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God’s Therapy

This year one of my resolutions was to get deeper in bible study and really try to understand God’s word.  Of course I will never be able to completely understand God’s will totally on my own, but with the help of the Holy Spirit I will hopefully be able to learn more about God and how he sees me.

One of the instruments that has been very beneficial already this year has been the Sabbath School quarterly.  This morning’s lesson focused on “God’s Therapy”  for tough situations.  I found this very helpful and connected with Elijah, the main Character.  God has definitely moved MOUNTAINS for me.  I know he has.. my life has been amazingly blessed.  Yet, sometimes I take for granted God’s leading… Check this out..

God’s Therapy

God used Elijah to resurrect the widow’s son. What a test of faith, and what a vindication of God’s power over life and death! Next, the test at Mount Carmel was an irrefutable and spectacular demonstration of God’s power. Finally, heavy rain after a three-year drought was another manifestation of God’s involvement in human affairs. Elijah’s life was full of direct and divine intervention. It’s hard to imagine how anyone, after all that, could not fully trust in the Lord; yet, not long after all that, Elijah was swept up in the symptoms of stress and discouragement

Read 1 Kings 19:5–9. What were the simple remedies provided for Elijah during this stressful time in his life?

What can we take from this for ourselves? How are our physical actions impacting, either for good or for bad, our mental attitude? 0



Sleep. Eat. Sleep again. Eat again. And then engage in intense physical exercise—forty days and forty nights; from Mount Carmel to Mount Horeb. How interesting that proper sleep, exercise, and a healthy diet often are prescribed to combat psychological stress.

A common treatment for mood disorders is called activity scheduling. It consists of developing a rigid timetable that contains pleasant and purposeful activities that will force a depressed person to organize, anticipate, and carry out events. Such a regimen helps the person fill time positively and avoid self-pity. Physical exercise often is included in the activities, because it helps produce endorphins, morphinelike natural chemicals that enhance mood and at least temporarily relieve depression.

With heavenly guidance Elijah was led into the steps that would restore his normal mental health. As with Elijah, we need to be open to divine leading. As soon as Elijah sat down under the broom tree, he prayed. Yes, it was the wrong kind of prayer (asking God to take his life), but at least it was a prayer, a desire for God to take charge.

Over time Elijah overcame his terrible discouragement, and God still was able to use him (see 1 Kings 19:15, 16; 2 Kings 2:7–11). Before being taken up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah was given the great privilege of anointing his successor, and of witnessing the waters of the Jordan River separate, thus permitting him and Elisha to cross the river on dry ground.

Finally, Elijah was taken to heaven, without ever having to die himself. Kind of an ironic “end” for a man who, not too much earlier, was asking God to take his life!

What are we missing out on if we pray only in times of discouragement and despair? Contrast the benefits of a life of constant prayer as opposed to prayer only in emergency situations. How can you learn to live more consistently in an attitude of constant prayer?

(c) Review and Herald. 2011

Everyone, God definitely has a plan for your life.  Learn from the Story of Elijah that God’s protection and his providence will always be with you if you are willing to Follow Him.

Stay encouraged.

-Wellington Media Group-

“There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which every
one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which
hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they are
guilty themselves.”

“The vice I am talking of is Pride or Self-Conceit: and the virtue
opposite to it, in Christian morals, is called Humility. …it was
through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every
other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.”

“Greed will certainly make a man want money, for the sake of a better
house, better holidays, better things to eat and drink. But only up to
a point. What is it that makes a man with $10,000 a year anxious to
get $20,000 a year? It is not the greed for more pleasure. $10,000
will give all the luxuries that any man can really enjoy. It is Pride—
the wish to be richer than some other rich man, and (still more) the
wish for power. For, of course, power is what Pride really enjoys:
there is nothing make a man feel so superior to others as being able
to move them about like toy soldiers.

“…Pride which has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and
every family since the world began. Other vices may sometimes bring
people together: you may find good fellowship and jokes and
friendliness among drunken people or unchaste people. But pride always
means enmity—it is enmity. And not only enmity between man and man,
but enmity to God.

