Thursday, December 27, 2012

Stand !

Temptations, trials, and the challenges of life allow God to bring attention to areas of weakness in our lives so that we can press in and work to overcome them and do some "fine tuning".  Maturity (spiritual and overall) comes through trials and the challenges life brings, producing character and helping shape our Faith.

Today, be determined and patient to stand up under temptation, trials, and the challenges life may bring---by the Grace of God.  Not only will it put you one step closer to becoming who He would have you be; but, it will also advance you a littler closer to the greater purpose and incredible things He has in store for your life.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

His will. His way. His Peace. No Fear.

"I take it that what all men are really after is some form of, perhaps only some formula of, peace."   —James Conrad

When snow drifts quietly down on a winter evening, the hush of nature brings a great sense of peace. Each of us has known times like this. Many of these times did not depend on conditions like snow, or soft music. When we are able to keep a quiet center within ourselves, we are truly in tune with God's spirit. Peace of the heart comes from Him and from the faith that all of us, and all that happens to us, are part of a greater plan. 

Just as the snow falls softly, without fear, without regard for whether it will land on a tree bough or in the street, we, too, can live our lives with peaceful acceptance and without fear knowing that when we continue to surrender our will and lives to Him, He carefully and eloquently unfolds His blue print and greater plan for our lives naturally for greater purpose and fulfillment of His will not our own.

Today, God help me be prepared to accept wherever you will have me land today knowing my life is in your hands and you have a greater purpose and plan for my life.  I'm trusting my life to You with faith and anticipation that you have great things in store.  Your will.  Your way.  Your Peace.  No Fear.  

Monday, December 24, 2012

What if we kept the Christmas Spirit all year long?

Most of us begin making preps for Christmas sometime before it actually arrives.  Shopping, trimming the tree, and all the things we do leading up to the big day.  Seems for the most part, peoples moods are improved, there are smiles, laughter, and a lot of joy that come anticipating and in celebrating the season.

Over the past couple of days as I've been celebrating with my family, I've observed especially the children; but, even with the adults what an exciting time of year it is.  The smiles, the joy, the excitement and anticipation of what's inside the gifts as the little ones literally rip them apart.  The adults, enjoying good meals, catching up on things when it's been a while since they've seen each other and joking about funny memories growing up or recent events.

Yesterday as we were celebrating at mom's, I was noticing our new little man "J" open his gifts.  He was filled with excitement!  He didn't know which to open next, whether to play with the toy he'd just opened or move on to the next.  What a joy to see the smiles, laughter, excitement and just the light heartedness about him.

What would it be like, if we kept the spirit of Christmas active throughout the year?  Thinking of special things we could do for each other.  Placing others first over ourselves.  Making every moment together special?  What if we treated others with the same kindness throughout the year, that we do at Christmas?  I've heard a lot recently about paying things forward during the holidays.  Why do we have to wait, what if we did it throughout the year?

This holiday season, as you celebrate Christmas, spend time with friends and family, give thanks for what you have to be grateful for, remember why we celebrate the season, and begin to move into 2013, let the Christmas spirit continue with you into 2013.  We shouldn't have to wait to only be kind, thoughtful of others, give gifts, pay things forward, or give thanks until the end of each year.  What a difference it would make in our lives and the lives of others if we carried the spirit of Christmas with us throughout the coming year!  In 2013, I challenge you to be willing to make a difference in the lives of others throughout the year with random acts of kindness and paying things forward.  Make every moment count and enjoy those special times together throughout the year, not just at year end!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my family and friends.  May God's peace be with you during this special time of year!  Peace & Love!  D.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Broken; but, not beyond repair!

When I came to God in a spirit of brokenness a few years ago, looking back, something beautiful began to happen. God forgave my shortcomings by His grace & he began to pickup the pieces of a broken life, a broken man, a broken vessel & began to repair, restore & renew my mind, body & spirit.

You may to at some points in your life have felt broken beyond repair. You may feel that way today. God specializes in taken the broken & making masterpieces out of them.

I am far from perfection today. I've fallen short even this week in the areas of patience, tolerance, acceptance and restraint of tongue & pen. The good news is that it's not the end; but, yet another new beginning. A life lesson learned walking through the experiences to help me be better in the future. God forgave me as did those I made amends to and I pickup now & move forward not defeated or beating myself up; but, motivated to be better going forward---understanding after the experiences.

Today, no matter what your going through in life, where you are, what you've done or how many times you've failed, your not broken beyond repair, regardless of how many pieces you feel your life is in. When you get your heart right, God can take the pieces of a broken life & make something beautiful out of them. Today, will you let Him? Coming to Him in a spirit of brokenness is a sign of surrender. Handing Him the prices of a broken life & accepting His forgiveness allow us to have that fresh start, by His grace, where He begins the construction phase of restoration and healing.

Today my friend take heart in knowing your not broken beyond repair. Give God your brokenness and the shattered pieces of your life & take heart in knowing that He can make something beautiful out of your life, if, you'll let Him.


Friday, December 21, 2012

An order of God's will with a side of self-will.

Have you every had times where you desired both God's will; but yet, deep down, you wanted your will or something to go your way as well.  What if it's not God's best for your life?  What if God in saying "" is doing it for your best?  What if up the road ahead, in which you can't see clearly what's coming, He has something much better in store?  Will you limit God today and His best for your life by choosing self-will over His when He says "no".   Will you take a side of self-will, keeping it as a back-up plan, if you don't like God's overall plan?    

"In God's plan for us, we cannot skip steps that we don't like and move on to the other ones.  We cannot skip the hard steps or the one's that require sacrifice.  Following God's plan for our lives requires investment.  We must sacrifice self-will to have God's will.  We must often sacrifice our way to find His way.  Don't be afraid to sacrifice---it eventually sets us free to be all God desires us to be."

"If God showed us how high the mountain really is that He wants us to climb, we might be afraid to take the first step.  We might argue that we're not ready, that we're not prepared to go all the way to the top.  Often all we can see is the step before us, it looks manageable, so we step out in faith and take it.  Then we take another and another, until one day we find ourselves on top of the mountain without even realizing where we where headed when we began.  Then we are very glad we took the journey."  We begin to see the greater purpose He had in store.  Our faith is increased, and we realize that we can truly trust God more with our lives and what's best of us.  

Often we don't see the entire staircase, or the top of the mountain; but God is asking us to take the first step and trust Him to fulfill His greater plan.  Today, will you step out in faith and take the steps He's placed in front of you, even if they require faith, even if you don't know exactly where God's leading, or will stay with what's familiar, with self-will that's often familiar yet painful, hesitant to trust God.  If He's truly got your best purpose in mind, He's got your back, and He's placed a step before you, take the step in faith and trust that He's gonna lead you where you need to go, get you to the right places, take care of you and fulfill the greater purpose He has for your life and take you to places you never thought possible.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

God did not create you to live a life of CONDEMNATION!

"As a man thinks in His heart, so shall He be."

I am living proof that God did not create us to live a life of condemnation, negativity, or to let morbid reflection of past mistakes keep us from being the best God would have us be---happy joyous and free.

A few years ago, I had to start over from ground zero.  Many who read my post today either having known me in the past and seeing my decline that brought me to my knees at the worst point of my life, or those who have known me since the beginning of the new life I live---seeing God turn my life around, may read my post each day and wonder, who is this guy?  Several years ago, I had reached a low place in my life where I was spiritually bankrupt.  I didn't know if God loved me or if He was even there to hear my prayers anymore.  I felt each day as I made my new beginning that my prayers bounced from the ceiling; but I kept doing it because I was assured by others that it would get better.  I lived life often feeling condemned and that life would never get better. Little did I know the things that God had in store and where He would take me as I gradually made my ascent into the spiritual awakening He's brought in my life.  I didn't get to where I am today spiritually overnight.  It's been a process, ongoing, daily, doing things to take care of myself spiritually because it was suggested and I wanted my life to get better, so I did it, even when I didn't feel anything.

Who could have faith such as this?  Who could believe in something they cannot see?  There may even be those who think as they read my daily post, that I live on a spiritual hilltop looking down on my fellowman in a manner of judgment or thinking I'm better than.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, "that guy is far out there", "that guy is a fake", "there can't be anyway anyone can have a relationship with God like that."  Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.  My validation doesn't come from the opinions of others; but, from God.  The people closest to me, know the life I live, the truth behind what I write about, how I live in my life, and they know it's real.

Where I am today versus where I was over 2 years ago is a complete 180, all because of a lot of help from God, and a little work from me.  A series of poor choices, and looking for something in life other than God to fill the void in my life, led to a rapid decline.   Those who once knew me, didn't recognize me and couldn't believe the person I'd become.  The person I've become today, didn't transform overnight, it's been a process and a journey.  I kept going, kept pushing, kept doing the work, and today, God gets the glory for the transformation in my life.

