Lose to Win

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Let’s face it: When things are not working and we want them to, we stay a little longer than we should. But deep inside we know that we need to walk away. When faced with that choice many of us stay because we feel that we can make it work whether it’s in relationships, careers, churches, etc. So what happens is we talk about how we hate where we are or how we want to get out of the situation. But it seems to be all talk. However, what we fail to remember is that whatever we focus on will come to pass. We may not knowingly do it but we set things in motion just by the continuous focus that we place on the situation. Soon something happens to remove us from the situation or the person (people) causing the issue is removed.

When I heard Fantasia’s song “Lose…

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In the Middle

Sometimes things can attack from nowhere. It’s those times when you want to take things in your own hands or just plain give up. Neither of those options are correct. Instead make the decision that you will praise God anyway. I’ve been listening to Isaac Carree’s song, “In the Middle.” It helps.

Tears rolling down your face
And your heart feelin’ like it’s gon’ break
And your earth feels like it’s ’bout to shake
And you’ve taken all that you can take
Just remember where your help comes from
Realizing you got somewhere to run
Don’t worry ’bout what you’re going through
Instead of worrying, here’s what you can do
Praise him anyway
In the middle of it
You should praise him anyway
In the middle of it
Listen
I’m just like you
If you cut me I’m ‘gone bleed
I got wants just as well as I got needs
I’ve been hungry and not had no food to eat
And been knocked down as soon as I got on my feet
Lord it was You that helped me understand
And it was You that never let go of my hand
I promise that I’ll always give you praise
No matter what this world brings my way
I’ll praise you anyway
In the middle of it

I’m gonna lift my hands
In the middle of it
I’m gonna do my dance
In the middle of it
I’m gonna shout for joy
In the middle of it

Now clap your hands now
ohhh

And do your dance now

right in the middle of it

right in the middle

praise him anyway

whatever your situation
in the middle of it

Until next time…Peace and blessings to all!

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Talkin’ About Dreams

I heard this song one day as I drove to work and the lyrics just rang true to me. How many of us have heard people just talk about what they want and it proved to be just talk? How many of us are the talkers? Nothing’s wrong with dreaming but if you never move towards it, nothing ever comes of it. Today, if you are dreaming about making a change in your life, start working towards it. It may take some time to achieve it, but time passes either way. So you may as well go after what you are dreaming about. Don’t wake up one day and the only thing that has happened is you have gotten older. It is your responsibility to make it happen. Until next time…peace and blessings to you all.

Can you tell me where we goin’ to
Can you tell me what it is
We really wanna find
Is the truth really there
Or is it right under our hair
For all we know it’s been there all the time

I say, nothin’ comes from dreamers but dreams
I say, sittin at night idle in our boat
While everyone else is down the stream
Nothin’ comes from talkers but sound (oh yeah)
We can talk all we want to
But the world still goes around and round

Round and Round. (Ooh hoo)
We go round and round and round
And what we’re lookin’ for still isn’t found

Can you tell me when we’re gonna get to it
I’m tired of foolin’ around, said I wanna do it (Go for it, get to it)
Ooh, I learned my lesson ya’ll
Said if you wanna have fun go for it
And when you win, say I know it (Go for it, get to it)

Round and Round written by Prince Rogers Nelson

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Shine!

Psalm 27:1 says, “The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

There is an issue in the world with light. Light exposes things, it exposes us. We are spiritual beings who are slowly watching the light disappear from the world. What is the answer? We have to be okay with our lights shining. I am not speaking of church or religion. The light that dwells within cries to shine and if it is not allowed to, darkness settles upon us.

Fear(false evidence appearing real) can make us ashamed of who we are or once were and therefore, we fail to shine. We are afraid that people will reject what we have to say because we are what? Human?! We have all made mistakes and before the day is over ,will probably do it again. That does not change the fact that we are light and we have allowed damage to be done to one another. Hatred runs rampant as we watch killing after killing happen. People call each other horrible names and desire to live down to what they are exposed to on television or sometimes in music.

We are not called to use light to hate but to help guide. Light provides warmth and security. Religion has turned some light-bearers into haters. I am not saying all churches and ministers are bad. I attend a great church but I am not coming from the viewpoint of church. There are millions of light-bearers and many don’t attend church. In fact, many may be turned off by it.

It is always my intent to bring positivity to light. So how do we let our lights shine? Matthew 5:14-16 says, “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.”

Let us be generous with one another. Let the hatred and selfishness fade from our lives. Stop feeding it! We must feed our spirits with things that will increase the love inside and shine on the outside. What will it hurt if we give it a chance?

Until next time…Peace and blessings to you all!

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What About Your Friends?

Friendship is a two way street. The Bible says that in order to have friends you must first show yourself friendly. Well, what happens when you’re the friend and the “friend” is a maybe? How long do you carry the load? What happens if they expect you to support them in their endeavors but something always comes up when it comes to yours?

The disruption of a friendship can take it’s toll on the person carrying the load while the other party seems unconcerned. That may not be the case; however, because of the non-committal attitude that is portrayed, no one really knows. It’s unfortunate that a friendship can be reduced to a giver and a taker.

What must be remembered is that friendship is a two way street and must be maintained by both parties. If not, it leaves one person feeling like the maintenance crew. That is, until they realize that they alone have been doing all of the work. Once this has been discovered, the friendship has to be over. When it is, don’t be surprised! Ask, what could I have done better to maintain a 20yr friendship? If you feel that it’s better this way, then move along. But be real about what you did or did not do because it needs to be addressed. See, true friends are hard to come by and the older you get, the more jaded you become.

Until next time I leave you with this quote from Robert Brault:

I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.

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Today

Today is all we have. Tomorrow is not promised. Why not make it count? This life is all we have so do something with it! Remove the hold that you have placed on your dreams. Its time to make a move. Regret is something that wears on you for the rest of your life. Don’t give up on you. As long as there is breath in your body, there is purpose in your life.

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Make It Happen

I have been working very hard to get my dream up and going. It has been stressful and frustrating at times. But it has also been one of the highlights of my life. We have only one life to live and one to give in service of others and I am moving full steam ahead. We must recognize our gifts and understand the best way to use them. It is vital that we not sit on our dreams or push them down. They are there for a reason. That fire that burns so deeply inside is there to move you to accomplish that which has been put in you. You have to get it out and once you do you will change your world. With that said, please check out my website. It is a work in progress but I am so excited to have up and going. As Walt Disney said, “The way to get started is to stop talking and begin doing.

 

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