Stamp Out Heel Pain with Four Simple Steps

It’s an annoying reality that all walkers face one day: The older you get, the more likely you are to experience the stabbing heel pain known as plantar fasciitis. That’s because, as you grow older, the ligaments in your foot stretch and lose some of their supportive quality. Your foot can then overpronate (lean inward) more easily, strecthing tissues on the sole of your foot beyond their normal length. Over time, this tissue (called plantar fascia) becomes inflamed and sometimes even tears, causing pain.

Taking anti-inflammatories or simply waiting for the pain to subside on its own won’t solve the problem and could, in fact, lead to more serious injury that may take months to heal.
Here are four steps that you can take to stop that throbbing now.

1. Replace your walking shoes before they wear out. That means at least every 300 miles
(that’s 4 or 5 months at 15 miles a week).

2. Be sure to stretch. Tight calf muscles create additional pressure on the tissues under the foot. Get in the habit of stretching regularly before and after your walks. Start by standing about 18 inches from a wall, with your palms on the wall. Extend your right leg back about 2 feet, and bend your left knee. Keep your right leg straight, pressing your right heel into the ground. Your toes should be pointing forward. Hold for 15 seconds, then switch legs. If you experience heel soreness, stretch twice a day, 10 times with each leg.
3. Curb your walks. If supportive shoes or inserts ease your discomfort (ask for help at your local sports store), then it’s fine to continue walking. Just avoid hills or roads that are canted (sloped) toward the shoulder. But if your pain is severe, you may have to take time off. Check with your doctor to see if cycling, swimming, or another activity might be a good substitute for your walks.

4. See a podiatrist or an ortopedic specialist. If you don’t notice any improvement within 1
to 2 weeks, see a doctor.

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Key#1: Surrender

Steve Arterburn

Surrender
At
the point of surrender you stop doing all that is in your
power to fix your problem and ask God to give you His power
to recover. You stop trying to control calories, exercise,
think positive to overcome childhood trauma and start allowing
God to heal the wounds of your soul.

Surrendering
is no longer fighting, pushing or justifying. It is the refusal
to make excuses or blame another. It is giving up all reasons
for your problem and looking to God as the ultimate resource.
A surrendered heart no longer looks for justification to eat
or binge.

When
you eventually realize that the road you’re on is hurting
you more than the false comfort and help you’re receiving
from it, you also begin to understand that to stay on this
road is to choose further heartache and destruction. At this
point you will begin to admit:

  • that your life has spun out of control
  • that self-control has failed you
  • your forms of self-treatment have failed you and must
    be abandoned

Fortunately, while you’re limited, God is not.

Surrender
is acknowledging that:

  • God alone has the power to change the course of your
    life.
  • You are powerless to change it yourself.
  • You are willing to surrender to Him and begin the
    journey with Him in the lead.

Only
when you relinquish your control to God does He release His
supernatural power into your life. Only through His power
can you be ‘transformed by the renewing of your minds.’
Romans 12:2.

Every
wound and every weakness is an invitation to God: ‘Please
do for me what I cannot do for myself.” When you surrender,
you don’t just give up or play dead or wait for God
to fix you. Instead, you need to reach out to God and others
who can help restore your life.

Evidence
of Surrender:

  • Is not passivity.
  • Is not resignation.
  • Means you are ready to stop escaping into the old
    patterns, habits and attitudes.
  • Means you no longer say, ‘I can handle this
    myself.’
  • Is an active, conscious turning toward God and others.
  • Means no longer manipulating God or bargaining with
    Him.
  • Means submitting to God’s way of doing things
    even though you may not understand it.
  • Means getting past your pain and fear and are willing
    to cling to hope in God and His love for you.
  • Reflects your willingness to submit to God’s
    power
  • Reflects your willingness to share your truth with
    others.

Evidence
of a lack of Surrender:

  • Plagued with guilt over the past.
  • Consumed with fear of the future.
  • Angry over others.

Prayer
of Surrender:

Dear
Lord,
I surrender my life to you. Open my eyes to the truth of
who you are and what you desire
to do in my life. Show me specific areas of my life that
need to be surrendered to you.
Help me to seek you with my whole heart so that you may
reveal yourself to me and I
may find you. Lead me to those who will help me on this
journey. Fill me with your love
and give me what I need to choose your way and not mine.
I trust you enough to
surrender my life to you without condition or demands. I
trust you to love me, to take
care of me, and to never leave me. Please help me to realize
whenever I am trying to
control you, so that I can surrender to you and let you
control my life. Amen.

