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Words have Power

Words have power

Powerful Words

Words have power and it takes the same amount of effort to use words that build up than it takes to use words that break down. We seem to focus on the negative, which brings bad situations into our lives. We should SAY positive things as if they are already true. God calls those things which do not exist as though they did (Romans 4: 17). He changed Abram’s name to Abraham, which in Hebrew means ‘father of many nations’. Every time Abraham introduced himself, he said: I am ‘the father of many nations’. He spoke it before it actually happened, because God wanted Abraham to SAY the words and therefore changed his name to accomplish it.

What we think, believe and say will manifest in our lives, whether we are Christians or not.

We need to speak life into our lives, and the lives of others, so that we can live abundantly.

Anything negative I ever say, is a curse, according to the Bible – Mark 11: 15-23.

Just as flowers have seeds, words are the seeds of God. The word of God is incorruptible seed according to 1 Peter 1:23 – …(you) have been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.

You will reap what you sow. Whatever seed you sow will germinate in your heart and produce a harvest, if you have faith. Every word I say is a seed planted and the harvest comes. Seed doesn’t grow overnight, there will be time between sowing and harvesting.

Praying desperately is not the answer, we have to speak positive words and believe that God will assist us. Hebrews 11:6 says: Without faith it is impossible to receive anything from the Lord. What we believe, we receive.

We have to accept Jesus as our Saviour, repent our sins, grow in our faith and speak positive words to lead a successful life.

Jesus is also called the Word of God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with of God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1) He came to give beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord. (Isaiah 61:3) Furthermore, to those who believe in Him He gives the power to become the sons of God. (John 1:12)

We have the power through Christ to achieve, create and change circumstances in our lives. We are born powerful through Christ. Our Creator did not leave us helpless, poor and weak. He gave us all the tools to not only survive but fulfill our destiny to the utmost. We are all born for a purpose. It does not matter where we came from or the circumstances of our birth, our age or present lifestyle.

Let us consider these Words:

“The Lord will perfect that which concerns me: your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; forsake not the works of your own hands.” (Isaiah 138:8)

“I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works.. My substance was not hid from you, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in your book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.(Psalm 139:14-16)

“Thus says the Lord, thy Redeemer; the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way that you should go.” (Isaiah 48:17)

These are just a few Words of Promise that you can stand on and act upon. The Bible is filled with them. Not only is God’s Word better than the thoughts and words of great thinking and creative genius, it transforms people! Why? Because they penetrate the heart! They don’t merely appeal to your intellect, emotions or common sense, like ordinary words. The Word of God is “Quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow (body), and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12).

The Word of God is Truth, and the Truth will set you free. Freedom from fear, despair, suffering, and anxiety is the greatest gift you can get. It fills you with hope, love and faith which transforms into real Power..

That amazing power is not just for us to read about in the Bible. That kind of supernatural power is available to each and every one of us, every moment of every day! God’s truth allows you to experience His grace and His power. So, instead of solving your problems by your own minute power, allow me to encourage you to reach out and tap into God’s Power. It’s available for each one of us, smart or not, rich or poor, happy or miserable – any time we call upon His name.

Proverbs 18:21 says: …..death and life are in the power of the tongue.

Therefore we must speak life.

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How to train your mind to think positively

How to train your mind to be positive

1. Start the day with cheers and smiles.

Your whole day depends on how you greet the morning. Therefore, welcome it with energy and high spirits and with a positive mindset. When you start your day with prayer, the rest of the day will fall into place. Come on, smile! It doesn’t cost anything but is worth a lot.

2. Ask for guidance.

Only God knows what will happen during the day ahead of us, but He hears our prayers for protection and help. He will surely appreciate a few minutes of praying and asking for guidance from Him. Also, have faith that He is more than willing to grant our requests as long as it is according to His will. With God as our guide, we don’t have any reason not to say and believe that through Jesus we can accomplish anything. Everything is possible because God is with me.

