On “My 800 lb. Life” a few weeks ago, there was a 600lb. woman who went in for surgery. After surgery, she was told she needed to walk around to prevent blood clots. She flat out refused. The doctor was very angry. Isn’t this the truth? You CANNOT make someone do something they don’t want to do. You cannot make an alcoholic stop drinking no matter how much you beg and plead. You cannot make a drug addict stop using, no matter how many times they OD. You can’t make someone leave an unhealthy relationship, no matter how much they get beat. You CANNOT MAKE someone turn from their sin. You CAN lead a person to the CROSS, but they have to walk THROUGH the cross themselves. This is one of the most frustrating things in life, watching people WILLING walk down that path of destruction. Jesus said, “this is the condemnation, that LIGHT is come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone that does evil hates the LIGHT, neither comes to the Light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” John 3:19-20. What are you to do? PRAY! You serve a GREAT BIG GOD. Other times, wipe the dust off your feet and move on. Seek His wisdom above all else. Set boundaries. It’s OK to LOVE from a distance. Jesus loves YOU and He loves them, but you CANNOT change them. They have to want it for themselves. You have GREAT BIG THINGS to do!
There’s a popular Christian song out right now that has a line that gets me every time.
“And I know if I’m good that you’ll heal me”.
Well, I’m a lost cause then. Because I am not a good Christian. I don’t mean that in a self-deprecating ‘tell me how wonderful I am’ post. I literally mean, I fall short every. single. day.
God’s goodness and choices aren’t based on how well I behave. Yes, there are natural blessings that come in walking in His desires for you, but His grace isn’t going to change if you don’t toe the line correctly this week. If you don’t get perfect attendance or post enough Bible verses or a 4 letter word slips out…. We seek and strike and go after Him fiercely. But sometimes we fall short. I struggle making time for Him. How horrible right? I struggle reading my Bible as much as I want. I struggle praying as much as I want. I struggle having pure and kind thoughts. I struggle being disciplined. I get tired. I get lazy. I’m human.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.“(2Cor. 12:9-10)
No matter what you fight against or struggle with, keep fighting and struggling- don’t give up, because He gets the glory then! I have seen over and over in my life, times when I mess up or fall short or whatever- and He STILL is gracious with me. when I am weak, and I trust in Him, He does mighty things. Grace is UNMERITED favor. Undeservable. Unearnable (What? It’s my post, I can make up words if I want). There’s nothing we can do to make Him love us less or more. He has already done it! We strive after Him because He is worth it. We seek after Righteousness because that’s what He wants for us. As a mom, I would much rather have my children try earnestly to do something because they love me and fail, over being completely perfect because they are afraid my love will stop if they mess up. His love won’t stop.
Yes, sometimes people get healed- PRAISE GOD! And sometimes people don’t get healed- PRAISE GOD STILL! The apostle Paul lived with a ‘thorn’ in his flesh. We don’t know exactly what that thorn was but he said that it was “a messenger from Satan” that tormented him….ummm k thanks but no thanks. But He hadn’t done anything wrong in God’s sight- He had been forgiven. He was preaching and making disciples of all nations! We can’t look at prayers God says “no” to as Him saying we are naughty. Because its ridiculous.
Don’t be angry with God if He doesn’t answer your prayers like a spiritual bellhop. He’s not a waiter, He’s a Father. How a waiter serves: brings exactly what is ordered in a manner timely enough to satisfy the customer. If they are dissatisfied with the quality/color/temperature/taste etc, it is returned until they are appeased. How a father serves: He knows the needs of the kid, chooses food that will grow them. That they aren’t allergic too and wont keep them up all night (as much as ice cream for dinner makes you the COOLEST). While still working with a schedule for school or chores or whatever is needed to be done. The kid might not want vegetables and meet and cheese- but they need it more than chocolatey goodness. Kids can’t see their body grow, but a Father puts things in place to make that happen.
A few years ago, I was finishing up school and doing some externship work. I finished and we ended up being in this holding pattern for SO long on a job. We were living in a basement with an autistic 2 year old working the retail life begging God to hear us. I remember praying so hard, God, please let me get hired before Christmas- didn’t happen. I was hired on February 7. I remember that day. You know why? It was 7 days after the deadline for an application for therapy my son need. We were approved and it was paid for- because we were under the income limit at the time of the application- and fluctuating income afterward didn’t matter. He got free speech, occupational therapy, social group, preschool for two years. Because I was hired 7 days after the deadline. I’m sure some of you are thinking “must be nice”….it was!!! But in the time of waiting, we didn’t quit. We didn’t get bitter. We didn’t stop going to church because ‘we had stuff going on’. He kept us going. He kept providing for us supernaturally. He kept reminding us He is our provider, our Father. Not gonna lie- I struggled a lot in that season though- with fear, anxiety, depression, panic attacks. But those things didn’t win. Being with His people is strength when you don’t have it.
I don’t say this for a pat on the back- but to encourage you! These awesome things happen all the time, if you keep going and pressing in. Don’t give up before the blessing! Don’t give up because you stumbled! Don’t be discouraged because it looks different than you pictured. He is good! He desires good things for his children!
Just Keep Swimming.
