letting Jesus speak to the storm.

Sometimes you find yourself waiting; waiting for your time, your victory, your success, your change. You wait patiently, and quietly. You follow the rules and take responsibility for your actions. You speak truth, and show love. But you're still waiting.

Today, it's time; time to shout for your victory. It's time to declare your success. Its time to anticipate your change. It's time for those walls to fall. It's time to praise God before the storm, because during the storm, you'll be relaxing and letting Jesus speak to the storm.

It's time to thank the Lord for a skilled sailor in your boat. And it's time to stop marching around your walls, and shout those walls down in praise. The wait is over. Every storm has a calm, and every wall eventually falls. So today, praise God and anticipate your turnaround, and have a conquering Monday.

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A COLLECTION OF WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT IN THE DIASPORA

Exceptional Favor

Today’s Scripture:

The path of the [uncompromisingly] just and righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines more and more (brighter and clearer) until [it reaches its full strength and glory in] the perfect day…
Proverbs 4:18, AMP.

Today’s Word:

We all face challenges. We all have obstacles to overcome. But if we can keep the right perspective, it will help us stay in faith so that we can move forward into victory. You may feel right now like the challenges that you face are too big or too overwhelming. One thing I’ve learned is that average people have average problems. Ordinary people have ordinary challenges. But remember, you’re not average. You’re not ordinary. You are extraordinary. God breathed His life into you. You are exceptional, and exceptional people face exceptional difficulties. But, the good news is that we serve an exceptional God! He’ll pour out His…

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Exceptional Favor

Exceptional Favor

Today’s Scripture:

The path of the [uncompromisingly] just and righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines more and more (brighter and clearer) until [it reaches its full strength and glory in] the perfect day…
Proverbs 4:18, AMP.

Today’s Word:

We all face challenges. We all have obstacles to overcome. But if we can keep the right perspective, it will help us stay in faith so that we can move forward into victory. You may feel right now like the challenges that you face are too big or too overwhelming. One thing I’ve learned is that average people have average problems. Ordinary people have ordinary challenges. But remember, you’re not average. You’re not ordinary. You are extraordinary. God breathed His life into you. You are exceptional, and exceptional people face exceptional difficulties. But, the good news is that we serve an exceptional God! He’ll pour out His exceptional grace, exceptional wisdom and exceptional favor!

When you have an extraordinary problem; instead of being discouraged, be encouraged knowing that you’re an extraordinary person and have an extraordinary future. Your path is shining brighter and brighter. You are on an extraordinary path. Keep standing in faith, keep declaring victory over your future, keep declaring His promises. Keep declaring that you are moving forward into the exceptional favor the Lord has in store for you!

Prayer for Today:

Father in heaven, today I lift my eyes to You. I know that You are the One who helps me and has given me an extraordinary future. I choose to stand in faith today knowing that You have a wonderful plan in store for me in Jesus’ name! Amen.

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Feeling Lost and How It Can Help You Find Yourse

Feeling Lost and How It Can Help You Find Yourself

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” ~Henry David Thoreau

Another day, another class missed, another alarm turned off. No motivation but to turn the pillow over to its colder side and lay there half asleep, unanswered questions gliding in and out of my mind.

This was how most of my mornings went in my last days of college. I had never been too motivated by the promise of college, even in high school, but it had always been set in my head that a college degree was my goal, my path to that elusive happiness we all crave.

It was my belief, and perhaps my parents’ as well, that I would head off to have the proverbial college experience and in the process I would become a lawyer or some sort of government official. That I would just wake up one day and say, “Aha! I know what I want to do for the rest of my life!” But that morning epiphany never came.

All that happened was a continuous cycle of partying, all night study sessions, followed by a complete and utter lack of fulfillment. So I dropped out. I moved back home with no degree, disappointed parents, and a deep sense of failure and confusion.

It was one of the most trying times in my life simply because I realized that my life had been on autopilot.

Everything about my future was ambiguously assumed. I would get into debt by going to college, then I would be forced to get a job to pay off that debt, while still getting into more and more debt by buying a house and a car. It seemed like a never-ending cycle that had no place for the possibility of a dream.

I wanted more—but not necessarily in the material sense of personal wealth and success. I wanted more out of life. I wanted a passion, a conceptual dream that wouldn’t let me sleep out of pure excitement. I wanted to spring out of bed in the morning, rain or shine, and have that zest for life that seemed so intrinsic in early childhood.

We all have a dream. It might be explicitly defined or just a vague idea, but most of us are so stuck in the muck of insecurity and self-doubt that we just dismiss it as unrealistic or too difficult to pursue.

We become so comfortable with the life that has been planned out for us by our parents, teachers, traditions, and societal norms that we feel that it’s stupid and unsafe to risk losing it for the small hope of achieving something that is more fulfilling.

“The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.” ~Jawaharlal Nehru

Don’t take me wrong though; taking a risk is still a risk. We can, and will, fail. Possibly many, many, many times. But that is what makes it exciting for me. That uncertainty can be viewed negatively, or it can empower us.

Failing is what makes us grow, it makes us stronger and more resilient to the aspects of life we have no control over. The fear of failure, although, is what makes us stagnant and sad. So even though I couldn’t see the future as clearly as before, I took the plunge in hopes that in the depths of fear and failure, I would come out feeling more alive than ever before.

