Keep It Real Serena Williams

Are You Up for the Challenge?

What do I think about Serena Williams and the events of the U.S. Open 2018? OMG! She knows when to give-in and when not to give-up. Champions know how to do it! Don't they? In her own words during a press conference she said... remain graceful and humble. That she did! You're Looking Good Ms Serena from the inside and out. We know she could have bragged on that day about her accomplishments but she stood up for her character and the reality that her daughter would someday see this footage. Bravo to you Serena for not allowing someone else to change your story with their narratives. I mean, in the midst of upset and through the tears she did not lose her "right" mind.

Did you read the statement Serena made about her father, who pulled out from walking her down the aisle one hour before her wedding? Google It! A Class Act on and off the court she is! One article related to her father/wedding began with this statement "Serena Williams' father pulled out her wedding an hour before..." Woo Wee. Are you up for the challenge of champions? If you want to know how NOT to get caught up ... google this article. Clearly Serena was not listening to the "people's voice" or interested in the popular vote. You've seen Bridezilla, or you at least heard about it. One of those ladies would have drew blood for this infraction! Serena showed us that our life is not ruled by other people's choices or opinions but how we choose to honor our Higher Self in the midst of our try/trial.

Giving In: Thus, while, both giving in and giving up tell us that the person admitted defeat; he loses after putting up a fight in case of give in. Giving in is used more in the sense of yielding or surrendering after opposing a point of view. Note that here, you mean putting an end to fighting or arguing.

Giving Up: Though give up also means admitting defeat, give up indicates the act of surrender without trying or putting up a fight. On the other hand, give up is also used to describe the act of leaving or stopping a habit such as giving up on smoking. Note that in giving up you are speaking about putting an end to trying.

Your try is about you and God… Peter’s try (standing with the Messiah during his trial) may look like a failure in Peter’s eyes but the Lord was attempting to teach Peter something about faith that can only be learned through suffering. My hope in what God has promised takes the attention off of people and puts it on God. It boils down to whose voice and vision am I choosing to follow.

There’s not a heavenly vision without a voice attached to it. There’s not an earthly vision without a voice attached to it. How do I discern which voice is ruling? It's a matter of honor. When I am having a discussion I attempt to remain open to whose honor I am seeking during the conversation. This was not always the case, but I’ve learned to discern the voice that would lead me to honor God, Love, Truth over my own defensiveness. This is why “I Statements” make so much sense to me. See previous post for “I Statement” communications. Too bad I didn’t have this "I Statement" tool earlier in marriage or other relationships. So glad I'm here now. I find myself humming the following lyrics, As I look back over my life, I can see how the Lord has guided me!

Has God ever unconvinced you of something (Acts 26:9)? Isn't this what it's about? A journey of learning, discovery, and teachable moments. Moments when you are the student or the one God uses as the teacher of the observer. Acts 26:9 reads "I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

It is the Holy Spirit that convicts and convinces us in the process of leading us into all truth (John 16:8). John 16:13-14 reads “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”

Recently I read an article. Below is a bit of the conversation as in voices.

Commenter 1: My concern is where is all this leading? Will there be a suggested cure for what emotionally ails us, our epigenetic angst, our unspeakable “sins” of birth? Will it be Jung or Yeshua to the rescue? Will our salvation even involve the cross? Why did Yeshua need to suffer and die if all we really need is enlightened psychotherapy?

Response #1 to Commenter: “Don’t over-react here, Michael. We’re just exploring. Human being in the world is a very complex enterprise and fraught with many interconnected planes. Isn’t it possible that the salvation we long for addresses itself to ALL of these planes without excluding any? Why should we think that healing of memories is any less important than healing of bodies (and I know nothing of the occultist movement you mention)? Isn’t salvation also release from past trauma? Does studying Jung prevent me from listening to Yeshua? When Paul says “work it out” doesn’t that also include working through the baggage I have been given at birth?”

Response #2 to Commenter: The art and science of life is a beautiful thing if we use it properly. This Spirit that leads me into all truth includes awareness that I have anxious thoughts along with desiring a clean heart and a renewed spirit. I’d like to think that these thoughts that are not a part of the Original script for my life came from somewhere. I am less focused on who is at fault (where they came from) than how they’ve become a distraction to my Organic Self… it is good for me to know that what’ve lived with doesn’t belong and is not healthy . . . in Psychology I see the helpfulness in understanding certain dynamics of human behavior. These truths make the born again process all the more valuable to me. Not born again for escapism but open to choices … the right to become Sons of the Most High. … However I can create new memories through new choices/actions/behaviors/submission to the Spirit of Truth and be transformed by this renewed mind. I can break the pattern! . . . No fixed mindset when it comes to my past.

Staying with the Vision of God will require discerning and following the Voice of God. How can someone differentiate between the voice of the people and the voice of God? In my experience it has come down to “do they have the things of God in mind.” Mark 8:33 reads But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. "Get behind me, Satan!" he said. "You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."

If you are asking for discernment on how to remain true to the heavenly vision, you are going to have to turn up your desire to remain true to the heavenly voice - the Word.

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