The heart of a child can teach us a lot about living the simple, carefree life. Most of us as adults have lost sight of self and we spend our days on a spinning wheel like a hamster, never taking a break to even smell the gardenias. We can’t enjoy the blessings God has already given us because we let magazine covers at the grocery store checkout convince us we need more. Or after we visit a friend, we make the horrible assumption that they are living the “good life” and that we need that life. When will we rely on our faith in God instead of temporary things? When will we come to him as a child?
I love the innocence of children. They trust the authority that has been placed over their lives without question. They never worry about food, clothing, or provision. Children are happy just spending quiet time with their father reading a book!! They laugh all the time because they have not allowed the world to make their lives complicated. Just walk pass a play park sometime and watch how they love, trust, and enjoy their surroundings. You will notice three things about the heart of a child.
One of my favorite scriptures is Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding… God is calling us to trust in Him whether we understand His leading or not, the trust is where the outcome matters. Children don’t question what they know to be true. Neither do they question one proven to be trustworthy. So be content, forgive those who have wronged you, and trust in your Father.
No need to try to figure out the future, God has already been there and worked things out.
It's funny how we think we know what we want until hindsight shows up.
Because my words have so much power, I must be careful of the things I release from my mouth.
How To Overcome Depression
The Bible warns us of the plans of the enemy. It tells us that he comes to steal, kill, and to destroy us. Let’s look at how the enemy can steal from you with a spirit of depression. How can you get back everything he has stolen? Well if you suffer with depression, suicidal thoughts, or a spirit of pessimism, you have allowed the enemy to steal your joy. Instead of seeing the glass half full, you see it almost empty. Instead of looking for the good in a bad situation, you allow your mind to only present the dark side. Your joy is replaced with misery and despair. Even your countenance looks somewhat possessed because of the weight. And no one wants to be around that spirit. You’re almost like a professional mourner! But there is hope; no quick and easy fixes, but real hope.
Now tell depression and all of its baggage that time has expired! Walk out these steps and share a comment to help someone else in their healing process.
You never have to worry about sour lemons as long as you have sugar! What a sweet outlook.
As long as the problem is constantly in your face, it’s difficult to come up with a plan because it seems too big for you to solve…and guess what? It is!!! So put it away, go to the beach, and just walk along the seashore. Breathe deeply, tune in to the sound of the waves, and just enjoy the serenity. Get away from the people, the problem, and the pressure; no cell phone attached. Once the clutter clears your mind, the perspective will change.
Recently I had to put together a profit and loss statement to cover the past three months for my daycare business. For some, this may not seem daunting, but for me, it caused great stress, headaches, and a couple of sleepless nights. I even did the “how to” search on the computer to generate a few templates. As I got my receipts in order and looked at everything, I felt my mind slipping away. Like I was overwhelmed and might lose my mind.
That was way too much pressure for me, especially when you know it could mean the difference between where you live now and where you’ll be moving to later…by force. But after I took that mental break from the pressure, I came back ready to tackle the assignment until completion. What did I learn from all of this? First, the more you put off completing any unpleasant task, the longer the task will continue to haunt you. Second, procrastination can really cost you a great loss. And third, pressure leaves when determination steps up. So whenever you feel pressure, retreat to your sweet spot for a spell and then get back in the race and finish it.
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It doesn’t really matter what they call you, it only matters what you answer to. And sometimes you shouldn’t answer at all! Once you know who you are and that you were created for greatness, you will be able to filter through the lies and see purpose. Even if in your past you were ____, but now you are not, your present overshadows your past and you can shape your future to be awesome. How do you accomplish this? First, you have to know WHO you are. No one who is dealing with an identity crisis will be able to successfully shape their future because they spend the majority of their time trying to imitate others. Your identity is who you were created to be and out of the seven plus billion people in the world, your identity is uniquely yours.
Next you must seek out your purpose. After you know who you are, then you must discover WHY you are. No one else can fulfill the purpose in the earth that you are called to fulfill. As a matter of fact, your purpose preceded your production. Meaning, before you came forth, God already decided why you would exist and what you would need to be successful. Then, he bundled it all up, put it in your DNA, and then you were born to be great. So with greatness in your makeup you can choose your destiny. Life is full of choices and before you make a wrong one, think about the outcome. Your future really is up to you so find your passion, operate in your purpose and see how your future unfolds. Failure is not an option unless you choose it.