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I wish it wasn’t true, but time is valuable and it flows away like the water in a river.   Confucius

It’s hard to get a Thank You these days, so wise up and quit expecting gratitude when you do an act of kindness.  Just do what’s in your heart, and don’t waste your time expecting anything from us movers and shakers of today, which is The New Norm.  The very reason what we do now, we must do From The Heart. 

The World don’t care about good deeds, and God said, anyone, that Love the World is an Enemy of His.  James 4:4   Now that we know this, maybe we won’t get our feelings hurt, or our panties in a wad.  Who knows what may happen when we give without fanfare?

But when you give to charity, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. So that your deeds of charity may be in secret: and your Father Who sees in secret will reward openly.   Matthew 6: 3-5

What that mean is we won’t have to toot our own horn for doing what is right, plus we may need more than one small deed to get a blessing.  You think?

I wish it wasn’t true, but what we want is often hard to acquire.  Perhaps that’s because it may be worth having?  On the other hand, if it’s not worth the effort, it seems as if it just fall into our laps, and then all the praises go up.

When doing something, anything, almost everything worthwhile is difficult in the beginning.  “Woe is me;” especially if I start reluctantly.  My theory, for the most part, is; life is simple, it’s just not easy.  Can get an Amen?

Easy and hard things are what life is made of; enjoy some, get over others, and move on.  It’s Something to Think About! 

In everyday life we understand most can stand adversity to a degree.  And if we live long enough we will eventually learn there is always some type of drama, trauma, etc… It’s a part of our makeup but; If you want to test a man’s character, give him power.   Abraham Lincoln

I wish it wasn’t true, but we can narrow power down to two well-known sources.  Unfortunately only one of them is good.  One source of power is obtained by fear of punishment; the other by acts of love.

FYI: Knowledge gives us power, and character respect.  Mastering others take strength, but mastering yourself is true power.   Lao Tzu

I wish it wasn’t true, but we are defective.  However, we can gain from that flaw by acquiring wisdom through experience, which can sometimes be bittersweet, but it is what it is, and I’m a Witness to that.

When we spend too much time seeking to discover our wrongs; although this is a good thing, we have a tendency to overlook most of the good; often we are overly critical of ourselves.  I wish that wasn’t true.

Until you stop breathing, there’s more right with you than wrong with you.   Jon Kabat-Zin

With that being said, I believe success make people hate you.  I wish that wasn’t true.  But, we can pray that we are what we hope we seem to be to ourselves…Today you are You, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is your than You.  Dr. Seuss

Lord, Thank You for giving us a right mind and body to go about your work.  In Jesus name, we pray.  Amen

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Do not be a fool–why die before your time.   Ecclesiastes 7:17  KJV

Sometimes we want what we want even when we know it will kill us.  Cigarettes, bad relationships, dope; why are we so self-destructive?  Is it the fact that some of us are unteachable?  Perhaps, but what about the ones that are?

I’m not trying to knock anyone for what they do.  I smoked cigarettes for over forty years and was never able to stop until I smoked one after a mastectomy.  The pain race across the left side of my chest, and sent me to the hospital with an infection.  I found out the hard way that after any kind of surgery, nicotine will not let us heal.

It’s Something to Think About!

I was one of the lucky ones if you want to call it that.  I got Cancer from too much Estrogen.  Perhaps cigarettes would have killed me if I didn’t quit first; I learned that the hard way too; it was the pain that woke me up.  Thousands upon thousands stop smoking every day–by dying.

FYI: It’s best to avoid needles and all other ways to use drugs.  The only dope worth shooting is Satan.

Nothing is perfect, especially in relationships, so perhaps we should take into consideration; is the one hurting you worth suffering over?  When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.  Maya Angelou   The choice is yours; the wrong decision may kill you…

Self-destruction is another way of saying we are sabotaging our life.  Even if we keep our destructive nature on the inside after a while it will eat its way out.  The truth of the matter is we rely on our self-destructive nature.  One reason for that is it offers immediate payoffs, even when the foundation is at best shaky .

