Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Words of Wisdom from WILD20

For those in times of trial, remember what the Bible says.

The car broke down, you learned you have to take a pay cut, or even be laid off. Things are not going right. Sickness may have overtaken you, relatives died. Unemployment, disability, all the stresses of life.

You barely have ends meeting now and things will be even worse the next few months.This readers, is the ultimate test of faith, and some of the worst situations facing people.

The question is, can you make it through, and, does the Bible give you enough strength and scripture to do that?

The answer folks is yes! And the scriptures have plenty to say about it.

The Bible says we will go through tribulation. (Acts 14:22)

For some, this is instances of the death of someone close, financial problems, and stresses of life. We know that not all will be here on earth when Jesus comes again. But others will. There is an end time tribulation, but not all will go through it. For those that do, the times will be hard, with much suffering, but for those that don't, I am sure we all have little trials and tribulations that happen to us.

What does the Bible say? I studied this while I wrote this, and found it quite interesting.

You see, God gave us a great tool called the Bible. Some say it is a book of prophecy, other say it is a book of doom.

I call it a book of promises.

God's promise, all amounting to one thing, Jesus' return. The trials we go through are a small speck and scope of the greater picture. The suffering we go through, will all be nothing more then a moment. The Bible says we are here for just a moment in time. (2 Corinthians 4:17)

So what happens when we go through these trials? We do what Job did, we worship God, praise his name, and trust Him.

I have a great text. It is Philippians 4:6. It states that we would be anxious for nothing, but that in everything, through prayer, we should bring our requests to God. (paraphrased)

This text is of great comfort to a lot of people. It is a sugggestion, no,.. more than that, a command --on what to do in a time of trial, and when you ask something of God.

This text alone, if used as a rule in life, and trusted as a promise that God will hear you, would keep our stress down. The ulcers that plague the world today would disappear.

I know a lot of people will be thinking on these words and saying, so are you saying to not worry about our furture? Our children, our livelihood?

No I am not saying that. But there is no reason to obsess about it.

One needs to only trust in God, and then He does the rest.

Yes, figure out what your budget is; Yes make sure your finances are secure, but when troubling times come, pray that God will guide you, and according to His will, that He will answer you.

Remember what Jesus said in the Garden? Not my will, but your own. Some would call this crazy.

I suggest a book. It is called "Ten P's in a Pod" and tells the life story of a family, that went around spreading the gospel. Sometimes they would have no money and no place to stay, but in the end God always supplied their needs. Which I always think is amazing. The father never worried. Crazy? Yes. I call it crazy for God.

We should all be like that. It is a matter of putting something in God's hands, and not worrying about it.God has the bigger picture.

It says in Matthew 6:27 that no one can help themselves or make anything better by worrying. I firmly believe that. God has the bigger picture. And although some of us think they feel better worrying about tomorrow, it just adds more stress.

It says in Matthew 10:31 that we are more precious than the sparrows. And God says that not one sparrow will fall to the ground without God not noticing. (Matthew 10:29)

So, we have nothing to worry about. God is our guide, and he is always with us. There is no reason for us to fear anything.

Trust in God, and we have nothing else to lose.

...Posted by WILD20

How to Stay Strong! ..Daniel Belcher

In this life we face many challenges everyday that test our character and souls. It is at these times we need to stay strong. How do handle the everyday things that happen? Our love ones may have wake up in a bad mood. The boss maybe upset about something. Someone at work maybe irritated and upset. How do we handle these challenges? If we develop some good practices, we can remain strong during these times.

If we work on constantly maintaining a positive attitude, we will weather some of these daily challenges quite well. For example, we come into work and the boss gives us a hard stare. Immediately, we think we have done something wrong. We should not assume we have done something wrong. Maybe the boss was sick or maybe he had a fight with spouse or another love one. We should put in our minds that we are going to stay strong. We must not assume that it is our fault.

Perhaps, one of the ways best of staying strong is to develop good habits of discipline. One the best disciplines to develop is the habit of prayer. We can find inner strength by praying for the power to stay strong. It is a simple principle but a powerful one. Many of us can remember the times when pray has enable many to weather the challenges of life. So, we must keep prayer in mind as key way of staying strong.

