Run Your Race with Confidence – ETB #66

Run Your Race with Confidence – ETB #66

Are you running your race with confidence or looking around at what others are doing? Do you know why running your race is important? Do you find yourself looking at others and trying to imitate them?

Run Your Race with Confidence - ETB #66

How you run your race depends on your season of life. A twenty-something runs differently than someone in their forties or sixties. Why? Life experience, the demands of children, and physical health. It is wise to accept the realization that your race will change as you age. God designed it this way.

Every runner knows the speed at the beginning of their race will get slower the further they run. It’s natural to slow down. This is true of you. It is true of me. Understanding this reality early in life will profoundly impact how far you can go later in life.

But running your race with confidence requires you to consider a couple of truths. You can’t run your race if you are in someone else’s lane. And you have to know what race you are running. Life is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. Sure there are times one needs to sprint, but the amount of energy it takes to sprint can’t last long. Our bodies are designed to run a marathon at a sprint pace.

How Do You Start Strong?

  • Discover who you are. It’s more than temperament and Enneagram type. God made you a one-of-a-kind original. You aren’t a copy of someone else.
  • Take an honest look at your talents, then decide which of them you are passionate about developing.
  • Focus on becoming excellent in a few areas. This takes time and lots of practice.
  • Be willing to pivot. Change does not mean you are wishy-washy. Your race will require you to change. As your season of life changes, so does your ability to run. It is wise to be aware of this.

Your race is unique to you! You can’t do what everyone else is doing.

  • How will you run? There is a bit of strategy in preparing for a race. A runner has to know what they are capable of doing.
  • Get serious about learning more about yourself. Be intentional about your discovery process.
  • What are you doing to develop the talents God has given.
  • What is your season of life?

Running your race with confidence will not allow you to miss God’s best for your life. You aren’t missing out when you focus on being faithful to doing your best in your season of life.

If you don’t run your race with excellence, who will? No one.

How Can You Discover More About Yourself?

  • Pay attention to what excites you.
  • Listen to the stirrings of your heart.
  • Start journaling. Write down God’s subtle whispers.
  • Don’t be afraid to try something new, even if you are afraid.

When You Run YOUR Race with Confidence

  • You aren’t tempted to look at what others are doing.
  • You are more focused on your training.
  • You don’t feel compelled to compare yourself to others. It loses its appeal.
  • You will constantly be learning about yourself.
  • You must give yourself time.
  • You experience peace deep within.
  • You become a master in a few areas of life.

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You Can Overcome the Character Crisis – ETB #65

You Can Overcome the Character Crisis – ETB #65

Do you see what I’m seeing? Parents and leaders across the country are noticing the character crisis permeating our communities. Lying, marginalizing, undermining, spreading partial truths all seem okay now. Are they? Not according to God’s standards!

You Can Overcome the Character Crisis - ETB #65

The character crisis we see on display doesn’t mean we should partake. Actually, we need to do just the opposite. We need to be more diligent in living a life of integrity. The ends don’t justify the means. Never have, never will.

As a believer, our behavior should be a reflection of what we know to be true. God puts a great emphasis on character.

“Don’t do anything today that you will have to lie about tomorrow.”

When we choose to live a life pleasing to God, we don’t need to lie, practice shady business deals, tell falsehoods about others.

Overcome the Character Crisis

Here are three points to ponder about how you can overcome the character crisis in your community:

  1. Do the right thing even if others don’t. Don’t do what others do if it doesn’t align with God’s Word. Teach your children it takes intentionality to live a life of integrity. You can help your children learn to have discernment and avoid others who lack wisdom.
  2. Being a person of character and integrity might cause others to mock you. That’s not your problem. Teaching your children not to fear being ridiculed for doing what is right will serve them well throughout their lives. I know it can be hard for some of your children, especially if they are people pleasers. But helping them learn to be God pleasers, not people pleasers, is a critical aspect of raising children.
  3. You are not responsible for what others do or say. You and your children are responsible for your actions! Others will do what they do, but your family must choose a different path. Remember Jesus was mocked. So, teaching your children to understand the difference between God pleaser and people pleaser will require consistent training.

Remember:

  • God isn’t finished. The character crisis can be changed because of your actions.
  • God is still in control. He will guard and protect your family.
  • Don’t allow a lack of character in others make you rationalize a lack of character in your children or yourself.