There are seeds of unhappiness in all of us that will bear only unhappiness if allowed to grow.   Dorothea Brande

I understand by avoiding the use of cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs, you can be yourself; no more crutches.  Who knows, perhaps that can make you out to be quite interesting, instead of being haughty?  (Disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant, a larger than life attitude.  Want more?  Disgusting, and acting as if you’re better than the rest of us.

There are steps involved when it comes to a self-destructive nature…We just have to recognize that and understand, Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.   Proverbs 16:18

We can change our ways and live in peace with ourselves, but first we must understand the hardest part of the journey is believing we are worthy.  Accomplish that and you are on your way to glory, instead of an early grave.

For him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.  For the living know that they shall die; but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.   Ecclesiastes 9:4-5

Thank you Lord for teaching us to value ourselves and others by taking away those things that are meant to harm us.  In Jesus name we pray.  Amen

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When our best is not received as well as we had hoped for, we need more than strength, and or courage to be successful?  What we need is our CEO, Jesus Christ, The Executor of our Lives.

Somethings we think we know are really over our heads.  With Christ, we can acquire a winning spirit and a positive attitude, coupled with the strength, courage, and the knowledge we need in order to gain successMost times the only thing standing in our way is a lack of faith.

When we decide to become our own worst enemy, knowingly or not, it generally starts with a comment that is non-productive; No one can tell me what to do.”  The thing is, your right, and that’s a problem.  No matter how we think it, somebody can tell us something, it’s up to us to accept it or not.

The Devil enjoy our go ahead attitude when we are not involving the wisdom and guidance of Jesus Christ in our everyday lives.  It is a well-known fact that we can do nothing without Him, (John 15:5) so failure is  just around the bend.  In the meantime, Satan just sits back and watch us self-destruct, while we’re claiming to have everything under control. 

We all should know that nothing we have is profitable unless it is kept under control?  But before we can fully control what we have and live out our life in a productive and pleasing manner, we have to learn how to overcome most of life’s ups and downs.  So perhaps, When doing your best is not good enough sometimes you must do what is required?   (Winston Churchill)

And that requirement is seeking the Love and Help from Our Heavenly Father, and Praising Him on High.

Perhaps we should also resort to our imagination instead of the suggestions of others.  Why not consider using that wonderful gift from God to get fresh ideas in a Christ-like manner, and then get back into the race?  The more we stay the course the more we will commit to the challenge.  When this happens, the more confidence we gain in our own power.

FYI: When your best isn’t good enough for some, check the source; you may be better than you think.

The devils and the devil-lets are always there to put us down.  I say, spare yourself from all the drama by not becoming angry, resentful, or jealous, etc…  These actions will not change the heart of others, they will only change yours for the worse.  Try Seeking the Kingdom of God in order to increase your potential.  It’s Something to Think About.

Thank you Lord for all you do when our best isn’t enough; in you all our victories can be won.   In Jesus name we pray.  Amen

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I heard a woman praying to God to relieve her from all the pain she was suffering.  There was nothing wrong with that until she said, ” Lord, I don’t know what I did to make you so angry with me, that you would cause me to suffer like this; I curse your name.”

Since that was the second time I heard that prayer over the years, and since I had written about it in an earlier post, I figured I had better re-address this issue.  Down through the years, I have learned some new stuff about it, and I have heard on more than one occasion the question; Is God really into the hurt our business? 

No!  Is the answer to that question, and as for the hurt you statement is concerned, I’m convinced now more than ever that pain can make us say some things we may not be able to come back from.

You shall not use or repeat the name of the LORD your God in vain (this is, lightly or frivolously, in false affirmations or profanely;) for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.   AMP

As I got to know this woman and looking at how she took care of herself made we wonder if the only problem she was really having was with her self-manufactured beliefs.  I know God will let the Devil test us from time to time, but sometimes I believe we harm ourselves, and it has nothing to do with good versus evil.

