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Live Long, Live Strong Part 1

One of my favorite mentors is Gloria Copeland, she is a woman of excellence and she lives as the Word of God tells us we can live. I want to share with you over the next two posts something I believe we all need to hear. It has blessed me and I pray it will do the same for you…

The Bible has a lot to say about God’s will concerning our life here on the earth—how we are to live and for how long. God has a good, long life planned for us. But without that revelation, when we reach 60 or 70, we may start winding down and getting ready to go.

It’s His will for us to live out the full number of our days. Traditionally, Psalms 90:10 has been quoted in regard to man’s life expectancy. It says: “The days of our years are threescore years and ten (seventy years)—or even, if by reason of strength, fourscore years (eighty years)…” (The Amplified Bible). But what most people don’t realize is that reading this verse alone is taking it out of context. A footnote to Psalms 90 in The Amplified Bible explains:

This psalm is credited to Moses, who is interceding with God to remove the curse which made it necessary for every Israelite over twenty years of age (when they rebelled against God at Kadesh-barnea) to die before reaching the promised land (Numbers 14:26-35). Moses says most of them are dying at seventy years of age. This number has often been mistaken as a set span of life for all mankind. It was not intended to refer to anyone except those Israelites under the curse during that particular forty years. Seventy years never has been the average span of life for humanity. When Jacob, the father of the twelve tribes, had reached 130 years (Genesis 47:9), he complained that he had not attained to the years of his immediate ancestors. In fact, Moses himself lived to be 120 years old, Aaron 123, Miriam several years older, and Joshua to 110 years of age. Note as well that in the Millennium a person dying at 100 will still be thought a child (Isaiah 65:20).

Here we learn that the Israelites who died at 70 were living under the curse caused by disobedience. According to Galatians 3:13, Jesus has redeemed us from the curse being made a curse for us. If we have made Jesus our Lord, freedom from all the conditions the curse causes belongs to us—that includes sickness, destruction and early death.

So don’t have the mindset that you should only live to be 70. What God actually said about man’s lifespan is found in Genesis 6:3: “And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.”

Think about it. That means at 60 you are just middle-aged. That’s not the time to start slowing down. Instead stand on this scripture and others like Psalms 103:2-5: “Bless the Lord…who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction…who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Be determined to enjoy to the fullest the many productive years the Lord has promised you.

(Stay tuned for Part 2 next week)

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Broken Crayons Still Color

As a child a new fresh box of crayons was like winning the gold star of the day for me. The smell of the new crayons as I would pry open the box to reveal the perfect point of each vibrantly colored prize- this perfection made my heart soar. When a box of new crayons had one break – I would discard it. When the paper would become tattered I would throw the crayon over in a tin where I hid away all the broken and imperfect ones. This tin was full of broken colors as a symbol for me to let perfection reign and do away with the imperfect. Looking back I now see just how much of a perfectionist I was even as a small child. That box of new crayons was a representation of perfection. No flaws – just sheer excellence.

Life is not about perfection, or being perfect. For those who are perfectionist like me, you understand this is a day to day battle. As a Christian I even found myself believing God wanted perfection out of me. The more I did the better He loved me; or so I thought. I believed He wanted me to be perfect in all areas of my life. But I was wrong.

One day I was scrolling Pinterest and found this picture.

broken-crayons-still-color

Wow! There is a strong and varied lesson in these few short words. One lesson teaches us no matter what failures have been in our life – we still work. Just because our past has been broken does not mean we cannot color out a better future.

I felt the Holy Spirit was showing me through those four words my distorted picture of needing to be perfect. God reminded me of that tin I had of broken pieces of crayons and crayons in perfectly good condition, except for the paper torn off. What could this possibly mean, why was this important? Because for me I did away with those things which were not perfect. For me looking perfect was important, not having flaws was important. I needed to be a better Christian; with no flaws, a better wife; with no flaws, a better daughter; with no flaws, a better mother; with no flaws, and on goes the list.

I always measure my day by what I have accomplished and whether or not my whole list was done. If the whole list was not done I had failed. I always want my body to look a certain way and if it does not I have failed. I want my children to behave a certain way and when they do not I have failed. I have lived this way as long as I can remember, BUT GOD!!!

God is showing me how to be a recovering perfectionist. As a perfectionist the attitude of – if it is to be it’s up to me, will prevail. You begin to feel only you can do it and do it right. You must be the one to juggle, and not just juggle – but it is far better to juggle while riding a bike across a tight rope, oh yea with fire underneath, and darts coming at you, and …… well… you get the picture. As a perfectionist the harder the task the bigger the trophy when you get it all done. Sadly you may accomplish some great feat, however, as a perfectionist you are not satisfied really. That few second swell of pride quickly goes away as you focus on all that has not been done yet.

