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2016: Got Faith Goals?

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Well folks, it looks like we’re coming to the end of another year! With a year ending comes endless social media posts about all that things that we are either leaving behind in 2015 or the things we will pursue in 2016. Often times these posts consist of starting a business, making and saving more money, traveling more, paying off debt, or starting an exercise regimen.

While all of these all great things, this morning I woke up and wondered how much would our lives be enhanced in the new year if instead of focusing so much on the “being a better me” goals, we wrote down our faith goals for the year. What Is A Faith Goal? I look at these as goals to help you grow deeper in your relationship with God! After all, when we begin to align our lives correctly with God, he will begin a work in us so great and everything that is for our lives will be attracted to us.

So in the next few days while you’re taking moments to reflect and figure out what you want out of life for 2016, I encourage you to take time to figure out how you want to grow in your walk with Christ in the New Year!

I’ll share a few of mine with you and the reasoning behind them!

Monthly Book of the Bible Study: Although I try to read my Bible everyday, I want to go more in depth during my study time, so for this year my goal is to focus on a book each month to study and explore. For January I’ll start to the Book of Romans!

Study & Develop Spiritual Gifts: I’ve always ran away from the spiritual  gifts God has blessed me with, mostly because I didn’t understand how to use and apply them in my everyday life. So I have a goal to study these gifts so I can effectively use them in the purpose He has for my life!

Pray For An Hour Everyday: This is something that has been on my heart to do for awhile. Prayer is so essential in our relationship with God, just like any other relationship. If I can spend an hour on social media, watching a movie or talking to a friend, I should be able to spend a consistent hour in prayer with my Heavenly Father. I won’t jump right into this, but will start with 15 minutes straight, then 20 minutes etc. until I’m able to pray for an hour straight with no distractions.​

~Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.~ Colossians 2:7

What Are Some Of Your 2016 Faith Goals? Share with me in the comments!

Sincerely,

Rhapsody

 

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Submit To Him

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Submission. When many people hear or read that word they often have a negative thought in their mind, but I find it beautiful in the right context. When we submit to God we are letting go of our old viewpoint and our own agendas to come under His. We have full confidence that He will lead us in the right direction (Proverbs 3:5-6). Whether you’re a new believer or you’ve been walking with Christ for years submitting to God’s will is such an important part of your journey. Now, I won’t say that its easy because if we’re honest we often want to be in control of everything, at least I know that I do. But when you know that the Father wants nothing but good things for your life you will begin to realize how much your life changes.

Submitting to God now is also important for other areas in our lives. I hope to one day be married and when I get married, I must be willing to submit to my husband. On the flip side of that a man must be willing to submit to God before marriage so that he can properly lead His family and so that his wife is okay with submitting to him because he has submitted his life to the Lord. If I struggle with submitting to God and allowing Him to lead my life now, how can I think I will be able to do that in a marriage with a human man who is flawed and imperfect? Now, I’m not saying to submit so you can get married, but this just shows how submission now, helps us in other areas of our lives in the future.

-What is God asking you to submit to Him?

– What is keeping you from fully submitting to Him?

Make the decision today to give up your will for His perfect will (Romans 12:2)

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Romans 8:7

I love you and Jesus loves you more!

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A Nugget From “NeeNee”

Guest Post by Whitney Faeth

So, my 2-year old god-daughter just taught me the secret to success in life! Wanna know what it is?….Sure you do!

Find what you love…and give it everything you’ve got!

I know…pretty profound isn’t it. Sitting on thousands of dollars of debt that has accumulated over the past 10 years built solely on the idea that pursuing a college education would certainly point me in the right direction for lifelong security…I had to take a moment and ask myself, “Was it all worth it?” After working straight out of college, I still felt a void thinking daily, “There has to be something to all this education-talk than sitting behind this desk spending hours upon hours away from my family only to repeat it the next day.” Granted the work I was doing was meaningful and offered me the opportunity to build something I believed in…it still seemed to leave me searching for something I hadn’t quite recognized but knew existed.

So I stopped and rerouted my life in hopes of being better positioned to be a support to my family and pursue this mysterious tug. Thinking I could find it in a textbook, I re-enrolled in college 4 years after graduating to pursue a graduate degree with the support of family and friends. Half my classes done and BOOM there it was again. Though I was studying something I truly believed in…lack of fulfillment reared its taunting little head again. Back to square one-there has to be more! It just so happened the hubby was on a similar journey of self-discovery and included me as not only his life partner but business partner and things began to shift. At first I thought, “What in the world am I doing leading a group exercise class?” Then I started to like it…then love it. Something about motivating and encouraging people to be their best selves poured life into my reservoir. But fitness? Never would have thought in all my days that this was the direction my life would take. I’ve always been gifted in administration and have had a passion for youth but never understood WHY such a gap between the two.