My friend, the good things that have happened for me, and the spiritual awakening and relationship I have with God is available to you as well.  You may feel condemned and there's no hope today; but your wrong.  Take it a step at a time.  Give God a chance to work in your life, and little by little, you too can see change happen in your life that's happened for me.  God take you to places you never dreamed, IF, you'll let him.

My posts and blogs each day are not meant to offend, leave the opinion that I'm better than anyone, that I have something that no one else can acquire, that I live on spiritual hilltop looking down on my fellowman; but, to inspire hope, thought provoking ideas, to help people see if a life like mine can turn around with God's help, it can happen for you too.

My friend in closing today, I want to leave you with this.  GOD DID NOT CREATE US TO LIVE A CONDEMNED LIFE; but wants us to live happy, joyous, and free.  God's grace is enough to make a new beginning.  My validation today doesn't come from the opinions of others; but in my relationship with God.  Yes I value the relationships I have in my life; but, my the rock on which I'm planted is not in the those friendships; but in my validation with my Creator.  Love me or hate me, I'm no longer prey to misery and depression, I can make a living, I can have true good solid relationships with others, and God makes that possible.  At the end of the day, who I am, my sense of self worth, my character and my validation are not based on man; but God.

Today, you may have made some mistakes along the way.  You may seem light years away from any kind of relationship from God.  You may feel that because of your past, you could never have a relationship with God---THAT'S A LIE.  God's grace freely flows and if He can turn around a guy like me to become who I am today, He can definitely change your life as well.

Today, will you continue living a life of condemnation, miserable, and depressed, or will you step out in faith and grab hold to God's grace and forgiveness and let Him give you a fresh start, a new beginning, and take you to the better places and greater purpose He has for your life?  Today, is a perfect day to make a fresh start, put the past behind, stop living condemned, a life of people pleasing and a life of looking for validation in the wrong places.  Today, is the perfect day for you to allow God to fill the void in your life, set you free and take you to the greater places and purpose He so desires for your life!   My friend, start living your best life now----TODAY and you too can begin to experience all the GREAT things God has in store for your life!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

How are you using your words today?

"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing God."

This time of year in the job I have, we deal with clients in all types of emotional states.  Words used in a state of crisis are critical to desensitizing a situation and providing hope to those in need and ultimately turning around a situation that could be deadly into a situation where hope is provided and a client is gifted with the the hope needed to carry on with encouragement.

So it is with life.  The words we speak each day, words used with friends, family, co-workers, etc., are powerful.  We have the ability to build up or tear down in a just a short quick second.  We can edify or we can character assassinate and make someone feel worse.

I'm grateful that God has turned a person like me, one who had become a cold hearted, numb,  shell of a person with zero compassion, into a person who lives, breathes, and experiences life with greater purpose, meaning and can feel compassion for others today.  Each day, regardless of the setting, we all have an opportunity by the power of our words, to build up, or tear down.  What do you think God would have you do?

I have come to realize over the course of the past few years how powerful words can be.  How they encourage or damage, how they can provide hope or dismay, how they can help calm the storms in someone else's life or worsen them, how they can provide encouragement for the hurting or break the heart of a loved one or friend.

Today, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to God and match the heart of compassion He's given me for others.  Today, make a decision to build others up instead of  tearing them down.  Focus more on loving people than proving your point, after all, everyone has an opinion, and is yours really so important that proving it to the person standing before you is more important than simply showing them at the end of the day---you care!

"Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace ... that where there is despair, I may bring hope."

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Push, pull, drag, or tow....Today, trade the things you can't control for God's true peace & serenity!

There are so many things in life that we have no control over.   Instead of stressing over things you can't change or control, trade them into to God for His peace that passeth all understanding.  Today, let Him take care of all that concerns you.  Let Him go before you and make your paths straight and in doing so find yourself enjoying the many benefits of true peace and serenity that follow complete and utter surrender to God.

Monday, December 17, 2012

You are equipped with everything you need. Will you use it or lose it today?

God has equipped you with everything you need to fulfill the greater purpose He has for your life.  Then....there's that "free will" thing.  We all have a choice of how we use our free will, to become a little more of who God would have us be each day, or to go it our own self-driven way, making choices that can lead us into old behaviors, lifestyles and destruction.  After sometime of acting in those old behaviors and half-way seeking God, we can become oblivious to the fact that it's not OK.  As we begin to take spiritual hits, we can tend to think our old behaviors are OK and become numb to the guidance of the sunlight of His spirit and vastly experience a decline in the radar and awareness of our internal GPS or God conscious that keeps us on course making right decisions.

Today, are you living a life of half measures in your relationship with God?  Half you, half God, half way doing what you want to do and what's not God's best for you and half way what you know He'd have you do?  Are you all in?  If not, your on a slippery slope of destruction my friend.

"Half measures availed us nothing, we stood at the turning point, we asked His protection and care with complete abandon ....

...we couldn't manage our lives human power could
...God could and would if He were sought."

Are you half way in, half way out or wholly seeking Him?  The results will be evident in your life of whether He's truly everything or nothing at all to you.  Are you seeking His understanding, His wisdom, His peace and serenity, and walking into the greater purpose for your life?

"Don't just live on the surface of life today.  Be a person of understanding and draw from the resources that God has placed on the inside of you.  As you keep your heart open by obeying God, His purposes will become clearer, His promises will become true and you will live in the abundant life God has in store for you!"

Sunday, December 16, 2012

What are you running from?

Problems, we all have them.  Scars, we all have them over the course of our lives.  Wounds, some of us have them so deeply seeded, they seem impossible to heal.  Many times in life, I've tried to run from my problems, scars, wounds or something I didn't want to deal with and regardless of a geographical relocation, a movement to a new home, a new job and being a workaholic, wherever I ran, the problem always greeted me at the new place in which I ran.

What are you running from?  Maybe you've been victimized in childhood and you've held that for years, not sure where to turn or how to deal with it.  Maybe you've had trauma in your life, that you've held close to your heart feeling that you'd be judged for talking about it, or trying to get help to overcome the pain it's caused, so you've continued to suppress it, pretending it away.  Maybe you been dishonest in a situation, and fear the consequences to straighten out the mess you created.  Maybe you've tried for years to overcome an addiction---drugs, alcohol, porn, sex, gambling, excessive spending, etc. and you alone on your own power, haven't been able to overcome---so you continue to run.  You see life passing you by, you see others amounting to something in their lives (wishing the same for you), fulfilling their God given purposes, helping others; but, you can't seem to get past the barriers that keep you from continuing in the old behaviors, and you continue to run, from one place to another, from the arms of one person to another, from one job to another, from one college curriculum to another, running away and running to all the things that can never fix the true problem at hand and bring healing over the things you're running from.  For years, I've seen people live like hell during the week, running, and suit up on Sunday for church and pretend everything's ok; but, when Monday rolls around, it's back to the same antics.  It's using God's grace as an excuse to act in old behaviors instead of a using His grace gratefully as a reason to be better.  It's continuing to run.

"When a person has a shame-based nature, it becomes the source or root of many complex inner problems, like depression, loneliness, isolation and alienation   All kinds of compulsive disorders are rooted in shame:  drug, alcohol and other chemical addictions; eating disorders like bulimia, anorexia, and obesity; money addictions, gambling, sexual perversions of all kinds---the list is endless."

Today, I'm here to tell you my friend, you don't have to run anymore.  God's grace is sufficient to see you through whatever it is that you continue to run from, the things that continue to hinder you from being the best He'd have you be.  The things that are blocking you from His greater purpose.  God has healing for you and a greater plan for your life, and if you could see it now, you would be amazed at the things He has in store; but, you will never get to see it unfold if you continue to run.  We don't get to see God's blue print so we push through a day at a time with His help to be over-comers of the things that work against us, trying to defeat us, and instead run to Him, walking daily a little closer into becoming who He'd have us be and into the greater purpose for our life as He works to provide healing in our lives and place the right people around us to help us overcome the pain, scars, wounds and things we've ran from in our past.

Today, let faith arise in your life.  Will you continue to run, or will you be an over-comer?  Will you allow God to turn the mess of your life around into a message to help others?  Will your's become a story or redemption or a story of sad defeat as your eulogy is read at your funeral?   If God woke you up this morning, He still has a plan for your life.  He's not given up on you.  If your reading this message, you have another chance to do today a little better than before and to stop the insanity of running and continuing to do the same things over and over expecting different results.  Cooperate with God daily to develop your life potential.  It doesn't matter if a thousand people tell you that you have potential, until you grasp hold of that God given potential and let God take you there, your gonna remain in the same place you are today.  Say goodbye of the shame from your past and hello to the new life God has in store for you.

