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The thing I love about BLOGs is it’s an expression of the SOUL. Writing is one of my ways to share my mind with you. I love seeing people’s progress when they work towards their goals!
I usually update my other bloggy… www.bernicehealth.tumblr.com so that’s why I haven’t updated this much… but I really should because this is where I’d put more personal development and personal things that are going on in my life. I wanted to post this awesome video that I am working on.. TIME MANAGEMENT! The video will go onto the next post… hope everyone has a lovely day! Remember, MANAGE YOURSELF and YOUR PRIORITIES!!
In his book Stuntman! My Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, Bone-Breaking, Death-Defying Hollywood Life, Hal Needham reflects on taking risks. Needham has slugged it out in fist fights, raced cars at high speed, walked on wings of airborne planes, fallen off horses, and has even been set on fire! He risked his life to entertain film audiences and to distinguish himself as a top Hollywood stuntman.
Paul and Barnabas were also “men who have risked their lives” (Acts 15:26). But their motivation was far different. Their goal was to exalt Christ through the preaching of the gospel. As a missionary in the Roman Empire, Paul faced hazards that resulted in shipwrecks, beatings, persecution, and imprisonment—just to name a few (2 Cor. 11:22-30). But Paul was more than willing to take these risks to make Christ known.
Many believers take risks to spread Jesus’ good news. But fear of rejection causes others to remain silent. Have you been passively sitting on the sidelines ignoring opportunities to share the gospel? God has provided His Spirit to empower you (Acts 1:8) and His Word to make the message clear (Rom. 1:16). Ask God for the courage to speak up and witness for the Savior. Taking the risk will be well worth it.
Will you be bold in your witness By giving lost sinners God’s Word? Jesus will honor your service, And sinners will surely be stirred. —Bosch
The rewards of witnessing are well worth the risks.
This devotional usually comes with some GREAT BOOK reading. Today read Acts 15:7-26
It’s about time we take risks!! What risks will you be taking today? Thinking more about the risk than the reward will prevent you from being proactive about whatever it is that you need to get done today. Keeping your eye on the prize and never letting go of the dream that God’s given you will pay off. Keep at it.
I HAVE MINE IN MIND. There will be a lot of great things happening in the next few months so keep posted!
Oh!! Just googled “TAKE RISKS” on google and the first thing that popped up:
Take note of your blessings. There’s blessings to be found during the day. I’m thankful for the people God’s sent to me in my life that helps me to better myself… the people that see the GREAT in me amidst the flaws, those that believe in me & see that something in me that I may not see in myself. THANK YOU (you know who you are!)
I’m glad I went to the volunteer luncheon at Mrs. Sheley’s house today. I feel privileged to get to know more of the strong group of women at my church. Here’s the cool bag we each got:
In addition to this, we also got a reflection book of 25 devotionals. Perfect timing because I just wanted to start up reading a new devotional.
Here it is:
One of the most interesting things I learned today. Did you know that only 2% of women actually think that they’re beautiful?
I had to research more about this and came across this article from DOVE.
..That’s crazy talk! Such a low #…Research is research and it’s interesting to find out that out of 10 countries that ONLY 2% really consider themselves beautiful….
I work in an industry that talks a lot about looks & outward beauty. Almost everyday as a personal trainer I hear out and talk to clients, especially females, that want to look better. The question is… compared to who or what?Everyone has differently shaped bodies and is made unique. I always want to remind those ladies & gents that just mention outward appearance that we want to help them become more aware of their muscles and to get stronger and healthier first! With all the social media around, pictures, magazines, models everywhere, books, blogs, billboards and much more it is almost impossible to not compare yourself to someone else that you might think has better features than you. I felt how that feels. I mean, I was on a stage wearing an itty bitty bikini being compared to other females too as a Bikini Athlete competitor. I won two competitions (2nd and 3rd in my class) and didn’t in another. Felt like crapitola because I didn’t think my body was good enough when I lost…But you know what? The journey to the stage & the strong mentality that I needed to have to get up there in front of hundreds is what matters even more! Couldn’t have done it without God’s help. THAT is beautiful.
Here’s DAY 1 of the devotional:
I want YOU to remember that you are unique and beautiful. Remember that it’s not all about the way you look, the latest and greatest clothes you wear, the bling blingin suit or clothes or whatever you’re rockin…but WHO YOU ARE…your character, your passion, your presence, and the abilities to use your talents in the best way possible.
are you a lioness in disguise? RAWR! yes you are! haha… (dare you to rawr out loud right now… hahahah i bet you’ll laugh and feel good after!) come on ladies and gents… RAWWWWR!
and tell yourself this…
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how would I describe myself in 6 words? MENTALLY PHYSICALLY SPIRITUALLY STRONG FOR HELPING.
If we could strive for becoming the best I could be, that would be the gift. We have this gift in the present moment (heh, get it?! gift—-PRESENT), so why not strive towards that? I shouldn’t be comfortable where I am, because I know I can achieve more. I am not a perfect person, nor do I want to be. I will not strive for perfection, but I will for improvement. I do have my downfalls. With the strength that God gives me to get up each morning to get out there and work on my spiritual health, a stronger mentality, and work on my physique, I know I can become better.
There are a half dozen things that make 80% of the difference. The difference between triumphant success and bitter failure lies in our degree of commitment to seek out and apply those half dozen things.
