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How to Live Strong

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How to live Strong.

Live Strong was etched in millions of happy, yellow elastic bands. If you tied it’s message to finding a cure for cancer, you probably still wear yours, but if you tied the mantra to Lance Armstrong it’s doubtful that you do.

Lance Armstrong had it right when he published his mantra “Live Strong”. It caught like wildfire and spread hope throughout the world. His comeback from cancer was inspiring. His victories were record breaking. I refused to believe the dark whispers that leaked into the media. I thought they were empty, jealous attacks. But years later, he admitted his source of strength was covered with lies. He wasn’t as strong as he looked. His rippling muscles hid his weak character. He betrayed his fans, his followers, because when he came to the end of his strength he turned to numerous banned blood doping strategies. And that’s wrong on so many levels.

There is no doubt Mr. Armstrong wanted to live strong.

Strong is a pregnant word.

It’s a capsule packed with meaning. It includes physical strength, but isn’t limited to only that one aspect.

Strong means:

  • Vigorous
  • Fixed
  • Robust
  • Secure
  • Capable
  • Energetic
  • Tenacious
  • Sound
  • Unyielding

Did Mr. Armstrong’s downward spiral start with an excuse or the belief that he was an exception to the rules or maybe he felt entitled?

What about you?

Ever felt you had an excuse to break God’s rules?

An excuse or an exception…

Maybe just a little bit more entitled to what you want than everyone else???

So you broke God’s rules?

Rules that are not there to limit you…but protect you.

Obedience to God requires a heart of surrender to God and that is the surest path to Victory!

I absolutely love how the psalmist explains this truth in Psalms 119.

1Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD.

2Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.

3They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his path Psalms 119:1-3 NLT

But this article isn’t about pointing out wrong; I want to point you to strong.

Living Strong was God’s idea.

It’s important that we understand God’s intentions go beyond:

  • Muscles,
  • Races
  • Applause and
  • Prestige.
  • They go beyond:
  • Galaxies,
  • Gold medals
  • Monetary gain or
  • Endorsements; not that there is anything wrong with any of these things.


The Apostle Paul is closing his letter to the church at Ephesus when he says, “A final word.”

Not as an after thought, but a final thought; the thought he wanted to leave them with. So, he’s about to say something important enough for us to sit up and listen.

“Be strong.”

This includes being strong in:

  • Character
  • Faith
  • Endurance and
  • Hope

It also includes being strong through:

  • Pain
  • Grief
  • Storms and
  • Loss


I’m surprised by how quickly I get to the end of my strength…the end of my endurance…the end of knowledge.

Paul knew this truth so, he didn’t stop with what to do…he explained how to do it;

“in the Lord and in his mighty power”.

The key is partnership…staying connected to the Lord.

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.” John 15:4 NLT

But, then Paul drills down to be specific.

Think with me for a minute…have you ever made a pot of chili…and realized something was missing? As you taste the hot concoction a second time, you ask yourself “What does this need”?

There are things you can rule out immediately, without even giving them any consideration. You don’t need coconut, or chocolate chips. As you taste, you know it has plenty of garlic and chili powder…but what it needs is some salt. So you reach specifically for the box of salt.

Paul is saying…Be strong in the Lord AND specifically…

His mighty power.

ACESS His power! His power is accessible to you.

I want to remind you…it’s something I say everywhere I go…and it’s something I have to remind myself daily—Christianity is not one more self-help program.

Christianity is a family partnership.

It is being born into God’s family and allowing the power of the living God to strengthen, guide and equip every area of our lives. It’s not superficial or contrived. Simply put, it’s a singleness of heart and motives.

Our journey is  not a struggle to BE strong. It is learning how to accessing His strength to live out His plan in the Earth!

You wouldn’t consider for one moment trying to use your hair dryer without plugging into the power. It doesn’t work without power. Your life just doesn’t work like it’s supposed to without plugging into the power.

How do you access it?

Ask for it. Believe God for it. Confess and Declare the promises of God belong to you.


A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10 NLT


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key to emotional health

A Key to Emotional Health

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Do you ever read a quote and feel it all the way through your being…I mean like all the way to the tips of your toes? And you’re not really sure why it resonates so loudly, but it just does?

This quote did that for me.
key to emotional health
And, I’m not even musically inclined!

So, it got me to thinking about music and it’s power.


causes us to dance and laugh;
or grieve over shared sorrows and losses;
helps us relax;
makes work seem easier;
creates atmosphere;
opens our emotional spigots.

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Is the fire of Pentecost burning in your heart?

Praying Through Acts in 28 Days

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February Prayer Focus

Praying through the Book of Acts in 28 Days

Is the fire of Pentecost burning in your heart?

1. For empowered witnessing. “We shall received power…and ye shall be witnesses” (Acts 1:8).

2. For a spirit of “one accord” to prevail among the churches. “When the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place” (Acts 2:1).

