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Don’t Let Your Past Ruin Your Future

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One of the major causes of depression is always dwelling our minds on the missed opportunities or the many chances we didn’t take in the past. Little wonder the scripture instructs us to forget the past and turn our backs on the former things we had lost, the missed chances or opportunities.

Folks whatever your past has been, forget it. Because always going back to the past can cast a shadow on the present, and cause us to live in sadness, and in ingratitude. “There’s nothing more foolish, nothing more wicked than to drag the skeletons of the past, the hideous images, the foolish deeds, the unfortunate experiences of yesterday into today’s work to mar and spoil it.”

For some of us, this is why our relationships don’t ever work. I remember a time I was in a relationship with someone who always stores up all my “sins” and misdeeds of the past and reel them out anytime I wrong her. She will remind me of what I did a month, a year ago and so on. And I always thought to myself that if God acted this way with us, will we ever be alive today?

There are people who are stuck in the past. Physically they are in 2015, but their minds are still in 2014, or way back in 2005, when they failed an examination, or an interview, or when their spouse left them. They keep brooding over the events and blame themselves for everything that went wrong. Folks the fact that we failed once or twice, or thrice…even repeatedly in our lives doesn’t make us failures. Imagine the wonders we could do with our lives if we only forgot the past. If we could be courageous enough to shut the door on our past mistakes or failures and start our lives afresh. Continue reading Don’t Let Your Past Ruin Your Future

Leave Everything to God

When we meet losses or reverses, and when all doors seem to be closed against us, let us not fall down into gloom and despair. Rather let us remember that God can open all doors for us. We may regain our loss when we leave it to God. We may enter pastures green, and realize more than we ever envisioned before. The doors of heaven open to realms that are vast, and to richness that is limitless.

When we seem to have lost our way, and do not know where to turn; when situations are confusing, and darkness enfolds our world completely, remember that God knows the way; and can lead us even in the blackest of nights. There is a light stronger than all the darkness in the universe. That light can clear the way and lead us directly into freedom and peace. All you have to do is leave all your cares and troubles to God.  You will be amazed at  how soon confusions are stilled, how soon conditions adjust themselves and adversity change into blessings when we in true faith, I leave it to God.   Continue reading Leave Everything to God

Trust in the Lord

Feeling downcast today? Enjoy this devotional message for today:

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. (Psalm 37:3)

I once met a poor woman who earned a meagre living through hard domestic labour but was a joyful, triumphant Christian. Another Christian lady, who was quite sullen, said to her one day, “Nancy, I understand your happiness today, but I would think your future prospects would sober you. Suppose, for instance, you experience a time of illness and are unable to work. Or suppose your present employers move away, and you cannot find work elsewhere. Or suppose—”

“Stop!” cried Nancy. “I never ‘suppose.’ ‘The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want’ [Ps. 23:1]. And besides,” she added to her gloomy friend, “it’s all that ‘supposing’ that’s making you so miserable. You’d better give that up and simply trust the Lord.” Continue reading Trust in the Lord

Kill Worry And Live Long

“People ask me daily, when they look at my face, without a wrinkle, what I do to keep so young. I tell them that whenever I have felt a wrinkle coming I have laughed it away. My advice to the woman who wants to remain young is: ‘Be happy — don’t worry, but walk.” – Patti

“Some people bear three kinds of trouble — all they ever had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.” — Edward Everett Hale.

“Work kills no one, but worry has killed multitudes… Worry not only saps vitality and wastes energy, but it also seriously affects the quality of one’s work. It cuts down ability. A man cannot get the highest quality of efficiency into his work when his mind is troubled. The mental faculties must have perfect freedom before they will give out their best. A troubled brain cannot think clearly, vigorously, and logically.” – Orison S. Marden

Some of us think it is our duty to worry. We feel we are not living if we have nothing to worry about in a day. It’s is important to cease to worry if you must live your greatest life. Let us then cease to worry. Let us stop the habit— if we have it— of telling everybody about our troubles. The most effective way to drive out our troubles, is to forget them; bury them; and not keep them alive by airing them continually.

8 Ways To Stay Happy, No Matter What.

When “The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy…”your peace, happiness, dreams, goals, relationships, success etc, fight back by affirming and deciding that; No matter what challenges, setbacks, opposition, misfortune, delays, betrayals, negativity, rejection I face TODAY:

1. I will be as cheerful as possible.

2. I will try to feel and act a little more friendly toward other people.

3. I am going to be a little less critical and a little more tolerant of other people, their faults, failings and mistakes. I will place the best possible interpretation upon their actions.

4. As much as possible, I am going to act as if success were inevitable, and I already am the sort of personality I want to be. I will practice “acting like” and “feeling like” this new personality.

5. I will not let my own opinion colour facts in a pessimistic or negative way.

6. I will practice smiling regularly.

7. Regardless of what happens, I will react as calmly and as intelligently as possible.

8. I will ignore completely and close my mind to all those pessimistic and negative events which I can do nothing to change.

Each of these simple but powerful habitual ways of acting, feeling, thinking can benefit you and lead you to a life of greatness. Act them out. “Experience” them, and see worry, guilt, hostility diminish and your confidence increase.

Let Go Of Your Worry

Worry is so destructive that we cannot estimate the havoc and ruin wrought by it. It has caused many failures, many broken hearts, many blasted hopes, it has led many to their untimely graves.

No good has ever come to any person who worries. It has never given help to anybody to better his or her condition. Rather it impairs your health, exhausts your vitality, lessen your efficiency. Think of the homes which it has broken up; the ambitions it has ruined; the hopes and prospects it has blighted! Think of the suicide victims of this demon! Worry is one tool which the Devil uses to destroy our destinies.

In spite of all the tragic evils that follow in worrying, some of us carry on with it as if it is one of our dearest, most helpful friends, so closely do we hug it to ourselves and would not let go.
We persist in allowing little worries, trivial concerns, and unnecessary frictions to grind our lives away at such a fearful rate that old age stares us in the face in middle life.

There is a story told about a worrying woman who made a list of possible unfortunate events and happenings which she felt sure would come to pass and be disastrous to her happiness and welfare. The list was lost, and to her amazement, when she recovered it, a long time afterwards, she found that not a single unfortunate prediction in the whole catalogue of disasters had been realized.
Those of us who are prone to worrying should adopt this. Write down everything which you think is going to turn out badly, and then put the list aside. You will be surprised to see what a small percentage of the doleful things ever come to pass.

The bible tells us in Philippians 4:6-8:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Whatever is disturbing your peace, commit to God today let Him deal with it.

What Others think About You Is Irrelevant

A lot of us have failed to advance in life, or pursue our dreams at some point because we lived on other people’s opinions, worried about what people may think about our actions. The truth is most of the time, nobody is thinking about you at all. The people we are worrying about are too busy worrying about their own lives to bother about us. And the only time they think about you, they are wondering what you are thinking about them.

If having others believing in you and your dream was the requirement for success, then, I would never accomplish anything worthwhile. We need to base our decisions about what we want to do and achieve on our desires, plans, and goals. Not the goals, desires, opinions, and judgements of our spouses, friends, parents, children and colleagues. Its never about them, it is about you and what gives you joy. Quit worrying about what others think about you and follow your heart.

The 18/40/60 rule by Dr. Daniel Amen says;

At 18 you worry about what everyone thinks of you. At 40 you don’t care what anybody thinks of you. At 60 you realise no one was thinking about you anyway!

With this realization let us quit thinking and worrying about what others think of our relationships, our jobs, our looks, our income, our marriage choices. Let us spend that energy and time thinking about our goals and our to make our lives better.

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