2 The Lord answered me, “Write down what I show you. Write it clearly on a sign so that the message will be easy to read.
It’s incredible to me how much self-improvement information has its roots from the Bible. When reading Habakkuk 2:2, not only is God saying right down what you want. He is also speaking to create a Vision Board as well. Pretty cool!
As we all struggle to find our way of dealing with Covid-19. Now would be a great time as we all social distance to work on ourselves. Your mantra, “make me better.”
Here are some simple questions to get you started:
If money, time, and resources were not the problem. What would I do with my life?
Am I doing what I want to do in a career or what I must do? How could I change that?
How could I bring a new me to all my relationships?
Am I praying every day?
Do I meditate every day?
Am I taking care of my body, health?
Am I living in faith?
What kind-act could I reasonably do every day?
Am I telling everyone in my life, “I love you” every day?
Am I reading a book or doing something to educate myself daily?
Now is a great time to ponder our lives and begin to formulate a plan. Write down the answer to these questions or whatever comes to mind. In other words, turn off the TV stop binge-watching Game of Thrones and do something for you.
If you’re in a relationship, take time as a couple to do the same thing. What an excellent time to reconnect more deeply.
Instead of worrying about the world, take a moment to bring a better you back to the world. We all know that through the unlikely events we now face. At some point in time, we will move on. As Mathew McConaughey said in a video, “we’re all sitting at a red light that will soon turn green again.”
Remaining vigilant in this time, of course. However, while we sit around thinking of things-to-do. Let’s take some time for ourselves.
My challenge to you!
Go get a notebook, paper, whatever you can find. Begin to think of beautiful ways you can bring a better you back to the world. When we can all say, “thank God this is over.”
1 The proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel.
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding.
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity.
4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation, the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
When I learned about Proverbs for the first time and then began to study this book of the Bible. Everything in our lives that needs understanding can be found in the book of Proverbs.
Reading self-help books, all the information in these books can be found in Proverbs. When you read the book, you will correlate much of what you learn to books you have already read.
Reading the book of Proverbs will amaze you when your first read this book. Many versus you will have heard in some shape or form that you did not realize was a part of this fabulous book.
King Solomon wrote this as an amazing man. It’s been said that in today’s terms, he would be hundreds of times wealthier than today’s billionaires. The money let’s be clear Solomon always prayed for wisdom. Hence the book.
With knowledge comes power. Responsibly used and King Solomon even to this day is unmatched. He was a good man and a good King.
If you find yourself as I did a novice at understanding the Bible. Reading Proverbs opens a world that is filled with hope. When we understand life, we have the wisdom to progress our lives. Bounties begin to manifest in your life.
This was Solomon’s key to success in every aspect of life. Wisdom! Knowledge is power, this statement rings so true.
When you have the wisdom to withstand life adversity. You will plow through anything life throws at you. Understanding that challenges are seasons of learning, “this to shall pass.” We’ve all heard this saying.
If I could recommend any place to start in the Bible. My first choice would be Proverbs. The Bible is an excellent read.
A couple of suggestions, I enjoy the Message Bible and The Passion translation. For me, much easier to read than say the King James Version. Written more in today’s language, I was able to not have to stop and look up words while reading.
Class gets yourself a scratch pad and pen. No, seriously, get a paper and pen!
In the next few questions, I want you to write down the answers to the questions posed. The test is you all will pass.
Take time to answer the 3 questions. Then when you’ve responded to them add one more section to your answer, WHY?
When the alarm clock goes off, are you excited?
Do you love your job?
Does your life have meaning for YOU?
The vast majority of us will answer, “hell no, I have when the alarm clock goes off.” Why?
You are NOT living your gift!
God has something for each of us. A gift.
Everyone has something that wakes them up before the alarm goes off. You love your job because, to you, it’s not a job. If you are living God’s gift, absolutely life has meaning.
Life has no flavor, no scent for you to smell. You get up and go to some job, have an idiot for a boss, and life appears to be sleep, work, and repeat.
Are you ready to find God’s real purpose for your life?
Find a place where you feel at peace. Lakeside, river, fountain, park, mountains, but find a spot where you can be at peace.
Begin to talk to God. Ask him for the wisdom and vision to see your life’s purpose. What gift that God wants you to share with the world. You may already have an idea. Embrace the thought, make it yours in your mind.
If needed, keep coming to this place until it comes to you. When God is ready for you to know, if you’re like me, he will hit you over the head with it, so you don’t miss.
When you have an idea. Write it down. As clearly and concisely as you are able.
Be open-minded and, most importantly, have patience.
How am I going to begin, this is where the “I don’t have ________.” will destroy your dream.
If God can bring the Universe into existence, I am pretty sure he can bring your life’s purpose to fruition. Since he put it in your head, don’t you imagine he has a plan to finish?
You may have to pray, “God, I don’t see a way for this to ever occur. I leave this in your hands to guide my way.” Then stay in faith! Do the work no matter how small or insignificant you may think forward motion is. It’s still forward motion.
You can always find something to do that moves you one step closer to your dream.
One time in your life. Give yourself the gift of running all the way with God. You will get knocked down, run over, feel as though one more step will be your last (metaphorically speaking), yet you take one more step.
Stop now and go to God and let him know you are ready!
Questions or share your dream, I would love to hear:
My New Book just published today. Enjoy the Introduction, and you have a link at the bottom of the page to visit my Author Page available at Amazon.
Even Mary, the Mother of Jesus, had Mom struggles!
Mary: “Jesus, what are you doing, son?”
Jesus: “I am taking a bath like you said, mom.”
