Growing Pains

Hello everyone!  I recently recorded a new Spreaker episode titled,  Growing Pains and in this episode I take a look at the often common presumption that if someone is experiencing pain it means that they have made a mistake or taken a wrong turn.  I also share why I believe that at times our experience of pain can actually be a sign of maturity and new growth taking place!  Here are a few excerpts from the podcast:

“… there is sometimes a presumption that if we are experiencing pain we have taken a wrong turn or done something wrong.  It has actually been my experience that pain is very often a sign that we are actually on the right path, and even though that might not be a popular point of view,  I really do believe that pain especially when we are obeying the Lord in something,  is going to be part of the process we have to go through because I believe The Lord is always wanting to stretch us and take us through experiences that will ultimately heal us,  grow us up, and mature us and maturing often involves growing pains!  If things are turning out to be harder than you thought they would be,  I want to encourage you that it may not necessarily mean you have taken a wrong turn or done anything wrong!”

“… my path has involved a lot of growing pains,  but as I have hopefully been maturing and growing,  I feel the Lord has entrusted me with different things to steward and care for which I find to be very fulfilling and helps to bring purpose and meaning to my life which is a reward in and of itself!  I do have one more thing on my heart I want to share about this and it’s something I have actually mentioned in my testimony which I recorded here on Spreaker and it is that for a long time as a Christian I experienced really wonderful daily miracles that seemed to be quick fixes but there came a point when the Lord impressed upon me that while the miracles would continue to happen,  they would occur more through processes that would involve me stewarding those miracles as well as any daily manna that I had been given.  I believe these processes and the stewarding and commitment required of me in them,  has developed more disciplne in my character which is an important part of the maturing process and does involve plenty of growing pains!  As I have accepted this new level of responsibilty I believe I am growing and that the growing pains are well worth the reward of getting to love others and share with them those things that God has entrusted to me to give away in love and freely! I want to encourage you on your journey not to shy away from a path that the Lord might be calling you to just because you fear there might be some pain along the way because pain in God’s hands will deepen and grow us up so that we can love others with a deeper maturity and capacity to love!”

Thank you as always for joining me and if you would like to hear this episode in its entirety be sure to look for SMills’s show on Spreaker!  I look forward to being back with you again soon with more excerpts from the next episode of Real Talk Radio!

The Flow Of Faith!

Hello everyone!  I just finished recording a new Spreaker episode titled, The Flow Of Faith where I share a few recent insights I feel the Lord showed me about the potential for an optimum flow of faith between our minds and hearts!  Here are a few excerpts from the podcast:

“I don’t know if you have heard this teaching before,  but it is the idea that our feelings follow our thoughts and then following that logic many teach that if we can essentially control our thoughts we can then control our feelings,  but this teaching has just never entirely sat right with me.  One reason for that is I have always thought that we weren’t actually wired by God to only have our feelings following our thoughts and then the other day while I was listening to Steven Furtick it was like a lightbulb suddenly went off for me when he said that there are no such things as non-emotional decisions!  As soon as I heard that,  I realized that this idea that our thoughts,  even by an act of our will,  can control our feelings just doesn’t work because it puts us in the position of having the expectation of ourselves to always make non-emotional decisions.”

“It has been my experience that when we try to make a mental decision alone,  even if the logic is sound apart from how we truly feel about something,  that it just won’t hold up over time especially if it gets tested by difficult circumstances and trials in life.  Steven Furtick went on to say that what is in our heart gets into our heads and what is in our heads gets into our hearts!  I believe we are actually designed to have a two-way flow between our head and our heart!”

“Steven Furtick also mentioned the idea that we cannot separate our feelings from our faith because what we do in reality flows not only from what is happening in our hearts but the condition of our hearts as well! This is why I just don’t believe that this idea of trying to control our feelings by the controlling of our minds and thoughts really works.  In fact,  I believe it actually encourages people to try and essentially suppress their feelings and ignore the condition of their hearts.”

“I think the ideal for us is really a healthy two-way flow that involves our thoughts being renewed and transformed by God’s word, while we are simultaneously allowing God to deal with and transform the condition of our hearts as well!”

If you would like to hear this podcast in its entirety be sure to look for SMills’s show on Spreaker!

God-Given Vision And Relinquishing Control

Hello everyone!  I just finished a new Spreaker episode titled God-Given Vision And Relinquishing Control, and in this episode I shared why I believe we need to follow the leading and direction of the Holy Spirit in order to fulfill our God-Given purpose and to see the vision God has given to us come to pass! Here are a few excerpts from the podcast where I share what I believe might be one of the primary hindrances to our ability to relinquish control to the Holy Spirit and follow God’s leading in our lives.

