Endurance – The Iditarod = Alaskan Sled Dog Race

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The Iditarod – Alaskan Sled Dog Race

Passion, Vision and Mission

I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 23-24

I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
I Corinthians 9:23-25

The Need for Self-Discipline

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

Endurance

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 
2 Timothy 4:7

Iditarod

Portions of the Iditarod Trail were used by the Native Alaskan Eskimo Inupiaq and Athabaskan peoples hundreds of years before the arrival of Russian fur traders in the 1800s, but the trail reached its peak between the late 1880s and the mid-1920s as miners arrived to dig coal and later gold, especially after the Alaska gold rushes at Nome in 1898,[10] and at the “Inland Empire” along the Kuskokwim Mountains between Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, in 1908.

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The primary communication and transportation link to the rest of the world during the summer was the steamship; but between October and June the northern ports like Nome became icebound, and dog sleds delivered mail, firewood, mining equipment, gold ore, food, furs, and other needed supplies between the trading posts and settlements across the Interior and along the western coast. Roadhouses where travelers could spend the night sprang up every 14 to 30 miles (23 to 48 km) until the end of the 1920s, when the mail carriers were replaced by bush pilots flying small aircraft and the roadhouses vanished. Dog sledding persisted in the rural parts of Alaska, but was almost driven into extinction by the spread of snowmobiles in the 1960s.

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The most famous event in the history of Alaskan mushing is the 1925 serum run to Nome, also known as the “Great Race of Mercy.” A large diphtheria epidemic threatened Nome, and Nome’s supply of antitoxin had expired and doctor Curtis Welch refused to use it, and then proceeded to send out telegrams looking for a fresh supply of antitoxin. The nearest antitoxin was found to be in Anchorage, nearly one thousand miles away. The only way to get the antitoxin to Nome was by sled dog, due to unusable planes and ships. Governor Scott Bone approved a safe route and the 20-pound (9.1 kg) cylinder of serum was sent by train 298 miles (480 km) from the southern port of Seward to Nenana, where it was passed just before midnight on January 27 to the first of twenty mushers and more than 100 dogs who relayed the package 674 miles (1,085 km) from Nenana to Nome. The dogs ran in relays, with no dog running over 100 miles (160 km).

 

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The Norwegian Gunnar Kaasen and his lead dog Balto arrived on Front Street in Nome on February 2 at 5:30 a.m., just five and a half days later. The two became media celebrities, and a statue of Balto was erected in Central Park in New York City in 1925, where it has become one of the most popular tourist attractions.

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However, most mushers consider Leonhard Seppala and his lead dog Togo to be the true heroes of the run. Together they covered the most hazardous stretch of the route, and carried the serum 91 miles, the single farthest of any team.[12]john 812

Please pray for the people of Alaska and that God’s light will overcome the darkness as many face tremendous challenges of hardship, crisis and trauma.

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Migration is within us – will we choose life or death?

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I don’t know about you but whenever I get stressed and don’t know what to do… I feel a migration movement coming on.  What I mean is I want to get up from where I am at and move to another place.  You’ve heard the grass is greener on the other side?  I’ve often wondered if this is attached to migration.  In the case of passing from this life to the next.  I do believe the grass is definitely greener on the other side, at least for me.

Whenever the Lord allows me to go back to Kenya my dream is to travel all around the perimeter of Kenya  and to see the great migration that occurs yearly.  It is a natural instinct for literally millions of animals who migrate from Kenya to Tanzania.  About Travel says,

The great annual migration of millions of zebra, wildebeest (gnu) and other antelope in East Africa tops almost every list of safari experiences. When you plan your trip, you’ll need information about the annual migration, the best times to witness this wildlife spectacle, where to stay, and when to see it in Kenya and Tanzania.

The Migration

Each year around 1.5 million wildebeest and 300,000 zebra (along with other antelope) gather up their young and start their long trek from Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains, further north to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. They go in search of food and water. Their journey runs in a clockwise circle and the animals cover a distance of around 1800 miles. It’s a tough journey, and every year an estimated 250,000 wildebeest don’t make it.

