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How to Deal with a Challenging Life

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Most of us think of the wonderful things we would do if we could only get rid of the worries, the annoyances, the disturbances that prick us day by day, as well as the things that defeat our ambitions – the failures, the disappointments, the heartbreaks, the blunders, the setbacks that continually tend to befall us and discourage us.

Yet the real test of our strength is whether we will fulfil our purposes; carry out our life plan and become successful in spite of all the things that are apparently trying to hold us down, or, whether we will allow ourselves to be overcome by the hindrances that slow the steps of everyone going after their dreams.

For how long will you whine and carry a long, sad face giving the world the impression that your life has been full of disappointments? For how long will you keep telling your woe stories, that you haven’t achieved your goals because of the setbacks that you have experienced this year?

For how long are you going to let your troubles and trials, challenges and annoyances which happen to every career and everyone, keep you down? For how long will you keep allowing disappointments and failures to worry and devitalize you that you cannot do the biggest thing possible to you? Are you going to be a victim of your troubles and trials in spite of your divine possibilities? Continue reading How to Deal with a Challenging Life

30 Great Motivational Quotes For This Month

We all need inspiration. There are times when it seems like our world is falling apart. When there’s no light to break up the dark times we face, and we can’t find our way home; to our dreams, goals, purpose. Let these words of men and women who’ve been through what we are going through and even worse, and overcame, push us to try one more time; to find a reason why we shouldn’t give up just yet.

Be inspired and motivated this month to live your greatest life with these motivational quotes:

1. “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” – Zig Ziglar

2. “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” C.S. Lewis

3. “The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” – George S. Patton

4. “You can make positive deposits in your own economy every day by reading and listening to powerful, positive, life-changing content and by associating with encouraging and hope-building people.” – Zig Ziglar

5. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

6. “Change is inevitable but personal growth is a choice.” ― Bob Proctor

7. “Doubt can only be removed by action.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

8. “When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.” ― Shannon L. Alder

9. “The strongest warriors are these two…Time and patience.” – Leo Tolstoy

10. “Chance favours those in motion.” – James H. Austin

11. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie

12. “I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high be bounces when he hits bottom.” – George S. Patton

13. “A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings.” – James Allen

14. “Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution.” ― David J. Schwartz

15. “You will never find time for anything. If you want the time, you must make it.” – Charles Buxton

16. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale

17. “The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.” – W.M. Lewis

18. “Imitate until you emulate; match and surpass those who launched you. It’s the highest form of thankfulness.” -Mark Victor Hansen

19. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey

20. “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

21. “The worst thing I could be is to be the same as everybody else. I’d hate that” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

22. “My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” – Oprah Winfrey

23. “You will become as small as your controlling desire, or as great as your dominant aspiration.” – James Allen

24. “People who consider themselves victims of their circumstances will always remain victims unless they develop a greater vision for their lives.” – Stedman Graham

25. “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.” – Zig Ziglar

26. “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” – Maya Angelou

27. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” – Og Mandino

28. “It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action.” – Honore de Balzac

