Even the people who once fought for others tend to get weak and eventually “give up” and lose interest in the worth of fighting any longer.
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Even the people who once fought for others tend to get weak and eventually “give up” and lose interest in the worth of fighting any longer.
Save a life around you!
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I don’t know who sings that song or who came up with that word or term or whatever you want to call it. It is often used to label people who are desperately seeking someone else. The truth is, we are all thirsty. We all have a longing desire in our heart for something greater. Before coming to know Christ in a personal way, I always tried to satisfy myself with the next greatest thing; the next trip to the bar, the next joint, the next personal achievement, etc. When faced with countless worldly options, it is pretty easy to satisfy that longing in the heart for a moment. It is all about getting caught up in the next moment until one day, it just runs out.
Just like the woman at the well, who was coming to the well to draw water to fulfill her physical need, and Jesus was waiting to satisfy her every need. This woman had five husbands. She was seemingly trying to satisfy her needs with different men. And the unexpected arrival of Jesus (who was a Jew encountering a Samaritan woman) was waiting to share Himself and the gift of eternal life with her. He is waiting on us to make a move. He is jealously for us all and wants to establish personal relationship with us.
Everyone has a thirsting desire and longing in their hearts. The people we see everyday that don’t know Jesus have a longing in their hearts. When I stray from seeking Jesus there is still a desire in my heart. I think back to when I didn’t have a personal relationship with Christ. Back to when I said I knew Christ but only because it was the appropriate thing to say. It was a front only to put out a certain image to the people closest to me. However, I got sick of chasing something that never existed. Ultimately with all that mindless chasing, I finally paused long enough to hear God speaking to me and calling me to follow Him. The day came where I was thirsty and nothing could fulfill me anymore. I was dehydrated; both from the over indulgent of alcohol the next morning and the need for Jesus.
Challenge: For those that have accepted Jesus, God wants to shine His light through you to help a thirsty generation. Share the love with someone. We can share our past hurts because we know the love of Christ and how He has resurrected our once dead life.
Psalm 20:4 – May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
John 4:13-14 – Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
“Unfortunately, we will have to let you go…”
It was last month, in the afternoon when in the aftermath of this devastating sentence, I packed up my things. My job contract ended and there wasn’t anything i could do.
This month afterwards, I replayed my co-workers long faces, their barely concealed shock, and their naked relief that it hadn’t been them.
As this phase grew longer and longer though, I came to terms with it. I became convinced that this was the best thing that ever happened to me – and it was!
Unemployment is one of the many challenges that people face in the course of their careers.
The hardest thing about unemployment is not the lack of a job, but the self-doubt, the depression that creeps in, as job applications are rejected, over and over.
As someone who faced these rejections time and time again, I can tell you that it does get easier, and that it is possible to stay positive in the face of the storm. Here’s how –
I know, I know. Easier said than done, but this is the most important of all. We have a tendency to blame ourselves for things outside our control, and nowhere is it truer than in the case of sudden job loss.
“It’s all my fault” or “I deserved it” are negative thoughts that can make your day spiral downwards instantly. Don’t indulge in them! Keep a check on negative self-talk – know that you deserve that dream job you’ve always desired. This is only a temporary setback on your way to the career you’ve always sought.
Gratitude can help direct the negative attitude into a more positive direction.
One of the methods I used was to list two positive things for every negative thought that came to me. This tactic halted the black moods immediately, and showed me that in spite of everything, I still had things to be grateful for.
Another habit to encourage grateful thinking is to list down five things you’re thankful for, that day. I did it just before bed, but this can be done at any time during the day.
“Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.” – Viktor Frankl’s famous book ‘Man’s Search for meaning’ makes a valid point. During unemployment, it can feel like there’s no point of getting out of bed, or of sending out resumes for the umpteenth time.
In truth, this approach will depress you – as it did me.
Keeping to a schedule – one that allows for fulfilling, purposeful activities is the best way to get through this time.
Is there a hobby you’ve been meaning to try your hand at?
Or an event you’ve wanted to go to? Now is the time to give it a go!
During my sabbatical, I got back to my true passion – writing. I wrote every day, without fail. I wrote articles, blog posts, short stories, poetry – anything that brought me comfort. Not only did it get me back in touch with my calling, it made me better at it – and the joy it brought into my day was unparalleled.
