December 9, 2018

Why Love Begins With Loving Ourselves

“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”—Colossians 3:12-15 (KJV)

December 2, 2018

Accepting the Changes in Life: 3 Examples

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…”-- Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 (KJV)

November 25, 2018

An Exploration of Gratitude

”It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.”--Lamentations 3:22-24 (KJV)

November 18, 2018

Improvement Through Making Decisions

 “When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?”—John 5:6 (KJV)

November 11, 2018

Refiner's Fire: From Clay to Masterpiece

“The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”--Psalm 34:18 (KJV)

November 4, 2018

How to Crush Discouragement

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”-- Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)

October 28, 2018

The Benefits of Mercy: 3 Examples

“So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”—John 8:7 (KJV)

October 21, 2018

Conquering the Darkness, part 3

 “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.”—Matthew 10:39 (KJV)

October 14, 2018

Conquering the Darkness, part 2

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”-- John 10:10 (KJV)

October 7, 2018

Conquering the Darkness, part 1

“And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”-- Mark 4:39 (KJV)

September 30, 2018

Unstoppable: 8 Examples, part 5

 “The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”-- Psalm 34:17-18 (KJV)

September 23, 2018

Unstoppable: 3 Examples, part 4

“The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.”-- Habakkuk 3:19 (KJV)

September 16, 2018

Unstoppable: 3 Examples, part 3

 “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.”-- Isaiah 40:29 (KJV)

September 9, 2018

Unstoppable: 2 Examples, part 2

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”-- Luke 10:19 (KJV)

September 2, 2018

Unstoppable: 3 Examples, part 1

 “Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.”—Proverbs 31:25 (KJV)

August 26, 2018

Service: Making it Approachable for All

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”-- Matthew 7:12 (KJV)

August 19, 2018

Service: Filling our Lives With Positivity

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”-- Luke 6:38 (KJV)

August 12, 2018

Mistakes: the Gift of Beginning Again

 “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”-- Proverbs 24:16 (KJV)

August 5, 2018

How to Stay Focused in the Middle of Chaos

“And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” 1 Kings 19:12 (KJV)

July 29, 2018

Why Loving Relationships are Valuable Assets

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”—Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

July 22, 2018

How Small Steps Lead to Big Goals

“So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the Lord said unto Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance unto Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war.”—Joshua 11:23 (KJV)

July 15, 2018

Keeping a Long-Term Perspective: 4 Examples

“And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”—Habakkuk 2:2-3 (KJV)

July 8, 2018

Don't Settle for Less: Two Examples

 “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”-- James 1:12 (KJV)

July 1, 2018

Looking Beyond Stress: Examples and Tips

 “In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.”—Psalm 94:19 (KJV)

June 24, 2018

Conquering Roadblocks to Unconditional Love

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;”—2 Corinthians 2: 3-4 (KJV)

June 17, 2018

Patience Brings its own Rewards: 3 Examples

“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.” Psalm 37: 4-6 (KJV)

June 10, 2018

Transformation: the Route to a New and Improved You

“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”—1 Corinthians 13:11 (KJV)

June 3, 2018

How God is Working Behind the Scenes

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (KJV)

May 27, 2018

Retrain your Brain for Positivity: 5 Tips

“Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day the Lord will deliver thee into my hand…”—1 Samuel 17:28-29 (KJV)

May 20, 2018

How "Failure" Isn't Permanent

“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” –Isaiah 43:18-19 (KJV)

May 13, 2018

Remembering Our Royal Heritage

“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise”.—Galatians 3:26-29 (KJV)

April 29, 2018

Why We're all Worthy of Respect

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. “ 1 Corinthians 13:12 (KJV)

April 22, 2018

Love: the Way to a Brighter Future

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;--Psalm 103: 1-4 (KJV)

April 15, 2018

Believing for a Brighter Future

“All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.”--Proverbs 15:15 (KJV)

April 8, 2018

From Obscurity to Trailblazer: 2 Examples

“Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place”—Psalm 66:12 (KJV)

April 1, 2018

Resurrection 101: Life-Changing Truths

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:--1 Peter 1: 3-6 (KJV)

March 25, 2018

Can we Praise in the Darkness?

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Ephesians 3:20 (KJV)

March 18, 2018

The Champion in You--3 Examples

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9 (KJV)

March 11, 2018

2 Reasons to Believe in Yourself

“ It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places.”—Psalm 18:32-33 (KJV)

February 25, 2018

Never say "Never!"--4 Reasons

“Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholdeth him with His hand.”—Psalm 37:24 (KJV)

February 18, 2018

How to Keep a "This, too, Shall Pass" Attitude

“But he knoweth the way that I take; when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10 (KJV)

February 11, 2018

How We're all Gold Medalists

 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”-- 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (KJV)

February 4, 2018

How Change Moves us Forward

“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things”—I Corinthians 13:11 (KJV)

January 28, 2018

Victory Through Persistence, Part 2

“Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.”—Daniel 3:28 (KJV)

January 21, 2018

Victory Through Persistence: 3 Examples

“Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.”—Revelation 2:10 (KJV)

Is it possible for the little guy to win? Does the outnumbered giant ever succeed? Can a disrespected person ever move beyond his tormenters? Yes, yes, and yes. Let’s look at some cases:

A Biblical Example

The Apostle Paul was a Pharisee who converted to Christianity. I Corinthians 11:28-29 gives us the short list of what he endured:
  • Violence
  • Persecution
  • Hunger and thirst
  • Robbery
  • Imprisonment
  • Being shipwrecked
He didn’t let any of this stop him. Paul wrote one-half to two-thirds of the New Testament, depending on the source. We know that some of it was actually written during his imprisonment.

“Animals Gone Wild” (National Geographic Wild Channel)

The Grizzly Bear and the Wolves

Grizzlies are at the top of the predator chart. I’m sure most animals are unwilling to mess with them. However, a pack of five or six wolves took the job on. When a grizzly aggressively tried to join in their dinner of freshly killed meat, the animals snarled and chased him away. They also began nipping at him.

But, wait! The grizzly didn’t get the memo that “No” means “No”. The larger animal came back for more. This time, the wolves were so impressed by his persistence, they allowed him to peacefully share their meal.

The Millipede and the Blue Ants

Hundreds of hungry blue ants in Cambodia started attacking a six-inch long millipede. Talk about David and Goliath! For some time, the millipede was able to defend himself by curling up in a ball. That’s because the animal has an exoskeleton (an outer skeleton) that seems impenetrable.

Please keep in mind another defense mechanism: the ability to secrete chemical weapons (acids) from their exoskeletons. Some sources say the animals can even spray the chemicals. These chemicals can burn, and cause allergic reactions in, humans. I can’t imagine their effect on ants.That’s three strikes against the tiny animals:
  • Small size
  • Exoskeleton of the millipede
  • Chemical weapons of the other animal

Who do you think won? The ants. One ant found a chink in the exoskeleton. He gave the animal a paralyzing sting. His friends entered the attack. The ants eventually carried the millipede back to their home for dinner.

“High Hopes”

Speaking of ants, Frank Sinatra made this cute, simple song famous decades ago. It tells the story of an ant that brings a rubber-tree plant down little by little. It also mentions a ram that batters a dam down.

My Conclusion

Are you an ant in a world of bigger, stronger animals? Are you a grizzly bear who’s seriously outnumbered? Are you undervalued and/or bullied? Join the club…I mean, never fear, persistence often wins the prize in the end.

In any case, it’s certain that giving up wins a person NO prizes.

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January 14, 2018

How do we Obtain Balance?

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV)