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Sunday Inspiration: Strength for Speakers

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.” Isa 40:31 NKJV

Describing the emotions evoked in having to address an audience, a respected writer says:

“Public speaking is listed as [our] number-one fear, before death at number five, and loneliness, which weighs in at number seven. That means that most of us are less afraid of dying alone than of making fools of ourselves in front of others. Fear is a powerful motivator…There is the fear of being seen as exceptional and different; the fear of the unknown; the fear of being a fraud; the fear of forgetting everything you were going to say; the fear of being at risk publicly; and the fear of being up there alone. They all come together for most of us in public speaking.”

In The Bible on Leadership, author Lorin Woolfe writes: “Leadership takes an almost bottomless supply of verbal energy; working the phones, staying focused on your message, repeating the same mantra until you can’t stand the sound of your own voice—and then repeating it some more, because just when you start to become bored witless with the message, it’s probably starting to seep in.”

If you do a lot of teaching, preaching, or public speaking, you’re probably smiling and saying “Amen!”

The fact is, you can’t fill an empty bucket from a dry well. In order to keep giving out you must keep your batteries charged spiritually, emotionally, and physically. And the Bible tells you how: “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” 

Source: https://www.jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/strength-for-speakers

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Sunday Inspiration: It’s Time to Move On!

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“Let us go on…and become mature in our understanding.” Heb 6:1 NLT

Is what worked in the past not working for you now?

Maybe it’s a job you’ve outgrown, or a relationship you need to reexamine, or a method you need to change.

Regardless of what it is, don’t become so settled that you can’t let go and move on when you need to.

They say the hermit crab looks for a shell that fits him, and lives there until he outgrows it. At that point he has to scurry along the ocean floor and find a bigger one—a process that repeats itself throughout his entire life.

So here’s the question: Are you clinging to something that no longer fits you just because it’s easy and familiar?

David said,

“You…freed me when I was hemmed in and enlarged me when I was in distress” (Ps 4:1 AMPC).

You must be willing to move out of your comfort zone and deal with a little “distress.” That’s what makes you grow.

Patience and persistence are admirable qualities, but they don’t work in situations you’ve outgrown.

Instead of “hanging in” and trying harder, at certain points in life you have to stop and ask yourself,

“Is this situation good for me?”

If you’re not sure, ask God for “an understanding heart so that [you] can…know the difference between right and wrong” (1Ki 3:9 NLT).

And when He tells you what to do—do it—even though at first it won’t feel comfortable.

When God says it’s time to move on, it’s because there’s another shell out there designed to fit you even better.

Source: https://www.jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/its-time-to-move-on

Sunday Inspiration: Position Yourself to Receive

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“The wise listen to others.”   Pr 12:15 NLT

Positioning yourself to receive—makes all the difference!

For example, as you read this, if you position yourself to receive by saying to the Lord, “I will take action on what You show me,” you’ll benefit more than if you read it just to be motivated or inspired.

To resist or to receive—that’s a choice you make every day.

Nothing dies quicker than a new idea in a closed mind. It’s impossible to learn, if you think you already know it all.

One of the reasons Jesus reacted so strongly to the Pharisees was because they refused to receive what He had to say.

A wrongly positioned mind is like a microscope that magnifies trifling things but can’t receive great ones.

Every situation, properly viewed, is an opportunity. But opportunities can only “drop into your lap” if you position your lap where opportunities drop.

When you don’t position yourself to receive, it’s like asking for a bushel while you’re holding a cup.

Too often our minds are locked on one track. We’re looking for red so we overlook blue; we’re thinking “tomorrow” and God is saying “now.” We’re looking everywhere, and the answer is right under our nose.

When a person is positioned correctly, he or she is ready to receive all God has for them.

The Bible often uses the word simple. The original term means “thick, dull, and sluggish,” and it describes those who are insensitive and unreceptive to the thoughts of others.

God will speak to you through people, but unless you listen you won’t hear what He has to say. So today position yourself to receive.

Source: https://www.jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/position-yourself-to-receive

Sunday Inspiration: What Are Your Strengths?

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well.”   Ro 12:6 TLB

Paul writes: “Just as our bodies have many parts and each…has a special function…We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other…God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well” (vv. 4-6 NLT).

Dr. John Maxwell recommends that you work where you’re strongest 80 percent of the time, where you’re learning 15 percent of the time, and where you’re weakest 5 percent of the time.

So, what are your strengths?

To find the answer to that question, you must:

(1) Be secure. If you allow your insecurities to get the better of you, you’ll become inflexible and resistant to change. And if you don’t change you won’t grow.

(2) Get to know yourself. Spend time exploring your gifts, ask for feedback and receive it, and be honest about your blind spots.

(3) Trust your leader. If you can’t trust the person you’re following, you should look for someone you can trust, or get on another team.

(4) See the big picture. Your place on any team only makes sense in the context of the big picture. If your sole reason for finding your niche is personal gain, your wrong motives will rob you of the very joy, fulfillment, and success you desire.

(5) Rely on your experience. The only way to know you’ve discovered your niche is to try things, take risks, learn from your failures and successes, and discover what God has gifted you to do.

Source: https://www.jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/what-are-your-strengths

Sunday Inspiration: Get Out of the Box

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

He brought me…into a large place…me, because he delighted in me.” Ps 18:19

A respected counselor says:

“First you crawled; then you learned to walk and the world grew bigger. Then you rode a bike…drove a car…bought a plane ticket. Suddenly the horizons were limitless. Then doubts crept in: I can’t (you fill in the blank)…and your world shrinks a little. I shouldn’t take that trip…I’ll never find my way around…I’ve too many responsibilities. And it shrinks a little more…[until] you’re sitting in a little box with the lid tightly affixed. No experiences, no lessons, no life. Boxes can be comfortable…but no matter how cozy you make it, it’s still a box. They come in all shapes and sizes. When we let unrealistic fears hold us back we can be fairly certain we’re climbing inside another box…and sooner or later we’ll run into the walls. Find one small I can’t in your life, and take the lid off the box…try for a minor impossibility…apply for that dream job…start pursuing your vision…Poke the top off your box. Stick your head out and look around. Find a fear and turn it into a ladder. Get out of the box of doubt and insecurity and into the freedom of courage and belief.”

If you let it, fear will cause your imagination to run riot. But “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power…love and of a sound mind” (2Ti 1:7 NKJV).

A sound mind restores your perspective and helps you see things from God’s viewpoint, where all things are possible. Today He wants to give you the courage to climb out of the box and bring you “into a large place,” because He “delights” in you.

Source:  https://lacykitkat.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/get-out-of-the-box/