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CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would have preferred to talk.

I know of four ways to respond to a conversation; one is to join in, another is to opt out, laugh it off, or be silent.

I discovered, listening to what others had to say wasn’t enough.  We have to understand what is being said, especially the whispers coupled with the small print.  I also learned knowledge is a result of listening, and remaining quite requires know how.

I have never been good at opting out of anything, but I have learned, sometimes “Silence is the best statement.”  Glory Hallelujah!

The more conscious we are of what others are saying, the more we tend to be attentive.  Plus, one of the hardest things to do when another is talking is to stay interested.  Perhaps it’s because of all the other conversations we are having; the ones that are going on in our head.

Respect comes when it seems as if the person we are talking to stop thinking, and begin listening to what we have to say.

It takes a special kind of skill, (control over oneself) to keep that mouth shut, ears tuned to receive, and the mind in a receptive mood to sort it all out.  All of these attributes are needed for better insight, fresh perspectives, and they may very well determine what we experience; creating a fine line between success and or failure.

I took heed from an old Native American Proverb after having a serious bout of the big mouth; Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.

Just so you know; silence can be loud; it’s a learned practice that can be harmful.  In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.   Martin Luther King.

Then there’s the other side; He who does not understand your silence will not understand your words.  Elbert Hubbard

Anyone can know, and not understand.  The first step to understanding is to acknowledge when we don’t understand, coupled with the realization that we are all at different levels of understanding.  And just because we don’t understand something don’t mean it’s not so.

Did you understand that?  Good, it took me a minute.

One last thing: In order to gain knowledge about, and some type of understanding in all things, Pray.  Prayer makes us more receptive, sensitive, attuned and responsive to others.

It’s Something to think about.  And it’s in Jesus name we pray.

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Posted by on August 28, 2015 in Something To Think About

 

JUST SO YOU KNOW! #2

Just so you know, Faith in God and oneself=Success!

Having a reasonable belief in oneself is necessary to move forward, but it will take more than that to be successful.  It would be wise to study before any test, whether they be spiritualistic, physical, mental, or a combination of things I can not name?

Preparation is key!

God knew who we would be before we were formed in our mother’s womb.  (Jeremiah 1:5)

For us in the carnal world (physical), it may have all started in our mind’s eye as a vision, (dream)?   From there, the opportunity to format God’s plan, under the guidance of His Trusted Son, Jesus Christ, was born, and success is only waiting on an effort to succeed.

When belief in oneself (faith) is connected to a relationship with Jesus Christ, coupled with perseverance and humility, we are in a great space to tackle unforeseen as well as obvious obstacles that may present themselves.

Just so you know, problems, not dreams, always seem to be at the forefront of our lives.  Perhaps, “It’s the way of the world?”

It’s our imagination and the Spirit that lives in our hearts that takes us on a journey to “Self-Realization.”  We often dream about what we want to be, and where we want to go in life.  And we imagine our ideals playing out in front of the real world.

In addition to being Lovers of Christ, as far as I know, all men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers!

When some dream, their beliefs are so strong they swear and make promises they can’t keep, even if it was not their intent.  The bible tells us in Matthew 5:36: Do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair black or white.

Just so you know, one of the biggest killer of dreams is: When we don’t believe or have Faith in Jesus Christ.  Disbelief creates a disconnect when it comes to His Teachings, and that rob us of our dreams, lifestyle, hopes; as a matter of fact, anything positive we can think of.

I believe, the  “New Norm,”  scams, a lack of effort and education has a great deal to do with our future, or lack of.  Prehaps we are rich in technology, but poor in morals?

Just so you know, that can become a thing of the past if we were to follow after Jesus Christ.  With Him, we can not only have our dreams come true, we can also move mountains (obstacles) for our fellow-man.

When talking to the disciples in Matthew 17:20  (AMP), Jesus said to them; Because of the littleness of your faith (that is, your lack of firmly relying trust).  For truly I say to you, if you have faith (that is living) like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move: and nothing will be impossible to you.

FYI: Most would agree that the verse above is not to be taken “literally.”  In my opinion, and what I have been taught in a Christ-like environment; Jesus is telling us how we can accomplish big things with big Faith, coupled with an understanding that it can be done because we believe in the purpose he has for us, and the Faith we have in Him to get the job done.

LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN!.

If we don’t believe and work hard for our dreams to materialize, they won’t, and our chances of moving anything is unlikely.  Dreams are just that, dreams, a figment of our imaginations, until we make them come alive with hard work, Faith, and a few blessings from The Master.

