Football Update: Get Into the Game

Football Update: Get Into the Game

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Family Fantasy Football Update

When I first started this Family Fantasy Football with my boys and family from coast to coast, I had no idea the ups and downs that would follow. It sounds easy. I mean you pick your players each week and then points are collected as they play. Hopefully I will have more points than my boys, I mean I am the mom right. I gave birth to them (moms always pull the birth card when we are behind!). Well, no one told me about injuries and how that affects the Fantasy points. Did you know that one injured toe cost me over 20 Fantasy Points? Who would have thought a toe would be such a big deal? I mean it is just a toe right?

It may have been just a toe but it not only affected the player who had to be benched until he heals, but it affected the team as well. The quarterback had to rely on two other players to cover the one injured. These players were good but did not have the same timing with the quarterback. The timing that came from weeks of practice until you instinctively know that the player is there to catch the ball and complete the play.

“But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.” 1 Corinthians 12:18 (NIV)

God has placed us on a team and has given us a position. He knows our gifts and talents and abilities, because He put them there. As we study God’s word, He works with us to develop those talents and abilities so that when the game is played we are ready.

Our human tendency is to not see the significance of ourselves or our lives. We may become frustrated in the growth process and in the training process. We may think if “I don’t play, it will not matter”. We may become injured physically or emotionally either through neglect or laziness or through no fault of our own. Or we may think, “I am one of many so it will not matter if I don’t serve this one time”. We may think it will not matter if I stand down this one time. We forget that we are part of a team and when one goes missing it affects the whole team. God still has His plan.

“On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable”  1 Corinthians 12:22 (NIV).

Although a toe seems insignificant, in the Bible it represents our feet walking in the path of God’s word. In the Old Testament the priest’s toe was sprinkled with blood as a symbol of consecration to God’s path in life. In the New Testament, Paul, in discussing the armor of God, reminds us to have our feet shod with the “preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15, KJV). In Romans, we are reminded that the feet of him who preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things are beautiful (Romans 10:15, KJV). There numerous Biblical references to the washing of our feet, symbolizing washing off the dust and grime of the world. Without a big toe, our gait is off, running is affected, and ability to stand our ground is hindered. Staying in the word of God will keep our feet protected with the gospel of peace, keeping us in the game.

I gain understanding through your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:104-105, NIV).

 

 

 

 

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Be Strong in the Lord

Be Strong in the Lord

 

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Be Strong in the Lord

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” Ephesians 6:10

Have you ever played paintball? With teenage boys, it is inevitable. My son had a paintball birthday party. The place advertised, “Mom’s Play Free”, which translates “Mom’s put a target on your chest, You are Going Down!”  Moms watch out, the kids will form ‘unholy alliances’ against the mom. Why? Because  boys know what you might not know. Paintball is as much about the relationships, or alliances, as about the battle.

What kind of alliances do you have?

Relationships and spiritual battles are connected.  Have you ever noticed that the scriptures in Ephesians 6 which talk about the Armor of God and waging battle follow instructions regarding relationships? (Ephesians 6:1-9) . Relationships cause friction but our battle is not with the person.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Ephesians 6:10

“Strong” in Ephesians 6:10 is used three times:

  • Strong-v. “endynamoo” which means to be enabled, to receive strength It means that our strength is not from us, but from the God who made the heavens and the earth. The God who made us, who knows us better than anyone will empower, strengthen, enable us for the battle. He is the Commander in Chief of the battle and not us. Praise God!
  • Strength– n. “kratos” which means ‘mighty deed’, and ‘a work of power’. The word comes from vigor. Not only is God giving us the strength and invigorating us for the battle, but His deeds are powerful to accomplish all that He wants us to.
  • Might-n. “ischys” which means ‘ability’, ‘force’, ‘strength’. We may not have the ability, but God does.

The word ‘in’ can also be translated ‘with’. It is a preposition. Remember your grammar, a preposition links two things together.  We are to be linked or interwoven with God’s power, strength, mighty deeds, ability, force to have the healthy relationships that God intended. When we are in an alliance with God then we can  withstand and overcome the battles.

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Was there a time when God gave you the ability to see the true battle in a relationship? With God’s wisdom, and power, how was the situation turned around?

A time to Mourn…..A time to Dance

A time to Mourn…..A time to Dance

A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:4

It is OK to mourn, there is a time for that. Mourning is for a season and has it’s place. Let the season run its full course, but don’t stay there. Learn to dance in the rain. You may be mourning the death of a loved one or the death of a dream. Learn to dance. Learn to take eyes off of self and put them on God and others. When you dance you are free to embrace another. When you dance you are moving in rhythm in tandem with another. You are following a beat not your own but the music’s. There is a time when we need to embrace Jesus and move where He is moving. Allow Him to lead you. All Him to guide you through the music He is orchestrating. Jesus will guide you and lead you, sometime fast and sometimes slow. If you will yield to Him and you will be in rhythm to His music and not your own.  Allow  Jesus and the Holy Spirit to do their perfect work. He will turn our wailing into dancing (Psalm 30:11).

Jesus wept. John 11:35

We know Jesus wept. (John 11:35). The people didn’t see what Jesus did. They did not have the spiritual insight to see that Jesus could heal (John 11:37). Jesus did not allow His emotions to prevent Him from acting. There is a time for weeping and a time for laughing but the two do not cross over. (Unless of coarse you laugh so hard you cry!) When they do crossover, there is emotional instability. Success in your life and in your relationships depends on emotional stability. Emotional stability allows you to overcome failures and look to the next opportunity.

Don’t stay parked in failure. Don’t stay parked in misery.Don’t hold onto offenses. Don’t hold onto shortcomings.

Be as Paul who fixed his eyes on what was eternal (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 2 Timothy 2:10) Paul used athletes as examples (1 Corinthians 9:24) because of their ability to focus, their self-discipline, their ability to learn and adjust, their ability to live up to what they had attained and press on for more. For example, when athletes miss the mark, they put it behind them, learn from it and move on. A trainer once told me that you can lift more than you think you can. Press on. In Colossians 1:10-13, we find that God will “strengthen you with His power according to His glorious might” and the result will be patience, endurance, and joy. The joy of the Lord is your strength. Not your joy but the joy He puts inside of you. Joy that is constant despite circumstances. The Lord will stand at your side and give you strength (2 Timothy 4:17). Once when I was going through a hard time and was about to loose strength. I told God I was done in, but God reminded me that it was alright because He never tires. God will give you a spirit of power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7) Self-discipline in the Greek  means ‘sound mind’ or ‘self control.’ The Holy Spirit will make you emotionally stable to handle whatever situation you are facing. During the process, give thanks (Ephesians 5:20). Listen to His voice and act on it. Pray and spend time with God. It is OK to cry.Lay it at the cross. then get up and say, ” OK Jesus what now. Here I am” . After Jesus wept, He healed.He raised Lazarus from the dead.He can raise you!

Weeping may remain for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5

 

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When was a time you ‘danced in the rain’?