Faith- Doubting God

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Today as I was riding around the yard mowing and listening to some good Christian Worship music a few songs came on that really hit me hard and the message I got was that we often have doubt in God and his promises. I have had my times when I doubted God, mostly when things were going bad, getting hard and tough to deal with. We want things and want it our way but that is not how it works with God. When we ask for something or pray for something we do not always get the answer we want. We get what God wants us to have as he controls all things human, spiritual and in between.

As I was thinking about this and listening to the words in these songs the thought of God being constant and always with us, guiding us and helping us hit me hard. I have had a very spiritual evolution of late since I had a near death experience back in September of 2020. I had faith in God but had slipped in that faith and how he has handled me and dealt with me since then has shown me that his love, grace, mercy and care are like no other I could ask for or expect. In the bible its tells us that faith in God is the foundation of life.

Faith in God is the rock by which we build a solid foundation. He is the way, the light, the miracle, the past, the present and the future. Human nature leads to doubt. We are emotional creatures and that emotion can take a toll on our faith on people and the Lord. We struggle at times with mental, physical and spiritual battles. These things create anxiety and fear of the unknown. These things can separate us from God and drive us to carry baggage that God wants us to get rid of.

When things get hard sit down and pray. Make a list of the ways God has blessed you and your family. Making this list will bring you back to the understanding that God is omni present in our lives and is leading us the way he wants us to go. We put ourselves in bad situations and that makes us doubt not only what we believe but our belief on God. We win some, we lose some, we tie some. God always wins and we have to see the wins in these situations to remove doubt. We lose a family member and doubt comes crashing in. Know that God has that soul now and they are fine.

We lose a job, a house, a spouse and other things we have. This throws doubt, anxiety and tests our faith. Hold strong and know that God has this. He is in charge and will take care of things. He will carry us through it. I put together a list of things that I think help me stay stronger in my faith. Things that can help you get closer to God and know that his support and love in constant and always present. We must first overcome our own doubt to overcome the doubt we have in God. Life can be disappointing at times and in those times we must not doubt God, but find strength in his words and actions. God is awesome, caring, loving, supportive and patient. We must be the same to be a person of confidence and not a “doubter”.

1- Do not rely on your own emotions, confidence and actions to try and overcome the big challenges in your life.

2- We adopt worry, anxiety and fear as our way of dealing with things.

3- We question Gods goodness and grace in our lives.

Reading Isiah 26, I found these three ways to cast any doubt we have about God in our lives away.

1- Seek God and his everlasting power when times are tough.

2- Know that God promised us safety, grace and mercy in the Bible.

3- Know that God never doubts us and we should never doubt him.

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Faith- Lukewarm Spirituality

I am 100% convicted of the title of todays faith based lesson. I have been a spiritual person since I was just a young boy but have had times in my life when I was lukewarm at best. In fact, I have been less than lukewarm at times in my journey with God. The bible refers to this as non being mindful or watchful of God’s work in your life. Life throws all kinds of curve balls at us and the Devil loves to step in and get between us and the Lord. Lukewarm spirit can be compared to lukewarm work habits, relationships and family matters.

If we are lukewarm we will face things that we are not prepared for and those things will take us down. We have to constantly be in prayer and seek guidance from God to make sure that we stay Red hot for God and not go lukewarm. You do not have to church every week to be red hot on fire for God. We choose our relationships with family, spouses, co-workers and God. We build habits within ourselves that determine how we do in these areas of our lives. Laziness creates lukewarm behaviors and lukewarm results.

God wants us to be more than lukewarm for him. He seeks us daily and consistently watches over us and wants us to reach back to him. We must not just seek him in bad times but at all times. God is never lukewarm and we should not be either. If we are lukewarm in a marriage then it will suffer. If we are lukewarm at a sporting event or when playing then out performance will suffer. If we are lukewarm at work then out performance will suffer.

I had to look at myself and think about my Luke warmness in life at times. I had to look at myself in all aspects to make sure I stayed on fire for God and that he can continue to influence me and lead me to what he wants me to be. Avoid be lukewarm by doing the following things in your life daily. This will keep you on fire in your relationships, career, outside activities and most importantly with God himself.

1- Pray everyday without fail. Failure to pray is failing to seek God in your life.

2- Check yourself to see where you stand in all aspects of your work life, family life and spiritual life.

3- Change what is broken. Get rid of old habits by creating good ones that are productive and never be lukewarm in anything you have passion about.

4- Work hard at all aspects of life and go for red hot in everything that is important to you.

5- Pray, Pray and Pray some more and watch God become red hot in your life.

2nd Corinthians 13:5; Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!

