Some Things Are Worth The Fight

Your peace is worth the fight. Your goals are worth the fight. Your family is worth the fight. Your health is worth the fight. Your rest is worth the fight. Your thoughts are worth the fight. Fights take the wind out of your sail because it rudely interrupts your peace, but it’s worth the fight.

If you are fighting something unpleasant…you try in a very determined way to stop it from hurting. It takes a lot of effort to win a fight…it’s definitely not for the fainthearted .

Are our goals, peace, health, rest, thoughts, family, and our happiness worth the fight? If ‘Yes’, then it takes a lot of effort to win, otherwise you will quit when the fight gets fierce.

The goal is not to give up until your peace is restored, your family’s happiness is restored, perfect nights rest becomes the norm, dreams accomplished, and everything that was stolen be returned.

When you are in a battle and the fight is great, it’s encouraging to know that God is expecting us to turn up in His Presence. It’s amazing how something so simple as having a little talk with Jesus takes the fight to a different level. When we go to God and tell Him all we want, He showers us with His peace that we cannot even begin to understand or explain to someone else.

When Jesus gets into the fight and we do whatever He tells us to do … the victory belongs to Him, and your hands don’t get dirty. Your thoughts are peaceful thoughts, your peace is intact, your path becomes clearer, and you walk away with your character intact.

What was the difference? Jesus’ presence in your fight … it’s always the real deal. It’s the best curve ball when Jesus shows up. Allow Jesus to take the fight to another unnatural level so those disturbing fights will experience the powerful acts of God.

In the words of the song writer Matt Redman, “The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning, it’s time to sing Your song again, whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me, let me be singing when the evening comes. You’re rich in love and You’re slow to anger, Your name is great and Your heart is kind, for all Your goodness, I will keep on singing … Ten Thousand reasons for my heart to find. And on that day when my strength is failing, the end draws near and my time has come, still my soul will sing Your praise unending, Ten Thousand years and then forevermore.”

You cannot lose if God is fighting. Before you knew that there was a fight …. God had a plan for your victory. He’s not in Heaven wringing His hands and wondering what to do next after we messed up. He’s powerful enough to know that we will make it to the finished line if we will push past the pain.

When God shows up … it’s a knockout without the sweat and tears.

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

When your life is going in circles and you know that you are not making any progress …. it can be a difficult honest conversation to have with yourself or anyone else. Very few people have the nerve to say ‘I am not doing well’; and if they do…it’s because they have already given up hope that their life can actually make a 360 degree turn around.

When you feel hopeless you feel very unhappy because there seems to be no possibility of life ever having a happy ending. There are things that happen in life that can break your spirit and cause you to feel like a failure. It’s a tough experience to work through alone and without the support of a healthy team.

Someone who’s hopeless believes that nothing good can happen and a happy ending seems impossible. Everyday there are people who feel like they are just trying to hold all the fragile pieces together. And it gets worse if they begin questioning themselves and anxiety answers back.

Even if people can afford the best therapist, they will fail to get the satisfaction to life’s complicated issues if all they want to do is to complain about their ex, or to talk about how to get others to change, or if they want to keep playing the victim role.

Question #1: What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

I really believe there are some people out there who really don’t know what to do when they don’t know what to do … so I will offer some suggestions.

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. God is the One who keeps us on track so it’s important to listen for His LOVING voice. God NEVER destroys our confidence…nor does He turn His face from us…regardless of ALL our faults and blunders. If you are hearing negative voices … BE WARNED – It isn’t God’s voice. He DID NOT DIE for those who have it all together.

Don’t assume you know it all. Trust God with your journey. He was the ONE who mapped it all out before you were even born. Nothing has taken Him by surprise. He knows the intersection, the four-way stops, the exits, and the U-turns. He’s Got YOU! He’s better than your GPS Tracker. He finds you wherever you are.

Believe you me … it’s a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. God is strong and He wants us to be strong so that we will be able to stand up to everything that the Devil throws at us. The reason we may feel hopeless and helpless is because we are not equipped to withstand the attacks of the Devil. God is strong and He wants us to be strong – it’s a COMBO DEAL (God and You) or you are on your own.

Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get. Two is better than one … if one falls down, one can help the other up. It’s the power of the THREE Cord – God, you, and the other one who is supporting you in prayer. You are up against far more than you can handle. Let WISDOM prevail over pride.

Question #1: What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

Question #2: Are you ready to do what you know is right? The CHOICE is always personal.

God sees your sufferings and have heard your cry, He knows the pain, and have come down to rescue you from the weight of life and it’s up and down. And the best part is, He will bring you into a good place of hope and great joy.

So the people who believed, when they heard that the LORD was concerned about them and that He looked with compassion on their suffering, then they bowed their heads and worshiped the LORD.

By worrying we can’t add a single hour in our life. Matthew 6:25-27

Start by reading the Book of Proverbs…it’s a book of wisdom and wise counsel.

You Can Be In Good Health

“A cheerful heart is GOOD MEDICINE, BUT A CRUSHED SPIRIT DRIES UP THE BONES.” Proverbs 17:22

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with health problems and bad news, take note, “A CRUSHED SPIRIT DRIES UP THE BONES.” The opposite also is true “A CHEERFUL HEART IS GOOD MEDICINE.”

The CHOICE is personal.

Laughter brings people together and we all feel better when we laugh. Sadness makes you feel like you are drowning and it makes you feel alone.

Laughter reduces the pain and takes our minds on a vacation away from the discomfort … even if it’s for a short time. When you look at old photos or something that jolts your memory to a fun time, let the smile turn it into laughter. A crushed spirit dries up your bones.

The scriptures provide encouragement, strength and comfort to all who choose to put their hope in God. Psalms 43:5 says, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”

In Jesus days, He went around doing miraculous things and He healed all manner of sicknesses …. and all those who had FAITH were made completely well.

The dictionary says – A miracle is a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of God.

If you are facing health challenges or emotional distress, you are one way away from making a decision to either have FAITH in God’s promises OR allow your crushed spirit to dry up your bones.

I’ve selected only a few scriptures for you to hold on to if you have made the choice to have FAITH in God in the midst of the worst news. CLAIM IT! BELIEVE IT! CONFESS IT! IT IS DONE!

“Don’t panic. I am with you. There’s no need to fear for I am your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm on you.” Isaiah 41:10 MSG

“Surely, He lifted up our pain from us! And He took away the things that cause us to feel sad.” Isaiah 53:4

“But I will make the people in this city well again. I will make my people well. They will enjoy peace.”
Jeremiah 33:6 EasyEnglish Bible

“My friend, I pray that God will help you to live well. I know that you are well in your spirit. I pray that your body will also be well.”
3 John 1:2

“A happy mind is like good medicine. But when you are sad and lonely you will become ill.”
Proverbs 17:22

“I will go away but I will give you a gift of peace . It is mine to give and yours to keep. It is not like a gift that this world gives. Do not let yourselves be sad. Do not be afraid.”
John 14:27

“Come to me all of you who are tired. You are like people who have worked for a long time. You are like people who have carried heavy things. Come to me. If you do that, you will find a place to rest. Do what I teach you to do. Listen to my message and learn from me what is true. I am very kind and I do not make myself important. I will help you. Then you will have peace in your mind.”
Matthew 11:28‭-‬29

When Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” John 11:4

EVERYTHING we face in life is an opportunity to see life in a different perspective from the majority. Faith grows when the soil (heart) is ready. God LOVES TO SHOW UP AND SHOW OFF HIS MIGHTY ACTS when humans says it’s impossible.

When we pass through the waters, we will not drown. Healing is a Faith journey ….not by what you see, or hear, but by whose report do you believe. IF GOD bring you to it, He will bring you through it.

Don’t despise whatever you are facing …it was sent to make you stronger. Thank God for the opportunity to make you a miracle.

We are no more babies throwing a fit about everything that’s in our pathway. We are strong people of faith that will not allow feelings of abandonment to destroy who we are in Christ.

God said, He will restore and heal your pain.You will live in peace and will grow in faith. Your strength comes from what you think, say and do. Listen to the gentle whisper from God who heals all our diseases, and wipes away our tears.

Hard Lessons in Life

Most mothers assume that their babies will be the perfect babies found in the magazines, and children will grow up like flowers in a garden.

We wishfully dream of them going from the cradle to adulthood as perfect human beings where we all will live happily ever after.

