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Daviding My Goliaths

The StoneThe story of David and Goliath is one of the most inspiring stories in the Bible. One day in Switzerland many years ago my heart was overwhelmed with the many tasks that faced me. I was in a foreign country, learning a new language, teaching people about Jesus Christ and I had little or no access to my family. It was all very big.

As I turned to the scriptures for study, comfort and guidance, I was led to this story….

And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. (Sources say he was over 9 feet tall)

And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.

And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.

And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.

And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. (1 Samuel 17:4-9)

For forty days this Philistine challenged the armies of Israel. I am sure it felt like an eternity as they shrunk in fear before this terrifying opponent.

After forty days came one, who was not supposed to be able to fight this giant, let alone win. David came to the camp to bring food for his brothers. When he heard the challenge he was angry that one would come and challenge the armies of his God. He volunteered to be the one to fight the giant.

Going before the king he was told that he would not be able to defeat this man, because he was too young and he was not proven in battle. Yet David was inspired by a past, a past that had given him strength and success:

Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.

David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee. (1 Samuel 17:36-37)

He carefully chose the weapons he had proven in his battles….his staff, five smooth stones chosen carefully from the brook, his sling and, most importantly, his faith in the living God. He faced the giant with faith, confidence and courage.

And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.

And the Philistine said to David, come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.

And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.

And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. (1 Samuel 17:43-49)

David then victoriously took the giant’s head. The underdog had won the fight.

The Goliaths I have faced, that we all face in life look a lot different from a 9 foot behemoth, yet they are no less daunting. They seem to hand selected for us to face.

I am learning that the best way to David my Goliaths is to do what he did….look back to see how Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have shown me skills and strengths that I need. I must select my personal weapons that I have proven to give me the abilities I need to win. I need to seek and accept Their help.

I have found great strength in my life as I have relied on the Living God to give me what I need. I have been terrified beyond capacity on many occasions, and He has stepped in and steadied my heart. I have been shown there are truly times when I don’t know what to do, where to find the answers I seek and He is there.

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The Strength Hiding In Your Weakness

This is an incredible blog post that I had to re-post today! For one like me who has felt weakness at every level, I have learned from these lessons about the strength that hides there. It can only be found when we are seeking….

 

During the time I have worked with people as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Personal Coach, there is one thing that holds people back from getting the help they desire. They are tired of being stuck in their weight, stuck in their work, relationships, and their unwanted emotions.

In essence, they are sick and tired of being sick and tired. In spite of how they feel, there is one thing that holds them back from working with me…

They perceive that getting the help of someone else means that:

  • They are weak
  • There is something wrong with them
  • They are broken
  • They are crazy because only crazy people work with a hypnotherapist

Their perception is keeping them from receiving the help that they desire. As a result, the strength that they have is never allowed to come forward. In this case, their strength is hidden by their weakness.

Lessons About The Strength Hiding In Your Weakness

The Strength Hiding In Your WeaknessI want to help you see this from a different point of view. I feel that once you see it from the proper perspective, you will see this for what it is.

I have learned a number of valuable lessons about this.

1. Those that come seeking help are demonstrating their strength, not weakness. When people come to see me, even if I know nothing else about them, I know that they are strong just by the mere fact we are working together. They are showing that they want to be better, they want to improve, they want to heal, and they want to overcome.

Those are signs of strength, not weakness.

I know plenty of people that are comfortable being uncomfortable. Even though they are miserable, they are okay staying uncomfortable because they don’t want to change. Even though they have the strength and power needed to change, their weakness gets in the way of what could be their strength.

The lesson: Weakness never seeks strength.

2. The achievements of top performers are rarely achieved on their own. Every top performer I know is constantly looking for an edge; a way to have an advantage over others. That one little tip, tweak, or change can make all the difference in the world.

Because they want to improve and get better, they seek outside direction and guidance. This is normally done in the form of a coach or trainer. Because of the expertise of the coach, they can guide them on how to improve and be better. Even top performing mothers have a “coach” that they go to for advice. That coach is usually their own mother as they seek her advice and experience.

As I started my own business, I frequently sought out the advice of other coaches. I spent thousands of dollars on people that taught me how to start a business, how to do marketing, build websites, and much more. Their expertise shortened my learning curve and helped me find success faster.

The lesson: Seeking outside help will make you stronger in a shorter period of time.

3.  Having a support system provides confidence and comfort during difficult times. I learned this lesson when I was very young.

At age 16, the mother of one of my high school friends was terminally ill with brain cancer. On the night of her passing, I found out about it pretty quick and I made the decision just to go be with him and do what I could to lighten his burden.

To be honest, I don’t remember much of what happened that night. I remember that we talked a little, played some ping pong, and I did my best to help him smile. I know that as a 16 year old, my ability to provide comfort was limited.

However, this friend constantly thanked me for coming over that night to support him. Even well into my adult years and being married, he would still send me messages thanking me for what I did for him that night.

I understand what he meant. A little over 10 years ago, my father passed away. It was a very difficult time in my life. I still remember the people that sent cards, brought over a meal, those that stopped by to visit, and those that came to pay their respects. I remember those gestures because they were a source of strength.

The lesson: Having support of others is not a weakness, it is a valuable strength.

This is why there is strength hiding in your weakness. The “weakness” that you want to overcome helps bring out that strength of your character. It is that strength of wanting to improve and be the person you were meant to be.

I hope you can see this from a different point of view now and that your strength can shine through your weakness.

reblogged from www.hypnotherapyfreemind.com

He Knows I Can

IMG_6495To say that we have been on a strengthening journey would be an understatement. The thing with strengthening journeys is to be strong, we must feel weak at times…a lot of times.

I will be honest, I haven’t been gracefully strengthened through it all. There have been good days…and bad days. Days that I have felt the peace that can only come from Heavenly Father and days that I could not breathe because of the anxiety in my soul. I have learned that peace and anxiety cannot coexist. Peace is only given when we let go of fear, anxiety and disbelief.

In my desire to understand and become who He wants me to be I have asked so many questions. I have wondered at times if I had made a mistake somewhere and the blessings we desire have been withheld. I have wondered if I am not learning what He is so patiently teaching me. I have thought that maybe I didn’t listen or misunderstood when a feeling presented itself to my heart.

Many days it has been quite difficult to kneel in prayer, because my heart felt so abandoned. I felt like there was a pavilion covering me, therefore my access to Him was difficult. It can be a little painful when all your heart desires is that overwhelming peace that only He can give and what you feel is quite opposite.

As hard as it has been, I haven’t quit turning to Him. Quite honestly He is the last person I talk to in my heart and mind and the first one I speak to as my mind begins to take hold of a new day. It terrifies me to think of how desperate and empty I would be if I turned away from Him. I have always known He is there.

Letting go of fear has been a challenge for me. It felt like if I let go of fear then I would let go of any semblance of control I had. Truth be told, I have not one ounce of control over any aspect of my life. I have control over my choices and that is it. Recognizing this took a lot of tears, counsel and humbling. Realizing that fear has done nothing to help me through my journey was a difficult, yet liberating moment.

As I let go, my mind was able to open up and see things a little differently. This situation, this journey has been something that was meant to be. It is not a result of poor choices I had made, not listening to the spirit whisper to me or a punishment. It is something that has been there for us to grow, to become.

Realizing this, I learned that He knows I can do this (even if I don’t). He knows that even when I don’t feel like I can go any more, carry the load one more step or even face the day…I have a strength far greater than I ever even realized. He knows who I truly am meant to become and this is the path that I need to travel.

I have found so much peace and strength in this…. He knows I can.

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