— C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, Chapter 8

Friends from Mississippi

During the 2009-2010 academic year I was actually in Clinton Mississippi working on a masters in medical sciences. That program was probably the most rigorous program I had been in to date. Medical school is tough, but this program wiped me out! The program was designed for two years, but with Gods grace I was able to finish the program in 10 months. I also met some amazing people there. Ahn and Thuy were two of my good friends that were also from Clearwater, FL. In fact, Thuy lives across the street from me here in Clearwater! Lol.

The holiday season I’m grateful for friends. There are so many others that helped me and supported me.


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This New Year’s Eve, my Mother and I spent time going through my all of my old finances, bills, papers, lectures, pictures, and books here at our estate in Florida. It felt great to throw away and shred things that I did not need anymore. I found items that dated back to my college days. Over the past couple of years, I have seen God move in my life. Taking me from place, to place from school to school, from situation to situation. Sometimes I followed Him willingly sometimes… I would gripe and complain.

This past year of 2010, has been the most fast/stressful year of my life. It started with me in a Master’s program in Mississippi taking an overload of hours, stressed out to the core, finances in the drain, and a dream on my heart to desperately finish what God had told me to do.  I made so many mistakes but I finished on July 1st, 2 weeks before I was accepted into Medical School which started July 16 .  Since then, with each exam, God has validated his promise to me.  I am so thankful.  Yet, I when I came to school, I was confused and filled with Anxiety. I didn’t even have a bed for the first 2 months. I slept on the floor, on the couch, at a friends house did whatever I could do with the  best I had. I was irritable, stressed, and frustrated. Even with all of that, God STILL blessed. Amazing.

Tonight, New Year’s Eve, after praising God for all the things that God has blessed me with this year, my Mother and I watched the movie Fireproof.  I’ve wanted to see this movie for a long time, but never had the right opportunity. The movie centers around a marriage that is falling apart. The couple tries and tries to turn it around, but gets frustrated.  Then something marvelous happens, the husband decides to fight for his marriage.  His wife, refuses to accept that he has changed despite every single thing the husband is trying to do differently. From cards, to flowers, to fighting his own addiction to Pornography, to trying to listen, to almost about everything, the wife still doesn’t want to trust. She is actually enjoying the attention of another man. In the end, when the Husband did more praying and was more consistent, things began to change.  The movie was such a powerful testament of what God can do and its something that my mother has been trying to tell me for the past couple of months. Only God can change hearts.

This is the perfect way for me to begin the New Year. Last year this time I wasn’t nearly as interested as I am now in following Christ. This year, I’ve seen God change people’s hearts. God changed the hearts of the Admission Committee and the Dean to allow me to return to Medical School, God has changed the hearts of my parents and our relationship has been soo much better, God has changed my heart and has introduced me to men of like faith that pray for each other every day in the morning. God Changes hearts.  My heart yearns for Him.  I make mistakes, I struggle. My mind and my tongue are still to quick and my ear to listen may still be too slow. But I will never forget how God validated me. My self-esteem. His love and His Care for me is supreme.  Its time for me to trust in Him more in 2011 than I did in 2010.   To make my Love for Him, Fireproof.

-Wellington Media Group-

Check out the website for the movie here:

http://fireproofthemovie.com/

The Secret Hiding Place

This is my first blog from my new iPhone 4. Trying to test this new blog feature out. This past Christmas my family and I spent time together in Florida. The key to this spot will probably never leave my keychain. Lol.


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By Max Lucado

Not everyone in Jesus’ world gave him a warm welcome. Not everyone received him with grace. And many didn’t just ignore him, they rejected him.

Isaiah prophesied his reception like this: “He was despised and rejected by men” (Isa. 53:3 NIV).

John summarized the rejection of Jesus with these words: “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him” (John 1:10-11 NIV).

How did Christ endure treatment like that? At any point he could have said, “I quit. I’ve had enough.” Why didn’t he? What kept him from giving up?

I wonder if Lee Ielpi understands the answer? He is a retired firefighter, a New York City firefighter. He gave twenty-six years to the city. But on September 11, 2001, he gave much more. He gave his son. Jonathan Ielpi was a fireman as well. When the Twin Towers fell, he was there.