Walking: The Maximum Calorie Burning Plan

Lose weight fast with this challenging workout!
Work your way up using ‘power pyramid’ intervals to a brief, high intensity walk or jog and then back down again.

This plan is for you if you …

  • find walking too easy
  • desire to lose pounds fast
  • already have been doing Walking Plan 1 or other moderately high intensity exercise for several weeks
  • want to burn more calories without walking longer.

To do Power Pyramids, alternate your pace every 30 or 60 seconds based on the specific Rates of Perceived Exertion (RPE).

‘Burn Those Calories!’ Workout Schedule

  Time Length Plan RPE*
Week 1 40 min. 5 days Warm-Up (5 min.) Power Pyramid
Normal walk (7 min.) Power Pyramid
Normal walk (6 min.)
Cool Down (5 min.)
10-11
13
13
10-11
Week 2 45 min. 5 days Warm-Up (5 min.) Power Pyramid
Normal walk (5 min.) Power Pyramid
Normal walk (5 min.) Power Pyramid
Cool Down (5 min.)
10-11
13
13
10-11
Week 3 50 min. 5 days Warm-Up (5 min.) Power Pyramid
Normal walk (5 min.) Power Pyramid
Normal walk (5 min.) Power Pyramid
Normal walk (5 min.)
Cool Down (5 min.)
10-11
13
13
13
10-11
Week 4 60 min. 5 days Warm-Up (5 min.) Power Pyramid
Normal walk (5 min.) Power Pyramid
Normal walk (5 min.) Power Pyramid
Normal walk (5 min.) Power Pyramid
Cool Down (5 min.)
10-11
13
13
13
10-11

The higher the intensity of your walk, the more calories you’ll burn. But how do you know at what intensity you’re working? An easy, low-tech method to use is the Borg Scale for Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) ‘ no arithmetic or heart-rate monitors needed.

This method is particularly helpful when you’re doing the plateau-busting or pyramid workouts.

To use it, simply scan your body, and consider how hard you’re working. Is your breathing heavy? Are you sweating? Do your muscles feel warm? Are they burning? Now rate how you feel.

Borg Scale for Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE)

6 to 8: very, very light (lounging on the couch)

9 to 10: very light (puttering around the house)

11 to 12: fairly light (strolling leisurely)
13 to 14: somewhat hard (normal walking)

15 to 16: hard (walking as if in a hurry)

17 to 18: very hard (jogging/running)
19 to 20 very, very hard (sprinting)

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Key#2: Acceptance

Steve Arterburn

Acceptance

Acceptance is the realization of the full depth of your problem. You are overweight and there are no quick fixes or instant solutions.

Acceptance is the realization:
that your overweight body is a symptom of an underdeveloped soul.
that no one caused your problem and no one is going to fix it for you.
that when you decide to change, it is going to be painful.
that no one can walk through that pain but you and you must walk through it.

Acceptance means that you begin to see the reality that you have denied before.

It is not about your past or the food.
It is about ‘right now’ and what you choose to experience other than temporary relief and comfort found in food.
All of us struggle with blind spots in our lives, and to some degree live in denial and self-deception. Rather than see our area of struggle and pain, we tend to point to others and focus on them, or find ways to distract or anesthetize ourself.

Acceptance is being willing to see, to lift the curtain of denial and look at the ‘big lie’ of your life. Breaking through denial means becoming aware of your struggle and pain and consciously confronting the behaviors and patterns that have detoured you.

With God’s help, you remove the blinders, deception, and denial. You begin to see yourself as you really are: trapped in your patterns, paralyzed by fear, and doing things that produce short term results rather than long term change.

You also come to see God as He is: patient, loving and ‘able to do far more than you would ever dare to ask or even dream of ‘ infinitely beyond your highest prayers, desires, thoughts or hopes.’ Ephesians 3:20.

Some Ways You May Avoid Seeing the Truth:

You keep busy ‘ possibly even with good things ‘ so you don’t have to think about issues you want to avoid.

You avoid prayer.

You avoid times of silence and looking at your situation.

