“The values I learned as a child have sustained me throughout my adult life. I cannot say that I have always appreciated the advice that my elders passed my way, but in times of crisis, it is their words that helped me get through. Grandma use to say, with God’s guidance, I could achieve the impossible. As a life coach, writer, and speaker, I share my experiences through my work.” –Dawn
We say we want to be pleasing in God’s sight. Well, do not let the people you are trying to get saved question your own salvation by what they see or hear you do before and after the church doors are opened. Salvation is not something you parade just on Sunday and Wednesday Bible Study.
In my quest to become a wiser woman, I have been taking inventory of self. I am determined to master the gifts of being quiet and the ability to reason. These are two characteristics of gracefulness. It is insane to repeatedly continue unbecoming, inappropriate behavior, give lame excuses, and expect people to treat you differently.
Aristole said it best, “We are what we repeatedly do.” Are you about excellence or mediocrity?
“And a woman who had suffered from a flow of blood for twelve years and had spent all of her living upon physicians, and could not be healed by anyone, Came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His garment, and immediately her flow of blood ceased. And when the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came up trembling, and falling down before Him, she declared in the presence of all the people for what reason she had touched Him and how she had been instantly cured. And He said to her, Daughter, your faith (your confidence and trust in Me) has mad you well! Go (enter) into peace (untroubled, undisturbed well-being).”
This woman did the unthinkable. Because of her condition, it was against the rules for her to be in the company of anyone. Sometimes playing it safe does not get the results you want or need. It is okay to take risks.
I once met a woman who told me that I was a bad influence on others. What difference does it make what she thinks? She is only one person, and that’s her opinion.
II once met a man who told me that I was not worth the time. What difference does it make what he thinks? He is only one person, and that’s his opinion.
I once met another woman who told me that I spoke English poorly. What difference does it make what she thinks? She is only one person, and that’s her opinion.
Well, I have my own opinion of who I am, and I what my creator intended me to be. What difference does it make what I think? I can either stand in the shadows of others’ negative opinions or step out in front and shine.
This morning I was reading some information that I received, and it made me think about how liberating God’s word is. For example:
“I have strength for all things in Christ who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].” – Philippians 4:13 (AMP)
I ask you, How can you not feel empowered and liberated after reading those words? Ready to take on the world? Well, according to Philippians 4:13, we are!
On a daily bases, we see individuals who are sad and angry. We wonder to ourselves how in the world did they get that way. These individuals have been bitter so long until they do not even know that they are bitter. There are somethings that we have to deal within this world, and if you are not careful will make you sour. Some life circumstances, such as poverty, abuse, financial crisis, bad jobs, job loss, home foreclosures, and so on, are enough to make the most happiest person grumpy.
Well, I am here to tell you that God does not want bitterness as a way of life for us. It is possible to be in a place of bitterness and not be bitter. We have to get to a place, in which we do not allow our environment determine our future. Romans 8:28 (AMP version) states, “We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.”
You have the power to turn that situation around. Start declaring to yourself what you want. Say”I shall” and go to naming. You got to “say it to see it.” For example, lack of jobs, create one for yourself – called self-employment. Just as Ezekiel had to speak to those dry bones, speak life into your dry areas.
Here are 3 Steps to Prevent Bitterness:
- Confess unto God – Tell Him what is troubling you. BE HONEST
- Apply God’s word to the situation – Do what He Tells you to do.
- Remember that if it was not for His mercy keeping you, you would be consumed. – THANKSGIVING
You know the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
One of my favorite movies is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Because I wanted to share a piece of my childhood with my children, I bought the movie so they too could experience the enjoyment. Needless to say, we watched the movie everyday.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a delightful family movie with great songs that you can sing along with and dance to, but I recognized something else about the movie. This movie is quite inspirational; the theme of hope and dreams rang through the whole movie.
For those of you who have never seen it or it has been a while, the movie tells the story of a struggling inventor Caractacus Potts and his family’s adventure in a car he rebuilt named Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Professor Potts desires to see one of his inventions successful and to be able to take care of his children because he is a single parent. Well, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was once a Grand Prix winning car, but after a bad accident, ended up at a junkyard. At the children’s request, Professor Potts manages to gain the money to buy the car from the junkyard and rebuilds it. His father attempts to encourage him to give up on his silly dreams of being a famous inventor and get a conventional job that would pay him “A honest day’s pay for a honest day’s work,” but the hero of this story does not give up on his dream. Not only does he build a remarkable car, but in the end, one of his inventions pays off for him.
Professor Potts’ fame did not come instantly; it took time and effort. He was in it for the long haul because he believed in himself. For us as we move towards our own success, keep in mind that success is not always instanteous, it takes time and effort.
My husband, children, and I are big fans of The Karate Kid movies. We have seen all of them more than once. I grew up watching Mr. Miyagi teaching Daniel life lessons and now, my children are experiencing the same lessons with Mr. Hun and Dre. The other evening while I was watching the latest version with the children, I started making mental notes of all the life lessons the movie was conveying. Here is my list: 1. The value of determination, perseverance, and being focused on one’s goals- Hard work does pay off. 2. One chooses to sink or swim- When you are knocked down, you have a choice to either stay there and feel sorry for yourself or get back up, brush off, and keep it moving. 3. We share a common thread no matter what their cultural differences are- A need to be loved, respected and to be treated fairly. 4. The true value of mentorship and friendship- mentor does not have to look like you in order to teach you something. You can take nuggets from the most unlikely person. Time, energy, and love invested into someone can lead to great victories. 5. Repetitive behavior becomes instinct- You are what you repeatedly do. 6. You teach what you already know because you live it.