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Show highlights include:  

  • How to avoid ruining the true thrill of the holidays with Amazon lists and tempting gifts. (1:36)
  • Why Hebrews 10:36 keeps you from unwrapping God’s gifts too early (and throwing life into confusion). (6:05)
  • How to have faith and patience in your future (and receive exactly what God intended). (7:59)
  • How to find freedom in your timing and trust the Lord to guide your journey. (10:48)

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Hi there. I'm Jill Allen and this is find your fierce, the show designed for women to discover your fierce, unlock and unstoppable mindset. Build unbreakable courage and completely transform how you show up every single day. Each week I will bring ideas, methods and strategies that will inspire you to step into your greatness and live life on purpose. Let's be fit, fierce and unstoppable.

(00:33): Hey there, gang. Welcome to find your fear so glad you are here. We are continuing the fateful finished series today because the year is not over. Today's a new day, a new opportunity, and we are making the most of it. And we're going to talk about how we can become a little bit more patient. I believe today has been downloaded on my heart. It's going to be a gentle and loving reminder that we may need to grow in this area. I know I do for sure. I tend to be a, get it done right now, kind of gal. But before we go any further, I have to say that I just love that you're here listening in and spending time with us. So honor that I get to be a part of your day. You're just also amazing. I have to thank you for your love and support as always.

(01:13): I appreciate your feedback, your reviews. And I just love that you share this podcast in a set free message with your friends and family. So if you could keep on doing that, that would be incredible because you were helping this movement as it helps reach more women and it impacts more lives. And that is certainly what life is all about. So thank you again for being with us each week. Okay? So our kids were talking with Rob and I, the other day, we were reminiscing Christmas stories, a few funny memories, actually a lot of funny memories, one, they were telling us how they figured out, how to log into Amazon and check out all the recent purchases, just a heads up gang. If you have any little smarty pants in your family, there you go. Heads up, change your password to your Amazon account. But we were told that Harper was the little detective and the leader in this mission and the one that gathered everyone around the computer to check it all out and do some digging.

(02:10): And let me tell you, they saw, this is what they told us. They saw every little thing that was on the way or that had been shipped. All that was ordered. Nothing was a secret at that moment. There was nothing that would be a shock to them on Christmas morning. Now I can imagine right now how they actually practiced their surprised faces when they had to open up all the gifts on Christmas morning as if it was the first time seeing and knowing what their gifts were. They thought they were so slick, looking up things on Amazon and the history is the new way of kids shaking gifts and trying to figure it all out. And with the kids sharing all of this, it actually brought up a memory that took me back to 1987. I was nine years old and I was staying at my grandma and Pop's house for the weekend.

(03:02): And they had all their Christmas presents already wrapped tag, and they were all displayed under their tree. And there was this one that had my name on it. And I remember it. I remember so badly that I wanted to know what was in that box. I mean, I mean, I remember it as if it was yesterday, it was wrapped in green shiny paper. It had a thin ribbon on it, a bow in the corner where my grandma had made, where she would take those scissors and, and make the ribbon kind of like curl up. I don't know if you guys have ever done that or not, but I just remember how I was fascinated by that technique in bow making. And I mean, I, I couldn't wait until the day that I could open it. And as the days passed on, I remember I had this strong temptation to just shake the box up and down to try and figure out what was inside.

(03:52): And I can hear so clearly my gram to this day, screaming from the kitchen, Julie being, get away from the tree, put it down. You're going to have to wait, just be patient. But I was so excited. I wanted to guess and see what was in the box and that, and the temptation. I just, I couldn't resist it. I knew I only had a short time to wait, but man, just let me tell you. I just wanted it right now. And so what did I do? Like any other kid, just like what my kids did, they searched on Amazon totally opened it and thinking now, I mean, I think I would have totally failed the weight. Your patient's marshmallow game that parents are testing their kids with these days. Do you guys know what I'm talking about? Where the parents would tell the toddler to wait to eat the marshmallow or the piece of candy that was sitting right in front of them until they returned to the room and the parents would leave.

(04:48): And then we would watch to see if the little one waits or if they sneak, you know, a little piece of candy in their mouth. Right. I know I would have totally failed because I had to do it. I had to open the gift. And so when everyone was downstairs, I snuck back into the tree room and I carefully, or what I thought so carefully unwrapped it. I did it just, you know, like my kids breaking into the Amazon account and searched all the recent histories. You know, I unwrapped the box, I took a peak and then I wrapped it back up as if no one would know what I did, but here's the thing. Graham knew he got in trouble. And I remember she was mad. She never really got mad at me ever, but she was mad that day at me, even worse.

