We MUST read God’s Word!

As a leader and child of God, it is our duty and privilege to read the Bible.  Practice reading God’s word daily.  As you mediate and live by the principles written therein, you will stay on the right path and have good success.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Psalm 119:105 ESV

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Joshua 1:8 ESV

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Although we know we should read the Word of God, too many times other things seem to get in the way of this most important area of our lives!  I had good intentions but it seemed I just couldn’t fit reading the Bible into my daily schedule.  I had too much to do and my intentions to read never came about!

Finally I realized that I can never be the person I want to be, if I don’t read the Bible and pray daily!  After all, I claim to be a Christian.  How could I become all God wants me to be if  I’m not allowing the Holy Spirit to teach me?  Now I have a morning routine that keeps me on track for the rest of the day.  If you struggle finding time to read the Word of God, make it a priority and set a schedule to read and pray.  Allow the Holy Spirit to  draw you to read His word.  Start with small chunks of time, and soon you will realize how precious and exciting it is to read God’s word and hear from Him.  Your days will go much smoother and your relationship with the Father will grow.

charles spurgeon

 

Born a Leader – But don’t feel like you’re there yet?

Do you KNOW you were born to lead, but don’t feel like you are there yet?

When it seems you just can’t get to where you want to be,  you must Make up your MIND!

Have you ever heard someone say “make up your mind”?  This is a statement to declare that you need to decide which direction you are going to choose, and to do it, no matter what.  When you declare and make a decision in your mind to take a course of action,  then you are actually creating or making up a mental image and thought process in your mind and insisiting that you will do it.  Think about it.  You can decide to keep reading or stop here.  It’s a mental choice.

When a woman is putting on her makeup, or a man is grooming himself, they are changing their appearance,  how they feel, what they think about, ect. So it’s the same process your mind, you can actually change the way your mind thinks and what pictures you want to create as you visualize and see the Leader you were born to be.  Many times we do this without being purposeful in our thinking, like walking, reaching for something, etc.  Our subconscious takes control.  So we must think about and decide what we will allow.

The problem with not feeling like you are the Leader you were born to be is,  you have not MADE UP YOUR MIND TO BECOME THAT PERSON!

Remember the verse of scripture in Psalms 1: 1-3 that says,

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
    Nor stands in the path of sinners,
    Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
    Planted by the rivers of water,
    That brings forth its fruit in its season,
    Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

pine tree

The pine tree in Indiana  stays green all year round.  Take a look at this picture and say to yourself, I am like this tree.  Notice every other tree has no appearance of life, though they may not be dead, they just aren’t bearing green leaves or fruit.  God gave you the ability to create in your mind the mental image of His purpose for you as a born leader, and he gave you the ability to preform every act as that born Leader!  God wants you to have Life abundantly!

How you get there, is to MAKE UP YOUR MIND!  Make up the mental image, create the emotion, the tenacity, and deliberately do something DAILY without fail in your leadership role.  You get to decide.  Will you meditate on God’s Word and His purpose for you?  Will you allow Him to lead and guide you?  Do you want to become like the tree planted by the rivers of water who’s leaves will not wither, and prosper in whatever you do?

If so, then MAKE UP YOUR MIND – in every way that expresses you to be a leader, every day.  Meditate on the Word of God and His promises for you.  Make your mind work for you and with you.  And above all else, let God be your guide.  Holy Spirit will lead you every step of the way.

As I have heard it said, Get out of your own way!  You have the power to make up or create in your mind whatever you want to become!  Choose TODAY and MAKE UP YOUR MIND to BE A Leader, with God’s purpose in mind.

BE THE LEADER  YOU WERE BORN TO BE!!

Wisdom

My prayer this morning was, Lord don’t let me die in my ways, but let me LIVE in yours. God’s ways are not our ways. His ways are much higher and better than ours. Proverbs 3:13-15 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The True Wealth:
13 Happy are those who find wisdom,
and those who get understanding,
14 for her income is better than silver,
and her revenue better than gold.
15 She is more precious than jewels,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
In every business manner, in our relationships, in our finances, in every decision we make, we need GODLY wisdom. When I go to God in prayer, He gives me His wisdom. It’s a mystery, its’ wonderful! 1 Corinthians 2:6-8 (NIV)
God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit:
6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
STOP, right now, and ask God to give you wisdom. Throughout the day, pay attention to your thought life and use GODLY wisdom in your decisions. Your life, your business, your finances, and your relationships will prosper. You will have joy and peace that you can’t even explain, and God will receive glory! Choose to be wise.