So don’t get to invested in the good time stories told by self-made men; including the myths told by others about how their dreams came true; never mentioning God.  I believe if our success is not from God, it’s from Satan, and that’s a problem.

Just so you know, The Devil gives gift too, and sometimes, No matter how explicit the pledge, people will turn and twist the text to suit their own purpose.  Mahatma Gandhi   

Even when Satan, and his dead followers are involved, some of us refuse to take directions; we live by our own understanding.  Therefore, without council, the greater the chances we will develop into fools.

Understand this Genius; attacking knowledge by not listening will cause you lose valuable information, such as: There are more ways to know and do something, than just your way, and both get to the same means. (results)   Try imagining what you could never imagine.  All you have to do is listen, sometimes. 

Are we really that foolish, and stuck within ourselves?  I say, Yes!  I also say, taking directions from the Devil will not only kill you, it will kill your unborn generations.

Spoiler Alert: As hard as we may try to do things our way, and no matter how many promises come from our mouths, John 15:5 tells us, You can do nothing without me.  And, I believe that because of trial and error, and the price I had to pay.

We have every reason in the world to want to achieve our grandest dreams.  But, just so you know; Imagination plus innovation equals realization?   Denis Waitley

With that in mind, I suggest we go for our dreams, especially if we have God on our side. (Who can be against us?)  I know with Jesus;  “Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”   e.e. Cummings

And for the record, once we realize our own potential and have self-confidence in our abilities, we can heal in our bodies, mind and spirit, allowing us the freedom to build a better tomorrow through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

Realistically, “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”   Soren Kierkegaard

It’s Something to Think About!

Jesus is Lord!  And it is in His name we pray.  Amen

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Posted by on August 24, 2015 in Something To Think About

 

LIVING WITH HOPE, THROUGH FAITH!

Have faith in The Living God for he is the God of Hope?

Hope is our greatest and most powerful incentive, it’s what inspires and encourages us in our darkest hour, and it can create some of our greatest joys.  Hope is what keeps us alive and full of expectations for tomorrow.

If you want to be happy, try changing your attitude while adapting to these four suggestions for a good start.  First and foremost is start a relationship with Jesus Christ if you don’t have one, then find something to do that is worthwhile, find something or someone to love, and something to hope for.

When we live with the knowledge that Jesus is Lord and allow him into our lives, we can let perseverance be our engine and hope be our fuel.

Life is a struggle, and at times it is determined to humble and break us down with ruthless indifference; with Jesus Christ, “Hope is the companion of power and the mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.”   Samuel Smiles

When we live with hope, perhaps with a little more persistence, coupled with a little more effort, that thing we hoped for may come to life and the blessings will overflow because of Faith.

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe, so resist your fears, hope for the best and rely on your Faith to get the job done.

Thank you Lord, and it is in Jesus name we pray that all our hopes and expectations are met with your approval.  Amen

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Posted by on August 20, 2015 in Something To Think About

 

WE ALL HAVE ISSUES?

We all have issues, but there are those who claim they don’t; others refuse to consider certain things as issues, only because they don’t want to put too much importance on that one thing.  Good for them, for they are the thinkers and are able to prioritize what is important, and what is not.

With some, any little bump in the road that upsets them becomes a huge problem, and then there are those who are UN-willing to let that thing go for some reason or another.   Perhaps they love a good fight, and relenting might make them look weak…  I say it make them look foolish.

The thing is, how do we handle issues before they become problems?  The other thing is, why do some of the smallest of issues bring about the largest problems?

Management; There is no one size or solution that fits all.

When we are dealing with challenges, in my opinion, there is no difference between large or small issues when it comes to one another.  I agree with the Bible concerning the Golden Rule:  Do unto others as you would have them do to you.  Luke 6:31 (NIV)

I believe all people should be treated the way we want to be treated ourselves; and that is with respect and humility, no matter their beliefs.  I believe everyone should have the right to explain or defend themselves, and all involved should have and give a listening, coupled with a respectable ear.

Sometimes a discussion is all that is needed.  But some won’t let the smallest of things go.  Some would rather argue, complain, and or hate on others.  This is life as they know it...I changed my position by changing my environment, and attitude.

When a family member asked me why did I leave Detroit, and Pittsburgh, for Atlanta, Ga.  I told him, sometimes in order for us to become what and who we want to be, or represent, we have to go somewhere else to learn new and better ways to accomplish that desire, but more importantly; to achieve the purpose we were born to be or do.

