Spiritual Warfare is real

I finally did something that has been a dream for me.  After writing, editing and praying,  I finally pressed publish, and my book,  8 things you need to know BEFORE engaging in Spiritual Warfare is now available for free for a limited time at Amazon.

This is a beginners guide for those called into spiritual warfare. Many times we don´t know where to start, and these simple but yet powerful truths will guide you on the right track.

To download your book for free, click here.

I would like to ask a favor of you.  If you can please share with your friends and family, and also leave a review.  I would appreciate it! Thank you.

 

9 reasons why you should try something new

My husband and I recently began visiting our local farmers market on a regular  basis. This is something new for us, as we would purchase all our fruits and vegetables at our local grocery store.

pitahayaI noticed a fruit I had never seen called Pitahaya [pit-uh-hahy-uh] .  The vendor began informing me about this fruit.  

Rich in vitamins and has healing properties. The pulp can be eaten or made into a juice.  Taste good, stains badly, be careful.

The fruit went in my bag, and upon trying it at home, it was pretty good.

The old me would never try something new. The new me wants to experiment and try new things.

How did I become from being a conformist, to wanting to try something new?

It began when I started to read everything I could get my hands on at a later time in my life.

In reading, I dared to be creative.  I began to explore in other areas. I was challenged, I became hungry.

As a youngster, I did not have much interest in reading, until one day I had this desire to write. I began reading and  learning about the craft of writing.

In reading, I discovered what I had missed all along. Life.

Have you ever been afraid to step out in faith to try, do or say something that is out of your comfort zone?

I have many times. I have failed when I tried something new, other times I was surprised.

In order to grow, it is necessary to try new things. I am not talking about going against a moral code, but doing something new and different in your life that will improve you.

Do something that is not on the menu.

Why try something new?

Some reason why you should.

  1. It will cause your mindset to expand,  learn and grow.
  2. You will be able to speak about a topic and hold a decent conversation.
  3. You dispel fear- you find it exciting to step out into the unknown.
  4. You will continue to be inspired and motivated, and boredom will not be an issue in your life.
  5. You may  find something new about yourself, and may be surprised at what you can do.
  6. You will discover you are successful at something.
  7. You will become energized and will find a boost in confidence.
  8. You will discover your strengths and  weaknesses.
  9. When you experiment, you become successful.  

Are you trying to find  something in your life that will satisfy you?  Experiment, step out of your comfort zone!  

I have found  trying something new for the first time can be a bit scary, but afterwards, it becomes an adventure.

Go ahead, give it a shot.  Dare to try to be someone better than you are now.  You won’t regret it.

 

Are you setting your goals?

My husband was working on an excel spreadsheet for a project he was in charge of.  When I asked what he was working on, he replied, “The Critical Path.”

pathI did not understand what this meant.  He explained the project has many particulars, and the spreadsheet helped him plan the path needed to take care of those details.
He was organizing steps required to achieve a goal in a timely and orderly fashion. He could not miss anything critical, hence the name, Critical Path.

The spreadsheet came before he started the project.

How many times have you started something without knowing what steps were needed to achieve your goal and failed?  I have many times.

While you may not use the term, Critical Path, the concept is the same.  Planning and goal setting.

What goals and plans do you have?  How are you going to accomplish those goals, and most importantly, what steps and sacrifice are you willing to make to achieve those goals?

My mindset of housewife, mother, and duty to my family began to change.  For many years I denied myself the ability to dream, and sadly I did not believe that I was worthy of anything great.

You can say I am a very late bloomer, but I bloomed! I grew up with my parents telling all six of us to finish high school, get a job and get married. In that order.

The dream of a higher education, travel and dreams were not spoken of growing up.

Then a desire began to burn inside of me I cannot shake.  I began to have goals, aspirations, a longing to travel and a hunger for reading and learning.

Goal setting, planning, and sacrifice are needed to accomplish any dream.

What are my dreams?

  • Continue with my spiritual growth.  This will never stop, as God always surprises me with something new and exciting.
  • Prayer life to grow and continue to develop.
  • A writing career.  Like my spiritual growth, this will continue to develop and grow.
  • Travel.  There are many areas of the world that I desire to visit.

