Friday, January 21, 2011

What Are You Afraid Of?

"Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.  The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.  The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still."          Exodus 14: 13 &14

These are the encouraging words of Moses as he led the Israelites out of Egypt.  This population of very brave people were exiting Egypt, on the run,  and experiencing uncharted territory and uncertain times ahead.  They must have been terrified as they saw the masses of the Egyptian armies bearing down on them.   None the less they persevered and followed the call of God to cross the Red Sea and   God was faithful as he helped them cross.
Many of us might feel as though we have "Egyptians" chasing after us today.  Of course I am not talking about this fine race or culture which exists today.  I am speaking of the fear and anxiety causing situations right now that bring up the same emotions that were experienced by the Israelites as a result of their fear of the Egyptians of their day. 
Power, fear,  uncertainty. anxious thoughts and lack of hope for the future are things that everyone faces at some time in their life.  
To help overcome these feelings that are not from God, try repeating to yourself and meditating on the above scripture.  
What are your "Egyptians" today?  Where do you need to "be still" and courageous?  Are you standing firm on the promises of God or are you wavering in uncertainty and fear?       Trust Him, be still, and know that what you are afraid of today may not be important tomorrow.  "God will fight for you"!
God is blessing you. 

Monday, January 17, 2011

What is Your Dream?

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."   Martin Luther King, Jr.

Although his life was cut short, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a dreamer of big dreams. and there are many examples of dreamers in the Bible.   Dreams are a very important part of faith and without faith and trust in the future you are doomed to negativity and non-productive behaviors.  What are your dreams and hopes for the future for yourself and your family?  Write them down,  post them, share them, believe in them!

As we remember Martin Luther King Jr. today we also remember that NOTHING is impossible with God!  "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."    Hebrews 11:1

God is blessing you!  

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year's Goals!!

 Happy New Year!  

   I am filled with hope for 2011 and am off to a running start!   Our financial situation has never been more difficult to deal with so I am "praying like it all depends on God but working like it all depends on me."
I have started a new international business,  have been working hard, and I am filled with faith that this will be my best year ever!   My husband Robert is assisting me and it feels so good to be doing something together again! 
Here is a verbal and written exercise I do at the beginning of each new year.  This has been a family tradition since my kids were young and it can really help you start 2011 off on the right foot.
1)  Share your happiest time/best memory of 2010.  
2)  Verbalize your goals for 2011.  Write them down and share them with trusted family members or friends.  Keep them displayed in a prominent place where you will be reminded of them daily.  Remember that there is great power in the act of writing what you hope for.   Use paper and a pen.    Only use a computer for the final copy which I frame and post on my office wall each year. 
3)  Think big.   No dream or goal is too big if God is in the center of it.  I usually have 10-12 goals for the year.   I don't always accomplish everything but at least I come closer than I would have had I not made them a goal in the first place!
It is tempting to spend time in doubt and worry yet at the end of the day there is no point in it.   I encourage you to make a positive plan for success today.  Write it down,  put it in a visible place, pray about it, stick to it!!  
" Our doubts are traitors, that make us lose the good, we oft might win, by fearing to attempt."
Shakespeare       As the Bible puts it...
"For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you;  plans to give you hope and a future."   Jeremiah 29:11
God is blessing you.   Donna