Step Back: Reclaim Your Peace

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We are all confronted with ordeals that steal our peace and ability to reflect on the promises of God to sustain us through the moment. Some examples might include: arriving at home after work and realizing a collection notice is in the mail; receiving a late night emergency call;or having a discussion that suddenly changes into a “heated argument”.  What is your plan of action when responding to a crisis that steals your peace?

The impact can consume your every thought and overwhelm your emotions. Restless nights, fatigue, loss appetite and time with family and friends may result in your attempt to resolve the problem on your own. The moment you step into this trap, your perspective is easily cluttered as you relinquish your power of peace.

Those scenarios are examples of some of the oldest schemes of the devil to distract you from the promise of peace. However, in the Bible, you can find answers to overcome these schemes. You may know the familiar passage in Isaiah 26:3, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you” (ESV).

The other day I was in conversation with a colleague who had become emotionally involved in a situation that was out of her control. In retracing steps to redirect her behavior as one without hope, we agreed she needed to “Step Bpx with innerack” away from the situation. In order to reclaim her peace she needed to identify when she gave it away. This allowed her to regain power through the Holy Spirit to reflect on the promises of God, replacing the negativity of the situation. By focusing on God’s word, her trust in God to resolve the situation was strengthened.  Then her thoughts became de-cluttered enabling her to strategize and navigate the situation peacefully.

Stepping back is an action of “letting not your heart be troubled” by the situation. It is a time to allow your spirit and mind to access truths to refuel your faith. There are two accounts in John 14 where Jesus admonished the disciples to let not their hearts be troubled. Jesus clearly told his disciples that he spoke the Word so they might have peace in him. So, in the midst of adversity remember we will have tribulation; however, we can be victorious in Christ.

You can resist the temptation of becoming emotionally engaged because Jesus said we can be happy, knowing he has overcome the world (John 16:33). Consider your choices the next time you encounter the peace thieves.  If you enter into their trap, immediately “Step Back” and reclaim your focus on the promises of God.

In moments of quiet time, you learn how to maintain your peace. Then you are better able to stay focus on your daily assignments in the middle of any situation.

“Step Back” reflect on the provision of peace.

 

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A Pilgrimage On  An Unknown Road

By Karynthia Glasper-Phillips

The atmosphere was filled with excitement, anxiety, and disappointment. Perhaps, as you were starting a new journey, you had similar emotions of those who were convinced that Christ was the Messiah and filled with all power.  Like the disciples they were sure, until hearing about the crucifixion. This news was disturbing as read in the passage Luke 24:12-35.  The 2 distracted disciples did not recognize Jesus Christ as they walked from Jerusalem to Emmaus.

We are about to embark on a journey like the disciples, some certain about who God represents in their lives and others not so sure. Listen to the still voice, answering questions you have longed for and experience God at work in new ways as you journey.

On this pilgrimage refuse the urge to make mental U turns when you see, hear, or feel something that disrupts your peace – step out of your comfort zone.   Stop, look and listen to God teach you life changing lessons on your journey of spiritual formation. On a faith journey you learn to listen, trust and yield as you are guided to the other side. It is on these journeys’ the spirit rejoices saying, “Did not our hearts burn”.

Reflection: The disciples had an intimate relationship with Jesus but they did not discern readily the man on the road with them – the man Jesus.  Did Jesus look differently? Were their minds so clouded with the news of the crucifixion? When we are not in our traditional space how can we discern the presences of God more readily?

Prayer:  Lord, touch the eyes of our hearts, to help us discern your presence in our midst on our pilgrimage of spiritual formation. Help us listen to your voice as you teach us about your diverse creation. We embrace you on this journey with gratitude.

Pray for the Women’s Leadership Initiative students of Central Tennessee, director, Dr. Sally Holt, and Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed for a safe and spiritually enlighten pilgrimage in Thailand.   

 

 

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Stay Plugged Into The Source. . . . God’s Presence

A word of caution, regarding falling into the trap of a humdrum prayer life.  A habit that is  . . . powerless. Are you experiencing a spiritual outage? Have you lost your connection? stay plugIt has been proven that basking in the presence of God you can always expect expressions of power manifested daily. Pray and experience the . . . impossible, miraculous,  and watch the Word in Action. Stay grounded!

