You are Not Alone!

Never let resentment, or hatred cloud your vision of what you want, and where you are going in your future.

Work on the resentment, the hatred, the pain inside—and when it is GONE…

…and all there is left is love, passion, compassion:

Make your decisions, set your future, and create a NEW WAY to be.

Because, the lens of resentment is a poor mirror of reality, and will cover up what you ACTUALLY, really (deep, deep down) want inside your heart…

…and remember:

YOU are powerful, and you are not alone.  Accept the free gift of Christ Jesus and you will Never walk alone.

You are worthy.

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Are you still resolved to keep your New Years Resolution?

This video will have a big effect on your life and business if you watch it. Consider this video in light of your existing job/business, but also view it in terms of the DREAMS you had when you first started your career.

What is the VISION of your future? What are your REASONS for getting up every morning? What is the STANDARD that you want to achieve? What are you doing on a DAILY BASIS to achieve your goals/standards?

Watch motivational guru Tony Robbins address Lasting Change as opposed to New Year’s Resolutions. This video is content rich and emotionally impactful. It’ll change your 2014 if you are ready . . .

WATCH THIS VIDEO – It will help you “ensure progress” in your business by focusing you on your VISION, backed up by strong reasons, that are brought to reality by your Daily Disciplines…what he calls “rituals.”

Feel welcome to discuss and share your perspective about how this video affects you. This video had a HUGE affect on many people and I would like to hear what it has done for you. It’s exciting to talk with someone about your VISION once you truly RESOLVE to get it done and you really get committed to RAISE YOUR STANDARDS by changing and committing to daily disciplines.

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Who are you Praying for today?

No Prayer is to small when it comes from the heart.  Lift up someone today.

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Who are you Abiding with?

According to the Strong’s dictionary, to abide means to stay with or remain, to continue to be, not to perish, to last, endure.  This begs the question… with whom are you abiding your time?

If you are like most people, you have a job.  Like it or not we all must eat, and your family has this weird fetish of living indoors rather than out.  So, you continue to abide with your co-workers during the work day.  Hopefully, there are some that you enjoy working with.

You also abide with your spouse.  No matter what, you still abide with your chosen one for life.  Remember you love your spouse.

That being said, who is it that you abide with on a daily basis that truly loves you and truly wants to abide with you?  If you have ever taken the time to read the Bible you may have ran across this passage from John 15 1-17

I am the true vine, and My Father is the vine dresser.   2 “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every [branch] that bears fruit, He prunes it, that it may bear more fruit.  3 “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.  4 “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither [can] you, unless you abide in Me.   5 “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.   6 “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch, and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.   7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you.   8 “By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and [so] prove to be My disciples.   9 “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.   10 “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.   11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and [that] your joy may be made full.   12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.   13 “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.   14 “You are My friends, if you do what I command you. 15 “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.   16 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you.   17 “This I command you, that you love one another.

As you can see, this is an intimate kind of abiding.  This kind is to continue to be, not to perish; to last, to endure.  Just as your marriage is to last and endure, Jesus wants to endure with you.  He wants to abide with us on a daily basis.  He wants to graft you into His life and I can not think of anything better; or Anyone better to abide with.  Can you?

What are your thoughts on this?

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The Rich Family In Church

This is a repost that I think you will enjoy.  You can find the full page here.

I’ll never forget Easter 1946. I was 14, my little sister Ocy was 12,and my older sister Darlene 16. We lived at home with our mother, and the four of us knew what it was to do without many things. My dad had died five years before, leaving Mom with seven school kids to raise and no money.

By 1946 my older sisters were married and my brothers had left home. A month before Easter the pastor of our church announced that a special Easter offering would be taken to help a poor family. He asked everyone to save and give sacrificially.

When we got home, we talked about what we could do. We decided to buy 50 pounds of potatoes and live on them for a month. This would allow us to save $20 of our grocery money for the offering. When we thought that if we kept our electric lights turned out as much as possible and didn’t listen to the radio, we’d save money on that month’s electric bill. Darlene got as many house and yard cleaning jobs as possible, and both of us babysat for everyone we could. For 15 cents we could buy enough cotton loops to make three pot holders to sell for $1. We made $20 on pot holders. That month was one of the best of our lives.

