Archive | June 2009

What chance will you take???

If I believe in God and live my life according to biblical standards, glorifying and praising Him and after death find out I was wrong, what harm have I done? On the other hand if you don’t believe in God and you live your life according to your own standards, glorifying and praising yourself and after death find out you were wrong… do you really want to take that chance?

~ Derrick Rosborough

Let me start by saying…

Every sixty seconds you spend angry, upset or mad,
is a full minute of happiness you’ll never get back.

Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly,
Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile.
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here, we should dance.

Money Wise

12 When Isaac planted his crops that year, he harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the Lord blessed him. (Genesis 26:12, NLT)

11 Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease.[a] Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
(Malachi 3:11, NLT)

Where money is concerned, the Bible teaches us that we are to:

Save for a rainy day. “The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.” (Proverbs 21:20, NLT) Learn to live within your means and teach your children to do the same. Instead of maxing out your credit cards remind yourself that you can live happily without most of the stuff advertisers are peddling. Before you make another purchase, pray. Just because your banker approves the loan doesn’t mean it’s wise, or that God approves the expenditure. All boats rise with the tide; they also go down with it. Joseph instructed Pharaoh to “Have them gather all the food produced in the good years….Store it away, and guard it…That way there will be enough to eat when the seven years of famine come….Otherwise this famine will destroy the land.” (Genesis 41:35-36, NLT). Live by “the Joseph principle,” and save.

Sow in the time of famine.
The Bible says, “Whoever sows generously will also reap generously” (2 Corinthians 9:6, NIV). You say, “But things are tight for me right now.” Don’t withhold because you are afraid of not having enough. Give God a seed to work with and He’ll make sure you have a harvest when you need it. God’s ability to provide is not limited by the world’s economy. Do what Isaac did: “A severe famine now struck the land….” (Genesis 26:1 NLT) Isaac planted his crops…he harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the Lord blessed him. He became a very rich man, and his wealth continued to grow.”(Genesis 26:12-13, NLT) Who blessed Isaac? The Lord! When God tells you to give, give in faith, confident that at the right time, in the right way, and in exactly the right places, you’ll receive!

“I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close” (Revelation 3:8, NLT).

In Troubled Times…Let there be Light!

If there were already light in the Earth would it make sense for God to say, “Let there be light”? Genesis 1:3 (NLT) If so you wouldn’t be able to say that there is power in Him calling forth light because it would already be.

It’s when we don’t see things and continue to speak on them that we get to see the power behind our words. Just because the sun goes down every night it doesn’t mean that there is no more light as if the power of God’s Words are for a limited time. When it is night we still believe and have faith in knowing that there will once again be light in the morning.

Taking that even further, even when it’s night it still isn’t total darkness. Look further into space and you will notice specs of light called stars. Even when you life is at it’s darkest moments just look a little further…God never leaves us in total darkness.

Toni M. Sharp….Be Blessed!

Boundaries in Relationships

People with low self-esteem have their major difficulties in relationships with others. This is because they are unable to establish healthy boundaries or limits with people. The reason, for this inability, is that with low self-esteem comes a variety of irrational thoughts, emotions and actions which leads people to lose themselves in relationships with others. This absorption of self into others leads to a loss of personal internal control. People with low self-esteem have a weakened “internal locus of control” and become dependent on a strong “external locus of control.” They become victims to being controlled by how others think, feel about and act towards them. People with low self-esteem are dependent on others’ approval and recognition and are therefore fearful of rejection by and conflict with others. It has been estimated in the self-esteem literature that over 90 percent of us are suffering from low self-esteem at one degree or another. Therefore most people in relationships are currently suffering from low self-esteem or recovering from it.

People with low self-esteem often have the irrational need to have “perfect” relationships and as a result they are often in competition for control to make their relationships be the way they think they should be. This competition results in the relationships’ health deteriorating and eventually the relationship partners finds themselves in vacuous relationships with deep resentments and hurts. The partners find that they resent the others because of the belief that after giving and giving and giving they have nothing left of themselves to keep the relationships alive and well.

With healthy boundaries established, you will be able to establish and maintain a healthy intimate, physical, emotional and “Spirit filled” relationship with your relationship partners.

This excerpt of information was found on written by James J Messina, PhD.

Lesson in Perserverance

Have you ever observed the behavior of birds in the face of adversity?

For days and days they make their nests, sometimes gathering materials brought from far away and when they have completed the nest and are ready to lay eggs, the weather, or the work of humans, or some animal, destroys it, and it falls to the ground after all that they have done with so much effort.

Do they stop, bewildered, and leave the work?

No way! They start over building the nest again and again until they have eggs in the nest.

Sometimes and very often before the chicks are are hatched, an animal, a child, or a storm destroys the nest once again but this time with its valuable contents. It hurts to go back to begin again… Even so, the birds do not ever stop, they continue to sing and build, and keep singing and building…..

Do you sometimes get the feeling that your life, your work, your family is not what you had dreamed? Do you sometimes want to say “enough”, the effort is not worthwhile? It is all too much for me! Are you tired of it all? Do you feel that the daily struggle is a waste of time, your trust has been betrayed, your goals not reached just as you were about to get them? Life strikes you down sometimes, but do you go on, say a prayer, put your faith in hope, not darkness? Do not worry if you get injured in the battle, that is to be expected. Gather yourself together and rebuild your life, so that it runs well again.

No matter what happens… Do not shrink back, but move forward. Life is a constant challenge, but it is worthwhile to accept it and never stop singing.

How To Live Life….

Living by the Spirit’s Power
Galatians 5: 16 – 26 (NLT)

16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.