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Do you ever wonder why when we are walking with God and growing in our faith we face such trials? Why me, you may ask? When God are perfectly made in my image!

Trials: Designed by God to help us grow to be more like Him.

When we are going through trials we need to remember that God uses everything for good.  Even in the middle of the trial when we are asking ourselves why me!? When what we should be doing is drawing closer to Him and asking how to use this trial to teach others.  When we are chosen by God to go through these trials we need to think of as being placed in a new position to serve. When we get promoted to a new position at work its because we are ready and prepared for the challenge to make a difference with the other employees or the division we are working in. Its the same in life.  Treat your trials as God calling you to a higher position. People are watching you, and you will be given a different type of strength that others don't have during your trial so you can be the one that shines His awesome Glory. In result of that you impact the people around you. This life is very short, we need to welcome trials because it lets us know that God is always working within our lives to bring us closer to home. "Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him." James 1:12 



     I often find myself saying to my oldest daughter "just do the work!" If you want a different outcome then you have to do the work to get there. In many of my life experiences I have struggled and found this to be great advice for me personally. For example, if you want to play a sport, or get to a higher level within the sport you already play then you need to seek out that direction on how and "just do the work."
     This same logic is placed on us when we become followers of Jesus. He calls us in to send us out. We seek Him for a better understanding on our lives, only to have Him teach us about who He is. When we learn about who Christ is and do the work, we learn who we are and where the needs are. God says there is a big harvest with few workers. What are you spending most of your time working on? Are you seeking Him and asking where the work is needed or are you working on a worldly crown that doesn't last.

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that wont last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize."
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 



If I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt who my Savior is, what am I doing about it? Where is my sense of urgency for the others around me? I love the part where Penn says, how much do I have to hate someone to not tell them that everlasting life is available to them!


God WOD 2/1/2015

A couple weeks ago with the Philia bible study we were discussing the importance and seriousness of the commandment "Remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy"  Of course the first thing we did was see what God had to say about it in the Bible, because after all these are His laws and He created them for us.  Today there is much debate over this commandment and what it truly is asking us to do.  For many of us this commandment is hard simply because society as a whole doesn't make it easy. We have practice for our kids sports, we have to get our work week prepared with groceries, food planning and washing clothes, some of us have to work, the list goes on......The important question is: Do you observe the day in any significant way? Whether Saturday or Sunday; whether you cease all work or are joyfully active in the service of Jesus; Do you take this requirement seriously? That you must obey this commandment is non-negotiable. How you obey it is a matter you must settle with God as you study His will in the Bible.  He gave this day to us not only as a gift for rest but to remember what He has done for us.
     As I sit here and watch the snow fall with many activities pending and a couple conversations of panic because I cant get this or that done because of the weather or my kids may not have school tomorrow.  I stop myself and remind myself that I've had a stressful week (I'm sure you all have too) and the snow will melt, and my kids will go back to school, and there is warm weather in the future.....I think ;)  But today I can stay in my sweats, play with my kids while they're still kids, and watch the game. Having life on hold for a day is a day to thank God for all He provides......and He gives this to us each week! How awesome is that!!!! Most of all, I have a God that promises me tomorrow and that He's got this!  He has overcome the world! So enjoy His gift of this beautiful snow, thank Him, remember Him, and go play.....because tomorrow you have to be one with society again!



"If anyone thinks they are something they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load."
Galatians 6:3-5

Its MAX out week!!!!! This is an exciting time for the Philia family.  Its when we get to test out all our hard work over the past year.  Its also a time when we get to put those two beautiful letters in our WOD books (PR). What's the definition of PR anyway?  Well lets start with why we even have a MAX out week.  One of the important reasons is so you can personally see how far you have come since the day you were brave enough to toe the bay doors not knowing what an AMRAP was. In addition, your PR may not even be more weight than you lifted last time but it might be the difference of a really ugly lift to a now beautifully executed lift from start to finish.....that's a PR!  So when your cheering on your boxmates makes sure you are cheering them on for what's in their WOD books, not so you can determine how the rest of your day is going to go!