As the months passed, I noticed this woman drank as little water as possible, very seldom would she swallow one drop, constantly complaining about cramps in her hands and legs.  And since our bodies are composed of 60-70% water, it was no wonder she was in pain every time she moved.  Water is a vital part of our existence, so not drinking it can and will cause all types of problems; dry mouth, cramps, etc.

My point is cursing God is never a wise thing, plus she was praying for relief, and the cure was available to her with, or without prayer.  All she had to do was drink water.   How stupid is that?   After all, this woman doesn’t live in a Third World Country, without the basic needs.  Plus God didn’t do anything to her; she was accusing him of causing all of her pain out of ignorance.

As time passed, I found if she was telling the truth about her spiritually, there was no reason that I could see she should suffer so, outside of the fact she wasn’t drinking enough water; I thought she was a decent person.  Out of concern I suggested she drink lots and lots of water, but she promptly told me, again, she didn’t like water, and a glass of sweet tea was just as good.

In my opinion, I thought she needed to learn how to enjoy the water, minus the tea and sugar, or suffer more of the consequences of not drinking it.  She refused.  That is until the day the cramps had she bent over backward.  I just stood there with a big ole glass of ice water in my hand and suggested she have a drink.  “No, I don’t like water, I told you,”  as she screamed in pain for the lack of it.

Eventually, the pain was so bad she was willing to try anything.  I suggested water again, and this time she drank it.  I was not surprised after a few days of drinking water she felt better and said she was actually enjoying it, especially with meals.  You see, her only problem was she had convinced herself she didn’t like water years ago, being rebellious as a child, and that stuck with her, she also paid a price.  Cramps!

As simple as drinking water is, that story is just one of the not so bright things that can happen when we are unable or unwilling to change ourselves for whatever reason…  I know I’m guilty of bringing some childish things into adulthood.

Because of a lack of education, (street, home or school)  even if it is something as simple as knowing the importance of drinking water, often have us praying for all the wrong reasons, and accusing God of things that are non-existent with proper care.  Oh!  The Devil is real, and when we don’t take care of ourselves mentally and physically, he takes full advantage of that, sometimes causing us to lose one of our most unusual possession, common sense.

When we bring Hell on ourselves, we open doors that can be deadly…Everything is not complicated, we complicate them.

So, don’t get it twisted, blaming God and others for all our woe’s, bad decisions, lack of knowledge, and not having a relationship with Him, coupled with ignorance, can and will kill us, not to mention sending us straight to Hell.  God didn’t spare the angels that cursed him.  So, if you go that route, don’t be surprised if you get a cramp or two, or three…

For the wages of sin is death.  Follow the rules and live.  (The Ten Commandments)

Do not curse God.  It’s Something to Think About.

Thank you, Lord, for sound advice.  In Jesus name, we pray.  Amen

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Did you know once we accept the fact that we are solely responsible for our own success, and we aspire to do our very best, there is a real future in that?  And when we accept and can admit to our failures, this is the start of holding ourselves accountable.  These things alone pushes us to a higher standard, soon after another will too.

When we accept responsibility and apply it to our work ethics we are courting success.  But, if we decide to blame others for us not being able to climb the ladder of success, and we are not satisfied with where we are in life, there are a number of reasons for this.  Sometimes we just feel jaded and are having a problem getting over it.

Becoming anti-anything especially of someone else’s success, or when seeking revenge, know that there is no success in that.  The Bible clearly tells us, Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord.  It is almost impossible to find success if we are bitter, uneducated, or unprepared…”It’s just too hard,” is our #1 excuse.

No matter how I write it or what you take from reading it, we have plenty of excuses for ourselves that are directed at and blamed on others.  First, we have to understand, excuses are the tools of the incompetent, and those who specialize in them seldom go far.

Did you know no one is responsible for you but you and the price for greatness is a responsibility?  By excepting responsibility, instead of assigning blame on others, we may become encouraged instead of being discouraged.

