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Why God Loves You

Why God Loves You

Why God Loves You

As I gazed up at the mountains, I was awed by their majesty;

I bowed my head and asked myself, “Why should He care for me?

I am not great like the mountains that tower so high above,

What is there about me that God can find to love?”

 

“Father, I am not strong like the wind that makes your tall trees sway,

I cannot sing sweetly like your birds; will you love me anyway?

But most of all, I am simply me, and often have cause to fear,

In spite of all my weaknesses, do you promise to be near?”

 

With eyes closed tight against my tears, I wished He could hear me pray.

Then I felt His Spirit tell me, “Child, look up, I have something to say.

“You are simply you, the spirit I love, a part of my great plan.

I put you here to learn of life and to return to me again.”

 

“You are more beautiful to me than the loveliest mountain I made,

And your strength exceeds that of the winds, so do not be afraid.

I love you not for what you are, but for what I know you will be.

I am always beside you watching you grow, you are very special to me.”

 

A smile touched my lips – I knew it was true, my Father had always been there

Giving me comfort and blessings and love and my own special talents to share.

So I do my best to make Him proud. I am not afraid, for you see,

He loves me not for what I am, but for what He knows I will be.

Author Unknown

Meditation: The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” – Jeremiah 31:3

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10 Things God Wants You to Know in a Recession

10 Things God Wants You to Know in a Recession

10 Things God Wants You to Know in a Recession

  1. When there is a casting down, you will be proclaiming a lifting up. – Job 22:29
  1. Your God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19
  1. He knows the thoughts he has towards you, they are thoughts of good and not evil, to give you an expected end. – Jeremiah 29:11
  1. You will never see the righteous forsaken, nor will you see their seed beg for bread. – Psalms 37:25
  1. Even though the young lions lack and suffer hunger, because you and your household trust in the Lord, you will not lack any good thing. – Psalms 34:10
  1. Because you trust in the Lord with all your heart, and you do not believe in what man says, the Lord your God shall direct your path. – Proverbs 3:5
  1. In these hard times, His grace will be sufficient for you, and His strength and Glory shall be made manifest in your weakness. – 2 Corinthians 12:9
  1. Because it is not of him that willeth nor runneth, but of God that showeth mercy, you will receive abundance of mercy and compassion from every angle of the earth in this period of grace. – Romans 9:16
  1. Surely, as the race is not for the swift, not the battle to the strong, as bread is not to the wise, nor riches to the men of understanding, even as favour is not exclusive to men of skill; your time and chance to excel even in these times is here. – Ecclesiastes 9:11
  1. Finally, remember the Lord thy God, for it is he that giveth thee the power, the ability and strength, to make wealth, because he wants to establish his covenant which He made long ago. – Deuteronomy 8:18

– Author Unknown

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Know Where You Are Heading in Life

Know Where You Are Heading in Life

Know Where You Are Heading in Life

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican fishing village.

A tourist complimented the local fishermen on the quality of their fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

“Not very long,” they answered in unison.

“Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?”

The fishermen explained that their small catches were sufficient to meet their needs and those of their families.

“But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

“We sleep late, fish a little, play with our children, and take siestas with our wives. In the evenings, we go into the village to see our friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. We have a full life.”

The tourist interrupted, “I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.”

“And, after that?”

“With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant.

You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise.”

“How long would that take?”

“Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years.” replied the tourist.

“And, after that?”

“Afterwards? Well, my friend, that’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the tourist, laughing. “When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!”

“Millions? Really? And after that?” asked the fishermen.

“After that, you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends.”

“That’s what we are doing now,” replied the fisherman.

The moral of this story is: Know where you’re going in life, you may already be there!

Author Unknown

Meditation: Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: – Philippians 4:11

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Great Goals Make You Stretch

Great Goals Make You Stretch

Great Goals Make You Stretch

I met my alternate self three months shy of my 40th birthday as I struggled with clinically diagnosed depression. During this same period, I was challenged, immensely by the debilitating effects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and being rendered permanently partially disabled as the result of being involved in two car accidents in six days (neither of which was I at fault).

I recall an incredible sense of emptiness and a daunting feeling of being completely overwhelmed; especially when trying to figure out which pills went with what “ills.” I was unable to return to the vocation I loved. That hurt more than my pain. Most of my time was spent in bed where I eventually became 48 pounds “over-fat.”

When dreams and reasons for living are wiped out by the greatest, of the least unexpected, most people priorities typically change. My priorities? Well, they just disappeared. I was defeated physically, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and knocking on “Financially’s” door. Making the bed was not a priority; it simply went unmade. And when it came down to paying the bills, many went unpaid.

One day I was moved enough to actually cultivate the emotion of being “fed up!” During this awakening, I made the decision to reclaim complete responsibility for my life. And I did. 37 months post-accident, I went to work on my mind, body, and spirit. I studied and applied everything that would enhance these areas. It wasn’t long before I was 51 pounds lighter, and at least 52 times brighter.

Following my “awakening” I set goals to become an author, speaker, consultant, and educator. I quickly established myself in each discipline and began to promote and practice life-altering strategies. My approach was innovative, strategic, fun, proven and desired-results focused. Paramount to enhancing my personal energy level was to identify, outline and writing down my physical goals.