Comment on how you stay ground in prayer and Bible reading?

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Pray: Refuel For The Journey

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We are living in a culture that has embraced communication in various capacities such as: Blogs, Face book, Instagram, Pinterest and the list goes on . . . neither of them are vehicles that enable you to communicate with God.

Often music is substituted as a measure to communicate with God in good and bad times, but the best form of communication with God is by faith in prayer . . . moments of dialogue with the Father.

Pray daily, it is the energizing force of the believer. How honorable it is to talk with God personally.  In this New Year remember the first line of defense is praying the Word.

Let’s join faith for global change.  PRAY!

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Practice Uninterrupted Time . . .It Is Refreshing!

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Uninterrupted Pace

In a local greenway, the other day while walking, God allowed me to experience a relevant word . . . regarding self-care and multitasking. It was a beautiful day; citizens were on the trail taking preventative measures toward optimal health.Some were walking, jogging, running or biking, as they enjoyed nature; however, 99% simultaneously were either talking on the phone, listening to an iPod, or something similar.

There was one lady that caught my attention; she was overweight, elderly, and barely jogging who passed me. When I finally, approached my 3rd mile, she passed me again on her way back to her starting point. Her pace had not changed nor were there any visible distractions. It was funny because other citizens turned back to look at her in amazement.

In real time, God reminded me that the race is not given to the swift, or the strong, but to him that endure until the end. Sure, society has trained us to multitask. Are distractions schemes that interfere with your private time with God? Are those distractions impacting your progress? Are they impeding your attempts to take care of your health, time for laughter, launching your business, and focusing on ministry?kp pix2

Take some uninterrupted quiet time to reflect on what is important, as you run the race of life. To be successful, you must practice balance. Limit distractions and enter into to moments of uninterrupted refreshing.

Blessings, Karynthia

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God Guards His Deposit: Your Promises are Safe.

As Christians, saved by grace and sanctified through Christ Jesus – we each have been given a precious gift that has been placed inside of us. His spirit inside of us is what gives us Purpose. His spirit inside of us is what gives us Power. His spirit inside of us is what gives us Provision. These valuable possessions must be guarded for safe keeping until it is time to fulfill their intended purpose.

Paul writes, in 2Timothy 1:12, “But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.”(ESV)

In spite of the suffering that might have caused Paul to despair, he affirmed his confidence in God’s protection.  This was not a claim to strong faith; rather, it was a trust in one so powerful that even in his weakness he knew he was guarded by the strength of the Lord. It is through our experience with the Lord – joy, sorrow, pain, frustration, persecution, prayer, ministry – that we learn more about who God is and what is available to us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

We must develop a relationship so secure in Christ that nothing can break the bond of love between us and Christ.  Like Paul, we must trust God to use us regardless of our circumstances knowing that God will guard our faith and all we have entrusted to Him until the day of His return!

It is not over, remember to trust  God to manifest what He has entrusted you with.

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Will Faith Alone Keep My Temple ?

We must practice balanced living with food for the body and soul.

There are many temples with architectural designs that are stunningly picturesque. However, to  keep their structural beauty they are  maintained …both from the outside and inside.

One question I often ask my patients is “What are you doing to maintain your temple (health) physically, emotionally, and spiritually?”  Some respond that they walk, eat balanced meals, drink water, etc., and another common response is “I care for my temple by resting.”That statement prompts another question: How do we rest?  One patient in particular said, “I lay down early, but my mind is wide awake all night.”

  There are 5 tips for mental wellbeing you might want to practice.  Mental Wellbeing

Karynthia Phillips Optimal health can be a choice.

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This month’s blog is to urge  you to think about activating  lifestyle changes that will help you and your family become stronger and healthier. There is no question the benefits of praying and participating with communion together in religious traditions.

Consider the added benefits  of optimal health if you combine  spiritual and natural activities  by scheduling family time for physical activities. Take a walk, bike ride, or a cooking class together and experience  restoration with laughter as you begin to enter rest.

Remember 1)  Connect (in relationships);  2)  Be Active;  3)  Keep Learning;  4)  Give to Others;  and 5)  Be Mindful (of your blessings and surroundings). I like reading scripture, meditation , stretching and exercise as modalities to help with resting.

