May 2009


I don’t know if you’ve heard of The Vine but it is an awesome dose of daily inspiration I receive in my email.  My husband introduced me to it when we were dating some years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Today’s message is titled:  8 Principles to Live By and it came right on time.  You see,  a few days ago, we learned that my husband’s employment contract with the Department of the Treasury was being terminated immediately.   Although the news is devastating, we are choosing to live on these 8 principles and act on faith.

God never promised an easy life but He did promise He would be with us through the through the tears and the pain—the heartache and rain and trust Him to see us through.

Today’s message from the Vine has become my motivation.  Enjoy:

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity…
Proverbs 3:21-22 NLT

People who set goals accomplish much more than people of equal education and ability who don’t. With that in mind, build these eight principles into your life.

1) Decide what you want. But first consult God. ‘Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails’ (Proverbs 19:21 NIV)..

2) Think on paper. Writing your goals down gives them a sense of permanency, plus it energises you. ‘Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity… ‘ Wishy-washy objectives won’t get you where you want to go.

3) Establish a deadline. Without a definite beginning and ending it’s easy to procrastinate and get nowhere.

4) Make a list of what you need to do to. Keep it before you at all times; it’ll give you a track to run on.

5) Convert your list to a plan. Decide what you need to do first and what you can do later. An organised plan is always better than trying to carry stuff around in your head.

6) Act immediately. ‘Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity… ‘ (Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV). Do something! A mediocre plan that’s implemented beats a brilliant one that’s not.

7) Do something every day to move you forward. Build it into your schedule. For example, read systematically through your Bible, call a specific number of clients, engage in physical activity for a given time.

8) Have a goal you’re willing to devote your life to. And keep your eye on that goal at all times. ‘Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom’ (Psalm 90:12 NIV).

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Let’s face it, all women want to be beautiful. However, many fail to realize that beauty begins on the inside and works its way out. But how do you become beautiful on the inside? You will not discover the secret in magazines, talk shows, or reality TV. Inner beauty is the result of God’s transforming power in the heart of a willing soul. He doesn’t simply cover up our flaws; He miraculously starts from scratch and makes us new. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, (she) is a new creation,” Paul wrote, “the old is gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 2:5).

The best beauty treatment is by spending time with the makeover artist Himself…Jesus. God’s spa is always open and the price has already been paid by Jesus Himself. So what are we waiting for! I’ll see you there.

Life is good on the mountaintops of celebration. But no matter how much we’d like to spend our lives up there, we will eventually walk through the valleys of challenges. Life is tough in the valleys. Still, there are valuable lessons we can learn in the valleys that we could never learn if we stayed on the mountaintops.

If you find yourself walking through a valley right now, let God teach you as He walks alongside you. At midlife some people find themselves walking through the Valley of Storms.

Invite God to use the storms you go through to stretch your faith. Understand that God can use storms for correcting (returning you to a right relationship with Him), perfecting (to mature you and prepare you for serving more in His kingdom), and instructing (to teach lessons you couldn’t learn otherwise). As you struggle through a storm, keep in mind that Jesus is watching and listening, and He is rooting for you. Not only that, but He is praying for you to remain faithful and learn to trust Him even more. Don’t panic, no matter how much rain falls, how loud the thunder crashes, or how close the lightening strikes, because God is more powerful than any storm you could ever experience.

One of my favorite quotes is:  “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass—but learning to dance in the rain.”  You and David should have a good time!

What are you doing about the mess from your past?  Is it still there tucked away nice and neatly or is it continuing to create havoc in your life? 

Everyone has a past to deal with. While we cannot change our past, we certainly change our response to it. We can either allow our past to defeat us or we can harness it, and use it for power in our lives today and tomorrow!

Our past can be our quicksand or our cornerstone.