Trust in the Lord With All Your Heart – Coaching Lesson 1

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths”~ Proverbs 3:5-6

So Coaching Lesson One – You must trust in the One who gives the Victory.   Why? Really? Why not just figure things out for yourself?

Picture yourself at the oceans edge.  You have a small paper cup of water in your hand.  The cup of water represents your wisdom, your abilities and your knowledge.  You may be pretty good compared to the next fellow.  You may have successes in business and in your personal life.  Your cup of water may be filled to the brim.

Now look out over the vast expanse of ocean.  The ocean represents God’s wisdom and ability. Consider its size, depth,  the power of its currents.  Gaze out to the horizon. Listen to the roar of the waves. The ocean represents God’s wisdom, knowledge and ability.

Awesome Ocean and Sky

How much more, really, how much MORE, can you accomplish by making the God of the Universe your partner?

Action Step – Quietly bow your head and ask for direction and guidance in all your decisions and actions.  Especially when faced with a hard decision.

 

 

 

 

Here is what my experience has been.  So, I’m faced with a troubling decision regarding my teen’s behavior, which is way out of bounds.  I’ve made up my mind on a course of action and appropriate punishment.  Feeling upset and overwhelmed, I bow my head and plead for guidance and direction.

All of a sudden a new approach to the problem fills my mind – a much more forgiving and merciful approach.  It wasn’t the approach a child rearing expert would endorse – but it was the best solution at the time.

Prayer works. So don’t try to go it alone,  reach out and ask for help.

 

 

Free Life Coaching: 31-Day Course

“for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life”~ Proverbs 1:2

Has life got you down?  After much struggle do you realize you can’t make it on your own?

ou need help. You need some powerful coaching.  But coaches, good coaches, don’t come cheap.  You can’t afford a Tony Robbins or a Brian Tracey?  The best life or business coaches can charge up to $3,500 per hour!   You can find cheaper alternatives but it’s your life and you want the best.

Instruction

Coaching Doesn’t Come Cheap

Don’t despair there is a solution.

The Book of Proverbs in the Bible is actually 31 chapters of coaching.  It is written from a Father to a Son.  By crossing out every reference to “my son” and inserting my name I have found this to be the greatest coaching course ever offered.

It was written for parents and teachers to educate the youth of the nation but is applicable for all ages.

Let’s look at some of the results promised:

Knowledge – not just book learning but understanding the moral purpose and reason for existence.  You must have knowledge before obtaining wisdom.

Understanding – knowledge with comprehension.  You learn something and then a light bulb goes off – you really “get it”.

Discipline – avoiding the temptations of sin, false pleasures and the pitfalls of life. This comes by listening to the teaching and accepting it, internalizing it and making it a part of your life.  The responsibility to implement is on the shoulders of the student.

Wisdom – the ultimate goal of the book.  Having wisdom is having powerful knowledge that you can apply to the life situations you face.  Solomon’s visitors would question him with hard questions and were amazed at his responses. Having wisdom is being a master of handling people and situations.

There isn’t a life coach walking the earth today that can offer these benefits.  Why settle for less?

Ready to sign up?   The course is 31 days.  The manual is the Book of Proverbs with its 31 chapters.

You read a chapter a day for 31 days.  First you read, and then you put into practice.  If the instructions say listen, you listen, if they say ask, you ask.  Follow them as you would the instructions of any world-class life coach.

Keep a journal, take notes on what you read, and track your progress.  This is going to be a life-changer!

 

 

 

 

 

Proverbs Blog – Praying With Your Legs

“Slack hands make a man poor but diligent hands bring wealth”~ Proverbs 10:4

“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”~ Frederick Douglass

What does this mean – I prayed with my legs?

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

 

Frederick Douglass, 19th century abolitionist and former slave, lived a horrendous existence as a slave. He eventually took action and escaped, becoming a powerful voice and intellect in the struggle against slavery.

He always hated being a slave. He always desired to be free. He wanted it, desired it and prayed for it for 20 years. But still nothing happened. Finally, he took action. He planned and executed a successful escape.

 

This Proverb is about taking action and is used in the context of building wealth. You may hate living from paycheck to paycheck. You may deeply desire wealth.
You may plan for wealth but still nothing happens!

What is missing?

Action!

The final step of every successful plan is action. Frederick Douglass finally could stand it no longer and took action. The wealthy man man was wealthy because he took action.  Our 2013 goals great on paper but will do us no good.

Unless, we take action.

For a great read check out the story of Frederick Douglass. His story can be read for free at Gutenberg Project.  http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/23

 

Proverbs Blog – “The Science of Getting Rich” – Biblical?

“The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself”~Proverbs 11:25

Watering

Watering Flowers

I really enjoy reading self-help books.  Time Management, Organizing, Financial Literacy and similar topics are at the top of my list.  I heard of the book “The Science of Getting Rich,” by Wallace Wattles, recommended from a number of people, and decided to give it a read.  You can read it yourself for free at many websites since it’s an older book now in the public domain.

I was disappointed overall.  There are some excellent tips and ideas in the book including some good chapters on the subjects of efficiency and gratitude.  But, for the most part, this was some pretty weird stuff.

The concepts of Formless Stuff, Original Substance, Thinking Stuff, Intelligent Substance and One Living Substance were just too way out for me.  Did you know that the spaces between the visible universe are just filled with the formless stuff waiting for you to press your thoughts into it for a reward?

I felt sorry for Mr. Wattles, poor guy.  I don’t believe he was ever rich. He apparently felt the same way about thoughts and their power to bring health.  Sadly he died shortly after his book was published in very poor health at age 51.

The idea that you can think your way into riches by having an intense desire for wealth are clearly not biblical.  Proverb’s mentions, “the sluggard craves and gets nothing.”  In other words desire is not enough.

There is a path to true riches laid out in the Bible that results in God’s favor and blessing.  This wealth Jesus referred to as the Pearl of Great Price.  The path to prosperity is also laid out in the Bible.  There’s nothing magic or mysterious about it.  Good planning, hard work and being generous to others are some of the steps involved.

Seeking riches?  Skip the Science of Getting Rich and read the Book of Proverbs instead.  Seeking true riches?  Read and follow the teachings of Jesus.