What Takes Dreams Away

It is a sad reality that some people give up on their dreams simply because they weren’t discipline enough to go through the process.

There are many people who are gifted and talented but they quit too soon when the goings get tough.

Most of us began 2018 with great dreams and great aspirations. New Year’s resolutions were secretly made in our hearts and we had great faith that 2018 will be a fabulous year.

Goals were set and vows were made on December 31, 2017 in anticipation of a chance to do things right in 2018.

Sadly, we live in the age of ‘Now’ better known as the ‘Now Generation‘. If we can’t get our dreams happening now…then we walk away disappointed and heartbroken.

Excuses, excuses, excuses are the cliff that many people fall off on. According to the dictionary, an excuse is a reason or an explanation given to justify a fault.

Someone once said – “Excuses are lies we tell ourselves so that it doesn’t have to be our fault.”

Excuses are the easy way to talk yourself out of fulfilling your dream.

For dreamers to get to reach their destination… it’s important to keep in mind that the LORD upholds all who fall/fail, and He raises up all who are bowed down. Psalms 145:14

You may be down, but not out. You may be sitting in the dark now, but God is your light. God is on your side and He is going to get you out of this phase.

He will turn His light on you and show you the way out of your discouragement.

2018 has 365 days…today is Day #269.

There are 96 days remaining in 2018…no more excuses.

Start now and finish stronger than you did in 2017. Let’s make 2018 the year we pushed hard to finish strong.

She Who Rocks The Cradle

Mothers have the overall greatest influence in their children’s lives. Children learn many things from their mothers.

The most successful, highly intelligent person in the world was once a little helpless baby cared for by his or her mother.

The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. A mother’s love for her children goes above and beyond providing the basic necessities of life.

Mothers, we are prepping our children to become all that they can possibly be in a world that is quickly deteriorating in its values.

It’s our responsibility to teach our children survival skills in a world that is unkind, disloyal, selfish, hopelessly insensitive and cold.

We must teach our children what is morally right and fair in each and every situation. We teach them to show compassion to those who are less fortunate and to respect differences of opinions without taking it personal.

The most cherished memory of my Mom’s teaching was, teaching my siblings and I how to walk humbly with God.

My Mom was my role model and she made certain that she was the best role model for her children.

Here are a few of my thoughts:

● Can our children follow our examples and survive the chaos and confusion of our modern day society?

● Are we doing all we can to guard our children’s minds?

● Are we making certain that our children and grandkids are not exposed to pornography in our homes or wherever they go?

● Are we making sure their friends are not into crime, drinking and smoking, and reckless behavior?

A good family just doesn’t happen on it’s own. The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.

A family that prays together stays together even when there may be opposition on every side.

Reading the Bible together and letting our children lead in prayer is wisdom.

Establish a family altar where the kids know that Jesus Christ is the center of the home. He’s the silent listener to every conversation. He’s the unseen guest of every meal.

Invite your children’s friends over to your home.

Spend quality time with each family member. And finally, let gratitude be our ultimate goal.

Keep me from Anything Evil

It’s been said that hurting people hurt others…and that’s how pain passes on from generation to generation. Employee to boss. Co-worker to co-worker. Husband to wife. Neighbor to neighbor. Friend to friend.

There was a man named Jabez, whose mother named him Jabez… because his birth was so painful. The mother out of her pain named her own child Jabez as a reminder of what she had to endure during her childbirth.

Mama Jabez, what were you thinking? For at least three scores and ten this innocent child would have had to live with his name.

Sometimes, as parents we must pause and reflect on what are we passing on to our children? Hurting people hurt others? Your mother hurts you, you hurt the child, the child hurts others, and the cycle continues on to the next victim leaving a trail of pain.

But…thank God for our ‘buts’…the Bible says, ‘But Jabez prayed to the God of Israel, be near to me and don’t let anyone hurt me! Then I would not have any pain.” And God gave Jabez what he asked for.”

So is it possible to break the cycle of hurting people hurting others? Most definitely – Jabez knew what he wanted and prayed about it. And God granted his request.

Praying bold prayers shows that you believe in the sovereignty of God. As the saying goes, “The buck stops here.” In the past we could spread the pain, but now the buck stops here. God can turn our pain into purpose.

God is interested in every detail of our lives. He knows our hurts, He feels our pain, and He’s waiting to grant us our requests.

Why would anyone think about holding someone hostage because of past pain or a longtime grudge?

Just when it looks like things are falling apart, God is waiting to step in and put things back together. He makes a way and the pain we feel today…we will feel it no more. God grants each one of us our requests.

I smile because each and every day I must give my pain to God. We don’t have to be exhausted from trying to feel stronger each and every day. Just pray about it and God will grant you your request.

I Luv Fridays

Let’s get this weekend started. No whining! No complaining! Only hugs and smiles.

It’s Friday…so it’s time to smile 😊. Then type true or false after reading today’s jokes….

Thank God its Friday! Finding more to smile about because a happy heart is thankful heart.

Thank you for being a part of my life. Without YOU reading …. my writing will not be worth it.

Signing off from writing until next Monday. Stay safe! Stay happy! Stay free!

What’s Rocking The Boat?

In a big city you are surrounded with people that are liberal where life happens at a faster rate. The car horns, the sirens, the bright lights, and the uncaring crowds means that you are never alone.

