok about it.

However, last week, when I was trying to get back into my fitness routine, it was a hard slog…..  low on energy etc. It was a complete head game I’m telling you…. I seriously had to fight the feelings of having completely fallen off the healthy lifestyle wagon, having to resort to midday naps, and the occasional naughty comfort food.  (darn those fundraising Freddo frogs for Miss 15’s dance comps).  While I knew I’d only missed 3 PT sessions all up and a few nightly walks, I honestly felt like I had stepped back 6mths when it came to my fitness level.

I had to constantly remind myself that it was just a blip in the timeline and I was well on the way to being 100% back on track.  As I improved physically, I was able to better grab hold of those negative thoughts and toss them to the kerb.

Perhaps it’s perfect timing that my lovely PT is beginning a 6wk challenge t’row.  Other clients of hers are going to ban together to achieve great things in the next 6wks.  To say “I can’t wait!” is an understatement.  To add to my forward momentum, I’ve also committed to running/walking/cycling/elliptical’ing 5kms per day for the entire month of July.  It’s a cause in aid of a Local Pastor’s wife who is battling brain cancer at present.  I’ve done the 5kms locally yesterday and today, but I’m sure I’ll have to resort to trustie Ellie the Elliptical on days when I just don’t have the 40mins to get out and walk it.  Here is the gorgeous view from yesterday and today on my walk.

I must say, when I was out on my walk today, joined by Master 11, I was in awe of the beauty in my local suburb.  It was mid afternoon, maybe 22degrees, a thousand and one Lorikeets in the many trees… and I couldn’t help but thank God for this wonderful blessing, to be able to not only have this beauty to walk amongst, but to actually live in this area. 

It brought to mind some of the lyrics from Hillsongs ‘Transfiguration’….

Holy is the Lord revealed before my eyes

And my burning heart can scarcely take it in
As I behold your beauty with unworthy eyes
The only song my soul can find to sing
Is Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah my KingWhile marvelling at my surrounds, God reminded me that I’M beautiful too.  Genesis 1:27 says So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.   Ephesian 2:10 tells us that we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  When thinking on this, it really did remind me that even when things seem very difficult (it’s election day today here in Australia), God has it all in hand.  When we know He can create gorgeous sunsets and settings like those two I took on my walks, it’s really not much to trust that He has a little thing like the political situation in hand.     :0)
Back to fitness (aka Respecting the temple), I also made a purchase on Thursday of two new fitness friends (actually they’re identical twins)….   2 x 4kg kettle bells.  I’ve got a 6kg slam ball, a 6kg kettle bell and loads of dumb-bells, but I didn’t have two weight of equal weight to squat with etc, so I was excited to get these two new workout buddies.  They don’t talk much, but hey… you gotta take what you can get, right.  LOL.

Ok peeps….  it’s off to bed for me…. well, after I check out the latest poling numbers for today’s federal election.  It’s really similar to when a disaster happens around the world…..  the twin towers, the lindt cafe etc …. you want to turn it off and go do something constructive with your time (like sleeping), but you just can’t turn away.

Blessings Peeps !!!!

xox

 

It’s a wrap on NT survey !!

So, after a month of thirty 1hr long lectures & over 500 pages of student notes to read through, as well as, I have no idea how many scriptures to add to my scripture devotion book, I have finally completed New Testament Survey.   YAY !!

My thoughts.. it was amazing !!  I really do think that everyone would benefit from doing this subject, if nothing else, as a one-off subject, in order to more greatly enhance their knowledge of the scriptures.  The course structure is set around each book having a different theme, and an image representing both the book name and the theme.  The idea of these is that you can far more easily memorise what each book is about.  eg.  1 Peter’s theme is ‘Faith under pressure’.  The image for 1 Peter is 2 peas with a tear in their eye (Pea-tear) sitting in a vice.  They’re a tad corny, but it really does work to help you remember the theme of each book.

Being able to draw on this info more easily would be really helpful in a situation where you have a friend seeking certain clarity on something, or going through a tough time, you can quickly know which book might be helpful to them etc.  I mean, we all have the well known ones in our heads…  Feeling like you’re being treated unfairly? read Psalms.. etc, but it’s great to widen that scope of ability to help out others.  #servantleadership

I must say I was really looking forward to the last lecture, covering Revelations (I do love to study end times), but I was a tad disappointed with the amount of content covered, but hey… how much can you cover in 60mins.  So, with this in mind, it’s prompted me to hold off on beginning Old Testament Survey and complete ‘Exploring last things’ between the two subjects.  It’s only seven 1hr long lectures, so I’ll complete it within a few days and can then dive on into OT Survey.  (Really really looking forward to this subject!)