You can change your community and overcome the lack of character around by choosing to live with integrity and character.

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Candid Interview with Larry Loftis, author and NYT Bestselling Espionage Author, Part II – ETB #64

Candid Interview with Larry Loftis, author and NYT Bestselling Espionage Author, Part II – ETB #64

We are back in the studio of Equipped To Be for part II of my interview with international bestselling author Larry Loftis. We begin this episode with how I met Mr. Loftis through a mutual friend.

Candid Interview with Larry Loftis, author and NYT Bestselling Espionage Author, Part II - ETB #64

During this part of the conversation, I share an untold story of how his advice positively impacted my journey to becoming a first-time author with a well-known publishing house. While writing Parenting Beyond the Rules: Raising Teens with Confidence and Joy,  Mr. Loftis provided sage advice that helped me navigate the publishing world with increased confidence.

In the next segment, we change the topic back to Mr. Loftis. He began his writing career early in life by publishing numerous scholarly legal articles in university law reviews and professional bar journals. His desire for excellence drove him to author several business books, which he found dry and boring. When the housing market collapsed in 2008, he decided to take some time off to figure out what he was passionate about and interested in.

His friend, Michael Connelly, a #1 New York Times bestselling author and his closest friend, Steve Price, encouraged Mr. Loftis to consider writing spy thrillers. Something he was interested in, but wasn’t sure he could break into such a fierce genre.

His buddy introduced him to Vince Flynn’s work which got him thinking about combining his love of writing nonfiction and his passion for thrillers into memorizing books. When it comes to writing WWII espionage thrillers, he a unique gift for this type of creative writing that readers are want to read.

Larry’s first nonfiction thriller was Into the Lion’s Mouth. It’s the story of Dusko Popov, the real-life inspiration for James Bond. His second thriller was based on the female spy Odette Sansom’s story. Code Name: Lise is a riveting story of a highly decorated female spy who captures the reader’s attention from page one. His knack for writing thrillers continues with his latest book, The Princess Spy, which became an instant NYT Bestseller.

It’s safe to say that Mr. Loftis has earned enormous respect as a nonfiction thriller author. His journey to becoming a New York Times Bestselling author of WWII espionage thrillers took years of work.

During the last segment of our interview, Mr. Loftis shares the value of authentic relationships, the odds of getting published, and the mindset one must adopt to make it in the publishing industry. He attributes his success to the Lord and his commitment to excellence.

Mr. Loftis is one of the greats who has achieved great success yet remains humble and eager to encourage others in their calling.
If you haven’t read any of his books, I encourage you to buy a copy and enter a world of adventure as he masterfully brings tells their stories.

Key Takeaways

  • All the greats started at zero. They didn’t begin as winners.
  • Reaching out to help others is an important aspect of the writing world.
  • Authentic relationships make a difference in moving forward with any area of life.
  • Friends can be a common thread to making connections.

Advice to Future Authors

  • What agents are looking for.
  • Why no one wants a new author.
  • Everyone starts at zero. Even the best start somewhere.
  • Why you must learn the craft well.
  • How to get an agent to see your proposal.
  • The importance of believing in yourself or calling.
  • Why selling yourself is critical to achieving success.

If God’s called you to write, then become excellent at your craft. Study and master it.

Points to Consider for Any Potential Author

  • Give your best
  • Be committed
  • Hone your craft
  • Put the time into your craft
  • It will take years
  • There will be defeat
  • Aim high
  • Persevere. It will get rough at times, but don’t quit.
  • Write a superior manuscript

About Larry Loftis

Larry Loftis is the New York Times and international bestselling author of the nonfiction spy thrillers CODE NAME: LISE: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy and Into the Lion’s Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov—World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond. His third nonfiction thriller, The Princess Spy: The True Story of World War II Spy Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones, is now out and was an instant New York Times bestseller. His books have been translated into multiple languages around the world, including Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese, Czech, and Serbian.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Mr. Loftis was a corporate attorney, publishing scholarly legal articles in the University of Florida Law Review, Suffolk Transnational Law Journal, Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, Florida Bar Journal, National Law Journal, and Florida Banking. He also has served as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Florida Law School, where he taught writing and appellate advocacy. He received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Florida, where he served on the Law Review as Senior Executive Editor and Senior Articles Editor.