Returning to playing competitive softball, being the team’s starting shortstop and winning the league championship were my top three goals. I promised myself I would return to play softball at a competitive level if it killed me. It almost did! Playing softball on several teams simultaneously left me limping around with a blue, pain-alleviating ointment. I had soreness in muscles I never even knew existed! Nevertheless, by the season’s end, I had accomplished all of my goals. I figured, if I could overcome all of my physical, spiritual and psychological ailments, discovered how to run faster; jump higher; throw farther; look younger, stay up longer – manifest twice as much energy than I did when I was a “starting” NCAA athlete half my age – anyone else can do the “undoable,” too! Whatever the “undoable,” may be.

As I continued following a disciplined program to attain goals in every area of my life, something just short of magical happened. My personality sparked with a resurgence of charisma, confidence and boldness. My muscles grew stronger, my energy increased and the fat melted off my body. Taking part in an activity not only became easier, but quite enjoyable. Suddenly, I was living life as I had designed.

Great goals make you stretch. They absolutely can take you well beyond anything you could possibly imagine! The most important part of setting great goals is not the goals themselves, but the person you become in the stretch.

by Fran Briggs

Meditation: for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. – Philippians 2:13

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Inspired Push

Inspired Push

Inspired Push

A man had one very beautiful daughter. When the daughter was ready for marriage, the father sent news around town that all the eligible young men should come to compete in a test that would determine who was fit to marry his daughter.

On that day, all was set, all the able-bodied young men came out. Some came with pen and paper, others with cutlasses and swords.

The rich man took them to his swimming pool and addressed the men: “Any of you who can swim from one end of this swimming pool to the other would marry my daughter. In addition, I‘ll give him $15 million, a car and a house so they can start life well. I shall be waiting to meet my son-in-law at the other end. Good luck!”

As the young men, all very excited at the prospect of winning, started taking off their shirts, a helicopter came over the pool and dropped alligators and crocodiles into the pool. Immediately, all the men turned back and started wearing their shirts back. Disappointed, some of them said, ”That’s crazy, let’s see who would marry that girl, no one will.”

All of a sudden, they heard a splash in the pool. Everybody watched in amazement as a young man waddled animatedly across the pool, avoiding the alligators and crocodiles.

Finally, he made it to the other side. The rich man could not believe it. He walked toward the young man smiling, but the man was still panting uncontrollably. When he pulled himself up, he demanded angrily, ”SHOW ME THE PERSON THAT PUSHED ME INSIDE THIS POOL!”

You don’t know what you are capable of doing until you are pushed. Those seeking to push you into the jaws of alligators and crocodiles might be helping you to reach your promised land. Sometimes it takes going through the worst moments to bring out the best in us. Trials are raw materials for triumphant testimonies.

Author Unknown

Meditation: “… Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”Esther 4:14

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26 Life Principles

26 Life Principles

26 Life Principles

ACCEPT

Accept others for who they are and for the choices they have made even if you have difficulty understanding their beliefs, motives or actions.

BREAK AWAY

Break away from everything that stands in the way of what you hope to accomplish with your life.

CREATE

Create a family of friends with whom you can share your hopes, dreams, sorrows, and happiness together.

DECIDE

Decide that you will be successful & happy come what may, and good things will find you. The roadblocks are only minor obstacles along the way.

EXPLORE

Explore & experiment. The world has much to offer, and you have much to give. And every time you try something new, you’ll learn more about yourself.

FORGIVE

Grudges only weigh you down and inspire unhappiness & grief. Soar above it, and remember that everyone makes mistakes.

GROW

Leave the childhood monsters behind. They can no longer hurt you or stand in your way.

HOPE

Hope for the best and never forget that anything is possible as long as you remain dedicated to the task.

IGNORE

Ignore the negative voice inside your head. Focus instead on your goals and remember your accomplishments. Your past success is only a small inkling of what the future holds.

JOURNEY

Journey to new worlds, new possibilities, is mostly by remaining open-minded. Try to learn something new every day and you will grow in Knowledge.

KNOW

Know that no matter how bad things seem, to be they will always get better. The harshest Winter is always followed by the Warmth of Spring.

LOVE

Let love fill your heart instead of hate. When hate is in your heart, there is *NO* room for anything else, but when love is in your heart, there’s room for endless happiness.

MANAGE

Manage your time and your expenses wisely, and you’ll suffer less stress and worry. Then you’ll be able to focus on the important things in life.

NOTICE

Never ignore the poor, infirm, helpless, weak, or suffering people. Offer your assistance when possible, and always your kindness and understanding.

OPEN

Open your eyes and take in all the beauty around you. Even during the worst of times, there’s still much to be thankful for.

PLAY

Never forget to have fun along the way. Success means nothing without happiness.

QUESTION

Ask many questions, because you are here to learn & be informed.

RELAX

Refuse to let worry and stress rule your life, and remember that things always have a way of working out in the end.

SHARE

Share your talent, skills, knowledge, and time with others. Everything that you invest in others will return to you many times Multiplied.

TRY

Even when your dreams seem impossible to reach, try anyway. You’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish.

USE

Use your gifts to the best ability. Talent that is wasted has no value. Talent that is made into efforts will bring unexpected rewards.

VALUE

Value the friends and family members who have supported and encouraged you & be there for them as well.

WORK

Work hard every day to be the best person you aspire to be, but never feel guilty if you fall short of your goals. Every sunrise offers a second chance.

X-RAY

Look deep inside the hearts of those around you and you will see the goodness and beauty within.

YIELD

Yield to commitment. If you stay on track and remain dedicated, you will find success at the end of the road.

ZOOM

Zoom to a happy place when bad memories or sorrow rears its ugly head. Let nothing interfere with your goals. Instead, focus on your abilities, your dreams, and a brighter tomorrow.

Meditation: Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!!!

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