Saturday, December 31, 2016

Picture It

A few years ago I had a conversation with a guy about what he thought about his life. He told me something I hadn't ever heard before. He told me he didn't have goals, because he didn't think he would ever see them come true. Now this shocked me, because I thought everyone had goals. Growing up I always dreamt about lots of amazing things for my life. To me that was normal. I spent hours upon hours thinking about abundant extravagant dreams and visions. I would get lost in my imagination. It was endless and in my mind there was no doubt I would achieve them all. I was convinced I would do amazing astronomical things in this world. Even my mother thought I would. It's amazing how she knew, yet she did. Fast forward to a few years ago and I think that's why I used to give myself such a hard time, mostly at night. Perhaps that was why I was disappointed that I had not achieved more than I did. I considered myself a failure of my dreams until I had a few conversations with the Lord. He reminded me that He had not forgotten about me, but I had forgotten about Him. Thank God for His favor, grace and mercy and that His promises never come back void. He is still a forgiving God.

Consequently, we must put all our trust in God and not the devil, because he is a liar, a big one. And he wants to convince God's people that there's nothing for them. But let me tell you something. Rely on God and His word, then start speaking life over your life. Proverbs 30:6 says "he is a shield to those who take refuge in him." Start seeing yourself the way He sees you. Start seeing yourself successful and victorious. Start visualizing yourself doing that thing you always think about when you lay your head on that pillow. And when you read, start seeing yourself doing those magnificent things you read about. Somebody has to do them. Why can't it be you? It's never to late. Never.
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Friday, December 30, 2016

Ask for Help

I've been listening to a guy named Patrick Bet-David, lately. He seems to know quite a bit about the field of internet entrepreneurship and the information I've been getting from his videos is priceless.

I stumbled across him during a podcast interview he had with Amy Porterfield. Bet-David is a millionaire entrepreneur who started from the bottom selling insurance and is now an online mentor for entrepreneurs. Porterfield is an online entrepreneur who specializes in internet and social media marketing. While watching one of Bet-David's Youtube videos, he said something really interesting about why some people gain more success than others. He said the people who had average or below-average high school/college GPA's and who were involved in a sport or an extracurricular activity typically grow up to do better socially than the 4.0 independent, non-team orientated type students. Now before I go on let me throw in a disclaimer right now and say, as an educator and someone who values education I am by no means advocating foregoing a good education or promoting poor academic performance. I'm simply drawing a conclusion about what I've also believed for a long time now: that people with high emotional quotient/intelligence (EQ) equates to them getting more opportunities, because they tend to work better with people, than people who are not high on the EQ scale.

Bet-David said the more independent and isolated the student, the more they are unwilling to ask for help. They sometimes think that since they're the smartest person around, they don't need people, so people don't usually support this type of person in business (or much any other place for that matter). Such high academic achievers rather struggle through figuring things out until they get it than ask someone to assist them. In other words, they rather waste time simply because they don't like to say, "I need help." On the other hand, "average people" will ask for help faster because in high school/college they were used to working in a give-and-take/team environment, in which relationships developed early on. Bet-David said the "average" person is the one many businesses love employing, because they make the best employees who can interact well with people.

Does that remind you of anyone in particular?  

"God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God" (1 Corinthians 1:27-29) God loves calling the unqualified to do big things than the already "qualified" who thinks they've already arrived.
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Note: The Bet-David video referenced is titled, "11 Skills that Millionaires Master"

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Why Don't You Believe?

Are you one of the people who will take the leap for God? Some people will and some people won't.

The leap is one of just trusting God even when we don't know everything He's doing (Proverbs 3:5). The leap is giving Him a chance to see what He will do. The leap is going out on a limb if God told you to and trusting Him to catch you. The leap is learning to hear His voice and being in tune with His desires for your life. The leap is total commitment in believing in His promises.

Some people won't even try to accept any of that, because they want to understand everything and as long as that's the case God will seldom move in their lives. How can He when they don't believe He's the God of the possible and the impossible? They can't fathom that He can create many ways out of no ways. So they go through life getting the crumbs and living mediocre ho-hum lives. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there's more to God than that. How can a God like His Holiness be anything less?