3. Plan the day ahead.

To avoid mistakes that will cause negative output on your daily activities which might later on become negative thoughts and habits, it is better to plan your work first; and then, work your plan. Make sure today’s goals are clearly defined, addressing issues as they arise. Use a daily planner to help you get things done.

4. Keep your mind focused on important things.

Set goals and priorities for what you think and do. Visualize practicing your actions. Develop a strategy for dealing with problems. Concentrate on things that need to be taken seriously, but at the same time, take time to relax and enjoy life. This way, favorable results will take place.

5. Be detached from the outcome.

They say that life is like a Ferris Wheel; sometimes, you’re on the top, and sometimes at the bottom. This means that there will be times in your life when some things might not turn out according to how you planned them to be, there are usually a good reason. Develop a growth mindset, knowing that it’s part of the process and not the end of the road. Remember, God’s got this.

6. Try new things and challenges.

See learning and changes as opportunities to grow. There’s nothing wrong in changing attitudes and routines as long as they are for the good and improvement of who you are and what you do. Doing new things may include considering more options for a project, meeting new people from different places and asking questions. Because of this, the flow of your thinking is directed to improvement and negative thoughts will easily be eradicated.

7. Balance your desires.

We live in a place of opposites and duality – gain and loss, pleasure and pain, light and dark, male and female, love and hate. This is how the cycle of life goes. We can never have all the good things in life at the same time, but knowing that God will always work out everything for our best, makes it easier to endure the not so good things. In love, there will always be someone who gets hurt. In wealth, there will always be people who will not be fortunate enough. Measure and moderation are the primary keys.

8. Be realistic.

Make sure that your goals are realistic. Hoping for something to happen which might never materialize in real life will only bring you disappointment. For instance, if you want to lose weight, you have to set a goal and act on appropriate measures within a period of time to achieve what you want to accomplish. There will usually be a time period before the harvest after you plant a seed.

9. Keep track of your mental and physical health.

Know yourself, there is no other person in the world who can tell who you really are. Know your passions, favorites, and principles, values and so forth, by writing it down in your journal. Spend some quality time by yourself – reading, listening to music, day dreaming, and the likes. If you know yourself well, you will be aware of how far you can go physically, mentally, and emotionally.

10. Love yourself, you are worthy.

Before you expect other people to love and adore you, you need to love yourself first with a healthy, Christian kind of selflove. God does not make rubbish, remember that. Make a positive commitment to yourself: to learning, work, family, friends, nature, and other worthwhile causes. Praise yourself as you praise others once in a while. When you start feeling confident in yourself, positive thoughts will naturally flow to your mind.

11. Laugh.

Enjoy. Have fun. Looking at the brighter side of life starts with doing things you enjoy. Laughter is the best medicine, so they say. A smile and a few laughs and giggles can help you throw away heavy baggage such as anxiety, disappointment, or nervousness.

12. Keep a list of your goals and actions.

Familiarize yourself with things you want to accomplish and with the ways you must undertake to complete them. By the time you are certain of what you want to do and carry out in your life, a stronger mind and will power will exist within you.

13. Associate with positive people.

In every classroom, work place, or simply anywhere you go where there are groups of people, look for optimistic ones. There are lots of them. Associate with them, hang-out, discuss matters. They can help you build self-confidence and self-esteem. Make a conscious habit of speaking positive words.

14. Make it a habit to ask questions.

This is not equal to ignorance; rather, it is associated with intelligence and seeking more information and understanding matters clearly. With more knowledge, there is also more power.

15. Be open.

We have to accept the fact that we don’t know everything. And that we are continuously learning as we go, with circumstances and people we meet. We should not close our minds to new ideas and information that comes our way. Our minds are spacious and impossible to fill up completely. Thus, we should accept worthy things that may help us become a better and brighter person.

16. Have trust in other people.

Although not all people are trustworthy, stick to those whom you believe in and are confident in to have your best interests at heart. Bring harmonious relationships into your life. Make a choice to trust those closest to you.

