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Beyond your wildest dreams

Eph 3 20 350x350 Beyond your wildest dreams

Do yourself a favour and read that again.

The Amplified version says it this way:

Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the (action of His) power that is at work within us, is able to (carry out His purpose and) do superabundantly, far over and above all that we (dare) ask or think (infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams)

Let that really sink in a moment

The power of God Himself is at work in you. The power that created the Universes. The power that causes the sun to shine and sustain life. The power that thought of all the millions of processes that keep you not only alive, but flourishing on the Earth. The power that formed your individual body, with its astounding intricacies. THAT POWER is at work in YOUR life today!

As a consequence of THAT power being at work in you. It is God’s power is at work in you. Not your own limited power and, as a consequence of that…

 He is able… He can do what He’s planned for you. You don’t have to do it alone. You don’t have to try and do things that you don’t know how to do. The Holy Spirit is a Genius. He knows how to look after a new born baby. He knows how to fix your car. He knows how to run a business. He understands teenagers. He knows who you’re to marry how to keep a marriage strong.

…to carry out His purposes. His amazing plan for you! The place you’re to live. The people He’s created to be your friends. The job He’s made for you to contribute to. The timings of your life – what you’re to do where and when.

and do superabundantly, far over and above. Create a FAR better outcome than we could ever have hoped for. Impacting more lives. Experiencing more joy. Seeing more miracles. spending every moment of the day with Him.

all that we dare ask or think (infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams. The dreams you have are so big to you, but God promises that He can do so much more than you can ever imagine. Not only that, but He does it in ways different to the ways you imagine. Like when you thought you HAD to have that job in order to succeed or you HAD to get that house you bid on or you HAD to be married by a certain age. God doesn’t do things in our way or in our timing. He has a MUCH better plan for us!

 

So, as we trust Him, He unfolds it for us day by day.

He delights in showing us how He’s allowing our character to be developed (would you give your car keys to a 5 year old and let them drive?). It puts a smile on His face when we discover a new facet of His nature – like when He paints an exquisite sunset to cheer us up on a bad day or when He sends someone to bless us with a home cooked meal or when He protects us from dangers we cannot even see.

Imagine getting to the state of mind where ALL you want is what God wants. All you want to happen every day is what God has planned to happen, so that you know that the events that are taking place in front of you right this minute, are exactly as God planned them to be. And you’re so grateful that He’s in control.

The Truth is that that’s exactly where you are right now. Do you choose to look at it that way? Will you choose to dream big with God and know that He will bring you outcomes that are even bigger than what you dream – when you surrender to Him and let Him be almighty God?

What an awesome way to live! Thank You LORD

 

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Self confidence – The Truth behind the myth

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I love ME Self confidence   The Truth behind the mythIt has often been said of me that I’m self-confident. Today, I’m sitting down to figure out what that really means.

The dictionary definition of ‘self-confident’ is:

1. realistic confidence in one’s own judgment, ability, power, etc.

2. excessive or inflated confidence in one’s own judgment, ability etc.

Isn’t that interesting? Where do we draw the line between realistic and excessive or inflated confidence? Who determines which is which and where the one becomes the other? Thoughts differ between societies, social groups and even families. One person’s natural confidence can be seen as excessive by someone who is shy etc.

Basically, when it comes right down to it, it means to be confident in one’s own ability to perform tasks, be successful and generally cope well with life (whether that be realistic or inflated).

Now, as Christians, we’re continually told by God that we don’t have to rely on our own abilities, judgment or power. We acknowledge that God is far greater at everything than we could ever be. And what a relief that is!

Just realizing that God knows more about the situations we face than we do, brings me a great sense of peace. I can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that my own limited abilities don’t have to be what determines my success. I can rely on God who knows everything, to come alongside me and work everything out.

 

Now that doesn’t mean to say that we are useless, weak and incompetent. Quite the opposite in fact. God Himself created us for a specific purpose. He lovingly concentrated on each one of us as He put together exactly what we would be like. The color of our eyes and hair, the shape of our body, our personality type, our likes and dislikes and – even right down to our sense of humor and what we would find funny. Such great, specific and loving attention to detail in itself means that we are amazing and have every right to be confident in who God made us to be.

Think about it. There is no-one else like you in the whole world. Even biologically nearly identical twins are their own unique person. Add to that the combinations of different experiences we all go through and the different way we see and react to what happens to us throughout life and you can see that these all contribute to making each of us into a tapestry consisting of millions of individual strands, that make up a unique and intricately beautiful person.

