Category Archives: Encouragement

Keep Pedaling and Keep Pressing One!

This is a repost of a message from 2011 because sometimes we need a reminder!

by Sharman J. Monroe

I decided to break the routine in my daily exercise and do cycling on Wii© Fit Plus.  Although this is a video game, it simulates the real deal of bicycling and is a lower body cardio workout.  To do cycling, you stand on the Wii board and pedal, lifting your feet up and down, just like you are riding a bicycle.  You ride your bicycle around Wii Island on a course you chose.  The course can be timed or not, simple or difficult; you pedal uphill (yeah, you have to work to get uphill!) and downhill (cruise!), navigate curves (you have brakes) and pedal through sand (ah yeah, you have to work to get through sand!).  You must locate flags along the course and pick them up. When you have picked up all the flags for your course, you pedal to the finish line.

Since I wanted a 30 minutes plus cardio routine, I selected the Expert course which is not timed and difficult.  Oh I forgot to tell you…you don’t where the flags are located until you are cycling the course.  There is a small round map at the bottom right of the screen showing you where you are on the island and the flag locations.  You press 1 on the Wii controller to see what is around you.  But the map doesn’t show everything; it only shows a small area at a time.  You have to keep pedaling in a direction and keep pressing 1 so you can navigate the island, avoiding cliffs, lava pits and lakes, and find the flags.  You can pedal in a direction for a while only to discover there are no flags nearby.

As I was playing the game, I heard this scripture: Continue reading

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Calm Delight

by Sharman J. Monroe

My last post was about pity parties. About how in life we are dumped into situations we don’t like. About how when we don’t get our way, we hold pity parties for ourselves. And about how pity parties don’t move God but that God moves when praise parties show up. Yep, praise parties!

Now I know when you feel like moaning about your life, praise is the last thing on your mind. But think about this for a moment…….when you moan and groan, you feel weak and powerless. God doesn’t want us to be this way because these feelings open the door for Satan’s fiery darts of doubt, worry and despair. But more importantly, these feelings don’t bring glory to God; we are not good ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). Continue reading

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Worry Much?

by Sharman J. Monroe

This photo appeared in my Instagram feed last week and blessed me mightily! I can’t give credit to the artist because I don’t know who was so wise as to created it, but thank you.  I hope this photo blesses you ten times more than it blessed me.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time, casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. 1 Peter 5:6-7 (AMP)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

Amen!

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Party Over Here!

by Sharman J. Monroe

The whole congregation of the Israelites [grew discontented and] murmured and rebelled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the Israelites said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and ate bread until we were full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this entire assembly with hunger.” Exodus 16:2-3 (AMP)

The children of Israel cried out to the God for help during the 400 years they were slaves in Egypt. God used Moses to deliver them from Pharaoh and, after a while, Pharaoh let them go. They witnessed God part the Red Sea and walked through it on dry land on their way to the Promised Land. When they reached the other side, they were finally free of Egypt forever! And what did they do? Every time things got difficult on their way to the Promised Land, they murmured and complained and lamented.

In today’s times, we act like the Israelites. We ask God for something (more patience, more time with Him, deliverance, etc.).  When He starts us on our way to it but it’s not the cakewalk we expected, we murmur and complain. In other words, we have a pity party hoping to get God’s attention so He will do another something to make everything easy. Sometimes we invite others to our party. Unfortunately, pity parties don’t get God’s attention. Why? Continue reading

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