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QUOTE FOR TODAY

Posted on November 4, 2019 at 4:22 AM Comments comments (1234)
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
                Arnold Schwarzenegger

Self-Care

Posted on October 29, 2019 at 4:51 AM Comments comments (125)
Self-care is the non-negotiable. That's the thing that you have to do. And beauty is the thing that can be the benefit of self-care. Beauty is not the point. Beauty is just a cute side-effect from self-care.
                     Jonathan Van Ness

An Attitude Of Gratitude

Posted on October 3, 2019 at 3:19 AM Comments comments (53)
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive-to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
       Marcus Aurelius

       BE BLESSED!

"Watch Your Mouth"

Posted on February 22, 2019 at 4:38 AM Comments comments (66)
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
                                                         Proverbs 18:21 (KJV)

I was having a conversation with a young lady who was talking about her desire to get off work at her scheduled time instead of 15 to 20 minutes later when someone finally comes to relieve her of her duties. Even though she receives Comp time for the time she stays over, she would rather get off on time or at least receive overtime pay.

During our conversation, she spoke of other conversations that had previously taken place with those in leadership pertaining to other matters of concern. One particular comment was made (through frustration) which was filled with facts but ended with the word idiot being used as a reference. I explained to the young lady that when you are engaging in frustrating conversation, it is very important to not allow the message to get lost in the translation. One can be stating cold, hard facts, but once a negative word enters the conversation as a reference, the only thing that is heard is the negative word spoken; thereby leaving the matter of importance unresolved.

Another thing that happens is that a wall begins to form between parties involved and instead of everyone staying focus on the main issue, there is another issue that has to be tended to. And if left unchecked, working relationship are damaged or even destroyed.

The above scripture tells us that the words we speak have the power to build up or tear down; to edify or destroy; to bring life to a situation or cause the death of one. We must take heed to this scripture by making sure we are speaking what we want and not what we don't. Having been given the power of free speech comes with great responsibilities. Let's make sure we are using our power for good and not evil. Be Blessed!

"Never Land"

Posted on August 3, 2018 at 6:27 AM Comments comments (93)
And the manna ceased on the morning after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.

It is so easy for us to become so comfortable with the familiar that we miss opportunities to receive blessings that we have prayed for, because going after them means we have to leave our comfort zone. But in order to have the promises of God, we must leave the familiar (embrace being uncomfortable), trusting and believing that God will do just what He said. We cannot expect to receive new blessings with an old mentality. We must be willing to change; to evolve in order to appreciate the next level. 

So the question to ask yourself is this: "Do I have an appetite for the season I'm in or the season I've been?" How you answer this question will be the determining factor of whether or not you are ready to go to the next level. The choice is yours. Be Blessed!

The Burden Of Success

Posted on July 12, 2018 at 3:44 PM Comments comments (33)
...For unto whomever much is given, of him shall be much required...
                     Luke 12:48b

Have you ever found yourself asking God for more? More money, a promotion on your job, a bigger house, a newer model car. Only to get these things and find that they are just as much a burden as waiting to obtain them.

The above scripture says that the more we are given, the more we are expected to give. I don't know what your take on this is, but here is mine.

The more money you have, the more problems you have-higher taxes, family/friends expecting you to be their personal bank, even distance relatives expecting a handout (just to name a few); the promotion on the job comes with more responsibilities, higher expectations; the house comes with a bigger mortgage and more rooms to clean, and lawn to maintain; the car comes with higher maintanence/service fees, higher note, among other things.

Upon my revelation of this profound knowledge, I have learned to not ask God for more stuff, but the wisdom it takes to be a good steward over what He has already given me, thereby developing contentment with the things I already possess. I have found it to be less stressful and it has given me the opportunity to develop an attitude of gratitude as well as maximize every gift that has been given to me before asking for something else.

What about you? What are your thoughts on this subject? I would love to read them. Be Blessed!


Mind Your Power

Posted on July 3, 2018 at 9:16 AM Comments comments (40)
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he....
                                      Proverbs 23:7

There are some people who will say things to you whom you would have never expected to say them. The initial shock doesn't necessarily come from what was said, but who said it. You probably would have fainted if you weren't so consume with disbelief. Has that ever happened to you?

Though hurtful words are inevitable for us to encountered, we must remember that it is not what other people say about us or to us that matters; it is what we are saying to ourselves. The scripture above says that we are who we think we are. Not who or what someone else has said. Therefore, we should mind our power. We should never let negative words drown out what we believe about ourselves. Mind your power! If someone is speaking negative words about you or you are speaking negative words about yourself, mind your power! Life and death is in the power of your tongue; choose life. Choose words that are uplifting and inspiring. Associate with people who want to do the same. And when you run into someone who is the total opposite, remember to- mind your power! Be Blessed!

Food For Thought

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 4:39 AM Comments comments (44)
Yesterday I was clever and wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
                                                Rumi

Oh, how better the world would be if we all would spend as much time working on ourselves that we expend trying to change others. Using tactics we deem appropriate, to bully people into being who we want them to be or do what we want them to do. However, I believe the only way to make the world a better place is to become the change we want to see. If each person would do this, It would give a different meaning to the phrase "changing the world one person at a time."

Today, let's commit to being excellent on our level. Running the race that has been set before us individually, and in doing so, remaining in our own lane-resisting the temptation to be like someone else. Choosing to remember that the race is not given to the swift, but to him/her who endures to the end. Be Blessed!

It's Time To Move

Posted on November 30, 2017 at 5:07 AM Comments comments (62)
We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!
                                            Hebrews 5:11-12 (NIV)

Here in this scripture, Paul tells the Hebrews that they should be further along than they are. Their lack of maturity was enabling them from applying the basic principles of God's Word to their lives. Their determination to stay with what's familiar-culture, customs, traditions, was keeping them from going to the next level.

In Deuteronomy 1:6, Moses speaks to the Israelites saying, "The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, 'You have stayed long enough at this mountain."' What about you? Is the Lord telling you you have been in your present condition long enough? Have you allowed life's disappointments to cause you to be stuck? Are you allowing the comfort of familiarity to keep you from moving forward to what God has promised you?

Truth be told, it is very easy to become complacent with routine. Though we may secretly desire something different, we lack the motivation and maturity it takes to commit to the "cause of change." However, as believers in Christ, we must learn discernment. Not just discernment of good and evil, but of good vs best. I have found that one of the challenges I have concerning decision-making is the discernment of doing a good deed vs doing what's best-though the deed may be good, is it the best thing to do?

Training our minds, senses, and bodies to adhere to the Word of God will require maturity, discipline, commitment, and dedication to God's truth. We must decide each day whether we will continue in our old way of thinking, or we will put on the mind of Christ-think like Jesus thinks. The only way to truly be a believer in Christ is to adhere to His Word.

Food For Thought

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (48)
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
                                                                               Psalm 1:1

This scripture is telling us:
Don't listen to a fool
Don't adopt their ways
Don't hang around bitter people

Remember:
It is your own convictions which compels you; that is, choice compels choice.
                                                  Epictetus


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