Readers, how do you “turn off the noise” to enter  rest? 

Body, Soul and Spirit!

Body, Soul and Spirit!

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What the J Months Mean to Me. . .New Beginnings

June has always been a month of renewal for me , as spring says good bye and the summer enters with a burst of sunshine and heat. June is like the second New Year (in the same year) . . . it energizes me to action with the reminder of goals, visions and dreams not yet completed. The reminder is not one of  defeat nor condemnation, but of grace and mercy from the Father to regain focus to persevere through the next six months.

The month of June has the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, so what will you do with this extra time?

You are invited to join me in a time of rest . . . exhale. In this moment, interrupt your schedule for a time of strategic planning . . . just you and God in prayer. Nope! Don’t wait to call a meeting. Please don’t verbalize one excuse.

Reschedule your calendar by deleting 50 minutes of social media activities per day and replace the time with a spiritual siesta. This is a call for you to slow down, read your Bible, pray for guidance, and to listen deeply as you write what you hear.

Finally, stretch your body and  fill your mind with thoughts of faith for the manifestation of goals. Now drink some water and take a praise walk.

Testimony:I am so excited about what happened in June. Especially, how powerfully God revealed Himself at the conference with the women of AWSA (Advance Writers and Speakers Association) in Orlando.   I can hardly wait to see what God is going to do in July, as we all operate in the Spirit of Christ . . .  free!

Share your spiritual siestas of freedom (comments) with us on: Facebook@ Trinitywholenessministries and Twitter  Karynthia Phillips @QT_HisTime

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Be Consistent: Model the life of Christ

The difficulty of maintaining a steady spiritual momentum in our society can be a journey. Perhaps, you work, maybe you are an entrepreneur, a student, have a family, serving in ministry or trying to get to the gym. Sure, all those items are important;however, without quiet time our spiritual maturity becomes stagnant.

The power of God in your life is most effective when you practice consistency; like Christ in quiet time as seen in Mark 1:35. Another demonstration of the consistency of Christ is in Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Are you modeling the life of Christ?

Answer the call, become consistent daily in prayer, and reading the Scriptures as you walk in faith; those are keys to a perfect heart towards God.  What about the interruptions? How are they managed? We must become intentional about the spiritual health of our souls. Schedule God in each day and meditate on that experience throughout the day.

My friends , don’t be discouraged by those who spend large quantities of time in the Word and prayer, that will come as you become more consistent . . . just start and continue.  No, I am not saying you are a robot, praying and reading out of routine; however, with faithful consideration of God’s desire to fellowship with you; there should be a sense of a continuous pulling toward the presence of the Father.

Consistency results in becoming grounded in faith. Is America losing connection with God because of inconsistent spiritual lifestyles practices? What is interrupting your time with God?

Colossians 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven;

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LOVE YOURSELF!

Today all over the world women are reminding one another about the importance of cardiovascular disease and obtaining adequate health care.

Do you know your values for: blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and EKG interpretation? Schedule an appointment today with your primary care doctor for an exam. If you don’t have red on today stop by a store and purchase a red rose!

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Set the pace !

 Run, jog or walk you are free from your past.

Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,” Hebrew 12:1 AMP

It is important to have a mentor whether in business, school, church or a family member; however, don’t become so consumed with others accomplishments that you lose sight of your goals and purpose in the heat of the  speed of life.  The race of achievement is not given to the swift nor the strong but to the one that endures (Matt. 24:13). So in this race you may stumble or fall; someone might trip you up, but stay the course of destiny by setting your pace.

Sure, the Matthew passage encourages you to persevere until the end to be saved – to obtain eternal life. Yet, Salvation in this life offers many amenities: health, wealth, a good life and success in all forms.  Look around you and see how many of our brothers and sisters testimonies of greatness provide margins of hope . . . the results of reaching their goals.

Learn to strip your life of time stealers, confusing discussions, discouragers, and unhealthy habits; whatever clings to you preventing endurance – Let it Go!  Set your pace press toward you’re appointed destiny.

Let’s talk about how do you set your own pace to accomplish task?

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