Ep 63 Who Is Ready for Fall? Short Growing Season

In Texas, there are two growing seasons that act as bookends to our extreme heat. Of course the Spring traditionally gives us the more obvious signs of growth, but The Fall, or Latter growing season, even though it’s short, With some careful planning and management, there’s still time for the soil to offer up a little more production for the year. Our job is to be aware and open to it. 

The beginning of Fall is here, If you’re driving right now, look around. You may notice some people’s lawns may still look vibrantly green when everything else is brown from the summer heat. The reason may be that they’ve planted either some type of winter Rye grass or maybe even some oats, something with a little tolerance to cold and has the ability to germinate quickly. It looks amazing and to the trained eye, it’s a special kind of green. 

Once you’ve harvested, like we talked about last week, we are able to see things from a new perspective b/c the fields that were once lush and full of growth are now flattened and barron. There’s nothing but stalks sticking up from the dirt. 

Sometimes when you look at things from a different point of view, you see things differently. You are able to plan for the next year during this time = receiving revelation… if you’re open to it. 

That means we are to keep our ears open, to keep a watchful eye, and to have an open mind. 

So what do we have to learn from this season? 

This “barron-ness” that happens during Fall, right before our eyes, gives us an opportunity to re-evaluate and to take an inventory on 3 things: 

  1. What is bringing us closer to God, And by the way we need to be embracing those things. 
  2. Who He has called us to be, And that may not be playing out like we want it to be. So it brings us to #3. 
  3. What is incrementally luring us away from that.

That means we may need to get rid of some things. 

Some of those things we may be very fond of, they bring us comfort, and sometimes even a little happiness.

It also may mean we need to plant; what seems to be out of season, but it’s not. 

It may mean that this season is offering you “that special kind of green” that you could experience when everyone else is in “hunker down” mode, preparing for something that isn’t here yet.

One of my favorite quotes from Steve Jobs is when he is talking about the very business that you and I know to be Apple. He said “In order for us to continue to be successful, we have to be willing to completely reinvent ourselves at all times.” 

Once you’ve harvested, there is a sense of satisfaction and gratitude. We can easily embrace that, and then ask “what’s next?” indicating that we are never satisfied. 

We have to continually ask “Lord, You orchestrate everything. What are you trying to say to me in this moment?”  

As the “slate is wiped clean” sometimes our challenge is to see things as a new beginning. 

There is a short growing season that is available to you, right in the middle of what looks to be a barron time of year. Just because the leaves are no longer green and they are turning color, that doesn’t mean that we are done growing for the year. It just means that growth doesn’t look the same as it did in the past season.  

His mercies are new every day. Dare to see each day as a new beginning. 

If we begin to see Fall as an opportunity for new and fresh revelation, a season for “a special kind of growth” then before you know it, you will be Living the Freedom Life. Our job is to be open to it.

Who is Ready for Fall? ~ Harvest Time

In our second episode of the series Who is Ready for Fall? We are talking about the most labor-intensive activity of the entire growing season. In farming communities all across the globe and across time, they celebrate this time of year. And yes, if you eat, it affects you too. Today we are talking about Harvest Time. You’re listening to Living the Freedom Life Podcast, episode #62

During Fall, we begin to notice the days are getting shorter. In other words, there’s not as much sunlight as there once was in the summertime. But there’s much more work to be done. Seeing this dilemma, somebody has to do something, right? Follow me on this one.

Daylight saving time really doesn’t help. We are just simply moving numbers around on a clock. I’m talking about the time between sun up and sun down, not what time it is, who cares about that, I just need to see while I’m doing all of this work and the time is getting shorter to get it done. It can be a lot of pressure. I’m from a farming community, my Dad owned a feed store for years, I have some working knowledge about this subject.

With a heavier workload and less time to get it done, that seems like an annual repeat of several chapters in Exodus. You know, where the Hebrews are making bricks for the Egyptians. 

Why would God put us in such a predicament?    Every year?

Why would God provide such a reminder in our lives? Hmmmm.

Just as in many things in life, we can put a lot of work and effort into plowing, sowing, maintaining the care of the crop, but when it comes to Harvest time, a farmer leaves it up to the crop to yield and the mercy of the elements, in whether or not there is a fruitful harvest or not.

In the Bible, even Paul wrote “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gives the increase”. 1 Cor 3  

So, it is safe to say there is more evidence and proof of the provision of God in the Harvest Time, than in any other. 

There’s a lot to be said in the Bible about Harvest Time. Too much to mention here, we just don’t have time. 

There is a process of Harvest Time. Your blackened chicken with rice pilaf served with a side salad just doesn’t happen overnight.

Yes, there is planning, plowing, planting. 

But there is also Reaping, threshing, winnowing, and storing. I’d like to go over each of these so we can gain some understanding and how we can “reap” the benefits of each one.

The first one is Reaping. I know, it’s scary to think of the Grim Reaper here, but it comes from Harvest Time. Reaping means there is a cutting down. It must be done. It is only painful when we think about what is lost. When we think about what is gained, then it evolves into a necessity. Reaping has to be done in order for us to have the nourishment and sustenance intended.

Threshing means to beat or separate the stalks and stems from the grain. With hardship, comes an easy decision making process to find what is useful. If you had hardship in your life, you have an easier decision making process than someone who hasn’t. I believe that God provides that. How many of you have gained deep Insight in your life when going through some of your hardest times? That is what Threshing does and I challenge you today, review some opportunities you’ve had in the past, see what you’ve learned from them and share them, teach them.

Winnowing is a little different. Yes, the wind blows and it separates the grain from the hull and chaff. . .more of a fine sifting happens here. But how often do the winds of change blow and we try to hold onto things we shouldn’t? The old way of winnowing is to toss up the grain in a tray while the blowing wind carries off all that is not useful. It’s quite dramatic, and a beautiful picture that God would take such care in what we consider something to make our daily bread.

Because the next step of the process in Harvesting is Storing. We can’t just leave the good stuff out to rot and waste, for the birds to come along and take it away. We need to put it where we can use it, and use it later. Share it with our family, carry it to our neighbors, reach out to our community. 

Out of all the different directions we could go with today’s topic, I want to share with you one last thought, well, it’s more of a memory than anything.  

Whether we would be Harvesting or just bailing hay, I remember something the old-timers called Lowance time. I remember coming to the barn in between loads, and drinking that cold, well water. It was so refreshing. I also remember me and my friends dunking our heads into the watering trough. But Lowance time was really about refreshment during work. I remember making my mom laugh so hard she would almost drop the lemonade she brought us when we would dunk our heads in the water to cool off.

If today you feel like you have to keep your nose to the grindstone, there are opportunities for you to experience God’s peace and joy.These times are meant to sharpen you. To give you reason to push through. To encourage you so that you understand that you always have more gas in the tank than you think you do. 

Lowance time = is a time of refreshment and strengthening. 

Harvest Time is a Time for hard work, you get to See the evidence of production, you get to have great rest afterwards, with great satisfaction when it’s done.

Who is Ready for Fall? Leaves.

We are starting a new series of Episodes for our Podcast named “Who is ready for Fall?” 

Here in Texas, we’ve had what we would call a mild summer. The heat hasn’t been as bad as it could be. But still, I’m ready for Fall. I’m ready for change. I’m ready for the things that associate themselves with the season of Autumn. That’s a big deal and we are going to be talking about it in our series Who Is Ready for Fall?  You’re listening to Living the Freedom Life, Episode #61 Today we are talking about Leaves.

In our series named Who Is Ready for Fall?, today we’re talking about Leaves.

There are different things that come to mind when people think about fall. Fall colors are usually the first thing most people think about. But did you know that in order to have those rich, full, bright and vibrant colors, previously there has to be wet, muddy, sloppy days of rain? Those trees have to have moisture in their leaves in order for them to turn red, yellow, and sage. 

We normally don’t like rainy days, and here in Texas, we don’t get many, but rain does bring great things later. 

Like Vibrant Colors. A lot of times we just need to stop and look at how beautiful those colors really are. This may be time for us to slow down, and, well, instead of smelling the roses, look at the colors. I remember as a kid in Tennessee, tourism would explode during this time of year for people coming just to see the colors of the trees in the Hills. 

The next thing about Leaves is they make a mess of things. One of the only things I don’t like about having a pool this time of year, is all of the leaves that fall in the water. I have to pay attention to the phosphates they create and then all the science stuff related to that, it can give me hives.  

Other people spend a lot of time raking leaves out of their yard. But even THAT has its benefits. 

And I have learned to make the choice that Cleaning up leaves = mediation on change. That is what I am choosing that time to be. Whenever I’m cleaning up leaves, that means I am to meditate on change. 

We don’t have to set an alarm for 3:30 in the morning to spend time with God. Spending time with God can look a lot like raking leaves or cleaning the pool. He wants to spend time with us, it’s us that doesn’t usually make time for Him. I see this as a great opportunity. 

Another thing about leaves is when I see leaves falling and the bald limbs of the trees = saying goodbye to things. It gives me an opportunity to re-evaluate anything that may be considered as a baggage in my life. I need to let those things go, let them fall away because they no longer bring me nutrients, they no longer serve as a healthy source of life for me. They need to go. They need to be swept aside, bagged up, and put to the curb for rubbish. 

I’ve learned there are a lot of things that leaves can teach us. We need to keep our eyes open for this season in our lives. 

We need to learn to appreciate those vibrant colors. And when those leaves and make a mess, we’re allowed to clean up that mess, we need to learn how to use that as an opportunity to let God speak. Because He didn’t make us to carry around dead baggage. We need to learn to let some things in our life go. When we are able to do that, that’s when we Live Freedom Life. 

I hope this helps you today. Get outside and experience what fall has to offer you today. 

In the meantime, my pool needs cleaning. Until next time, Living the Freedom Life, this is Kyle.

Episode 60 The Problem

Show notes:

In the classic novel The Odyssey, Homer writes “Men are so quick to blame the gods: they say that we devise their misery. But they themselves, in their depravity, design their grief greater than the griefs that fate assigns.”

One thing that I enjoy, is to do what I call Spiritual Spelunking. Now that comes in handy with our Biblical Life Coaching Clients. What I mean by Spiritual Spelunking is that when I’m scheduled with a client, there is usually a pattern that unfolds. You see, the model of Counseling, by the way, we are not psychotherapists. But it is from my experience from Counseling that you usually go talk to someone, open up about your problems, and you come to an understanding in dealing with those issues in a new and healthy way. 

Here at Kyle McMurray Coaching, we don’t do that. 

What I’ve learned is that The problem is usually not the problem. And to get to the problem, takes some Spiritual Spelunking. Because of the truth shared in Rom 8:26 Sometimes we don’t even know how to pray. That means we may not even know what the problem is!

This concept of Spiritual Spelunking is found in three verses that I would like to share with you. 

Isaiah 43:2 

Proverbs 20:5

Proverbs 16:22a

As I quoted Homer’s great novel “The Odyssey” in the opener, Whether consciously or subconsciously, we assign some things to our own lives that are obviously more self-destructive than God EVER intended for us. “Men are so quick to blame the gods: they say that we devise their misery. But they themselves, in their depravity, design their grief greater than the griefs that fate assigns.” ~ Homer, The Odyssey

We assign some things to our own lives that are obviously more self-destructive than God EVER intended for us.

That’s not Living the Freedom Life, but you may be surprised to find that most of us don’t really know what Living the Freedom Life means.

So when clients come to our practice and want to book sessions, the problem that they usually present is not the problem. 

Most of us can’t see what’s underneath our own facade and underneath the surface, this protective shell we’ve created for ourselves. When there’s trauma involved, when there is abuse, whether self-inflicted or thrust upon you, that protective shell has served great purpose for a time. But once boundaries are established and safety is the priority, then we’re able to see differently. Then we are able to see the Life Jesus intended for us to live. 

Helping people to discover what is under that facade and uncover what God originally intended for you, that is what we do here. We activate that in people’s lives.

You won’t find a lot of online reviews about our Biblical Life Coaching Practice. I know when I’m searching for something, the first thing I do is look for the reviews. You won’t find that here. We discourage it because of client privilege. We want your identity to be protected.

By State Definition, I am not a Counselor. But I am certified and Ordained to be a Biblical Life Coach. That means that I am also not bound by State Definition. If it’s appropriate, I intend to ask you about things bigger than you and I and where it all fits in the life you want to live.

I know two things: 

  1. I was a horrible person and someone that you wouldn’t want to be around. I have been in a deep pit many times, but I’ve been pulled out and I know the way out, and I am no longer that person. 
  2. I want to help others. I have received a lot of care, support, love, instruction, there have been people that have pulled me aside and God has used them in great ways. 

I am submitting to you, to serve you in some of the same ways. To share with you some things that I couldn’t do for myself. I want to share with you some things that for some reason friends in today’s society, don’t usually share with people. Because if I don’t, I feel as if I am a hypocrite. To receive such things and not return them to others. 

I’ve been given life. I want to help facilitate that for you. 

That’s why we say, we give away what we have, let’s make sure we receive life. 

Chasing Happiness 3

Episode 59

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In our series Chasing Happiness we’ve asked the question “What does it mean to be Happy?” and we’ve talked about the age old “mind over matter” theory of Putting on a Happy face. Well, this week I wanted to discuss an aspect of Chasing Happiness that I’ve eluded to all along and I can sum it up in one statement. You’re Listening to Living the Freedom Life Podcast, and we are in the last installment of our series called Chasing Happiness, Episode 59.

58 Chasing Happiness 2

In our series last week we talked about chasing happiness, what does it mean for me to be happy? 

One statement we say around here is:

You will not find happiness while chasing it. It will always be elusive.~ KM Coaching

In our 2nd installment of our series Chasing Happiness today, I want to talk to you about this in a different light. You’re listening to Living the Freedom Life Ep 58

Have you ever heard of the movie PollyAnna? Or how about instructions to “Fake it until you make it”? There’s also an old song “Put on a Happy Face” 

Well, this is a common tactic to “outsmart” ourselves into being happy when we don’t feel like it. But how often does that really work…really?

Well, let’s be careful while we look at this common tactic because it’s looks like we are trying harder to be better. I hope you know by now that that is a set up for failure. That’s the direct opposite of being who you are created to be. 

Oh sure, if other people can tell you’re Faking It oh, it can be pretty frustrating to those around you. 

People can tell, it’s a load of hockey.

And for some people, positivity just catapults them in the other direction. 

But before you cancel your order on your starter kit to the Actor’s Guild on Chasing Happiness, there’s something to be said about putting on a happy face and faking it until you make it. 

When the timing is right, it actually works. It really does, but it depends on one thing. What’s the one thing, you ask?

How genuine is our intent?

Just like any actor, a convincing performance requires the actor to genuinely establish a belief that they are the person in the script. I mean, that’s what we’re really talking about here.Because if you’re putting on a happy face or faking it until you make it, you’re acting.

Now, let’s go back to one of our original statements. 

You will not find happiness while chasing it. It will always be elusive.~ KM Coaching

If you spend your energy chasing happiness, Why not use that same energy into choosing to be happy? 

So we’ve come to the conclusion that putting on a happy face Is simply the introduction of making a choice. 

It’s like purchasing a movie poster without actually seeing the movie. The movie poster looks like portrays a scene in the movie, And you may get enough information for it to be intriguing. But you will not be able to say that you’ve seen the movie.

 The same with putting on a happy face. Continue that process and happiness will no longer be elusive. 

Try it. If you find yourself not exactly in a great mood today, try it and let us know. It’s not just a tagline, we want to help people live the freedom life. 

Send us an email, info at Kyle McMurray. Com.

Chasing Happiness 1

Warning: There is a lot of information in this episode. So feel free to rewind, take notes and email us for more questions. info@kylemcmurray.com or https://www.kylemcmurray.com/contact-us/ 

Most people have some things in common and we don’t take the time to realize it. Emotions. How we feel, and the fact that we want to feel better. You’re listening to Living the Freedom Life, Ep 57 #1 in our series called Chasing Happiness

Everyone wants to be happy. Even if there is someone who says they don’t, they have resolved to bitterness and believe that happiness is too elusive. All of us want to be happy.

What does it mean to be happy? I ask my clients that all the time. 

Their answers range from being thin, having more time, better income, different place to live than where I am now…There is no end to the answers here. 

If given a choice, we want to feel happy all the time.

We can’t. Oh the beauty of contrast. 

Most people believe that Happiness is something that comes upon us. 

We refer to emotions that are something outside of us. 

He made me angry, I am sad because that happened. We believe the same thing about happiness. (That’s why we Buy things, how many friends we have or even who we are friends with, car, etc.) 

The advertising industry banks on this one belief and they know how to cater to it.

We have to go back to the basics. What does it mean to be happy? Dare to ask these questions.

Once you are “there” once you feel happy, how long does the feeling of “happy” last? What does it mean, what does it take for you to be happy?

What if someone else has what you think will make you happy? What if they attained this outside source of happiness? “But I don’t have it, so I am unhappy.” They don’t know, they don’t realize, because they have it.

You will not find happiness while chasing it. It will always be elusive.~ KM Coaching

A temporary shot of adrenaline is often confused with Happiness. Just like a football player gets a cortisone shot, it is often confused with healing. It’s temporary. He has the potential to go out there and wound himself more. That may be for another episode, but you get the gist of our emotions bening temporary. None of our emotions last. Why do we expect Happiness to make this drastic change in our lives?

The only reason we desire “things” or “goals” is the belief of how we will feel after we attain it.

True question is “How will we feel after attaining the goal?” We have to look at the honest answer to that question.

What will be different when you achieve the goal? Take some time to honestly look at what will be different.

What will be the same when you achieve the goal? This is something that may be obvious on the surface, but dare to dig deeper on this one. What will be the same, really?

Warning: How we feel can tell us who we are. That is the underlying danger and we often believe it because it plays with our logic. Our mind follows the logical path and come to the conclusion that “this is who I am”, or “I must be this type of person because I’m feeling this….”.

Then we ask….

What do you want to feel? “Well, I want to feel happy

What would provide that for you? 

All of our emotions are created in our thought process and how we see the world around us. 

“LOC”  How we see and perceive the world around us is one of the most important things we can learn and activate in our lives. 

If you want to learn more about how, connect with us. We would love to help in any way we can. That’s what we do. We connect people with who they were made to be. You wouldn’t use a Mazeratti to haul fire wood, would you? No, that’s not what it’s made for. You were made with a purpose in mind. We want to help find that purpose and let God breathe life into it. That is what we mean when we say Living the Freedom Life.