Staying at home, day after day, is depressing. One of the things that worked for me was making myself go outside. I would head out for a walk, listen to some music in the park or simply grab a cup of coffee at the nearby cafe.
This helped me see there was a world beyond the confines of my home – which eased the sense of isolation and loneliness I often felt.
One other thing that worked wonders for me? Catching up with friends. Work can make us so busy, we often get out of touch with old pals, and this can be the best time to reconnect.
I agree that it can be tough. Listening to friends talk about their work – that really exciting deal they just cracked, or the project that they are currently working on, can be hard. In fact, it can feel like they are being deliberately cruel.
They’re not. Friends and Family are crucial at a time like this – when we are most vulnerable, and it feels like the dark times will never end. Give your friends a chance to rally around you, to support you in this difficult time. If discussions about work bother you, explain your point of view – more often than not, good friends will tone them down, or avoid speaking of it altogether.
However, if it is really difficult to be around old friends – make new ones! This can be as easy as volunteering for a cause you care about or joining a hobby class – there are new and interesting people to meet all around us!
No one told me that health needs to be a priority at this time – physical AND mental.
It is really important to rediscover yourself in this time. You are not your job, or the organization that you work for. You are so much more than that!
In order to get God’s perspective, you may need to develop some new routines in your daily life- new habits. Hearing the word “Habits” will give you a perception of something bad. Because bad habits get most of the attention these days. But you can develop good habits too. Most notably, you can make hope a hanit. Hope can be something you develop over time until it just becomes a natural disposition.
An attitude of expectancy- looking, longing, and anticipating that God is going to do something great- isn’t something that will always come naturally to you. This is a Mindset of hope that you’re going to have to intentionally develop until it becomes an habit. One of the ways to do this is to remind yourself to be expectant of good things. Probably putting a sign all over your home, car, or office isn’t a bad idea.
I believe in employing all methods necessary when am working on developing a new habit. Good habits leaves no room for bad ones, so if we have a habit of hope, there will be no room in our mind and heart for hopelessness, discouragement, and despair.
Habbabuk 2:2 says:
And the Lord answered me and said, write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may (be able to) read (it easily and quickly) as he hastens by.
Write your vision down. It doesnt have to be anything long or elaborate. You could make small signs that can be read “easily and quickly” as you and your family hasten by. Think of how much more hopeful you would be if…
I don’t know about you, but have decided to get my hopes each day! If you want to live a life of hope, do whatever it takes. There are a lot of things during your day that try to steal your hope. Decide you’re going to outnumber the “hope stealers” with reminders of hope. Plaster then everywhere! This is especially important if you have had a tendency to be negative or depressed, or if you are going through a particularly difficult time.
It’s yet another women’s conference from Joyce Meyer, as she continues to inspire women around the world through her yearly conferences. Last year was a success filled with powerful women and men of God in teaching and worship. This year will be greater and better with powerful women and men of God coming together to make this conference a memorable one.
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Also checkout highlights from last year’s conference below..
God wants you to have the best life possible. Always dare to get your Hope’s up, things will begin to change in your life. Faith increases, joy returns, and peace reigns.
Be excited about today! This is going to be a great day! Train yourself each day to expect something good to happen to you.
Don’t be hurting today, doubting if things will ever get better… get your hope’s up!
The video above contains words of encouragement from Joyce Meyer
Orange juice comes out because it is an orange and that’s what’s inside. Let’s assume that this orange isn’t an orange, but it’s you and someone squeezes you, puts pressure on you, says something you don’t like, offend you, and out of you comes anger, hatred, bitterness, fear and so on.
The answer, as indicated by late Dr. Wayne Dyer, is because that’s what’s inside. It is one of the greatest lesson of life! The question is what comes out when life squeezes you? When someone hurts or offends you? If anger, pain and fear come out of you, it’s because that’s what’s inside. It doesn’t matter who does the squeezing , what comes out inside of you is a choice!
When someone puts the pressure on you and out of you comes anything other than love, it’s because that’s what you have allowed to be inside through daily word meditation. Don’t forget Jesus dwells in your inside and that means all his characteristics virtues, traits such as holiness, power, humility, love, authority, courage, boldness, and wisdom now dwells on your inside. Your duty is to allow Him to live through you daily no matter the problem.
