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God is not a respecter of persons but He is a respecter of principals. He has plans for everyone to accomplish great things. Don’t believe anything other than Jer. 29:11(Amplified Bible)–For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

Here are a few principals to help you start today!

1. Work Like it is up to you and pray like it is up to God!  Work hard and pray hard! God wants to help you more than you want His help.

2. Have a concise plan of where and what you want to accomplish. Write it down  in detail. Then write down how you think you will accomplish it.

3. Do 5 things every day that drives you in that direction.

4. ASK for help. Surround yourself with a team of people who share your passion.

5. Contact someone who has already done what you want and ask for them to coach you. Be willing to do what they ask.

6. Align yourself with the authorities in your life.

7. Be grateful for every opportunity that comes your way and give 110% like it is where you already want to be.

8. Take risk. Sometimes when you live on the edge you will fall off but you will miss 100% of the opportunities that you never try! The worst thing that could happen is most likely where you already are.

9. Take serious action today. Don’t wait one more day!

10. Do what you love! Most likely your gift is in someway connected!

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I received this from a friend today and thought it worth sharing with you.

The picture was taken in 1918. It is thousands of men preparing for war in a training camp at Camp Dodge in Iowa. A gift from our grandfathers …

Imagine how long these men had to stand in that one spot to set it up correctly. I just love the detail of the change of hats to no hats, some with heads bent down, some with faces shining, and slightly different colors of uniforms etc.  This took an enormous amount of planning, patience, and positioning and a determination to send their message to us—-yes, even to the world.  It speaks loud and clear.  Thank you.

 

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Sometimes when things are not going well in our life we are quick to complain. We are also quick to look for someone to blame. It surely must be someone else’s fault. It seems we live in that kind of day where no one wants to take responsibility for their own actions. However, that “someone” may be a lot closer than we think. It would do us all good to start with some self-examination before we look elsewhere.

During Jeremiah’s time the disobedience of God’s people was great and yet they wondered why God was not blessing them. What these people failed to recognize was their own rebellion and unrepentant attitude. This left them without God’s forgiveness and without His blessings.

Jeremiah wrote in Lamentations 3: 39-40 (HCSB)

39 Why should [any] living person complain,
[any] man, because of the punishment for his sins?

40 Let us search out and examine our ways,
and turn back to the LORD.

Why should we complain about what OUR choices have brought to us? Why should we blame someone else? Why do people even become angry with God?

Proverbs 19:3 (Amplified Bible) The foolishness of man subverts his way [ruins his affairs]; then his heart is resentful and frets against the Lord.

God is righteous and just and He will allow us to feel the results of our choices. However, God’s greatest desire is that we would acknowledge our sins (errors) and turn back to him as Jeremiah stated in Lamentations.

David, the man after God’s own heart said,

Search me, O God, and Know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139: 23-24)

It is definitely for our benefit when we open up to such a relationship with God. Let’s not complain to God, but instead do some soul-searching and determine where our life needs to be put back on track with HIS will. If we maintain a genuine repentant spirit and openness to God, his direction and will for our life, then and only then will He continue to bring us His Blessings.

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The following list was taken from this book: How Did I Get So Busy? Written by Valorie Burton. Thanks to my friend Gail for sending this to me. I thought it was so good I wanted to share it with you all. We do get so busy sometimes that we forget the simplest of things. Maybe this will help keep us on track.

 

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Dear Friend,

Sometimes we simply need to be reminded of things we know to do, but haven’t done. Perhaps our paths are crossing this week because you need a reminder of how important it is to take good care of yourself. When you do so, taking care of everything and everyone else becomes a less stressful endeavor. So this week, I would like to share what I call the “10 Commandments of Self-Care” from my new book, How Did I Get So Busy? Make them your personal habits, and you’ll create a self-care lifestyle that nourishes your mind, body and spirit:

The 10 Commandments of Self-Care

1. Use all of your vacation time every year.
Be intentional about taking time off. Take out your calendar this week and schedule your vacation time for the next 12 months.