You avoid honest conversations that touch anywhere near a sensitive area of your life.

You minimize or rationalize your behavior.

You avoid people who can speak into your life and encourage you on your journey.

Evidence of Acceptance:

Seeing the reality of your situation

Focusing on what you can do to change rather than on what you want others to do to make you feel better.

Means becoming humble enough to confront who you really
looking at what your motives really are.

Means looking at what really causes the conflicts you experience.
Facing yourself honestly: your past, your pain and your failures head-on.

Means that you stop blaming others for your difficulties.

Means that you actively seek, receive and apply God’s wisdom to your situation.

Looking at what you’ve done in the light of God’s mercy and grace ‘ not judgment or condemnation.
You have accepted that you are unable to help yourself without God’s help.
You are able to name your character defects and mistakes rather than deny them.

Evidence of a lack of Acceptance:

Constantly criticize others.

You are confused as to why others react to you and what you say or do.

Find yourself repeatedly lying.

Daily Prayer:

Dear Lord,
Open my eyes to see the truth about you and about myself. Show me the things that
need to be changed. Put me on the right path that I may walk in your truth. Amen.

Walking: The Plateau Busting Plan

Have you been walking for a while and stopped losing weight? Reached a plateau? Try adding intervals to your program. Increase your pace. Set new goals to achieve increased weight loss.

This plan is for you if you …

haven’t seen any weight loss in the past month

are stuck in a rut and are looking for a new challenge
are already quite active, but don’t actually exercise (perhaps you are on your feet all day at work and/or at home).

Pushing Through Your Plateau Workout Schedule

  Time Length Plan RPE*
Week 1 35 min. 5 days Warm-Up (5 min.)
Normal walk (5 min.)
Speed-Up (5 min.)
Recovery (10 min.)
Speed-Up (5 min.)
Cool-Down (5 min.)
10-11
13
15
13
15
0-11
Week 2 35 min. 5 days Warm-Up (5 min.)
Normal walk (5 min.)
Speed-Up (5 min.)
Recovery (10 min.)
Speed-Up (5 min.)
Cool-Down (5 min.)
10-11
13
16
13
16
10-11
Week 3 45 min. 5 days Warm-Up (5 min.)
Normal walk (5 min.)
Speed-Up (5 min.)
Recovery (8 min.)
Speed-Up (5 min.)
Recovery (7 min.)
Speed-Up (5 min.)
Cool-Down (5 min.)
10-11
13
16
13
16
13
16
10-11
Week 4 45 min. 5 days Warm-Up (5 min.)
Speed-Up (5 min.)
Recovery (5 min.)
Speed-Up (5 min.)
Recovery (5 min.)
Speed-Up (5 min.)
Recovery (5 min.)
Speed-Up (5 min.)
Cool-Down (5 min.)
10-11
16
13
16
13
16
13
16
10-11

Key#3: Confession

Steve Arterburn

Confession

Confession is to come out of hiding and honestly tell others who you are and what you are experiencing.
It is the decision to allow the truth to be known rather than hidden or distorted.

Confession is the honest and authentic revelation to another person your sins, defeats, faults, doubts, worries, fears, guilt, shame and irresponsibility. It is the accurate portrayal of food in your in your life as a substitute for real life.

There is sickness in secrecy. David said in the Psalms, ‘In my secrecy my bones wasted away.’ By breaking the silence and speaking the truth about yourself aloud to another person, you’re able to move out of the darkness and bring your secrets into the light. When you confess, the words you speak give a concrete dimension to subtle compromises and behaviors that might otherwise remain unclear in your mind. By telling others the shortcomings and struggles in your life, you confirm your awareness of these faults. Confessing your faults allows others to enter into your world to pray for you, provide input, and share your struggles. Unless you open yourself, whatever help you receive from others will not thoroughly address your real need and conflict. Openness is an outward act of trust that enables you to cleanse your soul from the inside out.

Evidence of Confession:

‘ Confession requires openness and openness requires vulnerability.

‘ Confession means you are willing to overcome your fear of rejection by revealing your failures to another person.

‘ Confession means you reject your habit of self-protective secretiveness.

‘ Confession requires confidentiality.

‘ Confession means you have stopped trying to mask your true feelings.

‘ Confession means you put your vague sense of guilt into written or spoken words and express the situation without making excuses.

