Friday, September 30, 2016

The Right Lane

You ever heard the phrase, "stay in your lane?"

It's a way of saying, to just concentrate and focus on what God told us to do. Remaining in our flow, continuing to strive to go higher, being our best and authentic selves. Or it could be mean simply minding our own business and not worrying about what the next person is doing. When we stay in our lane there's very little chance of causing a collision or bumping into another person or anything else we had no business bumping into.  

If we will run our own race and look straight ahead, we are liable to see God and all He has for us. It's about staying in tune with what He's told us to do.  When we run our own race we are not competing against anyone. Our sights are on the Lord. We don't have any reason to get distracted or to fall into the things that may do us harm. It's about running our race for Jesus. "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith." (Hebrews 12:1/2). 

Yeah, let's concentrate on that.
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ask

...and you shall receive.

Yes, you shall get the desires of your heart when you ask the Lord for what you need. That's the spiritual part of it. Your chances of receiving what you want also increase dramatically when you ask for things in the natural. That means, we have a greater opportunity of getting closer to greater things when we open our mouths to God and to man. It's amazing how many of us don't use what we have to get what we want. Use your voice to ask. No, God is not a santa claus and no He's not a genie who performs when we rub the bottle. But He is a God, the God, who wants us to seek Him first. That's means uttering words to Him and being led by the holy spirit (that's another blog post though). 

The bottom line is that He's God. The one and only. Like no other can or will be. And He wants the best for us. His answer may not be yes, but it may not be no either. It simply may be, later. It may be that He wants us to trust Him even more as Ruler and Guider over our lives and is positioning us nicely for the great things He has for us. That may take us saying more and doing more. He doesn't want us to just accept the mediocre. Asking sometimes involves waiting, but we have to at least ask then wait on Him. He'll answer. Ruth got Boaz because she sacrificed and waited. Esther got the king because she sacrificed and waited. Rahab and her family were spared because she sacrificed and waited. 

So, it's quite simple really. Ask and if you're willing to sacrifice and wait, great things will come. I totally believe that. 
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Friends

Friends, how many of us have them?
Friends, ones we can depend on.
Friends, before we go any further,
lets be friends.

Those are some of the lyrics from a 1980's song by Whodini. It had a catchy beat too, which made it easier to resonate with people. I still like that song. It had a great message about friendship. 

I thought it fitting to write about friendship today, because 1-my next eBook will be on the subject (it's been on my mind) and 2-Some of us take friendship lightly. We oftentimes take the people who are always there for us, for granted. True friendship is hard to find. Some people are so flaky. They're here today and gone tomorrow, especially if we say or do one little thing wrong. Who has time for that? That's not real friendship, because it's based on conditions. Don't settle for that type of friendship just to say you have a friend. God has much better than that for us. 

Look, if you have even one person in your life who is always there for you and loves you unconditionally, thank the Lord for such a person. And if you're a friend who's always there for that friend and loves that person unconditionally, that's awesome. Some people don't have what you have, they don't have a 2-way relationship like that. Cherish it.

I love the friendship David and Jonathan had (1 Samuel 18:1-5). They really loved, respected, and looked out for each other. I pray we can all find true friendship like that. 
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

GO

"And as for you, be fruitful and multiply; Bring forth abundantly in the earth and multiply in it.” (Genesis 9:7). 

That's what the Lord told Noah after He made a covenant/agreement with Noah that he and his family would be blessed as they would go about their lives keeping God first. Noah was a blessed man by God. 

I believe we can be as Noah. We can also go forth and multiply in doing whatever it is the Lord would have us to do. Wherever He says go, we shall go. Whatever He says do, we shall proceed accordingly. And when we do that He will continually order and direct our paths to great things. We will be blessed to be a blessing. We will be anointed to help others with the gifts He has given us. We weren't given our gifts just to line our bank accounts and sit fat and happy. Those are God's gifts we have on loan. 

So whatever order He gives us, we will go if we are to fulfill all He has for our lives and those we will touch. Keep and ear out for His directions. And when He says go, go.
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Monday, September 26, 2016

The Target

I hope you're keeping your eye on the target, on the bullseye.

