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Eye On The Prize

There are times we are not at our best.

There will be days when nothing is working out.

We won’t make the shots we usually do.

React in a way that is out of our character..

Or sometimes, it just pours when it rains.

But what’s important is how we bounce back in life.

God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons we could not learn in any other way. The way we learn those lessons is not to deny the feelings but to find the meanings underlying them.”
– Stanley Lindquist

You and I are blessed with gifts and uniqueness.

We are “perfect in His eyes.”

Blessed to be a blessing.

To make the world a better place.

To put a smile on someone’s face.

No matter how insignificant your gifts may seem to you;

It may mean everything to someone else.

Don’t allow bitterness in your life.

FOCUS to become BETTER 🙂

Keep your eyes on the prize.

Learn from yesterday’s setbacks.

Then let them go…

They really are friends in disguise.

Today is a new day.

A new opportunity.

A new chapter to rewrite your own history where you can have a happy ending.

Live it as such….

You make the choices to what direction your life goes.

In a way, you are the author of the choices that you make.

What is your story like?

How would you like the story to unfold?

People can read our story…

by the way we live our lives.

Let’s make them count…

Let’s not just make our lives better………                but someone else’s as well. 🙂

Remember, “you are perfect in His eyes.”



This was emailed to me recently but have been going around for a few years now. It’s beautiful….

and I want to share it with you.

MORNING MOTIVATION

When I woke up this morning lying in bed,


I was
 asking myself;


What
 are some of the secrets of success in

life?


I found
 the answer right there,


in my very room.
 


KNEEL DOWN AND PRAY. 

Carry a Heart that Never Hates.

Carry a Smile that Never Fades.

Carry a Touch that Never Hurts..


HAVE A PURPOSEFUL DAY
IN THE LORD!
 

‘God Blesses you To Be A Blessing Unto Others’ 
THIS MUST BE OUR PRAYER 

NAME IT and CLAIM IT, BELIEVE IT and RECEIVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!
It’s a POWERFUL PRAYER!
When you are DOWN to nothing …. God is UP to something’

Father, in the Name of Jesus, bless me even while I’m reading this
prayer and bless the one that sent this to me in a special way. Open
Doors in our lives today, Save and set free!
Give us a double portion of your Spirit as we take back everything that
the devil has stolen:
****Emotional Health
****Physical Health
****Finances
****Relationships
****Children
****Jobs
****Homes
****Marriages
I cancel every plot, plan and scheme the enemy has devised Against us in
The NAME OF JESUS. And I declare:
NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST US WILL PROSPER.
I speak LIFE into every dead situation.
And, I thank you that nothing is over until YOU say it’s
Over! Speak prophetically into our lives and to our situations:
****our households are blessed;
****our health is blessed ;
****our marriages are blessed;
****our finances are blessed;
****our relationships are blessed;
****our businesses are blessed;
****our jobs are blessed;
****our children are blessed;
****our grandchildren are blessed;
****our parents are blessed;
****our siblings are blessed;
****our ministries are blessed;
****our decisions are blessed;
****our friends are blessed.
****Mortgages are paid and debts canceled; our hearts’ desire is on the
Way; According to YOUR perfect will and plan for our lives.
YOU SAID YOU’D NEVER FORSAKE US! IN JESUS’ NAME!
AMEN!

‘Safety is not the absence of danger, but is the presence of God

YOU must be the CHANGE you wish to see in the world. – – – Mahatma Gandhi

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – – –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sometimes it’s hard to give thanks when things don’t go our way.
Sometimes we may experience our own version of the “Agony of Gethsemane” in life.
We may even feel we don’t deserve what we are going through.
So when we do.
God wants us to “give thanks in all circumstances. for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 18
Let’s remind ourselves that God will not let us go through something we can’t handle or overcome. 
His grace will always be sufficient to our needs.
It is when we loose sight of His goodness and His mercy, that we become discouraged;
It is when we focus on the weight of our circumstances instead of His amazing grace and the power of His resurrection that we experience doubts, hopelessness and sorrows.
Take comfort and hope when God says,
28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
God sent the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter and Counselor.
Our Guide and Sanctifier.
Seek the Spirit of God to enlighten you and guide you to His Truth and Will for your life.
If we continue to do good. Do what’s right in God’s eyes. Thank Him in all circumstances.
Then, in His Time……       in His Way…………
He will shower us with favor…..       with grace………
and blessings……………
For the Scripture says,
”For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly” Psalms 84:11 (Amplified Bible version).

So let’s not loose heart or give up of being obedient in following God’s Word and in doing good in LOVE and in TRUTH. To honor God and give Him the Glory.

And let’s remind ourselves.
That when we are in a situation where we are tempted to complain, whine and grumble.
no matter how small or big it is,
deserving or not –
to “give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus.”
Keep in mind that “NO GOOD THING will He WITHHOLDfrom those who walk uprightly.”

Things WE Can Be THANKFUL for Today…

Sometimes, life is just so stressful it’s hard to see and APPRECIATE what we have…
take people and things for granted.
I found this old email that someone sent me which I think is so appropriate for moments like these…..

I am Thankful :

 FOR THE WIFE
WHO SAYS IT’S HOT DOGS TONIGHT,
BECAUSE SHE IS HOME WITH ME,
AND NOT OUT WITH SOMEONE ELSE.

 FOR THE HUSBAND
WHO IS ON THE SOFA
BEING A COUCH POTATO,
BECAUSE HE IS HOME WITH ME
AND NOT OUT AT THE BARS.

