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Archive for June, 2012

40 Day Miracle – Surrender INSECURITY

Posted by rise2it on June 19, 2012

As I continue my 40 day journey and allow myself to be vulnerable and understand what is really eating at me, I found insecurity as part of the web I’ve weaved for myself.

Covenant Keepers shares 10 steps to Building Security:

1. Where is real security found? With the Lord!

  • God’s promise to you is, “He who walks with integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will become known” (Prov. 10:9).
  • If you will walk closely with the Lord and seek Him He will show you what you should do (Prov. 3:5-6).

He will reveal your weaknesses and where you need to change.

2. Deal with your feelings.

  • Determine if your feelings are true or false?  You must look at the facts.
  • Are your feelings substantiated by proof?  Or, are you just speculating in your mind?

If there are real proofs then begin by taking the next step.

3. Confront the issues head-on.

  • The issues that are causing insecurity can be many and varied.
  • You must deal with the issues honestly.
  • If you refuse to confront the issues frankly and sweep them under the rug, then the issues will become worse and the insecurity will increase.

Paul always confronted problems in the churches to which he wrote in a loving but firm way. He did so because he knew that failure to bring up these issues would eventually ruin the church. He also encouraged those in the congregations to do the same with each other. He commanded that they should be, “speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ” (Eph. 4:15).

4.  Love does not force.  Giving love is done out of a free choice. Love is voluntary.

  • When the Father speaks of His love for His people He said, “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely” (Hos. 14:4). The word freely means voluntarily. So, God chooses to freely and voluntarily love His backsliding people.

5.  Stop stumbling behavior.

  • Stop and ask yourself, “Am I doing something that is causing this drifting apart?”
  • Follow the counsel Jesus gave to, “first remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matt. 7:5).
  • John the beloved explained this fact about love. He said, “He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him” (1 John 2:10). John makes it clear; if you love someone you won’t stumble them.
  • Remove yourself from any relationship that makes you stumble.

6.  Choose to Love.

  • Insecurity is the result if you are manipulating or are pressuring.  Therefore, loving behavior is the one sure way to build security.
  • You are drawn to God because love gives you a sense of security and trust. David acknowledged, “How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings” (Ps. 36:7).

7.  Be balanced.

  • There are two sides to God’s love; mercy and justice. The Father chooses mercy as His first approach, but if men reject that mercy then there is only certain judgment. Why? God is not a fool. He will not allow people to use Him. Neither should you be a fool or allow another to use you. Scripture makes it clear that some people will attempt to use and abuse God’s grace and mercy (Jude 1:4). When men use God’s grace in this manner He refuses to allow Himself to be mocked (Gal. 6:7). In other words, God will not allow people to use Him. Remember that God resists the proud and give grace to the humble (James 4:6).

8. Focus on communication.

  • Don’t leave things unsaid and assume that the person understands what you are thinking and feeling. Make it clear. You must be constantly, “speaking the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15).
  • Without good communication you cannot develop a secure relationship.

9.  Become better friends.

  • The fruit of love is friendship. The fruit of friendship is security.

10.  Give them their freedom.

  • If you have taken all the steps outlined and there is no response, then what can you do?
  • This is what God told the Children of Israel when they refused a love relationship with Him and consistently pursued idols. God said to them: “As for you, O house of Israel,” thus says the Lord God: “Go, serve every one of you his idols–and hereafter–if you will not obey me; but profane My holy name no more with your gifts and your idols” (Eze. 20:39). Notice, the Lord tells His people that if they want their idols they are free to go serve them. God declared that it was profaning His Name for them to give gifts to Him while at the same time serving their idols.

You are the only person holding yourself back from finding security in your relationships. Don’t fall into the trap of insecurity!

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40 Day Miracle – Surrender COMPARING

Posted by rise2it on June 15, 2012

Comparing ourselves with someone else is an inaccurate and irrelevant measuring stick.  More great inspiration from Tiny Buddha!

When you catch yourself comparing yourself to another, stop for a moment and re-direct the thought. Instead of submitting to the temptation to compare yourself to someone else, ask yourself a few questions, instead.

  • What are you doing today that you couldn’t have done 5, 3 or even 1 year ago?
  • How have you stepped out in the last year that you might have found inconceivable before?
  • What new decisions have you made or what new actions have you taken that have resulted in you moving in a new direction in your life?
  • What are your wins this year, compared to last year at this time?
  • How has your life improved?
  • How have you improved?
  • What have you done recently that you never thought you could do?
  • What negative behavior have you stopped engaging in, that you never thought you could quit?
  • What positive behavior have you been engaging in that up until now, you have resisted?
  • How are you doing more of what you said you were going to do and shown up more consistently for your own success?
  • In other words, how have you continued to become a new and improved version of yourself?

The only time to compare is when God says:

  • Then I will not be disgraced when I compare my life with your commands. (Ps 119:6)
  • Be sure to do what you should, for then you will enjoy the personal satisfaction of having done your work well, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. (Ga 6:4)

You are the only you, just be your true self and stop comparing yourself to others.  We are all unique individuals for reason.

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40 Day Miracle – Surrender TEMPTATIONS

Posted by rise2it on June 14, 2012

There are a couple of verses that I am immediately drawn to when I think of temptations.

The first being 1 Co 10:13, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

The second would be Mt 6:13 when Jesus teaches us how to pray, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

Rick Warren has taught us in Purpose Driven Life,  “Temptation begins by capturing your attention.  What gets your attention arouses your emotions.  Then your emotions activate your behaviour, and you act on what you felt.  The more you focus on “I don’t want this,” the stronger it draws you into its web.” I recommend reading chapters 26 & 27 in the book to grasp the meaning of temptation and how to defeat it.

Three steps to defeat temptation from Guideposts are:

  1. Know your dangers.  Think about your own temptations. Where are you tempted? When? With whom? Why? The more you understand the situations that cause you to fall, the easier it is to work around them. “A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it” (Proverbs 22:3).
  2. Pray.  Even if you can’t see a way to resist temptation, God can. Jesus was “tempted in every way, just as we are — yet was without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). What better resource is there than the One who overcame temptation? Ask him to show you the path around your weaknesses.
  3. Plan your detour.  Find a replacement thought pattern. Instead of thinking about buying yet another Christmas present for your children or spouse, focus on how you can spend that money on the poor. Yearning for chocolate cake? Imagine the taste of a gorgeous, crisp, colorful apple instead. Direct your attention to that uplifting book on your nightstand instead of to surfing the Internet. Choose where your treasure is, then focus on it. And “there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).

“Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.” (2 Ti 2:22)

Trust in the LORD and He will bring you through any temptation!

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