Difficulty on the to way to victory is an opportunity for God to work.  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Did you know when we make ourselves personally responsible for our failures, without excuses, we can change our circumstances, therefore changing ourselves, often becoming a helpmate to others?  Just the way Christ likes it.

We can help ourselves by trusting in our Lord and Savior.  Jesus Christ can and will encourage you to be more than you could ever imagine for yourself.  Trust Him, I do.  By reading and believing the words in the Bible you can discover how to achieve your desires for peace, happiness, and success, in His Name.

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  John 16:33  KJV

Lord, give us the courage to accept responsibility and do all things according to your will.  In Jesus name, we pray.  Amen!

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Most have a style.  Our personality generally dictates what style best suits us as individuals.  Some change their appearance daily; a wiz at imitating a chameleon, but much better at fooling us.  We can’t see for looking, and please don’t add in something for free.  We’re all in now.

Others look the same no matter what day or event, until the day something snaps and “breaks the camel’s back,” causing a side of them to erupt, far beyond anything we could ever fathom.  Having a conversation with friends and asking questions?  “Who would have ever thought “little boo-boo” was capable of such a thing?”

The mere shock of this type of transformation leaves me at a lost.  I can’t imagine the pain of having a child that is a serial anything…On a softer side, I often wonder what is under that hat others are wearing?  I’m speaking about the invisible hat, as well as the physical ones we wear on our heads.  I want to know what is under both of those hats.

Perhaps, what is under your hats is none of my business, so I’ll speak about what’s under mine; some of it pertaining to cancer.  I think one hat is meant for more than one purpose; most hats have personalities, often multitasking, as did mine…

I have worn hats during an array of seasons, almost as many as not.  The first time I covered my head with a hat I was a tomboy.  I played softball or any activity that would allow my talents to flourish, however minimal they were.  (Baseball hats, swim caps.  O.K.!  Easter Bonnets, etc…

After a while I would retire one hat for another, creating a change in my style.  Also, during that time I suppose you could say I used my hat as a prop to reflex whatever I was associating myself with.  Each time I changed, I changed my hat, whether I realized it or not.  Some of those hats were invisible; I didn’t want others to know some private, even shameful things about me.

However, I started realizing that no matter what hat I was wearing, my Spirit was unchanging.  I couldn’t hide the fact that I knew I wasn’t wearing my best; my hat was all about emotional ties I thought was making me feel good.  Now I know hats can change our character into fantasies.  A person with a gun becomes brave, then we wear Gray hats for rain, and Black ones for funerals.

I collected hats in this season, this time it was because I was bald.  Most that saw or knew me was under the impression I was wearing hats for a style.  That was not the case, Chemo took my hair out, and hats were my crutch.

Sometimes, wearing a hat makes us popular, everyone stops to comment on it, as if it is a form of communication.  Sometimes a badge of honor, or for a show of femininity, dressed up or down.  Wearing a high hat is not necessary a compliment.  Have you heard the ole saying, “So you have your high hat on, or riding your high horse?”  Meaning you think you are above and beyond who you really are.

Sometimes hats are worn as a symbol of security. (Police officer, fireman, etc.)  The good thing about hats is they help to establish our professional identity.

I wear more than one hat; one is a business hat, one is a social hat; the hat of an Author, including all my emotional hats.  All those hats are really connected to the physical world, and they are all about how they make me feel and look.

“I heard all politicians should have at lease 3 hats, one to throw into the ring, one to hide under, and one to pull rabbits out of if elected.”

The most important hat I believe is the one I am wearing right now, and it’s a helmet, I am in the Army for the Lord.  A hat that is strong and steadfast.  A hat that can take orders from the Lord, or a God-fearing person that is in command, and has the ability to follow God’s orders to the tee.

Have I not commanded thee:  Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: For The LORD thy GOD is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”   (Josh 1:9, KJV)

On that note, and with my faith in our Commander Jesus Christ, I now wear one hat; and that’s the hat of a soldier, and I will be All I Can Be, in the Army for the Lord.  Join me!

We love you, Lord, we praise you on high.  In Jesus name, we pray.  Amen

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