You have to do that in order for progress to happen -- in order for the greatness in you to come out of you. Stay on your grind. Stay focused. I know it's hard to do that sometimes when it seems as though things are moving at a glacial pace. Trust me, I know the feeling. What I also know is if we will continue going forward even if it's one inch at a time, the Lord will give us little reminders that He's with us and guiding our steps. We will know it was Him, because He will give us gentle nudges that motivate us to stay with it and to not give up. He sees what we're doing and where our heart is. He wants us to represent Him and He is positioning us to go to the right places at the appointed times. He knows what we need to do and who we need to be in order for primetime (whatever that means for you). 

"Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans" (Proverbs 16:3). That means stay focused on that target and not to take your eye off of it. 
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Diamonds

We are all precious in God's sight.

He loves us unconditionally. There is no reason to feel anything other than special and cherished. God is the only constant in our lives if we allow Him to be (remember, free will?) He will enable us to soar to new heights. That's what He does for His precious jewels -- the people who love Him back and seek Him always. 

Don't grow discouraged or lose hope, because of all the trouble of today. God's power and love surpasses everything we could possibly understand. Just rest in knowing that He loves you and He gave up a lot for you. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

That's something to have joy about. 
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

America

America, the beautiful. 

She will always be beautiful to me. It doesn't matter what the past tells me, what the present shows me, and what the future holds for me. I will love my country to the end. I was born and raised here. That counts for many things. Namely, that it's my home. To deny my country because of what I see, is to deny the home town I was born and bred in. Just as the Lord will never leave or forsake me, I won't leave or forsake my home. 

America, the beautiful. 

It's stretching and busting at its seams now. The darkness is coming to light today. It will get worse before it gets better. And there will be great and lasting lessons learned. Such is life though. Don't we always come out on top when we're fighting the storm? It's difficult pushing our way through, yet we rise. And come out better and stronger. But to win, there can no longer exist a them and an us. In order to win, we can't leave anyone behind. 

America, the beautiful. 

I've decided that I will fight for it to stand strong. There is work to do and it's going to be hard work, but we must stay with it. The victory is worth it. We can never give up on America. This is our home. So if you're tired, the Lord will give you rest. If you're concerned, the Lord will settle you. If you're afraid, the Lord will comfort you. Go to Him and tell Him about it. Imagine the power in such a move if everybody did that. "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28).

Be encouraged -- encouraged in Jesus Christ -- to move mightily in the land, because He will. 
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Laugh and Be Happy


We have to do what we can do in order to go on everyday. 

We have to think positive thoughts even if we have to force ourselves to. We must not carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. Don't take on the burdens of what God handles on our behalf. This is a challenging time right now, but we have to push ourselves to be encouraged even when it seems things are getting worse, not better. 

We have to be of much faith. This is not the time to give up our faith. This is the time to fight for it.

Where does your inner strength lie? Who does it lie with? If it's with Jesus Christ, you can draw from Him at anytime and He will give you peace amidst the storms. He will wipe your tears of pain and anguish. He will make your crooked places straight. I'm telling you what I know. You mustn't give up and think God is unaware of what is going on in the city and in the field. He is working behind the scenes to make it make sense to us. How much of it will make sense, I have no idea. Only God knows that. Yet I do have faith that things will get better, because they're so bad now. Sunshine comes after the rain.

I just want to write these words to tell you to go on, smile, laugh, and enjoy the life the Lord has given you. Don't wallow in the despairs of the world. The Lord wants us to rely on Him and to lean on Him. He is a solid, firm, joyous, and peaceful foundation. That means we must see great things even if they're not right in front of us right now. "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" Hebrews 11:1).

In God we trust. Those words mean more than ever right now. 
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Blessed

Do you know you're blessed with the gifts God has given you? 

Yes, that's right. 