One of the most spectacular sights of the migration is when the herds gather to cross the Grumeti River (Tanzania) and the Mara River (Kenya) from July through September.

Psalm 23 reminds me of this distinct urge and how David must have felt when he was tending his flock and they had this sudden urge to migrate!  When are we comfortable with passing from one dimension into the other.  In David’s case he was hunted, betrayed, and pursued by his enemies in an attempt to keep him from his inheritance.  This was a position and place to which he had not yet arrived, yet I believe deep within him the urge to continue through trauma, stress and trials moved him to not give up and to pursue the unknown.  I wonder if he was choosing life here, and wanting what only death could bring… a migration to the other side where rest, peace and eternity reigns supreme.

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

The Brook, Valley and River of Kidron (Cedron)

1 Kings 2:371599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

37 For that day that thou goest out, and passest over the river of Kidron, know assuredly, that thou shalt die the death: thy blood shall be upon thine own head.

Nehemiah 2:151599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

15 Then went I up in the night by the brook, and viewed the wall, and turned back, and coming back, I entered by the gate of the valley, and returned.

Jeremiah 31:401599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

40 And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields unto the brook of Kidron, and unto the corner of the horsegate toward the East, shall be holy unto the Lord, neither shall it be plucked up nor destroyed anymore forever.

It is interesting to study about this brook and valley and the filled and unfulfilled prophecies.  You can read about the first and last time this brook and valley are mentioned Click here.

The darkest valley is spoken about in scripture.  Before you come to it you must go over the brook of Kidron.  David walked over it, Nehemiah, Jeremiah….then finally Jesus and his disciples on the way to the garden of Gethsemane on the night he was betrayed. The famous song says, “we all have to walk that lonesome valley by ourselves.”  Migration comes to us all to make that walk from this life to the next.  I have chosen to walk in the way of Jesus.  He went before me, but He is still with me.

If you would like to learn more about the Journey Jesus took over the Brook of Cedron I would be happy to share with you, your small or large group!  Email me at CinderellaReleased@gmail.com

I Have an Inheritance!

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I am the daughter of a King! I have an inheritance!

Today I read about Job’s daughters….Three women who became very wealthy land and livestock owners — ranchers!

Job 42 says, “The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. 13 And he also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 The first daughter he named Jemimah. (In Hebrew the meaning of the name Jemimah is: Little dove.),

Hence, for a meaning of the name Jemimah, Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names, NOBSE Study Bible Name List and even BDB Theological Dictionary read Dove (yet BDB, states “perhaps” and Jones “as some conjecture”).

To a Hebrew audience, however, the name Jemimah doesn’t look at all like the word for dove — which is יונה (yona), the source of the name Jonah — but much rather like the word for sea, which isמימ (mayim). The name Jemimah would form from using this word as verb (which isn’t done in Scriptures but in the name-arena, anything goes), and making it feminine: She Who Acts Like The Sea.

Jones adds that the most ancient translations of the Bible, namely the Septuagint and the Vulgate, derive the name Jemimah from the noun יום (yom), meaning a day. The derived adverb יומם (yomam) means by day, or during daylight (Numbers 10:34, Job 24:16, Jeremiah 15:9). That would give the name Jemimah the pleasing meaning of Lady Daylight.

the second Keziah (In Hebrew the meaning of the name Keziah is: Cassia; sweet-scented spice and was popular with the Puritans.),

The verb קצע (qasa’ I) means to scrape or scrape off. It’s used only once in the Bible, in Leviticus 14:41. This verb comes with two derivatives:

  • The feminine noun קציעה (qesi’a), meaning cassia, a kind of sweet smelling cinnamon powder, harvested by scraping it off from trees. This word too occurs just once in the Bible, in Psalm 45:8. It is also identical to the name Keziah.
  • The noun מקצעה (maqsu’a) denotes a scraping tool (Isaiah 44:13).

and the third Keren-Happuch.