Firefighters are a loyal clan. When one perishes in the line of duty, the body is left where it is until a firefighter who knows the person can come and quite literally pick it up. Le made the discovery of his son’s body his personal mission. He dug daily with dozens of others at the sixteen-acre graveyard. One Tuesday, December 11, three months after the disaster, his son was found. And Lee was there to carry him out.

He didn’t give up. The father didn’t quit. He refused to turn and leave. Why? Because his love for his son was greater than the pain of the search. Can’t the same be said about Christ? Why didn’t he quit? Because the love for his children was greater than the pain of the journey. He came to pull you out. Your world had collapsed. That’s why he came. You were dead, dead to sin. That’s why he came. He loves you. That’s why he came.

That’s why he endured the distance between us. “Love…endures all things.”

That’s why he endured the resistance from us. “Love…endures all things.”

That’s why he went the final step of the incarnation: “God made him who had not sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21 NIV).

Why did Jesus do that? There is only one answer. And that answer has one word. Love. And that love of Christ “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Cor. 13:7 NKJV).

Think about that for a moment. Drink from that for a moment. Drink deeply. Don’t just sip or nip. It’s time to gulp. It’s time to let his love cover all things in your life. All secrets. All hurts. All hours of evil, minutes of worry.

The mornings you awoke in the bed of a stranger? His love will cover that. The years you peddled prejudice and pride? His love will cover that. Every promise broken, drug taken, penny stolen. Every cross word, cuss word, and harsh word. His love covers all things.

Let it. Discover along with the psalmist. “He…loads me with love and mercy” (Ps. 103:4). Picture a giant dump truck full of love. There you are behind it. God lifts the bed until the love starts to slide. Slowly at first, then down, down, down until you are hidden, buried, covered in his love.

“Hey, where are you?” someone asks.

“In here, covered in love.”

Let his love cover all things.

Do it for his sake. To the glory of his name.

Do it for your sake. For the peace of your heart.

And do it for their sake. For the people in your life. Let his love fall on you so yours can fall on them.
Excerpted from A Love Worth Giving
W Publishing, 2002
Available for purchase at
MaxLucado.com

 

iPhone blogging

Hey everyone. So I’m actually writing this blog from my iPhone. I’m actually thinking about starting a new blog straight from my communication device. Uploadinf pics as I see them uploadinf thoughts as they come. Seems like that would be pretty cool to try. Now that I have free time, I’m down to try whatever. 🙂 medical school is a beast and this will be a good way to chronicle what’s going on. It moves by so quick and indont want to miss it.

Hey everyone,

Its been a passion of mine for a long time to be a part of a video devotional blog that can be accessed on the web.  Here is a simple video clip to introduce what’s coming up.

Journey to Men Video Blog

 

(Here is a Devotional Thought from one of good friends here in Washington, DC over the Thanksgiving 2010 holiday. He doesn’t know I posted this, but I decided to anyway. It was a good word.)

Treat a man as he is, and he will remain so. Treat a man the way he can be and ought to be, and he will become as he can be and should be.” -Goethe-

Several years ago I bought my house for under $200,000. Today, I spoke with a realtor and discovered that the houses in my area are now worth well over $250,000. It’s interesting to note that we refer to this as, “Appreciation”. Nothing has changed about my home other than the fact that it has become older. Yet, greater value is perceived by a different market. It’s crazy cause with the economy being the way it is, the prospective sellers & buyers in my area are ecstatic to get it at the price. I was thinking that by the same token, the value we place on people has the same impact.

When we appreciate the best in people, their value begins to rise. We all have less than positive traits. While recognizing our weaknesses can be advantageous, dwelling on them is counterproductive! This Thanksgiving, I just want to let all of you know that I need & appreciate our friendship cause every one of you adds something to me that unlocks my potential each & every day. Whether it’s in the morning on the prayer line, whether it’s when we get up to chill, play ball, or just simply hang out, I realize that I’m truly blessed to have the friends I have and I thank God for each and every one of you. I want to encourage you all to take the opportunity this holiday season to appreciate the strong points of those around you. You never know, you may be the one to unlock their potential!

-anonymous-

-WellingtonMediaGroup-

This morning my friend introduced me to this guy who does video devotional thoughts.  This is something that I would like to start and introduce here in the Washington, DC area. This message is on POINT!  Check them out!

http://smallstoryvisuals.com/blog/