Is it Time to Regroup?

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If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Proverbs 24:10

Lately, I have been focusing on persistent faith in one of my coaching groups. It is amazing how often we start our journey with God on fire! We run head first into new ventures, relationships, new career paths, etc., only to come face to face with the reality it takes to make it all work.

Persistence denotes going forward stubbornly in spite of opposition, importunity, or warning. And of course we know that faith is the substance of things hoped for. In other words, faith believes in what we cannot see. So what happens when we apply persistence to our faith? It should result in a greater fervor, a greater passion, or greater determinations to believe God and to press forward to see what He has spoken come to pass. Again, this is not always the case, when we come face to face with challenges sometimes we falter in our belief. Believing becomes difficult when everything looks to be going the opposite direction that you originally hoped. We begin to realize that it will take much more than originally planned. Does this mean it is not worth fighting for? Absolutely not!

My goal today is to help encourage those of you that have found yourselves here. You have come to a place of decision. Should you continue or should you quit? I say to you today, you have come too far to turn back now. If challenges have increased regroup and find the inner strength you need to keep moving. It’s ok to make adjustments. Just don’t quit!

There is a fighter on the inside of you. Go back to God and seek further instructions. What did He say in the beginning? Did you get all the directions before moving forward? If the path you are on has been sanctioned by Him, He knows the way that you need to take; allow Him to work in you the will to complete the process.

Grace and Peace,

Mary ~ Breakthrough Coach

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Go Deeper: Revisit your previous plans and journal the answers to the following questions. What adjustments do you need to make to stay on track with the vision? Who can assist you? What additional resources will you need? Will it require extra time? Did I hear God cl
© Mary Pinckney, 2018

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It’s Not Just About Sunday

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How can I stand in a corporate setting and say, “God I love you, God I need you, you’re my everything…Oh but I haven’t even opened your Word, or spent time communing with you this week?” We cannot begin to adore (worship) a God and bring Him praise when we haven’t begun to know Him. Debra Black

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As, I read this statement it reminded me of the time when I thought reading the Bible and worshipping God was just for Sunday. Growing up Sundays were all about going to church. I didn’t understand why at the time, I just knew it was the thing to do.

Now, that I am older and know better I understand that worship is more about having an intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father. It’s not about rules and serving an angry God; it is about getting to know and love the God that created us, the God that loves us and gave His Only Son for us.   To worship God, we must make sure we are spending adequate time with Him to strengthen our relationship.  This can’t happen with just a Sunday mentality.  We must make time with Him a priority every day. Worship is a lifestyle and cultivating intimacy happens through relationship not religion. When we function under the “Sunday only mentality” it stunts the growth of our faith. It is hard for us to trust a God that we don’t know.

God desires to commune with you daily. He is standing at the door of your heart knocking. As scriptures say, today if you hear His voice harden not your heart. Invite Him in to commune with you.  Allow Him to sit with you and share the secrets of His heart. Cultivate that intimate relationship with Him that allows you to walk boldly and confidently in your faith.  He is waiting on you.

Let this cry from David become the cry of your heart today; Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions; I will put them into practice with all my heart. Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found. Give me an eagerness for your laws rather than a love for money! Turn my eyes from worthless things and give me life through your word. Psalms 119:34-37 NLT

Father, draw us closer to you each day. Let your Word be the food and drink we desire daily. Let your presence become our place of comfort. In Jesus name, Amen.

 Grace and Peace to you,

Mary

Your Breakthrough Coach

© Mary Pinckney, March 2018

What On Earth Am I Here For?