“…  if we have ever experienced people attempting to manipulate and control us in a negative way we may unfortunately find that we are now carrying this negative past experience into our present relationship with the Holy Spirit.  We may not even be fully consciously aware that we are having an issue, but if anyone has mis-used a position of authority or leadership in our lives and consequently caused us harm by crossing our boundaries with this negative form of control, we may find that we fear allowing the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us in our life path and on the course that would ultimately lead us to walking out our God-Given vision and destiny!”

“… it has been my experience that in order to see a vision fulfilled we need to be able to trust in the direction and guidance of the Holy Spirit enough to step out in faith and act on those activities and endeavors that we feel God is calling us to do!”

I ended the podcast with a prayer asking for the Lord to help us discern when the Holy Spirit might be giving us direction and to remove any hindrances within us so that our God-Given vision can come to full fruition in our lives!  If you would like to hear this podcast in its entirety be sure to look for SMills’s show on Spreaker and I look forward to being back with you again soon with  excerpts from my next podcast!

 

 

Identifying Vision!

Hello everyone! I just finished a new Spreaker podcast titled Identifying Vision! However, before sharing some of the excerpts from the podcast,  I thought I would re-cap a little of what I have been covering in my Hope For Healing series on my Real Talk Radio Facebook page.  In the series,  I have emphasized the importance of staying on our path of healing with the Lord because I believe that the more healing we receive, the more we are then able to walk in consistent faith and trust which are essential building blocks to help strengthen our confidence in the Lord!  As we continue to move forward in our healing process from past wounds and trauma, we will hopefully discover that we are not only able to dream again, but to hold vision without faltering or losing faith! Once we have reached that exciting point in our healing process where we are healthy enough to hold God-given vision,  how do we then identify what our God-given vision is? Here are a few excerpts from the podcast that will hopefully help to answer that question!

“I feel that God has been showing me that as we receive healing from past wounds and trauma, and as we are getting freed from fear, the vision or God-given purpose of our lives will be better able to come forth, and I believe this can happen because our purpose is tied in with our core identity in Christ and who God created us to be…”

“…if we believe that we already have a God-given vision planted deep within the core of our beings, then it seems to me that the more we are healed and restored the more that core place will be able to come forth!”

“…I also believe that a clue to our core identity and our God-given vision can be found in those things that we are the most passionate about! I find it exciting and encouraging to realize that as our authentic identities are coming forth we are essentially discovering what we were created to do, and that as we hold on in faith to our God-given vision, we will eventually see that vision come to pass as a tangible reality!”

If you would like to hear this episode in its entirety be sure to look for SMills’s Show on Spreaker! I look forward to being back again soon with more excerpts from another podcast,  until then be blessed and thank you as always for tuning into Real Talk Radio!

Real Talk Radio’s Teeshirt!


Hi guys!  I have another new venture that I am trying out! My Mom and I teamed up to design a Real Talk Radio teeshirt!  I am including the link here for those of you who might be interested in purchasing the teeshirt through Teespring!  The link is https://teespring.com/real-talk-radio-teeshirt?617efb970

I will be back with you again soon with excerpts from my upcoming Spreaker podcast titled,  Identifying Vision!  Until then,  I hope everyone had a great fourth of July and I look forward to being back with you again soon!

How Do We Hold Vision?

Hello everyone!  I just finished a new Spreaker episode titled, How Do We Hold Vision!  In this episode,  I talk about a couple of key building blocks that I believe can help us better hold God-given vision! God was emphasizing to me that as we go through various trials,  our faith as well as our ability to trust in God,  actually undergoes a process of strengthening and these times of testing can ultimately bring us closer to a stronger foundational confidence in the Lord!  Here are a few excerpts from the podcast where I introduce the idea that faith and trust are essential in establishing a strong foundation of confidence within us :

“… faith and trust are two of the essential building blocks we need to build confidence!  I believe that to the extent that our faith and trust in God has remained alive and healthy,  this is the extent to which our confidence in God has been able to stay alive and healthy as well.  Unfortunately,  if we have broken faith or broken trust,  this can adversely affect our ability to receive healing and these blocks to healing can affect our faith and trust in God. All these factors seem to be inter-connected and that is why I have emphasized in my Hope For Healing videos in particular,  the need for us to stay on whatever healing track we might be on with God so that we can be healed from any past wounding or trauma.  The more healed we become,  places of broken faith and trust within us can then begin to be restored as well!  If we continue on in our healing track,  our faith and trust levels should grow and strengthen until our trust in the Lord has been restored! I believe this is an exciting point where our overall confidence level in God can then be positively affected,  hopefully resulting in a stronger foundational confidence in the Lord that will not only impact our hearts ability to hold vision,  but help us carry that vision with confident hope on into the future!”

