Becoming Accountable

                                                                                       Becoming Accountable    

 

For each one should carry their own load Galatians 6:5 (NIV)

 

Being accountable is more than just taking responsibility for our actions. Accountability is the results we attain for ourselves.

There are many health programs to lose those extra pounds, to gain strength, and to fast. We join them to be accountable. But who are we really accountable to? In biblical times you would fast as an act of worship to God. Today you lose weight to feel better about yourself and appear to others as a healthy individual.

We set goals for ourselves too. Following yet another initiative to be victorious so we accomplish the desired outcome. The goals may be financial, career, relationship goals or anything that you want to achieve, prosper, and flourish which brings you joy.

Anything you do to improve yourself is wonderful and should be celebrated. This brings great joy to God. For he wants us to flourish using all the gifts he has already given to you.

 “Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart” Psalm 37:4

Recently I was working with my writing coach to help me be more accountable and use the talents God has bestowed upon me. We discussed my goals and what I wanted to achieve. How I would like my writing career to look like. Kate gave me very similar advice of what a realtor would say “location, location, location” only Kate’s words were “write, write, write some more.”

However, there is still more, it also means to be more consistent in everything you do. If you try being on a diet for a day or two, what do you suppose the results would be? This is why we must be consistent with anything we are trying to attain. Don’t give up or give in. Keep pressing forward, Paul had told the Philippians, he keeps telling the good news until Christ comes again. Paul’s mission was to spread the gospel. John the Baptist was to prepare the way for Jesus, the “Messiah”, Jesus’s purpose was to save us and prepare us for eternal life. What is your purpose?

I hope after you read these words, you’ll take a moment to reflect upon who you are, what do you aspire to? Journaling is a great way to reflect on who we are and to align our values with our desires. Knowing who you are and what is of importance to you is the beginning of all greatness.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

So give your Mother joy! May she who gave you birth be happy.
Proverbs 23:25


A Mother’s love is unconditional and nothing can separate you from her love. I take delight in honoring you today and always.

Thank you for always being there for me, you gave birth to me, cared for me from the time I was born to you and even now.


I would like to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day today and always.


With Love,

Tom

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Listen before we respond!                                           Speak kindness and compassion to all people

Listen before we respond! Speak kindness and compassion to all people

Listen before we respond! Be tenderhearted and speak to all people with kindness and compassion.

Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!

Proverbs 15:23 (NLT)

Once spoken you can’t take it back. Have you ever heard “you can’t put the bubbles back in the bottle”? I don’t know who coined this statement, but it’s so fitting and means you can’t take back something you have already said.

If we’re not careful the results may be devasting. Relations ruined, feelings hurt, business deals lost, and on and on. Why do we speak with such harsh and hurtful words.

The truth is if we would only think before we speak. Listen before we respond. Pray when we know we are going to be having that difficult discussion.

Why do we seem to be drawn to negative responses?

How do you approach a difficult conversation to avoid confrontations?

In what ways can you make a daily ritual to say the right thing to someone?

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Change of Seasons

This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Exodus 12:2

I will make them and the places surrounding my hill a blessing. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing. Ezekiel 34:26

Change of Seasons with hope and joy, and may the peace of the Lord bless you and make you fruitful.

It may be winter where you live, though Spring is near, you open the windows for some fresh air. You hear the birds becoming livelier and the robins are becoming more prevalent. And you feel the warmth of the sun on your face.

There are other seasons we encounter too. We recall a change of seasons. A time of growth, hope for better days ahead, and this time of year is no different. We see it every year, yet after a long cold winter, we’re refreshed with everything new.

A chance to start something new, something great, something better for yourself. Embarking this new season of warmer temps, sunshine, fresh air we can breathe, exercise, rekindle with neighbors. And as we begin this new journey, we visit every Spring; it is always like seeing it for the first time. So, whenever a new season appears to have you shaken, remember the robins who reappear every Spring with hope and joy for everything new.

Describe how your perfect season looks.

You have the courage to change which each season. Reflect upon your values and journal your thoughts.

Happy Valentines Day

Love is the greatest gift.

1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind (v)4

Love never fails (v)8

Faith, Hope, and Love, and the greatest of these is love (v)13

Jesus came into this world and shown love for all. Many asked why He was with those sinners.  Jesus loved unconditionally. He listened to them, He healed them, and He ate with them. He spent time with them. Yes Time!  

Love is something to be celebrated, every day. Sometimes in the busy world we live in we forget. We mean well, but in truth, time escapes us. While there’s nothing wrong with taking care of all the many tasks and responsibilities both at home and work, it can simply lead down the path of busyness, feeling overwhelmed, and exhaustion.

Experts say to make time every day for self-care, we should also prioritize time with those we love every single day. Calling someone and asking how their day is. Asking your spouse about their day, include them. Same with your children, have you taken an interest in what they are learning, who their friends are.