True happiness is never gonna be found on the run; but, in true surrender to the will of God for your life.  "Thy will, not mine." Happiness is not a destination, it's a way of life.  It's a by-product of living the right kind of life, of doing the right things.  Instead of searching for happiness, search for right living and happiness will be your reward.  Life is sometimes a march of duty during dull, dark days; but, happiness will come again, as God smiles on you with recognition of your faithfulness.  True happiness is always the by-product of a life well lived.  Today, stop running from the things in your life that have haunted you and run to God, the only one who will ever be able to provide the greater peace, strength, serenity, fulfillment, healing, and happiness you are truly looking for in life.  The only one who will ever be able to take the bad of your life, and make something good out of it!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

When you've done all you can do---Stand.

Have you ever been in a situation where you've gone the extra mile, been as kind and helpful as you know how, been selfless, encouraging and done your best to be a friend and then suddenly someone turns their back on you and walks out of your life for no apparent reason? It's times like this that often leave us hurting, feeling betrayed, angry, and if we're not careful struggling with a 'how could they attitude."

If there's one thing in my life I've learned it's when I've done all I can do---to stand. God will do the rest.

Today, I'm living the realization that people will fail you, let you down, talk about you, betray your trust & hurt you without a second thought or care; but, there is one who never fails, who sticks closer than a brother, who faithfulness shines through the dark clouds of betrayal & being used. God never fails.

Today I'm reminded when I put to much stock and trade in people & relationships, at some point I will be let down. God never fails. He will do for me what I can't; but, not what I can. When I've done all I can do & I have, I'll keep standing & leave the rest in God's hands.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Where's your compassion?

Compassion:  Sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.

We live in a busy world.  With Christmas Season quickly approaching the shopping malls, outlets, and retails centers are full of people grasping for those Christmas presents for family or friends.  Thanksgiving weekend when I was out shopping with Chelsey, Nick and J, I told Chelsey that I'd seen more angry looking people in one day than I'd since I've been living in Birmingham.

"As God's children, He places compassion within each one of us; but, it's up to use to decide whether we choose to open or close our heart to it.  The one thing that really keeps a heart of compassion open is to seriously think about the needs of others."

When is the last time you thought about the needs of others rather than yourself?  When is the last time, you tried to put yourself in the shoes of someone else, truly having sympathy and compassion for what they may be going through or what battles they may be facing?  Are you so focused in tunnel vision on your "stuff" that you couldn't see a tornado if it were coming at you?  It doesn't take long to look around and see someone whose situation technically is much worse than what your facing.  One who could use a little compassion, a little hope, a little sympathy, and see one you can help, even if it's nothing more than a kind word of hope and inspiration.  There may also be those God's placed in your life who are trying to be compassionate to you; but, you won't open your, mind and heart to accept it. Don't let pride and ego stand in the way of God placing someone in your life and using them to be a blessing to you!

Regardless of the situation, when I get out of myself to think about, encourage, or lend a hand selflessly to others, my own issues seem minimal, fade into the background and seem less severe.  I feel a little nearer to God in the process.  It works consistently every time without fail and it doesn't take a large budget.  You and I may not be able to solve world hunger or to do everything to solve the needs of others; but, together we can do something and make a difference---one random act of kindness at a time.

 "May God make you intelligent and discerning in knowing Him personally, your eyes focused and clear so that you can see exactly what it is He is calling you to do and grasp the immensity of the glorious way of life He has for you---the utter extravagance of His work in those who trust Him."

This Christmas Season and throughout the year may I always remember "It is only when I forget my problems and reach out to contribute something to others that I can begin to attain the serenity and God-consciousness I seek."  Today, show a little more compassion for others and find God showing a little more compassion for you!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Repetitive Self Inflicted Struggles

Are you experiencing pain as a result of repetitive struggles in your life?  Do you find yourself surrendering something to God one minute, and then taking it back in your own hands the next, incurring the pain that follows in doing things in your own self-will?  Are you living a life that you know deep within is less than God's best than the life He has planned for you?

"Since God didn't create us to live in bondage of any kind, we can experience liberty and the freedom to enjoy all that God has given and wants to give us.  He has given us life and life to be enjoyed and lived to the fullest---happy, joyous and free!"

How many times in my own life have I said "God I'm giving 'IT' to you---you got 'IT' " only to find myself picking "IT" back up and shouldering the weight of "IT" again and dealing with the consequences of doing it my own way or going it on my own.  Pain always ensues, and I've learned that pain is truly the "touchstone to spiritual progress".  After enough pain, I finally let "IT" go and fully leave "IT" to God to guide direct, and have His way---to bring healing where healing is needed, relief where relief is needed, direction where direction is needed, and to put the people, places, and things in and around me that are best for my life.

"TAKE ACTION FOR YOUR FREEDOM".  You don't have to live bound up and continue to make the same mistakes or poor choices or decisions in your life any more.  "Where the Spirit of the Lord is---there is Freedom."  God has better things in store for you life and desires them to be yours---now, immediately, this very moment!

Today, "FREEDOM IS YOURS, step out and take it!  Follow God's lead, not partially; but, wholly, and be free to enjoy all that God has for you as you start walking in the freedom and greater purpose He has for your life.  Enough is enough!  The choice is yours.  You can surrender to win, or continue to bear the brunt of the burdens inflicted by repetitively going against God's best for your life and living a life of bondage and self-inflicted pain.  Today, I'll take the action to be free and reap the benefits of having the load lifted from my shoulders, the pain from my life removed, and walk with a lighter load and some pep in my step as I walk into the greater things God has in store for my life!  

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Will your anchor hold?

None of us are guaranteed that life will never bring challenges our way.  We all from time to time experience things that can be so devastating that the situation can literally bring us to our knees.  What gets your through these times?  Where is the source of your HOPE?  What is the anchor that holds your life together when back to back challenges strike and you feel overwhelmed with emotions, grief or sorrow?

"Just as a ship has an anchor to help it hold steady, so is hope provided through our relationship with our Creator---the anchor to our soul.  During a storm, hope gives us the ability to look at things as they are and still be confident that something better is coming."  It gives assurance through faith that things are going to work out in someway and/or that good can somehow come out of bad.

I ask you today my friend, where is your hope based---the foundation?  Is it based on external things that can't withstand the storms life may bring or are you in strong standing with your Creator that if a storm hits you blindside today that your anchor will hold?  Is your relationship with Him so firmly anchored that you have confidence, without a shadow of a doubt, that you will be able to withstand the challenges that life may bring your way, today, tomorrow, or in the future?

Today, I'm grateful to know that my anchor holds, now, just as it has in the past.  Why?  Because I continue to work and grow in a solid relationship with my Creator daily.  It's a little to late to get centered spiritually in the midst of a life crisis or challenge that's hit unexpectedly; therefore, it's necessary for me to make sure that my faith is securely anchored in the Hope that comes in maintaining a relationship with Him each day.  Today, God and I are good.  He's got me and I can say with firm assurance that my anchor holds and will continue to no matter what the case may be---I'll be OK!

Monday, December 10, 2012

How motivated are you?

Motivation:  the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.

Often in life, we are motivated when we want something badly enough.  Whether a promotion, a new vehicle, a new job, a relationship, to get into better shape, whatever the case may be, when we want something badly enough, we tend to be motivated to do the work to get it.

How motivated are you to do the work to grow daily in your relationship with your Creator?   Out of the 24 hours in a day, how much time do you give Him to cultivate that relationship and move closer to the person He'd have you be and ultimately allow Him to guide you to the greater sense of purpose He has for your life?

"As you develop self-motivation and discipline to live for God and cultivate your relationship with Him, you will become all God created you to be."  Stay motivated, keep pressing forward growing in determination and don't loose heart or give up if things aren't happening as fast as you'd like or going the way you think they should.  There's a bigger plan!  Don't give up before the miracle happens.  Stay motivated and find the things that come to you, including the dreams God's placed within "when you place yourself in God's hands often better than you could have planned!"

Today, I'm reminded of all God's done for me.  What have I don't for Him lately?  How much time do I give Him daily?  I'll work to stay motivated and stay the course to continue growing daily in my relationship with Him and not lose heart.  In doing so I'll enjoy the many benefits that come in walking hand in hand with my Creator with a deeply ingrained sense of greater purpose He has for my life!

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Yes, we live under God's grace, but God's grace is not an excuse to sin or act in old behaviors.  Grace is the power to live a Godly life, no matter what, as He would have you, which will take you to the better things and grandeur places He has in store for your life!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Walk out of your mess into Freedom!

Life brings challenges our way from time to time.  Most of the time, we'd rather not deal with them; but, often these challenges are defining moments or crossroads in our lives.  What we do with the challenge, and how we react, often determines our promotion to the next level of victory God has for us in our lives and the growth we'll receive walking through the process.

"People are born to be free.  It's a gift from God.  The question is, are you willing to go through whatever it takes to be free, or do you want to stay in the mess you're in for the rest of your life?  If you want to be free, the key is to start doing what God would have you to do, the next right things, one step at at time, and you'll eventually walk out of your messes into the happiness, joy and freedom He so desires for your life!"