When life squeezes you, the light and glory of God will flow out because Christ is in you!
N:B: Happiness keeps you sweet, trials keep yo strong, sorrows keep you human! Failures keep you humble! And God keeps you going!
Killers of Happiness
Regretting the past
Worrying about the future
Comparing yourself to others
Unforgiveness and not letting go
Complaining on the battle front
Planning to quit
Your reaction to events
In summary of everything, look good and positive during trials and challenging times.
You have all the answers to your questions and you have the solutions to your problems. Even the things that are out of your control, you can still choose how to react to them and how to respond to them.
You have the power to walk away from certain people; people who don’t see the greatness in you, people who don’t believe in you and people who don’t see you for who you really are.
You are capable of distancing yourself fromanything that doesn’t motivate you or make you grow. You’re allowed to change the terms of your life according to your own conditions.
You have the power to move on from heartbreak and find solace in being single or wait for someone who wants to love you the way you deserve to be loved. You have the strength to live without someone you thought you couldn’t live without. You have the power to leave even if they got used to you staying. You’re allowed to speak up even if they got used to your silence. You’re allowed to start using your voice.
You have the power to redefine yourself instead of defining yourself by your failures or your mistakes. You have the power to choose the direction you want your life to take without following anyone’s map.
Sometimes things take time, sometimes it takes patience, sometimes it takes sacrifice — but it always needs you. It needs your voice, your beliefs, your strength, your faith and your resilience.
You’re free to see the world with your own eyes and paint your own colors. You don’t have to use someone else’s glasses. You don’t have to buy someone else’s painting.
You have the power to reinvent yourself and change, as long as this change is coming from within, coming from your own voice, from your own feelings, from your own soul and your own depth.
And what you choose not to do can be just as important as what you choose to do. Because this is your life. This is your destiny. And you’re still here for a reason. You’re not here to be stagnant, you’re here to evolve.
The post title is a quote from Rick Warren’s book – The Purpose Driven Life – which really articulates the importance of having a big picture to press on to. This ties in to my post from last week on pondering how we would want our lives summed up when it’s all said and done. Personally, I want to be remembered as “A man who enjoyed God, enjoyed His many blessings and helped others to do the same.” That’s the big picture for me.
“Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, Wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay” Habakkuk 2: 2-3
In verse 1 of that chapter Habakkuk took a stand on the watch post to hear from God. It’s clear that the big picture comes from seeking God. One key point from Rick’s book is that “knowing purpose (the big picture) reduces stress, simplifies decisions, increases satisfaction and prepares us for eternity”. We need guiding principles/core values to help simplify life decisions. These guiding principles are a natural outflow of the big picture. I see having guiding principles as having a cheat sheet for life, not a replacement for God’s word or dependence on the Holy Spirit, but rather a lens for making decisions. To make this more concrete, here are the guiding principles for my family:
C – Every member of the family is CRUCIAL
H – Live in dependence and reliance of the HOLY SPIRIT
O – Remain OUTWARD focused
O – Live OPENHANDED to God and man
S – Seek to STRENGTHEN those around me
E – Take time to ENJOY God’s blessings
As you can see, beyond having a mnemonic to help me remember these principles, I have a framework on which I can decide the important things to invest my time, money, talent and resources on. Do you have such a ‘Christ-centric’ framework on which you determine what you say yes or no to? Are you able to articulate your core values and guiding principles if someone asked you today? Maybe it’s time to spend time on our watch post like Habakkuk and see what God has to say … whatever it is, don’t forget to write it down.
Don’t let life hijack your brain! Life used to hijack my brain all the time! I used to worry about why my work wasn’t noticed, why can’t I figure out my life, why is my life this hard and I work very hard, etc….these types of thoughts consumed me every day. I allowed these things that were beyond my control to hijack my everyday thoughts. All of this negativity followed me all day long.
It is up to you to realize that you must fill your brain with goals- be ambitious! Like the body requires the proper nutrition to perform optimally, the brain requires positivity, self-confidence and, most of all, it is up to you to control it. Once that mind gets hijacked, you are doomed!Something or someone controls it and they will take you for a ride. Trust me- a lot of people enjoy these mind games and watching you respond like a puppet to their every command. No one wants to fail a test. No one wants to get heartbroken. No one wants to get passed over for the promotion at work. No one wants to feel expendable. But, guess what? That is the world we live in. You must learn to push past every single thing and person that wants to hijack your mind. It is critical that you always have goals in front of you so that those negative things that will happen to you don’t derail you and your plans. Make sure that you are the only one who owns the real estate in your mind!