‘ Confession means you have chosen to humble yourself before God and others.

‘ Confession means you renounce your independence and admit that you need help from fellow believers on the journey.

‘ Confession builds connection and community

Evidence of a lack of Confession:

‘ You have a lack of connectedness with others.

‘ You have superficial interaction with others.

‘ You have a fear of being found out.

Guidelines to Confession:

‘ Have more than one person in whom you confide.

‘ Be sensitive to your listener’s limits. Try not to overburden them. Find out when they can meet and how much time they are willing to spend with you.

‘ Don’t hold expectations of them that are too high.

‘ Think of them as friends, not therapists.

‘ Don’t throw out discretion.

‘ Avoid giving explicit details or unnecessary information, especially when it involves other people.

‘ Try not to stifle your true emotions.

‘ Be careful not to become dependent upon them. Your dependence needs to remain upon God to get you through life.

Attributes of a Trustworthy Confidant:

‘Humility
-Do they have a proper view of themselves in relation to God and others?
-Do they exhibit pride, self-righteousness, or a judgmental spirit?
-Are they more concerned about themselves than about your needs and struggles?

‘ Trustworthiness
-Do they show that they value and respect your thoughts and concerns?
-Have you ever seen them use privileged information against someone else?
-Have you ever seen them divulge privileged information about someone else?

‘ Quiet Godliness
-Are they a Christian who seeks to please God in all that they do?
-Do they inappropriately make a show of their faith?
-Do they boast about what they know and how they have helped others?

‘ Stability
-Are they an emotionally strong and secure person, able to give help to you freely without depending on you in return?
-Does their life reflect that they understand how to live in a healthy and balanced way?
-Do they have the time and energy to listen to your concerns?

‘ Positiveness
-Do they display a positive attitude toward life, demonstrating their ongoing faith in God’s sovereignty and goodness?
-Are they typically negative, fearful, or unhappy?
-Are their conversations overshadowed by dark moods or pessimism?

Red Flags: Things to Avoid in a Confidant:

‘ Someone who has a personal agenda that could be served by knowing what you have to share.

‘ Someone who could serve your personal agenda, making it difficult for you to keep your motives for confession pure.

‘ Someone who is extremely controlling and may become so regarding your problem.

‘ Someone who is needy and emotionally unstable, exhibiting a pattern of latching on to others in order to meet his or her own needs.

‘ Someone who may be sexually attractive to you or who may find you sexually attractive.
This is especially true is you’re married. It’s not a good practice to confide in someone of the opposite sex other than your spouse.

Key#4: Responsibility

Steve Arterburn

Responsibility

Responsibility is the refusal to blame anyone else for the weight. Rather, it is accepting responsibility to change. This is the balance of surrendering to God. It is allowing God to do what we cannot do and doing what we can.

Responsibility involves healing old wounds as well as making strong decisions.

Hurts that drive you into inappropriate behaviors ‘ destructive habits ‘ are hurts that you may have never fully worked through. You may have spent your life diverting yourself from problems, and anesthetizing your emotions with food, hurtful people and/or activities. It requires God-given courage to walk through your pain and grieve your losses, but the process of doing so is an indispensable element in your healing.

We live in a world where it’s easy to take on the role of a victim and live out a life of victimization. Yet, as horrendous as your past problems and abuses may have been, when you own them as part of yourself, you learn to see them as purposeful, deepening, and integral to your development of a godly character. David wrote in the Psalms: ‘It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.’ (Psalm 119:71)

Avoiding pain and problems is a natural human response. Most people feel they have ‘suffered enough’ and have no desire to feel overwhelmed by sorrowful emotions. But grief is a necessary process in life, and grief over our failures and losses will connect us to God’s grace. St. Augustine affirmed this when he said, ‘In my deepest wound I saw your glory, and it dazzled me.’

It is easy to point to your past pain as an excuse and miss God’s plan. It is also easy to blame others around you for everything that has gone wrong. Accepting responsibility is a bold step where you take the reality of your life and allow God to use it to change you.

Evidence of Accepting Responsibility:

‘ Means you are facing your problems rather than escaping them.

‘ Means you are taking the time to grieve your losses and experience pain.

‘ Means you believe Jesus’ words: ‘Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.’

‘ Means you stop playing the role of the victim.