29. “If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

30. “I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.” – Ken Venturi

45 GOOD THOUGHTS ON MONEY

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1- A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry; but money answereth all things.–Ecclesiastes 10:19
2- Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow — Proverbs 13:11
3- For the love of money is the root of all evil –1 Timothy 6:10
4- Make money your God, and it will plague you like the devil. –Henry Fielding
5- Whatever may be said in praise of poverty, the fact remains that it is not possible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is rich. No man can rise to his greatest possible height in talent or soul development unless he has plenty of money; for to unfold the soul and develop talent he must have many things to use, and he cannot have these things unless he has money to buy them with. –Wallace D. Wattles
6- There is nothing wrong in wanting to get rich. The desire for riches is really the desire for a richer, fuller, and more abundant life, and that desire is praise worthy. — Wallace D. Wattles
7- The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.–Anonymous
8- There are more important things in life than a little money, and one of them is a lot of money. –Anonymous
9- Money is a guarantee that we may have what we want in the future. Though we need nothing at the moment it insures the possibility of satisfying a new desire when it arises.
–Aristotle
10- To acquire money requires valour, to keep money requires prudence, and to spend money well is an art. –Berthold Auerbach
11- Money is like muck, not good unless spread. –Francis Bacon
12- Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant. –P.T. Barnum
13- Try to save something while your salary is small; it’s impossible to save after you begin to earn more. –Jack Benny
14- Let us keep a firm grip upon our money, for without it the whole assembly of virtues are but as blades of grass. –Bhartrihari
15- Money: A blessing that is of no advantage excepting when we part with it. –Ambrose Bierce
16- The more men, generally speaking, will do for a Dollar when they make it, the more that Dollar will do for them when they spend it. –William J.H. Boetcker
17- When men are so busy making money that they have no time for anything else, then the day is not far off when they will have no money for anything else. –William J.H. Boetcker
18- Abstinence from enjoyment is the only source of capital. –Thomas Brassey
19- Gold has two significant shortcomings, being neither of much use nor procreative. –Warren Buffett
20- Money is the symbol of duty. It is the sacrament of having done for mankind that which mankind wanted. –Samuel Butler
21- They say that knowledge is power. I used to think so, but I now know that they meant money. Every guinea is a philosopher’s stone. –Lord Byron
22- Money never starts an idea; it is the idea that starts the money. –W.J. Cameron
23- Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn. –Miguel de Cervantes
24- Anywhere in the world salt is good to eat; anywhere in the world money is good to use. –Chinese Proverb
25- Frugality includes all the other virtues. –Cicero
26- It is a common observation that any fool can get money; but they are not wise that think so. –Charles Caleb Colton
27- There is no dignity quite so impressive and no independence quite so important as living within your means. –Calvin Coolidge
28- Liking money like I like it is nothing less than mysticism. Money is a glory. –Salvador Dali
29- One penny on land is better than ten on the sea. –Danish Proverb
30- As a general rule, nobody has money who ought to have it. –Benjamin Disraeli
31- What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. –Bob Dylan
32- Money, which represents the prose of life, and is hardly spoken of in parlors without apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
33- Spend, and God will send. –English Proverb
34- ’Tis money that begets money. –English Proverb
35- Money doesn’t change men, it merely unmasks them. If a man is naturally selfish or arrogant or greedy, the money brings that out, that is all. –Henry Ford
36- Money is like an arm or leg-use it or lose it. –Henry Ford
37- Old men are always advising young men to save money. That is bad advice. Don’t save every nickel. Invest in yourself. I never saved a dollar until I was forty years old. –Henry Ford
38- The cure for materialism is to have enough for everybody and to share. When people are sure of having what they need they cease to think about it. –Henry Ford
39- The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life. –Henry Ford
40- Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship. –Benjamin Franklin
41- He that is of opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money. –Benjamin Franklin
42- Money is of a prolific generating nature. Money can beget money, and its offspring can beget more. –Benjamin Franklin
43- Remember, that time is money…. Remember, that credit is money … Remember, that money is of the prolific, generating nature…. Remember, that six pounds a year is but a groat a day…. Remember this saying, “”The good prayer is lord of another man’s purse.”” He that is known to pay punctually and exactly to the time he promises, may at any time, and on any occasion, raise all the money his friends can spare…. In short, the way to wealth, if you desire it, is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality; that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. –Benjamin Franklin
44- The use of money is all the advantage there is in having money. –Benjamin Franklin
45- Money is like love; it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it, and it enlivens the other who turns it upon his fellow man. –Kahlil Gibran

Let’s hear your own good thoughts on money!

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CONDITIONING YOUR MIND FOR A GREAT LIFE

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Marcus Aurelius Antonius, Roman emperor and philosopher said “ The world in which we live is determined by our thoughts”. Ralph Waldo Emerson also said “A man is what he thinks about all day long”.
Often we imagine our circumstances as being separate from ourselves, but they are in fact intimately related to our thoughts. Nothing appears without an adequate cause, nothing is fated, everything is formed. Happiness in life depends upon the kind of thoughts we think. It is impossible to be happy when we think unhappy thoughts. Our mind is like a fertile soil that will grow what ever thought- seeds planted in them. If you plant into your mind thoughts of fear, you will get out fear as rewards, if you plant into your mind thoughts of failure you will get circumstances that lead to failure.
Every great life is a result of great thoughts, and the most positive of thoughts are those stated in the Bible. Condition your mind for greatness by reading and meditating these powerful positive Bible verses adapted from Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s “Thought Conditioners”. Memorize each verse and the message given with each and let them add happiness and greatness into your life.

 The things, which are impossible with men are possible with God. —Luke 18:27

This text shows how to do an “impossible” thing. Size up your problem, pray about it, do all you can about it. If it seems impossible, don’t give up, but affirm, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” Keep relaxed. Don’t worry. Avoid getting panicky. Never think, “This can’t be done.” Declare, “It can be done, it is being done because God is doing it through me.” Affirm that the process is in operation. The final outcome may not be entirely what you now desire. But, handled in this manner, the solution will be what God wants it to be.

 Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. —Matthew 11:28

Perhaps the strain and burden of life have made you tired. If so, maybe you are carrying life too heavily. Primarily, we do not get tired in our muscles but in our minds. We develop that “I’m swamped” feeling. Allow this text to dissolve in your thoughts as a kind of spiritual lozenge. As you turn to Jesus in your thoughts, He will give you rest. And how does He do that? One way is by showing you how to work. “Learn of Me,” He says. In other words, work by My method. “My yoke is easy, and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). That is to say, easy does it. Don’t strain, don’t tug, relax. Do one job at a time using the light touch, the easy stroke.

 What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. —Mark 11:24

To pray successfully, you must employ affirmation and visualization. Form a picture in your mind, not of lack or denial or frustration or illness, but of prosperity, abundance, attainment, health. Always remember you will receive as a result of prayer exactly what you think, not what you say. If you pray for achievement but think defeat, your words are idle because your heart has already accepted defeat. Therefore, practice believing that even as you pray you are receiving God’s boundless blessings, and they will come to you.

 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. —Proverbs 3:5

This text will help you avoid a nervous breakdown. It will stimulate your recovery if you have had one. A famous neurologist, a specialist in nervous breakdowns often “prescribes” this text for his patients. He writes the words on a card and instructs his patient to commit them to memory and repeat them until they are indelibly printed on the subconscious mind. The cause of much nervous trouble is frustration. And the antidote to frustration is a calm faith, not in your own cleverness, or in hard toil, but in God’s guidance. The cure of frustration is the belief that God will help you obtain your heart’s desire. Trust in God with all your heart, and you will be able to keep on working in health and happiness for long years to come.

 I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. —John 10:10

Many people are lacking in energy. Their vitality is low. They are filled with inner conflicts, which dissipate energy. They are dull and apathetic. What is the secret of energized life? Christ is the answer. It is said of Him, “In Him was life” (John 1:4). Fill your mind with Christ, fill your heart with Him, and inevitably energy, vitality, exuberance, delight, and eagerness will well up within you. Every day as you repeat this text make it read, “Christ has come that I (fill in your own name) might have life and might have it more abundantly.”

 If God be for us, who can be against us? —Romans 8:31

Imagine yourself as actually looking at all your diffi- culties like an army lined up against you. Then realize you have a backing that can overcome them all. As you face these enemies of yours— discouragement, frustration, disappointment, hostility, weakness—ask yourself, “What shall I say to these things?” And the answer is, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” Now, spend a minute realizing that God is for you and say this affirmation: “God is with me. God is for me. God is greater than all these things.” Then visualize these enemies of your peace and happiness as retreating, giving way before God’s power. Personalize the text by saying: “If God be for me, who can be against me?” The repetitive use of this text will give you an enormous sense of God’s presence and a powerful feeling of victory.

 The kingdom of God is within you. —Luke 17:21

When you are filled with self-doubt, and in the grip of your inferiority complex, don’t give up saying, “I can’t do it, I haven’t it in me.” You do have a very big “it” within you. You have the Kingdom of God within you. God has placed in your personality all the ability you need. You have only to believe in yourself, and strength within you will be released. In saying the text, try it this way, “God’s abundance, peace, and power are within me. I lack for nothing.”

 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. —II Timothy 1: 7

Your fears can be healed by this text. It tells us, first, that fear is overcome by power. What power? There is only one force more powerful than fear, and that is faith. When fear comes to your mind, counter it with an affirmation of faith Second, love overcomes fear. By love is meant trust,confidence, complete dependence upon God. Practice this attitude and fear will diminish. The third element is to attain a sound mind in which there are no complexes, quirks, and obsessions. Live with the thought of God, and you will develop a sound mind where no shadowy fear can lurk. Whenever you are afraid, verbalize against the thing that you fear, using the words of this text.

 Thou shalt guide me with Thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. —Psalm 73:24

Perhaps, today, you have a problem, which has baf- fled you. Try allowing this text to penetrate your mind un- til it becomes a dominating conception, and it will do some important things for you. It will make you understand that there is an answer to every problem, and that God is thinking along with you. It will bring to bear upon your problem that keen and sharp perception of wisdom called insight. If you put every problem in God’s hands, ask Him to give you the right answer, believe that He is doing just that, and will take the guidance that comes, your decisions will turn out right.

 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. —Ephesians 3:20

Today, remind yourself that nothing is too good to be true. Your great hopes can be realized. Your most wonderful dreams can come true. All that you really need, you can have. An incredible goodness is operating in your behalf. If you are living a paltry life, resolve to stop it today. Expect great things to happen. Confidently receive God’s abundant blessings. Do not think lack. Instead think prosperity, abundance, the best of everything. God wants to give to you, His child, every good thing. Don’t hinder His generosity.