Retentive

The year 2020 has revealed so much of our hearts as a nation and a world. I know for me there have been some painful things that I have had to personally face, walk through and endure. So many plans in 2020 where made for many of us. Plans like family gatherings, traveling, relocating, and more. These plans where altered when COVID-19 hit us in February of 2020. Trials hit all of us like we haven’t really experienced but only read in History books as children. These trials costed some their jobs, homes, marriages, ministries and even lives. All of the plans made in 2020 have taken a major Detour. This year has definitely illuminated the importance of trusting in the Lord and that His purpose will prevail. Proverbs 19:21 says Many are the plans in a persons heart but it is the Lords purpose that will prevail. Have you ever had a season in your life that wouldn’t workout for you? Everything that you tried to do was interrupted, cancelled or rescheduled? That sounds like the season that we are in currently. James 1:12 says Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. It has definitely taught us to be steadfast and unmoved when it comes to our wavering faith in the system’s we trust. Through this season many of us have been in the grinder of life and for the most part this has definitely been a crushing season. Remember when you where a teen and your parents told you that you couldn’t go outside? Weather it was because it wasn’t safe, they didn’t agree with your choice of friends or that you where on punishment? You would think each night that you cannot wait until you are 18 and that you would be an adult and do as you wish. Well I have great news, welcome to being an adult and welcome to doing what you like and still being told what to do. We have been told to wear masks, stay inside and to socially distance ourselves and for most of us we have opted to do as we wish because “we are grown”. Well friends let me submit this to you. Have you ever told your children they couldn’t do something? Have you ever told your children they couldn’t or must wear something that they did not want? If so be mindful of your response to your leadership and remember you are teaching your children how to respond to you. This is a season where we are being tested on all sides. Let us consider obedience in the midst of opposition. Let us consider 1 Peter 5:6-8 that reads “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”. When I think about this scripture much it applies to this time when dealing with this pandemic and our families and their safety. Let us continue to be obedient to the rules created to keep us safe. Let us continue to pray for our children and loved ones. Let us be unmoved when it applies to wearing a mask , staying socially distant or whatever it is that we don’t want to do for our protection.
This season will not last forever it won’t be long before we will be back to enjoying our time in the great outdoors. This is a season that God is establishing our faith, trust and confidence in Him and not in the things of this world. 1 Peter 5:10 says
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”
Through this time God is able to Perfect, establish, strengthen and settle us. Let’s look at the Strongs Concordance a little deeper.
Perfect in the Greek definition means to complete or repair.
Establish means to turn in a certain direction.
To strengthen to confirm with spiritual knowledge and power.
To settle means to lay the foundation or to consolidate. Let us remain Retentive in His promises and in His will throughout adversity. To be Retentive means to hold secure or intact. Let us hold fast to our confidence and faith that the Good work that He started He is well able to complete.

Conclusively

This sounds so amazing. I love the fact that God is able to 1st repair us, gives us directions to turn or go to, endows is with knowledge and power to operate then He settles or lays the foundation after he has dealt with us. Remember what you are currently going through God is strengthening your Character, your spirit and your mind. Trust in the Lords process and let Him work!! Let’s remain steadfast my friends this season, even the parts that hurt most are creating in us a character that can not be tainted or discredited.

Episode 10 Part 2 “Education with its Finest”

 

Thank you for tuning into this podcast!! Welcome our special Guest Thomas Yahn of the Nittany Lions and NFL Professional of the New England Patriots and The Rams.  I am so excited to have him join us!!   Please listen carefully as our sound may be louder then normal. This episode was recorded while traveling so Thank you for your patience.

 

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Episode 10 Part 1 “Education with its Finest”

 

Thank you for tuning into this podcast!! Welcome our special Guest Thomas Yahn of the Nittany Lions and NFL Professional of the New England Patriots and The Rams.  I am so excited to have him join us!!   Please listen carefully as our sound may be louder then normal. This episode was recorded while traveling so Thank you for your patience.

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Uncommon Obedience

img_6102It’s a tough world out there but God is a faithful and just God. He calls us to a life that follows His lead and it may not look the same for everyone. Some people may not understand your struggle but in the end you are accountable to obeying. I remember in elementary school when my teacher assigned me to feed the fish and collect homework assignments. I was so honored to have this responsibility because I felt as though my teacher counted on me to fulfill this. I wanted to do the best job possible so I arrived to class and fed the fish and collected assignments. Finally one of my closest friends suddenly began to distance herself from me. I don’t know what happened but looking back I can remember being teased because I was always being called on.  I actually got to a point that I did not want to be in this position because I felt that friends where more important and I was willing to sacrifice the very opportunities presented so that I would not find myself alone and that it was more important then obedience.   What is obedience? It submissive to the restraint or command of authority Or amiable, biddable or docile.  And when I think of uncommon it means not ordinarily encountered.  This is the type of obedience God wants.  I just don’t know what that looks like for you This could be you.  Are you struggling with relationships because God has called you to a place uncommon?  God wants you to submit to His will and it may be unique and not look like everyone and this is something only you and God can determine so If you are take courage and don’t try to find commonality when God called you as the creator. You may be called to be a blueprint and You are looking for established community where you should be a trailblazer who creates the community.  Moses was a great example of what that looked like because he had no idea where he was going but only trusted Gods voice in the midst of all the complaints and the distance between him and the children of Israel.  It doesn’t have to be as specific and similar as my story but everyone has a story they have that God calls them to obedience and God calls them to that place of uncommon obedience. This is the place that few will understand because they may not have experienced it. I can’t tell you enough how important it is to follow the path of uncommon obedience that God has for your life. Doing this will require some strength for your wins and losses, some courage, trust, willingness to walk alone, understanding that everyone won’t agree with you and that’s ok, understanding that you don’t need a lot of friends but one maybe two good ones is enough, lastly authenticity.  These ingredients mixed with faith will help you to get where you need to be!! This is important because you are the difference. You are the one that had the courage to stand in the midst of betrayal, rejection and loneliness. You are the medicine that God has prescribed to the particular area He has called you to!! So when God speaks to you and. Calls you to an uncommon obedience follow Him. If you are blessed enough that God sends one person to uplift and keep you encouraged on your journey cherish them and remember Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.img_6103  There are few that will understand your passions but the ones that do will be blessed and encouraged. Remember everyone has a different journey and path to follow so try not to judge people’s walks if they don’t look like yours. We have all been given the measure of faith that we need to execute what we need to execute.  Sure it may get lonely and many won’t walk the same path but if you trust God your steps will usher you to places that those who chose to stay common would only dream of.

Be encouraged today 💕💕💕

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