Faith- Finding Courage In Challenging Situations

You will be put in challenging situations and at times feel overwhelmed and let down. Life will let you down at times and often it is when we are either at the top of our game or at the lowest point.  When we are facing our darkest moments and weakest moments due to life events we must focus on God and look for an outcome that is positive. To make it positive we have to have faith and believe that the process of overcoming challenging times is going to be dealt with head on and with courage.

Challenging events in our lives are part of the process of growing, becoming more than what and who we are.  God wants us to be strong, have faith and walk through life with his light shining.  Life will knock you down and beat you up bad if you let it. We live our best life and know that the things we face in life such as losing a job, losing family, broken families, health crisis and other things make us stronger. God will never put us through something we cannot handle and is right there by our side helping us with it. He is carrying us through it and knows the outcome if we follow him and trust in his process.

The bible tells us that God will not put us through anything we cannot handle, but doing it on our own often leads to more trouble, anger, strife and fear.  Ask God to help you, guide you and lead you and he will.  These times cause us to have all of these emotions and can make us mentally and physically sick. Tough times can also make us spiritually sick which allows the Devil to step in and cast doubt, anger and frustration. When times get hard, we must fight back and seek God for his grace, guidance and mercy.

You will look back and laugh at those times knowing it was all a step forward in your spiritual journey.  Even though it may have felt like a step backwards at the time. What seemed like a step in the wrong direction can often be the steps forward that propel us to become stronger in our faith and relationships with family, friends and God. When it gets tough, fight back. When times challenge you, push back. When a crisis happens in life, step up to the challenge. When life kicks you in the teeth, call on God and overcome!

Health- Getting Refocused on Weight Loss Goals

I began a weight loss journey around a year ago and tried various ways to lose some pounds I was carrying around with me for far too long. I worked out at the gym, drank water, cut out all sugar, eat veggies, walked and tried Keto and other plans. I always would lose some weight and then would plateau and get frustrated. In January of 2021 I had just gotten out of the hospital from a Covid sickness and had dropped about 15 pounds in an obvious unhealthy way. I just could not eat much and didn’t feel like eating at all so the pounds came off quickly and I looked terrible. I decided once I got my energy and appetite back that I would use that bad experience as a kick start to a healthier me.

I had eaten unhealthy for too long and honestly probably got Covid because I was a classic case of symptoms being overweight, diabetic and unhealthy. I almost died in that hospital and at that point I vowed to never go back to the old habits I had. Well that commitment is easier said than done. Talking about something and doing something about it are two different things. That is when I seen an old friend that had lost about 75 pounds and he looked amazing. He had completely changed his way of eating and living and I took his advice and began my weight loss journey. It was hard at first and still remains a challenge but with patience and perseverance I know I will accomplish my goals.

I began a plan and stayed on it solid for the first six weeks and by early June I had dropped about 40 pounds and was feeling so much better. I had went from 340 pounds to 300 and that was one of my biggest goals was to see that 300 pound marl again for the first time in over 25 years. Then I got sick and my wife got sick and it set me back a few weeks but I continued to fight and do the best I could and then I got down to 290. I was amazed that I was at that weight and I know that sounds like a lot of weight but to see that total was truly a blessing. Then a few things came about in life that began to set me back.

These things began to get in the way of my daily schedule I ran and how I was eating. I became less disciplined and was eating things I had gotten away from. I was starting to gain some weight back and was moving away from my goal instead of going towards it. Today I was 296.5 so I am up 6.5 pounds from where I was a few weeks ago. I looked in the mirror today and scolded myself a bit and told myself I had to be accountable for my actions and be disciplined when it came to managing my health, body, emotions, and actions. So I did some reading and found some tips that have helped me get back on track.

I will get back to the 290 mark and then head for 280. Then 270 and so on with an eventual goal of 220. It will take me over a year or maybe even longer to see 220 but I will do it if I follow the plan, stay on track, make good decisions and stay disciplined. Below is a list of ways you can get back on track if you get off target or track from reaching your weight loss and health goals. God Bless and I pray you all have a wonderful remaining and healthy 2021.

  1. Take a look at where you are and how you got there. If you set a goal look at it and see how you are doing towards it.
  2. Be honest with yourself and know that losing weight, getting healthy and correcting the mistakes of the past will not be easy and will come with bumps in the road.
  3. Refocus on your eating patterns, the foods you are digesting and how often you eat.
  4. Never eat when your famished. That causes you to over eat and gives you temporary satisfaction but is a big setback to goals.
  5. Drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water daily. Drinking lots of water is very healthy and also keeps you full.
  6. Avoid the pitfalls of old habits like eating fatty foods, greasy foods, and unhealthy snacks. These are the things that created the situation you are currently in so doing this only sets you back.
  7. Set new goals, track them by logging what you eat, weigh every now and then and watch the results take place.
  8. Stick to it. Do not give up. Do not make excuses. Do not let food overtake you. Stay focused and win the battle of the bulge!
  9. Pray for Gods guidance, grace and mercy in your life.
  10. Win by eating to live and not living to eat!