Every day we counted the money to see how much we had saved. At night we’d sit in the dark and talk about how the poor family was going to enjoy having the money the church would give them. We had about 80 people in church, so figured that whatever amount of money we had to give, the offering would surely be 20 times that much. After all, every Sunday the pastor had reminded everyone to save for the sacrificial offering.

The day before Easter, Ocy and I walked to the grocery store and got the manager to give us three crisp $20 bills and one $10 bill for all our change. We ran all the way home to show Mom and Darlene. We had never had so much money before.

That night we were so excited we could hardly sleep. We didn’t care that we wouldn’t have new clothes for Easter; we had $70 for the sacrificial offering. We could hardly wait to get to church! On Sunday morning, rain was pouring. We didn’t own an umbrella, and the church was over a mile from our home, but it didn’t seem to matter how wet we got. Darlene had cardboard in her shoes to fill the holes. The cardboard came apart, and her feet got wet.

However, we sat in church proudly. I heard some teenagers talking about the Smith girls having on their old dresses. I looked at them in their new clothes, and I felt rich. When the sacrificial offering was taken, we were sitting on the second row from the front. Mom put in the $10 bill, and each of us kids put in a $20.

As we walked home after church, we sang all the way. At lunch Mom had a surprise for us. She had bought a dozen eggs, and we had boiled Easter eggs with our fried potatoes! Late that afternoon the minister drove up in his car. Mom went to the door, talked with him for a moment, and then came back with an envelope in her hand. We asked what it was, but she didn’t say a word. She opened the envelope and out fell a bunch of money. There were three crisp $20 bills, one $10 and seventeen $1 bills.

Mom put the money back in the envelope. We didn’t talk, just sat and stared at the floor. We had gone from feeling like millionaires to feeling like poor white trash. We kids had such a happy life that we felt sorry for anyone who didn’t have our Mom and Dad for parents and a house full of brothers and sisters and other kids visiting constantly. We thought it was fun to share silverware and see whether we got the spoon or the fork that night. We had two knifes that we passed around to whoever needed them. I knew we didn’t have a lot of things that other people had, but I’d never thought we were poor.

That Easter day I found out we were. The minister had brought us the money for the poor family, so we must be poor. I didn’t like being poor. I looked at my dress and worn-out shoes and felt so ashamed–I didn’t even want to go back to church. Everyone there probably already knew we were poor!

I thought about school. I was in the ninth grade and at the top of my class of over 100 students. I wondered if the kids at school knew that we were poor. I decided that I could quit school since I had finished the eighth grade. That was all the law required at that time. We sat in silence for a long time. Then it got dark, and we went to bed. All that week, we girls went to school and came home, and no one talked much. Finally on Saturday, Mom asked us what we wanted to do with the money. What did poor people do with money? We didn’t know. We’d never known we were poor. We didn’t want to go to church on Sunday, but Mom said we had to. Although it was a sunny day, we didn’t talk on the way. Mom started to sing, but no one joined in and she only sang one verse. At church we had a missionary speaker. He talked about how churches in Africa made buildings out of sun dried bricks, but they needed money to buy roofs. He said $100 would put a roof on a church. The minister said, “Can’t we all sacrifice to help these poor people?” We looked at each other and smiled for the first time in a week.

Mom reached into her purse and pulled out the envelope. She passed it to Darlene. Darlene gave it to me, and I handed it to Ocy. Ocy put it in the offering. When the offering was counted, the minister announced that it was a little over $100. The missionary was excited. He hadn’t expected such a large offering from our small church. He said, “You must have some rich people in this church.” Suddenly it struck us! We had given $87 of that “little over $100.”

We were the rich family in the church! Hadn’t the missionary said so? From that day on I’ve never been poor again. I’ve always remembered how rich I am because I have Jesus!

By Eddie Ogan
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Turn Your Car Into a Rolling College

Back in high school you would have a hard time finding me with a book in my hand.  Now days I find myself gravitating towards the books at any store I find myself in.  The real books are my preference, not the electronic type.  Course the Kendall does have its usefulness, but I still like the hard cover and the smell that comes with it.  The one main problem with reading a book is you have to give it your attention and that is hard to do when you are driving.