I believe we are only as good as our teachers.  (Parents, friends, environment, etc.)  And sometimes that is not enough.

FYI: “Just so you know;”  If we pay attention, when people are arguing, mostly, they are saying the same thing, just with different words.  This failure to communicate is called not listening to one another; the biggest of all issues.

To me, it seems as if most of us live by our beliefs, not by debating over every little thing.  “It’s Something To Think About.”

Thank you, Lord, for the Golden Rule and the other Commandments to live by.  It is in Jesus name that we pray for understanding.  Amen

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Posted by on August 16, 2015 in Something To Think About

 

I HATE IT WHEN…

I Hate It When someone is standing in front of my face lying, and know I know their lying.

Not only that; I Hate It When they are unwilling to admit that they are not only dishonest when it comes to me, but also completely dishonest with themselves?  Pretending to “Tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth;” so help them, God.

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.   Buddha  

In my opinion, no matter what happens after lying to me, a trusting relationship will be difficult to forge in the future.

Being honest is harder than lying because we have to tell on ourselves, coupled with the real-time notion that we will be judged.  I’m ashamed to say, we lie so often that sometimes we don’t know what the real truth is, or care.

These fairy tales live some of us live are suffering from a lack of substance.  One of the first rules of nature is to be true to yourself.  If we can’t do that for ourselves what can we do?

Somebody need to shout GET YOU SOME JESUS; I bet that will work.

Facing up to ourselves is not easy to do because that mean we have to change our position about certain things.  (Lies we told, or still telling.)  I have never been able to hide me from me, but if you know how to hide you from you, keep it to yourself, I have enough problems without adding some secret me to the mix.

It’s fear that keeps us lying and stuck in our ways, coupled with hiding from the truth, but it’s Faith that sets us free.  So; As long as you believe and keep moving, it’s easier to steer.

To be honest, we know exactly who we are, and what we represent, unless we are truly in la-la land… Using the same old played out lies is just another setback and ultimately another nail in our coffin.  Just know that when you say, “the Devil made me do it,” that may be true, but you made the decision.

I Really Hate It When the accused; you know the bad guy, ask, “What did I do to you?”

When someone tries to act as if they don’t know what they have done to me and then try to convince me I don’t know what I am talking about on top of that, it’s about to get real; especially if what they said to me was whack.  I am going to hold my ground and call a spade a spade.

The Devil is happy when the critics run you off.  Criss Jami

Instead of admission, some pretend to not remember.  At times, some may decide the best way out of an uncomfortable situation is more lies or they are just play crazy and want to do crazy things.  (Fight)   Either way, I will stand up for myself, even if I get knocked down.

I know power is not given, it’s taken.

You tell me why I should explain or refresh your memory about something most do without thinking; Tell Lies.  The accused already know what they said.  That’s part of the game, and I refuse to play.  I know what I do, whether they are wrongs, rights, or some-thing else in the mix; just like you do.

Now, there are exceptions, so if the “shoe don’t fit, don’t wear it.”   Although some will put it on anyway; Beware, they love controversy.

In truth, all I can say as a Christian is, forget about it, for what does all that really matter, especially if we are true to ourselves?  Some lair’s thoughts should be the least of our concerns, unless they put us in harm’s way, causing us to really fight back in a physical world.  I wouldn’t put it pass some of us having to fight the same battle more than once.

Rest assured, after it’s all over some can’t forget what was said, and I’m one of them.  I can pretend to forget, and that’s the truth.  I can forgive, and it will be sincere; still I won’t forget.  So try to not get that twisted either.

There are consequences when we pretend, because in most cases; We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.  Got That?

I know exactly who I am like most know themselves… I know the extent of my abilities concerning how honest I am with myself, and with others.  Wrong is wrong, no matter the degree of the actions taken, and some things that are often coupled with minor things can come in at a heavy price if not handled correctly.

We often underestimate the might of the small, whether it be a person, place or thing.  I once heard someone say; The energetic crocodile was once a delicate egg.  Um!

Sometimes it takes a fair degree of messiness for us to grow up, and at times, a butt whooping is a very persuasive tool, whether it be physical or mental; some-things require time and hard lessons…

When lying, experience will teach us the consequences of those “little white lies,”  that are often very large, cruel, and ungodly falsehoods that have been conjured up from the figments of our imaginations, and the bowels of ignorance.

