Archive for February, 2018
Remember the admonition, “Walk out the door the way you walked in!” Easy said; sometimes hard to do. Leaving a job, a relationship, or any situation may become problematic. Saying goodbye may not be stress-free. Depending upon the terms and circumstances of the exit, what’s easy to say or do can become difficult because our emotions get in the way.
Pride always comes before a fall! Often times, it takes humility and courage to do what you desire not to. In the end, doing and saying the right things are more of a testament to your character than self-imposed glory of pride.
Listen and heed what that inner voice and your gut (your mind and your heart working together in concert) tell you. You will be better off!
Walk away with the same spirit and level of professionalism that you carried inside. You always want to be able to turn the knob, open the door and walk back through if required or desired.
On your way out …when you look at the people remaining inside, you will give an elegant wave as you exit with dignity.
After all, that is how you walked in!
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There is a saying, “Know who you are talking to.”
Isn’t it equally as important to know who you are listening to? It is the words that you hear that are likely to influence you.
You must have the wisdom to move away from mouths that speak the wrong message. Closing your ears to not hear … as you run away from badness is the best way to avoid trouble.
You never want to be guided by others’ bad advice or stupidity.
Guard your associations. At times, you may have to walk away to shield yourself. Other times, you may need to figuratively or literally, cover your ears so that you hear not!
“Do not be misled. Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
Preserve your integrity.
Close your ears to unwholesomeness.
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The more I read the Bible; the more I am amazed.
There are so many intricate details and amazing features of the Bible from its writings to its writers; from the current events of a particular time to a path of proven historical facts; from the creation of man to the dispelling of evolution; from God’s word being prophetically written to the expressed outline of God’s expectations for mankind.
So as you read God’s Word and walk through your Bible reading daily, allow me to share the below amazing facts about the Bible.
Ten Amazing Facts:
“1 – The Writing of the Bible
The Bible was written over a 1600 year period by approximately 40 men. The time of the writing was from 1500 BC to AD 100.
2 – The Divisions of the Bible
While the Bible is 1 book, it contain 66 smaller books. The books of the Old Testament were written before the birth of Jesus Christ and the New Testament covers the life of Christ and beyond.
3 – Chapters and Verses
Each of the books, except 5, are divided into chapters and verses. The 5 which aren’t divided by chapters are Obadiah, Philemon, 2 John, 3 John, and Jude. These are short books which only have verse divisions.
Chapters were introduced to the Bible in 1238. Verse divisions were not added until 1551.
4 – The Longest and Shortest of the Bible
The longest chapter if the Bible is Psalms 119 with 176 verses. The shortest chapter is Psalms 117 with only 2 verses. Incidentally, the middle chapter of the Bible is also Psalms 117.
The longest book of the Bible is Psalms with 150 chapters, or psalms. It contains 43,743 words. The shortest book is 3 John with only 1 chapter and 299 words.
The longest verse in the Bible is Esther 8:9 with 90 words. The shortest verse is John 11:35 with only 2 words, “Jesus wept.”
5 – The Bible is God’s Word
There are many books written about and by various religions. But the Bible is the only one which includes the actual words of God. Those who believe the Bible also believe that God inspired various people through the years to write down His actual words for mankind. The Bible says more than 3,000 times “thus saith the Lord.” And the words which follow are quotes from God.
6 – The Bible is Historically Accurate
There were several secular historians who wrote about the events of the New Testament at the same time the Bible was being written. Josephus is the most well-known of them. He was a Jewish historian. Tacitus was a Roman historian who would have no benefit from not telling the truth. Both these men, as well as others, can be used to back up the historical accuracy of the Bible.
There are historical discoveries regularly coming to light that continue to support the accuracy of the Bible.
7 – The Business of the Bible
There are more than 168,000 Bibles either sold or given away per day in the United States according to the Gideons, Wycliffe International and the International Bible Societies.
Historically it has been said that the Bible is the most sold book of all time. It is regularly on various best seller lists.
The Bible has been translated into more than 1,200 languages.