Discipline Yourself

In order to complete the call on our lives, and live the life we desire, we must incorporate a disciplined lifestyle.  My definition of discipline is:  LIVING BY RULES, IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THE DESIRED OUTCOME.

YOU get to set the rules for what YOU want to accomplish.

As women, we are often “moody”.  U-hum… yes, I said “moody”!   Women tend to be more emotional than men.  So trying to get everything done and be the GRAND woman we see ourselves as, will not happen if we do not have a disciplined lifestyle.

The problem is, that as we are tied to our emotions, we often act or react on the spur of the moment.  I know I have, many times.  I would go for a few days and do really well, then it was over, LOL…, Spur moment kicked in gear and off I went following my immediate desire, and didn’t use discipline AGAIN, and would find myself in a harried state.

Do you want to gain control of some areas, or EVERY area in your life?   DISCIPLINE  YOURSELF!

Remember, YOU get to make the rules for YOUR desired results.  Stop looking around at what others have, and make a list of what you want, and do something to get it.  You get to decide how long it will take you, and what you can do to accomplish your desires.   I guarantee you will feel much better about the outcome of a disciplined life, than letting your emotions rule you!  Start using those emotions to feel good about being disciplined:)

2 Timothy 1:7
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

THE OPEN DOOR

Many times we do not move forward with the desires of our heart because we feel inadequate.  I had so many different talents I wanted to pursue, that I didn’t know where to start to be effective for the Kingdom  of God.  I would pursue this, then that… but never really focused on my gifts.  Why?  Because of FEAR!

I felt I wasn’t good enough, didn’t have the right connections, enough education, etc. etc…  When you see, God called me to do something and it’s been in my heart for  a long long time.  I’ve had man tell me that I couldn’t do something, and was downright rude about it.  In my heart I believed I could, but when it came  to really pursuing it, fear crept in and stopped me.

Several years ago, I went through a really hard trial.  I was dying to myself and trying to follow the Lord the best I could, when all hell seemed to come against me.  I couldn’t understand it at the time.  My boss and three other department heads, and one of my employees were speaking against me.  In fact, when I spoke to my boss about my employee cursing me, he said “Oh, she probably didn’t mean it”, and then proceeded to tell me that if I didn’t raise sales in a particular area, that I would be fired after 12  years, and that I had 90 days to change. 

Instead of blaming everyone else for being wrong, I asked God what I had done?  I didn’t want to get angry and do something out of anger, so I sought the Lord.   And in the mean time, I raised sales 70% in an area that no one was prospering in!   And during that time when I was so down, the Lord spoke to me one night after a church service.  I’ll never forget, it was January and very cold outside.  My girlfriend suddenly had a pain in her side, so my friends and I immediately started praying for her.  The Holy Spirit visited us in such a special way, it was wonderful.  I asked my friends to pray for me too!  I wanted to feel His touch. 

The Holy Spirit not only touched me, He spoke to me.  I will never forget it.  He said, I WILL OPEN A DOOR THAT NO MAN CAN SHUT!

Oh, how wonderful it was… I knew then that my job was safe as long as the Lord wanted me there.  After my 90 day trial was over, I asked my boss to let me know if I was to continue working for that company.  He said he had never seen such a Christ like attitude, and that my job was safe.  I stayed another 2 years, and then my department closed. 

That allowed me to start my own business, and begin a journey that I knew God wanted me on. 

I will continue to follow the desires of my heart, and know that there is an open door, because I am doing what God called me to do.

Let me ask you…  What is one of the deepest desires you have in your life?  What door is available to you now?  I’d say, WALK THROUGH IT, and let the Lord lead you the rest of the way!

Revelation 3:7-8

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia, write; These things saith He that is holy, He that is true, He that hath the key of David, He that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My word, and hast not denied My name.

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