What are you doing with your gifts? Who are you helping with them? I'm here to tell you that you have something about you and your life that are attractive to people. Yes you. You have walked a path, albeit it difficult maybe, that others will be inspired and helped tremendously by. Your life is not a lie. Your testimony, journey, and story is meaningful and people will be touched by it. It was not an accident that you went through it. It was a miracle that you survived it and came out bigger, better, and stronger. That's amazing. Some people would have folded under the pressure, but you didn't. You fought your way through it even though you felt weakened, pained, and more sorrowful than you ever felt in your life. But when you were weak, the Lord was strong (1 Corinthians 12:10b).

I know, because my words are speaking to myself, as well as, to you. For, it takes one to know one. So continue to walk in the giftings the Lord God has given you. There are many people who are waiting to hear from you. 

Walk boldly in your blessings. 
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Puzzles

There are just some things we will never figure out and there are some things that fit together like a puzzle. 

God works for our own good. He loves us and we have to accept what He's doing even when we don't understand. Our lives are in His hands and He dictates everything that happens or doesn't happen. 

I will continue to trust Him throughout it all. His ways are far better than my ways. All will be alright with Him ordering our steps and paving our paths. As we believe in Him, we'll be alright. We have to let our faith work for us. 

God said, "for my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8/9). 

Whether everything fits together or not, we will come out on top as we trust in Him. 
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Your Hustle

Whoever the people are who support your hustle, your grind, your goals, keep them close.

They're probably your inner circle and if they're with you on a consistent basis during your ups and downs; your highs and lows, keep them close. They care for you and love you in spite of it all. They may not be around you all the time, but they are a phone call, text, or visit away and they will drop everything for you. They return your texts, your calls, and will make time for you when they're busy. We need people like that around us, because life is hard sometimes, especially when you have aspirations to do great things. We can't have fair weathered friends who are here today and gone tomorrow. Who are with us when they think we're closer to success, but leave us if one little thing goes wrong.

Those people are not ones to rely on, because they are unreliable.

So, although things may be hard and challenging now and it may look as though your breakthrough is so far away, don't despair. God's promises still stand strong. He has plans for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). He is going to come through for you. Just hold on to His Word and what He told you. Lean on Him and not flaky friends.

Hold on and by all means, continue your hustle. 
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Education, Knowledge, & Wisdom

One of the reasons education is awesome is because it equips us with knowledge. And whoever said knowledge is power was on to something, if you ask me. But I guess I'm a bit biased since I am a teacher. 

But whoever said wisdom is power, was brilliant. Knowledge is simply knowing, which is good, it's a start. Yet wisdom is taking that knowledge and applying it to situations and circumstances in order for life to get better in some way. Needless to say, if one has wisdom, by default knowledge proceeds it. Thus, praying for wisdom is a no brainier. That was one of the smart moves of King Solomon (1 Kings 3) when God asked him what he wanted and he replied, wisdom. 

Wisdom is necessary in order to be impactful in the world. It's crucial to helping others, because we have to know what thus says the Lord regarding certain things. Wisdom will better enable us to use discernment (Godly insight). And at the end of the day, "how much better is it to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver! (Proverbs 16:16).

Continue to get an education and knowledge, and continue to pray for wisdom.
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Sunday, September 18, 2016


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"In Sharon's Heart, Having a Positive Attitude in Spite of it All", is a book from some of my blog posts. The book is about maintaining a positive outlook even though life may not be that easy. In other words, whatever you're confronted with is temporary and having the right attitude is paramount to the outcome. Storms don't last forever, so a lifetime of going through storms should not happen. Think about real life storms. What storm lasts a lifetime? None that I know of.

The God we serve does not want us to wallow in self-pity. Thus, it makes sense for us to remain faithful that God will carry us through. Jesus died so we could have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10), not so we can wallow in a lifetime of grief.

So whatever life throws you, just know this: Having a Positive Attitude in Spite of it All will help get you to the finish line of problems and assist you with staying in a positive, thankful, faithful posture with the Lord Jesus Christ. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

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Just You and God

How are you with being alone?

I ask, because some people really hate it. They hate being by themselves for a long length of time. I know "length of time" is relative, but I'm talking about a few hours. Some people despise it. They don't want to be alone for any part of the day if it involves them being with themselves. And if we don't want to be alone for hours, we certainly don't want to be alone for days, weeks, months, or years. 