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More than anything though, I just can’t get over how BLESSED I am to be able to do this course, broaden my biblical knowledge & grow in The Lord under these teachings.  I’ve seriously loved every single lecture.  Funny story though… the principal of the College is the lecturer for NT survey, and while 27 of the 30 lectures are recordings made only last year, the last 3, for some strange reason, are recordings from 2005, so this probably 60ish yr old man, suddenly drops 11yrs for the last 3 lectures….  Blonde hair instead of grey, fall head of hair at that, as well as just some younger person type mannerisms etc.   It was a bit amusing.

I can’t express enough how impressed I am with Influences Leadership College.  I’ve received a call from the college Principal, as well as the lecturers of two seperate subjects.  They had noticed that I had unlocked the subject, so simply rang to offer any help if I should need it along the way etc.  I thought that was pretty amazeballs service to be honest.

OK… that’s about it for now.. I’m sorry this may be one of my more boring blogs, but wanted to keep you up to date on my Bible College journey.  I’ll try and get a fitness blog up t’row as I do have lots to tell  you on that front.

Blessings Peeps !!  xox

 

He trains my hands for war

Psalm 144

1 Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war,
    and my fingers for battle;
he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples[a] under me.

O Lord, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him?
Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.

Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down! Touch the mountains so that they smoke!
Flash forth the lightning and scatter them; send out your arrows and rout them!
Stretch out your hand from on high; rescue me and deliver me from the many waters,
    from the hand of foreigners,
whose mouths speak lies and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

I will sing a new song to you, O God; upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,
10 who gives victory to kings, who rescues David his servant from the cruel sword.
11 Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners, whose mouths speak lies
    and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

12 May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars
    cut for the structure of a palace;
13 may our granaries be full, providing all kinds of produce; may our sheep bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields;
14 may our cattle be heavy with young, suffering no mishap or failure in bearing;[b]
may there be no cry of distress in our streets!
15 Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall! Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!

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Riding the Roller-coaster called LIFE !!

Hiya blog readers !!  It’s after 10 on a Saturday night (of course I’m in & blogging because I’m so NOT a party animal… LOL).    We actually have been at a party tonight but it was a workmate of DH’s & we seriously didn’t know anyone at all so we didn’t stay too long.  I didn’t mind that at all seeing as we had to leave the house at 7.30 this morning to head off on a loooooooong drive to the boys soccer game.  1hr 40mins to the game today… not a bad drive actually so it was enjoyable, but I’ll certainly enjoy the Home game next week.

Life has certainly had it’s ups & downs in the last month or so for us…  there have been some heartbreaking lows… BUT…  amongst all this ‘negative’, God has turned ashes to beauty !!   My DH, who is saved, but has struggled big-time with the whole ‘die to self’ part of the deal, has had more than ample reason to be angry this past month.  (seriously, a saint woulda lost his shiz through this stuff), but he’s been cool as a cucumber… and I know that it’s God’s hand in him.

I had my suspicions of course, but they were confirmed when we were at Alapha last week and one of the questions was “What dramatic change has God brought about in your life since becoming a Christian?”  DH answered “He’s taken my anger away.”  (Of course I did a fist pump on the inside at this time.. lol)

I was thinking about this in the car heading to soccer this morning.  We were listening to ABBA (coz Abba rocks !!) and I can’t remember what song it was, but a tambourine was mentioned.  Straight away…. way too fast for me to have thought it myself, I was reminded of that verse in Exodus where Miriam dances and sings with her tambourine.  (Exodus 15:20).  Hardcore blog followers of mine will remember why this is the verse that was laid on my heart this morning.

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For everyone else… here’s the super fast recap…  In 2014 my sister & I went to Colour Conference (the women’s conference at Hillsong church) and Beth Moore was one of the speakers. (LOVE Beth Moore).  She taught from the Exodus passage, bringing it home to us that we need to have our tambourine’s at the ready… anticipating the victory… be ready to grab it at a moments notice (as Miriam did) and get up and rejoice !!  I got onto ebay (trusty ebay) when at the airport waiting to fly home from Colour that year, and purchased a tambourine.  It arrived about a week later and it hangs in a very predominant place in my home…  right in the heart of our home….  handy to pick up at any time.  Even just looking at it hanging there gives me the encouragement I need to get through tough times in a normal day.