17. Forgive and forget.

Mistakes and failures are the root causes of negative thinking, but mistakes usually happen to teach us a lesson. If we learn to let go of all the pain, agony, and fear we keep inside our hearts and minds, there will be nothing more to block our clear thoughts from being expressed. Ask for forgiveness and forgive yourself for making mistakes and then let it go.

18. Learn from experiences.

Learning inside the classroom is different from learning outside it. In school, one learns the lesson first before taking an exam; while in real life, one takes the test first before learning the lesson. These tests are our real life experiences. If we failed in that test, i.e. the experience is not so good, we study the situation and learn the lesson. From there, we can avoid committing the same mistake twice.

19. Count your blessings.

Be grateful for what you have rather than focus on what you don’t have. Be aware of all the blessings you receive daily. Consciously remember and focus on the positive rather than the negative things in life.

20. Kiss your worries goodbye……

…..because God is in control, remember that. At the end of every day, before going to sleep, tell Him about your day. Let your worries go, throw them out of the window and kiss them goodbye. Dream sweetly. As a new day unfolds, new hope arises. Keep believing. Always have faith.

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Home is where your heart is

Home is where your heart is

Healthy living starts in your home

Growing older is a new, exciting part of our lives, and we should be grateful to have received this time.

We read about ways to improve our inner mind and body but the focus should also be on our environment. By taking care and appreciating our surroundings we will find that it leads us to living a more fulfilled, healthy and happy life. 

Home is where the heart is, and your home should be a place of sanctuary. Creating a healthy home includes simplifying and decluttering and making your house a home where you are comfortable.

In case you suffer from allergies, you may want to remove unwanted carpets or other dust catchers, bathing pets on a regular basis, and investing in an air filter. You will find dehumidifiers and humidifiers online, which can help reduce elements in your home that causes allergies.  

Your home should be nurturing

Try the following to make your living space more comfortable:

Bring the outdoors in. Cut flowers, and bring in pieces of natural elements, like wood or house plants, to give you a sense of nature.

Green plants are essential in your home to filter indoor pollutants. Two plants for every 100 feet should be sufficient. In addition, the plants will distribute natural oxygen throughout your home. What a great way to live a happy, healthy life!

Fewer items means less frustration, clean out the clutter, let go of the things you do not use or need. If you think you need these items, sit down and weigh out the pros and cons. Let it go if you don’t use it anymore.

In addition, take advantage of the sun; allow as much sunlight as possible to flow through your house. This gives you’re home a feeling of warmth. Take care that you avoid direct sunlight however for prolonged periods, since the sun can cause harm.

Colors affect you emotionally

Colors affect you emotionally and therefore affect the way you feel in your home. For instance:

Red is energizing and supports passion and creates movement.  It can be overwhelming, so it should be used sparingly. Great for an exercise room, not beneficial in your bedroom. 

Yellow inspires organization, intellectual clarity with happy thinking.  Even by using the color yellow as accents instead of painting the walls, it will bring sunshine and happiness and a positive feeling into your home. 

Green brings balance and tranquility but has energizing qualities as well.  It is often used with a calming   effect when you might feel troubled or just need to feel refreshed, since it has the qualities of nature. Green plants and flowers bring nature into the home, which makes us feel good.

White is essential for feeling cleansed and purified. Too much white might feel like a sterile environment and can also make you feel isolated. Accent a white room with vibrant colors when painting all white. This is a perfect color for ceilings to brighten up with sunlight. 

These are easy methods to create harmony and balance in your surroundings, not to mention inspiration and warmth.

Tip: Animals have proven to be a source of healing. Allow a friendly critter to touch your heart.    

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Bid vir Suid Afrika

Pray for South Africa

Dra ons land op aan God

God wag vir ons gebede voor Hy optree. Moet nie dink dat iemand anders dit sal doen nie. Almal moet, deur die leiding van die Heilige Gees, bid vir ons land (en ook vir mense en omstandighede wat gebed nodig het), anders gaan niks verander nie.

Ek hou nie daarvan om TV te kyk nie, en ek vermy die nuus so ver ek kan. Dis net moord en doodslag, het my ma altyd gesê. Facebook hou my wel op hoogte, maar ek hoef net te lees wat ek wil.