"Instead of being ruled by emotions when confronted with problems, calm down, focus on doing what God would have you do.  If your upset about something instead of letting it ruin your life, turn it into something good.  Overcome evil and anger by praying for those who hurt, abuse, and use you.  Counter feelings of selfishness by doing something good for someone else (it works every time) !"

When the enemy or the challenges of life try to stir up your emotions, defeat or destroy you and steal your happiness, joy and freedom, calm down and do what God would have you to do.  In doing the next right God directed things, you can walk freely out of your messes and find them turned into a message!  "God can take every challenge that comes into our lives and use it for greater purpose.  Challenges test our character and help shape our faith!"  Today, will you stay in your mess, or will you, with God's help, walk out of the mess into the freedom God has so graciously and abundantly waiting and  in store for your life?  Today, I choose FREEDOM!

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Where is your dependence today?  Are you dependent on others for your sense of well being, emotional sobriety and security?  Are you totally reliant on people and things external in lieu of God in an attempt to find security in your life? Do you get twisted up in a state of turmoil when something doesn't go your way or when you try; but, you realize that can't fix what's broken in someone's life---family or friends?  Do you jump from one romantic relationship to another thinking it's gonna be the perfect fix for the void in your life, only to be left jaded when once again it doesn't work out and now you have even more wreckage to deal with?  How do you feel when you simply don't get your way with someone, when others let you down, fail you, talk bad about you, have a negative opinion of you, or spitefully use you?  

"When we developed still more, we discovered the best possible source of emotional stability to be God Himself.  We found that dependence upon His perfect justice, forgiveness, and love was healthy, and that it would work where nothing else would.  If we really depended upon God, we couldn't very well play God to our fellows nor would we feel the urge wholly to rely on human protection and care?"

Today, I'm reminded that there is only ONE true source of stability in my life, one who never fails, and one who doesn't always give me what I want; but, provides what I need and often more so much more---the best things for my life and for my overall good.  Today, step out on faith, take hold of the best source of emotional stability---God Himself.  Learn to depend on God not man and develop a true dependence on Him instead of external things that will fail you.  In doing so, find yourself walking in a new and profound freedom that will not only will lead you to God's best for your life; but, will release you from the bondage of dependence on man, ultimately free you from the opinions of others and leave you never feeling lonely again!  Thanks God---once again I get the memo!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Divine Appointments

A divine appointment:  the divine order of affairs; an appointment, arrangement, or favor by God.

Do you believe in divine appointments?  Do you believe that God is working on your behalf to bring to pass the things that press your forward into the greater purpose and destiny He has in store for your life?  Do you believe and trust that He can put the right people in your life at the right time and right place?  While some may call these coincidences, I've come to know them as God-incidences.  The more I grow in my relationship with my Creator and seek His best for my life, the more I experience His divine appointments.

"There are people God has placed in your life for a reason, to help you reach your destiny, your full potential and to lead you into the better things He has in store for your life.  They may have wisdom or advice that will thrust you forward in life.  These are divine appointments that have been orchestrated by God Almighty.  Divine appointments aren't always the people you would expect.  In fact, they are often the people you don't expect; but, God can use others to help fulfill the greater purpose He has for your life.  We should always be open to receive from others.  We should always treat everyone we encounter with dignity, honor, and respect.  You never know who God is going to use in your life and is placing there for greater purpose.  Be open, loving, kind, and sow good seeds that will open the doors for His divine appointments to take place in your life."

Today, are you open minded to the divine appointments God is placing in your life?  Are you working with God and His divine appointments or against God, running in self-will being involved in things you know are hindering His best for your life and doing it your own way?  Are you embracing His divine appointments and letting them take you to the greater places God has in store for your life, or are you running from them in fear, self-will, and a mentality of doing it your own way?  I'm reminded today that "the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and He delights in His way."  May I always be open to the divine appointments God is placing in my life and not take them for granted or mistake them as coincidences.  May I not run from them or miss them by living my life in self-will; but instead be on guard for them as they unfold and take full advantage of them to thrust me into the greater purpose God has in store for my life ultimately letting them serve God's greater intended purpose---for my greater good.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New mercies - fresh - each day!

Each day we open our eyes in the morning from sleep and realize God's given us another day. With an attitude of thankfulness, many of us thank God for another day, yet do we realize that we have new mercies available to us?  A fresh day, a fresh start, a chance to do life today a little better than before---to be a better version of ourselves than the day before.  God's grace didn't stop working the night before when we went to bed; but, continues and meets us fresh in the morning when we wake.

"Each day is a new opportunity to close the door on the past and experience a brand-new start.  Even the fact that God divided the days into 24 hours segments is evidence that we need to start over on a regular basis.  God willing, there is always a new day, a new month, and a new year; but, in order for us to make use of these new beginnings, we must make a decision to do so."

Are you living in the awareness that God's mercies and His Grace are new every morning?  The past is the past.  The present is a gift which is why it's called the "present".  If your bathing, soaking, loathing, wallowing and beating yourself up in self-pity due to shortcomings, failures or past mistakes, make good use of God's new mercies for you today.  Do your best to clean house with past mistakes, learning from the experience, and LET IT GO.  Don't let your self-confidence reside in others opinions of you for past mistakes, repetitive failures or their own negative opinions.  Your confidence and self-worth resides not in the opinion of man; but, in where you are today in your relationship with God, in this present moment, now, living under to covering of His Grace.  God didn't design us to live in the past; but to make the most of the present gift of today He's given us.

Today, I'll live in the awareness that I've been given new mercies and grace to face the day.  What's done is done.  What in the past is in the past.  I'll make the most of the present working to be who God would have me be today, each step of the way, and follow His lead.  I'll let today be a fresh start, realizing new mercies and grace are present, and look forward to what God has in store for today!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Your biggest fan.

We all know about being fans.  We are all fans of something or someone.  With college football season winding down, we've seen the rivalry between teams, and seen some pretty extreme fans.

Are you aware that God is your biggest fan?  He's there on the sidelines cheering you own.  He's there in the middle of the game of life to pick you up and cheer you on.  He's there to coach you through the ups and downs, twists and turns, celebrations and sorrows.  He's there to help you with the play of the game, plan of the day, and His overall plan for your life.  He's there to help you dust yourself off and to encourage you to try again if you fail.

I remember often how good it felt cheering my children on in their school activities as a parent.  I still cheer them on today!  I also remember as a child how good it felt to have mom, dad and my siblings in the stands doing the same for me.  Today, are you living in an awareness that God is there, not to beat you up, but to coach you through the twist and turns of life, to help you succeed, to help you make it to the finish line, to cheer to you---your biggest fan!

No matter what your going through, how many times you may have tried and failed, how many times you may have had to dust yourself off and try again; remember, God's not given up on you.  He's still there faithfully cheering you on, coaching you to help you move forward to the better things He has in store.  What better coach, fan, and cheering squad to have than our Creator, our Director --- Almighty God Himself?

Today, are you living in the awareness that He is your biggest fan?  Let this realization encourage you that with Him behind you, you can do all things He empowers you to do and you'll remain a winner and never go wrong as long as you follow His lead!

"I have it all planned out--plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you a future and a hope.  When you call on me, I'll listen.  When you come looking for me, you'll find me.  When you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I'll make sure you won't be disappointed.  I'll turn things around for you."

Thanks God!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

It is well !

"God wants to restore true confidence in you by healing the things in your past that have damaged the way you look at and feel about yourself. As you look at what is right with God instead of what's wrong with you, you'll begin to walk in the confidence that comes only from Him."

Are you letting your past mistakes, shortcomings, failures or past abuse or trauma define who your are today and keep you down on yourself---holding you back from God's best for you? God can make all things new. "The old has passed away & behold (in Him) all things have become new." He can bring good out of bad and make beauty for what seems like ashes!

Leave the past in the past and let true confidence come in knowing who you are with God today! You're living in God's grace, not in your past. You're not who you used to be and you're not defined by abuse, trauma, your past shortcoming and failures or the bad things that happened to you. Today let God bring freedom from your past and take you to the greater things He has in store for your life. Today with God---be a better you & find yourself saying "It is well" with my soul, my life, my past, my present, my future and moreover with me!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Impending doom or God's favor?

Today will you live in fear of impending doom or allow God to change your thinking, opening up your mind to the greater things he has in store & trust His favor, His timing, His goodness & His best for your life?

Today---impending doom or God's favor? I'll take God's favor!

Friday, November 30, 2012

"Where the mind goes....the man follows."

"Right thinking is a result of regular, personal fellowship with God.  It is important for us to come to grips with the fact that our lives will not get straightened out until our thinking gets straightened out.  Thoughts bear fruit.  When we think good thoughts, our lives produce good fruit.  When we think bad thoughts, our lives produce bad fruit.  The more I grow in my relationship with God, the more I realize how important it is for me to be aware of what's going on in my mind.  'Where the mind goes, the man follows.'  Continually watching over our thoughts is the only way we will ever be able to keep them in line with God's will and His best for our lives."