I strongly believe that these verses coming to mind during the drive this morning was a subtle reminder to me to remember to not just rejoice for these HUGE steps DH has taken of late, and throughout these struggles, but to also be EXPECTANT for more victory to come.

Exciting right !!!!!

It’s safe to say that I’m really really excited for what’s in store…. and that’s even with the knowledge that, sadly, there will be some really yucky stuff ahead too.  I always know that God totally has us covered in every situation, and I never doubt this…. but things like this morning, getting those ‘moments with The Lord’ and being reminded of His presence, always put an extra spring in our step.. and a wider smile on our face.

Blessings Peeps !!!  xox

Guard your heart. .. and your face

I had my first boxing PT sesh yesturday and it was THEBOMB.COM !! Such a fun way to workout. 

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If you really look closely you can tell I’m laughing in the above pic. .. it was way fun to power out some energy.
What most struck my though was after each jab, hook, or whatever you were doing,  you need to come back to ‘guard’ which is basically protecting your face. 

You’d think it’d be a fairly natural thing to do,  to want to protect your face,  but Mel, my PT, had to keep reminding me.   I kinda had it by the end,  but it got me thinking later about Proverbs 4 :23 Guard your heart with all vigilance, for from it are the sources of life.

Mel was saying that it’s very common to guard your chest. . And while it makes more sense to guard your face (more breakable things on it I guess.. ha ha), it reminded me of that verse in Proverbs and how it’s probably true that we feel more at risk of a heart hurt than a physical hurt in day to day life. 

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It’s not often we’re gonna cop a jab to the face is it,  but it can be pretty often that our heart is ‘jabbed’.  Whether it be intentional or deliberate, it hurts and does tend to cause us to guard it.  I read something yesturday about how silly that ‘Sticks & stones’ poem is.   Names DO hurt us… and can often cause more lasting wounds than a physical jab.

What I choose to take from this knowledge though is that when you recognize how easily someone’s unkind or thoughtless words and actions can hurt you,  it makes you more aware of your own. 

Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Proverbs 12:18 – There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
This one is a life verse I choose to live by. .. I now recognize & claim the gifting that God has put in my heart. .. to heal the brokenhearted.  It’s a tough gig to be honest as to have a real needs awareness you need to ask to have your heart broken for what breaks His.  This is required for me to best be able to help in the healing process of whoever’s life I’m speaking into,  but can be emotionally taxing.  Clearly these people are always going to be those I care about deeply, so not just the sadness of the situation,  but the heartache of my friend can be gut wrenching. 

This in itself is just another reason why I need to guard my heart, as the enemy does love to swoop in when you’re low and send a nice hot arrow in. If I allow it to penetrate me, it can put me out of action to help others. 

Another element of boxing that parallels into everyday life, as well as spiritual battles, is the correct stance.  It’s important to have the correct stance in order to be stable and have full body movement. .. not only to deliver your punches,  but deflect any blows.  If we don’t take the correct stance, we’ll be unstable & unprepared.

Stay alert, stand firm in the faith, show courage, be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13

So.. in short… get on the full armor of God… (and maybe some boxing gloves. )

xx

Jesus is my study buddy !!

So, how is Bible College going for me?  On the whole, I LOVE it !!  It’s just like the thrill of the Bible Studies I’ve been doing for the last few years, but times a million-ga-zillion.   I know I’ve said before that what I love most about bible study is that you delve in through the layers of the scripture.  You go in past the words and discover their meaning, historical content, as well as other fascinating info that can easily be missed when simply reading a scripture at face value.

I’m currently about two thirds of the way through my lectures in ‘Lessons from Biblical leaders’.  We are looking at Nehemiah and it still amazes me how much you can gleam from a text when you stop and do a word study on it. Not to mention reminding yourself of the historical content as well as taking into consideration the emotions attached to each person in the situation.  Nehemiah

I particularly loved looking at Nehemiah 3:23 and the reference to ‘made their repairs outside their house’.  I would easily have just skimmed over that in the past and maybe thought “Oh how nice for them…  no commute.”  (LOL), but when you factor in the emotion involved in working with a trowel in one hand and a sword in another.. knowing that they were under almost constant attack.  It shows great leadership on Nehemiah’s part to place his team where their heart is.  If an attack occured, it makes sense that the greatest concern was going to be for their own family back at home.  If their family was right there behind them then they were going to fight their hardest AT THAT POINT!!   This has a double benefit as each person was sure to put their absolute BEST efforts into their part of the wall, as that part of the wall protected their own family !!  I just LOVE it !!