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At first glance, when reading the title of this blog, it may seem that the two words “distraction” and “obedience” do not have much of a correlation. It would make sense to say that if a person is distracted, then they are not choosing to disobey. In other words, is a distracted person willfully choosing not to obey if they have never actually heard a command?
I would argue that the answer is yes. If you don’t agree with me, then consider this example. A boy comes home from school, and knows that most days there is a list of chores on the kitchen counter or the fridge for him to complete. The mother leaves the list in the kitchen, because she knows that her son goes in there every day for a snack when school is over. One day, that child wises up and realizes that if he just doesn’t go in the kitchen, then he won’t have to do any chores. He decides that he can forego his usual snack, and then he can go up in his room, lock the door, put headphones on, and play video games. Then he won’t be able to hear his mom when she is calling for him to come do the chores. The crazy part is that he actually thinks that this will somehow relieve him of his responsibility, and that his mom won’t come up stairs and knock on that door until he answers. In fact, she will probably kick it in if he keeps her waiting too long.
How often do we play this same game with God!? Personally, I am so guilty of this. This is something I have to constantly rely on God to help me with. When things start to get hard, and He is maneuvering me into areas that are getting more and more uncomfortable, I have a tendency to want to distract myself so I don’t hear his voice. I will distract myself with good things! Then I reason out why it is okay to be so distracted, because I am distracted by things like work, ministry, Christian movies and Christian music. At least I am not distracted by bad things like drugs and alcohol right?
The hard answer to this is that distractions are distractions no matter what the form, especially if they are keeping us from God. If that thing is keeping us from hearing His voice and obeying, then it is not benefiting us. It is merely a distraction that we are purposefully giving our attention to, because we are afraid of what God has for us.
For example, God might be impressing upon you that the most important thing in your life right now is to have that uncomfortable conversation with a friend or family member where you need to apologize and ask forgiveness for some hurt you have caused. Or maybe He is telling you to forgive someone for the pain they have caused you. The easy road for you could be to just join another serving team at church, and make yourself so busy that you don’t have to hear God’s voice encouraging you to do this.
Another example might be that God is asking you to communicate the gospel to a friend who is lost. But out of fear, you replace that with something like giving a little extra in the offering on Sunday.
I say all this as someone who really struggles with distraction. My default distractions are busyness and accomplishment. God starts pushing me into areas that are too uncomfortable, and I immediately start making my to-do list of good deeds. I need to pray for these 3 people, give to those 2 people, and serve on one more team at church. It’s as if somehow I believe that these things will fix the internal imperfections that I don’t want to face by moving forward in what God has for me. It is easier to run around completing tasks than it is to stop and listen for God’s instruction.
But we are so blessed to have such a loving Father who is patient with us, and will continue to pursue us. Just like the mother in the earlier example who knocked on her son’s door, our God says to us, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20 NIV).
God loves us, and He knows far better than we do what is best for us. He wants to see us flourish. He is not encouraging us to take uncomfortable steps in our lives so He can watch us struggle. In fact, He promises that He will take those steps with us, and that we don’t have to be afraid. Today all I am asking you to do is STOP! Put aside the distractions for a minute. Put away the cell phone, the laptop and whatever else has your attention. Lean into God, and listen long enough and intently enough for Him to direct your steps for the day.
“Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you; O Israel, if you would listen to Me” – Psalm 81:8
Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!” – Luke 9:35
Sometimes, the problem isn’t that you’re incapable of going after what you want, or that you’re being held back by some other force beyond your control.
Sometimes, the biggest issue in your life is that you’re more comfortable playing small even though you know you’re capable of a lot more. Here, the telltale signs you’re underplaying your potential in a really significant way.
1. You’re vague about what you do.
It’s not that you don’t know what you do, rather, you subconsciously eschew details because you’re afraid of being judged.
When you create grey area, there’s space to go back, correct yourself, adjust yourself to someone else’s expectations and needs. But it all comes at the cost of being untrue to yourself.