So, when we look at the definition above we realize that we don’t have to rely on only our own:

  • Judgment
  • Ability
  • Power

When it comes to being able to judge a situation, God is amazing at it. He knows just what to do in any given situation, which will cause it to turn out perfectly according to His bigger view of things.

God’s ability to do anything is greater than ours. The beautiful thing is that he wants to do things WITH us. That’s the nature of relationship. That’s Him adding his ‘super’ to our ‘natural’ and making it…(you guessed it) SUPERNATURAL!

God is the most powerful being that exists. Over and over throughout the Bible He tells us that we don’t have to do things in our own power. He is right there waiting for us to ask Him to help. He absolutely delights in being with us as we discover the astounding things He’s put in place on the earth. It puts a big smile on His face when we want to do things with Him, want to learn from Him and want to spend each day with Him.

Wow, what a privilege we have!

When all is said and done it basically comes down to the fact that it is confidence in who God made us to be and what He made us to do, that should be what we measure our ‘self-confidence’ by. Then we’re free to have excessive and inflated confidence in God’s ability in, through and WITH us!

 

 

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Stop the downhill slide…

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help 350x350 Stop the downhill slide...We all experience destructive thought patterns, every day, don’t we? Thoughts that make us feel scared. Thoughts that make us imagine the worst. Thoughts that get us feeling down and hopeless.

It must be one of the most taught subjects in Christian circles and yet we all still suffer with them all through the day. In my mentoring and counseling sessions, it is brought up over and over again – sometimes to the point where the person can’t even see the Truth of what God says because the fear has taken such a strong hold on them that it’s all they see.

So, what’s the solution?

Well, we know that God’s Truth is the antidote to that poison. It is the only thing that stands any chance of getting rid of fear and anxiety. It’s the only thing that totally turns the fear we’re feeling into a feeling of peace, calm and the hope of good. I guess the thing that we really need an answer to is:

“How do we get to the place where the Word is so real and relevant to us that the process of replacing the devil’s lies, with God’s truth, happens faster than it currently does?”

Hmmmm…now that’s a question!

Let’s look at it logically. The problems are:

  • We slip into negative thinking (listening to and acting on the doubt that the devil is constantly whispering to us)
  • We allow ourselves to stay in that fear until it consumes our thinking and it’s all we concentrate on and it becomes our reality
  • We act from that place of fear and start relying on ourselves for solutions
  • Because we’re applying an inferior solution to the problem (in our own might), we get an imperfect solution which only goes part way to solving the issue
  • We get even more scared and depressed because nothing seems to be completely solving the problem. As a result we feel stuck in the cycle – never really getting out of it and hopelessness starts settling in.

It seems to me that if we can work with God to stop the process at step number 1, we stand the best chance of not going down that route at all. Phew…

So, how do we REALLY do this? Not just theory, but something that REALLY works – time after time after time.

The Holy Spirit has really been helping me with this issue lately. This is what He’s been teaching me:

  • Ask Me to help you to recognize when you’re slipping into negative thinking (my part). I’ll interrupt the train of thoughts long enough for you to become aware that you’re thinking them. (God’s part)
  • Then, actively replace the lie with My Truth. Counteract the fear that is rising up with the solid, loving promises I give you. (My part)
  • This Truth encourages you and lifts you out of the fear. Now, turn and laugh at the devil, reminding him that what he tried to use to break you, is now actually the catalyst for increasing your faith in God! “Take that!” (The Result)

Hope this helps you as much as it has helped me. In fact, I believe it will – if you do your part and let the Holy Spirit do His.

Love it!

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What a relief!

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No fear 350x350 What a relief!There is a lot going on in my life at the moment because I’m asking God a lot of questions. I’m asking Him to show me what He has planned and I’m getting those answers coming thick and fast.

Recently I’ve been getting some real wake up calls about my behavior. Things are being highlighted that have lain dormant for years and it feels as if my world is being turned upside down. I’m beginning to realize that this is all part and parcel of the next level that God is taking me to. He loves me too much to leave me with those issues and, seeing as I’ve surrendered and asked Him to do what only He can do – He’s doing it! It’s all part of the adventure of being a believer.

I had a weird dream the other night, which woke me up in the early hours of the morning. I record all of my dreams because I know that God talks to us through them. After I’d written it out, I went in search of some answers. I know that dream interpretation belongs to the Lord, so I prayed about it and looked on the net for people who are particularly gifted in dream interpretation from a Christian viewpoint.

