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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.

 

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Many years ago I started writing because my doctor suggested I find a stress reliever or he was going to medicate me.  Not wanting to be on medication,
I began sending out short inspirational messages to my family and friends by email once a week. However, at the request of some of my readers, messages
eventually were sent twice a week.  I was told once a week was not enough.  Things were going good with my writing endeavor.

Then I was evited to a home showing for a new business.  I went to be supportive.  While I was there, the conversation turned to me and my writings.  I am not exactly
sure how I became the center of the conversation.  I believe one of the ladies there was on my email list.  Anyway, the subject of me writing a book came up and the conversation got interesting.  Out of the blue, a young lady, who I did not know asked me, “What made me think that I was qualified to write a book?”  I asked myself

would she had asked a more well-known author this question?  She did not know me; so what led her to pose this question to me?  I was as capable as anyone else. Needless
to say, I was shocked and tongue-tied.  I did not know what to say, but I gave her an answer; I am not sure if it was good enough for her, oh well.  Up until that moment, I
had no opposition to me writing.  I had always had favorable feedback and encouragement from my readership.  Actually, it was my readers who suggested and encouraged
the idea of a book in the first place.

If someone was to ask me that question today,  my answer would probably sound something like this, “I was born with a purpose in mind.  I was ordained before I was born

and my experiences since my birth have prepared and qualified me to do what it is that I do.  Please talk to God if you have a problem that.”  I watch my children everyday display their talents.  My daughter, who is 6 years old is already showing talent as a fashion designer.  She designed and made her first pair of sandals, and my 4 year old
son told my husband and me that preaching is in his blood. Yes, he said it.  Who am I to dispute that or discourage either of them.  So, who gives anyone the right to dispute
a dream?

If someone was to ask you, “What makes you so special; what would your answer be?”

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Have you ever heard “loose lips sink ships” and “never open a fine wine before it’s time?”   Revealing things too soon can interrupt the process.  Just like a cook  keeps the lid on until the dish is done, you must do the same.  It’s for your own good!

Excerpt from Good Morning, it’s Dawn ©2008 by Dawn Courtney Mason

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A thought just came to me that some people only find merriment during the holidays.  How sad.  Why not fill your world with peace and love not just during the holidays, but everyday.

Excerpt from Good Morning, it’s Dawn ©2008 by Dawn Courtney Mason

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 James 2: 14-26
 
“14What is the use (profit), my brethren, for anyone to profess to have faith if he has no [good] works [to show for it]? Can [such] faith save [his soul]? 15If a brother or sister is poorly clad and lacks food for each day, 16And one of you says to him, Good-bye! Keep [yourself] warm and well-fed, without giving him the necessities for the body, what good does that do? 17So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead). 18But someone will say [to you then], You [say you] have faith, and I have [good] works. Now you show me your [alleged] faith apart from any [good] works [if you can], and I by [good] works [of obedience] will show you my faith. 20Are you willing to be shown [proof], you foolish (unproductive, spiritually deficient) fellow, that faith apart from [good] works is inactive and ineffective and worthless?”
 
Faith that God requires from us is that we are focused through any season.  Make sure your faith is in the one who you say it is in.  Your actions should reflect what you say.  Is your faith moving mountains or are you just standing there looking at them scratching your head?  Please do not contradict yourself.

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Mark 6:1-6
 
“Jesus Went away from there and came to His [own] country and hometown [Nazareth]. amd His disciples followed [with] Him. 2And on the Sabbath He began to teach in the synagogue; and many who listened to Him were utterly astonished, saying, Where did this Man acquire all this? What is the wisdom [the broad and full intelligence which has been] given to Him? What mighty works and exhibitions of power are wrought by His hands!  3Is not this the Carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not His sisters here among us? And they took offense at Him and were hurt [that is, they disapproved of Him, and it hindered them from acknowledging His authority] and they were caused to stumble and fall. 4But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor (deference, reverence) except in his [own] country and among [his] relatives and in his [own] house. 5And He was not able to do even one work of power there, except that He laid His hands on a few sickly people [and] cured them. 6And He marveled because of their unbelief (their lack of faith in Him). And He went about among the surrounding villages and continued teaching.
 
It is a shame when your own people do not believe in you.  Jesus went home and the very people that He had grew up around could not accept how great He was.  That happens to us too.  The individuals who you expect to support you in your endeavors are the same ones who will convince you to stop.
 
Jesus observed, addressed the matter, and kept moving.  He did not let a few people who did not understand stop Him from accomplishing His goal.
 
You were birthed into this world to rise and shine; do not let anyone or anything deter that.  The next time someone questions you about your vision say, “With your permission, I can take you with me into my destiny. if not, you can stay here.”
 

DayBreak is written from notes taken from the sermons preached at the Healing Center Church by Pastor D. M. Mason.  Services are held weekly, Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m..  For more information, contact 910-997-7284.

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Numbers 13 
 
“And The Lord said to Moses, 2Send men to explore and scout (for yourselves) the land of Canaan, which I give to the Israelites.  From each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, everyone one a leader or head among them. 3So Moses by the command of the Lord sent scouts from the Wilderness of Paran, all of them men who were heads of the Israelites.”
 
In Numbers 13, Moses has been given a command by God to send out scouts to explore the land that He is planning to give to them.  Well, the men go out and bring back a report to Moses on what they saw.  The land was good; however, there some inhabitants that were not the most friendliest people, which concerned the scouts.  In verse 30, Caleb speaks up and does his best to assure everyone that they as a group are more than capable of possessing the land promised to them, but the others are not so sure. 
 
God had already promised the land to them; so, it was already theirs to take, but they could not see past the present circumstances at that time.  Just because you are in a dry place in your life right now does not mean that God  does not have something great for your life especially if He has already made a promise to you.  God does not go back on His word.  
 
You can tell your greatest  through the level of your challenge- greater the attack greater the significance.  Think of it this way- Your misery is your message; your suffering is your sermon.  God may not have called your to preach, but He has called you to witness. 
 
Remember you only see obstacles when you take your focus off your vision.

*DayBreak is written from notes taken from the sermons preached at the Healing Center Church by Pastor D. M. Mason.  Services are held weekly, Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m..  For more information, contact 910-997-7284.

 

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