(05:28): It took all the fun out of Christmas day because I already knew what I was going to get. And it really took the joy out of the gift giving for my gram to who was actually disappointed that she missed the thrill of me being truly surprised. Do you know what was in that box? I have to laugh. It was a, I wanted it so badly. It was a red and white Coca-Cola shirt. It was a long sleeved. It had a color, had some buttons I'd wanted it so badly and it must've been the thing back then. It had Coca-Cola on the of it. I just loved it. But patients, patients is something that I feel everyone struggles with in life. Do you agree? It doesn't matter what age you are, whether it's kids who want that instant gratification, or if it's a teenager who wants, you know, a car the day they turned 16, or maybe it's our husbands who want new gear for the upcoming fishing trip, whatever it may be.

(06:20): In some respect, I feel everyone has to learn the lesson of patience, Hebrews 10 36 from the passion translation. It says, you need the strength of endurance to reveal the poetry of God's will. And then you receive the promise and full guys. There are so many promises that God has given us. The Bible is full of them. And every one of those promises is like a gift to unwrap. But if you've walked any length of time with the Lord, you know, that there is sometimes a period of waiting between the believing that a particular gift from heaven is yours and the actual unwrapping of that gift. There may be a particular promise that you are thinking about right now, one that you have released your faith to receive. And it seems as if that promise is never going to be fulfilled, that the promise keeps getting delayed and delayed over and over again.

(07:22): It's like the it's right there in your grasp, but it always just kind of allude you just, when you think that promise is going to come into full effect, something unexpected pops up, it throws things into confusion. Maybe even that promise even involves God's good plan for your life and the fulfillment of the very reason he puts you on this earth. But the Bible says, you need the strength of endurance. You need patience as you're waiting for that gift. I don't know about you, but sometimes I don't want to be patient. It totally get that if you don't want to either, but we need to stand strong. We need to not budge for any reason, to be a hundred percent all in and in total agreement that we will receive what we desire and have been promised that we will not be moved by any sin, any situation until we receive it, that the thing you and I have prayed for, we need to stand strong.

(08:18): We have to have patience enough to stay the course to keep going until the will of God has been done. If you've asked the Lord for a specific thing that he has already promised you in his work, there is not a need to go into excessive planning or to attempt to control what will happen to you in the future to figure it all out. You don't need to do that. There's no need to go about checking the history of Amazon purchases to open up and take sneak, peeks into boxes with Coca Cola shirts in them. We don't need to go about shaking the boxes to see if he has given you what you have released your faith to receive. If you think about it, shaking the gift to figure it all out, should be again, a red flag that you are still not fully in faith about your request.

(09:05): You have to find what God has said about the matter in his word and get it settled in your heart. That promise is sitting wrapped under the tree and already has your name on it. Let me repeat that it has your name on it. So if you were feeling impatient about God's timing, don't start trying to figure it out in your mind or create these massive plans where you force it to make it happen. Don't try and figure out what's in the box before he's ready for you to open it. Trust the Lord that he has his best in store for you. And if you've asked God and you've asked in faith, God will do what you have asked him to do. The timing may be a little bit different than what you anticipated and odds are. It may even look a little bit different, but you can be rest assured that God will come through for you because he is faithful.

(10:00): Your part. My part, our part is to obey God, to believe his words, let him work inside of you and to have rest, to trust, to have faith. And when we do it will only be a matter of time until we receive exactly what he has desired to give all of us all along. That's the promise. We don't have to force our way into situations or to mistrust the Lord or to check him out, to see if he is really doing what we asked. It's only a matter of time until what we pray for, comes to pass. So good. So good. Here's a few things to reflect on this week. I know I'm making these short and sweet for you, but, but again, I know how your schedule gets filled up very quickly here in this holiday season. So let's do our self check. Have you ever tried to open up your gifts, shake the box to try to guess, to see if God is going to do what he has promised to do for you?

(10:57): Have you ever not fully trusted him and I've tried to figure it all out on your own. Do you try and force things? Do you take matters into your own hands? Do you try and control the journey? How are you doing in the patient's realm of your life? Do your actions reveal a need for growth in this area? Think about how much it pleases God when you ask him to do something and then just simply trust him to do it. Are you giving God this pleasure or are you disappointing him by continually checking to see if he is going to be faithful? I hope and pray that you are enjoying this fateful finished series. I know I am. And if you're wanting more fire in your day, follow Joel Allen on Instagram or join us for our next retreat. We have been all over the place on epic adventures that allow us to step outside our comfort zone.

(11:40): So be sure to go to Joel Allen, coaching.com for all updates or join the just breathe Facebook group. We would love to have you join us heads up on the next episode, we are continuing the fateful finished series to end the year of 2021. So be sure to back in next week, thanks so much for joining us today. And I pray that we filled your hearts with joy. If you could let me know before hopping off here today, that would be incredible. Subscribe, share this episode link on your social media. If you felt encouraged or inspired, as we all know someone that can benefit. And I would love it. If you would give some feedback and a review as well, talk again, next time. Be fit. Be fierce, be unstoppable. See ya.

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