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And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV

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Born knowing He would die for the sin of mankind, that was the assignment given to Jesus. His life was already mapped out for Him before the foundations of this world were formed.  He knew that the sin of mankind would be placed on His shoulders. He knew He would be beaten and bruised for our transgressions and the chastisement of our peace would be placed upon Him.  His destiny was to lay down His life for a people of whom, many would reject Him.
Jesus was motivated by the joy of seeing us reconnected to God. His purpose was evident in His words as well as His actions.   Even though He struggled in the Garden of Gethsemane, He chose to keep going in spite of the pain that was on the horizon. His unselfish act kept Him focused on the end result. We can take lessons from the life of Jesus.
Just as Jesus was born with a purpose, so were you and I. God set eternity in our hearts from the moment we got here. He knew we would need something to keep driving us forward. When we take our eyes off what we think and feel and focus on those God has called us to reach, it should motivate us to keep moving forward as well. It is my prayer that the life of Jesus will bring comfort and hope to you as you continue towards your God-given purpose.  If you are struggling with what that purpose is today; take a moment and ask God to reveal to you His plan for your life.
Lord we want to take this time to thank you for the birth of your Son Jesus. Thank you for allowing Him to walk upon the Earth and be the example for us. May His attitude towards pleasing you and serving the purpose for which He came become our very own. In Jesus name, Amen.

Grace and Peace to you,

Mary ~Your Breakthrough Coach
© Mary Pinckney, November 2017

Are you a good representative?

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 Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you food? When did we see you thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you with no place to stay and welcome you into our home? When did we see you without clothes and give you something to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and care for you?’ Then the king will answer, ‘The truth is, anything you did for any of my people here, you also did for me.  Matthew 25:37-40 (NLT) 


We are the hands and feet of Jesus here on the earth. As the Body of Christ, we have been called to be an example to those that do not know Christ. We have been commissioned to be a light in darkness and set apart to draw others into the Kingdom of God. But how exactly do we accomplish this?

In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus gives us a perfect illustration of how this should play out in our everyday lives. We are to feed the hungry, visit the sick, provide clothes and shelter for those that have none, and visit those that are incarcerated. When we take it upon ourselves to love through our actions in any of these ways, we faithfully represent Christ. When we meet the needs of others it glorifies God. All it takes is one random act of kindness to capture the attention of an individual that has lost hope.

Life can sometimes be too much to bear and, when it gets to this point, it is good to know that we have support. It is good to know that we have a place to find hope and reassurance. As representatives of Christ, we have an amazing privilege to plant seeds that will one day bloom into a harvest of new believers. We get to point them toward the safest person of all — Jesus.

I encourage you to be alert and attentive to those you cross paths with daily and seek out opportunities to be that beacon of Hope.

Lord, open our eyes to see those right around us that need a helping hand. May we be attentive and alert on all occasions, ready and willing to serve those in need.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Go Deeper ― Find a way to serve the margininalized of society. For example, you could become a volunteer at a local shelter, nursing home, or teach a bible study at a local prison.

Grace and Peace,
Mary

Your Breakthrough Coach 

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(C) Mary Pinckney, August 2017

Believing is seeing

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“He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭4:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬


Pray and Go. Sometimes in life we have to move forward knowing that all things will work out the way it is supposed to. We don’t always know the beginning, the end, and the middle. No, God only gives us a glimpse of what is to come and beckons us to move out and take the next step. This was the case with Abraham. When God spoke to him to leave his country and go to a place that he would show him, Abraham did not know where he was going but he trusted that God would do what He promised. 

Many of us would have prayed and begged for God to show us the place then we will go; not Abraham. He believed and it was counted unto Him as righteousness. What about you? Can you lay aside your fears and doubts and trust a God that you don’t see, don’t always understand? Can you lay aside your anxious thoughts and move forward in faith that God will indeed come through for you? Let the faith and the courage that Abraham exhibited encourage your heart today to follow hard after God even when you don’t know what to expect.

In this walk of faith, we don’t always have concrete evidence of what is next but what we can take comfort in is that we serve a God that is a man of His Word. He never changes. He never lies. He never reneges on His promises. He is faithful to deliver on His end. Faith is not always being able to see the road ahead but trusting in the God that does.  

Father, we want so much to know that You have our best interest at hearts but sometimes it is scary to trust You. We are a people that live by what we see and not what we believe. Help us to trust that You will not let us fall. Remind us of your faithfulness in our lives. Teach us to take one moment at a time trusting and believing in Your promises. In Jesus name, Amen
Dig Deeper: Has God ever failed you in the past? Make a list of His track record in your life.

