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Character Assassination

31 Jul 2014, Posted by admin in Weekly Encouragement

When some people are at their worst, God is at His best

Written by Remaliah Evans

I hired a new administrative assistant named “Linda” who soon decided that she wanted to work for a client. Working for our clients is expressly forbidden by our client contracts. At 6pm on a Friday I received an email from Linda stating that I was not a personable supervisor, I did not provide the tools that she needed to succeed, and therefore she was forced to quit without notice. On Monday, another administrative assistant informed me and my Regional Manager that Linda was working for our client. Per the client contract our Operations Director promptly sent the client an invoice totaling 6 months of Linda’s salary.

Linda proceeded to accuse me of not training her, not paying her overtime, and not following up with her harassment claim involving another admin. She gratefulcontinued accusing me for two months and then threatened to sue my company unless we rescinded the invoice to our client. Fortunately I had a plethora of documentation to prove that Linda was not telling the truth. However I spent two months tormented with the fear that my professional reputation might be destroyed and concerned that I might lose my job.

It seemed that all I could do was dwell on the accusations. I found myself bursting into tears whenever I was alone because I felt betrayed. No one had ever tried to assassinate my character and have me fired before, and when it happened my heart broke in a way that I never knew it could break. I had invested a great deal of time into training Linda because she had great potential and I wanted to create a team environment and eventually promote her.

During this time family and friends prayed with me constantly and I was led to these verses:

Psalms 103:1-4 Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your sins, and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit.

Psalms 37:5-6 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.

Every time I would worry and get emotional, I would thank the Lord for redeeming my life from the pit and I would thank the Him for vindicating me. It was a very long two months, however in the end, the Lord did just what He promised. He completely protected and redeemed my reputation!

Dwelling on a negative situation is torment. When I started to dwell on the Father’s promises, I found hope. And then I saw that even though it all worked out in the end, I had to forgive. Not just say I forgave her, but really forgive her in my heart. I thought I had forgiven Linda but then God gave me a dream. In the dream, Linda came to ask me for forgiveness and I did not forgive her. I love God’s persistence speaks, if I am not listening during the day, He’ll talk to me through dreams! So God had me pray for her and bless her and her son daily; which was not easy. Through God’s grace and mercy, I was finally able to completely forgive her. These were hard lessons, however I thank God for teaching me, loving me, and sending me people to pray with me and speak truth. Oh! And after Linda left, God blessed with an admin who is reliable, incredibly easy to work with, and overqualified!

 
 
 
 

Friendship

24 Jul 2014, Posted by admin in Weekly Encouragement

The Value of True Friends

Written by Yvonne Galindo

It’s refreshing to know you have friends that you are able to share your most intimate, deepest, or creative ideas this is a gift that many desire without Jealousy. Yup! That’s right it happens. That should be my next blog. Today it’s about friendship. I have been fortunate to have had great relationships during my years of service in Women’s Ministry. Serving in women’s ministry God taught me of how to be that unconditional friend. I learned how not to judge but to except. Giving my friends and those whom I come across the opportunity to speak freely and honestly without judgment; neverhappy-ladies expecting anything in return. I have friends that I have known for years and maybe don’t see as often as I would like. But I know that if I have a need or maybe just want to chat I could call or email and even visit and I know I am always welcome. That’s what it’s about being welcome into someone’s life and being accepting of that person. With Social Media today there is really no excuse! It’s about taking the time to reach out to one another and finding ones common interest. Paul indicates in 1 Corinthians 9:22 “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel that I may share in its blessings”. I have girls hiking; movie or dinner dates even if it’s just once in while we find the time to enjoy one another’s company. Has it always been easy; absolutely not? Have I been unwelcomed sure; has it hurt me, YES! I try to remember Christ Words in Matthew 10:14; if anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. Our goal as women of God is to live and know you are free and to free those around you. One more note- what about work friends? Well ask yourself the following:

If your friend left the company, would you still be in touch with her in a year?
If you had a personal emergency, would you consider asking your work friend for help?
Do you hang out with your friend outside the office? (Weekday lunch, dinner, and business trips don’t count.)
Do you and your friend have anything in common besides your age and your job?

If you’re lucky, someone you meet at work could turn into a friend for life. It happened to me.

