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Refreshing Myself – Part 1

October 18, 2014 1 comment


It’s the weekend and I feel like I need to do something to regain my composure. Maybe you are like me and this past week alone included some things you didn’t plan for or expect. It all started last week when I had to get the wheel bearing on my car repaired. The thing that zapped the life out of me was the cost to have them repaired – $370 for one side – OMG! What! Of course, I needed both sides repaired. This alone will zap your energy completely from you – (smiles).

So what do I do? I started by getting the car repaired and I topped it off with the 10 pc chicken nuggets special at Burger King with some value fries. That should do the trick, or so I thought. When I experience unexpected expenses all sorts of things start running through my mind like, “do I need wheel bearing on the car?” – “how long can I drive the car before I HAVE to repair them?”  and so on. But wait! When the mechanic looked at my car not only did I need to replace the wheel bearings, but wouldn’t you know it – my brakes needed to be repaired. I will say it again, WHAT!

As a minister and entrepreneur, I started thinking about what I needed to do to encourage myself. What came mind was to use some of my own teachings to encourage myself. Surely if it helps others it can help me. I remembered that I did a teaching a few years back on “Don’t Lose Sight of The Vision,” so I opened the document and started reading and here is what resonated with my spirit to encourage myself at this time.

Don’t Lose Sight of The Vision

In the Message Bible there is a passage of scripture found in Mark 8:22-25 which reads, “They arrived at Bethsaida. Some people brought a sightless man and begged Jesus to give him a healing touch. Taking him by the hand, he led him out of the village. He put spit in the man’s eyes, laid hands on him, and asked, “Do you see anything?” He looked up. “I see men. They look like walking trees.” So Jesus laid hands on his eyes again. The man looked hard and realized that he had recovered perfect sight, saw everything in bright, twenty-twenty focus.”

There are times in pursing your life’s purpose or pursuing success when your vision can become cloudy or a little unclear, especially if you are taking a leap of faith to the next level. Having unclear vision about your next step could be the launching pad you need to boldly go forth into something bigger and better than where you are. Your challenge is to hold firmly to your vision as you go to the next level. In other words, don’t lose sight of the vision. Keep the vision before you by refreshing it.

In this passage of scripture there are several things that took place to help this man receive his sight. From this passage of scripture here are some practical strategies you can apply to your journey as you go to the next level in your business, ministry or life.

Strategies To Help Keep The Vision In Sight

  1. Start by asking yourself the question – Can I See Anything Now?

If you only have a glimpse, remember the important thing is being able to see something.

  1. Acknowledge that you can see something and then write down what you see even if it doesn’t make much sense to you right now.

Writing down what you see puts your vision in plain sight. This helps you to stay focused.

  1. Take yourself outside of the comfort zone of family and friends so that you can position yourself to receive   clear vision and directions.

You may have to isolate yourself for a season to refocus.

  1. Pray for another touch.

Through prayer and supplication you make your request known unto God. Spend time in prayer, meditation and the Word of God to receive another touch to make your vision clear.

My encouragement is number 4 – Pray for another touch.

Here’s to a great weekend!

Striving For Excellence In Ministry D13 – Being A Responsible Person In Life

October 13, 2014 Leave a comment

Being Responsible Red

The word responsible means being the person who has caused something to happen. Of course this could be a good or a bad thing depending upon the circumstances. Have you ever caused something to happen and not taken responsibility for it?

Many people have done exactly this and have not owned up. A person with a ministry or winner’s mindset will actually own up and take responsibility. In reality it is part of human nature to cause things to happen. Sometimes these are not intentional acts and you may feel bad over a certain outcome.

Being responsible means that you will own up regardless of the outcome, but this is not always an easy thing to do. Once the outcome has been revealed it can be difficult to say that you were the cause of it.

As well as being the cause of an issue or circumstance, being responsible also means that you have the power to make things better. When you look at things from this viewpoint you can see that confessing or owning up may be easier than you think.

You owe it to your congregation, audience, clients, patients, and/or family to act responsibly. By doing this you are teaching other people good habits and you are helping them to accept responsibility for their actions by making your life a living epistle for all men to read.