Why do you think that is? 

I have my thoughts about it and you know I'm going to speak on it. I mean comon, that's what my blog is for right? I think it's because some people think they need other people around them to fill a void. Yet, there's no need for that. Let me explain, we should have people we like and love in our lives, there's nothing wrong with that. In fact, it's great. But when we want people in place of God, because we don't want to work on ourselves, then there lies the problem. We start to idolize people and not God. Sometimes we have to be alone in order to hear from God. People will come and go, but God will always be with us.

Just as God told Joshua, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you" (Deuteronomy 31:6), He's telling you the same thing. There's nothing to be afraid of. Your enemies (fears, pain, things you don't want to face) are my enemies and I will fight them for you. 

So, for those who are uncomfortable being alone longer than a few hours, days, weeks, months, or even years, know this: you're never alone, because God is always with you. Always. He will never leave us or forsake us. Give Hiim a chance to prove who He is.
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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Just Wait

Ok I have a confession to make: Yesterday I didn't have faith as small as a mustard seed. 

There, I said it. 

I won't go into detail to protect the innocent, but I'll just say, I asked a friend to stand in for me, because I couldn't be at a certain place at a certain time. When the person didn't respond fast enough I got impatient and made other plans. Yet the person was making provisions to help me out, but by the time I found out the person could do it, it was too late. 

I should have just waited. 

Impatience has been a struggle for me for many years and from time to time it creeps back in, but nothing major though. Thank God I'm on my way to complete deliverance. Anyway, I'm just being transparent in telling you that I fell short (again) and although it won't be the last time, at least I'm ok talking about it. At one time I would have been uncomfortable with putting any part of my business out there, but that was then and this is now. Who the heck cares about that? I don't. As I grow older what I have learned (the hard way at times), is that it isn't about me or you for that matter. It's about the people we will touch by sharing our imperfect lives -- our miraculous testimonies -- our remarkable stories. That's what people resonate with and it helps us know we are just trying to get things right. It may be a long road, but we must keep on walking. We will get there.

So, yes I should have waited a little longer than I did, but you know what? The Lord still loves me in spite of myself. I'm so grateful for that. "Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord" (Psalm 117). He loves you too.
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Friday, September 16, 2016

Use Time Wisely, Part 2

Yesterday's blog post was part one about how I wasted a lot of time feeling sorry for myself, because of life's downs. 

Today I want to tell you what I did to snap myself out of it and how I started using my time more wisely. For starters, God revealed what I was going through, to the pastor of my current church. When I spoke to my pastor he was able to talk to me about my past, my present, and my future. That conversation was a defining moment in my life. I write about it in my eBook, Why Some People are Under Constant Stress and Pressure. The conversation made me think about what I was prioritizing in my life and how I had put God on the back burner. I had given a failed relationship just about all of my attention, as well as, life's struggles and challenges. I put them in front of God. I used to just go through life's run-of-the-mill motions in the daytime, but late in the midnight hour I was a miserable mess. Once my head hit that pillow I used to think about my pain, my problems, my hurt, my issues, and God knows what else. It was all about lil ole sorrowful me. I would often pray, but my prayers were just going through the motions. They weren't heart wrenching God help me prayers and they weren't passionate prayers. They were just woe-is-me type of prayers. Yet the awesome God I serve heard me and saw my every move, because my pastor knew just about everything about my circumstances. 

God wants to help us. That's why He sends His prophets.  

Sometimes we have to be open to having conversations and hearing hard things about ourselves. Sometimes we have to make ourselves vulnerable to the people God sends us to help us. We all need Godly people in our lives to tell us the truth so we can be set free. After the conversation I realized my reality and I repented to God right away, which meant I asked for forgiveness for having Him second in my life. I decided that I had to make Him first and I never looked back. I became an even newer creation in Christ. I began reading the bible more and if I started to think too much about the past I immediately read the bible again. I started speaking (out loud) positive and/or scriptural words over my life. I listened to more and more sermons and inspirational messages. I read more motivational books. I talked more to encouraging people. I just did more instead of lying around. I got up and got going. That was almost 5 years ago and it's still how I spend much of my time today. It's pretty much my lifestyle.

