Be Positive and Have Faith for Better Days in Your Life

“Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

Nothing is impossible. The struggles and trials you are trying to overcome in life might be hard, but they certainly are not impossible to get through.

Each new day presents its own set of challenges. No two days will be the same. You have to wake up each day, decisive and determined to be cheerful and happy, with the mindset and faith that you can overcome whatever challenges life might present to you. It does not matter what situation you might find yourself in – day by day – your attitude of faith, and how you approach life are the determining factors of how your life will turn out in the end.

Take the caterpillar as an example. The caterpillar can fly, but not as a caterpillar – only as a butterfly. As a caterpillar, it has the potential to be something special, but it must go through a process (metamorphosis) first, before it is transformed into a butterfly with the ability to fly. Like the butterfly, you too will have to go through a period of transformation, so GOD can move you from crawling in the sand, to soaring like a butterfly. However, one thing is for sure, you cannot change or go through transformation and become a better you, without going through the process. Life is a journey. You might want to reach the destination immediately and enjoy the end result, but if that were to happen, you would have little appreciation of it, because it will not bring the joy you seek. Remember, “no pain no gain.” Change is necessary. Only when you are tested and tried in fire… can you shine like pure gold.

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Your life is precious! Be proud of it. It may not be perfect, but you are still alive with a chance to make it as close to perfect as you hope for it to be. Detach yourself from yesterday’s disappointments. Be positive and have faith. Live on… while you are still alive.

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Never Get Comfortable With Being Afraid

“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.” ~ Denis Waitley

The fear of taking risks that exists inside you will never go away. Therefore, you must learn how to make choices that will help you overcome fear. As you grow, you must also come to the point to where you never get comfortable with being afraid to do something daily, that will be beneficial for your growth.

Many times, fear in the form of negative self-talk can be your worst enemy. Self-talk, in the form of negative thoughts, can cause you to say some mean things to yourself, things you would never say to a friend or loved one, or even to a total stranger on the street.

• “I’m not good enough.”
• “I always mess things up.”
• “It won’t work, because everything I try to do, always ends up in failure.”

Negative self-dialogue like the ones mentioned above will make you lie to yourself, and eventually cause you to develop the thought pattern of always seeing yourself with a critical eye, rather than living by faith the way GOD intended for you to live.

Each day, you must remind yourself that, you cannot wear mismatched shoes. A shoe of faith and a shoe of fear. Neither will pair with the other. One shoe – faith – will help you grow spiritually and naturally in ways that might seem impossible to others. At the same time, the other shoe – fear – will hold you back from ever finding your happy place in life, because you will always live in a state of wonder, afraid to make moves or act, because you will be too scared to step outside your comfort zone.

No more “mismatched” shoes. You cannot walk in fear and faith at the same time and get positive results. Pull off the shoe of fear, and place the other shoe of faith on your foot, and then both feet will be equipped to catapult you into action to be able to live the beautiful life GOD intended for you to live. That place does not exist, however, inside your comfort zone.

Your comfort zone is a myth. Do not be afraid of moving forward. The best results that will bring you happiness exists in situations that will take you beyond your comfort zone. The situations will not force you to do anything. The choice to step out on faith in GOD will be the determining factor in whether you succeed or fail.

Therefore, never allow your faith to take root in one place. Move forward. Faith needs to walk more than it stands. GOD works outside of your comfort zone. Be willing to let go of what makes you afraid so that you can have a better life. You will still be you. Change is good. Change can make you happy.

Each day, it is important to remember that, life has put you in the driver’s seat and you can travel in any direction you choose. But, being better, having better, and living better will require strategic moves – in the right direction. Choose the path of faith. Take off the mismatched shoes of faith and fear. Walk by faith, in matching shoes of course.

Don’t Let How You Feel… Make You Forget What You’re Worth

You can make broken look beautiful… and make strong look invincible. You can walk with the world on your shoulders, and make it look like you are walking with a pair of wings. That’s what walking by faith looks like. It is then that nothing can defeat you, and nothing can get the best of you. Yet it can only happen if you trust GOD.

Sometimes, it will seem like with all of the possibilities life has to offer, you just don’t measure up, and it might make you feel useless. Then, those thoughts might get you to thinking about your dreams, all you want to be, all you want to do, and where you want to go, but you for whatever reason, just don’t how to get there. Somehow, these thoughts might make you feel a sense of brokenness.

Hold your head up. Listen up! Remember, broken crayons still color! Therefore, even in the midst of tears and heartache and brokenness, you have to be able to find your strength. First, though, you have to be able to allow yourself to heal.