For some parents, dreams can be rudely interrupted when you have to deal with the unsuspecting realities of life and fears you never knew existed as your beautiful plans quickly evolves into a living nightmare.

Someone said, “There are two gifts we should give our children; one is roots, and the other is wings.”

But what if you have given them everything they needed to succeed in life … and their choices have damaged their wings?

It’s painful to watch someone with great potential lose their direction. Wings are not only for birds, they are also for minds. A person who has no dreams has no wings.

It’s a natural maternal instinct to want to repair your child’s broken wings (dreams) … but there comes a time when letting go is the best healthy option for everyone in the family because they are now adults.

What’s next? Hold on to your Superhero powers and resist the urge to ease the consequences. As traumatic as it may be to watch them go down the slippery slope, experience remains the best teacher.

No child is a bad child, it’s their behavior that’s bad.

A parent will always love their child, but will never agree with their bad choices. Setting boundaries is a sign of mutual respect that if they cross over… they are on their own, and you are not coming to rescue them.

We should absolutely make ourselves available to listen if they need to talk … but we must stand our ground in not becoming an enabler.

Give your adult child a fish, they will have dinner for the night. Let them learn to fish and they will have a life … and hopefully they will never go hungry.

I can assure you that it’s never an easy decision to let go, but you must remember that you are not in a popularity contest. Be prepared for your child to reject you. Pray-fully he or she will most likely come around later.

The only money giving should be invested in therapy and counselling. Bad choices don’t require financial support…it’s professional help they need.

We don’t get to choose our children, they are God’s gifts to us. He will always make Himself available to teach us how to dismantle the forces of darkness that surrounds our children. God gives grace to the family that relies on His wisdom and His instructions.

God can heal anyone that’s broken, we just need to give Him all the pieces. When you can’t say it in words, He hears our hearts. I’ve found that there are times God doesn’t change a situation because He’s using the said situation to change us.

To everything there’s a season. A time to weep and a time to laugh. A time to speak and a time to be silent. I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. And God does it, that we shall fear Him.

God’s got you and everyone that concerns you.

You’ve Got Work To Do

If anyone is not willing to work, they should not eat. Lazy people are a disgrace to themselves, their families, and society. Lazy people are just mere talkers. They know all the smooth words to impress others that they are on the go … but their train remains stationed for all of their adult years. It is a SHAME!

Lazy people ride the same train as the crowd of hustlers who commute back and forth … some to their dream jobs and others to jobs that they hate … yet, the lazy ones remain unperturbed by the noise and chatter around them. They select their destination at the infamous stops – ‘Busybodies in other people’s business’ or ‘Sleeping all day and falling asleep in the wee hours of the mornings.’

They are sluggards who just have not master the art of being disciplined. They say, “There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the street.” Proverbs 26:13 Meaning – they will be killed if they go out …

“If you don’t work, you don’t eat.” And now we’re getting reports that a bunch of lazy good-for-nothings are taking advantage of you. This must not be tolerated. We command them to get to work immediately—no excuses, no arguments—and earn their own keep. Friends, don’t slack off in doing your duty.” 2 Thessalonians 3: 10-13

There’s a story that was told of a great number of sick people … some blind and some paralyzed who waited at a pool for when an angel would come at a particular time of the day to stir the waters. Everyone who stepped in after the stirring of the water was healed from their disease.

There was a man who was at the pool for thirty-eight years and everyone knew his inability to walk. When Jesus saw him there and knew of his condition. asked him, “Do you want to get well?” He responded, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”

This man wasn’t visually impaired …he was physically challenged for 38 YEARS. Even the visually impaired people somehow found themselves in the pool … it takes determination to change your status. This physically challenged man for 38 years was seeing miracle after miracle but wasn’t motivated to get in … he just made excuses after excuses for 38 YEARS – “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”

This seems to be the same excuse given by adults who have NEVER been successful in holding down a job … “Sir, I have no one to help me, and while I’m going other people step in before me.”

An idle person will never be rich. Proverbs 6: 6-11 says, “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise. It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in Summer and gathers its food at Harvest. How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.”

“Sluggard” … the BIBLE calls someone who is lazy and waiting for someone to bring home the bacon or to loan them money with no intention of paying it back … a SLUGGARD.