2. Commit your time off solely to non-work related activities.
Keep your time with family and friends sacred by setting boundaries around your personal time so that work does not interfere. You need time to recuperate from work so that you’ll be more professionally productive. If you work from home, set work hours and close the office door during your off hours.

3. Take your rest seriously.
We’ve all heard it, but too few practice it: Get eight hours of sleep. Being well-rested builds immunity, keeps you from being irritable, and simply gives your body what it needs. Be a good steward over the body you’ve been blessed with. It may take some extra discipline to do it consistently, but you can do it. How about starting tonight?
4. Have fun at least once a week.
What do you like to do for fun? Having fun every day would be the ideal, but try to at least do something simply for the fun of it on a weekly basis. Scientific studies have shown that positive emotion builds your emotional capacity to handle adversity and stress, and be more open and creative. If life’s gotten so hectic that you don’t even know what to do for fun, make a game out of trying new things until you find what’s fun for you.

5. Eat regularly, preferably sitting down. 🙂
Do you eat on the go? Skip meals? Dine in front of the television? Eating offers an opportunity not only to refuel your body, but to reconnect with yourself and others. If you don’t have time to eat three meals a day sitting down, it’s a sign that it’s time to reclaim your schedule.

6. Exercise regularly, preferably standing up. 🙂
It is essential to stand up and get moving! Whether it’s walking, fitness class or a favorite sport, get your heart rate up at least three to four times per week for 30 – 45 minutes. Exercise should be a part of your life just like brushing your teeth or eating dinner. Rather than considering it “optional,” find a way to make it a part of your lifestyle.

7. Be fruitful and productive, not busy.
Do you have a habit of getting distracted easily? You start the day with a great to-do list and by 5 o’clock you’ve barely crossed anything off the list? We are meant to be fruitful – to produce the fruit of the Spirit and make meaningful progress in life. Being busy is about having a lot of activity without much to show for it. Aim to be productive.

8. Use technology to gain time, not consume it.
If you are like many people in today’s culture, you manage multiple email accounts, home, work and cell phones along with accompanying voice mail for each, text messages and perhaps a Blackberry, too. Plus, you’ve got more choices than ever with cable and satellite television, TiVo, satellite radio, and mp3 players. All of these things are supposed to give you better choices, save time and make your life better. But only if you learn to use them to gain time and not consume it. Establish personal rules with the technology you use – respond to email at specific times rather than reacting to it as soon as it arrives, turn off the cell phone at dinner and be vigilant about clearing the clutter of old messages.

9. Connect heart-to-heart with the people who matter.
One of the worst consequences of busyness is that you become disconnected from the people who matter. When having a conversation, stop multi-tasking and look the person in the eye. It says, “What you say is important.” Connect intentionally and your relationships will be better for it.

10. Be led by the Spirit.
In a busy world where everyone voices their opinion about what you should be doing, it can be tempting not to trust the voice of the Holy Spirit that speaks directly to you. The answers you need lie within you. But you have to quiet down and slow down long enough to hear that still, small voice. Have the courage to follow it. It won’t lead you astray.

My challenge to you this week:
Take care of yourself! Commit to one thing you’ll do this week from the 10 commandments of self-care, then do it.

  • P.S. I know that some of us are in a time of prayer and fasting right now so # 10 would be a good one for now.

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“Frown and you frown alone. Smile and the whole world smiles with you.”

That may be a little stretch but we all know that smiles are contagious.

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However, December can sometimes be a lonely and “depressing” month for some people, so here is a list of things you can do to lift your spirits.

  • Be Thankful. Think about what you have. This sounds like the whole “Count your blessings” thing all over again, but it really is important. Remember good times you’ve had with family and friends, and maybe that will make you feel better.
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  • Keep yourself busy. If your energy is focused outward you’ll be less likely to obsess about things you can’t change.
  • Do not isolate yourself in your room.
  • Try to smile, and laugh at jokes that you think are funny. Don’t put on a fake smile all the time, but just smile when you feel like it.
  • Talk to a trustworthy friend about how you’re feeling. It makes you feel a lot better.
  • Write down your thoughts on a piece of paper. Just keep writing, then when you’re done, shred the paper and get rid of it!
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  • Sneak a candy into a friends pocket – let them wonder how it got there.
  • Learn to do something new, like how to make a tree ornament or do HTML code.
  • Have dessert for dinner, and dinner for dessert.
  • Read a book that makes you laugh, then listen to an uplifting song as loud as you like it.
  • Make a tent of blankets, cover the floor in pillows, and curl up with some hot chocolate and a good book, or someone you love.
  • Rearrange your room.
  • Teach someone to do something you do well – fly a kite, swim a mile. They will appreciate it.
  • Give someone a really great gift, no matter what the occasion. Watch their reaction, and you’ll get a high.
  • Don’t forget that you’re special. Remember that no matter what anyone says, you know who you are and you like yourself that way.
  • Don’t listen to people who want to get you down.
  • Smile nicely at a mean person.
  • Study hard, get an A.
  • It doesn’t matter who your trustworthy friend is; it could be your mother, father, or your best friend. Whoever you feel comfortable with.
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WARNING: People may think you are fake and shallow. Ignore them and express yourself.

  • Suicide is NEVER the answer, no matter what the problem is. Think things through, and you’re bound to find a way to make things right.

  • Spend time with God.
  • Pray, meditate
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  • Spend time reading the Bible.
  • Remember that your life is in God’s hands and He takes great care of His people.

“Smile awhile and give your face a rest….”

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(paraphrase of Proverbs 31:10-31)

Who can find a Christian lady? Her price is far more than that of pearls and diamonds, fur and Mercedes.

Her husband has complete confidence in her. He is not afraid to trust her with his name, his children, and his paycheck.

She will be a blessing to him as long as she lives.

She provides the things needed for her family’s comfort. She is not afraid to get her hands dirty and does her work with a smile.

She is a thrifty shopper.

She rises early for private devotions and prepares herself for the day.

She considers new obligations carefully in the light of her present duties and sets her priorities wisely. Because she is conservative with her time, her family reaps many benefits: homemade cookies, family outings, special times of listening.

She is on twenty-four-hour call. “Mommy, I’m scared.” “Honey, would you run an errand for me?” “Mom, could you, please…?” She receives many rewards for her good works: a bear hug, a thank-you card, a new friendship.

She calmly performs the small, monotonous chores that fall her lot, sewing on buttons, pressing white shirts, cleaning ovens.

She shares her blessing with those who are less fortunate: an extra place at the table, a fresh loaf of homemade bread, vegetables from her garden. She reaches out and touches other lives, offering a compassionate shoulder, a helping hand, a listening ear.

She has no fear of hard times, for she has built her family on a strong foundation. With God’s help, they are prepared to cope with life’s frustrations and emergencies.

She chooses her wardrobe with good taste. She keeps her physical appearance clean and neat. A meek and quiet spirit is her crowning glory.

Her husband is respected on his job. He is able to fill his position well, unhampered by domestic problems and pressures.

She is competent in business affairs, balancing the checkbook, paying the bills on time, protecting the credit cards. She is capable of supplementing the family’s income, if necessary.

She has strength of character. She is reserved and manifests dignity in adverse circumstances. She has a positive attitude, expecting good things to happen and she knows how to enjoy life.

She gives wise counsel and instruction. Kindness rules her tongue.

She is not given to gossip, grumbling, and griping.

She organizes her household well and is not lazy.

Her children love and appreciate her. Her husband praises her, saying, “There are many lovely Christian ladies, but you are the fairest of all.”

Flattery and favor of men is deceiving; beauty is vain and temporary, but a lady who serves the Lord and loves her family will long be honored and respected.

The fruit of her life and works of her hands will testify for her.

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My sister-in-law, Ginger sent this picture to me of my twin great-nephews, Cayden and Cole. It is just so cute I had to share it with you all. They had just been reprimanded for not sharing their toys.  The parents are Jimi and Shara Wilson.  Jimi’s grandmother, Beverly Putman took this picture.  She said, “They must sit quietly until ready to say they are sorry”.  That could be a long time from the look on Cole’s face.  And Cayden doesn’t look like he’s turning around to make amends any time soon.   LOL 

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