That is just one of the many, many gems I’ve uncovered since beginning my 2016 study journey.  If I wasn’t already super expectant for the year ahead, I certainly am now.. plus some !!

I will be totally honest though and share with you all that it is NOT easy studying full-time while homeschooling 3 children.  While they are on totally independent learning programs, they still have the odd question, and when there’s 3 of them, the ‘odd question’ usually occurs a few times each morning and arv session.  I defs will be working within a study plan that includes night time lectures (after the kids are in bed).  Afternoon’s when the kids are finished their schoolwork can work too, but it certainly does make for a long day.  I’m sure I’ll the right groove for me before too long.

The enemy does certainly like to make himself known though even more so of late.  He really doesn’t like me being in The Word more than I was already.  Also, lots of conversations come up with the kids that speak to living with a Biblical view and not a worldview.  Lots of things going on here at home, as well as nationally and internationally give cause for conversations with the kiddos.  Here in Australia at the moment, there is lots of social media traffic in regards to the ‘Safe Schools’ program being introduced in Victoria.  All I can say is, I’m extremely glad I took my kids out to Homeschool them when I did.  Christian schools may be able to keep it at bay just a little longer than the government schools, but it won’t be for long.

I am constantly reminded that it’s not just my children that I need to be aware of with things that are going on with schools etc, but my grandkids, great grandkids etc etc. (However, I’m really hoping Jesus returns before then.)  Miss 14 is pretty adamant that she wants to Homeschool her kids in the future, but of course it’ll really come down to who God has put aside for my boys as to whether they’ll go down that path.  I wonder if it’s ok for me to ask for her to have a heart for homeschooling when I’m praying for my sons future wives.. ha ha.  In all seriousness though, all I need to do is make sure my children  not just know The Lord, but have a personal relationship with Him, discover their giftings and seek the guidance of The Holy Spirit.. and they’ll be fine.  Oh, and always remind them of the strength that is within them to put on that armour & hold up that shield !!

 

The title says Jesus is my study buddy, which is so true (online bible study does kinda encourage that situation, which no actual classmates around you. ), but as there are people at my church doing two of the Bible college subjects, I look forward to having some chats with them too.

What I’ve learnt/been reminded of today – BIBLE STUDY ROCKS !!  There is so much growth to be had when studying The Word. Also, studying it just the once in no way gives you everything you need to learn from it.  Studying a book, a biblical figure, a character trait, a life issue within the word, can you teach you new things every time you look at it.

Scripture I have been soaking in today –“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
Blessings Peeps xox

Expand our boundaries.. drive our tent pegs deep

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Sunday night at church, Pastor Nina preached from Isaiah 54.  It was a fantastic message that re-affirmed what’s already very clearly in store for my 2016.

Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;
do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.

3 For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your offspring will possess the nations and will people the desolate cities.  (ESV)

While I don’t usually like referring to The Message translation, this time, I think it’s a good read.

Clear lots of ground for your tents! Make your tents large. Spread out! Think big!
Use plenty of rope, drive the tent pegs deep.
You’re going to need lots of elbow room for your growing family.
You’re going to take over whole nations; you’re going to resettle abandoned cities.
Exciting right !!!  While I completely realise that this text speaks of what was going on at that time, I firmly believe that we can learn from this and apply it to our lives today.  (as we can of all scripture)
On Sunday night, Pastor Nina used a fantastic (& very entertaining) illustration of having a children’s play tent on the stage, which she actually climbed into, showing how little room there is in there, how cramped and uncomfortable any length of time in there would be.  To flipside of that though is that some people choose to stay in that tiny tent, seeing it as safe & secure.   “I need not have any fear of God asking me to do anything big, because I simply don’t have the room to do it.”  (Side note – Believe me, I completely get that stepping out is scary…  you never know what God is going to ask of you (Jonah), but I can tell you right now, it’s so worth it.)
In contrast, a big comfy chair and a large tent covering a decent sized area was brought up on stage, showing how we can spread out, allow God to have the room to work in our lives, equip us for ALL that He has in store for us.   It immediately took me back to the vision that God gave me a couple of years ago (I’m pretty sure I blogged about it).  I was shown myself, wearing a VERY BIG, like CRAZY BIG fur coat (I assume it was faux, to be fair to all animal lovers out there.. I would never buy a fur coat.)
I was initially very confused by the vision and enquired of God what He was trying to tell me.  I immediately got a response from Him, explaining that the coat was very big, in order for Him to fill it… with Blessings, with provisions, with skills, gifts & talents in order to equip me with everything I would need in order to do His work in His Kingdom for His glory !!
The ‘drive your tent pegs deep’ really spoke to me also.  To not just have a surface commitment to the things of God, but to dive in deep, have solid foundations, set aside decent time.  Once again, of course, I nearly ALWAYS find in any message that it points back to two things.
1.  We need to have a close personal relationship with Our Heavenly Father, Jesus our Saviour & Redeemer, and The Holy Spirit.
2. Be actively studying His Word on a daily basis.  Imagine it’s liquid in a big ole’ bucket and you wanna tip it over yourself in your quiet time each morning. :0)
Yes, I know I point these things out all the time, sorry for the repetition, but I really want that point to get across.  If we’re doing these two things, we’re on a very good path with The Lord and all that He has in store for us.
What I learnt/was reminded of today – Being shown things in illustrative form is often a very effective way to teach a biblical truth, or be reminded of a truth that maybe you’re not submerged yourself in of late.
What scripture verse am I soaking in today?  The one above, Isaiah 54:2-3.
Blessings Peeps !!  xox