Ever had those moments where your mind races a thousand different directions, often wishing there was an on/off switch? Ever during a stressful day, event, or occurrence where there seems to be so much coming at you that you can't think straight?  I'm grateful today that as I continue growing in my relationship with my Creator, my thoughts have calmed and he has helped place them on a higher plan, in the right place, and inspired my thinking.

My friend, are you allowing God to direct your thinking?  A good tool I've been taught to use is to "pause when agitated and pray for the right thoughts and actions".  Today, let God direct your thinking and find your thought life placed on a higher plain and your thinking cleared of wrong motives.  Today, let your God directed right thinking equal right actions, right deeds and right results, ultimately taking you into the greater purpose He has for your life and the great blessings and He has in store!

Thursday, November 29, 2012


"Friend, we don't have to try to win the approval of others.  We have to understand that not everyone is going to understand us.  Our focus should be on following God's leading and let Him order our steps.  The next time someone criticizes you, remember God's example set before you.  Over look it, don't get offended, and keep moving forward to the destiny God has for you."

Ever felt jaded with people?  "How could they....I can't believe they said that...I don't understand how they could feel that way....I don't see it....After all I've done and we've been through, now this...."  We live in a world filled with people with many different personalities, make-ups, lifestyles, and attitudes.  Not everyone is always going to understand us, see the good in us, or moreover, even like us, no matter how hard we try to be good, do good, or try to win them over.  Everyone we meet and encounter is fighting their own types of battles.  When I let God place the right people in my life at the right time and place, I live in harmony with peace and serenity reigning supreme in my life.

I strongly believe that God puts people in our lives for a reason and often speaks to us through them.  Often we have a choice to run from hearing the voice of God speak through them or truly take in what God is trying to tell us/show us through them.  I continue to realize this more with each new day; however, when I place too much dependence on people rather than God, I can get jaded, let down, crossed-up with people, disappointed and sometimes down right angry that things may not work out the way I'd hoped.  I must keep this in check for when this happens, it shows me that I have more room to grow in emotional sobriety and in my relationship with my Creator.  The only true one who can fill the void in my life is God Himself.

My friend if today your feeling a little jaded, let down, and disappointed with people, give it to God.  Let Him fill the void in your life only He can.  Let Him put the people around you that build you up and not tear you down---don't run from them.  People who are good influences in your life.  Be who God would have you be in relationships with others and let others be where they are, loving them with no price tag.  Don't let your critics bring you down; but, merely be motivators to be a better you.  When I let God fill the void in my life, I'm not looking for some quick fix to make me feel better, there's no need, God's already done it!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Decisions - my will or God's? Timing - mine or God's?

"We made decisions based on self which placed us in a position to be hurt."

So many times in previously living a life of selfishly wanting my way, my timing and immediate results or gratification, I forced outcomes, made decisions based on self (me) because I wasn't willing to wait on God or trust His timing. Those decisions often backfired, causing hurt and pain in my own life & the lives of others. When things didn't turn out the way I wanted, I found myself jaded, angry, beating myself up, fearful and hurt. Who's fault was it? Mine! I'm grateful I don't have to live my life that way anymore.

Are you making decisions based on self that are hurting you & maybe even others? When I wait on God, I get His best, things work out as they should & I can live in peace and harmony in my life or I can force my own way and get the painful results that come.

"Life is 10% what happens to us & 90% of how we handle it." Today, I will trust God---His will---His timing. I no longer have to be the person I used to be or act in old behaviors. If I do, its on me and no one else. Today, I will pray for knowledge of God's will and the POWER to carry it out---and mean it! Today, God, I will wait for you, your timing, your direction, your best for my life and align where you lead knowing the things which come to me when I place my life in your hands are far better than I could plan! Today---Thy will, not mine, be done! Take me. Guide me. Show me!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

" God Help " is enough.

" God Help " is enough.

" When we live in pride, trying to succeed without God's help, we're left open to so many attacks of the enemy; but, humility is a covering that draws the help of God into our lives to protect us.  When we humble ourselves by saying, 'God, I don't know what to do, and I'm trusting You', God will help us. "

How many times in my own life have I only been able to pray "God help", often not knowing what to pray for or what to say to Him.  When I continue to humble myself before Him, knowing where my strength comes from and that I'm not going it alone, help is exactly what He provides.  In due time, due season, God's will, God's way, God's best shines clear.

Today, if you find yourself at a place where all you can pray is "God help", it's enough!  His grace is sufficient.  "He gives grace to the humble."  Let Him help you, provide strength and direction.  In due season, not our season; but, God's season, we can find joy for mourning, rest for weariness, hope for despair and even good coming out of bad.  Today, may humbling yourself before your Creator and asking for His help allow His divine presence to envelope you, reassure you, guide you and give you the peace to make it through whatever your case may be.  Today, let God help!  He's ready, willing, able and wanting to do so!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Who's got the lead?

"Follow God's leading as to what you should be involved in and where you should spend your energy.  Learn to say yes when He says yes and no when He says no.  When we're obedient to God's leading, we'll be able accomplish what He gives us to do and walk in peace.  When we don't, we'll find ourselves burning up energy foolishly trying to arrange life to suit ourselves and end up exhausted."

Are you exhausted trying to arrange life to suit yourself, in your own power and your own way?  Do you find yourself disappointed and let down when things don't work out the way YOU would like or had planned?  Are you relying on God to lead guide and direct you to the better things He has in store for you life?  Are you able to adjust as to the ebb and flow of life?  Is your dependence on man and things external or God?  I'm grateful that I don't have to burn up energy foolishly anymore trying to arrange life to suit myself.

Today, may following God's lead produce right thoughts, words, actions, and deeds.  May I move and adjust to where He is at work in lieu of going it my own way and find myself purposely accomplishing the things He would have me, doing what He would have me, the way He would have me, being who He would have me.  May right thoughts, inspired by God, be followed by right words, actions, and deeds.  In following His lead may I find true peace, serenity, fulfillment and the joy that comes from Him not only my being guide; but, also my strength!  

Thursday, November 22, 2012

A good dose of Gratitude goes along way

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."

If I were to make a written gratitude list today, it would be to lengthy to pen on paper.  When I focus on the things God's done and all I have to be grateful for rather than the challenges of life, I keep a healthy perspective.    It's often those challenges that have merely pressed me to be better, stronger, wiser, and closer to God.

Today, are you looking at what you don't have or what you've been blessed with?  A good dose of gratitude goes along way.  Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends, family and acquaintances.  Today  may finding gratitude bring you a healthy perspective and a little closer to God!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

His grace is enough!

"Faith takes the sting out of the winds of adversity and brings peace even in the midst of struggle!"

If "faith without works is dead", what are the fruits of your life producing as you continue to grow your Faith in God and become more each day who He's guiding you to be. Not who you've been---who you're becoming. There have many times the past year and a half that had it not been for faith, a solid relationship with my Creator, His strength, and a confident assurance of "things hoped for, yet not seen", that I honestly don't know how I would have gotten through the adversities that have come.

Today I can say good has come out of bad, joy has come in the morning, growth has come on the other side of pain. God has been faithful and continued to bless in the midst of it all. He has and continues to be good. As I approach the day of Thanksgiving, while I have much to be thankful for, I'm grateful to know, by having experienced it, that "God's grace is enough for me!" Thanks God!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Worried? Why? Let go! Let God!

" The more we focus on a problem, our own or someone else's, the bigger it gets. "

I used to spend countless hours worrying over things that I really had no power to change. The "what if's" of life kept me in a constant state of fear & turmoil. I'm grateful not to live that way anymore. No matter what others may do or not do, I can just be & be who I feel God would have me to be, leaving the results, the outcomes & the solutions in His hands.

" Learning to let go of the choices other people make takes away much of the angst we have grown accustomed to. Letting go frees our minds from the needless worry that keeps us stuck. We can stop making mountains out of molehills. Why do we worry so much? The solution is to have faith that God will take care of us and the others in our life. Learning to give up our old ways of doing life unburdens us profoundly. The time we'll gain will allow us to do what we really need to do & be who God would really have us be."

Today, my perspective will be healthy & God driven. I won't major on the minors. I'll let faith cancel out worry & fear. I'll let go and let God ! I'll let others be where they are & I'll be me, working to continue becoming more each day, who, He would have me be!

Monday, November 19, 2012


Living in an attitude of sorrow and regret robs us of the joy that can be experienced in walking in God's spirit everyday---the hope of a better today and tomorrow.

Regrets.  We all have them.  They are in the past.  We are in the present.  I may have caused wreckage in the past; but, with God's help, I don't have to cause wreckage of the present or the future.  God can turn your regrets into a motivation to be a better you and make them one of your greatest assets.

Thank you God for your Grace, a fresh start, and another chance.  Today, I won't let the regrets of the past hold me back from the the Hope you've given me for today and the future of greater purpose you have in store for my life!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

God isn't looking for perfect performance (not to be used as an excuse to act in old behavior); but, at the hearts of those who seek Him, desiring to be better each day, to have a solid relationship with their Creator and to seek Him and His best for their life more each day!