For more from Yvonne Galindo, please visit her blog

 
 
 
 

The Power of the Word of God

18 Jul 2014, Posted by admin in Weekly Encouragement

God uses His Word to Shape our Lives

Written by Victoria Aguila

So I shared this on my Facebook page because it was one of those “aha” God moments for me. Does that happen to you? Like, you have read the scriptures before BUT this time that you read it, it just came out and slapped some revelation into you? After all, the Word is Alive and Powerful right?

This is the scripture I was reading, Hebrews 4:12 Amplified Bible (AMP) For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

I often ask myself, why am I feeling this or why am I feeling that. Issues of the heart arise and I sit in frustration and think I don’t understand why I am feeling this way. What is this God, Help me God, Show me God, Expose it God, Heal me God! Pleading for my sanity because sometimes my emotions get the very best of me. I know it’s deeper, surely I know it’s deeper than the small triggers BUT I struggle to get to the root issue to “dig deep” within myself and figure this out.

Today I am finding comfort in knowing that it isn’t about me digging deep or figuring it out but it is about me getting into the Word and letting the Word that is alive and full of power penetrate the deepest parts of my nature.

I love that it says DEEPEST, like not just the deep rooted stuff but it gets all the way to the DEEPEST rooted stuff and it continues with this…”exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.” While I love this, it is also makes me uncomfortable. I mean think woman_faith_arms_upabout it, God, the Creator of the universe, my Heavenly Father, the Holy One of Israel, is exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of my heart. EEEEEEKKKKKKKK Matthew 15:18-19 Amplified Bible (AMP) 18 But whatever comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this is what makes a man unclean and defiles [him]. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts (reasonings and disputings and designs) such as murder, adultery, sexual vice, theft, false witnessing, slander, and irreverent speech. While it makes one uncomfortable, it is necessary to get into the Word and allow it fill us up and flush out all that is unclean. I am one that tries to be careful about what I say and how I say it. I try to tame the tongue and use my words to build up and not tear down and that is all fine and good HOWEVER, we also have to be careful with that because we can walk the walk and talk the talk but when God starts searching our hearts and analyzing and judging our thoughts and the purpose of our hearts, He isn’t going to base it on how well we walked that walk or talked that talk. He will see right through all that and He will expose it. In a moment of anger or disappointment or disputing, the evil thoughts in our hearts will come out. (see Matthew 15:19 above)

It is by the Word of God that we guard our hearts. We can try and try and work on this area BUT that alone will not guard our hearts. We need to be reading and studying and meditating on the Word of God. This will build up boundaries of Truth and Holiness around our hearts so we can recognize the lies and the uncleanliness that try to penetrate our hearts when it should be the Word of God penetrating the deepest parts of our nature. Proverbs 4:23 Amplified Bible (AMP) 23 Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.

While it is good to guard our mouth gates, it is better to guard our heart gates. That is where the deepest stuff is at. Today let us commit to studying the Word of God and be vigilant and above all else guard our hearts. Let the Word of God be our shield against the fiery darts, against the lies of the enemy, against our unclean thoughts, against anything that would defile our hearts.

Who is with me, to spend more time with God and asking Him that through His Word, He cover our hearts with His shield of Truth and Love?

We can do this Treasures!!

For more from Victoria please visit her blog

 
 
 

Every Day

10 Jul 2014, Posted by admin in Uncategorized

The Key to Starting Each Day New and with a Great Attitude

Written by Judy Smith

Psalms 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
How do we see the day ahead? We say live each day as if it is the last. Then we escalate it to eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow you may die. Sadly we use these sayings as an excuse to live without healthy boundaries or standards.I have seen people dread every day, expecting the worst. People living in fear- fear of dying, fear of losing their job, fear of something happening to their children, fear of sickness and disease, or fear of their spouses being unfaithful. So much fear and negativity; no faith in God or His promises. How sad and horrible that someone should live like that, I’m talking about Christians as well as nonbelievers.

I was raised by my grandparents on a dirt poor farm and my grandfather was barely able to keep us alive, but my grandmother did not face each day with dread and fear. She would say, “You know Judy today is a brand new day that has never been lived before. You go out there and do the best you can to make it a good day and don’t let nobody or anything ruin it for you. Every day is a gift from God”.
Later at the age of thirty one, I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and I learned as I studied God’s Word, how scriptural my grandmother’s words were. Because of her, I learned at a very early age how to view my days as a gift.

