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It Is Well With My Soul

The song “It Is Well With My Soul” was written by a successful Christian lawyer Heratio Spafford.

His only son died at age 4 in 1871.

In 1872, the great Chicago fire wiped out his vast estate, made from a successful legal career.

In 1873 he sent his wife & 4 daughters over to Europe on a summer trip on the ill fated SS Ville du Havre.

Since he had a lot of work to do, he planned to follow them later.

The ship sank and he lost his 4 daughters with the wife being the only survivor. She sent him a famous telegram which simply read, “SAVED ALONE….”

On his return home, his Law firm was burned down and the insurance company refused to pay him. They said “It’s an Act of God”.

He had no money to pay for his house and no work, he also lost his house.

Then while sitting and thinking what’s happening to him, being a spiritual person, he wrote a song – “Whatever, my Lord, You have taught me to say – It is well, it is well with my soul”.

My Dear Friend…

… a good attitude will determine your altitude.

When you look at your life, career, job or family life, what do you say?  Do you praise God? Do you blame the devil?

A good attitude towards God makes Him move on your behalf.

Just sit down and say, “Today, God, it is well with my soul, I am thankful I had a peaceful sleep, I am thankful I am alive with possibilities, I am thankful I have a roof over me, I am thankful I have a job, I am thankful that I have Family and Friends. Above all, I am thankful that I have the Lord Jesus Christ on my side.”

Be blessed and don’t be envious or shocked when others are prospering because you don’t know what they have been through to get there (test, trials and tribulation) so thank God for what you have.

It Is Well With My Soul

“Little is much when God is in it. It Is Well With My Soul!”

team work

Word For Today: Team Work

Word For Today:  Team Work

 

It is said that team work makes the dream work. There’s commitment to the cause.

Bees can show you something about teamwork.

On a warm day about half the bees in a hive stay inside beating their wings while the other half go out to gather pollen and nectar.

 

Because of the beating wings, the temperature inside the hive is about 10 degrees cooler than outside.

The bees rotate duties and the bees that cool the hive one day are honey gatherers the next.

 

John 6:8

8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him,

9 “There is a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are these for so many people?

 

There’s Power In Teamwork

One of the lessons we learn from the story of feeding the 5000 is the power of team work.

The disciples want to send people away because there is no money to feed them.

Jesus on the other hand says no do not send them away, instead feed them.

The only thing available is a little boys lunch of 2 fish and 5 loaves.

One of the things that jumped out to me is that all the ingredients needed are available but unless the characters work together then the multitudes will not be fed.

 

Give Jesus Something To Work With

Jesus the miracle worker is there but he needs something to work with.

The disciples who have the connection and close proximity to the miracle worker have nothing.

The only one who seems to have something is a boy but it seems so little, besides it is his lunch. If he gives it away what will he eat?

The disciples have to humble themselves enough to realize that though they are the ones walking with Jesus, they do not have all the solutions and they have to seek out a boys lunch.

The boy on the other hand has no idea what he is holding in his hands and he also has to be generous and humble enough to sacrifice his lunch, hand it to the disciples and believe they know what they are doing.

When this kind of sacrifice and unity is achieved then a miracle happens and the multitudes are fed.

We all have to come to the realization that we do not know everything and we need each other.

I see two different generations working together for the purpose of having the multitudes fed.

I see the disciples as the older generation that has experience and the young boy and the young generation that may lack experience but are very resourceful.

The two must work together if the multitudes are to be fed.

No one can do it all alone.

God has gifted us differently thus we need each other and we must learn to work together for us to be effective.

Remember where there is unity God himself commands a blessing.

 

Have a blessed day ahead.

God Never Changes

God Never Changes

An engineer in a car manufacturing company designs a world class car. The owner is impressed with the outcome and praised him a lot.

While trying to bring out the car from the manufacturing area to the showroom, they realized that the car is 2 inches taller than the entrance.

The engineer felt bad that he didn’t notice this one before creating the car.

The owner was amazed on how to take it outside of the manufacturing area.

The painter said that they can bring out the car and there will be a few scratches on top of the car which could be touched up later on.

The engineer said that they can break the entrance, take the car out, and later re-do it.

The owner was not convinced with any ideas and felt like it is a bad sign to break or scratch.

A watchman was observing all the drama & slowly approached the owner.  He wanted to give an idea if they had no problem.

They wondered what this guy would tell them that the experts could not give.