God has brought me a mighty long way and He will carry me even further. He will do the same for anyone. When we give our burdens to Him for real He will guide us and heal us of every hurt, disappointment, and painful thing that has happened to us. Although I have had challenges after that, I am able to get through them faster and with more peace, because my faith is solid in Christ. I know beyond a doubt that He will do everything it says in the bible, to get me through anything. None of it is a lie. My life is a living testimony that His Word works when we work His Word. Thus, the following words couldn't be more fitting for what He did and still does in my life: "The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand (Psalm 37:23).

If He gave my life, life, He will do the same for you. Use your time to go to Him with all you've got and watch what He does.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Use Time Wisely, Part 1

As some of you may know, part of my testimony is about the precious time I wasted being sad and depressed at night when my head hit that pillow.

You may ask yourself how anyone can be ok at certain times and not ok at other times. It's just like anything else. A person can smoke at work and not want to touch another cigarette any other time of the day. Or a person may work-out while on vacation, but as soon as they get back home the last thing they want to see is a treadmill. It's about turning our emotions on and off whenever the time is convenient for us. 

And that's a dangerous game we play with ourselves. 

It's a cop-out and it's a form of giving up, because we don't want to do what it takes to get the blessings. We don't want to be consistent. And we don't really want to give our problems over to God. We say we want all those things, but we don't, because we're doing nothing to get them. So we resort to doing easy when easy won't get us anywhere. I wasted alot of time thinking somehow my pain and heartache would get better if I thought about them more (I wasn't doing anything else to fix myself). I could have written so much more back then, but I sat on my gifts by feeling sorry for myself. It pains me to admit that, but it's true and I didn't realize it until I was out of that funk. This is the part 1 and in part 2 I will tell you exactly how I did it.

I'm taking this time and writing these words to tell you to snap out of it. God has heard your cries and He knows them all too well. Crying won't change a thing, take it from me. All it will do is keep you down and out when the same people who hurt you are living life to the fullest. And guess what? They deserve to. They are God's people too and maybe just maybe they gave all their mess-ups and mistakes to God (repented) and forgave themselves, and maybe they even want to apologize to you. Yet how can they when you're all bent up and twisted into a shell of nothingness? Look, I'm not criticizing or condemning. I would have a lot of nerve to do that. I'm just telling you what I wished someone would have told me (or at least earlier than when I was told). Imagine it like Paul (1 Corinthians 1) when he went around speaking to people. He wasn't a sugar-coating type of person. He loved the people, yet he knew they needed to know what was up.

I just don't want you to go through what I went through. I don't want you to waste time like I did. I pray you will use your time a lot wiser and smarter than I did. I want better for you.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Going HIgher

It's a little scary, isn't it? 

Going higher.

When some of us are afraid of heights.

We may know God told us to climb and to keep climbing, yet we are uncomfortable about the unknown. Where exactly are we going? We have some idea, but we don't know everything and every level gets more and more uncertain. Yet God says continue on. That's when new faith has to kick in over and over again. We are relying on total faith. It's almost as though we are out of control and in control at the same time. Out of control, because we have to trust God completely and in control, because we trust God completely.

As long as we trust Him and where He's taking us we'll be just fine. A-okay. He never fails us. Never. Just follow Him. "Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun (Psalm 37:5). Yep, He'll take you higher and you will shine like a diamond, baby.

That's how we achieve the great things God has for us. We have to keep climbing. That's how we go higher in God. 
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Wilderness

You won't be in it long...

the wilderness.

That depends on you though. It depends on how long it will take you to trust God. To trust in His every move, in His every way, in His every Word.

Will we trust Him or will we wander around in crazy town for 40 years? That's what the Israelites did (see Numbers 32:13). They were in the wilderness, the wasteland, the desert, far longer than God wanted them to be. They were blessed just as you and I are, but like them, how many times did we hold up our blessings? 