We all have heard these excuses too many times from sluggards. Maybe, those who took a risk and jumped in, or rolled in, or dragged themselves into the pool … desperately wanted a life change. Wasn’t it the same time everyday that the angel stirred the waters? Absolutely!

I am imagining that the pool must have been overcrowded at the end of the last stirring everyday as the sick waited for the next stirring with great expectations.

In North America, folks lineup days and nights before a product hit the market or if there’s a sale that’s really too good to miss. The lines are long, the weather is not in their favor, and the pandemonium turns into huge fights as the doors are opened, but people will always find themselves right back the next time.

The sluggards in our society are those who watch things happen, wonder what happen, and have no clue what’s all the fuss about. This one paralyzed man was at the right place at the right time for thirty-eight years, and all he did was make Excuses! Excuses! Excuses!

An ant is wiser than a lazy human being. The ant has NO COMMANDER, NO BOSS, yet it stores up food in the Summer and gathers its food in the Winter. I’m appalled and livid at the mindset of a sluggard.

When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest ….AND POVERTY WILL come like a THIEF and SCARCITY like an armed man.

Proverbs 12:11 says, “Those who work their land will have plenty to eat, but those who engage in empty pursuits have no sense.”

A hardworking person will work for kings and never for mean people. It’s a choice/decision to give up freedom and work as a slave, for one day you will rule the kingdom.

May God give us the wisdom to stay motivated and inspire others by our ‘wins’ … but never to give someone something that they can get up and give themselves.

Dream ON

We’ve heard many times not to share your dreams with everyone because your dreams may die if they are shared with the wrong people.

Sounds reasonably logical as some people may be envious or intimidated by your dreams. While others may pretend to be great cheerleaders, but in their hearts there are deep roots of jealousy.

But what if you have shared your dreams with the wrong people? Do you really believe that that ONE person or even FIVE persons have so much power and influence to kill your dreams?

The world may have dream killers as there are all kinds of people that make up the world …but I’ve found more ‘spooky’ and ‘creepy’ people who trust more in evil than in good.

I believe that every dream will come to pass if you have the time to put in the work. Dreams don’t blossom overnight. Dreams are little seeds of hope that are placed into the incubators of your heart and you nourish it with words of encouragement and self motivation.

Dreams prevents barrenness. Dreams give birth to life.

When Joseph was just a teenager, he had a dream that his brothers would bow down to him. They hated him when he told them the dream. He then had another dream showing his father and mother bowing down to him. His brothers were so angry they wanted to kill him, but sold him instead.

Joseph’s dreams stayed in the incubator of his heart from 17 years of age to 30 years when he became second in command in Potiphar’s house. Folks can try to kill your spirit, but they can’t kill your dreams. Your dreams are your lifeline.

When David was a young boy looking after his father’s sheep….God chose him to be the next king of Israel. It was not until he was almost 30 years when he was anointed king over Israel. David had many battles to fight and many giants to kill before he sat on the throne.

Dreams only die when your incubator is unplugged. When there’s no power to bring it to birth, the baby dream dies. When you allow the naysayers. the skeptics, the opinions of others, the fake cheerleaders, those spooky, and creepy characters… to distract you from your purpose, then you lose the desire to dream on.

“God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” Numbers 23:19

If your dream is God-inspired … all of hell and its angels cannot stop it. Someday, long after the sun sets on you, long after the banners come down, and the crowds stop cheering, may it be said that you kept going and you are happy that you did not give up.

A different spirit makes you stand alone and keeps you working on your dream. We don’t live for ourselves, we do it for the next generation. We teach them that you can’t stop the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.

The only ways people can kill your dreams are…if you quit, give in, surrender or stop dreaming.

If God has given you a dream, be prepared to wait for it to come to pass. There’s great potential inside of you waiting to come out, but it will take stick-to-itiveness to see it through to completion.

DREAM ON!!! People need the LORD at the end of their broken dreams. Your dream is still alive.

God will not bring you to the ocean and turn around and allow you to drown in a bathtub. You were born to do something…so, just do something that you can be proud of.

It’s time to work on a WIN! DREAM ON! YOU’VE GOT WHAT IT TAKES!