I come to the Lord very early in the morning every day of my life to thank Him for the gift of today. woman praying silhoutteThere is so much to thank Him for. Psalms 5:1-3 Give ear to my words Oh Lord, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God; for to you will I pray, my voice you shall hear in the morning; O Lord, in the morning. I will direct it to you, and I will look up. Just think of it- this day has never been lived before, by anyone on this earth. This day is brand new. We must live it the best we can even when those sudden challenges come across our path. Psalms 16:11 You will show me the path of life; In your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

I have learned to live in the joy of the Lord that is my strength. I refuse to allow the enemy to rob me of the joy of the Lord.Yes sometimes I get tired, sometimes I cry, sometimes I get angry, but I make myself praise Jesus and I thank Him for His guidance and strength because today is His gift to me. He leads me and He guides me. I will not be denied His joy. Psalms 34:1 I shall bless the Lord at all times, your praise shall continually be on my lips.

There is nothing more satisfying than slapping the devil with the Word of God. I am so blessed to be living out this gift of today. Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.You can be very creative in making the best of your worst circumstances, by the direction of the Holy Spirit. We walk by faith and not by sight. The more we do that, the greater our faith becomes and we know that nothing is impossible with God.
Psalms 46:10-11 Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of Hosts is with us. The God of Jacob is our refuge.

Since I learned to make the best of every day, to see my days as a clean slate and a gift from God, I am responsible to give my very best. I look forward to each day and I allow Jesus to be Lord of my day. I don’t stick my head in the sand and ignore my circumstances, or pretend that they don’t exist, but I start my day with great joy in the presence of Jesus; saying not my will but Yours be done. Each day I study the Word, take authority over my day, speak the Word over my life, and pray for others. I seek first His kingdom and His righteousness for my life and then everything gets taken care of. Numbers 23:19 NLT God is not a man that He should lie. He is not a human that He should change His mind. Has He ever spoken and failed to act? Has He ever promised and not carried it through? No! In the evening I meditate on the day, repent, think about what I learned, and praise Him for the gift of another day. Oh, how I love Him and thank Him.

I sense right now that many of you are saying “but you don’t know what I’m going through.” That’s true. Believe me my precious one, in my 70 plus years of life there is very little in life that I have not experienced and Jesus brought me through all of it. If you will just let Jesus sweep over you and carry you through, this too shall pass.

Lord Jesus I bring before you those that are reading this message right now and I ask You, Abba Father to send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit to comfort them, strengthen them, and teach them how to overcome and cope during challenging times. Lord Jesus give them wisdom, knowledge, understanding, discernment, revelation, and guidance. Let them walk in the power of your might and be overcomers. Lord they are more than conquerors through the blood of the lamb. I apply the blood of the Lamb over them. I pray your hedge of protection around them and all that is theirs, and your guardian angels surround them and their families. I pray that each new day be filled with victories as they recognize that each day is a gift to be treasured. Restore them to the joy of their salvation. Bring healing into their lives, and deliverance from all oppression. Meet their needs Jehovah Jireh, according to your glorious riches. Guide them through each day and shine your light on them and every circumstance. We love you Lord! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

 
 
 

The Beauty of a Promise

26 Jun 2014, Posted by admin in Weekly Encouragement

Encouraging and Beautiful Poem

Written By Mashani Allen

As a student of the Bible it’s amazing to me how I can read a chapter in a few minutes and not really consider the years that happen from one chapter to the next. To see a promise given by God take years before its answered. The time frame of manifestation does not disregard the fact that there was still a promise given. Unfortunately the time in between is where the real battle exist. Do you still believe although its been 5, 10, 20 years since the promise was given? It takes so much effort to still believe while the clock ticks and the years come and go. A decision must be made in spite of everything else to still believe. I heard a minister say, “Does it really matter how long it takes if you get it?” Let patience be the order of the day and dust off your promise. When God makes you a promise it’s a done deal. Don’t allow life, people or circumstances to cause you to let go. Hold on to your promise, remind yourself of your promise, remind the enemy of your promise. God is faithful and just, we must be patient and trust. Let the words below bless you as you pick up every promise.

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The Promise

It runs through your DNA and flows through your veins, My plan for your life to rule and to reign, The Promise.

