When I hear the word “discipline” I think of an athlete. The fierce training schedule, meal plans, time, and pressure that sits on their shoulders. Some starting at an early age of seven or eight years old face this lifestyle for fifteen plus. Many will even push through injuries determined to adapt their bodies to their situation. They tear down muscles, regulate their minds, and cultivate a focus that could cut through glass. It is a level of discipline that honestly surpasses understanding!

Let me be honest, some mornings I have to fight to show up for God, my family, my work and my community. And when I compare my efforts to the dedication of an athlete, I wonder how their discipline comes so naturally?

As I thought about an athlete’s life I realised something: It is not the joy of the discipline itself that keeps the athlete going. They do not ultimately find their fulfilment through the workout or the schedule or the meal, they find it in the end game – the result of those things.

So more importantly, how does this apply to us as believers?

Colossians 3:1-2 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

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Put God In Control Of Your Finances

Music, movies, and books about discussing wealth is everywhere we turn to. They are even in the church, hiding under the mask of the “prosperity gospel”.

In my opinion, people are falling for them left, right and centre. But honestly, not one of those songs, movies or books has a clue about what it takes to be financially secure and blessed.

That includes the ones promoting the “prosperity gospel”. Whilst doing some research, I discovered that there are over two thousand verses in the Bible about money! That tells us God has definite thoughts and opinions on the subject. Well, since His thoughts and opinions should be ours, it is only right that we should let God direct our finances (and everything else, too).

With all this being said, let us look at five of the two-thousand-plus verses—the five that I feel best sums up God’s intent for money and our use of it.

1. Malachi 3:10

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”

Tithe. First. It is not really even a tithe if you do not give it first. I always feel as though it should be prioritised straight away. We get paid, we give back to our father.

Sharing back with God—that is what we are doing when we tithe. Similarly, we are returning part of what is His to Him. Think of it like this: It is our way of appreciating all that He has blessed us with.

Overall, God wants to give us so much but he can not if we are so preoccupied with holding on to what we already have that our hands are closed to the new gifts He wants to give us.

2. Luke 6:38

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

There really is not a lot of explaining to do on this one. Whether it be toward your family, close circle of friends, your job, or God, you get what you give.

3. Luke 12:15

“Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

The world is determined to convince us that money is power and that the things money can buy are the source of happiness, love, sex appeal, and success. If this were a red-letter edition blog entry, the part in quotations would be red because the ‘he’ that said these things is Jesus. Jesus is warning us to not get caught up in the lie that a well-lived life is one that is full of stuff.

4. 2 Corinthians 9:7

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Salvation is a gift we can choose to accept or not. The same holds true forgiving. I believe we, in other words, we have been told to give back to Him, but God does not want us to do so unwillingly, for attention, or out of a sense of tit-for-tat. He only wants what comes from a sincere heart.

5. Matthew 6:20-21

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Finally, it all comes down to priorities. When we know deep down that our money and all it can buy is not the source of true wealth, then we will be truly happy. When we know deep down that our money and all it can buy really belongs to God, we will be better able and willing to give it back to him in return for even greater blessings. Thirdly, when we know deep down that money doesn’t buy happiness, we will be truly happy.

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Let me know your thoughts below!

Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

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How To Have A Healthy Mind

Have you ever noticed that you feel different after you listen to your favourite song or motivational podcast/video? What we listen to during the day can have a positive or negative effect on our mood.

However, if I am being honest, who we follow on social media and what we allow ourselves to take in from our “favourite Instagram pages” has an effect on us as well. It is very important to be mindful of what you are allowing in your mental space.

Start being intentional about everything especially with what you are feeding your mind. Be very careful of the story you are telling yourself about certain situations and lastly, do your best not to overwhelm yourself with scenarios that will not matter five days from now!

I want to encourage you to always remember that the enemy has a way of easing us into thinking negatively and before you know it, you are in a full-blown argument and you have no idea how all of it started. Nine times out of ten, it is because we have allowed something or someone to get into our head and then we are left to put the broken pieces together and maybe have to apologise. Just be careful! There is spiritual warfare going on all around us that we can not see with the natural eye so the next time someone says something to you that you deem to be blatantly absurd just remember. Ephesians 6:12 – For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Focusing on having a healthy mind is very important if you are going to live in the world today. Keep yourself vibrating high. Release all negative energy by journaling, going for a walk, being with people who bring you joy but mainly, by praying and asking our God to protect your mind, body, and soul.

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