Spirit Chronicles: E58,Dark vs. Light (The Soul Snatcher)

This experience was one that took things spiritually to another level completely. It involved a younger female, two guardian spirits and a demon. The young lady had recently been troubled by some very personal trauma in her life and being young did not know how to deal with the inner mess she had going on. Those around her that she trusted the most had somehow let her down. They had failed to take care of her emotional needs and she was slipping into depression. With that depression comes anger, resentment, ill thoughts and tons of self doubt. That is when the demon lady stepped in and started planting seeds into this young ones head about things she should not be considering.

I had a feeling that things were going to get worse before they got better. We all have to trust our intuition and for me that is what I go with. My intuition told me that this young one had some major issues going on and she was shutting down. It came to a reality when the young lady stepped forward and asked me to help her out. She was desperate and in need of lifting up. The young one had drawn some pictures on a piece of notebook paper and those pictures told the tail of a troubled person that was thinking really bad thoughts. Self doubt had kicked in and she was at a breaking point.

The young one handed me the note and asked me to read it. I asked her if she was sure and she said yes. I took the picture from her and instantly felt sorrow, fear and anxiety as soon as I touched the picture. I will not tell you what I saw on the picture but I can say it was scary and disturbing and shook me to my core. I instantly saw E58 and saw a note pad. That was the sign spirit gave me to show me what was going on. Spirit so far in my transformation has shown me things through quick little blurbs of pictures, numbers and thoughts that come and go in a second or so.

I knew this young one was in trouble also when I touched the note and a heavy spirit hit me hard in my chest as if to sit on me and compress me. That is what evil spirits and mean ones do. They press at my chest as if to make me think I have a heart attack coming to slow me down or get me to quit focusing on the person needing help. I felt the attack and instantly began to block it and tell it to get away from me. This one was older and mean and I knew I was in for a fight so I said a quick prayer and called on God, my Angels and Spirit guides to offer protection.

I prayed God send me the words to calm and soothe this young person and begin the process of healing. One of the things she wrote on the paper was darkness versus light. I asked her and she said she felt like that was what was going on in her life at the time. I explained to her the battle of good versus evil or dark versus light. I knew she was struggling with things and that something mean and nasty was messing with her. She began to tear up and cracked a little smile when I told her God was with her always and he wanted her to be in the light. I explained how we all have a decision to go to the darkness or the light.

That is when I felt the presence of an older soul and younger male soul. These two are her guardians and are somehow attached to her. I felt like the older female was her grandmother and as I write I am getting all tingly and feeling the spirit again. She is a pleasant spirit that wants to help out. The younger male is also helping her out and trying to protect her. Meanwhile, the older mean demon kept pressing me hard the more I spoke to the young one and saw the light coming into her head, eyes and heart the more it came at me.

I demanded it leave the young one alone and go back to where it came from. I spoke to it mentally and told it in the name of God and his only son Jesus Christ who have authority over all beings human and spirit to be gone. That is when the air cleared and the chest pressure lightened up. My guardians had showed up and were pushing it away as well out of the area and from the room. We spoke for a while further and I gave the young one advice and plan to overcome this darkness, the feelings, anxiety and fear she carries.

I gave her three Bible references to read and some other information about getting the help she will need to be strong enough to win this life battle. She is facing a spiritual, physical and mental battle that will require her to seek Gods grace, mercy and help. I silently prayed for her and the family and asked the Angels and Guardians to help protect and guide her in this journey. I was exhausted from the spiritual activity and all that had occurred with the attack on me so I walked down to the bathroom to clear my head.

As I was alone in the bathroom the mean old spirit came back and came at me again. Pressing at me and trying to come into my neck area but I pushed it away. It was really pissed at me and had bad intentions. It had been banned from being near the young one in Jesus name and had no authority or power to continue what it was doing. So it came at me which I fully expected to happen. I said a prayer of protection, called on my spirit guides and Angels to protect me and send it packing back to hell where it belonged. I settled down and it went away but I knew the battle had just began so I was prepared mentally for it when I got home.