It comes with much battle, it come with much fight, it is not for the faint at heart, or those quick to take flight, The Promise.

It was a mystery that only I knew and now I’ve revealed, it silences doubt and causes fear to be still, The Promise.

A plan only the ultimate architect could design, transcending cultures, gender and time, The Promise.

A gift I gave you when I released you into the earth, it confirms your potential, your value and your worth, The Promise.

I’ve shown it to you in visions, I’ve shown it to you in dreams, it causes you to smile and your eyes to dance and beam, The Promise.

It is not empty but overflowing to the full, it is not limited by external factors or man made rules, The Promise.

I fulfill it to the righteous those in right standing with Me, and I do it in the open for all the world to see, The Promise.

I place My honor upon them, I show them as My prize, I endow them with wisdom, upon them I rise, The Promise.

It comes with great anticipation, it comes with great delight, it brings open shame to the enemy and puts demons to flight, The Promise.

For the promise fulfilled cannot be denied, its full of my majesty and glory which cannot hide, The Promise.

It beams in their confidence, it shines through their grin, the promise fulfilled causes others to turn from sin, The Promise.

For the carriers of the promise understand the weight of the call, they have humbled themselves completely, they have surrendered all, The Promise.

I am the God of reward and My promise is with me, blessings of abundance in the natural and a crown of glory in eternity.

The Promise.

For more from MaShani Allen please visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beauty-of-Holiness/112862342082193.

Mashani will also be at our next conference! If you’d like to see her live, Register here!
 
 
 
 

Choices

20 Jun 2014, Posted by admin in Weekly Encouragement

Insights into a solid Marriage

Written by: Yvonne Galindo

I wanted to share my thoughts on intimacy in marriage. I am not talking about sex; that’s not all that makes a marriage. First let’s start with the definition of intimacy; togetherness, affinity, friendship, affection and warmth. That all sounds wonderful, right! It can be. Just know that the most important part of your relationship with your husband is communication. If you have communication than you have a friend in your husband and everything else will follow. I say this because friendship is a big part of an emotional bond and closeness that both can share. You should be able to share just about anything with your spouse in spite of your differences. Married now five years; I have come to a new prospective on marriage and relationships Am I an expert? Far from it. But I will say my husband and I are the best of friends. We have our differences and I can be very opinionated at times, ok all the time. ARTICLE PICTUREI will say it makes for good conversation and I love it; the best part is we work through those differences. My stubbornness and opinions may have to do with my independence for many years. I know that’s no excuse! Anytime there is disagreement, he will always quote a poem by Howard Simon “Choose the (your) mountain” he is such a philosopher! Well I know a little about climbing so I decide not to choose any mountain because it takes too much time and sweat to climb. Meaning disagreeing all the time can become more of emotional burden. We have learned and have grown from those differences and sometimes accept those small imperfections.

I have heard people say you can agree to disagree; I don’t buy it. That just means nothing is ever resolved. Just my opinion! There is so much more I can write on marriage & romance etc. The photo on your left tells a story of choices, it shows a box of wedding rings from married couples that were not given a choice during the Holocaust. “Food for thought.” Let me just end with this: when I look in the mirror I see my flaws, but when my husband looks at me he sees God’s Grace. Now I wrote this to point out the one thing we do agree on is our faith in Jesus Christ. We have developed a deeper relationship & togetherness through prayer and knowing who we are in Christ. We never pray for one’s own agenda; we always pray for the solution never the problem. We laugh, we cry, and yes disagree. I think the key here is to accept the one you love and all their imperfections whatever they may be, and don’t try to change each other.
Note for the single ladies
During the years of my single life I had a lot of time to figure out who I am and most of all learn to love myself. That’s very important in a marriage; there are so many women who are not confident in who they are and become very insecure. If you can be confident in who you are then you can feel comfortable with the one you love.

For more from Yvonne Galindo, please visit her blog.

 
 
 

What Goals?

