020 - From The Bottom To The Top

June 4, 2019

The PowerBreak Podcast

Program 020 – SHOW NOTES




  1. OPEN with Tease

(Bob) “This is the PowerBreak Podcast, number 020, titled:                                          “From The Bottom To The Top– I’m Bob Brubaker along with JT as we hope you will stay tuned as we seek to give you a little power in this break to help you succeed in the race of life.”


  1. (JT) This is the – PowerBreak Podcast – with a focus on the spiritual, the mental, and the physical aspects – all to help you succeed in the race of life. For show notes from today’s podcast go to bobbrubaker.com and follow the link for the PowerBreak podcast.


  1. Welcome – Bob and JT – chit chat about life, walk with God, training, etc.


  • Bob – “Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?”
    • JT - (((answer)))


  • JT – “When have you felt like you were in the pit?”
    • Bob (((answer)))


  1. Bob – It comes down to a matter looking to come up - from the bottom to the top


  1. JT --- Let’s talk some more about this as we bring up… WHAT’S NEW – as we open Bob’s recent blog from bobbrubaker.com … Bob, What’s New?


  1. Presentation and discussion of Bob’s published article,                                    From the Bottom To The Top


  • Bob and JT discuss highlights of the PowerBreak blog


  • Bob concludes with “The PowerBreak blog is found at bobbrubaker.com”


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  1. JT – What’s happening Bob? Any news we need to know about this week?”…


  1. Bob (((BOOK PITCH FOR “One Breath From Death”)) & Sermon link on the website.


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  1. JT – “So here we go… in our time for WHAT ABOUT THIS…  –– time for some questions and answers. Feel free to submit your questions by EMAIL TO bob@bobbrubaker.com and we’ll get to the answer on an upcoming PowerBreak. Podcast…


  1. Bob – COMMENTS on Q& A.


  1. JT – Question ONE


“You brought it up in the blog we covered but would you go over again what is meant by LAMENTING and why it’s so important for us?


  1. Bob


  • A lament can be a defined as a loud cry, a howl, a passionate expression of grief, or a complaint that is made to God.
  • A lament is more than sorrow or expressions of sadness and is much more than walking through the stages of grief, although all the above may be found in the lament.
  • A lament expresses a belief in God’s mercy, redemption, and recognition of His sovereignty which is the very thing that leads a person to lament because it’s out of trusting that God is good and sovereign that the lament is voiced in a petition to God.


A rule of thumb to follow in deciphering laments in the Bible is to notice four key parts:

1) there is a specific address of God,

2) there are elements of complaint to God,

3) you’ll find a request,

4) and finally a word of trust in the Lord,

  • not necessarily in that order.




  • CONCLUSION: Before you complain – consider a lament…


  1. (JT) The next question is from a mental standpoint…


“How is lamenting instead of complaining an important part of persevering in the race of life?”




  1. Bob ----


Complaining leads to stopping through bitterness…


Hebrews 12:15 (ESV) — 15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;


David in Psalm 38


Psalm 38:1–4 (ESV) — 1 O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath! 2 For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on me. 3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin. 4 For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.


Psalm 38:8–9 (ESV) — 8 I am feeble and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart. 9 O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you.


Psalm 38:21–22 (ESV) — 21 Do not forsake me, O Lord! O my God, be not far from me! 22 Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!




  1. (JT) Turning to the physical aspect of life…. Really this is the mental / physical because it’s a desire or need to do physical training BUT (always a but)

BUT you don’t feel motivated so you put it off… What happens when you miss a training session and how can you get the motivation back?



  1. (BOB) ----

First – you aren’t going to lose your fitness level unless you take off for about thirty days… WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTIONS…

  1. You didn’t have a fitness level to begin with…
  2. You have an injury that is making things worse – which you need to work on the healing process before you return to training
  3. You are sick…

With that said let’s look at returning the motivation and getting back in the race … so to speak


  1. What was your original motivation to train? – an event, overall fitness, a challenge???


(((needing a race in front of me)))


  1. Go back to your written goal and if you don’t have one write it out with purpose and feeling… ((weight loss, race, connection, etc.)))
  • You have to have a purpose or you won’t overcome through the pain or inconvenience training brings with it.


  1. Make fun of your excuses….


Here are some…


* I don’t have the time to train
* I don’t feel 100 percent and I am not up to training today.
* I will make it up in tomorrow. One practice won’t make a difference.
* The weather is too cold, rainy or windy.
* I’m too tired and need a day of rest.
* It’s only practice. It’s not a competition.
* I still perform well even though I don’t train as hard as others.
* I have a lot to do today other than training.
* I having a nagging injury and should rest it.


Excuses pull you away from your potential. Excuses become habits and these habits have a profound impact on performance. Excuses, then, become the reason some athletes fall short of achieving their goals.


(((buttermilk in the frig))))


  1. Closing statement Bob…. “check out today’s show notes at bobbrubaker.com and click on the PowerBreak podcast – today’s show is 020


  1. JT – Submit your questions by EMAIL to bob@bobbrubaker.com and listen for Bob’s answer on an upcoming PowerBreak Podcast


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  1. (((commercial by Bob))) --- Power In The Valley


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