You have to imagine Him lifting you higher. You have to envision Him elevating you to astronomical levels. You have to know that bigger exists and miracles happen. It's nothing extraordinary for God to make such moves. It's simple for Him. Nothing is difficult for Him. Why some people can't embrace that, beats me.

All it takes is a small amount of faith as small as a mustard seed that will burst open as the Lord blesses. That's it -- nothing hard about that. Jesus operates by faith. He said, “because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20).

Let me say that again. With faith nothing will be impossible for you. Nothing.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Change the Channel

You have the remote, so you can tune in to something else anytime you want.

When those thoughts of doubt, despair, fear, frustration, and regret come crashing in, don't believe them. Immediately change the channel to something more God-like and more inspirational. I know how those negative thoughts can play out in our minds. As you know, I lived there for a long time and it's such a waste of time being all sad and depressed about what coulda, shoulda, and woulda happened if we did this and that or if we didn't. My strategy now is to simply turn to something more productive that will help me, not hurt me, and to keep things moving in an upward flow. I refuse to look back. The Lord said not to look back and I trust Him completely. Our life is not behind us, it's in front of us and although we can't see everything God is going to do, at least we know we are moving in the right direction. Forward is good and backwards is stupid. 

God has so much for the ones who really believe He will do it. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst" (John 6:35). That means we walk what we talk about and believe, because talking is not enough to move mountains. It's a great start and it's better than nothing, but we have to put some works behind our faith talk. That's what will really move us to the next level.

So keep the channel on the positive Godly channel, because we get great programming there.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Do "Boring"

That's right, paint the town!

I hope I didn't confuse you with a blog post title that says, "Do Boring" and I turn right around and say, "paint the town." If I did I can clear that up right away. My intent is to tell you that you can and should spice things up, make your mark, and do it in a way that brings honor to God. That doesn't mean doing stupid things and doing things that bring you down. It just means you will be able to indeed paint the town, but it may have a delay with it. It may mean you will have to wait for the blessings and the opportunities, but they will come. They usually come after we have put in the hard work by actually working, praying, reading, seeking the Lord, worshiping, serving, having a positive attitude (throughout the negative), and starting the process all over again until we are able to have fun and paint the town. It's a process that never ends -- boring, paint, boring, paint... Just realize that the hard work is never-ending. You work, get the blessings/opportunities, and continue to work work work. Yet having fun is in that mix too. It's not all boring.

Are you willing to weather boring? Some people can't stand it, so they don't get the blessings. There are no free rides for any of us. It's an expensive cost to living large for God, but we can all do it if we're willing to go through the process to getting to the great and lasting blessings. Part of that process involves doing the tedious and sometimes cumbersome things that people don't want to do. Remember David out in those dirty fields (1 Samuel 16:11)? Remember Esther in preparation for a year, for the king (Esther 2:12)? Remember the woman bleeding for 12 years (Luke 8:43-48)? Remember Daniel who persevered throughout a dumb rule that people couldn't pray and being thrown into the lions' den [and rescued] (Daniel 6:16)? Remember Jesus dying on the cross for us and being raised from the dead (Mark 16:6)?

Like Jesus, they all went through what some would call the boring and mundane in order to get to their promised land. You will too if you're willing. If you are, you will be able to choose any color you want in order to paint the town. In Jesus name.
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Monday, December 26, 2016

Puppets

They want to pull you here, push you there, swing you over there, shake you right here. They want to control your every move. 

Like a puppet.

It's an insecurity they have. They deem themselves important and you insignificant. They have believed the hype, drank the Kool-aid, and inhaled the smoke. Their life experiences have been humbling, but only to a certain extent. Once they feel as though God has finished dealing with them, they're right back to their old ways. Back to the manipulation, back to the controlling ways, and right back to the bottom.

Like a puppet.

They want you to be impressed with their intelligence or their knowledge or their wealth or their affiliations or their something. And when they feel rejected by you they make it seem as though you're the problem. It bothers them immensely when they are regulated to the back row, because in their pompous arrogant minds they deserve to be first. Their past mistakes don't matter, because they are still who they are and a familiar question in their minds is, "don't you know who I am?" 

