Your Belief System Can Make or Break You

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Your Belief System Can Make or Break You!

What really drives what you believe about yourself?

1.  Your past.

2.  Traumatic events

3.  Family relationships

4.  Friendships

5.  Church family

6.  School

7.  Mistakes

8.  Grief

As you travel through your week, what or who do you listen to? What is it that plays on a continuous loop in your mind? Positive, negative or a combination of both?

When someone tries to break you down, what is your reaction during and after the event?  Do you stop them or do you allow it?  If you allow it…why?

What is it that forces you to stand still as others use you as a virtual or maybe very present punching bag?  When you express your dreams or goals to others, do they ridicule you?

Do you believe you deserve bad behavior or put-downs?

Whew! Lots of questions to consider, right?

When I was a young teenager, my dream was to go to California, specifically San Francisco. When I expressed this dream to family members, they laughed at the idea and said I would never get there. Honestly, I was puzzled by their reaction since we had traveled up and down the East Coast for vacations.  Nonetheless, I set a goal and eventually reached it.  Riding those cable cars was a hoot!

You see, the people who spew those ugly words at you probably have dreams of their own that were scattered, stepped on or thrown out completely.  When you express your goals or dreams and begin to achieve even small successes, it tells them that in the end, it was their fault they let their own dreams die.

Yeah, don’t expect support from this crowd.

Now, my friend, it’s time to shake off the oppression, to stomp on the lies of others and even some untruths you have told yourself.  This is your official “Start Up”!  Begin to move forward toward that wonderful dream of yours.

God has called you to a purpose with a specific plan in mind. It’s time to discover what it is.

Let the reins go and make this your “Day of Discovery”.

Fraud Police Alert!

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“C’mon, get a regular job.”

“You know you’ll never finish that.”

“Why are you so interested in computers? What’s the deal?”

“Do you really think you can make a living doing that?”

“What makes you think you’re so special?”

“I could never do that. What makes you think you can?”

Boy, I could go on and on.

As you explore what your talents or giftings are, it can truly boggle the minds of family, friends and co-workers who simply do not understand your calling. In fact, they could be unaware that they have talents as well. Unfortunately, their reaction to your pursuit of your dreams might be very negative and at times quite mean.

I remember my Mother informing me that I would be a secretary because she felt I would be paid well and my skills would be sought after. I’ll tell you this – it was not my gifting and it didn’t give me joy. Mom left high school at the end of her junior year to help support my Grandmother and Grandfather. As a single Mom with little education, her only option was to work in a local factory, so her wish was that I have other options. In reality, the career my Mother chose for me was her dream, not mine.

How do you thwart the efforts of those trying to box you into a career that is not a fit for you?

Are you willing to pursue your dreams in spite of the naysayers?

Do you see where this negativity has a very ugly foundation of jealousy?

You see, God created you as a unique individual. No one else carries your exact DNA. No one. Not a single person. When you follow your true calling, the purpose God has had for you since before the beginning of time, it is a threat to those who have been afraid to do the same. If you succeed, the frauds who have tried to block you will have to finally admit the truth – they are the frauds, not you.

When you finally have some success, you can expect to hear “It won’t last.”

What do you do?

You put them on notice that their negative chatter won’t be listened to anymore. You block out the lies whose intentions are to bring you down. Instead, you focus on pursuing all that God has for you.

Chase after what gives you joy and the rest will follow.

Eat Gluten-Free for Less

Eat gluten-free for less.

When I discovered I was gluten-intolerant in 2001, the only place I could find gluten-free pasta or gluten-free anything for that matter, was the local health food store. And it was expensive!

But that scenario is slowly changing.  In fact, now I can find most of the gluten-free products I need at my local grocery store.

Living Without Magazine has a wonderful blog post entitled, “Eat Gluten-Free for Le$$” which provides information concerning how to purchase food, coupons, etc.  Click here to view the article.

Also be sure to visit Mambo Spouts for coupon deals as well. (The coupon link is at the top of the page.)

Enjoy!

Don’t Let Others Grade Your Paper

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Do you tend to compare yourself to others?

Do friends, family or perhaps even perfect strangers tell you that you simply don’t fit in or measure up to their standards?

Well, the One who knew you before you were in your mother’s womb says this:

13 “For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.”Psalm 139:13-16

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

The Lord created us as unique human beings with talents that are individually designed. Comparing ourselves to others simply will not work.  So, remember how special you are to Him.

You’re the One I’m Dying For

You’re the One I’m Dying For

For those who have been mocked,

Anyone who’s been a victim of an “eye for an eye” type of revenge,

For the one who is hurting,

and the one who has done wrong,

for the one who needs healing,

or the one whose hope is gone,

for the weary who can’t carry His cross anymore,

for the one with all the questions or

the one who just believes,

for the one who casts the first stone

and the one down on her knees,

You’re the one I’m dying for.