I came across a website of a well known Prophet and as I was surfing through his site, my attention was drawn to a video. I clicked ‘play’ and settled back to watch the 30 min episode.

Almost immediately he started talking about something that happened to him and, as I watched, the tears just started to pour down my face. I couldn’t stop crying. What he said struck such a deep cord with me and resonated so strongly with what I have been experiencing, that I was totally convicted. I’ve learned that when this happens I need to just let the tears flow and ask the Holy Spirit to let me know what my part is to do, while He does what only He knows how to do.

The tears eventually dried and as I continued to watch, he then brought up an issue that I have seen in my own life for years. I knew that I was being shown how hurtful and detrimental this issue has been in not only my life, but also the lives of my family. I saw how the root of this behavior was based in deep fear and realized that the time had obviously come to get rid of it. I was being given an opportunity to face the fear and let the Holy Spirit help me to root it out of my life – once and for all.

Now what often happens to me is that I begin to feel despondent when the Lord highlights something in my life and I think thoughts like:

  • ‘How long have I been a Christian and I’m still not over this issue?’
  • ‘I’m never going to be good enough, no matter how hard I try, so I might as well just give up’

This ever happened to you? I know, right! It’s like all the voices of negativity and hopelessness all converge on your thinking at the same time, threatening to overwhelm you and keep you bound.

As I was sitting there thinking about what would need to be done in order to deal with this new revelation, and feeling rotten, I had a really hopeful thought.

I thought ‘Lisa, you must not let the negativity get you down. This has been a revelation given to you so that you can realize that without Me, you cannot do all that I’ve put in your heart to do. We are going to need to do it together, so come to Me and let Me help you.’

It was like a light bulb went on in my head and I realized that I had a choice to make. Which thought would I listen to? Which path would I take? Which way would I choose to go?

I literally stood up and made a decision. I knew that dealing with the fear would be painful, but I also know that when the Holy Spirit helps you to face something, He does it kindly and gently and it always has a good outcome. I said out loud

“Holy Spirit, I am so sorry for ignoring this issue for so long and for letting it hang around. I choose to let You help me to heal it. I completely surrender to Your help, wisdom, love and guidance. Do what only You can do and let me know what my part is”.

It was like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders and all the feelings of guilt and hopelessness left. Instantaneously. Make no mistake, the thoughts tried to come back again, but I wouldn’t let them.

I stood and reminded myself of all the verses I’d read in the Bible that tell me that God loves me, that He’s on my side, that He will finish the work in me that He started and all I need to do is to believe that he’ll keep His promise.

A new sense of strength coursed through me and as I ran my bath, I made up my mind to just take a deep breath and rest and let God do what only He can do. What a relief!

Thank You LORD!

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TGIF or TGIM?

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TGIF 350x291 TGIF or TGIM?One of the amazing revelations that I’ve received lately is the fact that, as Christians, we get to be excited about waking up and starting a new week.

For years the slogan TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) has been going around. It basically means that we’re glad the grind of Monday to Friday is over and now we get to do what we love, on the weekend.

Unfortunately, that also means that we dread going back to work on Monday morning.

I once heard the statistic that more people have heart attacks at 9am on a Monday morning than on any other day or time of the week. How astounding is that? There are really that many of us hating our 9-5 weekly routine? It really causes so much stress that the thought of going back to work at 9am on a Monday morning helps to bring on a heart attack? Wow!

As I sat thinking about this, I asked the Holy Spirit what could be done about it. I’m a born ‘fixer’ so my mind usually looks for a solution.

One of the things the Bible promises us is that the Holy Spirit will help us to do things, so as I sat thinking about this, a load of scriptures came to mind. Nowhere are we told to be afraid or stressed – in fact, quite the opposite.

Over and over again the Bible tells us ‘do not fear’. In fact, that happens over 300 times. God reassures us that He’s with us, that His plans for us are good and that He’s looking out for us. He says that there is nothing that can harm us if we’ll just trust in Him and stay close to Him. I love that picture. It’s like we’re hiding behind His legs and peeking out like a little child does. When the bully sees that our Dad is standing in front of us he suddenly loses all bravado and runs for his life! How cool is that!

So, if the Bible is telling us that there’s no need to stress then why are we still experiencing it? Well, that’s a loaded question right there! I have to get myself off the treadmill of negative thoughts, every day. I know that you do too. They seem to run away with us and before we know it we’re worried about the ‘if’s’ and ‘but’s’ that raise their ugly heads.