Another way of staying strong is simply to develop the mind set of endurance and perseverance. We should develop the ability to stay in the struggle and not give up. Some times if we just hang in there long enough things will change. Staying strong means we must be patience, things sometime have there owe timetable for working out. Think of the long distance runner who continues to run even though he is tired, thirsty and hurting. He continues to run.

A good way to stay strong is to develop a practice of playing games that challenge and exercise the mind. For Example, one the best games for this is chess. Chess is a game that helps us because it requires a great deal to concentration and it adds flexibility to our minds. This will help our minds to stay strong and powerful when facing the challenges of daily life.

Finally, we can be strong by just having the will power to stay strong. What helps us is to say to ourselves that we will be strong. It is a well know principal, that words are powerful. So as we face our daily challenges let us say to ourselves, "I will always stay strong."

I retired from United States Navy in 2003, after serving over 21 years of enlisted active duty onboard several different ships and a few shore assignments. I am married. My wife and i have two daughters. We have two dogs, Chow Chow's, to be exact. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts (Focus area Psychology) from Excelsior College class 2004.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Stay Strong Quotes for All Occasions

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't. ~Henry Ward Beecher

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places. ~Author Unknown

When the world says, "Give up,"Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."~Author Unknown

Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves. ~Dale Carnegie

Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain. ~Author Unknown

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there. ~Josh Billings

The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground. ~Author Unknown

Fall seven times, stand up eight. ~Japanese Proverb

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. ~Newt Gingrich

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again. ~Flavia Weedn, Flavia and the Dream Maker, © Flavia.com

He conquers who endures. ~Persius

Stubbornly persist, and you will find that the limits of your stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

You can't go through life quitting everything. If you're going to achieve anything, you've got to stick with something. ~From the television show Family Matters

The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running. ~Author unknown, in reference to Ecclesiastes 9:11, "I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.

"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer. ~Albert Einstein

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another. ~Walter Elliott, The Spiritual Life

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them. ~G.B. Shaw, Mrs. Warren's Profession, 1893

There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream. ~Author Unknown

Perseverance... keeps honor bright: to have done, is to hang quite out of fashion, like a rusty nail in monumental mockery. ~William Shakespeare

The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling. ~Lucretius

But the moment you turn a corner you see another straight stretch ahead and there comes some further challenge to your ambition. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Don't be discouraged. It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. ~Author Unknown

The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saints are sinners who kept on going. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. ~Buddhist Saying

I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday. ~Author Unknown

Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down. ~Charles F. Kettering

One may go a long way after one is tired. ~French Proverb

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. ~Robert Schuller

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable. ~Thomas Foxwell Buxton

As a means to success, determination has this advantage over talent - that it does not have to be recognized by others. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

When your dreams turn to dust, vacuum. ~Author Unknown

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. ~William James...

I want to know if you can live with failure yours and mine and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon,"Yes."...~© Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation, www.oriahmountaindreamer.com

Difficult things take a long time, impossible things a little longer. ~Author Unknown

Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use. ~Earl Nightingale

A door opens to me. I go in and am faced with a hundred closed doors. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. ~William Feather

Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting. ~Christopher Morley

Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before. ~Jacob A. Riis

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

We serve a faithful God! He’s a God of more than enough. Not only does He promise to meet your needs, He promises to give you enough to meet the needs of others, too. When you are a sower—when you give of your resources, your time, talent, and finances—God promises to multiply those resources so that you can continue to be a blessing to the people around you. You might look at what you have in your hand today and think, “This doesn’t look like much,” but understand that when you give God what you have, He’ll turn it into more than enough! The bible tells us that Jesus fed a crowd of over 5,000 people by multiplying the lunch of a small boy, and He can multiply whatever you have in your hand, too. Dedicate what you have to the Lord by faith today. Ask Him where you should sow your seed so that you can be a blessing to others. As you do, He’ll continue to pour out His blessing and abundance on you, and you will live fulfilled and satisfied all the days of your life.

A Prayer for Today

Father in Heaven, I dedicate everything that I have to You. Show me how I can be a blessing to others today. Thank You for your abundant provision in every area of my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Stay Strong!