Don't believe the hype of social trends that encourage selfish behavior, and considers any form of humbleness a "weakness". That's where everyone is getting stuck. Generosity changes you. Most people couple the word “generous” with “money”, when in all actuality, being generous is just about "giving"... whatever that may be to you, be it time, talent or treasure. People are in need of the intangibles, if not more than the tangibles. Some people just want a glimpse of hope, an encouraging word, a genuine smile. And some people are having such a hard time LIVING, they just simply want to feel human and be acknowledged. If you have a gift, a talent, a skill...using that to build up and encourage others will truly prosper you in some area in your life. Want to know what "inexplicable joy" feels like...give of yourself. The gift is in the giving. "A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed." (Proverbs 11:25)
There are times in life where we don’t understand how we ended up where we are on our journey, and at that time the things we had hoped for seem non-existent or out of reach.
I haven’t met a person yet, who was excited about or embraced a detour. Detours are nothing short of an inconvenience, they are longer than we would like, out of the way, and sometimes frustrating and discouraging. But detours are also very necessary. When you think about it, a detour is nothing more than an alternate, very inconvenient, route to get you to your ultimate destination.
Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Paul and even the nation of Israel had to take detours. Detours that were used to move them out of one situation and into another for a much greater purpose.
I can do nothing but be thankful for the detours I've encountered and the growth and encouragement that came from them. To know that what looks like a problem today, can actually be used by God to bring about His perfect plan tomorrow.
Sometimes things in life break our spirits and steal our joys, and in those moments it is so easy for us to forget that God has a hand in every part of our lives. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
What is it that you want? We all want for certain things in this life, but more often than not, we are not planting and cultivating those very things we desire, and instead place the expectations, responsibility and pressure on that of another person to make it happen for us. No matter your beliefs and no matter how you spin it whether it’s “Karma”, “You get what you give”, “You reap what you sow”, it all comes down to “cause and effect”. Everything we do has a ripple effect on other people. If you want a joyful home, make it a warm and inviting environment. If you want them to be romantic, show them what romance is. If you want to feel love, give love. If you want to have dinner on the table every night, HELP GET IT ON THE TABLE every night. If you want the dishes done, help do the dishes. You catch my drift? Nine times out of ten, all of the things we want, our partner wants too, but EACH of us is responsible to plant those seeds. You cannot harvest, what you have not planted. Be what you want in this world. Sow...what you want to reap.
We are not on earth to see how important we can become. God has a plan for us. We were created on purpose, for a purpose.
The road to happiness, is not paved with self-centeredness. We're not here to "eat, drink and be merry". Truth of the matter is, we're here to serve others, wherever we find ourselves in this life. We are created with this purpose and mission in mind. Each of us equipped with unique and special talents and traits to carry out that mission. We are blessed to be a blessing.
We are called to a purpose...GREATER THAN OURSELVES. We are called to excel and even more so, we are called to teach the younger how to excel. (Titus 2)
A life of significance is about SERVING those who need your gifts, your leadership, your purpose. GOD WANTS TO USE US.
“For David...served the purpose of God in his own generation.” - Acts 13:36
Imagine people saying that about us at the end of our life. That WE served God’s purpose in OUR...THIS generation.
LIVING ON PURPOSE IS THE ONLY WAY TO REALLY LIVE. EVERYTHING else is just existing. Most people struggle with 3 basic issues in life: 1. Identity - Who am I? 2. Importance - Do I matter? 3. Impact - What is my place in life? When you’re walking in your purpose, these issues are obsolete. You know who you are, your importance and your impact. Once you know what God wants you to do, the blessing comes in actually doing it. "No one should seek their own good, but the good of others" - I Corinthians 10:24
Ask yourself this: How many of the people that I surround myself with daily care about the condition of my soul.
I have never known anyone who didn’t have burdens. Sometimes those who seem to have perfect lives, carry the heaviest load. The circumstances of life beat down hard and regularly upon us all. And while we are each responsible for his own load, we are also called to “carry each other’s burdens…” (Galatians 6:2). There’s something to be said about the intimacy among friends who “get” and “accept” you…but it’s a whole other something else, to be a part of something greater…and that is having friends who will pray with you during the rains and praise with you during the sunshine. Friends who make God the cornerstone and daily part of their lives and center of their relationships. Friends that can encourage and inspire and motivate because they have known both loss and restoration, sorrow and joy, and are a true testimony to the goodness that comes from above. So, I’m truly thankful for those special people in my life that are carrying their own load, but still help me carry mine…with words of counsel, encouragement, sympathy in times of sorrow, compassion, comfort and even prayers to God for grace to be pardoned to me. That is what I call a BLESSING and for that my heart is grateful.