2. You have a lot of internal conflict.
You’re stuck in a sort of limbo that only happens when you at once know everything you could be doing, and yet, at the same time, are attached to playing safe.
3. You see your peers capitalizing on their skills in a way you know you’re also capable of.
You recognize that there’s so much potential for you to create a life you really love and are proud of, and you know because you see others doing it all the time.
However, for some reason, you just can’t quite motivate yourself to join them yet. You’re still too filled with doubt, or you’re really attached to being a lesser version of yourself, because you imagine that person to be better liked.
4. You work yourself to the point of exhaustion.
Truly successful people don’t do this, because they know three things:
— How to manage their time.
— How to delete responsibilities.
— That they do not need to prove their importance or worth.
5. You don’t have a top 3 goal list for this year.
You’re more or less just floating, and seeing where life takes you, rather than having a set of specific, overarching goals your daily routines are moving you closer toward.
6. You don’t know your personal “tagline.”
You should be able to summarize who you are and what you do within a sentence or two. Not because you are so uncomplicated that you can be distilled down into a few words, but because true, complete clarity is absolutely essential to success.
7. You’re afraid of being “seen.”
You still carry around the fear of what other people from your past would think of your future successes, and you resist putting yourself, or your work, out there out of fear that others would disapprove.
The fear of being “seen” and standing out from others is natural and normal, but it doesn’t come up unless you already know you have something that sets you apart, something that would absolutely get people’s attention.
8. You have as much anxiety about being successful as you do failing.
For as much as you worry about potentially not succeeding, you likewise have as much anxiety about what it would mean to have everything you want.
Whether it’s the fear that you could lose it, or that other people would begin to dislike you, or that you’d simply leave your comfort zone, it’s imperative to realize that successful people grant themselves permission to be successful. They intentionally allow their lives to be good. It’s definitely an adjustment, one that deep down, you know you’re ready to make.
Hi guys, thanks for stopping by to this straight forward post. It has come to my knowledge people go the extreme to do things above their means.
Here are some solutions to avoid it..
After Secondary School..
All your classmates have gone in different directions in the world.
Some have completed universities and are now:
Some are married,
Some have given birth,
Some are still searching and waiting on the Lord.
Some are dead, don’t forget that too.
And others are on the sick bed,
Some are running their higher degrees: Masters, PHD, etc.
Some haven’t even gained admission into the tertiary institution and may NEVER be able to.
Some own companies,
Some are now Directors and major shareholders in global companies.
But how do you feel
When you meet your classmates, and it seems like he/she has accomplished their dreams and you’re not yet close to yours?
So many thoughts run through your mind, right?
First, you think God has not been fair to you.
How about the ones you meet on the street wearing dirty cloths and still struggling for survival ?
Do you get the same thoughts running through your mind?
I guess, NO.
Don’t forget too that some are already dead.
Somehow it feels natural to have that feeling of jealous for those mates who seem better off, but it is really unnecessary.
There is no room for regrets,
We are all different and our paths to greatness are also not the same in distance.
Some might have arrived earlier before you and some after you, but whatever level you find yourself in life,
Please keep trying to break limitations and move further.
Celebrate the success of others, its an indication that yours too shall surely come.
Your friend buys a car now, be happy with him/ her.
Remember when you’ll buy yours,
theirs might not be the latest again.
There’s no permanent champion, but current champion.
Life is not about competition, do not be in a race with anyone; remember, we may seem to be reading the same book but different chapters at different times.
Don’t let the passion in you kill the desire in you, keep it burning.
What you’re passing through today;
Write it down because one day the world would be ready to read it, they’ll become part of your success story.
There’s no height you cannot attain, believe in yourself, define your goals, recognize distractions and don’t stop striving.
Spend time teaching yourself, because those things that mainly take people to the top are the things they devoted their time to develop.
Don’t be intimidated by your friend’s success, the sky is wide enough for birds to fly without touching one another.
Value every little thing that God brings into your life, love God and obey Him.
For with God, all things are possible.
Now to those who are on top Never forget to give a helping hand to those who are down. Because Life is full of uncertainties; the one you pull up today, may be the one to hold your hands and prevent you from falling tomorrow
A piece of advice there, food for thought
Please share, comment and like this to all your friends and let them realize that God has a purpose in their lives.
God bless you.