Like a puppet. 

They want you in their corner, because they want to use you for something to elevate them in some way. They're used to using people. Not this time though. Their time is up. Their jig, figured out. Their game, over. Their impact, zero. Like a lamp under a jar (Luke 8:16-18), God has exposed them for who they are and they will fool people no more.
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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Seeing Visions

Calm down, I'm not talking about anything spooky, ok?

I'm talking about visualizing the visions and dreams God has for you. I'm talking about operating in what has been in your heart for so long now you're wondering if it's ever going to come. Join the crowd. I'm right there with you. And you know what I'm going to say next, right? Don't you dare start growing all weary and too tired to make another move. Don't you dare start thinking you're going to stop tomorrow, because those visions and dreams are too big and they aren't going to come. Stop that thinking. You have to stay faithful and trust that God's ways are better than our ways and that His plans are just that -- His -- not ours (Isaiah 55:8). If you're anything like me, you need to stay far away from trying to do things in your own power, because it won't work. It would be a great hot mess. Stay away from trying to help organize things for God. He's got this. We best stay out of His way, because when He does it, it will last longer than when we do it. 

So I just want to encourage you to keep your vision forefront and centered. Continue to revisit it often and keep walking it out. That means doing everything positive that goes forward. Any upward motion is one step closer to seeing the greatness the Lord will do. He can't work with anyone who's going to give up every other day. I know some days are better than others, but that's life and the people who can maneuver smoothly through it's ups and downs are the ones God will trust to carry the mission to the finish line. 

That means you must continue to see your visions and dreams and never get them out of your sight. 
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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Who Are We Following?

Birds of a feather flock together. There's nothing original there. It's simply true.

We have to watch who we "follow" in life and on social media. It's important, because we can find ourselves doing and saying some crazy things. It's not only young people who need this advice, we all need it. Some people follow the crowd just to be part of something. That's an insecurity. Personally, I have no desire to fit in with the crowd. Why be like everyone else? Boring. It's ok not to accept invitations of nonsense. Just be alone if needed until God brings the right people in your path. You're not desperate. It's just better than being around crazy.

On the flip side, it's great when we follow the people who are "leading" us towards greatness. We become better when we are around the people who are striving to get better themselves. And of course following God is the smartest choice we can make. That goes without saying. Consequently, at a minimum we should be following Him.

Proverbs 23:17/18 says, "Let not your heart envy sinners [or people going down the wrong road], but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day. Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off."

Let's be wise about such things.
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Friday, December 23, 2016

A Strong Tower

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe" (Proverbs 18:10). 

Some people complain about the world, about the planet. But we really have nothing to complain about. The world is imperfect, because we, the people, live in it. Yet, we are welcome to embrace the Lord in all His splendor. For some of us, He is our resting place, our refuge, and our safe place to dwell. He's a strong tower for sure, but not literally, because that would be too small for His majesty. Spiritually and figuratively, because He's king of all kings and Lord of all Lords, plus much more. No one can really explain Him in His entirety. He's just that awesome, for lack of a better word. Walking through life without Him would be like being lost in space. 

Just know He's there for His children anytime. His spirit and His light never runs out. His presence is everywhere. You want His covering? Ask Him into your heart as you believe and confess with your mouth that He is Lord and was raised from the dead (for us), as well as, ask for His forgiveness for living a life without Him as your strong tower. Then you will have access to Him 24/7 too.

You want to walk with power, peace, and boldness all at the same time? Salvation will give you that and Romans 10:9/10 is a good start.
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Stay Connected

"Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment (Proverbs 18:1). 

Isolation. To a certain extent that was me just a few short years ago because of all I had gone through in my life. I didn't open myself up to people (at least not right away), because being hurt...hurts. Lies told against me and backstabbing by the same people who were so jealous they wanted people to accept them at any cost even if it was to my detriment. Thus, rejection from people I thought were all in. As a result I would stand distant, not getting too close, and not taking too many chances to get hurt again.

But that was then and this is now. I'm free to talk about it now. I'm free from the cares of the world. I'm free to tell you about my life if it will help you with yours. We both win. Now I'm willing to take more chances -- smart ones -- with people and risk everything. That's faith and it's what's necessary if we want to be emotionally whole. We simply have to trust God more. Period.

