Monday, January 30, 2012

What do you desire?

We all have many desires in life - well, I do. Sometimes, I ask myself how much do I desire a particular thing. In assessing myself I ask myself if my actions line up with my heart desires.

There are so many of us who "sit around" desiring things and do nothing about it. Desires and dreams don't come through or true on their own. You have to do something about them yourself for yourself. You may solicit help or guidance but you must do the soliciting. Backing down at every challenge or obstacle just takes you some steps backward.

"Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it.
Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way." ~ Les Brown

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
~ Bill Cosby
The starting point of all achievement is desire. ~ Napoleon Hill

The proof of desire is pursuit. ~ Mike Murdoch

Psalm 27:4 says "One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple." (NKJV)

What you desire, you pursue/seek. Jesus promised us in Matthew 7:7 that if we seek, we will find - once it is according to God's will. Psalm 37:4 encourages us: "Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart."(Amplified) 

So are you clear on what you desire?

John Hagee said "What you pursue, you possess." So, what are you pursuing - now?
If the answer is "Nothing," then I'd say you also have the same answer to my first question.

Take a basic example: my husband "pursued" me as proof of his desire (according to God's will). And guess what? Of course - he got me. This year is still fresh - 30 days gone with 336 to go. What do you desire? What are you pursuing? Get up and go for it - as led by the Lord.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sandpaper person

When I heard Joyce Meyer say: "God plants some sandpaper people in yout life for a reason" it got me thinking - and now writing.

Indeed, it is not everyone is easy to get on with - I know some of such people who I refer to as sandpaper people. If you realize that God commanded us to love everyone, not necessarily like them, you will be in a better position to get the best out of those sandpaper people around you. There are also some sandpaper people that you like, love and hold dear because you know that they are in your life to help you stay on the "straight and narrow" - such as spouses, parents, children, friends and so on - not as if you really had a choice :)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Who or what you follow...

...determines what (& even who) follows you.

Jesus encouraged some people to follow Him at different points & others just followed Him of their own accord - one thing was common: everyone who followed Him was blessed in one way or the other. The Bible also tells us that signs follow those who preached His word: "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen."
(Mark 16: 17 & 20 - KJV)
In addition to following the Lord and signs following the Word, the Bible encourages us to:
"Follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness." (1 Tim 6:11b-KJV)
"Follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace,
with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart." (2 Tim 2:22-KJV)
"Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord." (Hebrews 12:14 -KJV)

It's even interesting that God has made last one easy for us because: "when a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him." (Pr 16:7 - NKJV) So to follow peace with all men, all we need to do is follow God & live in a way that pleases Him.

On the flip side, the Bible tells of things that will definitely follow us - the most familiar one:
"Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life..." (Psalms 23:6 - NIV)
Proverbs 21:21 even links what we follow to what will follow us: "He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor." (NKJV)

The Bible doesn't stop there...if we continue to follow and obey the Lord, many more blessings will catch up with and then overtake us according to Deuteronomy 28: 2 - 14.

Unfortunately there are too many people seeking/pursuing/following goodness, mercies, blessings and those great things in life but expect peace, righteousness and other fruits of the Spirit to to follow them. When they don't, they wonder what's wrong.

The answer is simple...they have put the cart before the horse and there is no way they will progress that way.
I encourage us to follow God and also follow all He has asked us to - we'll be amazed at the great and mighty confirmations of His Word that will follow us...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Obstacle course....of life

Obstacles are an inevitable part of life...no matter how good you are, you can't pray them away - they are a promise fulfilled...the best way to get over them is to get over them.
"Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it."  ~Michael Jordan

3 prerequisites: To overcome any obstacle, you need:
  1. God,
  2.  You &
  3. the Obstacle(s)
Our reliance on God makes us resilient and relish obstacles...
Obstacles are an opportunity to show the world Who is in charge.

Challenges are an opportunity to showcase your God to the world

Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. ~ Christian D. Larson

One thing I've found out about challenges and obstacles is you need to know when you need someone else's help - you always need God's help and sometimes He sends additional help your way. At such times, all you need to do stretch out your hand and be helped... 
All the best on your "obstacle course."
Whatever comes your way, remember that victory is sure - with God on your side.
So remain on God's side.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Health or Wealth?

Does it sound like a strange set of options? Actually, I hope it sounds strange especially to Christians who should know that we have a "right" to both. Jesus said: My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10b - NLT). Sadly, that's one promise many people never get into the fullness of due to wrong priorities which is why I'd like to share these:

So many people spend their health gaining wealth,
and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health. 
~A.J. Reb Materi, Our Family

The greatest wealth is health. ~Virgil

When growing up, I remember adults saying: "Health is Wealth." It is so true because all wealth is useless without health and like we've seen, no amount of wealth can regain a person's health without God's intervention. Back to the options...if I had to choose, I'd definitely choose health over wealth any day. I thank God, we don't have to choose. We just need to be wise & take good care of ourselves, so we'd have the health to enjoy our wealth -
 this year and for life.

Friday, January 6, 2012

From the lips to the hips

I didn't realize how true that simple phrase was until I was practically having to take a deep breath to get into some of my clothes. I never believed I'll see the day because I was known for teasing others - when we were at events and they are avoiding stuff, I'd be saying "bring it on - will it help me add weight?" And surely and truly, it added more to me than I desired.

Another story that brings a smile to my face happened several months ago. A child was selling chocolates & they were really nice chocolates - yes, I had more than I should have.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Truck talk...

God is interested in the very details of our lives. If (and when) we take a moment to look around us, we'll hear and see God speaking to us in any and every situation we're in. Sometimes it is obvious & at other times we can miss the message due to the subtle medium.

So I don't miss out on God speaking to me, over time I've learned to "look and listen" - I've added "read and remember" in the mix too.

Some months ago, I read the writing on the side of a truck:
"Our best is the least we can do."

I then started thinking about myself and wondered if I could say the same thing confidently. I was curious about the source of that phrase and found out that there is a real company with that as it's slogan - so it was not an old truck that hadn't been repainted in a long time. Although I cannot say anything about their track record or if they deliver on that promise - I just wondered to myself: "How can I make that my personal way of living or my brand?"

Like me, you may have also noticed other energizing slogans like that one. Each time I read another one, I try to internalize it - try to come up with a plan on living up to the words in deed because words are just worthless if not backed up with works.

Needless to say, this has definitely added one more thing to my "to dos" list for this year -
and for the rest of my life...so help me God!
Welcome to this great year - let the least you do be your best!