Spirituality Matters

Meeting a neighbour this morning on my early walk, we chatted in the sunshine about what we were up to.  Neighbours here are few and far between.  Hearing that I had been writing my book, she asked me what I am writing about.

I explained that I was writing a series called Eagle Wing: Releasing to Rise, and she wanted to know more.  Hearing that in my first book, The Marathon Runner, I am speaking of the endurance and training we need to remain spiritually strong in whatever calling in life we have, and that the next book will be The Identity Key, she was eager to see my work.  I told her that each chapter begins with one word, each one of which comes together to form a journey for The Marathon Runner.

Spirituality is high on the agenda for many in this day, and I particularly see this in those of a New Age leaning, where knowing what we are created for, who we are called to, and the relationship with God that involves, can be radically life-changing.

This is why I write.  I write to convey a message.  I have a message that has set me free.  I choose to release that message so that others may be set free, and released to rise up.

I am basing my book around a word for encouragement and prayer that I received in my spirit during worship on 23 May 2014, which I have taken for the past two years into my own life and seen beginning to express itself.  My prayer is that it will touch many other lives, to challenge, transform and release to rise.

MD/August 2016 #TheMarathonRunner #EagleWing #CreatedtoflyBlog

What is the Point of Words?

The combination of today’s early morning Proverbs 13-15, 1 Corinthians 14.20-40, and Dano McCallum’s teaching on the power of sound, has been stunning.

I see that we must do all we can to craft the words we speak and write, the prophecies we give, to be the maximum potential for life to those who hear and read them.

Words are used to convey a message to those who hear them.  They are to declare, decree, enable, admonish, encourage, build up, comfort, explain.  In 1 Corinthians 14 we read that prophecy is the preferred method of communication, above tongues, in the Church because people will understand and hear what God is saying to them.  I see that in this message lies more: that all that we speak and write must be intelligible to those who need to understand it.  For it is not our gift on show, to demonstrate to others – rather it is a tool to bring impact and transformation to lives, to light the way, to change atmospheres in homes, cities and nations, and to bring glory to God through His Church.

Therefore doing all that we can to enable good reception – for instance using a translation of the Bible that is current, and speaking in words that are not religious and old-fashioned – is something close to God’s heart for us.  He will train us if we are willing, and we seek His Kingdom first.

So may I encourage those of us who are prophetic, to spend time with our ‘words’ – to take the seed of what God gives us into the quiet place a while, and listen to Him while we unpack what is within it.  Give ourselves space to set the scene and consider how to deliver it.  Then bring it with all the confidence that this time apart has given us.

MD/August 2016

#Prophetic #EagleWing #TheMarathonRunner #ReleasingToRise #Writing

The Race – Part 3 (1 Cor 9.24-27) Spiritual Lessons from a Physical Story

THE RACE – PART 3 (1 Cor 9.24-27) (Spiritual lessons from my physical story – see Parts 1 and 2):

What does what I have suggested mean?

  • Taking stock. Seeking God for purpose, priority, persistence. Then standing in it.
  • Pausing regularly to make adjustments. It is easy to keep going, harder to pause.
  • Depending fully on the Holy Spirit and receiving regular filling. We leak. Learning.
  • Asking Jesus to reveal increasingly who we are in Him. The Identity Key.
  • Understanding that it is out of the depth of the Infinity Pool of His love that we will overflow and see in the Spirit.

The Race – Part 2 (1 Cor 9.24-27) Spiritual Lessons from a Physical Story

THE RACE – PART 2 (1 Cor 9.24-27) Spiritual Lessons from my physical story earlier today (see Part 1):

THE ‘POSTURE’ KEY: Alignment. Focus. Vision. Stance. Consistency.

THE ‘STOPPING’ KEY: Refocus. Re-envisioning. Reviewing. Pausing. Adjusting.

THE ‘BREATHING’ KEY: Refilling. Refuelling. Receiving. The Holy Spirit.

THE ‘RELAXATION’ KEY: Letting go. Learning to work out of rest in the Spirit. Identity.

THE ‘SOAKING’ KEY: Going deep. Diving into God’s Love. Getting drenched in Him. Moving in and out of a different realm.

All counter-cultural.

All spiritual life-saving.

God is building marathon-runners with core strength to take the weight.

The Race – Part 1 (1 Cor 9.24-27 NIV)

THE RACE – PART 1 (1 Cor 9.24-27 NIV)

For four months I have experienced a physical training that has taught me spiritual principles. Paul speaks in these verses of not running aimlessly, fighting air, rather training and disciplining his body to run the race to get the prize. To do that, he was clear what that prize, that race, was for.

When muscles go into spasm you need to stop and adjust. The pain is just too intense. I was sent for x-rays, initial checks for breast cancer or bone malformations. Routine. All came back normal.  I’d already had healing prayer, and the swelling had gone down from constant impact, but a hard lump remained from which the pain radiated to my whole left upper body.

I went to my Physiotherapist who had not seen me for 4 years, and discovered that my left collarbone had been pulled so taut by my muscles that it had changed position, which was creating a cycle of pain.

We stopped all upper body exercise until we have manipulated the bone back into place (ouch).  We began constant stretches and weekly manipulation, with training and cycling for lower body and heart, and core body strength to allow the upper body to relax and be supported. It is proving fruitful.

One key is POSTURE.

In order for any of these things to work, they have to be done within a framework.  The physical framework is relearning posture, stance.

The next key is STOPPING.

If you are like I was, you throw yourself into things and you get focussed.  What I am having to train myself to do, currently, is to STOP. For me, for now, that means every 20 minutes!!  It means I refocus, stretch my body. Often, it means I drop some things I thought were important. This takes enormous discipline.

The next key is BREATHING.

My issue since childhood was hyperventilation.  Which means that muscles store up something which is damaging to them.  So when I stop I have to train myself to breathe properly from my diaphragm.

The next key, RELAXATION.

Deciding where and when to take time for yourself. Knowing yourself and your needs. Just being.

The next key, SOAKING.

Stopping to lie on your back and soak. What do I mean by ‘soak’? Taking what you know of the Scriptures and God, whilst putting music on, and lying down. Then focussing on Him even for 5 minutes.  The Holy Spirit ministers to you and you emerge refreshed.

In the next post (PART 2), I will share what paving stones this experience is laying in my life.