I say all of that to say it's not about us. It's about connecting our lives with others so they too, will be strengthened in the Lord. So they too, will be free indeed to enjoy what the Lord has for them by sharing their lives with others.

Join in.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Best Of a Mess

We're a canvas and God is using us to let others know there's more to us than meets the eye.

I was talking to a special person yesterday and was told how this person was betrayed by someone close. There were tears, pain, and heartache in the words that described the situation. My heart went out to the person, because as you know, I've been through that. I shared all the times I was betrayed, lied about, talked maliciously about, and condemned by the people I felt were close to me. Only to be hurt emotionally by their words and bad deeds. After we were done talking and sharing, you could see the visible transformation of the person's demeanor. It was like night and day. I felt great, because the person had a breakthrough. God was at work once again.

This is what our testimony is about. Our story, our journey, our narrative is about helping people see God in our trials and struggles. None of it is for us to wallow away in our grief. That doesn't help anyone or anything. During our conversation I mentioned God/Jesus several times. He's who I wanted to glorify. He's who I wanted to get the credit. He's who deserved all of the glory, credit, honor, gratitude, goodness, praise, everything. It was all a reminder to remember what you're going through or went through is for others to gain strength from. Your pain gives you the power to open you mouth to help heal people. You went through none of it for nothing. God wants to use you to point others to Him, because He's the reason you're even able to speak and move. We must point others to Him. That's what it's all about.

Isaiah 61:1 says, 'the spirit of the Lord God is upon you, because the Lord has anointed you to bring good news to the poor [in spirit/afflicted] and He has sent you to bind up the brokenhearted.' Let God use your life to give others life. You're where you are by God's magnificent design. Maximize it.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Choose Your Battles

Fight if you must, but fight smart and choose wisely.

Just seek the Lord first and have Him direct you in how to go about getting what's yours. When people do you dirty it's best to let go and let God unless He says otherwise. Retaliation is from the Lord, not us. That means fight when He says fight or trust Him to do our fighting for us.  In 1 Samuel 30 the Lord told David to fight when David asked Him if he should pursue the Amalekites who raided his camp, set fire to it, and kidnapped everyone's families. David was free to take care of business and he was serious too. He went full force and took no prisoners, literally. He cleaned house.

The Lord protects His flock and gives us the ammunition we need against our enemies. So there is no need to fear any man. Whether we fight or the Lord fights for us, we will get everything back that was stolen from us. That can be our joy, peace or anything else that we have a right to. Read 1 Samuel 30 and see how David got everything back from the enemy and how he took them out -- almost every last one of them. 

I'm sure the people who heard about how the Lord was with David, ensured they weren't naive enough to make the same mistake the Amalekites did. That's God for you. He will make sure everybody knows what's up.
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Monday, December 19, 2016

Continue On

Sometimes no matter what you do, there are people and the pathetic forces that live inside them, that try to stop you. 

There's always something or somebody trying to throw a wrench in things. Don't be moved by any of it. Continue on. Keep those goals and dreams front and center that the Lord placed inside of you. Don't let anything or anybody stop you. You know what it is that lives inside your heart. It's lived there for a long time and it's finally coming to you. It's so close you can almost touch it and as soon as you reach out to get it, bam! It's snatched right back. In fact, it's moved back even farther. You know why this is the case? It can be two things. It's because you're not ready for it and the Lord knows it, so He's allowing it to stay away from you or it's because the enemy, the devil and his cronies, are trying to stop you. In either case the Lord can change things up in an instant. That's not a problem. Trust and believe that. So here's the deal: you must continue on the path you're on. Don't get discouraged and don't do anything stupid. Just act as though it's business as usual and stay focused. Time is still on your side and so is the Lord. 

Winning is still in your sights. Keep that in the forefront of your mind and nothing else. Your time may be delayed, but it's coming and you will have an even deeper appreciation for it. And that means you will be grounded in humility and humility will get you places that you would not have otherwise been allowed to enter. As Galatians 6:9 says, 'don't grow weary, your time is coming if you don't give up.'