Today, I will be still and know He is God!  I will trust that in doing so, HE will guide my way.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I will wait for You!

"If God's withholding something you deem essential, rest assured in Faith that in His master plan of greater purpose for your life, He's working something even better for you!"

Today, will you wait patiently with faith as God unfolds the best things of greater purpose He has for your life?

Today God --- I will wait for You!


Friday, November 16, 2012

A Fix

The externals of this life will never fix the inside job that only God can complete.  There is only one who can satisfy the human soul, and that's the One who created it.

What are you looking for to fix yourself?  When I let God fill the void in my life, I'm OK regardless of people, places, and things external.  When I follow His lead, the "inner prompting", the "still small voice", the "intuitive thoughts" only He can provide, I always make the right choices and never go wrong.

Today, I'm grateful that God's got the inside job taken care of and by following His divine guidance I can "live in a new and wonderful world, no matter what my present circumstances."

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Victory over difficulties

We all face them---difficulties. Grief, trauma, financial challenges, addiction, sexual abuse, an affair in a marriage or committed relationship, divorce, bankruptcy, the betrayal of a friend or companion, etc., We can all relate to dealing with some type of difficulty in our lives.

One of my favorite prayers I was taught a few years ago is:

"Lord, I offer myself to thee---to build with me & do with me as thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self that I may better do They will.  Take away my difficulties that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love & Thy way of life. May I do Thy will always."

Today, are you allowing God's help to give you victory over your difficulties? Are you walking steadfast through a gray and challenging time in your life and finding His strength to persevere, keep the faith and a good attitude?  Maybe you feel like your drowning and need a life buoy?

"God can take every challenge that comes into our lives & use it for greater purpose. Challenges test our character & help shape our faith."

What your going through or have gone through is not in vain! You may realize that one day God takes one of your worst nightmares in which you persevered, kept the faith & kept moving forward, and uses it to benefit others.  There's nothing like being able to look at someone God's placed in your path, relate to them and say "'re not alone".  Today, don't give up! Turn it over and let the battle belong to God.  Let victory over your difficulties, with God's help, be a witness to others of what a solid relationship with Him can do.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bringing God into everyday life

Do you have set times that you only talk to God? Do you take Him with you into every task throughout the day or only call on Him when you get in a pinch? Have you given Him all of your life & the things in it or just a part keeping some things & a few old behaviors (that cause spiritual hits) on the side, taking them out as play toys to make yourself feel better at times knowing in reality God wants those things too & they're not His best for your life.

"God is everything or nothing at all. He either is or isn't." He has a great plan for your life; but, until there is complete surrender to Him of your life & everything in it, you're never gonna walk in the fullness, blessing & greater purpose He has for you.

Today, in everything I do, everywhere I go, and in every aspect of my life I'll take God with me. Whether a crisis call at the office with a client in distress or the routine tasks of buying groceries, I'll look to see how I can bring Him into the tasks and situations of the day and ask for His divine guidance. In doing so, I'll reap the benefits of an all inclusive relationship with Him & experience His nearness & divine guidance each step of the way. "Take me, guide me, show me!"

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

What next?

How many times in life have I beat my head against a closed door, trying on my own power to deal with what's set before me in the best way I think, constantly trying to get the door opened, so preoccupied that I couldn't see a little further down, God was doing for me what I could not do for myself, and had opened another door for me the entire time.  I couldn't see the open door for the closed one.  When I stopped focusing on the closed door, the seeming problem at hand, and looked around, I saw a new open door, a new beginning, a new answer, a new opportunity, a new provision, a new journey to begin.

Are you making decisions today based on emotions and your own best thinking, realization, and your own strength?  Are you beating your head against and knocking vainly on a door that God has closed for greater reason and purpose in your life?  Have you consulted with God to see what's best or does fear have you so bound up that you can't see the open door due to limited vision and being consumed with the door closed before you as if it's the end of the world.

Today, I will not act on emotion.  I will ask God's protection and care with complete abandon.  I will pray "knowledge of His will" backed up by "the power to carry it out" and mean it.  Today, instead of focusing on a door that's closed (the problem), I will open my eyes, my heart, my spirit, and let His divine guidance direct me to the next open door of my life (the solution), and depend on His strength to give me the courage to walk through it---letting the past go, looking forward to the future yet staying firmly planted by His presence in the now!

Monday, November 12, 2012

What has He done for you lately ?

"If we would remember the miracles God has done in our pasts, we would not so easily fall into worry and fear when we face new challenges."

"Are you facing something right now that looms like a giant in your life? Remember: Nothing is impossible with God!"

Today, instead of focusing on what seems to be a mountain to climb in front if you, take time to recall some of the great things God's done in the past. Let His courage and peace that passeth all understanding fill your heart as you remember His faithfulness. If you find there is a mountain to be climbed in front of you, find God's strength helping you make the climb & enjoying the scenery along the journey. Sense His presence securing & helping you stay the course, providing the endurance, staying power, guidance & direction needed to make it to the other side!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

"Papa D - wake up!"

"Papa D --- wake up..." my wake up call call this morning from "J" for which I couldn't be more grateful.

"Yes, indeed—God is my salvation. I trust, I won't be afraid. God—yes God!—is my strength and song, best of all, my salvation!"

Today I wake filled with gratitude. A new life God has blessed me with & a new home He's provided where peace abounds & thats filled with family, friends, laughter & the "good stuff". May I never forget where my strength comes from, how far God has brought me & how much He has blessed me with. "Looking back we find the things which came to us when we put ourselves in God's hands are far better than we could have planned." Today that's my experience & I'm grateful to know I can "live in a new & wonderful world no matter what my present circumstances." If it can happen for me, it can happen for you!

Gratitude & God's Peace. D.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Resentment = Not God's best for your life

" Resentment...the #1 offender. "

One of the most dangerous things a person can do is harbor resentment and un-forgiveness.  Are you aware today of the far reaching impacts, consequences and effects resentment and un-forgiveness can have on one's overall life:
  • Impacts the mind and spirit
  • Causes tension & increases anxiety
  • Affects the muscles in the body
  • Affects the chemicals in the brain
  • Causes anger
  • Affect our relationships with others
  • Inhibits one's ability to focus 
  • Shuts one off from the sunlight of God's spirit
  • Affects our Godly influence on others
Most of us know what it "feels" like to have a resentment or to hold onto to un-forgiveness for a period of time.  There is nothing like that feeling of being bound up with something that you wont let go of and being bitter and angry at a person, place or thing for a period of time.  Ultimately resentment damages the one harboring it.  I'm grateful I don't have to live my life that way anymore.  

"Justifiable anger" or resentment ... do you have it today?  Are you holding on to resentment today and un-forgiveness that's blocking you from God's spirit and the best He has for your life?  I'm grateful that I don't have to live life bound up in resentments anymore---I refuse too.  

"Forgiving someone means giving up resentment and the right to get even."  If God forgives us shouldn't we, as a reflection of who He is in our lives, be willing to forgive others?  Today, forgo hostility and vengeance, resentment and un-forgiveness and stop the damage it's doing to your life and the lives of those around.  Today, experience the freedom of forgiveness.  Let go, let God and move on to the better things He has in store for your life.  

Friday, November 9, 2012

"Bend so you will not break"

How flexible are you in everyday life?  How insistent are you in always getting your own way?  Is it easier to look at the faults of others rather than taking your own inventory?  Do you make an attempt to do something for someone else selflessly each day and show random acts of God's love and mercy to others or are you to busy with your own agenda?  What will you contribute to life today?

How many times in my own life have I majored on minors, picked things apart in others rather than looking at the things which needed to be changed in my own life.  Thankfully with a new God given "attitude and outlook" on life, I can look around and see good in others, in the world and see what needs to be changed in my own life more than in the lives of others.  

"If you want to have peace in your life and your relationships, you will need to be willing to be flexible.  Pushing for your own way all the time will not only hurt and offend those around you; but, when you take to heart God's encouragement to 'live at peace with everyone', you will find Him filling your relationships with His joy and peace."

"So chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you; compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline.  Be even-tempered, content even if your second place, quick to forgive an offense as quickly and completely as God forgives you.  Regardless of what else you put on, wear love.  It's your basic, all-purpose garment.  Never be without it."

Today let God help you "bend so you will not break", not majoring on the minors, loving, forgiving and giving selflessly to others and in doing so find the true peace and contentment He so desires for your life!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Waiting Game

"Don't give up before the miracle happens."

We are a society today that likes immediate results.  "We want what we want, when we want it, and we want it right now."  Have you been waiting on answers, open doors, praying and believing that God is going to move on your be-half with divine direction in an area of your life?

"Many times, people can miss God's best simply because they give up before they see their "due season"come.  Be encouraged today, your answers may be closer than you think.  If it seems like things are getting more difficult, remember, when the intensity heats up, that means you are closer to your victory.  It always seems darkest just before the dawn arrives."