Something I wouldn’t put pass Satan creating, and his devils and deviletts are happily dispensing the toxin…My point, at some place and or time, you will pay.

There are exceptions to all things, but this time we are just trying to be honest.  And for your information;  A mask is a very dangerous thing to wear even when we are clowning around.  Did you know vice wears a mask?

It’s so sad to know that; It’s in literature that true life can be found.  It’s under the mask of fiction that you can tell the truth.  Gau Xingjian    It seems as if the truth is told only in the shadows, while lies are spewed openly.

It’s Something to Think About!

I pray you take something from this Testimony.  And Thank you Lord for all your wisdom, and it’s in Jesus name that we pray.  Amen!

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Posted by on August 13, 2015 in Something To Think About

 

JUST SO YOU KNOW!

Everyone want to be the one that gives all the advice; willing and ready to instruct whether the door for others to receive it is open or not.  Perhaps that’s because it is easier to advise than to be advised.  Seldom taking into consideration; A word to the wise ain’t necessary, it’s the stupid ones who need the advice.

Some people like advice so much that they buy the words, and then place them on their walls.  (Bathrooms, kitchens, etc.)  There is nothing wrong with that individual style, plus a good designer can make a room of words very colorful.  Perhaps, the concern is some of us never think to use the words we read, especially if it’s sound advice and worthy to be repeated.

Anyway, some get more from a good scare than good advice.  For the record, one of my mother’s favorite lines was; “I buy your books and buy you books, and all you do is look at the pictures.”

As far as friends are concerned, some of us only want their advice if it agrees with ours.  And since some of us will never use good advice, pass it on, sit back and watch the results; results you may have wanted for yourself.

No matter what happens life goes on, just like unwanted advice.  What happened to good intentions?  Back in the day that use to come with good advice?  Oh, I know; “The New Norm happened.”

It’s always good to let others air their advice, just never let them decide for you, and for goodness sake, never miss a good chance to shut up and get out, especially when the advice given want to take you to a place that is UN-winnable, or UN-worthy.

FYI: Don’t base your decisions on the advice of those who don’t have to deal with the results.  And a word to the wise can be found in Proverbs 14:15; The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.

Just So You Know!

Thank you Lord for giving us a sound mind and the ability to make wise choices.  Jesus is Lord!  Amen

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Posted by on August 9, 2015 in Something To Think About

 

DID YOU KNOW? #25

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion. some humor, and some style.   Maya Angelou

Did you know the goal of resilience and survivorship is to thrive, and that’s enough to overpower most negative and stressful thoughts?

In order to thrive, we must be innovated by introducing something new, and or make changes in anything established. ( For the better good, of course.)   Change should automatically occur as we grow and learn, but as we all know, some of us have a hard time with change because we are sadly stuck in our ways, and willing to do battle to stop change of any sort.  This is the attitude of a loser.

Did you know our attitude is a reflection of our personality, and in order to succeed we must be devoted to our goals, including the willingness to make changes as deemed necessary?  And did you know, these intentional changes will make or break us, but having the ability to do what is necessary is the attitude of a true winner?

Perhaps we should start with the simple things; that are really the hardest?  The first step is having a relationship with Jesus Christ, who gives us clear choices, coupled with the ability to believe in ourselves, and the knowledge that we hold our own destiny, not the stars.

In order to reach our Destiny we must make a choice to become active in our decision-making.  Destiny is not something we wait on, it’s something we have to achieve, something already ordained; Our purpose in life.  We can do it by living a Christ-like life, full of compassion, passion, and purpose.

The life of Christ was a life of humble simplicities.  Yet how infinitely exalted was His mission.  Christ is our example in all things.  

Did you know making changes creates stress, but, Stress isn’t the thing that kills us, it’s the way we react to it?  If we think before we react to a stressful situation, it can be a life altering event; prayerfully for the better good? 

One of the most important ingredients to having some simulation of a good life is to be happy, healthy, wise and stress-free; But not at the price of others.  In order to have your stress levels under control we have to have realistic expectations about everything, including one of the major player; Compassion for others.

FYI: “Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.”  Dalai Lama

We can be all we are supposed to be, because our Destiny was laid out according to God’s Will.  The Bible tells us in Psalm 139:16 how God see us and the plans He has made for our life.

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.  And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me.  When as yet there were none of them.

He tells us again in Jeremiah 1:5 that; Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations. 

Isn’t that “Something to Think About?”

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Posted by on August 6, 2015 in Something To Think About

 
 
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