For many, many years I read through every ‘self-help’ book I could find. I’d make lists of ‘affirmations’ and repeat them daily while looking at myself in the mirror – willing myself to change. The thing is that I’d feel great for a few hours and then all of the pre-programmed beliefs would just come flooding back. I’ve found that trying to ‘convince’ myself to change only works for a little while and never really produces a permanent result.

One thing I have found out is that when I simply remind myself of what God says about Him and me, I feel better for a longer time each day. Sometimes I have to remember the Truth a couple of times during the day and sometimes the Holy Spirit just needs to come to my rescue and remind me Himself (which He loves to do).

It’s the Truth that sets us free. It’s the Word that has the ability to save our souls. It’s that special ingredient that is missing from self help books, but is so amazingly present in God’s word, that has the ability to get rid of the old mindsets and help us to really believe what God has to say about us instead.

So, we actually get to be a people who can look back at our week and be thankful for all that he has done. We get to be people who can wake up on a Monday morning and look forward, with a whole lot of hope in our hearts, to what He has in store for us in the coming week. Mondays can be a day filled with excitement and anticipation, knowing that whatever the day, and week, will bring, we have GOD on our side and He is looking after us! His plans are to make sure that we succeed and live a life that shows the world who He is. Now that’s something to get excited about.

So, as you wake up to this beautiful Monday morning, take a couple of your favourite verses from the Bible and remind yourself that God already knows what will happen today and He’s going to be with you through it all. Then you get to look at the day and say ‘TGIM’!

Woohoo! Monday, here we come!

 

 

 

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A beautiful message

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This is the dirt accumulated on a public building.
An ingenious person took a stencil and cleaned away the grime and a beautiful message appeared.

Imagine the beautiful message that could appear in your life as you took the time to clear away some of the muck?

Wow!

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Learn from the Successful

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9690133 s 300x300 Learn from the SuccessfulWhen she’s needed to learn something new, one of the things I’ve always taught my daughter is to find someone who is successful at doing what she wants to learn, and copy them.

It must be one of the most useful lessons I’ve learned. Why try to re-invent the wheel, when you can learn from someone else’s experiences and then use your energy implementing their results and tweaking them to suit you!

I’ve spent my whole day today, learning from a man who is an expert in his industry. He, in turn, learned what he’s teaching, from other experts in the industry. He’s inserted information that he’s learned over and above theirs, added his personal touches and now he’s teaching me.

I agree with John F Kennedy when he says:

‘The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.’

That’s one of the reasons why I love learning from those who are older than me and why I treat them with such respect. They’ve been through more of life than I have and so I’m happy to learn any success principles from them that they’ve tried and tested.

So, I ask you – ‘Who are you learning from and is what you’re learning tried, tested and successful?’

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Do you have a clear picture?

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house 150x100 Do you have a clear picture?One of the things that keeps me motivated throughout the good times and the bad, is a clear picture of what I want.

Let’s talk about the house of my dreams. I have a drawing of the exact layout, I know where I want it situated and even what I want the grounds to look like. I close my eyes and walk through it and can see, taste, hear and feel what it is like to be right there, even though it’s still only a plan in my head.

Is your picture of what you want your life to look like, that clear?

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Be a Lifelong Learner

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Learner 150x150 Be a Lifelong LearnerOne of the greatest blessings I have in my life is my love of knowledge. I absolutely love to learn.

The application of knowledge has helped me to overcome so many obstacles and deal with various challenges in my life. Not only has it helped me, but I’ve also been able to help so many others because of the encyclopedia of info that I carry around in my mind.

I want to encourage you to never stop learning. There is so much wisdom available which can help you live a healthier life, be happier and more peaceful and help you reach your dreams.  Go on – pick up a book today!

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Time for Change

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The Power of Transformation

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world hands 150x107 The Power of TransformationWhen I was a little girl, I used to be absolutely fascinated with the pictures in all the glossy magazines. The features that especially captivated me were the images of make-overs and how someone who was willing, could be completely transformed with just a few tools, some special knowledge and effort.

I have carried that fascination and those lessons with me all of my life.

Take a moment to look at this equation

Undesirable present circumstance leads to motivation to take action.

Tools + Knowledge + Effort = Desired Result

If you’re in the place where your current circumstances are undesirable, then use them to motivate yourself to take action.

Your world is in your hands!

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