The struggle you are in today is developing the strength you need to face tomorrow. Have faith in the fact that you are “Fearfully and wonderfully made.” You are not made to stay broken. You are not made to stay down. Moreover, you were not created to be defeated.

Your greatest strength lies deep inside you. Look within. Dig into your power! GOD is there… and HE is waiting to be called upon to supply your needs, and fix everything has caused you to feel broken. Allow it to happen.

When you focus your thoughts on GOD, everything about you can be brighter and more joyful. When you feel weighed down with problems, however, it is easy to become anxious and nervous about what comes next.

Still, never allow the default setting in your mind make you focus more on problem-solving than depending on GOD’s ability to solve problems.  Instead of allowing your thoughts to flow towards what’s wrong and how to fix it, pray and allow GOD to determine what the next step is, to help correct what is wrong.

7 Important Things I’ve Learned About Life

Over the years, my definitions of happiness and success have certainly changed. Some things that used to be important… no longer hold the same relevance or significance to me as it once did. Certainly then, I’d like to think I’ve matured over the years. And now, I’m inspired more and more to be a giver… because, “GOD loves a cheerful giver.”

Throughout my life – especially over the past 10 years – I’ve tried to be as intentional as I possibly could to be better at being me, and also at helping other people to be better. Seriously! I’ve spent some of my most memorable moments in life, celebrating the successes of others. I helped in other people’s success without worrying about money and without thinking about “Me”… even while becoming exhausted in the process – and I found joy in doing so. I was able to do that because I understood, whatever gifts I have, if I use them to help other people… in turn, those same gifts will make room for me to accomplish my dreams.

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” ~ Luke 6:38 (KJV)

Here are 7 important things I’ve learned… that have changed my life. I’ve learned that:

GOD responds to FAITH.

Faith in GOD… is all about ACTION.

Life is a journey of great actions – for others first, then for self.

Life is made up of DOING, and not waiting on things to be done.

Life is about being in place, being available and being accountable.

Life is about loving… and being able to give… to others.

Giving is the key to happiness.

There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something. I’ve found that the most memorable events in my life happened because I decided to honor someone’s request for help to achieve something that was a big deal to them… at the same time while trying to find my way to achievement of my own dreams.

What about you? There’s a reason you’re here… right now… right where you are, in this moment in time. You may not be able to see it now… but you have a PURPOSE. And, it’s up to you, not to spend your most valuable time worrying about all that has happened to you… but to spend time rejoicing over what can happen for you and inside you… when you use the gifts GOD has placed in your possession… to directly help others without the thought of money, until the time that those gifts of giving begin to be returned to you in other ways.

Enjoy the Christmas Season. Give… Love… Share.

Christmas is about JESUS. Christmas is about love. Christmas is about giving… not so much things, as it is giving of ourselves. Christmas is a time of sharing.

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We don’t need to buy things to make our lives beautiful or joyous. We don’t need more glamorous items in our lives to find happiness and contentment. We can find these wonderful qualities in what’s already in front of us… when we learn to see GOD in everything. Continue reading Enjoy the Christmas Season. Give… Love… Share.

GOD Can Turn Bad Situations into Something Good…

Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.” ~ Mark Victor Hansen

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Bullied youngster sitting alone.

When I was a kid, boys my age loved to brag on their dads. It was a daily thing on the playground. In those competitive conversations, every boy claimed his dad’s rightful place on the throne as “The World’s Toughest Dad.” I can still hear them saying, “My dad is bigger than your dad!” or “My dad is smarter than your dad!” But the best one of all was, “My dad is stronger than your dad!” But the last one I mentioned, was only used in threatening situations… when a fight was about to break out. It was a clear scare tactic. And, it was a fair warning that, “If you mess with me… you’d better beware, because my dad will come and deal with everybody out here… and handle everyone’s dad, later.” Of course it never happened! But, all the little fellas had confidence in what they were saying. Continue reading GOD Can Turn Bad Situations into Something Good…

FAITH… Can Help You Through Any Situation

Do you sometimes find it difficult to trust GOD? Does your faith sometimes fail you? If so, just remember… no matter what you cope with, it’s how you handle stress that’s important. And what you turn to in times of trouble is even more relevant.

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Some people thrive under pressure… while others cannot handle the heat. Also, many people turn to methods of coping… like smoking or drinking. Others seem to thrive in the midst of trouble. But, regardless of how you cope, your faith can help you through any situation. It can allow you to see a different perspective and while you continue to have faith in GOD. Continue reading FAITH… Can Help You Through Any Situation