It's time to get out of the wilderness. It's crazy hot in the daytime and frigid cold at night. We don't have to be there longer than we should be. Don't get me wrong though, the wilderness is many times necessary to trust God, but to stay there longer than God has for us is not necessary. Why don't we go ahead and do what we have to do to make it to Canaan? We will still have to fight, but isn't it great to fight a fight you've already won? God told the Isrealites the promise land was theirs. All they had to do was obey Him, fight when He said to fight, and to not sleep with the enemy. Yet they wouldn't do those things and they messed up their blessings. 

We must be different this time.The blessings -- the promised land -- the flowing of milk and honey -- is ours for the getting if we will trust and believe God has it for us. Let's go. You ready? It's beyond time.
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Monday, September 12, 2016

A "Wow" Moment

You have power.
So, yesterday I'm listening to a deep woman speaking on a show and she says something so profound that I had to write about it. 

She said, when someone betrays us and we think it's one of the worst things someone can do to us or one of the most pathetic things that can happen in our lives, what's even worse is when we betray ourselves. Our thinking may be, "how could they hurt me so bad" when the reality is we were not true to ourselves to allow that hurt. For clarity she (nor I) am speaking about the people who could not fend for themselves (ie, kids or people in particular situations with no escape). She was referring to able-minded and able-bodied individuals who didn't exercise their God-given right to choose better for themselves. People who compromised who we were, made excuses by settling for less, felt sorry for ourselves, or gave in to pressure. The list goes on. In other words, the people who allowed themselves to be treated a certain way or put up with nonsense when we knew we should have walked away. That is self betrayal and we're really no different than the person who betrayed us. 

We are what we allow to happen to us.

This was an eye opener for me, because sometimes when others have done me dirty and treated me like crap, for a long time I tended to blame them more than myself. Yet it took two to tango and I had to look myself in the mirror and determine why I allowed it. Was it because of the way I felt about myself? If I felt less than enough, then I indeed betrayed myself by allowing others to betray me in some way. If I was emotionally stronger I would not have allowed it, because I would have been able to identify it much quicker and walk away instantly. In order for us to be healed of those things that ail us we have to ask ourselves the hard questions and come up with sound logical objective answers. And if you've been coming to my blog for sometime now you know what's coming next -- that's right -- We have to turn to God first. "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (Matthew 6:33).

Start with the Lord God and He will continuously direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5/6) to getting greater things for you. And I'm not just saying that. He did it for me and His glory is extensive and unlimited.

The point is, if we're feeling a negative or sorrowful way about ourselves we can't blame our "betrayers" for that. No one can force us to feel bad, angry, or sorry for ourselves. That's our choice, because God has given us the power to choose how we deal with situations and that includes our emotions. It's called free will. Consequently we can't blame people for how we feel, what we put up with, and we most definitely can't blame God. 

God always wants the best for us. Never hand-me-downs.

Anyway, this was a revelation to me. It was a wow moment and I never quite heard anyone put it like that before. It will make me think hard about some things, which is a great thing.
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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Seek Him

"Seek for the kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:33).

How hungry are you for a life better that what you're living? Jesus will get you there. He died so we wouldn't have to. He took all of our sin and mess-ups and carried them for us. He loved us that much and not one of us is deserving of how much He bestows His love on us. Some of us acknowledge Him and seek Him out and some never acknowledge Him. Yet He's full of goodness, grace, favor, and mercy. We just go about our day never seeking Him for guidance and direction over our lives. We think we have it all figured out. We're adults and nobody can tell us nothing. We're educated so we know what's best. We're wealthy so we don't need anybody, not even God. 

Boy ole boy do we have it twisted. 

We simply exist because God allows us to. We have what we have because He is a loving God. None of it just happened by luck or coincidence. Those things don't exist with God. You're reading this, because He is allowing you to and everything you've done before and will do after is because God is in control of your every move. Once you recognize that if you haven't already, you will have opened eyes. It's about asking, seeking, and knocking -- "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7-14).

The Lord is available if you're looking for Him
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