The verb קרן (qrn) is a bit of a mystery. It occurs in several Semitic languages and it always has to do with horns or having horns. In Hebrew, curiously enough, it may also mean to shine or be radiant. Although there’s an obvious imaginary overlap between being radiant and having horns, in cognate languages this root only means to have horns. But we know that the Hebrews used this verb in the meaning of to shine because it was applied to Moses when he came down the mountain after his meeting with God (Exodus 34:29). The Vulgate had Moses grow horns in this passage, and that’s why Michelangelo’s famous statue of Moses shows him with horns.

This verb comes with a noun, namely קרן (qeren), meaning horn, and that’s peculiar too. Why is there a noun that means horn, and not a noun that means ray? (Although, Habakkuk 3:4 speaks of rays (probably not horns) that emanate from the Lord’s hand.)

HAW Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament thinks that the verb was derived of the noun, while BDB Theological Dictionary says that the verb and the noun were both derived of an even more fundamental root, but the meaning of this most fundamental root is even more obscure.

A similar duplicity may exist in the verb צוץ (sus), which means to bloom or to shine.

Job 42:15 says, “Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.”

There have been times in my life that I’ve been treated as if I’m “not good enough” because I was a woman.  The enemy has said, You’ve lost everything more than once because you are a woman. This is the reason you are alone.  There is no one to help you, and you will never be good enough ever… Have you ever felt this way?

God released me from these lies. He’s told me I have an inheritance that doesn’t come from man or by being a man!

Job 1:1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.

First of all Job was a MAN and lost everything.  He was blameless, upright and loved God. His friends doubted him when he was down and didn’t look at Job’s character, they looked at what he had lost…. They were wrong in their thinking toward Job and in their actions. In the end God called them to repentance and told them to make a sacrifice in Job’s presence and then told them to have Job pray for them.  Of course Job did, they were his friends.  Job’s character hadn’t changed even though his wealth and status had, or so everyone thought! When Job prayed his friends were restored in the eyes of God and Job was given double!

Secondly, God also restored Job’s family. He gave him seven more sons and three daughters. We read above about how Job named his daughters. Job lived 140 years after their birth. He also gave his daughters an inheritance along with their brothers.  They were also the most beautiful women in the land.

God is saying he loves us, we are given light and life through him to be a sweet smelling fragrance to bloom and shine in and through Him who has given us life!  We have been given an inheritance, the same as our brothers and sisters in Christ…that is never-ending, all sufficient and a completely perfect gift from our Father in heaven!

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A Japanese Christmas Present To You

by Cinderella Released …from ashes to beauty

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A Christmas present to you.  And God spoke, “Light” and there was light.  God then separated the day and night.  He spoke into existence the plants, trees and everything came into being.  Then the Bible says, God reached down and with His own two hands, formed man and woman and then breathed His breath into their beings.  He made mankind and gave them dominion over everything.

In Job Chapter 38, God asks Job a series of questions and then gives Job the answers:

Pull yourself together, Job! Up on your feet! Stand tall!  I have some questions for you, and I want some straight answers.  Where were you when I created the earth?  Tell me, since you know so much!  Who decided on its’ size?  Certainly you know that!  Who came up with the blueprints and measurements?  How was the foundation poured, and who set the cornerstone, while the morning stars sang in chorus and all the angels shouted praise?  And who took charge of the ocean when it gushed forth like a baby from the womb?  That was me!  I wrapped it in soft clouds, and tucked it in safely at night.

 In Japan the art of gift giving is very precious.  You hold your gift very carefully in two hands and bow when you give someone a gift.  You wrap it very carefully as to protect and provide surprise to the receiver.

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Mary, the mother of Jesus was given the honor of presenting God’s present to the world, His son Jesus who was carefully wrapped in swaddling clothes, placed in a box we call a manger and presented to the world.   This precious gift grew into whom we know as King Jesus!