I was so tired I came straight in and went to lay down for a little while. I fell asleep and that is when she showed her ugliness to me. She was dark headed, ragged hair all over the place and had a horrible set of teeth on her. Just as I settled in and fell asleep she appeared and growled at me opening her mouth over a foot wide and showing her ugly teeth rotten to the core and nasty. She was like a witch of some type, probably a soul catcher which is a demon spirit that attacks people at their weakest moments.

I fought it off and banned it from coming at me again. I called on Jesus and my Angels and as quick as it came it was gone. Demons prey on weakness and human choices and decisions we make. They push buttons casting doubt, creating fear and plant small little seeds that if not dealt with will grow into major problems we face as humans. In this case the demon wanted the girl to hurt herself of someone else using fear and doubt to grow that seed. Demons attack when we are weak and push people into drug addictions, over dosing, sexual misconduct, criminal activity, alcohol abuse, physical abuse and violence.

We have work to do and this young one can overcome and push this thing completely out of her life and walk on the light. The closer she gets to God and seeks his help, the further away these things will go until they give up and move on. God is over all and anyone that is of the light and serves him will receive his blessing and Angelic support. I fell back asleep and saw these other messages concerning the issue today and it all made sense and went right back to show me that the feeling I had and the messages I got were right on.

Below are the Bible verses I received from spirit and you can read the word and see for yourself. I warn you that evil truly exists and a battle for souls has been taking place since creation and man sinned against Gods master plan. I told the young one to pray for help, think of the light and avoid dark thoughts. I sent the demon soul snatcher away and hope it stays gone. I felt good about the experience and it confirmed that God has a plan for my life and left me here not once, but twice near death to help others see his light.

Take heart in God. Be of the light. God’s grace, mercy, forgiveness and salvation. Avoid the traps the devil lies in front of you and believe. If the young lady believes that she is OK and I helped her find God then praise be to God. Some will doubt it, think it is a story, made up and fall for the devils lies. While others will see the truth of the world, its deception and the devils role on the daily destruction and sin of life.

Ephesians 5:8; For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.

Psalm 119:105; Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Ephesians 5:11; Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

Psalm 18:28; For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness.

Health: Life Hacks to Better Eating

My wife and I have been working really hard on our eating habits and the way we view food now. For most of our marriage of 28 years we have eat to enjoy food and were not really eating to live. These bad habits we built have now caught up with us and we are at the point of making huge changes in our habits. Eating is a habit and we either form healthy or unhealthy eating habits. We made some simple changes to how we view things and are not eating to live instead of eating to enjoy. Fact is you can eat to live and enjoy your food. With this said we have added many of these hacks into our daily plan for eating healthy and it has allowed us to both drop around 30 pounds already and still enjoy life, food and have the energy to function in a busy life. With this said below you will find some hacks for eating and food that can help you manage eating healthy and living your best life.

1- Add healthy fats to your diet. Adding healthy fats like Mahi Mahi, Tuna and Salmon help your body to burn fat that is stored. The fish are delicious and you can eat 5-7 ounces at a time and that is a lot of food.

2- Eat green veggies and lots of them. Green veggies are very nutritious and offer you the vitamens needed to maintain a healthy life style.

3- Prep your lunch and supper for the next day with the leftovers you have. I love to eat leftovers and recooking them with a few different seasonings and spices adds flavor and saves you lots of money when all those leftovers get tossed a week later from the fridge.

4- East five to six small meals a day about every 2:45. Eat every two hours and forty five minutes to fuel your body and keep to going in the fat burning process.

5- Replace three of your meals with shakes, soups and other low calorie nutritious options to keep you full and on track from binging on bad fatty foods.

6- Eat grilled chicken, lean pork chops, lean turkey and other foul that is tasty and can be prepared in many ways.

7- Take the butter out of the equation and replace it with olive oil and other more healthy options. Butter has lots of fat in it.

8- Drink 100 ounces of water a day to keep you full and hydrated. Getting dehydrated hurts your body function and glass of water can go a long ways in preventing you from eating snacks.

9- Get rid of the snacks in the house and do not buy anymore of them. If they are there you will eventually give in and eat them.

10- Eat healthy and do it with a partner or friends. Get someone to coach you in better eating and have them hold you accountable.

11- Weigh your food and never eat more than six ounces of any meat and 12 ounces of green veggies in one setting.

12- No sugar, no soda, no artificial sweetener or candy. Cut the cravings and get rid of the sugar.

Eating healthy and losing weight is not as hard as we often make it out to be. Make these small changes to eating habits slowly and watch the weight come off and your overall health get so much better.

Eat to live instead of living to eat!

Coach B

Health: Coping Skills- 10 Life Hacks to Cope With Stress and Anxiety

We all face daily bombardments of stress in life. We have stress from relationships, family obligations, work, and other commitments. These can build up over time and eventually shut you down emotionally, physically and spiritually. We must deal with stress and anxiety on the spot so it does not build up and overcome us all at once. Some stress we bring on ourselves with worry and life goals. Other stress comes from the people we work with, live with, talk to, love and communicate with daily. They may not know they are a stressor for you unless you let them know. I tell kids at school all the time, hey do not let them stress you out. That is much easier said than done. Today I was talking with a student and he was stressed out about some family stuff so I did some research to give him some ways to try and deal with it.

Below are some life hacks for dealing with stress and anxiety that may help him and you out a little bit. It may not take it away, but it can alleviate the stress and anxiety for a little while as you seek to heal and move forward from the stressor in your life. I hope your living a stress free life and do not need any advice, but if your stressed as most working adults are with kids, jobs, family, and friends that take up most of our time each day. We can attack the stressors we are facing and slowly get rid of it one little bit at a time. Take the small wins in life and the small movement towards becoming stress and anxiety free.

1- Go for a long walk, take a run, go swimming, go biking or whatever form of exercise you like. It can help you cope and getting out in nature always helps calm your nerves.

2- Find a calming place and just chill out. Sit under a big tree, lay on the ground and stare at the stars. Climb a tree and just chill out. Go to your calming place and chill out for a couple of hours.

3- Go sit in the car and listen to your radio. Put on some upbeat music and just relax and enjoy the music coming into your ears. Sing along, dance a little and just have some fun.

4- Read a good book. Whatever genre it is you like, go get a good book or buy a cheap one at the dollar tree and read. You would be surprised how a good book can take you away for a little while.

5- Go shopping and get yourself something. Do not go crazy, but stop by the mall or your favorite store on the way home and get a little something. Maybe that good book to read.

6- Travel to another small town close to you and hang out for a day on Saturday. Shop locally, eat out and see what it has to offer. You never know, it might be your next home and you didn’t know it.

7- Get rid of negative people and situations in your life. If your in a bad relationship move on. This is hard to do but you have to so you can have good relationships going forward.

8- Call or text an old friend or college roommate. Talking to long lost friends lifts us up and gives us an opportunity to renew a relationship. Meet them in between and go out for dinner or a movie.

9- Read the bible, pray and seek Gods guidance on your stress and anxiety levels. God will always listen and be there for you. Be open to the relationship, be patient and see what happens.

10- Make a list of must do’s that are bogging you down. Take that list and look it over again to make sure nothing on their is put of “your control”. You can control you, not other people, your boss, your children, your friends, sickness, disease and other things. These are life events that you just have to attack and overcome one day at a time.

Most important thing is to do you. Get rid of the stressors and replace it with positive energy, relationships, spend time with loved ones and live your life the best you can. Handle the stress the best you can using whatever hack helps (no alcohol or drugs) and go after life.

Coach B

Addiction- The Real Toll It Takes on the Family

This week I lost a family member to something that breaks millions of people and wrecks their lives. I am talking about addiction and they come in a variety of ways and means. Addiction to drugs takes over a persons body and eventually takes over their soul. Everything becomes about that high, that short term good feeling and each time a needle hits the arm or drugs are put into a mouth a little more of that persons fate is decided and life begins to be lost. Some may find this to be too much and that is OK. But for me I have to speak to the damage that drugs, street life and addiction does to a family and not just the person.

Drugs destroy families, destroy relationships and strips people of their potential to be great and do good things for people. Drug addiction is a path of destruction that hurts so many people and leaves a legacy of damage to the parents, siblings, and children of the end user. The children of those that die from drugs are the real victims here. The people that take drugs and die from that high chose to do so. They chose a path of destruction over their family and kids. They chose to do what they wanted to instead of doing what was right for their family. I may sound a vit angry in this and I am.

I have witnessed close family suffer emotionally and be scarred for life by the actions of a drug addict that refused over and over, many times over to stop what they were doing and get clean. Instead of surrounding themselves with supportive family and friends they chose drug culture and the so called easy way out. Well that culture ended up costing a life and costing the children of this person a lifetime of questions about “why” my parent chose dope over me.

Stop the madness, step away, get counseling, get a job, get a life, do whatever you can to stop addiction. If you don’t it will certainly cost you family, friends, jobs, life and eventually give you death. And your death leaves those behind wanting to see you, hear you, touch you and just be near you. God can cure addiction and you can also if you want it bad enough and decide enough is enough. To those that have beaten addiction, awesome and best wishes forward. To those that lost someone to addiction, I am sorry for your loss and feel your pain and frustration.

God Bless!