LOVE WON. Love came down to die in order that you may live. Love pursues. Love plucks you out of the nasty pit that you dug for yourself. Love cleans you up and sets you high upon the Rock. Love doesn’t leave you filthy and dirty. Love doesn’t leave you in the muck and mire to continue to stink. Love doesn’t leave you in your bondage to sin. “Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a NEW CREATION: old things are past away; behold, ALL THINGS are become NEW”. 1 Cor 5:17 Love takes away ALL shame and ALL guilt. Love NEVER leaves you in the same way He found you, NEVER EVER. Love sets you free! ” Whom the Son sets FREE is FREE INDEED!” Love transforms you into a new vessel, molded and shaped for the Master’s purpose. Love CANNOT lie. Love restores your life. Love casts out fear. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear had torments.” Love heals. Love delivers. Love calls you out into the waters. Love asks you to go deeper. Love requires trust. Love seeks to change your heart and mind. Love seeks to be followed to the end. Love cares more about your character than your comfort. Love doesn’t require much, just ALL your heart, ALL your soul and ALL your mind. Love asks that you take up your crucifixion cross and die daily. You see, LOVE isn’t an inner feeling, LOVE is active and alive. LOVE WON over 2000 years ago and still WINS today. LOVE NEVER FAILS.
Fantasy Football Basics
So you’ve been thinking about joining a fantasy football league but your not sure how it works and what you should do to prepare. Take a few tips from a guy who has been drafting teams since Barry Sanders was an option and we had to look at the newspaper to compile weekly statistics.
What is the point of fantasy football?
The point is it an excuse to watch more football games :). The point is to give you a reason to care about not just your favorite teams game but every single football game that is being played. Even if they are bad teams. The point is that it gives us the illusion “fantasy” that we are the ones that are in a competitive struggle to be the champion.
How does fantasy football work?
After you decide on your team name (examples below), you need some players from the NFL. These are actual players that you “claim” as yours and no one else in your league can have. This happens at the “draft”. Each team “owner” picks players much like we did as kids when picking teams for sports at an early age. Best players first and so on alternating between the team owners. An example of a completed fantasy football team roster might look like.
- QB: Tom Brady
- RB: Marshawn Lynch
- RB: Adrian Petersen
- WR: Calvin Johnson
- WR: Dez Bryant
- TE: Rob Gronkowski
- KR: Adam Vinatieri
After the draft is over you then have a weekly opponent. So team Warrior Poets vs team Cutler’s Last Stand. Tuesday (after all the games have been played) the computer (luckily for us) tallies the total amount of points our NFL players had that week. If Tom Brady had a great week and threw 3 touchdowns and threw for 250 yards, then our team gets lots of points. If Tom Brady had a horrible week and threw 3 interceptions and the Patriots mostly ran the ball, then our team doesn’t get very many points.
The team with the most points wins. It goes on like that throughout the NFL season where each week you will play a different Fantasy Football team composed of different NFL players. Some weeks you’ll do good and win. Some you’ll do bad and lose. At the end the top Fantasy Football teams (with the best records) will go to the playoffs and eventually we crown a Winner.
How do I know which players to pick?
This is the easiest and hardest part of Fantasy Football. People have full time jobs answering this question :).
I have a few suggestions below but try to keep it simple your first year. I try to listen to one voice when taking Fantasy Football advice. Otherwise things just get confusing.
#1. Get a Fantasy Football Magazine. They sell them at your local grocery store and/or gas stations. They are a wealth of information and provide cheat sheets that rate every player. This allows you to make easy choices on draft day as you don’t have to have it all in your head. My personal favorite is called Fantasy Football Index.
#2. Look online. There is a TON of Fantasy Football information online. Pick a site you like and go with it. Yahoo, Espn, NFL.com, rotoworld, football guys and FFtoolbox are just a few that you might want to look at.
#3. Compile a spreadsheet. Maybe you are math guy (don’t laugh I love a good spreadsheet). Numbers don’t lie and compiling last years statistics will paint a picture of what’s to come. The so called “experts” aren’t really more expert than you are so fill in some look up tables and lets go. (not for the feint of heart or those unwilling to spend lots of time on Fantasy Football)
#4. Listen to podcast. Don’t have time to read up on fantasy football but you do have 3 hour commute every day. There are a ton of good Fantasy Football podcasts out there that will play over your phone as you are driving. Try a few and find one that clicks with your personality.
#5. Have fun grab a few players you know. Although I don’t recommend taking only the players you “like” as this leads to problems, try to get one player from your favorite team even if it’s just the kicker. It makes each week more fun, just make sure to take them “around” the time whatever guide you are looking at says to.
How do I signup for the Faith and Victory Fantasy Football League?
Go to faithandvictory.com/ff and put in your name,email address, and a team name
Is there anything else I need to know?
Don’t give up. I’ve seen people come back from bad starts. Also make sure to change your lineup every week. Injuries and Bye weeks can affect your wins and losses.
Most of all
This is a test for me…dddfg
“Do you know what the secret of life is? One thing. You find that one thing and everything else is dung.” Who remembers “City Slickers”? Curly said this quote. I have found that “one thing”. Psalm 16: 8 “I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” Make pleasing the LORD your one thing, and everything else will fall into place. Above all else, cherish intimate fellowship with Jesus. Paul said that if he sought to please men, he would NOT be pleasing God. “In all areas?”, you ask. Yes. In ALL ways and areas. Seek to please God in your marriage and you’ll find that you please your spouse. Seek to please God concerning your children and you’ll find that your children will be loving, kind and obedient. Seek to please God in your job and notice how you have favor with your boss. Seeking to please God brings His counsel to every part of our lives. Pleasing God brings His protection, every day in every way. You will have perfect peace and joy when seeking to please Him first. He gives you resurrection power and authority over sin and ALL the works of the devil. And with seeking to please Him brings eternal blessings. See, “I SHALL NOT BE MOVED” means no man, no devil can touch your standing with Him. And though you may fall six times, you will rise seven and overcome. What pleases Him? Intimacy with Him. Communion with God is the sure source of blessings and happiness.