Take the family out to dinner. Afterwards go for a walk with your spouse. Meet your parents for lunch this week. Go to the movies with your kids this weekend. Time you spend with others shows how deeply loved and important someone means when you are with them.

Most of all, be grateful for those who love you and those you love.

Lord, thank you for the greatest gift, love. We know we love because you first loved us. I am reminded when I notice someone who is alone, how grateful I am to be loved and to share love. Let others see your love through me, in Jesus name, Amen…

Journaling thoughts:

How do you love others?

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Insights to Journaling

  • Reflection Opportunity to get your thoughts onto paper
  • Clarity Greater insight to ambiguous thoughts
  • Inspiration Helps achieve a better perspective of yourself
  • Accountability Accepting responsibility and taking action
  • Stress reducer Letting go so you can focus on priorities

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Week 52 Devotional

And we know God causes everything to work together for the good of those who Love God and are called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 (NIV)

If you have chosen to live according to God and His will as I have, you too will experience His Peace. What more may we hope for: Live in peace, in harmony with others, and with God. He will move mountains for you, so you may live with expectancy of all good things to come. He hopes you will share your blessings with others. He will make your paths straight and make your enemies a footstool for your feet. “Do not take matters into your own hand,” declares the Lord, but let Him take revenge.

Dear God, I pray this day and for the days to come, that you would teach me your decrees and use me to help others with the gifts you have bestowed upon me. Thank you for your grace, mercy, and love. Your peace that surpasses anything I have ever experienced or hoped for. Thank you for the joy that each new day brings. In Jesus name, Amen…

How is God working in your life?

Have you chosen to live in harmony with others and with God?

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Christmas Blessings

Christmas Blessings

All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’). Isaiah 7:14 (NLT)

Isaiah’s prophecies came to life just at the right time.

God is with us. Yes, indeed He is! Isaiah knew steadfast faith. God revealed Himself to him. He has before and still does today. However, how many people have the same faith as Isaiah did? Why the uncertainty? The only explanation I have is that we don’t really listen. Sure, we go to church, listen to the sermon, maybe read a few Bible verses throughout the week, and try to live in a way God approves of. At least this is what we think. Am I right?  Maybe we imagine what God might say if we were truly present to hear Him. Is the lack of being truly present because we might not like what He has to say? 

We’re instructed to fear the Lord: with love and respect. It’s not fearing He will harm us, rather it’s having such love and respect that we long to please Him and be in His presence. God loves us and wants the best for us. Usually better than we can imagine. In His time! 

I listened to Joel Osteen the other day, and he said something that really got me thinking. Years ago, Joel went through something that was unfair, unjust, and left him wondering, ‘Why me?’ I’m sure you can relate: “Why me?” right?! Well, 16 years later he encountered another situation; yes, 16 years. This time Joel went to battle prepared, not anxious for anything, and succeeded. This was the time Lakewood purchased the Compaq Center. He knows now that the incident he went through 16 years ago was to prepare him for when it mattered.

Are you prepared for when the Lord gives you a sign?

This Christmas season I encourage you – invite you – to spend some time with God.

THANK HIM. Thank God for His love, His guidance, protecting you, comforting you, the people He has placed in your life. Everything God has blessed you with. Just thank Him. Many people may endure life as one catastrophe after another. Stop that negative thinking right now! Be excited for what God has planned for you. Look for opportunities to help others with the gifts bestowed upon you. Your cup overfloweth. 

Remember the following:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Don’t fret or you’ll regret! Adore the time you have this Christmas with your family and friends and the opportunity to be with God. Tell Him how much you love Him and that you want to know Him better.

Capture your thoughts in a journal, read a devotional, read the Bible!

And have a Merry Christmas!

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Peace Hope Joy Love

Rejoice in our confident hope, be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

Romans 12:12 (NLV)

My favorite passage in the entire Bible is Romans 12! Paul teaches us how to live a righteous life to the fullest. The Psalmist also says to wait patiently upon the Lord. We know this to be certain when we hope and wait patiently upon the Lord, knowing He will direct our paths, be our refuge and strength, our source of love and comfort. For only God is our source from where everything comes from and goes. He is the Alpha and the Omega.

When you live an obedient life, you’ll experience His Peace transcending through you to live in harmony with Him. This is my hope, and my hope for you.

Be still and know that I am God. The one with whom all blessings flow.

What is your hope?

How does your life illuminate peace?

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Perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Romans 5:4 (NIV)

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In Romans 5, it is further stated that through our sorrows brings perseverance. Paul had mentioned in Philippians how he pressed on and moved forward. Life goes on, as they say. And so, it does!

Do everything to bring Glory to God. For through our sorrows, we hope to be of help to others who are going through the same circumstances we have. All through the Bible, it speaks of how one person went through difficult times and of those who sought hope in the Lord who then brought them through their trials.

Job lost everything he owned, everyone he loved.

Joseph was scared what folks would think when Mary was impregnated by the Holy Spirit.

Jesus was crucified for our sins.

How does your perseverance reveal your character and where your hope lies?

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