‘ Means you are wiling to bear the full responsibility of your misconduct.

‘ Means you reach out to Christ, who is fully capable of understanding your emotional pain having suffered abuse and rejection himself.

‘ Means you look beyond your loss to God’s deeper purposes.

‘ Means you accept the hope that God’s plans for you are good and loving.

‘ Means refusing to allow anything from your past to be an excuse for lack of growth or character development.

Evidence of lack of Accepting Responsibility:

‘ You are constantly finding yourself a victim of other’s actions.

‘ You are blaming others for ongoing difficulties.

‘ You continue to anesthetize and deaden your pain with food.

Prayer for Accepting Responsibility:

Dear Lord,
I realize that you have given me life and the my life is my responsibility. Lord, I want to accept responsibility for my whole life. I know you want my life to be fruitful, but sin and tragedy has infected my life ‘ both by my hand and by the hands of others. Help me to accept responsibility to remove these weeds that have been sown in me.

Lord, I confess that sometimes I have blamed others for my own disobedience to you.
I now accept responsibility for these things. Please forgive me and fully restore the
relationship between us. Amen

Key#5: Forgiveness

Steve Arterburn

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is important to our health.

Unresolved anger or suppressed anger leads to depression.
Ongoing anger causes surges of adrenaline and other powerful chemicals which can attack our bodies.
Not dealing with anger increases our level of stress.
Rage and depression both contribute to addictions.
When we forgive, we recognize our own failures and we are humbled.

To forgive and to receive forgiveness are gracious acts of love. These acts have supernatural power to change both the life of the forgiven and the one who forgives. When you look at how God has forgiven you, it moves you to find a way to forgive others even if they have hurt you deeply. The cross of Christ makes forgiveness possible for you and me far beyond our own power to forgive. When you refuse to forgive, you play ‘god’ in the lives of others, and pass your judgment on them.

Forgiveness can be difficult ‘ almost impossible ‘ for those who have been severely abused physically, sexually and even spiritually. It is never easy or instant, and may take years to complete. However, if forgiveness isn’t rendered, the injured person remains trapped in the abuse of the past. Additionally, choosing not to forgive allows others to continue to abuse you, as you endlessly relive their offenses. Your yesterdays must be put in the past so you can fully enjoy today.

The forgiveness process also involves making things right with those you have wounded. This may require you to write letters or phone calls, to repay debts, to make amends or otherwise do our part in making wrongs as right as possible. This, of course, can result in enormous spiritual blessings, both to others and to you.

Forgiveness, when empowered by God’s Spirit, is a process of detaching painful events from your emotional response to them, thus facilitating the process of healing. In contrast, the refusal to forgive has far-reaching results spiritually, emotionally and even physically.

Evidence of Forgiveness:

‘ Means you hand back your rights to God and invite Him to be in charge.

‘ Means asking for forgiveness and making restitution for the damage you’ve done.

‘ Means you no longer energize yourself with rage or hatred.

‘ Means you stop trying to change other people and ask God to do it.

‘ Means you step out of the past into the present.

‘ Means you accept the pardon of the cross for others as well as for yourself.

‘ Means you begin a process of forgiveness which may continue for a lifetime.

‘ Means living in the light of God’s forgiveness.

‘ Means you sift through your life and discard the resentments and hurts of the past.

Evidence of a lack of Forgiveness:

‘ You continue to hold a grudge against others.

‘ You do not make restitution for past wrongs.

‘ You feel that God is angry at you personally.

Forgiveness Prayer:

Dear Lord,
You have commanded me to forgive others, just as you have forgiven me through the
sacrifice of your Son, Jesus. I choose to obey you, even though this is not easy for me.
You listed all of my sins, then you nailed them to the cross so that Jesus’ blood could pay for them. Help me to release this account over to you and not seek justice for my sake. Help me to trust that you are just and will carry out whatever punishment is necessary.

Yet, while I transfer this account to you, you know how I feel. You know the wounds that
still remain as a result of this wrong. As I obey you by releasing this person from my
debt, I pray that you will heal the hurts they have caused me. Help me to trust that you
are willing and able to redeem me from the wrongs that have been done against me. If
thoughts of revenge occur, I pray that you will help me continually to release this person’s
account over to you. Amen

Walking: The Toning Circuit Plan

Shape your muscles when you walk! Try the different techniques in the muscle-toning circuit to firm up your muscles (see the muscle-toning chart below).