God Wod 9/18/2014

Psalm 13
"How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thought and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look onto me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say I have overcome him and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love, my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lords praise, for he has been good to me." 
     We all need to be reminded that our books have already been written, and that God is constantly behind the scenes setting you up for your next act.  We need to be thankful in every situation of our lives, even when we are placed in a valley that's scary and deep. The beauty behind it is that God doesn't leave you there.  He is teaching you and molding you to His perfection, not yours.  If He brought you to it, don't fight it, He is going to bring you through it and when you get to the other side you become a light for someone else.  You become that movie trailer that many wait in anticipation to go see and hear the entire story. You become the proof of Him and hope for others. So the next time your feeling low about something, turn your headlamp on which is the word of God and start trekking forward. Others are waiting to be inspired by you at the finish line.


God WOD 9/2/2014

Better: To be more acceptable, more pleasing or acceptable to something else

Succeed: To gain fame, wealth, or power. To realize a goal.

Winner : Somebody or something that is or seems likely to become very successful or popular

I wanted to find the definitions to these words today, so I thought I would ask Google to find them for me.  The ones above were the first ones to pop up. It doesn't surprise me that they are worded this way in the society that we live in.  We are always trying to become better, become more successful, and win at our goals.  As we should be everyday......unless our definitions are skewed in such a way that if we are not succeeding, winning, or better; then we are failures, disappointments, and not enough. 
     What does God say about this? Well, the band MercyMe put it perfect "Greater is the one living inside of me than he who is living in the world!"  When you find your identity in Christ you have found the place of better, success, and winner.  God chose a name for you, and he is calling you by that name, not to be better, more successful, or the winner of the world, but the better more successful you for Him.  If he created us all the same then we wouldn't be able to do His work.  Take the human body for example.  Each  body part plays a very important role and has its very own job to help the whole body function.  If I continue to seek the greater of the world, then I'm just seeking to be like everyone else which defeats Gods purpose for not only the world but His purpose for me. You and I already have the greater, the better, the successful, the winner inside of us.  Society places ones who live of the world to lead us astray and not seek within. Another way to look at it is "Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn't want them to turn to God. Your sin is like a jail cell except its so nice and comfy there doesn't seem to be a need to leave......the door is wide open....until one day time runs out, the cell door slams shut and suddenly its to late." ~God Not Dead movie.
     If your trying to build your kingdom here you need to ask for that kingdom to fall.  You are already the Greater, its with you wherever you go and He weeps along side of you when you don't see it. Instead of using more mortar to keep your kingdom standing, open the bible and use the directions YOU came with.



When is the last time you opened the bible and read stories about Abraham, Gideon, Mark, Luke, Matthew, or Peter to name a few.  The list goes on....Its kinda like "Naked and Afraid" meets "The Bachelor, or Bachelorette" with a little "Young and the Restless" and "Modern Family" mixed in.  The reality is that the stories haven't change with the issues and decisions we face today.  We still place idols in front of God because our idols are something we can touch, see, and feel. Where following Jesus is walking forward in faith blindly. Sometimes we hide behind our idols because our highlight reel is more impressive then to even fathom the fact that God has chosen you for something bigger, something that wasn't in your 5 year plan. But its not about your ability, its about your availability.  He chose us all, but we need to ask, and seek his plan for us. So when we are saying to ourselves "no way can I make this decision you are asking of me!" He is saying "I'm sending you!" and when you fight back and make excuses,  He is saying "I will be with you!" and then you may say sorry you have the wrong person, but He is saying "you will not fail!" See all these people I listed above were just average people in the bible going about their average days, but God had a bigger plan, and took them just as they were. Even the disciples who spent days with Jesus, still questioned who he was.  But the thing is that God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.  The difference today is that society and technology is just more advanced. Idols are stronger, highlight reels are bigger! If you are someone who strives for something bigger, a new challenge, a new direction because something just doesn't feel right in life. That's the holy spirit tugging on you, telling you to slow down and stop worrying about your ability in certain areas and work on your availability to Him and He will empower you and take you to a level you could never imagine.
"If only I could see it from your perspective, the beauty and the grace of your architecture."