WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT: CHOICES WE MAKE

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”  (NASB) Philippians 4:8   Choices, choices, choices.  In the course of a day’s time, you will have many choices as to what you say, what you dwell on, the decisions you make and where you focus your eyes.  Here you are told specifically what you should dwell upon.  The mind is so much like a computer.  What you put in is what you get out – good in, good out.  I like how the Message Bible reads, “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious-the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.”   DECLARATION:  I will make a conscious effort this week to fill my mind with those things that are good, pure, positive and...

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WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT: HOW WELL DO YOU COMMUNICATE?

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”  (NASB) Ephesians 4:29   Webster’s definition of communication is an act or instance of transmitting information or interchange of thoughts or opinions.  Ephesians gives us three important qualities to help us be more effective in our communication. Does your speech edify?  In other words, does it build up others? Is what you say necessary for the need of the moment? Do your words impart grace into the listener?   DECLARATION:  I will choose to be more careful of the words that I use to communicate, being more mindful that they are positive, uplifting and filled with...

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WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT: THREE INGREDIENTS TO SUCCESSFUL RELATIONSHIPS

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”  (NASB) Ephesians 4:32   These words should be penned In a place where you can see them and be reminded of the three most important ingredients that will help you, whether it’s in your business relationships with your clients and fellow employees or at home in your family.   Be kind to one another: It was mother Teresa who said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”  Words like “I appreciate you,” “you are the best, great job, thanks for all your hard work.”  Choose to speak some kind words this week.  They will make a huge difference. Tenderhearted: This literally means to have a heart of compassion and concern for the needs of others. 3.    Forgive each other:  It has been said, “We must extend forgiveness and not allow past actions to cloud our current attitudes.”   DECLARATION:  I will check my words and attitude this week and choose to practice these 3 ingredients:  kindness, tenderheartedness and...

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WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT: PURSUE EXCELLENCE

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

“Do you see a man who excels in his work?  He will stand before Kings, he will not stand before unknown men.”  (NASB) Proverbs 22:29   It was Colin Powell who said, “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters.  Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”   This is really about perspective.  So often we have our focus totally on the big picture and we forget all the little things, the details it takes to achieve the big picture.  Focus your attention on excelling in the details and you will succeed in the big things. DECLARATION:  Starting today I will take one day at a time and focus my attention on the little...

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