Ongelukkig het dinge in die laaste paar jaar so versleg in ons land, dat ek dit nie meer kan ignoreer nie. Dis genoeg om mens in ‘n toestand van hopeloosheid te dompel.

Al wat enigiemand tog wil hê is om in vrede met almal saam te leef. Mens behoort mos darem veilig in jou eie huis te voel, maar op die stadium besef ek dat ons uit ons gemaksone gestamp word, en dit laat ons in ‘n mate weerloos.

Die goeie nuus is dat almal ‘n wapen het waarteen die vyand geen weerstand het nie, naamlik gebed.

Bybelvers

Mat. 5:44-48

“Maar Ek sê vir julle: Julle moet moet julle vyande liefhê, en julle moet bid vir die wat julle vervolg, sodat julle kinders kan wees van julle Vader in die hemel. Hy laat immers sy son opkom oor slegtes en goeies, en Hy laat reën oor die wat reg doen en oor die wat verkeerd doen. As julle net dié liefhet wat vir julle liefhet, watter loon kan julle dan nog verwag? Maak die tollenaars nie ook maar net so nie? En as julle net julle broers groet, wat doen julle meer as ander? Maak heidene nie ook maar net so nie?

Wees julle dan volmaak soos julle hemelse Vader volmaak is.

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Ons het nog altyd geblom

Vrouens van God

Ons as vrouens is dikwels so betrokke by die mense rondom ons en om elke dag net deur te worstel dat ons vergeet om vas te stel wat onsself nodig het. Almal het behoeftes, en verwag dan dat ander mense daarin moet voorsien, veral die mans in ons lewe. Vrouens kan nie verwag dat mans die plek in hulle lewe vul wat net God kan vul nie, want dan is daar teleurgestelling omdat hulle nie aan al ons vereistes voldoen nie. Daar word onregverdiglik baie van hulle verwag. 

Daai leë plekkie in jou siel kan God alleen vul. Niemand en niks anders nie.

In Hom alleen moet ons ons verwagtings stel. Dit neem tyd en opoffering vir dinge om te verander in ons lewens, ja, maar dit is deur en deur die moeite werd om God te vertrou. Hy maak elkeen heel en voorsien in ons behoeftes. Hy sal selfs die kompleksiteite in jou lewe dra wanneer jy Hom vra.

Voel dit soms of jy stagneer het, of nog erger, dat jy agteruit beweeg? Ervaar jy soms gevoelens van doelloosheid, onvervuldheid, frustrasie of leegheid? Miskien het jy jou visie vir die toekoms vergeet?

Almal voel soms so. Die waarheid is dat God wil hê dat jy so moet voel sodat jy jou vervulling in Hom sal vind. 

Die beste medisyne is gebed; begin jou dag met gebed en gesels deur die loop van die dag met Hom. Jy kan Hom enige iets vertel, Hy weet reeds van alles in jou lewe en wag net dat jy tot Hom nader. Hy vergewe jou wanneer jy opreg vra vir vergifnis en afsien van jou sondes.

Wanneer mens moeg gespartel is vind jy dikwels daardie heerlike, onverklaarbare genade van God en Sy wonderwerke. Dit is hier waar jy ‘n dieper gerustheid kan vind dat God wel betrokke is in jou daaglikse lewe. 

Jy is in goeie hande.

Dan sal jy besef dat God jou lief het, en saam met Hom sal jy altyd blom.

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Wie’s jou pa!!

My Pa is die Koning van die heelal

God is alles wat ek nodig het

Elkeen kry van jongs af boodskappe van ander mense, negatief of positief, wat in ‘n groot mate hul selfbeeld vorm. Dan ervaar elkeen ook nog goed wat ‘n negatiewe invloed op hul het. 

Ongelukkig klou meeste van ons om een of ander rede meer aan die negatiewe vas. Dit veroorsaak dat ons ‘n wanindruk oor ons selfwaarde ontwikkel.