Continue on.
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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Be Quiet

Shhhhhhh
We have to know when to speak and when to remain silent.

Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent" (Proverbs 17:27/28).

Part of the challenge I've had with many of the students I've taught over the years has been getting them to understand that there are times when they must remain silent even when they want to speak. And that they must refrain from blowing up when they find themselves angry or when they feel backed against a wall. I see much of my younger self in them and that is part of the reason I'm so passionate about getting them to change. It's a long and arduous process and sometimes I feel like I'm not making any headway. Yet, I'll never give up on telling them some of the things they may not hear anywhere else.

The scripture above is timely, because it speaks to such an issue. It's about remaining calm, cool, and collected under pressure -- something I have had to learn in my life. The school of hard knocks helped teach me that refraining from speaking from a position of stupidity, impatience, or lack of knowledge, is considered wise and intelligent. How about yourself? Is this an area of your life you've struggled with? If so, Proverbs 17 may be helpful to you too.
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Saturday, December 17, 2016

A Double Portion

Did you know God has alot for you? 

Like a double portion? Like double for your trouble? Like blessings for all the mess you've been through?  Oh yes, His word is clear. "Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours" (Isaiah 61:7). What fabulous news that is -- that God will give you everything back you've lost, plus a whole lot more, plus double the blessings. That's right, all the hell you've been through, God will give you blessings that far exceed your pain. Then you will be able to tell the world what He did for you and others will believe your testimony of His goodness. Then they will believe God. They will know He is real. Then He will do it for them when they follow the steps. All because of your diligence in standing firm in your faith.  Yes yes yes you've earned your wings. You stood the course. You never waved the white towel.

Your faith has made you all-of-the-that and more. Having faith and walking out that faith means something to the Lord. Keeping your eyes on Him throughout your trouble has its rewards. Aren't you the blessed one. Receive those words, because God is going to showcase your life high on the mountain top so all will see His goodness.

He's such an awesome God.
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Friday, December 16, 2016

Walk with the Wise

"Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm" (Proverbs 13:20).

That scripture is not at all rocket science. Nothing deep. One doesn't even have to give it a second thought. In a nutshell? Those of us who hang around wise, smart, capable people are better off than those of us who don't. Just like we are what we eat. We are also our friends and associations. The people we allow in our lives can make us or break us. It doesn't matter how strong we are, our relationships will have an impact on our lives. Even subliminally, so we have to be careful who we let in our space and why. Dave Ramsey says if you want to be wealthy, study (and model) wealthy people and if you want to be skinny, ask skinny people what they do and do it. In both cases it's about the influences in our lives -- who we listen to. It doesn't matter whether we know them personally or not. If they effect our lives there exists a relationship. And relationships make the difference between success and failure.

What do your friends and associations say about you? 
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

You're Never Alone

You feel alone, don't you? It may seem like nobody is with you or knows what you're going through, but you're not alone. 

You just have to look past the physical and get in touch the spiritual, is all. When you do that you will know that God is with you right now and always was. The question I often ask is, are we with Him? That's the million dollar question. And if the answer is yes, then there you go -- you're one step farther than the person who is unsure or flat out knows they're not with Him. And if that's the case then they will have a harder road to tow. If I were them I would get with God asap, because God has a way with people. That's not hard to understand being that He made people. At any rate, He knows what we need and when we need it, so there's no need going it alone with God. Thus, it's better to be in the kingdom of God than not. It's better to be the righteous than not. It's better to be at peace than not. No need for an anxious heart. Proverbs 12a says, "anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down." Don't be weighed down, look up.

And inhale the words within my blog by reading the posts as much as you can and learn from my testimony that you don't have to go through any heartache alone. I'm telling you. Don't waste the time I wasted struggling alone. Talk to God and give Him your problems. You will get through them a whole heck of a lot faster than I did. 

So there, in case you didn't know, now you know. "Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken" (Psalm 55:22). Do that now so you can enjoy life sooner rather than later.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

It's All About Control

It's clear who's driving my life spiritually and it's clear who's driving my life naturally.

