I never thought I would ever say, “3 miles? No problem!” or “6 miles? I can do that!” There was a time in my life when I could barely run 15 minutes on a slow setting on my treadmill and one mile was a long distance for me. I compared my running with my Christian walk. There was a time when reading one Scripture verse every day was difficult and I only prayed at meal time. I can truly say that God has “shook me” so that I take my relationship with Him more seriously. I don’t think it is a coincidence that I am able to accomplish more now than I ever had before.
I was weak in every aspect of my life— my marriage, my teaching, my time with God, my time with my children, my personal discipline, my self-control, etc. Everything I did was based on my own efforts and strength—there was nothing supernatural about it. The turning point for me was when a voice in a dream said, “You are weak… it [demonic forces] will overtake you.” I knew then that I can’t do anything without God—I needed to build that relationship with Him—I couldn’t continue having occasional conversations with Him when it was convenient for me and my schedule.
My desire is to stress to you the importance of reading your Bible and praying to God everyday (even when you don’t feel like it). Now I read a one-year Bible in the morning with my husband then pray, and I read a certain book of the Bible at night. I say this not because I want to appear “holy,” but to say that if I can do it then you can too. I do it because I need to grow spiritually strong—I don’t ever want to face a spiritual attack without proper “armor.”
In our reading today we came across these passages: “You will experience all these blessings if you obey the LORD your God: Your towns and fields will be blessed. Your children and your crops will be blessed. The offspring of your herds and flocks will be blessed. Your fruit baskets and breadboards will be blessed. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed… The LORD will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain… If you obey the commands of the LORD your God and walk in his ways…” (Deu 28:2-6, 8-9, NLT).
I think if we have a sincere desire to follow God and we build that relationship with Him by reading His Word, praying to Him, and studying the Bible, then He will bless us. I know He has blessed me more than I can even imagine possible. He has breathed new life into my withered body and dying spirit and I can truly say that I am alive.
Today I ran 13.11 miles—all things are possible with God!
Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti
I am enjoying the Bible series on the History channel. The other night we watched as Joshua led the Israelites around the walls of Jericho. It made me think about the passages from Joshua 1:9 and Deuteronomy 31:8, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go,” “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (NIV). Those Scripture verses have always been very encouraging to me.
I was nervous about my first week of teaching the onsite class probably because I had such an awful experience the last time I taught. It was so bad that it made me wonder if I should have a different occupation. The incident made me think about Acts 19:13-16, and then I thought about Luke 9:40, where it says, “I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.”
I believe that terrible class I took on was a task that God did not want me to take. I went into it with my own power and it left me emotionally beaten. It is no coincidence that all this happened a few days before I left for Nepal, and it is no coincidence that while in Nepal I had the dream that said, “You are weak… it will overtake you.”
I was (and still am) weak. I never want to go into another situation without God’s direction and guidance—I want to make sure He is not only with me, but that He has also prepared the way for me. How many times have you done something that God had not sanctioned? Do everything by His power and wait for Him to guide and direct you.
Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti
I’m reading through Isaiah and came across this Scripture verse that had given me much encouragement in the past—“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
Many years ago I was in a situation where I felt much hostility from people who were my superiors. I was being falsely accused and pressured into recanting something that I had said.
Although my husband was very supportive, it still seemed like a very lonely and depressing time for me. God’s Word was a comfort. Sometimes we need to be reminded that we are not alone; and even though we feel scared, we need to know that we have nothing to fear.
God gives “strength to the powerless” and “power to the weak” (Isa 40:29).
What kind of opposition are you going through? Think about Isaiah 41:10 and give it to God!
Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti