What I learned from Jake Elliott (@jake_elliott22)

What I learned from Jake Elliott (@jake_elliott22) —The One-Minute Rule

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 24: Jake Elliott #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles is carried off the field by teammates Kamu Grugier-Hill #54 and Mychal Kendricks #95 on September 24, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


Philippians 3:13 – “This one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead…”








I love football and I especially love following Memphis Tigers football. This season, Memphis has a new kicker since Jake Elliott graduated and went to kick for the Philadelphia Eagles. Elliott’s stats while at Memphis are impressive. He holds Memphis all-time kicking records for points kicked, holds school record for longest field goal with a 56-yarder at University of South Florida in 2013, just to mention a few. On Sunday, September 24th I told my husband, “I want to watch Jake Elliott today, who is Philadelphia playing?”

We started watching the Eagles-Giants game, but I fell asleep, after all it was Sunday afternoon. My husband woke me up with the play back of Jake’s 61-yard field goal, with .01 second remaining. The game was tied at 24 and Jake came through for the Eagles just like he used to do for the Tigers! “What?!, show me that again.” The Philadelphia Eagles won against the New York Giants 27 to 24 because of Jakes 61-yard field goal. (@eagles)

The interview Jake did for the press after the game was just as amazing as his 61-yard field goal in my opinion. Why? When asked, “how did you mentally come back from missing the 51-yard field goal in the second half?” Jake responded, “I approach every miss the same way and every make the same way. I have a one to two-minute rule.…..you miss a kick you have one minute to get over it and if you make a kick you have one minute to enjoy it.”  https://youtu.be/5D3oK09MDrY

My daughter is on the bowling team this year for her high school. As with all sports, athletes can have great days when everything clicks as well as bad days when nothing goes right. Sophia recently did bad while bowling. I shared Philippians 3:13 with her, “This one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead…”

I’m sending my daughter an email at school everyday for encouragement. Recently I shared with her Jake Elliott’s rule and told her, “There is no reason to spend too much time being upset or too much time celebrating with all things in our lives. If we make a mistake, the important thing is to evaluate the situation and ask ourselves, “what could I have done differently to be successful?”

Thank you, Jake, for sharing your one-minute rule with the world. It proves that my hobby of watching football isn’t just a waste of time. I’m adopting your one-minute rule into my life today and I hope all my readers will consider it as well.

**Authors note- Hello Jake– I want you to know that we (#TigersAthletics, #GoTigersGo) are thinking about you and praying for a speedy recovery. (concussion protocol after Nov. 19th’s game). 

Wisdom & Insight

Wisdom & Insight

Proverbs 4: 7 “The beginning of Wisdom is this: get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.”
Proverbs 4: 20-21 “My child, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them in within your heart.”

The above scriptures are saying that if you seek God for his wisdom, by praying for his guidance for your daily living, keep his words on your heart and in the forefront of your mind, then God will bless you with his insight. And for me to feel his insight I feel his presence.

As Christians, we all feel God’s presence in different ways. For me, I describe God’s presence in my life as being “strangely warmed.”

When I feel his touch on my shoulder from behind…. I’m strangely warmed and comforted knowing he will be there to hold me up if I fall.

When I feel him gently take my elbow and tug me sideways….I’m strangely warmed and comforted knowing he is right beside me going through the good and the bad with me.

And I’m strangely warmed and comforted when I gaze forward and feel him in front of me, leading and guiding my path. If I keep my eyes straight on him, I won’t get off the path he has for my life.

How do you feel Gods presence in your life?

Who needs encouragement? ME!

Who needs encouragement? ME!

All scripture referenced are from the English Stander Version of the Bible. 

Why do people need encouragement? Jesus instructed in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  Jesus encourages us by saying (and I paraphrase) in me you will have peace, world is full of trials, but please take heart, I have overcome the world.

When encouragement is absent, people feel unloved, unimportant, useless, forgotten, and the list goes on.  Hebrews 3:13 says, “But encourage one another every day, as long as it is called today….”

What below best describes you right now?

  • I desire encouragement daily, I’m upset without it.
  • I prefer to be the encourager versus the one encouraged.
  • I pray daily for God to show me those who need encouragement.
  • I rely on the scriptures when I need encouragement.

There is no right or wrong answer; you could be one or all four, or none.

Read Joshua 1:1-9.

Joshua faced some challenges. He lost Moses and God is telling him he is charged with taking the Israelites through the Jordan River. Do you think he was fearful? If it were me, I’d be fearful!

God told Joshua to get up and move on, Moses was gone. Even with the difficult task coming, taking the Ark of the Covenant through the Jordan River, God reminded Joshua that the land was already given to Israel and no one would take it. “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.” Joshua 1:5. God reminded Joshua, I was with Moses, I will be with you. I’m not going anywhere.

Aren’t we like Joshua? We need strength and courage just like he did.

“Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. …”  “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:,6, 7, 9.

Don’t we have what Joshua had? 1) Confidence in God’s calling on our lives; 2) the wisdom of God’s word found in the Bible; 3) the promise of God’s presence in our lives.

Do you want to encourage others? Here’s how:

  • Pray for God to show you who needs encouragement.
  • Start today. Practice encouraging others and make it a daily habit. (It takes 21 days to make a habit, good or bad.)

While teaching a line dance class recently, I noticed a handicapped young man who was trying to take the class. It was apparent that the class was more than he could handle.  His caregiver always sat outside the door watching. I had not been able to talk to him or his caregiver because he leaves before class is over.

The Holy Spirit nudged me to reach out and see how I could help.  I’ve been emailing with his caregiver and offering encouragement and video links to the dances so he can practice at home. Soon I hope to work with this young man before class to teach him the basic steps as well as offer encouragement.

Who can you encourage today?