At least to me it is. I'm driving and my path is clear as day regarding where the Lord is telling me to go. I may not know every toss and turn and that's ok. As long as the Lord is leading me and driving me, I'm good. How about you?

Sometimes I think part of the problem is where others get it mixed up. Some of them think they're driving our lives, because they like to get all up in our business. They think they can tell us how to think, what to say, how to say it, what to do and how to do it. Not so. No way.

Remember my blog post about the Pharisees (December 12, 2016). The people who are trying to influence how others think and how they proceed are similar to them. They are the religious people who think everything and everybody should be perfect just like their religious self-righteous selves. Well guess what? Don't you buy what they're selling. I'm not religious, never was, and never will be. I'm spiritual and God loves me the way He made me. And the people who really know you know you may be a little rough around the edges. Not much, just a tinge -- enough to tell people to stay out of your life, because they're not driving. you are. They don't control it. You do. Reminds me of the Janet Jackson song, Control (they probably even have a problem with me mentioning her song), but that's too bad.

The bottom line is that God is leading the way for us. He's directing our paths. He's telling us where to get off. And unless people know who you are, really are, then they have no say-so. Perhaps you feel a particular way about the people who are trying to box you in, because they think they know everything and you don't. 

The devil is a liar. Keep on keeping on baby and let God lead you. Not the people who don't know you and what drives you.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Lovers of Discipline

"Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid."

Don't get mad at me. I didn't say it. They aren't my words. They are the Lord's words and they're in Proverbs 12:1. I don't need to explain what those words convey, do I? Perhaps I need to remind us, so I'll do that then. They mean, the people who are disciplined enough to listen to those who speak knowledge (and wisdom), are the smart ones and the people who don't, are...well...stupid. I used to be stupid, really stupid, because you couldn't tell me nothing. I thought I knew just about everything, so I learned things the hard way by bumping my big stupid head into just about everything I went into. Now I am happy to report that I am smarter and wiser after life punched me in the face a few times too many. And this is the thing, being disciplined doesn't mean listening to just any ole body who has knowledge and wisdom. They have to be the people who have your best interest in their heart. In other words, every person with knowledge and wisdom needs to speak in love and from a caring heart. Otherwise they can't speak into my life. So, we have to be careful to use wisdom even with the people with wisdom. Make sense? I think the two go hand and hand --wisdom and love.

It's about keeping your inner circle, your inner circle and not letting just anybody in simply because it may seem like they're coming from a good place. It's about being vigilant and watchful. It's about being disciplined enough to being open to instruction with the people who are in the right place themselves and who are leading you in the right direction. Otherwise wisdom coming from the wrong person may not lead you to the right place God has for you. Remember, Solomon had wisdom (1 Kings 3:1-15), but that wasn't enough, because he made many mistakes and didn't use wise judgement (1 Kings 11).

So, yes we should indeed be disciplined and seek knowledge and wisdom, but wise regarding the people we let speak into and guide our lives. Those are Best Practices for life.
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Sticks and Stones

John 8 talks about a woman who was judged by people (the Pharisees) in the bible who loved judging people and casting stones at them. 

These people had two standards. One for themselves and one for everybody else. The chapter references a woman who was caught in adultery, which we know was wrong, yet the Pharisees wanted to stone her. They quoted the law of Moses, in which people could have indeed been stoned back then. But Jesus protected the woman by His grace. He told the Pharisees, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7) and guess what each one of them did after Jesus said that? They walked away one by one. I can see it now. Can't you? Look, I know we have all messed up and some of us messed up just like the Pharisees. Sometimes we were the ones who judged and sometimes we were the judged. But thank God for His grace (covering) when we do in fact fall short huh? He loves us in spite of ourselves. 

So, just let that scripture be a reminder that we are not much different than the people back then. And I'm thankful God gives us many chances to get things right just like He did when he told the woman she wasn't condemned and to stop sinning. That's the same thing He wants for us -- to focus on living for Him and trying to live better than we are. We can all start from where we are. It's never too late.
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Sunday, December 11, 2016

A Good Day

Yesterday was a good day.

We have good days and bad days, don't we? To say otherwise wouldn't be honest, so let's give God the glory when we have a good day (Psalm 96). I will do that in this blog post. 