I want to encourage you that it is never too late to dream. With God, nothing is impossible and yes, your goals and aspirations can be achieved.

With Jesus, our path is not critical, but a blessing. Let him guide and fill out your spreadsheet, and enjoy receiving His surprises for you.

Are you committed to growth?

I remember a challenging phrase I came across that read, “Is your writing an interest or is it a commitment?”  This quote jumped off the page and stayed with me.

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I have been writing on and off for years, and when I tried to get back into it fully, I was stuck. I had this deep desire to write, but nothing was happening.  I knew something was off, and I was committed to finding out what was wrong.  In my search, I broke through.

I have started back up and am energized.

Being committed can apply to many areas of our lives.  If you are committed to Christ and to growing, there are a number of things you can do.  The main thing is prayer, read His word and spend time in His presence.  Also being faithful in your home church and joining cell groups is valuable.

Are you committed to your marriage?  How about  your personal life, to continue learning and growing in areas that may be new to you?

With writing, I am enthusiastic to pursue this walk, career and life journey. It won’t be easy, but I am willing to pay the price.

It’s the same with my relationships, specifically Jesus.   I give credit to Him as the desire to write came from the Lord.
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I continue to learn, grow and change.  A friend once said to me, “The day I stop learning, helping and growing, is the day I’m dead.”

Is there an area in your life that needs to be recommitted, grow, change and learn?

Perhaps it’s a calling you left by the wayside, something you wanted to pursue but allowed fear in, or you just don’t  know how or where  to begin.

Where do you begin?

I challenge you to start right where you are.  Do something to start your journey to success. Take hold of your future,  and soon the pieces to the puzzle will fit and before you know it, you will be on your way.

Some ideas to consider:

    • Read books from those that have gone before you
    • There are a number of online courses that are available for your growth
    • The information you seek is only a click away
    • Change your habits, say no to distractions  (television is a great example)
    • Set boundaries on yourself, learn when to say yes, and when to say no

As the puzzle  begin to take shape, you will be motivated  and encouraged as you see yourself progressing towards your goal.

Go ahead, just start.  What do you have to lose?

Writer’s block

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Do you ever ask God questions?  I do.   I asked Him  a question regarding writing in my  morning prayer and journal time.  The specific question  was about writer’s block.   I share my journal entry:

When you spend time with Me in the mornings, my spirit breaks down the writer’s block, and the creativity will flow throughout the day.

I share this because I have changed  certain habits in my life to help me fulfill my calling.  One of these habits was to become a morning person.  My prayer and journal time used to be in the evenings, late, where I was tired from the days’ activities.

I intentionally get up and spend time in prayer, instead of spending that extra hour in bed, journaling and reading the word.

Another life change I have made is to spend more time with friends.   I have discovered  a break to make that phone call,  going out for coffee or lunch would give me rest, and help with my writing.

It works.

I have also changed my ministry appointments.  My calendar was full all month to those needing prayer.   I now have free days for myself, friends,  family and for the Lord.

I have found for me to fulfill my calling, a change in my routine was in order.

As we change, grow and learn, our habits need to change.  It took me a while to understand that I needed some re-arranging to do, but I eventually got it.

It goes with any gift the Lord gives us.  We have to do our part to fulfill our calling, our dreams, our hopes, and desires.

It requires action.

When we take action and make necessary adjustments in our lives, we begin to see growth.

What habits have you changed to accommodate your growth in the Lord? Share them below in the comments, I would love to hear from you.

How to use your spiritual gifts

 

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Have you ever felt  you don’t have any spiritual gifts, that God has passed you by?  That is not true.   Once  we accept Christ as our Lord and savior, we are given spiritual gifts, and we are also given a measure of faith.

When we feel the Holy Spirit prompting us to do or say something, what is our first reaction? For me, it was doubt and insecurity. I doubted the gifts the Lord placed upon me and I could not trust.

I feared failure.

The  lies came in like a flood, and I believed every single one of them.

I believed the lie that said I will sound stupid, why are you going to speak, they will only ignore you.  You, a sinner? How could God possibly use you?  It took a long time for me to finally step out and trust God.

The change did not happen overnight; it was  gradual. The gifts the Lord gave me are pure, the vessel  was not. This vessel had some cleaning out to do, big time!

Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Through the Holy Spirit,  we have the power to testify.  He  is the spirit of truth.  We have life and peace. He  gives us gifts to edify the church, and the spirit gives us liberty.

Now  we know this, how do we begin operating in our spiritual gifts?

Give it voice

Please open your mouth and speak.  Don´t do what I did. After it was all over,  then I would speak up. It was too late, and the blessing was robbed.

Step out in faith

When we feel a nudge inside our gut, a feeling, a sensation, a thought, that is the Holy Spirit speaking to us.

We will need to step out in faith, and say what came to mind.  Anything from the Lord will be words of encouragement and exhortation. There will be no correcting or rebuking.

Share with others

If you are unsure of what you are receiving, share it with a seasoned person. That´s ok, it does not mean that you are wrong, it just means you need some encouragement and reassurance.

What if you make a mistake?

Great! Now you know what NOT  to do.  You will avoid that mistake the second or third time around.  Making mistakes  is the only way you will grow in your gift , it is  our best learning curve and teacher.

What about  insecurity, the lies?

We all face the lies the enemy throws our way, and we need to identify them and discard them. When I pray for people, one of the things I teach is how to discard the lie and replace it with the truth.

Speak the opposite of the lie.  Find scripture, or receive the truth from the Holy Spirit and speak it over yourself.

Hang out with like-minded people

When you are stepping out in your spiritual gifts, look for those that are mature in the Lord. They will be more than happy to help you and pray for you. Spend time with them, have coffee, or just ask to meet with them so  you can evacuate your fears, doubts, and concerns. These people  love to help.

I enjoy very much encouraging those I see with a great potential and ending our time in prayer and exhortation.

As you grow and mature in the Lord, so will your gifts. But you must use them to increase your spiritual muscles. As you use your gifts, you will be surprised how the Lord will cause you to grow and mature.  Before you know it, you will be eating solid food.

Why I moved

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In learning about the craft of writing through my writers’ course, I have come to find out that  in order for me to begin my career as a Christian writer, I need to blog and create things around my name.

I had Fresh Wind Ministries for many years, and the name is dear to me and I wanted to update it and breathe life into it. I am now  moving  to new areas of my life.

We all face changes, and with each new change comes growth. I invite you to follow me to witness that change and growth, as I develop into my calling.   Also, you have permission to hold me accountable!

Perhaps this will inspire and challenge you to do the same.

Consider the call of God upon your life.  What have you been gifted with, are you in obedience to your gifts and calling?  If so,  you will be touching the lives around you, all pointing to hope.  If you are still unsure and have not stepped out yet, I encourage you to do so.  You will not be disappointed because you will have the best cheerleader on your side, the Lord Jesus Christ!

How to run the race before you

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All of us at one point in our lives find ourselves running a race, whether we recognize it or not.

Races are different for each and every one of us.  For some it may be just getting through the week, month or year.  Other races could involve finishing a course, obtaining a  promotion, a work contract, or crossing something off your bucket list.

As a young child I never had any dreams.  They were not spoken of in the home, neither were goals, travels or college.  I don´t blame my parents, they only taught us what they knew.

As I began dreaming of doing something different with my life, I found myself in a continual race.  I put myself there, on purpose.   This race is different because it involves Christ in me.  In order for me to run this race, I had to allow God to mold and shape me, so that I can run my race more effectively.

My goals, dreams and aspiration of learning, growing, reading and writing will never stop.  I had to learn to rid myself of things that get in the way. Not just sin, but distractions and deception.  I run my race with determination, because it lies before me.

It was up to me to allow Him to do that.  I had to leave the old behind to receive the new.  Mindsets are difficult to leave behind.    I had to learn to trust and obey.  The result was maturity, healing, growth and a desire to learn and do more.

The fear of running my race no longer exist, I won´t allow it to get the best of me.

Hebrews 12:1  As for us, we have this large crowd of witnesses around us. So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us.

What is your race?  What is your goal, what is your passion, and what is your why? Do you dare to allow God to work in and through you to make your dreams a reality?  It´s ok to trust and let go.  It works!

Once you are able to answer those questions, your race will be a joy to run.