Grace and Peace,

Mary

Your Breakthrough Coach ~ Challenging Your Perspective on life, love, and relationships

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© Mary Pinckney, July 2017

It’s all about control

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Matthew 5:13 (MSG)
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

Can you face a situation that is out of your control without acting out of control? This is a tough question for many to answer. We are so prone to acting out when we


are faced with difficult situations much less difficult people.

When we are faced with the choice of reacting or responding to the situation at hand, as a believer, we have a greater responsibility. We must remember that we are the salt of the earth. We are the
light of the world. Our job is to maintain the character of God. When we act out of control rather than responding in wisdom we give others the wrong perspective of what a Christian looks like. No, that does not mean we have to be perfect, but it does mean
when we miss it, we should be quick to make amends and get it right.

Emotions are not bad but they must be managed properly. If your buttons are always being pushed then you have handed over your power to other people, it’s time to take your control back. We must actively
set boundaries for ourselves to ensure that we are not taken advantage of but we must remember that it is not our place to retaliate or put people in their place. It is God’s job to help change people. It is our place to love and respect others while leading
them to Christ.  The Bible tells us in Hebrews 12:14 if at all possible,
we should live at peace with all men. This can be a challenge because we are faced with so many different personalities. If we stay in tuned with God He can help teach us how to handle each one.

My challenge to you today is to practice allowing God to fight your battles. How do you put that in action you may ask? Walk away when you are in a situation that you feel you have to yell to get your
point across.  Take some deep breaths and pray before responding to that irate individual. The point here is to maintain your control.

Father, it is my prayer that You will infuse those that are struggling in this area with inner strength. Your Word declares that You are a perfect help in the time of trouble. May they
find the grace needed to keep it together when they want to lash out or act unseemly. 
May they find the grace needed to maintain their peace in the midst of turmoil. Heal the root issues that keep bringing them back to this response. Open the eyes of their understanding today, In Jesus name Amen.

Go Deeper: What are you afraid of? When did you begin reacting the way you do? 
What happened to get you to this place? Take a moment and journal your answers to the questions above.

Grace and Peace,

Mary

Your Breakthrough Coach ~ Challenging your perspective on life, love, and relationships

www.vflconsultants.com

© Mary Pinckney, June 2017

 

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Don’t Throw It All Away

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So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! 36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. Hebrews 10:35-36 (NLT)

God is not slack concerning His promises to you. He has not forgotten about you. The very same words I have used to encourage myself time and time again, I use today to encourage you. It is not easy trusting a God that you don’t see. It is not always easy trusting that He is concerned about what concerns you. But the truth of the matter is we serve a God that will never renege on His promises.

Paul tells us in our scripture reference not to throw away our confident trust in the Lord. Confident trust is the belief that something will happen based on God’s character. Again, He does not falter on His promises. Our reliance then should be on His ability to bring what He promises to pass.

So right now, in this very moment, as hard as it seems to keep believing, I urge you not to throw away your fearless confidence. For, you have need of patient endurance. It is this endurance that helps us to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising. It is this endurance that prompts us not to give up when we are weary. We will reap the harvest that has been promised to us if we just hang on in there. I challenge you today to stick it out, stick with God’s plan. Stay consistent, keep trusting, keep believing, keep fighting, until you see the promised completion.

Lord, I have failed you time and time again in this area. Help me today to continue along the path that You have laid out for me. Help me to stay true to my assignment even when my feelings get the best of me. Help me to keep the right heart attitude as I wait on You to bring me to my expected end. Most of all, help me to continue trusting Your heart towards me. In Jesus name Amen.

Go Deeper: When you find yourself struggling in your faith, make it a daily habit to find a brother or sister that needs to be strengthen and begin to pray with and for them. As you encourage them, watch God begin to pour back into your life.

Grace and Peace,

Mary

Your Breakthrough Coach ~ Challenging Your perspective on Life, Love, and Relationships
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© Mary Pinckney, May, 2017