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Candid Interview with Larry Loftis, author and NYT Bestselling Espionage Author, Part I – ETB #63

Candid Interview with Larry Loftis, author and NYT Bestselling Espionage Author, Part I – ETB #63

The odds of becoming a published author are low, but becoming a bestselling author is extremely difficult. Larry Loftis not only beat the odds, but he has also hit the NYT bestseller list multiple times. He is a highly acclaimed nonfiction thriller author who specializes in writing about WWII espionage.

Candid Interview with Larry Loftis, author and NYT Bestselling Espionage Author, Part I ETB #63

Mr. Loftis joins me for a candid interview to discuss how he did beat the odds and the lessons he learned along the way.

I’m often asked how I got Parenting Beyond the Rules published as a new author. My reply: It’s a God story. As with most God stories, other people are involved.

Part of my journey to becoming a published author included talking to people who were further along in the publishing world than me. One of the people God used in my journey is the highly acclaimed author Larry Loftis. I’m grateful and honored that he sat down with me for a two-part interview.

Key Takeaways from Larry

  • Commit to excellence.
  • Do your best
  • Be committed
  • Hone your craft
  • Put time into getting better
  • It will take years
  • There will defeat
  • Aim high
  • Persevere

About Larry Loftis

Larry Loftis is the New York Times and international bestselling author of the nonfiction spy thrillers CODE NAME: LISE: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy and Into the Lion’s Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov—World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond. His third nonfiction thriller, The Princess Spy: The True Story of World War II Spy Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones, is now out and was an instant New York Times bestseller. His books have been translated into multiple languages around the world, including Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese, Czech, and Serbian.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Mr. Loftis was a corporate attorney, publishing scholarly legal articles in the University of Florida Law Review, Suffolk Transnational Law Journal, Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, Florida Bar Journal, National Law Journal, and Florida Banking. He also has served as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Florida Law School, where he taught writing and appellate advocacy. He received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Florida, where he served on the Law Review as Senior Executive Editor and Senior Articles Editor.

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God Can Heal Your Marriage with Jill Savage – ETB #62

God Can Heal Your Marriage with Jill Savage – ETB #62

Marriage can be messy and far from normal. But what can we learn about loving our spouse when they don’t love us back? How do we trust God to work in us when hope seems lost? Can God heal your marriage?

God Can Heal Your Marriage with Jill Savage - ETB #62

God has not called us to be normal because normal doesn’t exist. Not in life or our marriage. When we let go of our expectations and trust God, we have peace knowing He can repair the broken and redeem what was lost.

Jill Savage, author, speaker, and podcaster, joins me for an honest conversation about life and marriage when anything but normal.

Rebuilding Your Marriage

1. Always stand for your marriage. God gives us one assignment: to love our husband. How can you love your spouse when they don’t love you back?
2. Know your husband. In marriage, there are seasons. With each season, we change, and our spouse changes. In every season, we need to take time to understand your husband’s struggles.
3. Are you paying attention to the slow fades that could be causing you hurting relational closeness?
4. What God tools do you need to acquire to keep your marriage strong?
5. Loving the unloveable is an opportunity to remember you aren’t always lovable.
6. Don’t make saving your marriage an idol. Be intentional to keep God on the altar.
7. Your circumstances don’t dictate your faithfulness. Never forget that God is always at work, even if you don’t see it.

“I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten.”
Joel 2:25a (ESV)

There is always hope for your marriage!

About Jill Savage

Jill Savage is an author and speaker who is passionate about relationships.

Founding Hearts at Home, a national organization that served moms for 24 years, Jill now speaks to thousands of men and women each year about their priorities, passions, and purpose. She has been called one of today’s most exciting female speakers. Her honest, engaging communication is strengthened by her ability to make her audience laugh while they learn.

Jill is the No More Perfect Podcast host and the author of fourteen books, including Empty Nest, Full Life, Real Moms, Real Jesus, the best-selling No More Perfect Moms, No More Perfect Kids, Better Together, and No More Perfect Marriages. Jill and her husband, Mark, live in Illinois and have five children and eight grandchildren.

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