- Cyndi Benson
There is an abandoned mining town some 30 minutes outside of Vail, CO. It has one road that dead ends in its center. The houses, all cracker box cut, empty, windowless, soulless in appearance, line the side of the mountain. I'm not sure what happened, the mine shut down, cholera epidemic, there isn't much a non local can learn. Suffice it to say, it would be the perfect setting for a horror movie. You can imagine, finding yourself alone at night, car breaks down, and this is the only remnant of civilization. A violent mountain storm with lightning strikes, deafening thunder, and howling winds moves in and you leave your car for what you think will be shelter.
Imagine how disappointing and desperate it would make you feel when you got there and found nobody lived there anymore. Take a step into one of the buildings hoping to find shelter and have to grope your way through the darkness. The only light being the flash of lightning. Strange shadows and unrecognizable landscapes. What do you do? Where do you find help? Is there even hope of help, rescue from this desolation?
Many men these days find themselves with these types of feelings. Their life, because of choices they have made, dietary, financial and employment related, has left them in physical and emotional and more importantly spiritually in ruins. This is one of the lowest points a man comes to and without hope or help, he would be doomed to deteriorate further until he physically and mentally gives out.
As we wonder how we got here and how we will get out, one begins to search for anything and everything that offers the slightest bit of hope. Any light shining in the tunnel...regardless whether it is the light at the end, or an approaching train. It becomes a matter of desperation and in the end disappointment.
There is now Hope! We are uniquely created with the capacity of FAITH. The dictionary defines FAITH as: The confident belief in the truth, value or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
The confident belief in the truth, value or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence. When you read Gods definition of FAITH in The Bible, it says, in Hebrews 11:1 :
Now FAITH is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Through the Grace and Strength Lifestyle, Cyndi Benson Ministries have a God designed program that takes Men and Women from the chains of obesity, emotional and physical stress and weakness, into becoming the very person, man or woman, into the person God dreams you to be, by using Faith based principles and accountability to achieve maximum results.
It's not just about the food you eat. It's about what you are feeding your soul. Your emotions. What lies have been spoken into you and over you from childhood to present day. This is just a 'diet' its a whole lifestyle makeover from the inside out.
I know what God did for me with this program. He helped me rediscover the warrior in me. That part of me, that wild hearted, I can do all things through Christ, facing the lion in a pit on a snowy day, no excuses, fear not for the Lord is with me man who I had lost sight of.
As men we all have things we don't like to talk about. We are taught real men don't share feelings, real men don't cry real men don't shop on Home Shopping Network at three a.m. because they can't sleep cause they over ate, AGAIN, and want that knife collection. (Even though the sharpest thing we handle is paper...) My point being, Grace and Strength help me face the deeper issues behind my depression, overeating, poor health, and get in touch with my creator. This process put me one on one with another guy who I could talk to , express my anger and frustrations with during the food portion of the diet, but also during the spiritual awakening that I was embracing.
I am continually amazed at the number of men who read these blogs, and know EXACTLY what I'm talking about but haven't the courage to fill out the inquiry, or call the number and get the answers, AND the help that deep inside he knows he needs.
There is nothing weak about asking for help. The most courageous man plows forward into the unknown in spite of his fears. The Grace and Strength Lifestyle will take you out of the ruins of life that you have been wandering around in aimlessly and will Help you regain that WARRIOR SPIRIT, that WILD HEART and that Godly Manliness that has slipped away from you.
This is a true test! You will learn who you really are and who you are destined to be in God's eyes.
Even a warrior prepares before entering battle. He surrounds himself with other warriors, men who are also equipping themselves for battle.
Proverbs 27:17 says it best:
Iron sharpens Iron, and one man sharpens another!
Get sharp and stay sharp. THAT'S the Grace and Strength Lifestyle!
Pray Seek Believe Receive
David Michael Rose
* Individual results may vary.
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