Scriptures: II Corinthians 8:10-11 10 Here is my advice: It would be good for you to finish what you started a year ago. Last year you were the first who wanted to give, and you were the first to begin doing it. 11 Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving. Give in proportion to what you have. (New Living Translation)
Nugget: At times, we all start new projects, goals, etc. full-force; this can be with eagerness & drive to accomplish what we set out to do. As time goes by, the desire dwindles & those projects take a backseat to other things.
What is it that you started to do with so much drive & determination that you haven’t completed? Where is it that you really want to be in life? What have you started, but not finished??
Get to it!!! Finish what you’ve started & do what it is that you’ve been really wanting to do!
Quote: “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” –John Wooden
Hey all, I've been on the fritz; Internet was out!!! I tell ya, it seems like a while, but probably wasn't too long :)
Anywho, I've been thinking & yet again receiving some unsolicited advice. Let me say, that no matter what kinda advice people bring to you (& most will be based upon their experiences & at times, stuff they haven't gotten over), your story will be your story. Whether it's career, love, education, whatever, your story is exactly yours & will be like no one else's.
I say this mainly because, it's sometimes easy to get caught up in what people bring to you & bring at you, but in reality, it's not too hard to weed out the advice that doesn't have your best interest at heart. So when someone comes to you w/ advice that's basically tell-telling his/her outcome in a certain situation: your story will be your story! Don't let anyone impose nonsense on you that doesn't reflect who or what you are.
Seek God & see what His story is for you. He doesn't have any ultimatums, secret agendas, ill-feelings, etc. He has the desire to see you succeed, prosper, be happy, & more.
P.S. Yes, my advice-receiving days from certain people are truly over :)
Scripture: Psalm 94:19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.
Nugget: Sometimes we get so caught up & consumed with our thoughts & things going on around us that our only comfort is God. Knowing God is in the comforting business definitely keeps us going! He’s the only one who can truly understand & guide us through our messes, desires, waiting, etc.
In your multitude of thoughts & on-goings, don’t forget to add God to the equation!
Quote: “Men and women who turn their lives over to God will find out that he can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace. Whoever will lose his life to God will find he has eternal life.” –Ezra Taft Benson
Today's topic is obstacles. We all have them, right?? The thing is, we have to look at the way we view them. They can be good or bad; meaning, obstacles can turn into your blessings & miracles. Because, we must admit, without them we would pray less, seek God less, seek good advice from true friends less, etc.
How must we turn the obstacles into blessings: see them for what they are. Lessons can be learned, growth can occur, they can be the things that push you to that something better!!! Don't let obstacles become your downfall, let them become your stepping stone into the direction of better!!! Not even better, THE BEST.
Don't let things get you down because there has to be a blessing on the other side. I'm learning this myself. Take things as they are, pray for guidance, & watch & see what God can do on your behalf.
Yes, my friends, obstacles: the good & the bad. More importantly, THE GOOD.
Scripture: Revelation 22:21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Nugget: This is the last scripture in the Bible. I don’t think I ever knew what it was. It’s the last thing mentioned after good number of other scriptures, so it has to be important! The scripture is a reminder that God’s grace is continually with us through Jesus. We must not forget the well-wishes it represents. No matter what’s going on, God’s grace remains with you; don’t forget what Jesus died & rose again for.
Quote: “He is the wisest who seeks God. He is the most successful who has found God.” –Paramahansa Yogananda
In reading my Upper Room (Daily Devotional) a few days ago, the quote "live tomorrow as you would re-live today" was noted. I mean, what would I do differently? Each day is a 2nd chance to get the day before correct, right? There's so much that can be completed, so much that can be taken back (wrong words spoken, etc.), & more.
I know that there are days when I take things for granted. Probably everyday to be exact. But I'm learning to be more grateful for each day I get. Each day is an opportunity that someone didn't get to live or to see.
With this said, what would (or should) be different in your today that wasn't there or needs to be corrected in your yesterday? What would you do tomorrow that would be different from today? The best thing to do may be to start with that tomorrow stuff today!! Living each day as if it were your last; making it the best day that you can.
On another note, let's not forget the Veterans who stand & have stood to fight for us. Today is a day of remembrance, reflection, & appreciation for them. Happy Veterans Day!!!
Scripture: Psalm 92:12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Nugget: As a Floridian, I’ve seen various storms, including hurricanes, come through the state. The one thing I’ve noticed is that you rarely see a palm tree uprooted & thrown about during these storms. Palm trees bend & cater to the wind & heavy rains that arise.
This is how God wants us to be in our lives when we’re facing storms. When we experience things in our lives that we feel will either make us or break us, we must learn to bend & lean on God to handle the things that arise. God built us to experience many things, some will be good & some bad, but more importantly, He built us to lean & depend on Him. Bend like the Palms!!!!
Quote: “It is the nature of the strong heart, that like the palm tree it strives ever upwards when it is most burdened.” –Sir Philip Sidney
A good friend of mine bought tickets to the Kirk Franklin concert I mentioned in an earlier blog as my birthday gift. What a great time!!! These are the reasons why I think you should attend a Kirk Franklin concert.