If you would like to hear this episode in its entirety, it is on Spreaker and Spotify,  just look for SMills’s Show!  As always thank you for joining me in my journey,  I look forward to being back with you again soon!

Confidence

Hello everyone!  I just recently recorded a new podcast on Spreaker titled Confidence!  The inspiration for this particular episode actually came from a video series I have been sharing on my Real Talk Radio Facebook page called Hope For Healing.  I was taking a look at how I believe our confidence in God is an important factor in being able to hold vision, and that vision is closely tied into our ability,  not only to hope,  but to carry that hope on into the future.  Here are a few excerpts from the podcast:

“In Hebrews 11 verse 1 from the NIV it says,  ‘Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.’  This illustrates to me that our faith and hope are really tied in with being able to have conviction and confidence about things that are not yet seen!  In order for us to continue to have faith and hope, as well as carry vision for the future,  I felt God was showing me that confidence is really key to our being able to carry vision!  I was listening to Steven Furtick recently and he was talking about how we need to not lose our confidence, and in Hebrews chapter 10 verse 35 (NIV) it says,  ‘So do not throw away your confidence,  it will be richly rewarded.’  This got me thinking about why and how we might lose our confidence,  and I believe it was Steven Furtick again, who said that broken expectations and unexpected outcomes can affect our ability to trust.  This led me to the conclusion that when our trust has been broken this can often break down our confidence as well.”

If you would like to hear the podcast in its entirety,   please be sure to tune into the full episode on Spreaker where I share how I believe our confidence can be renewed and restored! You can find me on Spreaker at Real Talk Radio,  just look for Podcaster SMills!  I look forward to being back with you again soon!

 

 

 

 

 

Why Is Faith Important?

Hello everyone!  I just finished a new Spreaker podcast titled Why Is Faith Important!  I was inspired to do this podcast as I was listening to someone on yotube, his name is Marcus Rogers if anyone would be interested in looking him up.  He used a phrase that inspired me when he said that ‘we can be faithful because we have faith!’ It reminded me that when I am going through a difficult time in my life,  I not only look to the Lord to help me through the trial in the moment,  but I also draw upon my already existing level of faith.  In other words,  I am able to remain faithful during times of testing to the degree that I have already developed faith within me!  In the podcast I share several reasons why I feel faith is so important for us,  here are just a few excerpts from the podcast!

“…if I have faith already developed within me,  I am more able to trust God in those kinds of difficult moments or challenges,  and that of course is just one good reason why faith is so important!  I have talked in earlier podcasts about how I felt that the Lord was taking me through a process of a kind of resistance training similar to what I imagine weight lifters go through.  An example of this would be the Lord having me resist giving into fear,  and I’m not talking about trying not to feel afraid in my own strength,  because in my experience trying not to feel afraid when I feel afraid has not worked!  It’s more like the Lord taking me by the hand, and then with an act of my will, I am choosing to trust Him in that moment, even though I might still be feeling some fear,  and so as I have faced that particular fear,  choosing to trust Him,  it would be like flexing a faith muscle!”

“As I am looking to the Lord to get me through that valley,  I am also trusting Him to expose and reveal to me any lies I might have been believing that were attached to that fear.  This brings to my mind the scripture from Romans 8 vs. 28 from the NiV that says,  ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him,  who have been called according to His purpose.”  This is a comforting scripture for me to remember during times where I feel my faith is being really stretched and tested because I know that if I can just trust Him,  and if I can believe that He really is going to work all that I am going through to the good,  I can be comforted and assured even when those times of testing and trial come and this is another reason why faith is so important!  In those pressure cooker moments in life,  we need a real foundation that can stand,  a real trust in the Lord that we can draw from in those heightened moments in life of our greatest need!”

If you would like to hear the podcast,  Why Is Faith Important, in it’s entirety, please be sure to tune in to hear the full episode on Spreaker,  just look for Real Talk Radio,  Podcaster SMills!  I will be back with you again soon,  until then,  blessings to you!

