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Published February 24th, 2020 by Frank Molinaro

I was so bad when I started wrestling, and I was constantly melting down & becoming discouraged during the process. Middle School we started seeing some success, but I was still a tier below the national contenders. High School we began to set lofty goals & my sophomore year I surprised myself and won my first state title. It was my very first goal we had been chasing from the start & it was an incredible moment in time when we all achieved it. It was right at the end of my self when my dreams came true and I experienced God in the realest sense possible. It was past the point of quitting on myself & striving for control and answers to my future fate. It's the part of my mind when all my striving get's exhausted and I have nothing left to go on. Insert God.

For Christ has set us free"

Published April 3rd, 2017 by Frank Molinaro

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." (Galatians 5:1)
   Freedom is a process. This scripture is refreshing because its a clear statement of Christ's will for our lives. Sometimes life get can heavy, we get distracted, and too zoomed in on our everyday circumstances. In my own life I can often be bogged down by decisions which are simply not a great issue with God. God is the issue always.
"For Christ has set us free" 

Walking with God Through Suffering

Published January 3rd, 2017 by Frank Molinaro

   Nothing is more important than to learn how to maintain a life of purpose in the midst of painful adversity. I firmly believe that there is a purpose for all the adversity, pain, and suffering we endure during our temporary assignment on earth. When faced rightly it can drive us like a nail into the love of God and help us grow in our faith. In the book of Job his friends were sure that if things are going well for you, your are living rightly with God and he's pleased with you. And on the flip side they believed if things are going badly for you than you are living wrong with God and he has abandoned you. When they considered Job's circumstances they were sure he had done something wrong and this was his punishment. 

A Believing Trust

Published December 5th, 2016 by Frank Molinaro

"Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalm37:4)

 To delight in God is as much a duty as it is a privilege. It takes discipline, sacrifice, and a wholehearted commitment to something greater than yourself. For me nothing has been more rewarding than the spiritual, mental, and physical renewing of my mind since I began to follow Jesus above everything else in my life. Just like everything else it's a small choice and a commitment that is extremely rewarding. I say rewarding wth caution because I am not necessarily talking about man made-manufactured rewards, however there is no limit to God's favor in your life.

Life is a temporary Assignment

Published October 24th, 2016 by Frank Molinaro

Do not become attached to this world or conform to it’s values because our true identity will be found in eternity, and our final destination is heaven. If we submit to this promise, we are set free from worrying about having it all on earth. You see life on earth is very brief and the bible talks about it only being a temporary assignment. When we live with this on our conscious, we’ll be more motivated to calibrate our priorities, adjust some of our current lifestyle choices for the better, and our faith will challenge us to adopt new values.

What is the driving force in your life?

Published October 16th, 2016 by Frank Molinaro

Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life. Without a purpose, life is meaningless, unfulfilling, and frustrating to say the least.  To be honest nothing seemed to fill the void in my heart or give me purpose when I attempted to live a life without God. I pursued a false worldly promise that if I just reached the top of the ladder I would experience true joy. The top of the ladder for me was winning a national championship & when I reached the top of that latter I was not fulfilled.

The Value of Practical Wisdom

Published October 9th, 2016 by Frank Molinaro

The Value of Practical Wisdom

When People hear my name do they think of God?

“A good name is better than precious ointment. And the day of death than the day of one’s birth.” (Ecclesiastes 7:1, NKJ)

It is so important to God for us to have a good name. The “aroma of my character” reflects on the name of Jesus. Upon your death you will be remembered for what you have done. *Death is always a reminder of God’s control.

Taste and see that the Lord is good

Published October 3rd, 2016 by Frank Molinaro

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:8)

Seeds of discouragement can’t take root in a grateful heart. One of the keys to living a good life is to have gratitude. Gratitude is a muscle we must feed, condition, and exercise frequently. We honor God by choosing to focus on the good in every situation, opportunity, relationship, or pursuit. Every obstacle that stands in our way can be seen in a positive light if we CHOOSE to use it for the glory of God. Ultimately it’s a matter of of perspective and how we choose to see it.

Embrace Uncertainty

Published September 26th, 2016 by Frank Molinaro

"Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.”

(Ecclesiastes 11:4)

                  Before I gave my life to Christ I would often live overly cautious and struggle embracing uncertainty. I would draw strength from feeling a sense of control while determining the outcomes. Now there are many problems with this thinking but I will start with the most obvious. I was missing the mark on my full destiny God had for me because I was waiting for absolute certainty before I could step out and conquer my fears.  

Genuine Faith

Published September 18th, 2016 by Frank Molinaro

While it is true that we can never earn our salvation, true faith will always result in a changed life & good works. True Faith involves a commitment of your WHOLE self to God. Take this scripture into mind;

18 But Someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:18, NKJ)

Obedience in Christ; 2 Corinthians 10:5

Published August 15th, 2016 by Frank Molinaro

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Trust in the Lord; Proverbs 3:5-6

Published August 7th, 2016 by Frank Molinaro

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

The source of so much of our anxiety, fear, doubt, and anger is the result of leaning on our own understanding. It’s easy for me to give God 60%, 70%, or even 80% of my trust but when embracing uncertain paths ahead that last 20% is always difficult to let go of. To be honest that last bit I hold onto is typically spent anticipating problems, planning for every obstacle ahead, and striving for control. It’s this pattern of thinking that holds us back from wholeheartedly giving ourselves to the Lord and experiencing life at it’s fullest.

Romans 12:1

Published June 2nd, 2016 by Frank Molinaro

God wants us to offer ourselves as daily sacrifices. Each day offering our worldly desires and sinful nature. For me I would say pride, and unforgiveness would be offered up first, daily!

We must be driven by God's mercy, and trust & be guided by his word & truth. Our hearts want to believe lies, so it's crucial we are saturated in God's word. We were given a gift when we were still sinners, when Jesus lived the sinless life and died for us. He offered up the ultimate sacrifice for us when we didn't deserve it.

How I won the Olympic Trials: Water Walking

Published May 23rd, 2016 by Frank Molinaro

My story, like every human story, is at least in part the struggle between faith and fear. Fear will never go away.  We tend to seek a world of comfort. We try to construct manageable lives with some real security and predictability to maintain the illusion that we are in control. Trust and fear battle for the human heart. Eventually one or the other will win. Winning the Olympic Trials was a chance of lifetime, and it was not to be taken lightly. I knew in my heart that God was calling me far beyond my spiritual comfort zone. And for me to truly follow Jesus I had to deny Comfort as the ultimate value for my life. Fear and growth go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly, it’s a package deal.

If You Are Searching I Hope This Finds You: The Grace of God

Published January 4th, 2016 by Frank

I’ve spent most of my life trying to save myself. In essence, I was trying to earn my own salvation by filling my heart with various things. Things that I thought would satisfy my hunger for joy, purpose and significance. Time after time, I turned my back on God, blamed him for my present injustices, and just keep searching for something else that would serve my needs. No matter how hard I pushed God away, he kept coming back. He kept injecting my life with people who lived in the light, people who reached out to me time after time, and stayed true to God’s works. I kept resisting, but He kept pulling me in.

Fear Less. Trust More.

Published December 28th, 2015 by Frank

There are so many things out there and all around us that rob our joy and steal our dreams away. I don’t want to be dramatic but we are under attack by our fears every day. They kill our dreams, take away our happiness, and would do anything to destroy our lives if we gave in enough. Until this past summer, I took on those “attacks” with my own will, grit, and perseverance. In my eyes I was becoming pretty successful and pretty significant. I started thinking my success could determine my happiness and be a catalyst to the good life.

Mental toughness

Published August 29th, 2014 by Frank

Each time I ponder the depths of my mental toughness, I like to imagine what it would be like to swim across an entire ocean.  After fully exerting my physical capabilities, and maintaining my composure throughout calm and choppy seas, there would be an inevitable juncture where I would reach my breaking point and succumb to the swirling tides beneath me.

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