God wants our life to reflect Him, and yes He is perfect, but He does not expect us to be. He expects us to lean on Him. A perfectionist feels they must do the task to make sure it is correct. To lean on someone else would not bring about the perfect results we desire. But God is showing me that leaning on Him and allowing Him to take over is exactly what I need.

For me the lesson of Broken Crayons Still Color means I can still color in the lines of my day to day life with a crayon that is not perfect. One which does not even have a perfect tip on it and whose paper may be torn. That imperfect crayon is one which will work. It does not look perfect on the outside but it does the job perfectly.

As I think of that tin of thrown away crayons I wish I had it now to remind me daily to lean on God and not strive for perfection; instead to strive after my Heavenly Father. God uses every single crayon in the box and guess what – even those in the tin.

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From Trials to Triumph!

From trials to triumph. Keys to victorious faith christian blogThe brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned to their first ministry, to reopen a church in suburban Brooklyn , arrived in early October excited about their opportunities When they saw their church, it was very run down and needed much work. They set a goal to have everything done in time to have their first service on Christmas Eve.

They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls, painting, etc, and on December 18 were ahead of schedule and just about finished. On December 19 a terrible tempest – a driving rainstorm hit the area and lasted for two days. On the 21st, the pastor went over to the church. His heart sank when he saw that the roof had leaked, causing a large area of plaster about 20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the front wall of the sanctuary just behind the pulpit, beginning about head high.

The pastor cleaned up the mess on the floor, and not knowing what else to do but postpone the Christmas Eve service, headed home. On the way he noticed that a local business was having a flea market type sale for charity so he stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful, handmade, ivory colored, crocheted tablecloth with exquisite work, fine colors and a Cross embroidered right in the center. It was just the right size to cover up the hole in the front wall. He bought it and headed back to the church.

By this time it had started to snow. An older woman running from the opposite direction was trying to catch the bus…she missed it. The pastor invited her to wait in the warm church for the next bus 45 minutes later.. She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the pastor while he got a ladder, hangers, etc., to put up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The pastor could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and it covered up the entire problem area. Then he noticed the woman walking down the center aisle. Her face was like a sheet.. ‘Pastor,’ she asked, ‘where did you get that tablecloth?’ The pastor explained. The woman asked him to check the lower right corner to see if the initials, EBG were crocheted into it there. They were. These were the initials of the woman, and she had made this tablecloth 35 years before, in Austria. The woman could hardly believe it as the pastor told how he had just gotten the Tablecloth. The woman explained that before the war she and her husband were well-to-do people in Austria when the Nazis came, she was forced to leave. Her husband was going to follow her the next week. He was captured, sent to prison and never saw her husband or her home again. The pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth; but she made the pastor keep it for the church. The pastor insisted on driving her home, that was the least he could do.. She lived on the other side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn for the day for a housecleaning job.

What a wonderful service they had on Christmas Eve. The church was almost full.. The music and the Spirit were great. At the end of the service, the pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door and many said that they would return. One older man, whom the pastor recognized from the neighborhood continued to sit in one of the pews and stare, and the pastor wondered why he wasn’t leaving. The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on the front wall because it was identical to one that his wife had made years ago when they lived in Austria before the war and how could there be two tablecloths so much alike. He told the pastor how the Nazis came, how he forced his wife to flee for her safety and he was supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and put in a prison.. He never saw his wife or his home again all the 35 years in between. The pastor asked him if he would allow him to take him for a little ride. They drove to Staten Island and to the same house where the pastor had taken the woman three days earlier. He helped the man climb the three flights of stairs to the woman’s apartment, knocked on the door and he saw the greatest Christmas reunion he could ever imagine.
True Story – Pastor Rob Reid

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Change the world; start with yourself

Start with yourself. Keys to victorious faith christian blog

When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country.

But, it too, seemed immovable.

As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.

And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed my self first, then by example I would have changed my family.

From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and, who knows, I may have even changed the world.

-Author Unknown. The above words are said to be written on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop in the crypts of Westminster Abbey in London, England.


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7 People Who Will Never Step Out of Their Comfort Zone

7 People Who Will Never Step Out of Their Comfort ZoneA few months ago, a friend came up and told me she’d been offered to join a new department in her company. It was something radically different from what she was previously doing, so she was having second thoughts about accepting it.
“Isn’t that what you want? To get a change from what you are already handling? This will be a great break!” I beamed with enthusiasm.

