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

Jaded

"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

Regrets

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!

#Hiswaysarehigher

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 "yeah...me too...you'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

Hope

"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"!