I am so blessed that God has planted so many of those kinds of friends around me. I’m a better person for them all. #realfriends#encourage#motivate#inspire#liftup#share#help#carry#burdens#unpopulartruth#aboutliving#in#unpopularculture#unfamoussomebody#picoftheday#photography#art#women#gettingready#friends#purposedriven#encouragement#motivation
One of the reasons some of us can't find the right thing, is because we are too focused on the wrong thing.
Be mindful and aware of the kind of things YOU ALLOW to steal your attention and distract you.
Distractions are a thing that prevents you from giving your full attention to something else. And that something else is usually something of importance, purpose, priority or responsibility.
The enemy comes to STEAL, kill and destroy. He comes to steal our focus, with things that "look good, feel good, sound good", things that will divert us from our purpose, things that will draw our attention from what's right, what's holy and what's good. Distractions are a misdirection, an obstacle to attention, a diversion, an interference. And with them, they bring confusion and procrastination and have everything to do with how little or how much you progress and grow, given how you respond to the distractions in your life.
We were all created for a purpose, a purpose GREATER than our own self-importance. We are our brother’s keeper. WE HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES TOWARDS ONE ANOTHER. Verse after verse, we are instructed to “love one another”, “serve one another”, “bear one another’s burdens”, “edify another”, “exhort one another”, and here come the BIG ones…you know, the ones that folks take pride in doing the opposite of: “SUBMIT to one another”, “CONSIDER one another”, “HONOR one another”, and “SPEAK THE TRUTH in love” among several others. GOD WANTS TO USE US.
“For David...served the purpose of God in his own generation.” - Acts 13:36 Imagine people saying that about us at the end of our life. That WE served God’s purpose in OUR...THIS generation.
LIVING ON PURPOSE IS THE ONLY WAY TO REALLY LIVE. EVERYTHING else is just existing.
We do this by:
1. Valuing people 2. Thinking of ways to add value to people 3. Looking for ways to add value to people 4. Doing things that add value to people 5. Encouraging others to add value to people.
Often times we allow everything in the world but Christ define who we are.
We allow our hurts, our failures, our past, our background, our career, our status, our home, our things, our bank account, our fashion, our self esteem, our self image, other peoples opinions, and other peoples rule of measure to define us.
We change WITH the trends.
We let other people dictate what we should we wear, how our bodies should look, how we should act, and how we should be to find happiness in the world.
The blind leading the blind.
All the while God says “I know your heart, I created it...Delight in ME, and I will give you the desires of it”. (Psalms 37:4)
We allow ourselves to be molded by the world, because we want to be accepted by the world and we forget that NONE OF THESE THINGS HAVE ANY SAY IN DETERMINING OUR WORTH IN THIS WORLD.
The Word tells how we are to be defined. “Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” (Romans 12:2)
And when and if you decide you’re through letting the world exhaust you because its road to success and happiness keeps changing course, God says: “You wanna be prosperous and successful?...Meditate on and apply My Word to your life daily.” (Joshua 1:8)
“God’s…gracious Word can make you into what He wants you to be and give you everything you could possibly need.” –Acts 20:32
THE TRUTH TRANSFORMS US
Spiritual growth is the process of replacing lies with truth. God’s Word is unlike any other word. It is alive. When God speaks, things change. Everything around you-all of creation-exists because “God said it”. We cannot live without the Word of God! You should consider it as essential to your life as food. There are more Bibles in print today than ever before, but a Bible on the shelf is worthless. Millions of believers are plagued with spiritual anorexia, starving to death from spiritual malnutrition. In day-to-day living, abiding in God’s Word includes 3 activities: It must become the authoritative standard in our lives – the compass we rely on for direction, the counsel we listen to for making wise decisions and the benchmark we use for evaluating everything. Most of our troubles occur because we base our choices on unreliable authorities-CULTURE (“everyone is doing it”), TRADITION (“we’ve always done it”), REASON (“it seemed logical”) or EMOTION (“it just feels right”). All 4 of these are flawed by the FALL. What we need is a perfect standard that will never lead us in the wrong direction. Only God’s word meets that need. We must fill our minds with it, so that that the Holy Spirit can transform us with the truth. We do this by receiving, reading, researching, remembering & reflecting on it. And of corse, we must apply its principles. Filling our minds is useless, if we fail to put them in to practice. We must become “doers of the Word”. Jesus pointed out that God’s blessings come from obeying the truth, not just knowing it. He said, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” God’s Word exposes our motives, points out our faults, rebukes our sin and expects us to change. It’s human nature to resist change, so applying God’s Word is hard work. #purposedrivenlife#notes#growth#transformation#application#unpopulartruth#aboutliving#in#unpopularculture#unfamoussomebody#picoftheday#photography#art#her#portrait#beauty#smile#dallas#purposedriven#encouragement#empowerment
THERE IS NOTHING MORE BEAUTIFUL about a woman who is indeed beautiful, yet she is clothed in dignity and self-respect. Her beauty is expounded more by her self-worth and humbling spirit. A woman who cares more about the way she’s living, as opposed to the way she’s looking. A TRUE DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH.