Mary: “How many times have I told you boy stop walking on that water. How are you ever going to get clean if you keep walking on that water?” “Sit down and take your bath!”
See ladies, even Jesus Mom had her parenting troubles.
A Guide for Extraordinary Change
‘When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.'”—Erma Bombeck
Well, let’s start with the obvious. I’m not a single Mom, and why should you listen to this dude?
How about answering a couple of questions first?
What if you could learn self-confidence enough to crush all your goals?
What if you could learn to earn more money than you ever have?
No, we’re not selling pipedreams!
I felt compelled to share my life experience, knowledge of business, my Christian faith for single moms that might be struggling to make ends-meat.
What I am suggesting to you is that if you lack confidence, don’t believe you can go any further than where you are right now. You could not be more wrong.
This book will teach you confidence building through faith. How to overcome negative mindsets. Most importantly, how to not only sell how valuable you are but potentially find a career in sales. Perhaps even further in whatever endeavor YOU choose! How about an I want a job, not a have-to-have mundane job?
Sales skills can help you advance any job. When you can ethically build value in products or services, you offer. You will begin to see your career move like the wind. I will teach you to do this in a fun and engaging way.
Throughout the book, exercises, notes, and learning will occur. Get a notebook to have ready to do some fun work.
Taking our life and turning it on its axis, shaking it up, and on the other side is your joy, peace, and smile!
Many times, over the years, I have heard Pastors say. Bring everything to the Lord. Nothing is too big or small. Joel Osteen once said if God can bring into existence the universe. Don’t you imagine he can bring into reality your dreams?
TD Jakes, who makes me laugh wonderfully. Talks about bringing wimpy prayers to God. He, too, uses the analogy God flung the universe into existence, and all you’re going to ask him for is, “Oh Lord, please, I need to pay my rent.” He, in a bold voice, says stop asking God to pay your rent but ask God for the means and way to have a mortgage.
With work and faith together in this book, we can move mountains.
Get all the stereotypical sales guy images out of your head, open your heart, and let’s learn! When I speak about sales skills if you can use your power of persuasion in the betterment of your life. Wow, watch what you can do!
Single moms of which by the way I was raised by one. Perhaps I have some insight given the struggles my mother endured.
When I was three years old, my father took me, my little sister and Mother to my maternal grandparents’ home. Dropped us off to never return. I can remember my mother from time-to-time crying uncontrollably.
Fast forward my life to times I remember how hard it was on my Mom. One morning I remember when I was seven, maybe eight years old. My mother was in the bathroom, and I heard a crash and a break in the bathroom sink.
My mother had saved her money to by some sort of face cream, something just for her. It dropped and apparently broke in the sink to the point of being ruined. I remember hearing her crying so hard, saying, “I never ask for anything why?” “I saved for months to get this, oh God.”
It was haunting to me. I knew my mother’s heart was torn for something she had struggled so hard to get.
Over the years, my mother gave up her life for my sister and me. She never really dated because my sister and I had terrible times with she would leave us. We had abandonment issues so severe that my mother simply stopped trying to have her own life.
She also worked her ass off, never in my life can I remember that my mother took a sick day from work. Two times in her life, she was hospitalized for cysts in her breasts. Doctors wanted to do a biopsy. Thank God she was always okay.
My mother made clothes, and other personal items work well beyond what they should. Just so, my sister and I could have new things. Or just food on the table.
She made sure we got to ski competitively. That I had new skis each season. Paid for ski trips to races. As a child, you don’t realize what this is assuredly costing our family.
Now that my mother is in her eighties, I can reflect on what she did for me in my life. The sacrifice (although she would never say that) she made for me. I don’t think any of us would change our life.
For me, maybe at this moment do I now realize why this book and why you.
If I could bestow any bit of wisdom upon you. My mother in her day did not have the same access to the internet, cell phones, information as you do today. Her choice was to, at any cost, make sure my sister and I were cared for. She did that with grace.
Some of you will say well, that’s what a Mother is supposed to do. That be the case, my mother passed this test with grace. Today, however, I believe if you’re a single Mom, you might have an opportunity to not only be the Mom you want to be but to be the individual you dream of being. I tell ladies you can have both!
You have before you a world in which you have choices beyond just taking care of your children. You can also have a life with not only your children but one in which you can have an experience to the point that you say to God at the end of your days. “Thanks, that was a hell of a ride!”
Limits are only set by you. There is no stone tablet, no law, nothing to prevent you from achieving all that life has to offer.
My mother was a voracious reader all her life. Now sitting here writing this. It occurs to me that maybe, therefore, I wanted to write as my career!
Since I cannot change the trajectory of my Mother loving choices. Maybe, just maybe, I can share with you enough to help shape the trajectory of your life. I can share useful information, but this is a path you must walk.
You don’t know how the course of our life and the lives around us will shape us. I believe that I understand better why I am an author today than ever before.
“So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.”–Jesus Christ
You have not because you ask not! Have you prayed today? Do you take time to meditate, be grateful, and connect with the source?
Learning to make these things I have asked will change your life in ways you’ve never dreamt. Learning to make prayer and gratitude a part of your day, again hang on the to rocket that becomes your life.
Prayer is such a simple thing to do, just let God know what you need. Don’t beg he knows, and then be grateful you already have an answer. Stay in faith, this is what fuels your prayer. Let it go to God then do your part and trust in God even when you see NO immediate results.
The Lord may have to move things around in your life to give him a chance. Never lose faith; this is key!
Begin a life filled with prayer and gratitude, give it a real shot. Your life will change forever!