31 Days of Christian Thinking

...Write 31 Days 2016...

Write 31 Days is a exactly as it reads. Thousands of writers and bloggers, mostly women, come together and write daily for the month of October. Most write on blogs, others write in journals or using some other offline method.

The month is a challenge. It challenges ones ability to commit and followthrough. As I mentioned above, I’ve succeeded and failed yet I keep coming back for more….

Writing | Dana Pittman

Mainly because I love writing. But also because there is something about committing to show up daily. To commit to sitting at my computer everyday and writing a blog post is difficult. And for a person who is always overflowing with ideas it seems deplete my creative juices instantaneously. LOL

Then something cool happens…

Bible Art Journaling Basics

...three easy steps to get start...

Bible journaling in concept is dated. I’m sure your grandmother or mother wrote about what she learned during bible reading or study. However, I think the concept of bible art journaling in its present form is somewhat new.

Bible Journal Basics | Dana Pittman

I don’t have dates and/or statistics about either of these statements so you’ll have to take my word for it. Additionally, I don’t think its origination is as important as its usefulness.

Therefore, today I thought I would share a little about it and why I think everyone should try bible art journaling. 

Lessons Learned in Your Storm

...storms come...storms go...

Peter and the disciples are in a boat at sea. They jumped in the boat pumped!

They witnessed Jesus feeding more than five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish. Can you imagine the awe and laughter from the men as they made their way across the sea with their personal souvenirs (the remaining food) as evidence of such a wonderful evening?

Storms of Life | Dana Pittman

I can hear them talking over one another recounting the story again, as if they all had not witnessed the same miracle. But the joy of their very special picnic was quickly pushed aside as a bad storm disrupted their cheerful banter.

The men would weather this storm for many hours. The waves crashing into their boat. The winds nearly overturning them under its force. Yet they had no choice but to endure since they were too far out to return to the shore.

What would they do? 

Are You a Woman Ready to Change?

...reader question...

I can think of three questions I get often, especially after a workshop or retreat. They are:

  1. What is a spiritual midwife?
  2. How do I get started writing a book?
  3. What type of clients do I coach?

Dana Pittman | Women Ready for Change | Christian Life Coach

I answered #1 in an old post. I have plans to update it but the response is still accurate. You can find it here.

I plan to answer #2 in a future post. So stick around for my response. I can guarantee you won’t miss it if you’re subscribed to The Influencers Newsletter.

I know… I know… Get to the answer already. 

A Guide Through Transitions

9 verses I lean on...

I’m back!

Well, sort of….

To catch you up, I pulled down my site to give it a facelift. It also give me time to consider how I want to engage with you in this space.

Dana Pittman | 9 Verses | Life Transitions

Today, I thought I’d share nine (9) scriptures that supported me while reevaluating my coaching practice over the past few months. 

My Thoughts, Process, and Tools

...my first week bible journaling...

I shared in my last post my entries from my first week of Bible Journaling. In this post I want to share a video and a few reference links.

I have been asked many questions after posting pictures. I’m no pro but I can share with you what I’m doing and the tools I use. Please note that the tools will be affiliate links. You will not pay more but I will receive a small compensation if you decide to purchase using the links.

Now that I’ve got that out of the way…let’s get to the good stuff. 

Firm Footing [Day 16]

God gives us all we need pertaining to life and godliness. He gives us His wonderful promises in which we take on His divine nature. What could be greater than this?!

These things are given to us. So, why do I need to build my faith?

Why, do I need to make every effort to act upon what I believe?

These questions are answered in the final verses of today’s passage.

The Passage

Read the passage: 2 Peter 1:3-11 (ESV, NIV, and NLT). Pick one or all. You can also pull out your bible and read it.

Firm Footing

As a quick recap, Wednesday we learned God gives us all we need pertaining to life and godliness. Yesterday, we learned that we should build on our faith. Today, we will see the results of having those seven faith building actions alive and active in our lives.

The passage tells us these qualities keep us from being “ineffective or unfruitful” and when we lack them our perspective is altered. These qualities keep us from falling.

The inner transformation God is doing is manifested externally through our actions. Making every effort to be a believer who has faith and “good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love” keeps us from stumbling. Because we are living what we believe.

“[F]or in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.” (2 Peter 1:11 NASB)

The Wrap Up

God gives us all we need but we strive towards growth to confirm our calling. And that confirmation comes from our fruitfulness.

This is it for 2 Peter 1:3-11. I believe this walkthrough should get us thinking further about our fruitfulness for the kingdom. Lord’s will, I’ll “see” you tomorrow with Part 3 of Shattered.

God bless.

Your Spiritual Midwife Dana Pittman

Consider this: Are you actively building on your faith?

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7 Faith Building Actions [Day 15]

Did you know there are ways we can build on our faith?

The English Standard Version (ESV) version of 2 Peter 1:3-11 says “make every effort to supplement your faith…”.

Other versions say:

  • Complementing your basic faith (MSG)
  • Applying all diligence (NASB)
  • Make every effort (NIV)

Today I planned to enumerate the qualities we use to build on our faith but instead I want to share this passage in three different translations. I hope reading it in the different translations will help us to better understand how we are to live what we believe and it should be active and growing, remembering it does not occur apart from the Christ.

The Passage

Read the passage: 2 Peter 1:3-11 (ESV, NIV, and NLT). Pick one or all. You can also pull out your bible and read it.

7 Faith Building Actions

So here we go, there are 7 Faith Building Actions we can engage in to help us increase in our fruitfulness. I will link to the versions online and I’m adding emphasis to help us isolate the actions shared in verses 5-7.

English Standard Version (ESV)

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.

New Living Translation (NLT)

In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

The Message (MSG)

So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others.

The Wrap Up

Have you ever experienced being in “the zone”?

I have.

It’s like a perfect space where circumstances, preparation and your current efforts marry to create a sweet spot. I think we can live life in this sweet spot. It is not perfection, per se. But it is for a moment almost effortless because all the moving parts in life are moving together.

God gives us all that we need pertaining to life and godliness through knowledge of Him and we are encouraged to supplement our faith. Thus, building on what we believe.

In relation to this sweet spot, He gives us all things and as we grow we learn more about Him. And in that sweet spot we get to experience who we are in Him.

Tomorrow, I’ll conclude this passage with why these qualities—virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection and love—are so important.

Until then. God bless.

Your Spiritual Midwife Dana Pittman

 

Consider this: Have you ever considered this thought of “supplementing your faith”? Are you seriously pursuing these actions in your life?

 

 

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Made to Last

Day 8 of 31 Days of Audacious Faith...

I watched “42” this weekend. The movie is based on a few years in Jackie Robinson’s life as the first Black man to enter Major League Baseball. It was amazing.

31 Days of Audacious Faith with Dana Pittman

Mr. Robinson said “God built me to last” when confronted with the impending challenges. This thought triggered a few memories….

The Cost of Fear

For much of my professional career I found myself being the only female and mostly the only person of color. Around lunch tables, dinner parties and the like it was always…interesting.

People were kind. People smiled. Yet I always felt like I had something to prove. I had to show I belonged. I had to show I was worth their time and efforts.