Today, will you wait on God or will you impatiently force you own way to drive results that may not be God's best for your life.  "Don't give up before the miracle happens."  Keep praying, trusting and believing knowing that God is working behind the scenes on your behalf.  In due time, in due season, if you will keep the faith, when the right answers and outcomes, God's best for you are revealed, you'll be glad that you stayed the course, kept doing the next right things, and waited on the greater things God's planned on your be-half.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Let go of the past. You don't live there anymore!

"If God is for us, who can be against us."

I meet people frequently today who struggle with forgiveness.  Not so much with forgiveness of others as forgiveness of self.  Bound in past mistakes, things which they wish could be done-over, times they fell short, times they wish they could turn back the hands of time and do things differently, take those words and actions back and simply have another chance.  Today my friend if your reading this, breathing and have life, God's given you another chance!

I know how difficult forgiveness of self can be.  When I realized the depth of destruction some of my past choices caused, I was overwhelmed in realization of the wreckage that I, the tornado, had caused.  I had a hard time believing God could forgive me which fueled difficulty in forgiving myself.  It took time.  It was a process; but, with the help of some really incredible people God's placed in my life, a lot of work on me, and a huge amount of help from God, over a period of time, I finally truly could accept that if God forgave me, and He did, that it was time for me to forgive myself, stop beating myself up and move forward into the greater purpose of who He'd have me be and become more of that each day.  What a relief when it finally happened---an indescribably freeing experience!

Today my friend, God is for you.  His grace is readily available to forgive your past mistakes and on a grander scale can take the wreckage of your past and use it to benefit others.  If you are struggling with un-forgiveness and your self-worth is low today because of repetitively beating yourself up over the past, know that God is for you.  He doesn't hold things against you.  He can bring healing over the wreckage of your past and on a grander scale, use your past to help others.  Let go of the past.  You don't live there anymore!  If you're buckling at the knees under the weight of un-forgiveness of yourself and thinking you can never re-bound or amount to anything because of past mistakes, nothing could be further from the truth.  Give it over to God.  Forgive yourself and let God bring freedom in your life.  If your reading this today, you have another chance, a chance to do things differently going forward, a chance to be who God would have you and a chance to let God take the wreckage of your past and turn it around to become one of your greatest assets pressing you to become all you can be today.  God is the God of second chances (sometimes, 3rds, and 4ths).  He forgives you.  Forgive yourself.  Today, let His grace work in your life, heal un-forgiveness of self and begin walking in the freedom, fullness, victory, joy and happiness He has waiting for you.  Today let go and let God take your load of un-forgiveness and allow you to walk with your head held high, a lighter load and some pep in your step as He takes you into the greater life of victory, purpose and greater things He has in store of your life.  Today my friend God is for you---join him in being for yourself!  

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Blocked by Negativity

"On the days I'm grateful, good things seem to happen in my life.  The instant I start cursing things in my life, the flow of God's goodness seems to be blocked.  God didn't interrupt the flow---my own negativity did."

If you were suddenly blessed with a hefty unexpected inheritance, a large sum of money, would you complain about how the check was written, the color of the paper it was printed on, or maybe that it didn't get delivered soon enough?  If someone tried to bless you with a gift, would the wrapping paper be ugly or the bow not tied to your standards?   Have you ever met people that no matter how much they have going for them, how much they have to be grateful for, or how good people are to them, it's never good enough.  Fault finding, negativity and a bad attitude reign supreme in their life.  I'm grateful I don't have to live that way anymore.

Is negativity or a bad attitude keeping you bound up and blocking you from the sunlight of God's spirit?  When God reigns supreme in my life, and I look around, I see much to be grateful for.  It doesn't mean everything in life is perfect; but, it means that through a sound relationship with Him, He's given a new attitude and outlook on life.  He's provided what I need and blessed me with so much more.  

Today, don't let negativity and a state of being critical block you from the sunlight of God's spirit.  Let God give you a new attitude and outlook on life that can't be shaken by the little imperfections, frustrations or one-off's of day-to-day life.  If your glass is half-empty, be grateful that it's half-full and that God has provided you a drink to satisfy your thirst.  Let His spirit, His goodness and His grace be so interwoven at the core of your being that it produces life changing results, gratitude, new attitudes and outlooks on life.  Today, let God turn your negatives into positives and see His goodness flow freely in your life!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Nothing is wasted in God's economy

"God is wonderfully good to those who wait for and seek Him."

We've all faced painful times in life.  Grief, loss, maybe even consequences of poor choices that if allowed can lead to a mindset that because of a setback, a mistake, a shortcoming, or a falling short, we can never overcome or ever rise above what we've faced and find ourselves walking into the greater purpose God has in store for our lives.

"We all face challenges and difficult times.  God doesn't send these storms; but, it's in times of difficulty that we grow and become stronger.  It's an opportunity to allow God to come alive in your life and see you through to victory.  You can't run from everything that's hard in your life and expect God to deliver you immediately.  God can use these challenges to stretch you, enlarge your vision, and build your faith."

If there's one thing I've learned in my life, it's that on the other side of pain there's growth!  When I don't give up, give in, keep the faith, stay the course, and keeping trusting God to see me through the painful times in life, I find that on the other side, I receive promotion, I come out on the other side strengthened, find tuned, stronger and a better version of who He'd have me be.

Today my friend, take comfort in knowing that nothing is wasted in God's economy.  No matter what your facing, what disappointments you may be dealing with or what your setbacks may be or have been, don't let that become your identity.  Don't give up, or give in.  Let it be the motivation that presses you through with faith knowing that on the other side of where you are, what you're going through, or what you're dealing with, if you'll stay the course, God will bring you out on the other side refined, more spiritually mature, stronger, promoted, and better suited to walk in the greater purpose He has for your life.  Today, don't let the setbacks or disappointments in your life become your identity, instead, let them be what God takes and uses to motivate you to press forward into the greater things He has waiting and in store for your life!  

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Be thankful "IN" all things.

"When you are thankful "IN" all things, it opens the door for God to move on your behalf."

Can you be thankful in all things?  Not "FOR" all things, but "IN" all things.  No matter what life brings your way, are you able to maintain an attitude of thanksgiving and gratitude?

Sometimes in life, it's not always easy to be thankful for circumstances or things life brings.  Recently I didn't want to loose my step-father and didn't want to see him suffer.  It was difficult to watch the pain of my mom, his children and my family upon his passing; but, I was thankful that He would no longer suffer, that he knew God and He'd left a great legacy behind.  I was thankful "IN" the circumstance that God was sustaining us all, providing strength, peace, and serenity.

When my former wife and children's mother passed tragically last year, I didn't want her to go.  It was hard to see my children's pain in the loss of their mom, quite frankly, it was just down right hard to accept; but, I was "thankful" for the legacy she had left behind, the values she had instilled in my children, and the life she had lived that had touched so many.  I was thankful that she knew God, her Creator.  I was thankful "IN" the circumstance that God was sustaining us all, providing strength, peace and serenity.

Life may bring things my way that I can't truly say I'm "thankful" for; but today, with God's help, I can still maintain an attitude of gratitude and maintain and attitude of thankfulness "IN" the middle of the circumstance, not "FOR" but "IN".

Today, are you living a life of gratitude and thankfulness?  Are you opening the doors for God to move on your behalf by being grateful, looking for His hand at work---bringing good out of bad, hope for despair, beauty for ashes?  It's hard to grumble when I'm grateful.  Today, I'm thankful for so many things in my life; however, I may not be thankful for every situation or circumstance that life brings.  Thank God, I can be thankful "IN" all things gratefully knowing that He is faithful, will get me to where I need to be and move on my behalf to guide and direct my life to the greater purpose, blessing and victory He has in store.  "Follow the dictates of a higher power (GOD), and you will presently live in a new and wonderful world no matter what your present circumstances."

Friday, November 2, 2012

Visions of Victory

"Behold I am doing a NEW thing.  Can you not perceive it?"

Do you wake each day in anticipation of what God is going to do in your life?  Do you anticipate His goodness, His guidance, and that He is going to take you into victory each step of the way?  Are you allowing him to guide your thoughts, directing your thinking where He'd have it be or are you bound up each morning when you wake with a sick feeling of another day of barely getting by or anticipating bad things coming your way?  Is your glass half full or half empty?

For years when I'd wake in the morning, my mind would race all over the place.  I can't get it all done today?  I have these things facing me and I don't know how it's gonna work out.  Someone wronged me, and I felt sick to my stomach because of something that had been said, done, or an outcome that didn't go my way.  I wanted to often just hit the "off" switch on my brain and thoughts.  Enough of that.  Those days are gone, thank God.  I'm grateful today for the ability to wake clear minded and in an excitement and anticipation as I invite God into my day, of what the day is going to hold, the good things He's gonna do, the new opportunities that are going to be presented and the victories God is going to bring.

