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A Sense Of Humor

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road. 
Henry Ward Beecher 

It seems to me, that people today are too uptight, too serious, and that is why you see hospitals filled with all sorts of ailments. God created us to laugh and to have a good time as we create a great sense of humor. So many people today are offended over every little thing. Some people live their life with a “victim” mentality. These kind of individuals have no sense of humor, they do not enjoy life, instead, they make everyone around them to be just as miserable as they are.  We must have a sense of humor and not be so sensitive to things that people might say. Respect is one thing, but people need to loosen up, be free, and enjoy a good laugh and that includes a sense of humor.  Quit taking life so seriously and shock your friends and family members with a nice joke or laugh. You just might be surprised how good you will feel inside.

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” Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you…”
(2 Timothy 1:6, NKJ).

Do you need some freshness in your life today? You may simply need to stir up what God has placed on the inside of you. Stir up those gifts, stir up those dreams, stir up those talents inside. Start stretching yourself. You were created to be a dreamer and to pursue the desires God has placed in your heart.

The Scripture tells us that without vision, people perish. If you don’t have a dream or vision for your life, you’re not really going to reach your fullest potential. Maybe at one time you had a dream, but you went through some disappointments or setbacks. Things didn’t turn out the way you planned. But here’s a key: when one dream dies, dream another dream. Just because it didn’t work out the way you had it planned doesn’t mean that God doesn’t have another plan. You cannot allow one disappointment or even a series of disappointments to convince you that your dream is over. It’s time to dig your heals in and hold on to the promises in your heart. Stir up those God-given dreams today and watch Him pour out His favor and blessing upon you and fulfill every desire in your heart!

Resources: joelosteen.com

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New Garments

“Provide for those who grieve…a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor”
(Isaiah 61:3, NIV)

Do you need a new garment today? I’m not talking about a physical garment. I’m talking about what’s covering your mind and emotions. Are you clothed with despair and disappointment? Are you wearing ”heaviness?” If you’ve gone through a hurtful situation, the Bible says there is a time to grieve, and it’s important to release that hurt to the Lord. But the Bible also tells us that God wants to give you a garment of praise instead of a spirit of heaviness and despair.Are the garments of yesterday weighing you down and holding you back? It’s time for a new garment. The garment of praise is light and filled with peace and joy. Don’t carry those heavy burdens around anymore. Choose to forgive those who have hurt you and praise God for what He’s doing in your life today. If nothing else, start thanking Him for the beautiful sunrise. Thank him for restoring you, even if you don’t see it yet. Just like this verse says, you will be as strong and secure as a tall oak tree, displaying His splendor all the days of your life!

Resources: joelosteen.com

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The Dreamers

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. 

T.E. Lawrence

When we stop dreaming, we stop living! Dreams are part of moving forward in life. If we don’t dream, we become stagnant, with no hope of ever achieving anything in life. Having hope and faith, are close relatives of dreaming. Without these two factors, dreaming and reaching for the stars, becomes very difficult. So many individuals today, have lost all hope, and have no desire to persevere and work hard, knowing that brighter days are ahead. It does not matter how many setbacks you have had in your life, dream big, even if you only accomplish half of your dreams, you have accomplished something worthwhile.

Dreamers accomplish big things in life. Dreamers are givers, of their time, talents, and money. Dreamers have a lot of self-confidence. They believe in what they are doing, and they know that sooner or later, their dreams will come to fruition. Seek out your destiny, and move in that direction. Become familiar with your talents and gifts, and feed your gifts and talents, and before you know it, the doors will open wide for you. Good things happen to people who are persistent. Don’t ever quit, work hard, and find a mentor that will help you reach your dreams. You can do it! Keep reaching for the stars….
 

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Happiness and all of the unlimited benefits which flow from the storehouse of heaven are contingent upon our relationship to God. Absolute dependency and absolute yieldedness are the conditions of being His child. Only His children are entitled to receive those things that lend themselves to happiness; and in order to be His child, there must be surrender of the will to Him.

We must admit we are poor before we can be made rich. We must admit we are destitute before we can become children of adoption. When we realize that all our own goodness is as filthy rags in God’s sight, and become aware of the destructive power of our stubborn wills; when we realize our absolute dependence upon the grace of God through faith and nothing more, then we have started on the road to happiness.

Man does not come to know God through works—he comes to know God by faith through grace. You cannot work your way toward happiness and heaven, you cannot moralize your way, you cannot reform your way, you cannot buy your way. It comes as a gift of God through Christ.

Resources: billygraham.org

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Successful people are decisive people. When opportunities come their way, they evaluate them carefully, make a decision, and take appropriate action. They know that indecision wastes time that could be spent on more productive tasks. They also avoid unnecessary risks by implementing their decisions gradually. They don’t attempt to make every decision at the beginning. Each action is contingent upon the success of the one that preceded it. Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s wisest men, is said to have used a simple method to make difficult decisions. He drew a line down the center of a sheet of paper, and on one side he listed the “pros” of the decision; on the other, he listed the “cons.” In addition to simplifying the decision-making process, the list also served as a graphic illustration of the advantages and disadvantages of any decision, regardless of its complexity. The impact of the decision could then be quickly and easily accessed.

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Guide Me Lord

One of the basic desires of the soul is to live on and on. Self-preservation is the first law of nature. People may grow tired of aches and pains and the decrepitude of old age, but they do not grow tired of life itself. God has arranged to satisfy this yearning of the soul to live forever, and the desire to be free from pain and sickness and trouble. People are little creatures with big capacities, finite beings with infinite desires, deserving nothing but demanding all. God made people with this huge capacity and desire in order that He might come in and completely satisfy that desire. God made the human heart so big that only He can fill it. He made it demand so much that only He can supply that demand . . . Jesus Christ is the only one who holds the keys of death. In His death and resurrection He took the sting out of death, and now God offers eternal life to every person who puts his trust and faith in His Son Jesus Christ.

Resources: BillyGraham.org

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