WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT: THE ROAD TO CONTENTMENT

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

“O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; nor do I involve myself in great matters, or in things too difficult for me.  Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child rests against his mother, my soul is like a weaned child within me.”  (NASB)  Psalm 131:1-2 Do you ever feel like you just can’t feel peace in your mind?  Instead you feel unrest and a lack of contentment.  In Psalm 131:1-2, David is expressing his childlike trust in the Lord.  It is childlike faith that brings real contentment, similar to a small child who jumps from the edge of a pool or the edge of a car seat into his daddy’s, arms trusting completely that his daddy will catch him.  It is with this childlike faith that you will find contentment and be set free from self-seeking and excessive world ambition. Lord, help me to be more childlike in my faith, that I may have that same trust that in your arms there is security and safety, in your arms there is rest, peace and...

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WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT: PROTECT YOUR DREAMS

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

“Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, 
 while our vineyards are in blossom.” (NASB) Song of Solomon 2:15 These little foxes come in all different ways trying to discourage you and even rob you of your dreams, your ideas.  Some of those foxes could be critical people telling you your ideas will never work.  Or it may be that you have become isolated and have shut yourself off from good counsel and accountability.  Another fox might be procrastination.  Olin Miller said, “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting it off.”  And it has also been said, “Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.”   Here is a tip to help you to guard against these foxes.  Proverbs 27:23 says, “Know the state of your flocks and put your heart into caring for your herds.”  In other words, establish an ongoing evaluation process in your business and then work hard at being consistent with that...

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WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT: A FOCUSED LEADER

Posted on Oct 17, 2011 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

“…but one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  (NASB) Philippians 3:13b-14 Paul was a man of focus.  He was focused on the goal.  Great leadership is all about focus.   I heard it said, “Focused attention and energy is the most effective power sources for you business.”  There are ideas and thoughts you can spend your time and energy on and easily become distracted.  Instead, you need to press on toward your goal as the scripture says.  This may take some forgetting of the past and straining forward.  If you want to make a positive difference in your business then take some time and determine where it’s best for you to focus your efforts that will bring the greatest...

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WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT: DILIGENCE & COURAGE FOR YOUR DREAMS

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

It has been said, “He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor.”  Proverbs 13:4 (NKJV) says, “The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing;  but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.”   And Proverbs 10:4 (NKJV)  further says, “He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.” When faced with discouragement, struggles and disappointments in the midst of pursuing your dreams, don’t give up.  You are not the first to go through hard times and discouragement. Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV) says, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake...

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WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT: JESUS WEPT

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

“Jesus wept.” NASB                                                                    John 11:35 This is the shortest verse in the Bible yet one of the most profound and applicable to our lives.  “Jesus Wept.”  The Free dictionary by Farlax defines “wept” as “to express emotion, such as grief or sadness, by shedding tears.” Jesus has emotion.  He has compassion.  He is moved with your needs.  He cares what you are going through, your struggles, your financial woes, your physical illness.  He will protect you, heal you, provide for you.  The Bible tells us in Matthew 9:35-36a, “Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages.  He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives.  When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke.  So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd.“  His heart breaks for you and your needs.  There is no need too small or too large that He can not meet.  Your prayer might go something like this:  Father, I thank You that You are meeting all my needs according to Your riches in Christ Jesus and You are my refuge and strength, my very present help in time of trouble.  I thank You that You are my protector, my healer, my wisdom, my strength, my provider, my peace, in Jesus name,...

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