Shift your focus

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Isn’t it funny how a curve ball can come at you, throw you off your feet, only to feel the comforting arms of The Lord around you as He gently lowers you back onto your feet.

That was my morning this morning, actually, my last 48hrs, but the most eye opening and teachable moments were this morning.  After the emotional roller coaster of the events of my day yesturday, I, naively, thought I would wake up today and be all good to go, but I wasn’t.  In fact, I was in a bad way.  I was teary for hours, feeling very isolated and vulnerable to the enemy.  One of those times where you KNOW that you need to be holding up your shield, but simply can’t, no matter how hard you try.  Yes, it was one of those times.

A wise friend suggested that a great thing to do in these situations is to shift your focus onto someone else.  Pray into someone’s else struggles.  You would have thought I would have found that just as hard to do, but in fact it wasn’t.  I was able to get busy in my war room and go to battle for a dear friend.  Not only did I feel better when I stood up from there, but I felt stronger, invigorated, and so so ready to head into battle for the issues I was wrestling with.

Isn’t God AWESOME !!!!

On top of that, I had started Alyssa Bethke’s ‘Power of the Psalms’ bible study last week, and my usual routine is to do a session every second night if I can, but life just got hectic I guess and I actually hadn’t moved onto the next session.  So, today, I sat down in front my Mac to do the session, and was literally BLOWN AWAY by the content !!  I suppose, being realistic, I should have expected it to help me after the last couple of days (It is the Psalms after all.), but it still freshly astounded me of God’s perfect timing that I had been delayed in watching this particular session, and it spoke directly to the wounds caused in previous days.   LOVE IT !!

Sidenote – A new thing I’ve decided to put on every blog entry if I can.  1.  What did I learn, or was I reminded of, today? and 2. What scriptures did I soak in today?

So, what did I learn, or was I reminded of, today?  Everything isn’t always about God taking your troubles away as soon as you ask, but maybe he has a job for you that will bring the healing you need !!

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What scriptures did I soak in today?  Romans 5:3-5 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. 

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

Psalm 42 – As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long,
“Where is your God?”
4 These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng
and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise,
a multitude keeping festival.
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation[c] 6 and my God.
My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves
have gone over me.
8 By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life. 9 I say to God, my rock:
“Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As with a deadly wound in my bones, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me all the day long,
“Where is your God?” 11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

Blessings Peeps xox

 

Positioned like a see-saw

I remember sitting under a teaching a few years back about how our posture as a disciple of Jesus Christ should be with one hand stretched upwards to someone in a mentoring capacity.. to someone who is further along in their walk with The Lord than us. Meanwhile, the other arm reaches down, ‘pulling up’, encouraging & discipling someone coming along behind us.  Someone that is a little further back in their walk with The Lord than where we are.

The person you’re reaching up to has a little more life experience than you, so is able to teach and help you through similar situations.  In turn, you can teach & help the one you are encouraging, because of the trials, struggles and victories you have walked through.

I also remember receiving an image about this, back when sitting under that teaching, of one long road with people littered all along it, all at different stages.  I probably should have drawn in it seeing as I wasn’t able to find something that I felt represented it, but this gives you an idea.