I had lunch with two awesome friends of mine yesterday. The three of us have been great friends for about four years now and we get together a few times a year. We share life's ups and downs, highs and lows, joys and sorrows. As you can imagine, we had a lot to talk about. How about you? Do you have friends you can trust with the things on your heart? With the things that happened in your life? With the things you may need to talk about to get you to a better place in life?

For a long time I didn't have that. At least I didn't open myself up to it. Just in case you're new to my blog, part of my testimony is that I had trust issues, because of all the crap I took in my life. All the lies, the backstabbing, and the jealously. So I shielded myself to a certain extent and I wouldn't disclose too much of myself to people until they had proven themselves worthy to be trusted. Now things are different as you can tell from my blog. Now I put myself out there and I don't care if people talk about me, lie about me, and are filled with green-eyed jealously. That is not a problem I have anything to do with. It's their issue and they can contend with God about that. As for me, I have work to to do and a blog to write. Thankfully my blog helps people, because they can see themselves in another person who has gone through what they may be experiencing. And it's nice to know you're not alone when you're going through a storm.

That was the case today with one of my friends. She said my blog helped her get through a dark place in her life. She was going through a bad time and she found solace in my words -- God inspired words. That was one of the things that made it a good day. In fact, it was really a great day.

I hope your day was great too.
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Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Accuser

Your past doesn't matter.
Do you know you're being accused?

Of something you've done in the past. Yes, satan, the enemy of everything you have been delivered from, is the one always trying to bring your past back up. You're moving right along, everything is good, and bam, you start to rethink everything God has told you to do with your life. You start to feel like there is no way you can do it after everything you've done or that has been done to you.

But don't you know the devil is a liar? If you don't, you better act like you know. It's true. He is an accuser of the brethen/Christians (Revelation 12:9-11). He likes to make us feel bad about the things we no longer regret. That's why it's extremely important to stay rooted and grounded in the Lord. He will continuously direct your paths and make them smooth and straight. 

You have nothing to feel bad, down, ashamed, or guilty about. That was then and this is now. God has forgiven you, so forgive yourself. Don't let any negative spirit or anybody bring you bad news about anything you've done before or what was done to you. It's time to move on for good this time. God wiped that slate clean a long time ago, so feel free to carry on, be fruitful, and multiply.
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Friday, December 9, 2016

It Doesn't Matter

It really doesn't matter what comes my way, I'm not going to stop doing what the Lord told me to do.

That's what I, we, have to constantly tell ourselves. Listen, the storms are going to come. Why are they worse for some than others, I don't know. I would imagine it has something to do with how God built each one of us. He made some stronger than others in different areas, but all of us have equity with God. That means we may not necessarily be created equal in every sense of the word, but depending on the circumstances, one may sometimes rise quicker than the other, but still we rise. I am totally convinced that God made everyone with the ability to withstand storms (see Psalms 107:28-31). So we can't say, because we're going through things we can't handle them. We have to push through despite them. We have to rise up through the ashes and God will transform them to beautiful headdresses. Believe that.

Consequently, this is my stance: no matter how difficult things get, no matter what's in front of me, no matter the words the are used against me, no matter who understands me and who doesn't, I'm in this God thing for the long haul. God's word (the bible) tells me, "no weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment, you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me, says the Lord" (Isaiah 54:17). 

Further proof that God continues to do what He's always done, loves and protects His children. 
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

No Separation

"Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:39).

Yes, that's right. He will love us forever and ever, amen. I hope you believe that. If you do you can walk around with the power that the Lord has given you to conquer anything, because He has made you more than a conqueror. Once that is established, you are His everything. And since you are also a representative of Him, He gives you the backing to do what you were meant to do -- in His name, that is, not yours, not mine. Wow, that's amazing, isn't it? If everyone only knew who they were and could be in Christ Jesus. I'm telling you, there would be no worry or lack. When we really grasp that concept, we will always walk upright and never downcast. We will look towards heaven (the light), not Sheol (the darkness). Why? Because Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12)

His light and love gives us power forever, because He is eternal. Who else can we say that about?  photo ISH Signature_zps7zfuxzga.png
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