Hills or stairclimbing firms up the fronts and backs of your calves and thighs.

Racewalking shapes your abdomen and upper back muscles. You race walk by doing shorter, quicker steps. Use your arms for more power keeping them bent at 85 to 90 degree angles.

The butt squeeze tones the gluteal muscles. Use your normal walking form, but as you press off the toes of your back leg, squeeze your buttocks firmly. Be careful not to tense your lower back.

walking strengthens the back and abdomen. Do your walk backwards. Tuck your belly in, and put your hands on your hips. You’ll find your abs and back doing all the work. For safety, try this only on a level track or path.

The Muscle Toning Workout Schedule

  Time Length Plan RPE*
Week 1 30 min. 5 days Muscle Toning Circuit (chart below)
(2 min. each segment)
13-15
Week 2 40 min. 5 days Muscle Toning Circuit (chart below)
(3 min. each segment)
13-15
Week 3 50 min. 5 days Muscle Toning Circuit (chart below)
(4 min. each segment)
13-15
Week 4 60 min. 5 days Muscle Toning Circuit (chart below)
(5 min. each segment)
13-15

Borg Scale for Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE)

6 to 8: very, very light (lounging on the couch)

9 to 10: very light (puttering around the house)
11 to 12: fairly light (strolling leisurely)
13 to 14: somewhat hard (normal walking)

15 to 16: hard (walking as if in a hurry)

17 to 18: very hard (jogging/running)

19 to 20 very, very hard (sprinting)

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Key#6: Transformation

Steve Arterburn

Transformation

Our failures become lessons.

The only real failure is to give up and stop trying.
Failure is an event, not a description of ‘me.’
Failure helps me learn what works and what doesn’t.
Our problems can become opportunities; our weaknesses can demonstrate God’s strength.

Ask yourself, ‘What?’ not ‘Why?’

Give problems and failures to God and ask Him to bring His good out of them. ”God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God” Romans 8:28

God uses our weakness to demonstrate His strength. ”My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.’ 2 Corinthians 12:9.

God uses our foolishness to puzzle the experts. ”God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful.’ 1 Corinthians 1:27

You can never know God’s plans or His gain from your loss, until you give him your misery and allow Him to transform it into a mission for your life. After you emerge from your own despair, become transparent, and candidly share your victories, you will be in a position to share your struggles and God’s power to overcome, attracting others into His grace.

The good news of the Bible brings a profound message about earthly evil being transformed into good:

Weakness into strength

Tragedy into triumph

Loss into gain

Mortality into immortality

Death into life

Once you have surrendered yourself to the power and love of God, you become aware of the profound changes and new avenues of hope He has created for your life. Once you have forgiven others, your most difficult experiences leave you with greater capacity for empathy and compassion. Your ability to love will have deepened. You’ll find yourself more honest. Your heart will be full of gratitude. Living in the grace God has given you, becoming aware of the gifts of His Spirit and feeling the joy of renewed life, strength, and power, you will feel compelled to carry this wonderful message to others who are struggling on the journey with you. Unless you give away your miracle to others, you stifle God’s message and miss out on His blessing for you.

Evidence of Your Life Being Transformed:

You’ll find yourself wanting to step out of your own pain and into the needs of others.

You desire to participate in God’s process of working all things together for good.

You’ll seek ways of applying past pain to positive purposes.

You’ll stop saying, ‘Why me, Lord?’ and start saying, ‘What do you want me to do?’

You’ll become a giver instead of a taker.

You’ll learn to listen rather than always needing to be heard.

You’ll allow your humbling experiences to give you a servant’s heart.

You’ll seek to invest your spiritual gifts in the lives of others.

Evidence of a Lack of Your Life Being Transformed:

You are living without meaning or purpose.
You feel life is a waste.

You are unaware of your spiritual gifts or how to use them.

You are focused totally on yourself and do not have love for others.

Prayer for Transforming Your Life:

Dear Lord,
Please help me believe that you will redeem every aspect of my life and to live
accordingly. Please help me to turn my past experiences and the comfort I receive from
you into a source of comfort for others. Please bring people into my life who need that
sort of comfort, and use me as you see fit. Thank you for causing everything to work
together for good. Amen