3. For the outpouring of the Holy Ghost. “I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh” (Acts 2:17).

4. For the fear of the Lord to rest on the church. “and fear came upon every soul” (Acts 2:43).

5. For boldness in Jesus’ name. “Such as I have give I thee: In the Name of Jesus…” (Acts 3:6).

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Plug Into 220 Christian Living

Plug Into 220 Christian Living- Power

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Plug Into 220 Christian LivingSome of the beautiful old ante-bellum homes nestled under beautiful moss covered oak trees were wired to handle only 110 Volt (V) current? Some folks lived their whole lives with only 110 V. You can run all sorts of appliances with it…

  • a hairdryer
  • a vacuum cleaner
  • lamps
  • television.
  • That’s right you can live your whole life with 110V.

Oh, but come to think of it, you can’t have air conditioning! That’s requires 220V. And those hot water showers, they’re gone, because electric hot water heaters require 220V. And the cooking at your house will be very limited, because the kitchen stove requires 220V as well.

Yes, sir! You you could live your entire life using without 220V current. But my question is,

“Why would you want to?”

I can think of a few reasons, but none of which are enough to keep me confined to 110V living.

Worse than Living With Only 110V

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Tropical Storm Beryl

Tropical Storm Beryl- Power Outage

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Tropical Storm Beryl


Forgive me. I intended to get this posted yesterday. By the time I juggled everything that had to be done, it didn’t get up.

The wind and rain awaken me at 3:30 this morning. My first though was, “Do we still have power?” Even before we went to bed (we don’t normally get a lot of sleep when a hurricane or tropical depression is bearing down on us), there were already places in Jacksonville without power. At midnight, the rain stopped and the winds grew quiet, so I knew the center of the storm was passing over us. I finally fell asleep. I was awakened at 3:30 as the backside of the storm was moving through. I didn’t want to awaken Wayne so I decided to tiptoe to the den. I did awaken him, but at least I tried not to. I don’t understand why he woke up when the door slammed. No, I very carefully eased the door shut, but you’re aware of every sound when you are in a storm.


In the den I flipped on the news, did I forget to tell you…we had power… well, we did! Our TV doesn’t work without power. The radar showed the storm was passing through…the worst was over. I clicked off the television and started my prayer time. It wasn’t long until I heard a loud boom. At first I thought a big tree had fallen, but you feel the ground shake when that happens. The boom was an electrical transformer in the neighborhood directly behind us. They lost their power…we still had ours.


If you’ve ever been without power, you know…it’s no fun! It’s miserable. Besides the TV not working, nothing works. Everything you want to do you can’t do…because you don’t have any power. You can’t cook…you can’t vacuum…you can’t wash the clothes. It sounds like some folk’s vacation, but its no fun when the house is hot and you’re hungry. No, I’d rather have power and get the chores done, than sit in a dark, hot house. A day without power is NOT good! You know for certain when the power’s out!


Yet we hardly recognize our difficulty to accomplish God’s plan for our life as the lack of spiritual power. We struggle to raise our children or to succeed on our jobs without recognizing that the root problem is the lack of spiritual power. We’ve grown up, but our mantra hasn’t changed since we were that 2 year old explaining to our mom—“Me do it.” So God watches as we struggle. We fuss and cuss…I didn’t say that, we’re farther along spiritually than that…. We fuss and fume…powerless…frustrated and ineffective.  We struggle to accomplish things in our own strength. You know what I’m talking about—we struggle to do things God never intended us to handle in our own strength…things that were designed for us to accomplish in partnership with Him. God wants us to do our part, the natural part, then allow Him to do the God part.


Too many times I’ve struggled instead of plugging into the resources of heaven for the power I needed; like the times that I’ve struggled with a bad attitude. Most of the time, I simply wanted a Band-Aid when He wanted to do a root canal or a root extraction on my root of bitterness. Then there’s been times I’ve struggled to believe for answers to prayer. His plan was for me to saturate my mind in Scripture, so I could enjoy the God kind of faith that only comes by hearing and hearing the Word.


So often I want to do things in my own time and my own way, but I’ve found God insists that His timing and His way is the only way. Too many times I’ve discovered the only way to have the fruit I desired, the patience I longed for, the love I just couldn’t muster-up comes only when I plug into the outlet of His divine supply in prayer and obedience. All of life has to be lived that way. I want to be independent. We still need the power of Pentecost in our lives. His power to accomplish what only He can do! God wants me to live out every area of my life dependent on Him. It requires faith and surrender.  We must recognize we still need the power of Pentecost in our lives today. We are dependent on His power to accomplish what only He can do!

We need electrical power, that’s easy to remember, but do we live our lives in such a way that it requires God’s power to accomplish what we do? If we live life without requiring His power, we are living way, way, WAY below what God has for us.

Hey! Thanks for stopping by.

I’m Pat Holland…

I tell stories- who doesn’t love a good story?

But I tell mine for a reason. I want to equip, empower and energize people just like you to enjoy the riches of God’s life-changing Word. So I use stories about people, sometimes myself,  places I’ve been, and life experiences as a tool to make Bible truths so simple you can walk them out in your everyday life.

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