After additional evaluation I realized it wasn’t about the exercise, it was about the people and seeing them invested in themselves even when things were difficult and the odds were against them. It was seeing people united and supportive of each other because of a common goal to achieve better health and be around for their families. It was the look of despair transformed into a confident look of victory after just 60 minutes of people really challenging themselves to push themselves beyond themselves. AH-HA! This is it, this is the reason I’m here. I spent years trying to categorize myself and fit my life into a specific industry that I never realized all this time a broader reason for my existence. Believers call it the spiritual gift of exhortation given as a gift by God for the body to accomplish Kingdom works in the earth (Romans 12:8, 1 Timothy 4:13). Its defined as an address or communication emphatically urging someone to do something. It ties everything together so clearly! My love for youth, my gift of administration and rejuvenating fitness experiences all afforded me the opportunity to exhort people whether verbally, administratively or physically I am most fulfilled helping others find their fulfillment.

My 2-year old god-daughter can’t quite pronounce my name so she calls me NeeNee. Yesterday she ran up to me while I was engaged in conversation and began to call out my name, “NeeNee, NeeNee, NeeNee!” While doing this she simultaneously giggled and moved back-and-forth, side-to-side in excitement. It absolutely melted my heart and I thought… “Wow” its amazing how communication whether through words or body language can completely shift someone’s world. Her pure unadulterated love for me, undoubtedly because of the love I show toward her prompted a response that made it all make sense. If I can do that for others in whatever avenue God leads me…and if I can do it well out of the purest place in my heart, the way my little princess did that for me I would most certainly count my life a success knowing it in fact was all worth it.

 

Whitney Faeth and her husband Travis are the owners of Cre8ive Life Fitness. They specialize in personal training, group exercise and wellness. To learn more visit http://www.cre8ivelifefitness.com/

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Are You Looking For Him?

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Last year I was preparing for a trip to Chicago. I was so excited because I hadn’t been since I was in middle school and I was going with my sister, cousin and friends! Two days before the trip all of my excitiment was gone and I was panicking! Why?  Well, I paid for basically everything on my debit card and I was required to present the card at check in and I realized I lost my card!

When I realized my card was missing I was at work and I immediately stopped everything to step out of my office and figure this all out! I was out to eat the night before so I called the restaurant to see if I had left it. Nothing. I started to get anxious, I searched my purse at least 5 times and called home to see if someone saw it. I couldn’t focus at work, I knew the trip would be ruined if I couldn’t find it and finally my sister called and said she found it in my room and I could breathe easy and get on with the rest of my day.

This incident got me thinking, do we search for God like this? We all know that God is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient, but how often do we intentionally seek and search for Him in our everyday lives?

We lose alone time with God, we lose our time studying the Word but how often does missing these intimate moments make you stop what you’re doing? It often gets brushed to the side as something we can come back to later. After the incident with the card it convicted me to take a step back and look at how I sometimes get so busy and focused on other things that my alone time with the Lord gets overlooked. I don’t know about you but when I don’t spend time with the Lord my day is not as good. Small things irritate me, things go wrong, and its really chaotic at times! We get so focused on everything we have to do and everything we need, that we forget God. Matthew 6:33 tells us, But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. When we make God a priority FIRST and not an afterthought every thing you need will be added to your life!

How are you seeking the Lord today?

I love you, and Jesus loves you more!

 

 

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Check Your Motives

 

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As apart of human nature we all want something. Some of us want to be rich, we want a fancy car, a big house, marriage, success, the list could go on forever but we all want something. As believers we know that when there is something we want or need we ask God for it. Throughout the Bible we see scripture after scripture giving us permission to ask God and it also tells us we will receive it.
Mark 11:24 ‘ Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have recieved it, and it will be yours’
Matthew 7:7 ‘Ask, and will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.’
John 14:13-14 ‘ Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.’
John 15:7 ‘If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.’
But what happens when you don’t receive it?
We spend so much time asking for this or that and we don’t check our hearts and our motives behind what we are asking for. Then we get upset at God or lose faith when things don’t go as we’d hope! But did you check your heart before you presented that request to the Lord?
James 4:3 says it plain and simple,
‘When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.’
We’re focused too much on our own satisfaction, our own happiness, our own feelings and not focused enough on glorifying God and being in His will. We must remember that God is not here for us, he’s not a magic genie that will grant our wish! He is truth and we’re here for Him, to do His work in the earth! We can’t expect to get the true riches and promises of God when our hearts and our wills don’t line up with His. His will is perfect, ours is flawed! When we follow Him he makes our paths straight.
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A few things to ponder before asking something of God:
Is it to put me on a pedestal? Or God?
Does it line up with Gods word? If you aren’t sure, open your Bible and see what God says regarding the topic/issue.
Father, I pray that as your sons and daughters seek you in prayer, that we come to you with humble hearts and pure motives. Your word reminds us time after time to ask for things in your name and they will be suppiled. Thank you for loving us even when we fall short and still providing our every need. We ask that you continue to cleanse and purify our hearts. In Jesus Name. Amen.
I love you, and JESUS loves you more!

 

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