Ons is nooit maer genoeg, slim genoeg, ryk genoeg, sexy genoeg en you-name-it genoeg nie.

Dis nonsens man.

Ek het hierdie artikel by iemand anders geleen, dis nou wel in Engels, maar ons Afrikaners kan darem onsself help met die taal.

My identity is in Christ

“For many years I maintained confidence in my personal identity. I knew exactly who I was and was quite comfortable in my own skin. Although, I must confess my skin used to fit me better than it does these days.

Recently several things happened to shake this confidence in my person. I don’t know about anyone else, but I take pride in my personal mettle.

About two months ago my credit card company informed me somebody hacked into their records and stole my identity, along with approximately one million other customers. They went on to assure me that my account would be safe.

It wasn’t my money I was worried about at the time, but my identity. How can anybody steal someone else’s identity?

More importantly, why would anybody want to steal somebody else’s identity? Especially somebody like me.

In thinking about this I wondered, how much can I charge someone for borrowing my identity? I might have a cottage industry here in the making. Or, perhaps it’s just cottage cheese.

I could understand if I were a good looking, rich tycoon with more dollars than sense. I’ve been looking for money all my life and have been unsuccessful. I am so poor some church mice have loaned me a dollar or two over the years. And if I ever see those mice again I aim to repay those loans.

The way I feel about it is if anyone can get money out of my account, good luck to them, because I can never get money out of my account when I need it. In fact, I have a good mind to find these identity thieves and ask how they’re getting money out of my account.

I’d pay good money to find the secret to that puzzle.

The ATM at my bank stands for Automatic Thief Machine. It holds me up from getting to my next appointment with cash and never returns my card.

A second incident furthered my identity malaise. A few days ago, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly were in a little bit of a tight spot. Actually, it was I in the tight spot, which is nothing new for me.

I can’t remember the events leading up to the spot I found myself but my wife looked at me, placed both hands on her hips and declaimed, “Who do you think you are?”

At the time, I did not know quite how to answer that philosophical inquiry. I mean, she has known me for over 35 years, and for her not to know who I am at this point is just a little bit puzzling to me.

At the time, I must confess, I was a little confused about who she thought she was. Being the gentleman I am, I kept my befuddlement to myself.

My selfhood perplexity deepened. One day this week, I was going about minding my own business n which is a full-time job with part-time pay and no benefits n when I bumped into an old friend. After we exchanged a few pleasantries, he looked at me and said, “Is there anything wrong? You don’t look yourself today.”

Now, the question plaguing my mind was simply, if I don’t look like me, who in the world do I look like?

I simply smiled and mumbled something to the effect that recently, somebody had stolen my identity. Frankly, I was surprised someone noticed it.

In thinking about this, I wondered when someone’s identity is lost where does it go? Is there a lost and found department somewhere for lost identities?

Then an awful thought tugged at my mind. What if someone lost their identity, went to the lost and found department and, by mistake, picked up someone else’s lost identity?

How do I know it hasn’t happened to me? What proof do I have that I am who I say I am?

The evidence before me is quite overwhelming. A major corporation in the United States has informed me that someone has stolen my identity; my wife asked me who do I think I am; and a friend I’ve known for years tells me I don’t look like myself.

Talk about having your reality check bounce.

I must confess to times when my mind does wander a trifle. But I refuse to accept the judgment that I am absent-minded. I grant you my mind, on the odd occasion, does take a little break every now and then, but it is never absent.

This recent identity crisis caused me to do a little evaluating about my personhood. Who am I really? I jotted down a few notes: son, brother, uncle, husband, father and grandfather.

Although I’m not old enough to be a grandfather, I do accept the privileges of this position. After all, I’m living with a grandmother, so it is easier just to go along with the program, if you know what I mean.

Then a marvelous thought poked its way into my mind. How it got in with all the clutter is beyond me.

The thought was simply this; I am also a son of God. This is based upon a wonderful verse of scripture. “But as many has received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12 KJV.)

I’m unsure about many things, but one thing I am confident in, is my relationship to God.”