Jesus knew the pressure of a packed schedule. Crowds of people clamored for his attention. The Pharisees continually attacked him. Teaching his followers required a huge investment of his time. Yet he never let his schedule rule over him. He knew the mission God had given him, and he didn’t allow others’ demands dictate how he spent his time. He was never too busy to focus on what was most important—including time alone with his Father. If you’re too busy to spend time with God, then perhaps you’re too busy.
God reveals who he is in his Word, the Holy Bible. Since every word of God is flawless, this means that God himself is flawless. Every word spoken by him, every decision made by him, every outcome allowed by him is perfect.
When skeptics question God’s Word, calling it mere opinion or human interpretation, don’t believe it! The Bible is a divinely inspired message from God to humanity. Do not doubt the truth or the God of the Bible—he is flawless. Time and again he’ll prove to you that he knows what he’s doing and that he does all things perfectly.
With a hunk of wood in your own eye, why would you concern yourself with the speck in someone else’s eye? Yet we spend an embarrassing amount of time doing just that. In our insecurity, we subconsciously think that if we can find faults in others, then we’ll feel better about ourselves. This judgmentalism is the very quality that turns many non-Christians away from the church. We are all weak and need a huge dose of grace—which God freely gives us. Be generous in extending that grace to others, and others will be more likely to extend that same generosity to you.
Fearing God doesn’t mean being afraid of him; it means standing in awe of him. Fear connotes a healthy respect and honor. God’s goodness cascades like a fountain over those who respect him, protecting them from the things that could bring them harm.
He is a fountain of life on earth and in eternity. On earth, when you show you fear God by obeying his commands, you will avoid the people and places that are physically and spiritually dangerous to you. Your fear for God will carry you into eternal life, where his love will pour over you forever.
Have you ever felt the weight of guilt pulling you down? It feels like a burden that you’re forced to carry. It becomes an unwanted, but unavoidable, part of who you are. But it doesn’t have to be that way. All you have to do is repent and turn to God. Turn away from your sin and turn to him, and your sin will be “wiped out”—not cut in half, not slightly smudged—it will be completely removed, gone forever. Then times of refreshing will come. Don’t you want sweet refreshment for your soul to replace that bitter weight you’ve carried?
Regardless of what society or your family tells you (or even what you may secretly tell yourself), you are not the sum total of your pedigree, résumé and credentials. You have one identity in life upon which you should rest all your aspirations: You are a daughter of God. That’s all. But how much that “all” entails!
“44 percent of American women say that making more money is a major personal goal. 30 percent also say they would be happier if they were rich, and they dream about getting rich.”
“But now, this is what the LORD says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.’”
Today, I finally sat down and finished my 2013 business goals. Since I have three businesses, I decided to combine them instead of keeping three different lists. Some of the goals are specifically for my magazine business and some are specifically for my wedding business and online shop. However, I think having them all together in one place will help me stay focused on the major goals I have set for myself this year. So without further ado, here are some of my 2013 personal goals…
1. To read God's word everyday
2. To appreciate beauty
3. To laugh often and much
4. To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends
5. To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children
6. To find the best in others
So what are your goals for this year?
Follow your heart, it knows the way -
Follow your heart and dreams and work on finding your passions. When you do this, you will experience a transformational leap of knowing yourself better and connecting with the universe. Each person has a unique set of passions that await their final discovery. Just remember that the fundamental question in business and in personal life is the same: What really matters? Often, success might mean something a little different to each of us. Another fresh new year is here, Another year to live!To banish worry, doubt, and fear,To love and laugh and give!We open another book today. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day. Have a blessed New Year.
God never leads us where He cannot keep us. His grace is always sufficient for us in any and every circumstance of life.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It doesn't matter what storm you're going through today, just remember that gratitude makes sense of your past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. The more you express your gratitude to God for our blessings, the more he will bring to your mind other blessings. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!
“LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless
and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart
and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong
and casts no slur on his fellowman.”
( Ps. 15:1-3
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