There is something intriguing about a woman who is set apart. A woman not satisfied with being great, but fulfilled in encouraging greatness in others.
There is something to be admired about a woman not obsessed with getting her own advantage, but forgets herself long enough to lend a helping hand. A woman not content with her own selfish ambition, but instead looks to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4)
There's something notable about a woman with purpose. A woman who goes hard for what she cares about and could care less about what’s popular and trending. A woman not moved and influenced by the ways of the world. A woman of quiet strength, yet boldly speaks the truth with love…educating, inspiring, motivating and encouraging others the best way she knows how. Never underestimate a woman with a prayer and a plan, for she is strong. We need more of she, for she knows she was born “for such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14) To these women, who are recognizably different in nature..."Don't become weary in doing good, for at the proper time you will reap a harvest if you do not give up." (Galatians 6:9)
Why do people make the statement: “If you knew better, you’d do better”? Because I look around and see a plethora of adults who really do know better, but that’s about the gist of it.
If you’re one to say: “I want something different.”, it’s pretty obvious you haven’t been too happy with the same. However, saying you want something different, and actually WANTING something different to the point that it WILLS and URGES you to create a “different” atmosphere, is something different altogether.
WHAT YOU DO speaks so loud, that I cannot hear what you say. You say you want better, and yet you haven’t changed YOU. Instead, you hope on hope that you won’t have to change, to experience a change. Andddddddd still, nothing changes. You get what you get, because you love the same, MORE than you love the work and sacrifice of wanting something different.
I say it all the time, you reap what you sow. If you want different, sow different. When you’re really tired of the same, the thought of gaining more than you’re giving up will enable you to change your excuses, but until then, it’s all lip service.
Social trends, memes, and every day posts from every day people (the ignorant and the intellectual) will have y’all thinking there’s no good left in this world, so why don’t we feed our every lust and desire and who cares who we step on along the way.
Don’t get caught up in the hype, because there’s a lot of it out there. That’s just a lazy excuse for people who don’t want to do the work. People who don’t want to do the work, never see the fruits of the labor. So what do they know anyway?
Love is labor. It is what separates the strong from the weak. Regardless of what it may LOOK like, there is an abundance of good people out in the world who are humble, who are giving, who are selfless, who have SELF-CONTROL, who are SELF-DISCIPLINED, who care about the things that matter most. There are people who will say NO to themselves for the happiness of someone else.
For every negative post you see about relationships and marriages and monogamy, there is a happy, thriving, healthy, prospering relationship. You can believe the hype if you want, but I know better.
If #patience were easy, it wouldn’t be a virtue. Sometimes what God does for us in the #waiting is more important than what we’re waiting for. God has a #plan for your life. He knows exactly where He has you at this moment and what He is orchestrating for the next one. He had you in mind when He created the world and He has you in mind as He looks over it now.
With each breath spent, each passing minute of the clock, each “X” scribbled over yesterdays on the calendar, we move forward with the knowledge that God has a plan. His ways are higher than ours and His plans are greater than any we can imagine. He doesn’t ask us to reach deadlines or meet milestones, He just asks that we #trust Him. He knows what He is doing and He knows what is #best for us. Keep welcoming the #time He gives and unfolding the plan He has.
Your life may not be working exactly how you’ve planned, but believing in God also requires trusting in God. You were made for this time, for this day, for this moment. You were made to walk these streets, wander these paths, to live this life. Every small detail of your life was created by the Master Orchestrator who has aligned each second of your life to unfold in His perfect plan. Do you believe that? Do you trust that God knows what He is doing and what the future holds for your life? Stop holding on to the “what-ifs.” God allows things to happen for a reason. Trust in the assurance of God picking and choosing even the smallest details of your life. Rest in the thought of Him choosing the best for you and hold out for the time you get to feel it in your heart. Pray that God would give you patience and know that even when He tells us to wait, He doesn’t expect us to wait alone.
It’s sad that we more readily understand the value that things hold for us AFTER they’ve been removed from our lives. We too often miss our blessings because we are constantly preoccupying ourselves with things we don’t have and experiences we are missing out on, instead of being appreciative and grateful for everything we have and everything we are going to receive.
We don’t always appreciate how blessed we are or how good we have it. It’s more common than not, to forget the importance and value of the very things that deserve our thought and gratitude…UNTIL they are taken from us.
We live in a culture of insatiable appetites for the shallow and material things of the world and it’s becoming harder to find those that aren’t looking for their next “happiness high” instead of finding the simplicity of contentment in the here and now to be enough (not to be confused with complacency).
We need to renew our awareness of the things in life we have become so accustomed to, and stop wasting time thinking about the things we don’t have. More often than not, we will find that the things that truly provide happiness, are usually right in front of us we need to continuously remind ourselves of where we’d be without them.