“Yeah, but…” she rattled on, giving 101 reasons why she felt it would be a bad move.
As I listened, I began to sense an invisible shield surrounding her, keeping her closely tucked into a small enclosure where she felt she would be “safe” and “protected”. I tried my best to give her a You-Never-Know-Unless-You-Try pep talk, hoping that it would help her break out of the cocoon, when suddenly she blurted out “It’s easy for you to say that because you’re not in my position”. Click! The cocoon was locked. Tightly.
At that moment of time, I’d decided to keep my comments to myself. It’s hard to break a nut. It’s even harder to break someone out of their comfort zone cocoon, without them putting some effort from the inside.

As more and more similar cases surfaced since that last incident, my final conclusion is, it’s futile trying to break someone out from their comfort zone because such cocoon comes with a self lock mechanism. Unless a bolt of realization strikes them, something like an awakening call, they’ll never unlock and step out of their comfort zone willingly.
You’ve probably met some of these “cocoonees” before. Here’s the top 7 list of people whom I think will never step out of their comfort zone… errh, unless they start doing something NOW.

Skeptical Joe
Often caught attributing other people’s achievements to their background or good fortune instead of their hard work, he usually says things like “If my dad is as rich as his, I’ll probably be as successful as he is” or “What’s the big deal? I could do better”. Well, envy breeds fury, isn’t it? If only he can use his jealousy to push himself out of the cocoon, I’m sure he’ll have a lot of achievement than to sit there and whine. He is also the first person who will be waiting (while still in his cocoon) to catch anyone scouring back into the comfort zone.

Mommy’s Child
He is the type of guy whom his mom will plan everything for him. From the type of career path he should be treading on, the kind of people he should be going out with to the color of underwear he should be wearing (ok ok, I admit I’m a bit exaggerating). His mom did such a good job that there’s nothing much for him to worry. The irony is, it’s quite common for the Mommy to hand over the reins to the Spouse when she finally decide that he has grown up.

Timid Chicken
Timid chicken likes to cluck away, often saying things like “What if this…”, “What if that…”. He’s so worrisome and fearful of the future that it can be quite infectious. But the sad thing is, he doesn’t know and terms his fearful talk “a reality check.”

The Opportunist
He’s always telling others he’s waiting for the right opportunity. But the truth is, no time is the right time. In the end, he’ll just keep on waiting. Even when the opportunity really strikes, he doesn’t know, because he never know what the right opportunity is in the first place.

The Perfectionist
He’s the type of guy who’s constantly doing research, trying to find the best business model, write the most comprehensive business proposal. Often, his research leads him to some feedback that it’ll not work, which entice him to conduct even more research. Before he know it, his entire lifetime is spent researching.

The Scientist
This is the type of guy who wants evidence in everything, such as proof that this new career path or choice of lifestyle will be best decision for him. He usually spends his free time asking people their results with the ventures or choices that they’ve made. More often than not, their so called “evidence” is not substantial enough to warrant the effort of him moving out of his hibernation.

Once Bitten Twice Shy Tortoise
Give this person some credit because he did come of the cocoon once. But he gave it all up just after 1 or 2 bad experiences. Little does he know that it actually takes more courage to walk back into the comfort zone than to just keep walking forward. Why? Because he will find Skeptical Joes waiting to pouch on him and say “See, I told you it wouldn’t work.”

-By Ellesse Chow

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10 Most Important Things

The Most important things aren't things. Keys to Victorious Faith Blog

  • LOVE:
    The Special Feeling That Makes You Feel
    All Warm And Wonderful.
  • RESPECT:
    Treating Others As Well As You Would Like To Be Treated.
  • APPRECIATION:
    To Be Grateful For All The Good Things Life Has To Offer.
  • HAPPINESS:
    The Full Enjoyment Of Each Moment. A Smiling Face.
  • FORGIVENESS:
    The Ability To Let Things Be Without Anger.
  • SHARING:
    The Joy Of Giving Without Thought Of Receiving.
  • HONESTY:
    The Quality Of Always Telling The Truth.
  • INTEGRITY:
    The Purity Of Doing What’s Right, No Matter What.
  • COMPASSION:
    The Essence Of Feeling Another’s Pain, While Easing Their Hurt.
  • PEACE:
    The Reward For Living The 10 Most Important Things.

-Author Unknown

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Shake It Off And Step Up!

shake it off when facing tough situations. Keys to victorious faith blog

Are you facing a difficult situation right now? Life can be overwhelming at times. Today I want to share a lighthearted video with you on how to shake it off.

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