In the small towns there’s nothing much to do, but it’s pretty safe, and away from the madness of the urban lifestyle of blaring ambulance sirens and uncaring neighbors.

The big city lifestyles eliminate boredom rather quickly but it definitely comes with a high cost.

There was a guy named Jonah who God summoned to go to a big city and warned the people of the evil things that was happening there. But Jonah became intimidated and fled from the presence of the LORD. He decided to go on a boat cruise to the opposite side of town.

The LORD being God will use this as a teaching moment for Jonah.

The LORD who controls the ocean and dry land created a great storm on the sea that caused havoc on the boat till the boat was about to be wrecked by the tossing of the water.

The passengers began praying to each of their gods to silent the raging storm while Jonah ‘just happened’ to be in the lowest part of the boat fast asleep.

Running away from God puts you into a deep sleep in the lowest parts of the boat totally oblivious to what’s taking place around you…a dangerous position to find yourself in.

The captain looking for any reasonable explanation for the violent rocking of the boat finds Jonah asleep.

Captain wakes Jonah up and said, “What do you mean, sleeper? Wake up and call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not die.”

The sailors on the boat while looking for answers asked Jonah who he was? Jonah told the men that he was running away from the LORD. This is very fishy behavior.

Jonah responded, ” I am a Hebrew and I worship the LORD, the God who made the sea and the dry land….pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you.” Really Jonah?

Our disobedience can create storms that can wreck our boats putting everyone else at risk.

So the men threw Jonah into the sea. The storm stopped. The sea became calm. Yep, the boat cruise continues on without Jonah…and Jonah is in survival mode alone in the ocean.

When the men saw that the storm subsided ... they began to fear and respect Jonah’s God. The God who speaks to the wind and sea is always in control of the elements.

The sailors on the boat got a close up view of the God who is always in control of our circumstances.

When Jonah fell into the sea, the LORD chose a big fish to swallow him, and he was in the stomach of the fish for three days and three nights.

Really? Why did Jonah think God was not going to be dramatic about his rebelliousness?

I’m wondering what could be rocking our boats? Who is asleep in the lowest part of the boat? Who is the Hebrew that once worshipped and fear God?

Could it be that someone on the boat is running from God?

God still can hear our prayers from the fish’s belly and He will answer.

When our hope is all gone, we must remember the LORD and He will help us.

Feeling hopeless in the midst of the storm is a signal to call on God. Don’t do life without God.

“And the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah on to dry land.”

God can speak to the storm; the ocean; the fish; our fellow sailors; the captain of the boat; or any form of disturbances in our lives. Yes, He can! Yes, He will!

Wise People Ask Questions and Then Listen by Rick Warren

“People’s thoughts can be like a deep well, but someone with understanding can
find the wisdom there.” (Proverbs 20:5 NCV).

If you want to be wise, learn to ask wise questions—and then listen.

Proverbs 20:5 says, “People’s thoughts can be like a deep well, but someone with understanding can find the wisdom there” (NCV).

In other words, everybody’s got something to teach you.

It’s like deep water in a well, and you’ve got to draw it out of them.

How do you draw the wisdom out of every person?

By learning to ask smart questions.

As I’ve traveled around the world, I’ve asked questions of taxi cab drivers and prime ministers, and they’ve each taught me something.

You can learn from anybody if you know the right questions to ask!

One of the things I’ve learned is that I have never learned anything while I’m talking.

If my mouth is moving, I’m not learning.

You don’t learn when you’re talking. You learn when you’re listening.

So you’ve got to learn to listen.

I’ve done an awful lot of interviews over the years, and I’ve noticed that the interview shows have changed. They’re no longer about the
guest. They’re about the interviewer.

The whole goal of the interviewer is to draw attention to himself.

You can learn from anybody, but you’ve got to be willing to ask questions and then listen. That’s the mark of a wise person.

Try to spend a whole day focused on listening rather than talking.

What difference does it make?

What do you communicate to someone when you ask a question and then listen to the answer with focus and interest?

What would be an example of wise question?

Rick Warren has helped people live with hope and on purpose for more than 40 years. He’s the founding pastor of
Saddleback Church in Southern California and author of several books, including The Purpose Driven Church and The Purpose Driven
Life.

The MIRACLE 👑

Oswald Chambers said, “The miracle of the grace of God is that He can make the past as though it had never been.”

That’s pretty cool!

A miracle of the grace is when God deliberately chooses men and women that the culture of the world overlooks and exploits and abuses, the ‘nobodies’, the imperfect person, and the insignificant ones – transitioning them into their greatest season in life where they can no longer be ignored.

It’s just the nature of God to use the least of the least to display His glory so that no human can brag or boast in His Presence. It’s a humbling moment of divine grace.

When we engage God in our daily life, He dramatically changes our story to His story. The more we remain hidden in Christ is the brighter the light shines around us.

Darkness cannot hide God. The night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light is the same to God.

The God of Israel is the Restorer of all things broken and He’s the mastermind behind redeeming time.

God is determined to display a ‘Miracle of Grace’ in our lives.

Restoration and recovery start with a dream. Give God something to work with, and He will restore it with beauty.

Every time we obey Him, He gives us further instructions. We will never be put to shame. We will be beyond reproach.

Stay with God!