The watchman said “The car is only a few inches taller than the entrance so… simply release the air in the tyre, the height of the car will sink and can be easily taken out…”

Everyone clapped!!!


Our Take-Out

Don’t analyse the problems only from an expert point of view alone.

There is always a layman’s outlook that gives an alternate solution at a given point of time.

Life issues are also the same….

Think Simple…

Do simple and live simple. Because originally, we are happy souls..

Release Some Air …

It could be our anger, our disappointments, our egos, our confusions…

In the end it’s all about adjusting the height (Attitude) to make things easier in life and uncomplicate the things in life.

” Life is beautiful ” … “Enjoy every moment” … ” Seasons change” . ” Situations Change”

“God never changes”

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Ducks Quack, Eagles Soar

 

I was waiting in line for a ride at the airport in Dubai…

When a cab pulled up, the first thing I noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine.

Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for me.

He handed me a laminated card and said: ‘I’m Abdul, your driver. While I’m loading your bags in the trunk I’d like you to read my mission statement.’

Taken aback, I read the card. It said: Abdul’s Mission Statement:

To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment.

This blew me away. Especially when I noticed that the inside of the cab matched the outside. Spotlessly clean!

As he slid behind the wheel, Abdul said, ‘Would you like a cup of coffee? I have a thermos of regular and one of decaf.’

I said jokingly, ‘No, I’d prefer a soft drink.’

Abdul smiled and said, ‘No problem. I have a cooler up front with regular and Diet Coke, lassi, water and orange juice.’

Almost stuttering, I said, ‘I’ll take a Lassi.’

Handing me my drink, Abdul said, ‘If you’d like something to read, I have The NST , Star and Sun Today.’

As they were pulling away, Abdul handed me another laminated card, ‘These are the stations I get and the music they play, if you’d like to listen to the radio.’

And as if that weren’t enough, Abdul told me that he had the air conditioning on and asked if the temperature was comfortable for me.

Then he advised me of the best route to my destination for that time of day. He also let me know that he’d be happy to chat and tell me about some of the sights or, if I preferred, to leave me with my own thoughts.

‘Tell me, Abdul ,’ I was amazed and asked him, ‘have you always served customers like this?’

Abdul smiled into the rear view mirror. “No, not always. In fact, it’s only been in the last two years. My first five years driving, I spent most of my time complaining like all the rest of the cabbies do. Then I heard about POWER OF CHOICE one day.”

Power of choice is that you can be a duck or an eagle.

‘If you get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day, you’ll rarely disappoint yourself. Stop complaining!’

‘Don’t be a duck. Be an eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles soar above the crowd.’

‘That hit me. really hard’ said Abdul.

‘It is about me. I was always quacking and complaining, so I decided to change my attitude and become an eagle.

‘I looked around at the other cabs and their drivers. The cabs were dirty, the drivers were unfriendly, and the customers were unhappy. So I decided to make some changes, slowly … a few at a time. When my customers responded well, I did more.’

‘I take it that it has paid off for you,’ I said.

‘It sure has,’ Abdul replied. ‘My first year as an eagle, I doubled my income from the previous year. This year I’ll probably quadruple it. My customers call me for appointments on my cell phone or leave a message on it.’

Abdul made a different choice. He decided to stop quacking like a duck and start soaring like an eagle.

Start becoming an eagle today … one small step every week..next week… and next…and next….

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A Great Thought..

“You don’t die if you fall in water, you die only if you don’t swim.

That’s the Real Meaning of Life.

Improve yourself and your skills in a different way.

Be an eagle… not a duck.

protection

A Devotion For Today: Protection

“The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.”

We must have faith and keep believing.

We must never give up because God is always working behind the scenes.

May He grant us promotion and increase in our lives.

Live On Purpose and Love Out Loud.

A Poor Man, With Rich Man’s Dreams

A Poor Man, With Rich Man’s Dreams

Matthew 19:17-19:23: A Poor Man, With Rich Mans Dreams…

Have you ever heard the phrase, a poor man with rich mans dreams?

Many people in this life are completely exhausted by the race to wealth and prosperity. Looking for today and not for tomorrow. The poor man has only today, struggling to make ends meet, putting food on the table for his family and hoping that the next phone call he gets, isn’t from his boss, telling him that he no longer has a job.

I’ve seen many this past week, loose every thing that they’ve had, home, furniture, everything. The only thing these people have now is the cloth on their backs.

There are approximately 195 verses in scripture concerning the poor.