For one thing, he's full of energy. He performed for 2 hours straight & the energy stayed the same from beginning to end. Secondly, you have no choice but to enjoy it. With the atmosphere & energy, you will not sit down for long; if anything, not at all!! Thirdly, he engages with the audience. I mean, he ran from the stage to the balcony, from the balcony back to the stage, & throughout the auditorium during his performance. It was something else because I didn't realize this little man (he will say that he's short!!) had so much enthusiasm for what he does. Of course, I've listened to the CDs & may have watched a few videos, but it's nothing like the live performance, in person. Lastly, you will get your money's worth. That's a rare thing to say now-a-days with the lip-synchers, etc. out there. There's more that can be said, but I'll let you find out on your own :)
I've been to various concerts in my life, but this one will move up into the top 2 as one of my favorites :) I enjoyed it & this gift was a great one!!! Thank you, Ms. A.H.!!!
Last night, we found out the 44th President of the United States will be Barack Obama. This election is truly historic! The first African-American President (as the news has been saying, although he's half-white & half-black). I never thought this would happen in my lifetime. I really thought there would be a woman President first. This election & the process it took for the outcome will be something we all can say we were a part of!!
History books will be changed based upon the road to this election alone! Not to mention all the new voters, first time voters, those who were registered & never voted, & those who are now political experts :) who are out there!!!
Welcome, Mr. President & the first family. Our prayers are with you & your new job! We needed the next thing to come in & give us the new direction we seek.
Election Day 2008 is finally here!!! Goodness, it seems like it took this day forever to arrive. This day is history in the making, regardless of the outcome. There are many first-time voters out there who are taking the steps to get out there & vote. A right that so many people have fought to have. That's why I cannot believe that there are those who still don't get out & vote!
We must realize that whoever wins, it's in God's hands & will. We must pray for whoever gets in office, because whoever gets in there will have a lot of work to do to make up for these past years! That's why we have to focus on God & not put our trust in man. God is the end-all & be-all.
On another note, let's keep the Obama family in our prayers. He lost his grandmother on yesterday; what a sad occurrence. I feel for him & his family. The good thing is, she got to see her grandson make history!!! She has to be smiling down, along w/ his mother & father.
Get out there & vote & be a part of this historical election. Many people's dreams are coming true by just getting out there & imagining the possibilities of what will happen. Be patient in the lines, be prepared to wait (have water bottles, umbrellas, magazines, etc.), & know that everyone will have to wait for his/her turn to cast the ballot! Everyone is there for the same reason: to place their ballot for the 2008 election.
Scriptures: Psalm 119:71-72 71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes. 72 The law of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of coins of gold and silver. (New King James Version)
Nugget: This psalmist was going through some things, some obstacles in life. He realized in the end, that whatever he was going through was for his good. The occurrences turned him closer to God, allowing him to learn God’s word & ways. It also taught him that nothing was more important than God’s law; basically, not to put anything above God.
Sometimes we go through things & wonder “Why me?”; sometimes God may answer, “Why not you?”. Things may be happening to turn you closer to God, to allow you to grow. Don’t miss the opportunity.
Quote: “Nothing happens to you as a Christian that is not designed to make you stronger. If you aren’t a Christian, then it happens to bring you closer to God.” –Pastor Charles Jones
Last week was a rough week. Most of my friends know that I go into this job that I'm really over & really want to move on from. However, with the market being the way it is, I must count my blessings & be grateful that my bills are paid & I have a roof over my head!! This doesn't mean I don't have to pray myself through the minute, hour, day, or week at this place!! But it does mean that I must keep looking for that next better career move.
I guess I am learning more about praying & waiting, & waiting & praying. I know God puts us in situations to test our faith, to challenge us, & to develop us, but sometimes we have to ask, "Does it take all of this God?". I'm guessing the answer is "yes" considering I'm still there!! But I've learned also for God to reveal to me what He wants me to learn while I'm in my current job situation.
So, if you're in a current setting that you're trying to get out of or trying to get to that next thing (speaking of career-wise, educational-wise, & these sort of things), ask God to reveal to you what He wants for you to learn while you're still there. He may be working on that next thing for you, but wants you to develop certain characteristics to handle that next thing. Now sista-friends & gents, I'm not talking about bad relationships & stuff like that, but talking about that next thing that's going to enhance your personal & professional growth to the next level. For everything that occurs there is usually something that's being developed within you.
Scriptures: I John 5:14:15 14And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
Nugget: These scriptures remind us that anything we ask of God we will receive if it’s according to His will. If our requests don’t fall in line with God, there’s a big chance we may not receive them or if we do, we realize that they aren’t the things we needed or really wanted in our lives.
When praying, also consider God’s will for your life & what you’re seeking. The things are solidified in His will!!
Quote: “Faith is that which, knowing the Lord's will, goes and does it; or, not knowing it, stands and waits, content in ignorance as in knowledge, because God wills - neither pressing into the hidden future, nor careless of the knowledge which opens the path of action.” –George MacDonald