It’s true. God is the best life coach. He knows the condition we are in, the longings of our hearts, the way we close our eyes and sigh at life, and the difficult days or seasons when we need help from a friend. His Spirit encourages us along the way so that we know every detail of our lives matters to Him and He can work it all, even the worst of sins and sorrow, into something good. He is in the restoring business! Sozo life (abundant, healed, forgiven, restored life) was first His idea.
Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. (Romans 8:26-28, 30 The Message Bible)
God didn’t remotely provide a way, but came quite personally born as Jesus, right into our messy human condition, right into the air we breathe, right into our common struggle, and lived the life we couldn’t live. We have this strong ENCOURAGEMENT now in Him and can encourage each other.
You yourself have done this plenty of times, spoken words that clarify, encouraged those who were about to quit. Your words have put stumbling people on their feet, put fresh hope in people about to collapse. (Spoken to Job in 4:3-4 MSG)
And don’t we all need fresh hope?
Walking out of the jail, Paul and Silas went straight to Lydia’s house, saw their friends again, encouraged them in the faith, and only then went on their way. (Acts 16:40 MSG)
Traveling through the country, passing from one gathering to another, he gave constant encouragement, lifting their spirits and charging them with fresh hope. (Acts 20:2 MSG)
Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out. (1 Thess. 5:14-15)
To encourage is to put courage in!
This is what I do: en-courage you! As a Spiritual Life Coach, workshop leader, or event speaker, I have you in mind. Your life, your story is one-of-a-kind important, and when you need fresh hope and your spirit lifted, when you want to change things and grow, when you feel you’re walled in by life, or when you no longer want to remain in the mold others created for you, call me. I will respectfully challenge you with hope and encouragement!
We need a place to be real. This is that place. We have a responsibility to live the life we’ve been given well. I coach women to become more of who they are created to be – and it’s a mentoring, discipling, joyous adventure! It may be you or your daughter (age 16 +) who wants to know more, become more, and needs some new tools in order to go forward from where you are. Let’s meet together and talk about your story. Let me share with you God’s definition of your Identity, Value, and Purpose so that you are strengthened to go forward! I’d be honored to sit with you over coffee or listen by phone.
Your one life – isn’t it worth it? Yes, it is.
There’s so much grace for the journey,
From the desk by the window where the sun is beginning to peek through the trees, burn off the early morning fog, and shine on the squirrel leaping across the leaves.
For coaching or speaking, let me hear from you ~ Group Coaching is also available! And coaching booked through 12/31/15 gets that deep, December discount. 😀
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(c) Robin L. Lewis, Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC, December 11, 2015