12 Jun 2014, Posted by admin in Weekly Encouragement

How God Uses Certain Situations in Our Lives to Continually Make Us Better

Written By: Lynn Waters

When I was downsized again I looked at my life and decided that because I was not working, my life needed to change. I went out and purchased a book that focused on making your life better.
I started to read this book and came across a section that said you needed to make goals for your life. Well, this was news to me! I slammed the book closed and went into a bit of a shock. Then I started thinking about it. I thought, well, making goals was good for high school kids but I was well past high school.
As I thought more I decided to write down what I wanted to do with my life. After writing my list found that I had seventeen goals so I also wrote out how I could accomplish some of them. After doing that I started to work on a few of my new goals.young-woman-walking-on-path-in-city-park
One of my goals was to make my small yard look great. I pulled weeds and trimmed plants. With my husband’s help we replanted our front area with new plants that are bulbs and come up every year. Now this is on-going goal because the yard requires constant upkeep.
Another goal was Spring Cleaning which has been a huge undertaking because I do not like to clean. Every spring when I get the urge to clean, I concentrate on a different area. The first year I decided to get rid of stuff that was no longer needed. I spent months going through the house and putting these things aside. We have a community yard sale once a year and my plan was to have everything sorted and ready to sell. My husband then took the items that did not sell to Goodwill. My Spring Cleaning goal was accomplished.
Suddenly, I started to ponder the “What Ifs.” What if I had known about making goals in high school? Regret set in. Perhaps I would have gone to college and gotten some high ranking job making a lot of money. After thinking about this for some time, I heard a pastor say that we should get rid of regret. Well I was getting depressed by this time. So, I said, “No more regrets.”
I began to see that I would not be the person I am today and I would not be married to the husband I have. I may not even be a Christian. When I think about those things I cannot have regrets. Now, at the end of each year I review my goals, remove completed goals from my list, and add new goals. I have come to realize you are never too old to set goals and discover purpose for your life.
 
 

Be the Light

05 Jun 2014, Posted by admin in Uncategorized

How Do We React when facing difficult situations?

Have you ever walked into a room and the atmosphere is tense? Maybe there is a quarrel between family members? Maybe there is gossip between co-workers? Maybe someone is creating a conspiracy theory about another person? The potential scenarios are endless. How do we react when are faced with these types of situations?

Be the light. Be the light. Be the light…is literally my prayer each day. It almost seems like ahttp://www.dreamstime.com/-image14448933 childish prayer but sometimes we need childlike faith to get us places. Be the light is what Jesus asks of us.

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 MSG

Nowhere in the Bible does it state, if there is drama at work, pick the side that’s winning and tear the other people down. Nowhere does it state, when you and your child get in an argument, everyone around must bear the wrath of your anger. Nowhere does it state, if there is darkness in the atmosphere, make the atmosphere darker.

Christ asks us to be the light because it’s a reflection of Him.

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 NIV

Christ is the Light of the world. God is light, and Christ is the image of God. One sun enlightens the whole world, imagine what Christ illuminates?
It only takes a tiny light to illuminate the darkness. Scientists explain darkness as nothing, and light as something. Which means darkness is the absence of energy where light is the presence of energy. So you know what this tells me? In my life, I am carrying the “energy” of this “light”. This light is not me, but the light of my Savior, Jesus Christ.
So here is a test, if there was a GPS tracker on you and your travels, would it show your transmission of Christ’s light? Would it look like a light saber show or a power outage? How often are you able to apply Matthew 5:14-16 in your day to day actions?
Prayer:
Great God,
Thank you for being perfect and consistent even when I am not. Thank you for dying on the cross and taking my imperfections and making me clean. Though this world is filled with many situations that don’t honor you, I pray by your strength and grace, that you help me continue to be the light in the darkness. I ask for your Holy Spirit to be my guide and guard. Guide my words, guards my thoughts. Guide my spirit and decisions, guard my mind. I pray that my actions and behaviors demonstrate your light in any situations I face. I continue to humble and decrease myself to allow you to increase in me. In Jesus name-Amen.

Written By: Raemarie Kimura
 
 
 

What happened to the Vision?

29 May 2014, Posted by admin in Weekly Encouragement

How To Maintain Vision in Life

Written By: Remaliah Evans, Leader/Contributor- LifeBuilder Seminars

Have you ever asked yourself what happened to the Vision? In watching experienced leaders and speakers I have noticed that they are great at casting the vision. In fact, it seems they can cast the same vision in twenty different ways. They don’t just tell you the vision, they walk out the vision. They practically breathe the vision. Experienced leaders recognize that vision is crucial to progress. No vision, no real progress, no unity, no effectiveness. We can all recall that moment of excitement when we first see the vision clearly. We see a glimpse of the master plan and we start running. However if we are not careful that vision can get blurry or lost. What happened to the vision?