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When I had this come to mind last night, the Holy Spirit gave me an image of a seesaw, but it wasn’t like one end was completely up and the other completely down…. it’s not normally positioned in that way, and I don’t believe it would be nearly as effective either.  I think the image of a set of scales where one end has a slightly heavier weight onboard than the other shows a more accurate picture of the common situation, but as the ‘weight’ part of the image makes no sense, I think the seesaw is better.

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This one is more like it.

The person reaching down needs to have the HUMILITY required to fulfil this role in another’s life, while also having the WISDOM to take on this responsibility.

Something that simple cannot be in the equation is pridefulness !!!

Just because I like definitions, let’s look at some now…

First, a ‘secular’ definition of Humility –the quality of having a modest or low view of one’s importance.  While in essence, this is true, I don’t like it one bit as it doesn’t sit well with me when you consider that we are a temple of The Holy Spirit.  We have the power of Christ within us, so when I consider our ROLE in God’s Kingdom, we certainly do not have a low level of importance.  I guess what it comes down to though is the importance of that role, as opposed to the importance of us as a person.  That’s where the pridefulness can come into it.  If we are prideful about our own importance & think that that importance is  seperate to God, that’s when we will run into trouble.

A biblical definition of Humility  –God says when you are humble, you are free from pride and arrogance. You know that in your flesh you are inadequate, yet you also know who you are in Christ.  I LOVE this !!!  So so true !! Free from pride & arrogance !!

Now for Wisdom… the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement; the quality of being wise.

Not bad…. let’s look at it from a biblical point of view though.

Wisdom begins and ends with the fear of the Lord. It isn’t a fear of being struck by lightning or fear of being struck dead but it’s a deep, abiding, holy reverence and respect for the Lord and for His Word, the Bible. The Book of Proverbs has more to say about wisdom than any other book in the Bible. For example in Proverbs 9:10 Solomon, who was the wisest man on earth, at least until Christ came, said that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” Where there is fear, there tends to be obedience and God has said He prefers obedience over sacrifice (1 Sam 15:22; Hosea 6:6). Sometimes obedience comes before understanding and when someone obeys what they know to be true, understanding usually follows. Wisdom begins with reverence for God and a fear for Him and His Word. That’s where wisdom begins. Where there is no fear of the Lord, there can never be any true wisdom. It’s just not possible.

Now, both these two traits can be tricky, and not always easy to uphold, especially in weakness during struggle.  It takes real DISCIPLINE to be HUMBLE & use WISDOM  to take the right path when in a struggle or under attack.

discipleship

Two other words that I really think needs to come into the scenario is COMMITMENT & RESPONSIBILITY !!  We need to be there for our ‘person’ at all times, even at times of our own struggles.  The only way we can do that is by walking closely with The Lord, digging into The Word & being accountable.

As a mentor, your role is to teach and inspire by words and example, so you can come alongside someone in their personal development and learning development using your life, Christian experiences, and education as tools.. You are a role model to someone. This is a precious responsibility that is to be taken seriously, but also enjoyed. You need to be one who is growing in the Lord, and who takes His Word and precepts to heart and to life. Because someone is placing his or her trust as a counselor and teacher in you, you need to be real and growing to do this right. Therefore, you are the one the Lord will use to provide opportunities for spiritual learning, development, and growth.

Matthew 12:36 & 37 tell us … I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,  for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”  Words hold power peeps.. in so many ways, so be careful with your words !!!

If The Lord entrusts you with a ‘mentee’  (that’s probs not actually a word, but you know what I mean) then see it as the privilege that it is, and ENJOY it, but never ignore the commitment and the responsibility that goes along with it.

Oh.. and one last thing…. DO NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS RESPONSIBILITY !!  Treat it as the GIFT that it is.  You will grow through every moment as a mentor too… it’s not a one-way deal.  Another thing that has been evident in my walk and I believe I can pass onto others and it be of help, is this…  When God leads you in a different direction… be it towards a different person, or away from a person…. LISTEN TO HIM & ACT ON IT !!

Maybe you will be in a mentor type relationship with someone for a very long time, but often you will not.  People with this need or gifting come in & out of our lives at GOD’S will, not ours !!!  We may be of help, or receive help from someone for a season and that be all God intended for each of our journeys.  When that happens…  seek confirmation from Him.. and then accept & move on, being ever watchful for new doors being opened.

Isn’t it FUN being a child of God !!!!!  Seriously, I LOVE IT !!!!  So much to learn, grow in and become !!!!

Blessings peeps !!!  xox

 

 

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