Today, where's your vision?  Is it clouded with things you simply need to surrender to God?  Where's your focus?  Is God trying to do something new, good, better and bring victory in your life; but, your vision is so grim that fear grips your very being.  Today, cast your cares on Him---He cares for you.  Let God clear your mind of the clouds and bring light to where your focus needs to be.  As a friend of mine says, "there's no greater honor than being a child of God."  Today, take comfort in knowing that you are a child of God.  Let him direct your vision to where it needs to be and into the anticipation and realization that He has days of victory ahead for your life if you'll simply continue to follow His lead and let Him provide divine direction for your life!

Thursday, November 1, 2012


"When life says give up, Hope says try it once more."

Have you lost hope today?  Have you fallen short so many times that it seems you can never move forward to overcome the mistakes of the past?  Has life brought you so many challenges, or have bad decisions caused you so much pain, that you feel you can't go on?  "When life says give up, Hope says, try it once more."

Today, you may be facing the impossible.  You may have things set before you that you don't know the how's and why's something could every work out in your favor.  Are answers needed that in your own human mind, or with the resources available at your disposal, you have no idea how "it" could ever work out?  Take heart today, for with God there is always hope and He can provide the answers and the right outcomes for you, your situation, your life, in ways you never thought possible.  This is where faith comes into play.

Over many years of near self-destruction, I found myself cut off from God and had lost all hope that I could ever move past the wreckage and destruction of my past or that God could somehow take what was meant to destroy or could have destroyed me and turn it around for good; but, that's exactly what happened.  All it took was a simple willingness to believe.  Believe that somehow and in someway, shape form or fashion that He could take what was meant to destroy me, and turn it around for good and provide the answers needed to move forward with Hope.

My friend, today if you are facing the impossible, know that nothing is impossible with God.  You may not have the blueprint, project plan, or timeline, or have any idea how God could possibly turn your situation around; but, if you will keep the faith, trust Him, keep doing the next right things, and have Faith that He will see you through, the answers will come.  God is ready, willing, and able to provide for your needs "according to His riches and glory".  Today, if life is saying to you "give up", God, through Hope, Faith and Courage is saying "try it once more"!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

God's GPS

"Deep down in every man, woman, and child is the fundamental idea of God.  We can find the Great Reality deep down within us.  When we find it, it changes our whole attitude toward life."

So many times in the past, I've given God the things I wanted Him to have, and kept in a corner of my life, on the side, in my hands, a thing, something or somethings that I wanted to control. "God you can have those things; but I got this one."  Looking back, was it that I didn't trust God to provide the outcome I wanted?  Was it that I wanted to force a certain desired result, outcome or continue in a behavior which wasn't God's best for my life?  Was it that I simply didn't want to let go and let God knowing that it might mean giving up something that had become important, close, or selfish to me?  The answer to all these questions---YES!  My inner God conscious, His GPS that guides my life was alarming the whole time and I knew the things I was keeping "on the side" weren't God's best, and living in this manner wasn't surrender to God's will and His best for my life.

I can't fully and successfully pray "Thy will not mine", and not fully surrender my will and my life to Him and mean it, if I'm holding onto things that I am trying to control and manipulate---if I'm not giving God everything and every aspect of my life.  Yes, that means everything, which I learned, the hard way after much pain, suffering, and wreckage.

 "In all of us there is an inner consciousness that tells of God, an inner voice that speaks to our hearts.  It is a voice that speaks intimately, personally, and often in a time of quiet prayer and meditation.  It is like a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.  We can reach out into the darkness and figuratively touch the hand of God."

What are you holding onto today?  What is your inner God conscious telling you, directing you, leading you to do?  Are you going against His lead, His best, His direction, His inner voice, His internal GPS that guides?  What are you keeping on the side, from God?

Today, trust God, His inner voice, the internal GPS that's built into to get you from point A to point B and lead you into the fullness of your Creator.  Today, give God the "sides" of your life that you've been holding onto, surrender it all, everything to Him.  Let Him do His perfect work in your life, be who He'd have you be, give it all to Him, and let the peace that passes all understanding take hold of your life and take you to the greater purpose and places He has in store.  Today, fully pray "Thy will, not mine", mean it, and gain the benefits and divine results that come in doing so and following God's lead in your everyday life!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

With every end...there is a new beginning.

"Be strong and of good courage.  Be not frightened, neither be dismayed..."

We've all experienced the "end" of something.  A job, the end of living in one place and moving to another, the end of school or college, the end of a relationship or friendship, the end of a friend or loved one's life..."the end".

With every end, there is a new beginning.  One of my favorite documented prayers is the prayer of St Frances of Assisi.  If I can live out just a small portion of this prayer in my everyday life, I'm doing pretty good.  One of the lines of this prayer says "For it's in dying, that we awake to eternal life."

"At the end of every storm is calm.  At the end of every argument is silence.  At the end of one relationship there is another.  Although life is composed of many endings, there are just as many "new" beginnings.  Life goes on."

Are you experiencing the end of something?  Maybe something for the better, maybe something you need to get rid of in your life, maybe something in which you're struggling with the loss of something dear.  Whatever the case maybe, take heart for with every ending, there is a new beginning.

Today, have you died to self in order to have the the new beginning God has for you?  God's grace is readily available to take you to the best life He has for you.  If you are experiencing the end of something, let go and let God take you to the new beginning.  Take heart in knowing the God of second chances is also the God of new beginnings.  Today, walk hand in hand, step by step with your Creator and let Him take you from "the end" to the new beginnings He has waiting and in store for your life!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Have you made room for God's favor in your life?

"I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the God in the land of the living.  Wait on God, be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart."

Are you in a situation today that looks impossible?  Are you facing things in which you don't have the answers, know how something could ever work out, or struggling with laying something down, getting something out of your life, or letting go of something that isn't God's best for you?  Whether financial, legal, a relationship, a wrong that needs to be righted, an addiction, whatever "it" may be, God know's what's going on in your life.  He sees your struggles.  He sees your heart.  He sees your pain.  He sees you right where you are and wants to take care of the things that maybe concerning you, troubling you, or causing you pain, worry, fear, and concern.

Have you made room in your thinking, in your prayer life, in your belief systems, in your attitude and outlook on life that God's favor can work on your behalf?  Could it be that limited thinking or living in a manner in which you continue in old behaviors, going against who deep in your heart you know God would have you be, is blocking you off from God's spirit, favor, and the good things He has in store for your life?  There have been so many times in my life that I could not have penned on paper how things would work out; but, the answers came in ways I could have never imagined and God's faithfully seen me through.  It may have been in the midnight hour before an answer was needed; but, when I've kept the faith, not given up, and trusted God, He's always faithfully been right on time---not on my time---but His.

Today, no matter what you face, give it to God.  Get rid of the things that hinder, that bind you, turn them over into His hands and let the plan and design He has for your life begin to unfold.  Don't rule out that God's favor can work on your behalf!  He can open doors that can't be closed and close doors that can't be opened.  The answers may not come when you think they should. The outcome may be different than you think it will; but, if it's for your best and fulfills God's master plan for your life taking you to where you need to be, you can one day look back in an attitude of gratitude and thank God for seeing you through.  My friend, keep the faith, surrender you burdens, your problems, your concerns and the things that are weighing you down to Him.  Ask for knowledge of His will and the power the carry it out in every area of your life.  Today, make room in your life and your thinking for God's favor and begin to see the answers come, His hand work in your life, His greater purpose unfold, and things begin to work out for you in ways you never imagined or thought possible!  

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Anticipating God's goodness

Do you live daily anticipating God's goodness?  Do you wake each morning, thanking God for another day of life He's given, excited for the ability to live it to the fullest, or with your mind cluttered with fear, racing with the things that face you, fear of tomorrow, the unknown, the what if's, anxiety, lack of direction, morbid reflection of the past, or just a sense of impending doom that something bad is gonna happen?

"Do not be anxious about anything; but, in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.  The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hears and your minds."

God's got this, and He's got you if you let Him.  When I wake daily, thankful for another day, surrendering myself, life, and will to Him, asking for His divine guidance and protection---knowledge of His will and the power to carry it out prayed as a blanket over my day, and my life, I get the direction needed.  I feel a sense of His direction and power flow in my life.  I can live peacefully and excited in anticipation of what the day will bring and that God's gonna get me where I need to be.  I don't want to miss a moment. I can be guaranteed He's gonna guide my steps.  He's going before me, making the paths straight, and will not lead me astray.

Today, God's on your side.  Are you on His?  Be grateful for another day to live life to the fullest with greater purpose.  Anticipate God's goodness.  Look to see where He's at work.  Let Him show you what needs to be improved in your life.  Give Him your fear, worry, and the "unknowns", and let His guidance and "God doing" take you into the good things, better places, and divine purpose He has for your life.  Today, anticipate God's goodness, look forward to it, be aware of it, and rest assured you'll see His hand at work in your life.