8 – The Bible Never Contradicts Itself
There are no contradictions in the Bible. Various people claim to find contradictions but they have to take verses out of context to do so. When looking at the Bible as a whole and understanding its teachings there are no contradictions. This is amazing when one considers that the Bible was written over such a long period of time.
9 – The Prophecies of the Bible
There are more than 3,200 verses with fulfilled prophecy either within the Bible itself or since the Bible was written. But there are still more than 3,100 verses with unfulfilled prophecies.
10 – The Writers of the Bible
While there were at least 40 different people who wrote parts of the Bible, some were more prolific than others. The Apostle Paul wrote at least 13 books of the Bible. He may have also been the author of the book of Hebrews. Moses wrote the first 5 books.
The Bible attributes more than 3,000 proverbs to King Solomon. These are not all written in the book of Proverbs. However, most of that book is said to be the proverbs of Solomon.”
Now, let’s absorb the Word; it’s time to read!
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Selling yourself is the first order of your business. If you don’t, who will? You are your best product. Sell your company; your skills, attributes, integrity, abilities, determination, products, professional services, knowledge, quality customer service, and everything sellable about you. Besides, who can sell you, better than you? Remember, don’t sell yourself short!
As we continue our week of celebrating love, we realize that it takes work to achieve/maintain happiness.
Confused; twisted; conflicted; not knowing what to do or which way to turn! Sounds familiar?
When we are experiencing trouble in a relationship, it is for real; it is not easy. Though this illustration depicts it nicely; “holding on or letting go” is no laughing matter! It can definitely be a tug of war!
“Love” is a challenging emotion that may not be easy at times, but it is satisfying all the time!
Finding the balance is key. To give and receive love is one of the greatest feelings! It is nourishment to our soul!
I love the feeling of love!
Be good to it so that you can keep it!
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Continuing our Valentine’s week on the subject of love, let’s look at the older ones who now find themselves single?
For sure, “It’s never too late to find love!”
But … it can be an arduous process when you are older and have been out of the game.
The older you become, your desire to take risks lessen. Age does not remove the prospects and exposure to being hurt.
Looking for love and dating can be intimidating processes at any age. For certain, they are labors of work.
Another job, you don’t need!
The older you are and the longer that you have been out of the dating game, the lesser your dating skill set has become. It can create anxiety and cultivate doubt. Just ask Tina Knowles!
Beautiful, successful, and in the spotlight was Tina Knowles, the Mother of superstar Beyonce. After 33 years of marriage, she found herself divorced and all alone.
“Where am I gonna find somebody at 59 years old? Where do you meet men? Where do you get them? They’re all gone.” If Tina asked those questions, why wouldn’t we?
She found her soulmate. At age 61, Tina married actor Richard Lawson. Congrats Tina!
Yes, it takes courage.
It takes tenacity.
It takes getting out there and making yourself available.
It takes not settling for someone who doesn’t make you happy.
Though you don’t won’t to necessarily wear your singleness on your sleeves, it is necessary to declare your availability.
Revelation is part of the process. Rejection may be encountered, but determination will ultimately bring positive results.
Sharing your life with the man that you love is a beautiful thing. Companionship is great!
God knew that it was not good for man to be alone, thus he created woman.
Love, companionship, eternal bliss of marriage will never grow old.
Loneliness is for the lonely; it is no fun!
Hats off … to our journey!
Besides, 60 is the new 40.
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Happy Valentine’s Day!
Today is a day to show love. So let’s take a look at this topic.
The greatest love of all comes from God.
We indiscriminately use the word – Love- but is our use and accompanying actions reflective of God’s meaning.
LOVE – is a four letter word with a meaning that is higher than high; deeper than deep.
The definition of love is provided in I Corinthian 13: 4-8.
4 “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.”
It ventures to say that we have to daily and continually work at loving people – God’s way!
To love in this manner is challenging and will take all that we have to stay true to its meaning. For example, you cannot love someone and hold in your heart “a wrong suffered;” an injury from the past! You cannot be a part time or fair weathered lover and be in compliance with this biblical definition. Stop using the word – love – loosely.