And I did. It took some time and some unwanted introspection, but out of the loneliness of my parents’ dark basement, I came out with a bright light of creativity and personal understanding.

I had always loved writing and telling stories, but the task of writing a book just seemed too daunting and cumbersome for a nineteen-year-old kid. So I began writing poetry, playing with metaphors and smiling at similes. And then I slowly began incorporating my poetry into songs, and my passion for songwriting was instilled.

My experience doesn’t entail that you should immediately drop out of school or quit your job.

What it does mean is that if you feel lost, just take a deep breath and realize that being lost can be turning point of finding out who you truly are, and what you truly want to do.

I still struggle, I still feel lost at times. I’ve cried and I’ve felt embarrassed. I’ve felt like a failure and I’ve felt pity from others and from myself. But I’m at peace with myself more and more every day and now I don’t even need an alarm to get up in the morning.

I just fall asleep thinking about the people I hold close to my heart and my music, and that brings me more excitement than anything I could have ever imagined.

Life is amazing. I believe we’re here to find happiness, and when we do, to share it with everyone we meet.

So don’t be afraid to lose yourself. The individual that comes out of the maze might just surprise you.

My daily prayer

Prayer Point! Nothing Can Stop My Progress, Success and Prosperity

Dear Heavenly Father!

I thank You for the spiritual understanding I’ve received from Your Word Today, I’m also grateful for the confidence and boldness imparted to me through Your Word. I know now, that nothing can stop my progress, success and prosperity, for every limitation has been taken away. I’m as successful, victorious and prosperous as I choose to be, in the Name of Jesus Christ! Amen!

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Seeing yourself in a positive light

How do you see yourself? How do others see you? The answers to these questions have a strong influence on your life and your relationships at work, socially and at home.
How do you see yourself?

Imagine you’ve just finished giving a talk or presentation – you think it went badly, your confidence has taken a knock and you feel low. You begin to question whether you’re cut out for this sort of thing. What you don’t know is that everyone else thought it was great and just didn’t get a chance to tell you.

Your negative view of your performance fuelled a downward spiral, resulting in a poor self opinion. Would your day have gone differently if the people attending had shared their positive feedback with you? Would you have felt better if you had focused on what went well rather than what didn’t go so well? The answer is yes!

The opinion you have of yourself (your self-perception) is shaped and formed over many years and can change many times. Your body image and self-esteem are all part of this picture.

These opinions are mostly based on your environment and how others react to you. They can change based on daily experiences. People with a positive self-perception are generally less affected by the stresses of day-to-day life than those who have a negative opinion of themselves. When your self-perception is negative, your moods, relationships, health, and ability to perform tasks at home or work can suffer.

Improving your self-perception

The key to improving your self-perception is making a conscious effort to banish those negative thoughts and become a driving force to ‘reinvent’ how you view yourself. Here are some tips that might help:

Think about your strengths (write a list) and be proud of your achievements.
Find time for the things you enjoy doing and that make you happy.
Try to master a new skill or take up a hobby.
Spend time with positive people who encourage and support you.
Listen to your negative thoughts and try to turn them into positives.
Avoid feelings of guilt by reminding yourself that everyone makes mistakes – they are all part of learning.
And remember, nobody’s perfect!
Another way to achieve a more positive self-perception is by getting regular physical activity. Research shows that the longer people stick with an exercise routine, the stronger the positive effect on how they see themselves.1 Simply feeling as though your body is improving is enough to improve your self-perception.2

There is a theory called ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ that states if you believe something will happen, your behavior changes in a way that makes it happen.3 So if you predict and expect to succeed, your behaviors could change and lead you on a more positive path to make it possible.3 Remember this works both ways: if you expect to fail, you may behave in ways that encourage failure.

How do others see you?

You communicate a great deal about yourself to others without actually saying anything. The way people see you is influenced by:

Your actions – for example, arriving late to meet a friend or to work can convey a lack of respect, motivation and organization.
Your body language – do you slouch? This could be seen as a sign of tiredness, poor body image or low self-esteem.
How you communicate verbally – whether you mumble and speak softly, or are loud and clear, you are telling others how you feel about yourself.
Your appearance – when you ignore your appearance, you could be giving off a ‘don’t care’ attitude.
Take time to think about these points; are you coming across to others how you think you are and how you would like to be? The following tips may help you come across in a more positive light:

Take pride in your appearance – this could also give your confidence a boost.
Listen and be open to different points of view.
Speak up – don’t be afraid to share your point of view, especially on things you feel strongly about or that interest you.
Keep a tidy work area to show you respect what you do and the people around you.
Watch your body language – uncross your arms, put your shoulders back and make eye contact.
Avoid coming to quick conclusions about others, they can often turn out to be wrong.
Once you start to see yourself in a more positive light you may even find that some of the above will happen naturally, without you having to do a thing.

Sources

Exercise and diet interventions improve perceptions of self in middle-aged adults. Sorensen M et al. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports 1997:7(5); 312-320.
An 8-week randomized controlled trial on the effects of brisk walking, and brisk walking with abdominal electrical muscle stimulation on anthropometric, body composition, and self-perception measures in sedentary adult women. Ailsa G et al. Psychology of Sports and Exercise 2006:7(5); 437-451.
Social Theory and Social Structure. Robert Merton 1968. Free Press.

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