REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE

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Jim Ginn, an assistant pastor of a church in Phoenix, was my confidant and guide, who made sure that my walk with Christ was closer everyday. He always said these words to me before I stepped out of the house, he said : ‘Girl, Remember Who You are – You are God’s child, You are very precious in His sight and His precious blood was shed for you, never let HIM down’. He even bought me a cap with these words stitched on it :”Remember Who You are”.

These words got embedded in my heart so strongly that it always pulls me out of temptations that come by my way all the time. There were times when I had almost given in, but I could hear Jim’s rusty voice saying “Remember Who You Are”. At that moment the love of Christ flashes in my mind and makes me remember who I am, I just run back to Christ, who is my refuge and my fortress

Jim Ginn is no more – but his profound words will always be with me. Jim’s love and dedication for Christ drew me even closer to Christ. I want to do the same, I want to make difference in everyone’s life who comes in touch with me, by passing on the light that Christ has given me. I want to always remember who I am in Christ and make sure others do so too. So, when satan looks you in the face and tries to you or people that serve him and his agenda try and attack you -Just “Remember Who You are” – You are God’s child, You are very precious in His sight and His precious blood was shed for you, never let HIM down.

Credit: Caroline N.

*Thanks Caroline

Philemon 1:6

That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”

2 Corinthians 13:5

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
Ephesians 1:5

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,...”
Romans 8:9

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.”

Sometimes we forget who we are, praise God for people that remind us!

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Desired Things

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Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become bitter or vain, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interest in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,ย it is perennial as the grass…

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully receiving the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a creation of God, a child more of value than the trees and the stars;ย you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the world is unfolding as it should. Therefore, be at peace with God; and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

With all its shame, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

 
Credit: Max Ehrmann -1927, (Almost 90 years ago!) with only minor changes for accuracy.

LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCES

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We touch the lives of others in ways we often never know. People sometimes come into our personal world for fleeting moments and can leave us forever changed.

We have more power to create or to destroy than we can imagine. We can leave things or individuals better or worse than we found them.

A look, a word, a gesture has tremendous impact and frequently we blither along through our existence unaware of the mighty power that our communication wields. Here’s an example:

It was a rainy, humid day: the mother of all bad hair days. I was riding on a bus downtown to go to work. The windows on the bus were covered in condensation so thick you couldn’t see outside. Everyone was wilting.

I was sitting next to a man in a business suit and didn’t pay much attention until we both got off at the same stop and walked to the same newsstand to get a morning paper.

The man running the stand was obviously having a bad day. He was rude, abrupt and unsmiling as we purchased our papers, which served to only add more gloom to my day. The businessman caught my eye and smiled. He then proceeded to smile brightly, thank the newsstand proprietor for the paper and for being open on such a morning to make sure we were able to get our papers. In short, he expressed his appreciation for something most of us would take for granted.

The man running the newsstand responded only with a grunt and a sour expression. The businessman then pleasantly wished him a pleasant day. As we turned away, I asked this man why he had continued to be pleasant to the newsman when he obviously didn’t care about and didn’t respond to his expression of appreciation and friendliness. The businessman grinned at me and said, “Why would I let someone else control what I say and what I feel or what kind of day I’m going to have?”

We then separated to go to our respective work places. To this day, I don’t know who that business man was, where he worked, or anything else about him. I never saw him again, even though I looked for him on the bus on other days. He appeared briefly in my life and disappeared just as quickly. I don’t even remember what he looked like. But I’ve never forgotten the words he said or the way his smile seemed like a shaft of light on a gloomy day.

That was a good 25 years ago, but the impact this had on my life has lasted. I never had a chance to thank him personally, but the way in which I try to choose to look at life as a result of those words is his legacy to me and my thanks to him.

Our interactions with the people we encounter can impact at least the next five people that person encounters. A smile and words of simple appreciation multiply themselves geometrically. We cannot control people and situations that come to us, but we can always control our response to them. And in such positive decisions lie our control and personal power to make a positive difference. And it’s something anyone and everyone can do. It is a real legacy that can impact both the present and the future.