The 64 words in this scriptural definition are simple and not complicated.
Yet, to love God’s way is a tall order.
Examine the text; continually work on compliance; keep the instructions penned in your heart, mind, and soul!
For most of us, it is work in progress.
Yes, 1 Corinthian 13: verses 4-8 are four powerful verses that describe love from the biblical definition!
How do you measure up to God’s definition of love?
Before you speak, don’t give lip service without providing evidence.
You know the answer to the question … and so does God!
There is always an opportunity to love and show love; to give and to receive love! There is also room for improvements.
I love to be loved; to feel love; to show
love and to be shown love!
It is a reciprocal emotion.
So gratifying is the feeling!
Enjoy Valentine’s Day!
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Continuing our celebration of love this Valentine’s week, let’s dig a little deeper.
Recently, I heard a pastor say that “the riches in life are not found in money or possessions, but in relationships!” Perhaps to those who idolize their bank accounts, real estate holdings, and stocks/bonds, a statement of this magnitude would hit them like a ton of bricks. Their emphasis is in the wrong place.
Truly, it is our relationship with God foremost and our loved ones that brings us riches!
Being there for people in their time of need is one of the greatest gifts that you can give.
Don’t ignore them when you can help them. They may not know of your resources, but God does!
When you give of your time and resources, you will receive back more than you gave.
Be blessed in your relationships!
Be blessed in your life!
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Valentine’a Day is this week.
So this week’s blog will be on that four letter word – LOVE!
So what are you getting your honey for Valentine’s?
According to Yahoo/Shopping, the ten most searched Valentine Day Gifts for women are:
1. Flowers – (Long stem roses are glam…but a dozen of any will do);
2. Spa Gift Cards – (A day of pampering will make any woman feel special);
3. Weekend Getaways – (Pick a fun location);
4. Chocolate – (Yummy…besides it is an aphrodisiac);
5. Concert Tickets – (Stevie Wonder is hot right now);
6. Tablets – (The one with the adjustable kickstand is very practical. Don’t forget to purchase the built in WiFi);
7. Perfume – (I just received a Flower Bomb fragrance set, but Gucci blends perfectly with my skin);
8. Jewelry – (Diamonds are still a girl’s best friend);
9. Gift Baskets – (Have it delivered so that I can show off);
10. Pajamas – (silky ones or the kind that I can wear outside like an outfit would be great).
Showing love and affection is great everyday of the week. Love makes you feel brand new. There is no feeling like it. It is always the thought behind the gift!
Since Valentine’s Day is a gender neutral holiday, I provided gift ideas for that special man as well.
Here we go.
For men, according to Bustle.com, some of the gift recommendations are as follows:
1. Beard oil,
2. Harry’s Shaving set,
3. Home State Print,
4. The David Foster Wallace Reader,
5. Nixon Time piece,
6. IPad/Laptop Case,
7. Subscription to his favorite publication,
8. Converse Chuck Taylors,
9. Customized Flask, and
10. An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails.
There were 20 suggestions listed. I included ten to keep the slate equal.
Admittedly, the male list doesn’t look as enticing as the gift ideas for females.
Don’t look at me; I didn’t make the list!
Maybe the conclusion is – We women should get more and be pampered more extravagantly!
Start your Sunday with worship by being thankful; remaining prayerful; and by giving your all to God!
Ask for forgiveness of your sins; we all have them! Bury the ill will of the past and ask God to guide you and order your steps so that you can walk in goodness and righteousness! Praise him!
Thank you Lord for the love ones that you have placed in my life; for a wonderful family – a loving son and daughter who are there by my side; adorable grands; darling nieces, nephews, cousins – and great friends who are so close that they double as family.
I truly thank you Lord for your love, grace, mercy, covering and so much more!
Please guide me and make me a better person.
As I am and have been blessed, let me be a blessing to others!
Help me to live respectfully.
Keep my mind “stayed on you!”
Happy Sunday to my followers!
Thank you for tuning in.”
God bless! ”To God be the glory!”
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