FOR THE TEENAGER

WHO IS COMPLAINING ABOUT DOING DISHES
BECAUSE IT MEANS SHE IS AT HOME,
NOT ON THE STREETS.
FOR THE TAXES I PAY
BECAUSE IT MEANS
I AM EMPLOYED.

FOR THE MESS TO CLEAN AFTER A PARTY
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE
BEEN SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS.

FOR THE CLOTHES THAT FIT A LITTLE TOO SNUG
BECAUSE IT MEANS
I HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT.

 


FOR MY SHADOW THAT WATCHES ME WORK

BECAUSE IT MEANS
I AM OUT IN THE SUNSHINE

FOR A LAWN THAT NEEDS MOWING,

WINDOWS THAT NEED CLEANING,
AND GUTTERS THAT NEED FIXING
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE A HOME.

FOR ALL THE COMPLAINING

I HEAR ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT
BECAUSE IT MEANS
WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH..

FOR THE PARKING SPOT

I FIND AT THE FAR END OF THE PARKING LOT
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM CAPABLE OF WALKING
AND I HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH TRANSPORTATION.

FOR MY HUGE HEATING BILL
BECAUSE IT MEANS
I AM WARM.

 


FOR THE LADY BEHIND ME IN CHURCH

WHO SINGS OFF KEY BECAUSE IT MEANS
I CAN HEAR.

FOR THE PILE OF LAUNDRY AND IRONING

BECAUSE IT MEANS
I HAVE CLOTHES TO WEAR.
 FOR WEARINESS AND ACHING MUSCLES
AT THE END OF THE DAY
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE BEEN
CAPABLE OF WORKING HARD.

FOR THE ALARM THAT GOES OFF

IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM ALIVE.
You and I might have more problems than these.
But I am sure “there are people that have more –
and BIGGER problems than we do…”

And that… we can be thankful for!  🙂

 

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.” – Elisabeth KÜbler-Ross

 

Our lives are not determined by what happened to us, but how we react to what happens, not by what life brings us but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results. – Unknown

Never ruin an apology with an excuse.

– Hajar Bessal

 

I complained because I didn’t have shoes until I saw someone without feet. – Unknown

He who angers you conquers you. – Elizabeth Kenny

“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” – Abraham Lincoln

People are to be loved and things are to be used… Immorality occurs, when things are loved and people are used.” – Unknown

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s learning to dance in the rain. -Unknown

Think of prayers as blessings.

In every blessing there’s a door. In every door there are locks.

And to unlock those doors you need a key.

Here are the basic keys to in unlocking God‘s blessings. God answering our prayers.

1. FAITH – that does not DOUBT.

Mark 11:22-24

22 And Jesus *answered saying to them, “ Have faith in God. 23  Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. 24 Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.

No matter how bleak a situation is. God says if we do not doubt in our hearts, and believe we receive what we asked for. Then, it shall be done according to thy faith.

11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

 

2. Obedience

1 John 3:22

“and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.”

God answers our prayers like any father would to His children.

No good parent rewards rebellious children.

And that is the same thing with God.

Disobedience or sin separates us from God’s love.

You can’t expect God to bless us if we don’t keep his commandments and do the things that please our Heavenly Father.

Secondly, God wants the best for His children. Sometimes, what we ask for is something that either won’t be good for us or God wants something better for us.

And in some cases, it’s not the right time for us to have what we prayed for. So He delays the timing of having what we want. The problem is we give up too easily. We pout like little kids at times.

God wants us to have a “childlike faith” and not a “childish attitude.”

3. Forgiveness 

Matthew 18:23-35

23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[h] was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[i] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.

We loose God’s favor when we don’t forgive from the heart… we shall reap what we sow…. if we can’t forgive, we won’t be forgiven the Scripture says.

Someone said, “you have to be a forgiver, in order to be a receiver….”

 

4. Praising God

Praise, according to the Scriptures, is an act of our will that flows out of an awe and reverence for our Creator. Praise gives glory to God and opens us up to a deeper union with Him. It turns our attention off of our problems and on the nature and character of God Himself.

As we focus our minds on God and proclaim His goodness, we reflect His glory back to Him. The results can fill you with peace and contentment ( Isaiah 26:3) and transform your outlook on life.

Very simply, we praise God because He is worthy of our praise ( 1 Chron. 16:25; Rev. 5:11-14). He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is our Creator, Provider, Healer, Redeemer, Judge, Defender and much more. (From CBN.)

So if we praise God more often it brings favor, grace and blessings in our life and our household.

Yes, faith, obedience, forgiveness and praising God causes God’s heart to melt for his children.

The Keys to God answering our prayers.

God’s Love is from everlasting to everlasting.

Man can never comprehend the depth & vastness of the Love of God towards him.

We may get sidetracked, feel unworthy, undeserving, angry, stumble at times in our walk with Him.

But His grace and mercy will always be waiting for us if we seek Him and turn to Him with all our heart.

He will always remain faithful and true and loving.

For that is what who He is.       LOVE.

I encourage you my friends not to get discouraged in your daily walk with Him. No matter what happens in your life. Keep your eyes on Him. Focused.

King David expressed it so beautifully in one of his Psalms on how deep God’s Love for man is and how man cannot hide from His Love.

Read it prayerfully.

Let it speak to your heart….

Psalm 139

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.You know when I sit and when I rise;     you perceive my thoughts from afar.You discern my going out and my lying down;   you are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely. 
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, 
    too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me, 
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being; 
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful, 
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God! 
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them, 
    they would outnumber the grains of sand —
    when I awake, I am still with you.

23 Search me, God, and know my heart; 
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.