I am learning the importance of writing down the vision and making it plain so that others can run with it. I am also learning how vision can be blurred and lost. Here is shortlist of some areas to watch out for:

Discouragement– when we are discouraged our vision becomes blurred because we dwell on all the things that are NOT happening. However, we are not supposed to despise the day of small beginnings. Perhaps you are a

Distraction– We have written down the vision so that we can run with it. A good runner is not plandistracted, they are focused. We have to keep that vision in front of us and around us at all times and keep our eyes on Jesus. Hebrews 12:1 “… let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus…” We are encouraged to throw off everything that hinders us. When we are running with the vision we will have to let go of some stuff.

Disobedience– Paul warns that sin entangles us. Sin is a distraction and will block the vision. Sinning is like trying to run with our ankles chained together. We are not getting anywhere fast, and we are so focused on the chains (i.e. the sin) that we lose the vision.

Not Seeking God– Every good and perfect gift comes from above, from our Father of lights. The amazing vision that He has given you is meant to be fulfilled WITH Him. It is easy to get caught up in the preparation or daily tasks associated with the vision, yet God wants to be involved in every part of the process- moment by moment. During the process He imparts the character, skills, and graces needed to bring the vision to pass. The word promises in Thessalonians 5:24 that the One who called you is faithful and He will do it. The Amplified reads: Faithful is He Who is calling you [to Himself] and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it [fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you].

Lack of Prayer– Prayer keeps us aligned with God and connected to God. When we pray we receive His perspective and His guidance. Without prayer we are unnecessarily striving. The vision will take work however prayer will make the work easier.

Comparison– Whatever you do, please, please do not compare yourself, your vision, or your progress with someone else. It is foolish to compare ourselves (2 Corinthians 10:12) Someone once said that when we compare ourselves we are comparing our behind the scenes to someone else’s highlights. In other words, you don’t know what that person had to go through, or goes through to maintain their vision. As a good friend of mine says, stay in your lane. Comparison leads to envy, discouragement, distraction, disillusionment, and bitterness. You don’t have time for all that. Your time is coming and when it does, it will be well worth the wait.

 
 

Dreams

22 May 2014, Posted by admin in Uncategorized

How God can Restore Our Hopes and Dreams

I thank God for all that He is doing in my life and with my photography. God has taken my love for pictures and is transforming it into a business. Last night I contacted a friend to arrange a meeting and discuss the best way to start this business venture. I also emailed a friend to help me create the website. Well, when I got to work this morning I was in the zone, thanking Jesus for connecting me with people who are willing to help me with the logistics of starting a business. Then a coworker asks if everything is ok. I said yes and I told her that I was thinking about my new photography business. She said “girl you don’t even have income. You’re opening up a can of worms, and youyoung-woman-walking-on-path-in-city-park don’t know what to do.” My dream was momentarily crushed until I thought of the great God whom I serve. I don’t serve a God of little. I serve a God who is Limitless!

Dreams are best shared with those whom believe in you; people that believe in what God is doing in and through you. Do not allow your dreams and desires to be destroyed by discouraging words. Two fires united create a larger combustion. Therefore share your dreams with others who are also on fire with God’s Word. Jeremiah 23:29 “Is not my word like fire, “declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces.” These fiery people will speak the life of God’s word into your dreams; they will declare His promises over you and remind you that His purpose will prevail in your life. In such an environment the fire of your dreams will burn as they are fueled with the fire of God’s word.

“Now may the God Who gives the power of patient endurance (steadfastness) and Who supplies encouragement, grant you to live in such mutual harmony and such full sympathy with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, That together you may [unanimously] with united hearts and one voice, praise and glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).” Romans 15:5, 6 AMP

Share your dreams with those God has united your heart with. Those people have the grace to patiently endure with you and encourage you through you the process because turning a dream into a reality takes work, discipline, and submission to the One who placed the dream in your heart. We need people who will encourage us when the dream is deferred or when God begins to refine our character. As I am just beginning my business I can see that God has surrounded me and united me with these types of people because He knows what I need. I am so grateful.

Written By: Angie Venegas