Stability

Hello everyone!  I just finished a new podcast on Spreaker titled Stability where I take a look at why I believe we can have true and lasting stability in our lives!  I started the podcast out with two scriptures that I felt God highlighted to me that will hopefully help demonstrate how we can better experience real stability in our lives and why stability is not an elusive or unattainable goal for us! The first scripture I shared is Ephesians 3 verse 16 from the Amplified Bible which says,  “May He grant you out of the riches of His glory,  to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self,  (indwelling your innermost being and personality)…” and the other scripture is also from the Amplified Bible and it says,  “He made Christ who knew no sin to (judicially) be sin on our behalf,  so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God (that is,  we would be made acceptable to Him and placed in a right relationship with Him by His gracious lovingkindness).”

Here are just a few excerpts from the transcript of the podcast where I talk about how our comprehension of these scriptures can help us better understand how and why stability is an attainable goal for us!

“…so I believe that our stability is profoundly tied in and connected to,  the idea that as God grants us,  out of the riches of His glory,  it strengthens and spiritually energizes us with power through the Holy Spirit that then translates into our inner beings.”

“…the time of building sandcastles on the shifting sands of the soul is now coming to an end…I took that to mean that anything built out of the fallen nature is on shaky ground,  or shifting sands,  and so it is foundationally unstable. ”

“…one other thing that really impacted me,  and that I felt tied it all together,  is the idea that we are a temple of the Holy Spirit,  and that this also brings true stability for us!  It’s like a lightbulb went off and I thought wow this is the how and why of it!  This is the tangible reality and hope for us for stability if we have put our trust and faith in Jesus!  We can have real stability within our innermost beings and we can get the revelation and understanding that we truly are energized spiritually through and by the Holy Spirit when God grants us these inner riches,  ‘out of the riches of His glory’! So as this continues for us in our walk with God we are hopefully getting more strengthened and being more energized as the Lord is taking us through,  by our obedience to Him,  a process of laying a true,  solid foundation within us that cannot be shaken!”

This topic must be close to God’s heart because I already feel a prompting to do another podcast where I will be sharing some additional insights on this important concept of stability!  As always you can hear my Spreaker episodes in their entirety on my Spreaker Real Talk Radio podcast,  just look for Podcaster SMills!

 

Fix Your Eyes

My new episode out on Spreaker is titled Fix Your Eyes!  In this episode I talk about what we can do when we feel that the particular cross we have been asked to carry is becoming too much for us to bear.  I started with the scripture from Hebrews 12 verse 2 from the NIV which reads,  “Fixing our eyes on Jesus,  the pioneer and perfector of faith.  For the joy set before Him he endured the cross,  scorning its shame,  and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  If you have been feeling like you have had to carry the weight of your cross much longer than you ever thought you would have to,  here are a few excerpts from the podcast where I share why I think this can sometimes happen to us.

“…I think one of the reasons this actually happens for us is because the battle is,  and has been fierce,  and the laborers have been few.  So for those of us who feel we are called particularly to be spiritual forerunners and pioneers,  this situation of the laborers being few can be something we,  as a forerunner,  might feel more acutely,  and we also might bear the consequences of spiritual realities and warfare more acutely.  What then can we do when we are feeling that we just cannot bear up under that particular cross the Lord has called us to carry”?

“…our focus is key,  but not just focus,  it is specific focus on Jesus…even now as I am struggling to keep my focus and eyes on Jesus,  I can still,  with an act of my will,  choose to remain faithful to those things He has given me to do and steward in my new Promise Land!”

You can hear the full podcast,  Fix Your Eyes,  on my Spreaker Real Talk Radio show,  just look for Podcaster SMills!  I also wanted to mention here in the blog something exciting that happened to me about a week ago.  I had an amazing experience with the Lord where a series of poems just started,  through inspiration,  to come to me!  I actually ended up writing about 15 poems or so in the span of about 2 hours!  I am titling this collection of poems The Savior Series,  and my Mom and I are now working to put together an ebook of this collection of poems! I will be sure to let you know more about the availability of the ebook once we get it completed.  I thought I would share one of the poems in The Savior Series here on the blog, and I shared this poem in the podcast as well.  The poem,  like the podcast is also titled Fix Your Eyes,  and I actually decided to give the podcast the same title as the poem when I realized that the podcast content aligned with the poem so perfectly!  So here is one of the poems from The Savior Series!

Fix Your Eyes

Fix your eyes on Jesus, the perfector of your faith,

the perfector of you.  His return gaze will blaze the trail meant for you.

In this world there will be trouble,  still this trouble is the signpost.

This trouble is the door to perfection awaiting you on the other side.

Don’t forget that you are the Bride and only hell’s gate is open wide,

but this is not for you.  This is not for you.

Fix your eyes on Jesus,  the perfector of your faith,  the perfector of you,

and have no doubt that His resurrection life ,  is now your life too.