Credit Gail P. E.

Thanks Gail! ๐Ÿ™‚

 
Philippians 2:4ย “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”

There Comes a Time….(Revisited)

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A time comes in your life when you finally get it… When in the midst of all your fears and insanity you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out – ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying or struggling to hold on.

Like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside, you shudder once or twice, you blink back your tears and through a mantle of wet lashes you begin to look at the world through new eyes.

This is your awakening. You realize that it’s time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change or for happiness, safety and security to come galloping over the next horizon. You come to terms with the fact that we are not Prince Charming’s or Cinderella’s and that in the real world there aren’t always fairytale endings (or beginnings for that matter) and that any guarantee of “happily ever after” must begin with you and your choices and the process- a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.

You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are… and that’s OK. (They are entitled to their own views and opinions ever how wrong they may be.) And you learn the importance of loving the thought of hope of a new day.

You stop complaining and blaming people for the things they did to you (or didn’t do for you) and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected (nothing should surprise us anymore). You learn that people don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and that it’s not always about you (something my Gemini mother could not get). So, you leaned to kneel and just trust God for your all and as you do a sense of safety & security is born.

You stop the stopping of judging and pointing fingers and you begin to realize people are wrong at times and need help to get right again while overlooking their shortcomings and human frailties and in the process a sense of peace & contentment is born of forgiveness.

You realize that much of the way you view yourself, and the world around you, is as a result of all the messages and opinions that have been ingrained into your psyche. And you begin to sift through all the crap you’ve been fed about how you should behave, how you should look and how much you should weigh, what you should wear and where you should shop and what you should drive, how and where you should live and what you should do for a living, who you should sleep with, who you should marry and what you should expect of a marriage, the importance of having and raising children or what you owe your parents.

You learn to distance yourself from the views of the world and you begin reassessing and redefining who you are what you really stand for. You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to discard the doctrines and values you’ve outgrown, or should never have bought into to begin with and in the process you learn to go with your instincts. You learn that it is truly in giving that we receive. And that there is power and glory in creating and contributing and you stop maneuvering through life merely as a “consumer” looking for your next fix. You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity : good moral values are not the outdated ideals of a bygone era but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life.

You learn that you don’t know everything, it’s not your job to save the world and that you can’t teach a pig to sing. You learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say NO. You learn that the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the stake. Then you learn about love. Romantic love and how to love, how much to give in love, when to stop giving and when to walk away. You learn not to project your needs or your feelings into a relationship and by not doing so, those needs are met and those feeling are cherished by others.

You learn that you will not be more beautiful, more intelligent, more lovable or important because of the man or a woman (whatever the case) by your side or the child that bears your name. You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you would have them be. You stop trying to control people, situations and outcomes. You learn that just as people grow and change so it is with love…. and you learn that you don’t have the right to demand love on your terms… just to make you happy. And, you learn that alone does not mean lonely…

You look in the mirror and come to terms with the fact that you will never be a size 5 or a perfect 10 and you stop trying to compete with the image inside your head and agonizing over how you “measure up.”

You learn that your body really is your temple. And you begin to care for it and treat it with respect. You begin eating a balanced diet, drinking more water and taking more time to exercise. You learn that fatigue diminishes the spirit and can create doubt and fear. So you take more time to rest. And, just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels our soul. So you take more time to laugh and to play.

You learn, that for the most part, in life you get what you believe… and that much of life truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy. You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for and that wishing for something to happen is different from working toward making it happen. More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you need direction, discipline and perseverance. You also learn that no one can do it all alone and that it’s OK to risk asking for help.

You learn that the only thing you must truly fear is the great robber baron of all time… FEAR itself. You learn to step right into and through your fears because you know that whatever happens you can handle it and to give in to fear is to give away the right to live life on your terms. And you learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom (but never forget it’s out there). You learn that God isn’t punishing you or failing to answer your prayers. It’s just life happening. You learn you need to walk more closer to God and learn more from Him.