Audio Books

Like most people I have become accustomed to having the radio on in the car.  Listening to music, talk or the local sports stations just help the time go by easier during your commute to where ever it is I’m are going.  Problem is that I can only handle just so many repeats of the same song in one day; much less in the same week.

Introducing audio books.  If you have not visited your library in a while, it is high time that you do.  The one close to our house is loaded with books on CD (westerns, murder mystery, documentaries, self help and much more (now I sound like I’m trying to sell something).

Seriously, why not get yourself an audio book or two and learn something new?  Who do you have an interest in that is now a historical figure?  What about listening to the Bible on CDs?   There are some Bible productions that are made with several different people reading and it is WELL worth your time to listen.  As Max Luciano is known for saying, “Listen to the Bible, It’s great for the soul.”

Smart Phones

Those of us that have smart phones can plug them into most newer car radios now and play something on YouTube.  Just the other day I listened to a recording of Og Mandino, “The Greatest Salesman in the World”   I know that it is over two hours of listening time, but as I said earlier it helps the time go by quicker and I am learning something useful along the way.

Now I must admit, there are times when I just need to relax and have a good laugh before I turn in at nite and when the reflection in the mirror won’t work I try to find something on YouTube.

Hint: Don’t listen to this while driving.

Whatever it is you do for a living you can always use a little improvement.  I suggest people start with Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People”.   Just remember that God created you with two ears and one mouth, use them accordingly.  In other words, shut up and listen.  You just might learn something.  I think my next book will be “The Magic of Thinking Big

If you enjoyed these ideas, come and join me in enjoying the GoodLife USA.

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People are watching you

There are people all around you. Young ones that you don’t even know, people you work with, people you worship with, those you pass on the street are watching and may be affected by some little thing you do.

Your children will mimic what they see in you. Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

This is one awsome video that was found on YouTube and I felt the need to share it.

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Straight talk out of love.

Can I offer some straight talk out of love?

If you’re broke, do something about it.

Quit making excuses for it.

Quit acting like it’s okay or acceptable to be a grown adult who can’t pay their bills.

Quit acting like it’s not a serious problem just because a few million OTHER people are having the same experience.

It’s not okay.

Here’s why: everyone has X amount of time, energy and creativity to use every day.

When you’re broke….you spend ALL your time, energy and creativity trying to figure out how to rob Peter so you can pay Paul.

You spend ALL your time, energy and creativity playing games like “How can I keep my electricity and phone on at the same time?”  “How can I pay my car payment and still get my daughter something for her birthday this week?”

Result: you are SPENT. You give 100% of your time, effort and energy to satisfy your own needs.

If all you ever do is focus on your own needs…..how are you supposed to ever be a contribution to anyone else?

Your creativity is not meant to be spent 100% on trying to meet your own needs. There are other people, other organizations and other projects that desperately need your time, effort and energy…..

….and they aren’t getting it because you’re so busy being broke that there’s nothing left.

Another way to say it is this: being broke is one of the most selfish things you can do.

Please understand….I’m not criticizing you as a person.

You may be a good husband, good father, good wife, good mother, good church member, good community member, good teacher, good brother, good sister, good friend, etc.

I’m not saying anything about you as a human being.

I’m just talking about what being BROKE does to anyone (good or not).

If you are a grown adult who’s BROKE…..you can never be the BEST you can be at any of those things. Because you spend all your time, energy and creativity putting out financial fires.

Stop it.

Fix it.

Do something about it.

Poverty is a dirty, degrading, humiliating disease that is 100% curable and preventable.

It’s not okay for you to be a grown adult who can’t pay his bills.

The sooner you admit that and decide to do something about it — ANYTHING about it — the sooner you can start giving the gift of your time, energy and creativity to others.

They need it.  They need you.

Fix your finances and start being a contribution to the people who need you.

Thanks for reading this far. I appreciate you and I hope you understand this is coming from love….and from my own journey from “broke and selfish” to “prosperous and contributing”.

This message was sent to me from Tony Rush

P.S. The purpose of this message is not to to “sell” you something.

At the same time, I’d genuinely feel GUILTY if I had something that would help you get out of your situation and didn’t tell you about it.

Here’s how I went from ZERO income to paying my bills and enjoying the GoodLife.

After watching the short 22 minute video, contact me for more information and to get started at Mentoring4Freedom@gmail.com

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