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My King

My King was born King; the Bible says He’s the seven way King.
He’s the King of the Jews – that’s a racial King
He’s the King of Israel – that’s a national King
He’s the King of righteousness, He’s the King of the ages,
He’s the King of heaven, He’s the King of glory,
He’s the King of Kings and He is the Lord of Lords,
Now that’s MY KING.

Well, I wonder if you know Him, do you know Him?
Don’t try to mislead me – do you know MY KING?
David said, “The heavens declare the glory of God
and the firmament shows His handiwork.”

MY KING is the only one, whom there is no means of measurement
which can define His limitless love.
No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline
of His shore less supplies.
No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing.
He’s enduringly strong, He’s entirely sincere, He’s eternally steadfast,
He’s immortally graceful, imperially powerful and impartially merciful.
That’s MY KING!

He’s God’s Son.  He’s the sinner’s Savior. 
He’s the centerpiece of civilization, He stands alone in Himself.
He’s awesome, unique, unparalleled – He’s unprecedented.
He’s the miracle of the age.  He’s the superlative of
everything good that you choose to call Him.
He is the only one able to supply all of our needs simultaneously.

He supplies strength for the weak. 
He’s available for the tempted and the tried.
He sympathizes and He saves.  He for guards and He guides.
He heals the sick.  He cleanses lepers. He forgives sinners.
He discharges debtors.  He delivers the captives.  He defends the feeble.
He blesses the young.  He serves the unfortunate.  He regards the aged.
He rewards the diligent and He beautifies the meek.
Do you know HIM?

Well, MY KING is the King of knowledge, He’s the wellspring of wisdom.
He’s the doorway of deliverance.  He’s the pathway of peace.  He’s the roadway
of righteousness.  He’s the highway of holiness.  He’s the gateway of glory.
He’s the Master of the mighty.  He’s the Captain of the conquerors. 
He’s the Head of the heroes, and He’s the Leader of the legislators.
He’s the Overseer of the over comers.  He’s the Governor of governors. 
He’s the Prince of princes, He’s the King of kings, and He’s the Lord of lords.
That’s MY KING!

His office is manifold and His promises are sure.  His light is matchless. 
His goodness is limitless.  His mercy is everlasting and His love never changes.
His Word is enough. His grace is sufficient.  His reign is righteous.
His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Well, I wish I could describe Him to you, but He’s indescribable!
He’s incomprehensible, invincible and irresistible.

I’m trying to tell you the heaven of heavens can not contain Him,
let alone a man explain Him! 
You can’t get Him out of your mind.   You can’t get Him off of your hands.
You can’t outlive Him and you can’t live without Him. 
Well, the Pharisees couldn’t stand Him, but they found out they couldn’t stop Him.
Pilot couldn’t find any fault in Him.  The witnesses couldn’t get their
testimonies to agree and Herod couldn’t kill Him.
Death couldn’t handle Him and the grave couldn’t hold Him.
That’s MY KING!

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When a man and a woman get married, the groom picks up the bride,
with both hands, and carries her across the threshold of their home. 
This is first and indication of the two becoming one and
second a sign of the man’s provision, protection and adoration for his bride.

The bride simply has to surrender and allow the husband to lift her up
and carry her across the divide. 
The King of kings wants to pick you up with His mighty hands and carry
you across the universe!

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Dying Bees, GMO Seeds and Gideon – Mighty Man of Valor

I was reading in Judges about Gideon and how the Israelites had been taken over by their enemies.They had turned away from God and were following after false gods. God removed His protection and allowed their land to be taken over by the Midianites. This tribe came in stripped their land bare, took the cattle, belongings, everything. The Midianites were descendents of Abraham and Keturah, Abraham’s second wife.

While I was reading, I felt a strong urge to look up an article about GMO seeds. If you aren’t aware of what is happening to our wheat and corn crops, you might want to take a look sometime.

I quickly discovered not only is wheat, corn and other crops being dramatically affected but other things such as bees are also. They are dying and many are worried about the affects GMO seeds are really going to have on our nation’s food supply.. It seems the seeds are now destroying the bees which pollinate the crops. Switching back to regular seeds also has become an issue because you can’t seem to get “real seeds” anymore.

This reminded me of another scripture in Exodus about how God used bees or hornets to drive out the enemy when the people were faithful.
Exodus 23:28,

And I will send hornets before you, which shall drive out the Hivites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites from before you.

The story about the Israelites and the Mididianites goes on to say they had reduced Israel to starvation and “then the people called upon the Lord.”

I don’t know about you, but I seem to have a habit of waiting till I’m almost dead before crying out!

The Word of the Lord came to me, Don’t wait until you are almost destroyed to call on God first in every situation.

After the people cried out, the Lord began to search for someone (a leader) who would bring the people out of bondage. He spied Gideon – a man of honor and valor.

Gideon came out and sat under the oak tree where the angel of the Lord came to talk with him, he had been threshing wheat down in a wine press.

I’ve heard some preachers describe Gideon as this frail coward of a man. How I see it, all the crops, cattle and possessions had been looted by the Midianites and Gideon somehow found a way to find wheat, get it down into a wine press, and thresh it there. There was no wind to easily carry the chaff away. This couldn’t have been an easy process.

Gideon wasn’t sitting down or complaining. He was doing something to feed his family. Gideon also makes certain who he is talking to was really from God. (Like Gideon, we need to make certain we are hearing from God before we make decisions.) Gideon had brought food out to the messenger (angel of God) and placed it on a rock, it was consumed by fire. Gideon built and altar there and named it

THE LORD IS PEACE

Whatever you are going through, turn first to the Lord, Place your heart, soul and will on the rock of Jesus Christ and He will be THE LORD OF PEACE in your circumstances.

The Lord says to Gideon in verse 18,”I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”

Gideon was still going to have to go to battle with the Midianites but God was with him.

Our nation, individual lives are under attack by the enemy, we must fight for our beliefs, our country, our families, but through Christ we can be victorious!

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Get a Life – Not Just A Job

Did you start your own business to have the freedom of being your own boss? Maybe you wanted to provide jobs for others. Did you fantasize about the lifestyle you would have as an entrepreneur?

And what has happened since? Maybe you provide a good living for yourself and your employees, but you work harder and longer than in any job you’ve ever had. Perhaps you feel trapped under the weight of being a “business owner.”

You don’t have to feel that way. You can provide money for yourself, jobs for others, and still have the freedom you hoped for. You just need to know how.

How do you turn your small business into more than just a job?

First, go to work on you business rather than in it.

Think of your business as something apart from yourself, as a world of its own, as a product of your efforts, as a machine designed to fulfill a very specific need, as a mechanism for giving you more life, as a system of interconnecting parts, as something created to satisfy your consumers’ needs, as a solution to somebody else’s problem.

Then ask yourself the following questions:

  1. How can I get my business to work, but without me?
  2. How can I get my people to work, but without my constant interference?
  3. How can I systematize my business in such a way that it could be replicated 5,000 times, so the 5,000th unit would run as smoothly as the first?
  4. How can I own my business, and still be free of it?
  5. How can I spend my time doing the work I love to do rather than the work I have to do?

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If you ask yourself these questions, you’ll eventually come face-to-face with the real problem: that you don’t know the answers!

Until you change your perspective about what a business is and how one works, you will never have the answers. The most successful small businesses are built on a repeatable system that others can easily follow. A turn-key system.

The best way to systematize your business is to first do each job yourself. Find the best or preferred way to do each task, and create a system for doing it that way that is easy to follow. Repeat this process for every function of your business until every part is systematized.

Then create a succinct operations manual that is detailed and easy to understand. The goal is that any new person can step into your company, and be up-to-speed very quickly after reading this operations manual.

Once you have your business systematized, you should be able to step back and let your company function the way it is supposed to. Your job, as the business owner, will be to watch it grow.

This article was originally featured on INC.  If you want to read the original article, click here.

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