You learn that negative feelings such as anger, envy and resentment must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the life out of you and poison others around you. You learn to admit when you are wrong and to build bridges with good people that are humble and forgiving. You learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted, things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about: a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower.

Slowly, you begin to take responsibility for yourself. You hang a wind chime outside your window so you can listen to the wind. And you make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting, and to stay open to every wonderful possibility.

Finally, with courage in your heart and with God inside you, you take a stand, you take a deep breath and you begin to ask God for the right direction to take and continue to live the life you want to live as best as you can. Praise The Lord!

Dear God…

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‘I feel there is no need in this world,
For me to suffer as a young girl.
My struggle begins from the time my eyes open, ’til they close,
I feel I am falling over there is nowhere to go.

Four closed walls, no windows or doors in sight,
All I can do is hate myself as I cry in fright.
I go to school, but I can’t get the grade,
There is nothing I do right, my life seems to fade.

I cannot confide, because a secret is not a secret today,
Things get turned around and I get pushed away.
The clothes I wear, aren’t what others accept,
And because I try so hard I get no respect.

I feel so violated in this world,
I feel like I was put here to be a miserable girl.
Help me God, find the way,
Help me in school, help me all day.

Be with me when I cry at night,
Wrap your arms around me say I’ll be alright.
When I close my eyes watch me close,
Be with me through the night, don’t let me go.

Tomorrow, when I wake up,
Don’t let me have a frown,
Turn my mouth into a smile,
I know you won’t let me down.

Lord, I love you and I know you love me too,
Good night dear God, thanks for all you do!
in Jesus name, AMEN’

Credit— Jessie A. Age 16 — Texas

Thanks Jessie, ๐Ÿ™‚ Everyone, pray for Jessie.

Luke 21:17
And ye shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake.”

John 15:18
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you.”

James 1:6
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”

Matthew 21:16
…..And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?”

1 Samuel 30:6
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.”

*Our days are not as we would have them, and when things start to look that way, do as David did, he encouraged himself in someOne Bigger than he was. David ( 1 Samuel 30:6) knew Who was the solution to his problems- we need to keep that in mind always.

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God’s Blessings

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The man whispered “God, speak to me”
And a meadowlark sang.
But the man did not hear.

So the man yelled “God speak to me!”
And the thunder rolled across the sky.
But the man did not listen.

The man looked around and said “God let me see you”
And a star shone brightly. But the man did not look up.

And the man shouted “God let me receive a miracle”
And a his body was healed. But the man did not notice.
So, the man cried out in despair.

“Touch me God and let me know that you are here!”
Whereupon God reached down and touched the man.
But the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on.

Moral of the story:
Don’t miss out on a blessing because it isn’t packaged the way you expect.

Psalms 62:11
โ€œGod hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.โ€

Luke 8:10
And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.”

Matthew 13:15
For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”

Revelation 13:9
If any man have an ear, let him hear.”

Luke 8:16
No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.”

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Ephesians 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:…

Life is…..

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Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.
It is because we are different that each of us is special.

Do not set your goals by what other people deem important.
Only you know what is best for you.

Do not take for granted the things closest to your heart.
Cling to them as you would your life,
For without them, life is meaningless.

Do not let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past
Nor in the future.

By living your life one day at a time,
You live all the days of your life.

Do not give up when you still have something to give.
Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.

It is a fragile thread that binds us to each other.

Do not be afraid to encounter risks.
It is by taking chances; that we learn how to be brave.

Do not shut love out of your life by saying it is impossible to find.
The quickest way to receive love is to give love;
The fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly.

Do not dismiss your dreams.
To be without dreams is to be without hope;
To be without hope is to be without purpose.

Do not run through life so fast
That you forget not only where you have been,
But also where you are going.

Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.

 
1 John 5:11 “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”

 
Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”