Learn to be happy. Happiness is activity with purpose. It’s love in practice. It’s both a grasp of the obvious and the mysterious.
Discipline yourself. It is the most critical ingredient for success. It’s the master key to wealth and success. The glue that binds inspiration to achievement. The bridge between thought and accomplishment. We must all suffer one of two pains: The pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.
Hi everyone!! Hope all of you have been well and lovin’ life!
Everyday I try my best to start off my day with some type of devotional…
HERE IS TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL: FROM www.odb.org (our daily bread)
While studying the book of Proverbs in my small-group Bible study, our leader suggested that we change the description of a lazy person from a sluggard to a slacker (6:6,9). Ah, now he was speaking my lingo. I immediately started thinking of all the people I consider to be slackers.
Like the men and women who fail to teach and discipline their children. Or that guy who refuses to help around the house. Or those teenagers who neglect their studies and play Internet games day and night.
If we’re honest, we’re all susceptible to this. What about being a “prayer slacker” (1 Thess. 5:17-18), or a “Bible-reading slacker” (Ps. 119:103; 2 Tim. 3:16-17), or a “non-exercising-of-our-spiritual-gift slacker” (Rom. 12:4-8), or a “non-witnessing slacker”? (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8).
If we are not doing what we know God wants us to do, we are certainly spiritual slackers. In fact, when we refuse to obey God, we are sinning.
Listen to these challenging and convicting words from the book of James: “It is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it” (4:17 NLT). Let’s not be spiritual slackers.
When we know what God wants us to do, But then we refuse to obey, We’re ignoring the voice of the Lord, And sinfully choosing our way. —Sper
We may make excuses for not obeying God, but He still calls it disobedience.
Then read this:
New International Version (NIV)
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— 11 and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.
I’ve heard of this “Ant philosophy” before. Have you ever seen those ants just keep working and working? I know sometimes I’ve felt lazy or tired from doing my job, especially because it is so physical.. but I remind myself that my strength comes from God. Working on my spiritual muscles is even more important than working out physically!
Have an awesome day lovelies! Stay ambitious for the one that created you!
Waking up this morning on a good foot. Working up to getting at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night takes work! For me, getting 6 hours of full on knocked out sleep straight is sometimes even harder for me than working out! But, I’m really trying to work on it. Taking away distractions (like facebook, going online, twitter, etc) at least a whole hour before going to bed, having a “going to bed routine.”
For me its…
drinking warm milk - helps to relax my body and keep it full.. just like a baaaaby. lol. I’ll admit… sometimes I have a cookie with it… mmm. lol
reading for at least 10-20 minutes - right now reading Joel Osteen’s "Living Your Best Life Now" . An ACTUAL BOOK.. NOT FACEBOOK! lol This way, I have good thoughts entering my brain before I go to bed.
writing in my journal-only around 5-10 minutes
turn light off (this actually does matter!
So that was last night… what about my WAKING UP routine?
PRAYER! Thank God for a bright brand new day! Say this to yourself every morning…
"Thank you God for a bright brand new day. Another day to bless others with my smile, my talents and gifts. Thank you for another day to learn more and live to the fullest!"
One thing I learned is that living life to the fullest DOES NOT mean trying to do EVERYTHING at once... which I tend to do. I want to do 100 things at once! (literally…).
So I have this song to remind me… ONE STEP AT A TIME “JORDIN SPARKS”
One thing I love to read daily is OUR DAILY BREAD. go to www.odb.org. But here, I copied and pasted it. Funny how most of the time however I’m feeling or what’s been on my mind is talked about in the devotional:
In the days of Adam and Eve, peace was lost. As soon as they ate the forbidden fruit and realized their nakedness, they started blaming each other (Gen. 3:12-13) and introduced conflict to God’s peaceful planet. Sadly, all of their descendants, including us, have followed their bad example. We blame others for our own bad choices and become angry when no one will accept the guilt. Blaming others for our unhappiness breaks apart families, churches, communities, and nations. We can’t make peace because we’re preoccupied with placing the blame.
Christmas is the season of peace. The Old Testament tells the story of how God set the stage to introduce the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6). Jesus came to break the cycle of sin and blame by making peace for us with God “through the blood of His cross” (Col. 1:20). Instead of blaming us for all the trouble we cause, He bore the blame for all of us. He is now recruiting followers who, having received His forgiveness, want others to receive it as well.
When we accept forgiveness from God, we lose our desire to withhold it from others. And when we live in peace with God, we are eager to make peace with others. We can both give and receive the gift of peace this Christmas.
At Christmastime we celebrate The coming of the Prince of Peace; Though now our world is locked in strife, One day He’ll make all conflict cease. —Sper
Jesus took our place to give us His peace.
Colossians 1:19-29 New International Version (NIV)
19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of[a] your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
Paul’s Labor for the Church
24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
So there ya go. BALANCE & PEACE be with YA my homies…
Hope it helps someone out there! I am most definitely a morning person that like to get up early and get my mind on positive things…(if you haven’t noticed already.) Thank you God for a bright brand new day! Time to get movin this morning!
Actually went to safeway to buy some blueberries, “Eating Right” high protein and multigrain cereal, soy-milk and fat free milk and made myself an awesome brain and heart healthy breakfast.
Then I came across my Daily Devotional here: www.odb.org
Awesome verses that go along with it that are super meaningful:
Peace and Hope
1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.