A friend shared a story about the oak tree and the wind with me recently, and it has so many life lessons we all can learn from so I have decided to share with you also; A mighty wind blew night and day. It stole the oak tree’s leaves away. Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark, until the oak was tired and stark. But still the oak tree held its ground, while other trees fell all around. The weary wind gave up and spoke, “How can you still be standing, Mister Oak?” The oak tree said, “I know that you can break each branch of mine in two, carry every leaf away, shake my limbs, and make me sway. But I have roots stretched in the earth, growing stronger and stronger since my birth. You’ll never touch them, for you see, they are the very deepest part of me. Until today, I was not sure, of just how much I could endure. But now I’ve found, with thanks to you, I’m so much stronger than I ever knew!” Continue reading Don’t Let Life Break You
Be positive. Be happy. Feel good now. It is easy to feel good when things go as you “think” they should go. The miracle happens when we feel good when things appear to be bad. The bible says, all things work together for good for them that love God. When things appear to be bad, when decisions are taken against us, when our expectations do not materialize etc, the natural tendency is for us to feel bad, but that is really when we need to rejoice knowing that though we may not know how, the situation will turn around to be a blessing in the future.
This is the way I am conditioning my life to be. Recently unexpected things have happened that should steal my joy naturally but with this new mindset of feeling good no matter the circumstance I am positive that in every adversity is a seed for my benefit. The bigger the adversity/challenge/problem the bigger the seed for an even bigger opportunity for me. Continue reading Be Positive, Be Happy
When I was a little boy attending Sunday School, I used to hear this song in my classes a lot; “Cast your burdens unto Jesus for He cares for you…” as I grew older in the Scriptures, I discovered that the song was taken from a verse in the Bible “Casting all yours cares upon Him, for He cares for you.” Another says, “Cast your burdens unto the Lord for He will sustain you” in spite of all these assurances many of us are still holding unto our heavy burdens and refusing to let go even when our growth is being inhibited by them.
God has promised to sustain and help us if we cast our worries, stresses, anxiety, difficulties, problems, fears on Him but those of us who wouldn’t let go and are still holding unto our grieves, fears, and challenges in spite of these assurances and promises will be permitted to do us. I have come to discover that as merciful and all powerful as God is, He never imposes His blessings and gifts on anyone who isn’t willing to accept them. Continue reading God’s Waiting to Bless You
Some people are constantly looking for opportunities to criticize and complain about others. Nothing is ever good in their eyes. I meet some of these people most of the time, they complain about the weather, the traffic, the food and so on. Recently I attended a wedding and sat close to one of these folks and in spite of the many good things one could say about a wedding, this guy kept pointing out things he didn’t like about the wedding as if he contributed a dime to the wedding.
I believe that even the worst circumstances we can always find many good things to talk about if we look for them. Your spouse isn’t bad all the time; children don’t misbehave all the time; your boss isn’t bossy all the time. Let us learn to develop the habit of looking for the best in people and in every situation we find ourselves in.
Always look for something good to praise and endorse. Look for the best around you and think good thoughts about others, knowing that your thoughts always yield results after their kind. If you want to see good in your life, think good thoughts about yourself and others. Moreover the habit of constantly seeking for the good in others and praising them will uplift our own spirits. Continue reading Use Your Words to Build, Not to Destroy
“If you are going through hell, keep going” (Winston Churchill). Oh how true this statement is, because like all truly great people know that inside the difficulties lie the solution, or to put it again in the words of Winston Churchill; “We shall draw from the heart of the suffering itself, the means of inspiration and survival.” So friends as you go about your daily pursuits, seeking ways to live your greatest lives, I want you to remember these:
Every difficult task that comes across your path—every one that you would rather not do, that will take the most effort, cause the most pain, and be the greatest struggle—brings a blessing with it. And refusing to do it regardless of the sacrifices, time, and effort you have to put in, is to miss the blessing.
Every difficult stretch of road on which you have to follow in the pursuit of your life calling leads unquestionably to blessings. And they are blessings you will never receive unless you travel the steep and thorny path.
Every battle you encounter in your life, where you are required to fight, sometimes with the last of your strength, has the possibility of victory that will prove to be a rich blessing to you. And every heavy burden you are called upon to lift hides within itself a miraculous secret of strength.
Sometimes the darkness in our lives is worse, because we cannot even understand what we are doing. Therefore we are unable to see any beauty or any possible good arising from our experience. Yet if we are faithful to forge ahead and “if we do not give up”, someday we will know that we discovered our truest selves during those days when it was the darkest. Continue reading Blessing in Disguise
“Remember that your real wealth is measured not by what you have, not by where you are, but by the spirit that lives within you.”
– Keith Harrell
I am walking in the fullness of The Blessing,
fully furnished and liberally supplied.
Filled to the top—nothing wanting.
Filled to the brim—nothing lacking.
My ship is full and overflowing.
The Blessing has come to me. The Blessing has overtaken me.
I am walking in the superabundant, exceeding excess, fullness of The Blessing.