The Bible states that God, creates the Rich and the poor. But there is no difference between them when it comes to judgments. A poor man dreams of a better day, without debt, without worry, without strife.

He dreams sweet dreams of a day when he can rest from his labor and dreams of family, babies and his wife. The rich man has troubled sleep, worried about finances, and national debt, about rising oil prices and interest rates.

His days are filled with worry over thoughts of others trying to take what he has.

In the story of Matthew 19:17-23 we are shown a good example of failure to abide by the great commandment in the law. Which to me is the greatest commandment of all.
Mat 22:36-38 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This is the first and great commandment.

Now lets look at failure to abide by this commandment. Mat 19:17-23.

And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Pro 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

Psa 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. There is no need for a poor man, who puts his trust in God to worry. The poor man is confident in the Lord to provide him his daily needs.

Psa 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

The poor man is free from worry, over someone robbing his home, for his possessions are few and his wealth is in his dreams and in his heart, where no man can take.
1Sa 2:8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them.

The poor mans dreams are set on Gods promise, “The meek shall inherit the Earth.” When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

Pro 3:19-27 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens. By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. The cries of the poor man. Job 30:25 Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor?

Your stature in this life has no effect on God and His love for you.

Psa 40:17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.
“yet the Lord thinketh upon me:”

Isn’t this a true comfort to those who are poor? A dream of the Lord God almighty, sitting on a throne, creator of all, master of the universe, commander of the greatest army, and still in all of Gods thoughts, and in all of Gods majesty?

He still has the time to think upon the poor man and his dreams.

Wonderful isn’t it?

Have we become a people, like the rich young ruler, people that have great possessions and still have nothing but troubled sleep, are we a people that despise the poor, because they remind us of ourselves earlier in life, or do we despise the poor because they are not as we are?

Have we forgotten that, our possessions belong to the Lord anyway, that those things that we posses are just loaned to us to help others, the Bible states that, We work to give to others.

A poor man dreams of, Pearly Gates and streets of Gold, He dreams of rivers of living water and quires of Angels singing, He dreams of a tree of life and skies of blue, He dreams of eternal sunshine and walks on clouds of white.

He dreams of an eternal city where He will never grow old, where his labor is thru, no sickness, no tears and no final farewells to those he loves.

This is what is meant by A Poor Man, with Rich Mans Dreams.

 

4 Steps To Christian Inspiration

4 Steps to Christian Inspiration

Many times we study how to do things faster and better but we skip the essential step of inspiration.

When we are inspired by the Holy Spirit we have a wealth of ability with which to work.

When we are empowered by Christian inspiration we “can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth us” (Phil. 4:13, KJV).

We read in Job: “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.” (Job 32:8, KJV)

One of the most important things to remember as we study Christian inspiration is that when we are inspired we must use our inspiration for the glory of God and to do His will.

Jesus tells us: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33, KJV)

We must first seek His righteousness and His will before we will be able to use His inspiration for both His glory and our growth and benefit.

4 Steps To achieving Success Through Christian Inspiration:

1. Recognize that everything we have is from God

Everything we do should be to glorify the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

God gives us His Spirit and His inspiration to be used for His glory. Job says of God (the Ancient): “With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.” (Job 12:12-13, KJV) God holds all the wisdom in the earth and only He can dispense of it.

2. Ask God for the inspiration that you need.

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matt. 7:7, KJV)

Before we can be given the wisdom of God and His inspiration, we must first ask Him for it. James tells us: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5, KJV)

3. Purpose to use the wisdom and Christian inspiration He gives you for His glory and His purpose.

Once we are given wisdom and inspiration, we have a tremendous responsibility to use it prudently.

Jesus Himself tells us: “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” (Lk. 12:48b, KJV).

4. Practice using Christian inspiration.

Once you have Christian inspiration, you must practice using it. So often we are given a gift and we do not use it.

Just like any skill we might learn, Christian inspiration is most effectively used long-term when we daily accept it. When you are inspired or have an inspired thought about something you have been struggling with, write it down, or immediately put it into action.

When you use the Christian inspiration you are given, you likely place yourself in an ideal position to receive future inspiration.

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Conclusion

Now you have 4 basic steps to Christian inspiration. When you consistently apply these four steps, and spend time with the Lord Jesus Christ Himself on a daily basis, you will be able to tap into a nearly limitless supply of inspiration.

Take the time to study the accompanying Bible verses in this article, and meditate on the Word of God daily.