Making decisions and choices is also connected to responsibility. It is quite easy to put off making a particular decision because you are worried or fearful of the consequences. There may be other people who will be affected by this decision and by putting it off, you are not helping them.

Instead, you need to be responsible to yourself and to others by taking the bull by the horns and making a tough decision. You may not be able to please everyone but you need to make the right choice for you.

By actually taking action and doing something you are being responsible. Once you have made this decision you need to be strong enough to follow it through. On the way you may meet with obstacles and roadblocks. You need to hold strong with your conviction and stay with your original decision.

When you can do this you will be on your way to being a very responsible person.

Striving For Excellence D12 – Passion Affirmations

October 11, 2014 4 comments

Follow your Passion


Many people hear the term “passion affirmations” and wonder what affirmations could possibly be, and why they should use them. Passion affirmations are statements that will activate your brain to focus on and attain the goals you set for yourself.

These statements often are descriptive of the feelings or behaviors you would like to possess in any given situation. They may remind you about your self-worth or the importance of your passions.

How Can You Use Passion Affirmations?

Passion affirmations can be used in moments when you might be having some negative inner dialogue, or when you are second-guessing your desire to pursue your passions.

In those moments of doubt, you may want to use a passion affirmation like, “I have no need to do what others think I should. I am strengthened by doing the things I am purposed and love to do.” You’ll want to believe this even if it’s a challenge in the beginning.

* You are reaffirming the statement and making it your personal truth every time you say your passion affirmation out loud.

There are also passion affirmations that can help you overcome guilt that you may feel when you indulge in your passion. We all have a right to pursue our passions, as long as they are in balance with our responsibilities. There is nothing wrong with pursuing a passion. You deserve to spend time on you.

When you are having one of those days where you feel guilty for enjoying your favorite hobby or past time you can say, “I am actively involved in my hobbies. It gives me energy and strength after a hard day.”

* You are giving your mind permission to replace negative thoughts with positive ones when you use affirmations.

Passion affirmations not only help you discover your passions, but also enable you to live a more passionate life. This positive dialogue will become second nature in time as it pushes out negative feelings and self-doubt. Being passionate is a way of expressing love for yourself. You should indulge in your passions and remember that they are good for you and those around you.

Striving For Excellence In Ministry D11 – Discover Your Passion: What Are Your Secret Talents?

October 10, 2014 4 comments

Ignite Your Passion

What talents are hiding within you?

Many people have grown up believing they didn’t have anything special or unique to add to the world. Perhaps they came from mediocre surroundings or had no encouragement for their gifts so they went unrecognized. Or maybe they repressed their talents because they felt ashamed. Whatever the reason, it was all too easy to believe their talents and passions were not worth pursuing.

Everyone Has Talent

A great number of people are wandering around with the belief that they aren’t all that interesting when it comes to their spiritual and natural gifts. But we all have been gifted by God with more talent than we think we have.

Be Realistic

We shouldn’t delude ourselves and believe we can do all things. We need to be realistic about what we can accomplish but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try new things or take classes to learn something new. However, we can do “all things” that we have been spiritually empowered to do.

* If you’ve always wanted to be a Broadway actor, audition for a local community theater group. Many people can fulfill their passion on a smaller, local level.

* You might decorate beautiful children’s birthday cakes, but should you attempt to decorate your niece’s wedding cake? Be realistic about your skills and how much time it will take but feel free to take some extra classes or find a mentor in the field who can help you.

Discovering Your True Passion

Many people go through life with interests that are never truly nurture and enjoy because they are too concerned about what others think. Of course, that’s no way to live!

Finding your passion is an important part of self-discovery. You will be a happier, more balanced individual when you find and develop your passions. Your whole life will change before your eyes!

Finding Your Passion

You may think that finding your passion is easier said than done, and it is for many people. However, you can find your passion in two easy steps:

  1. Set your mind to finding your passion. Once you focus on your pursuit of passion, your mind will be attuned to anything that will contribute to the fulfillment of it.

2.  Use an effective mind tool. There is a well-known tool you can use to help you along the way if you are afraid to branch out and follow your dreams. You can also use this tool to keep going down the right path to find what you are interested in. What is this handy tool? It’s embracing your passion through faith confessions and faith affirmations!

* Faith confessions and affirmations can help you push through your self-doubts and help lead you to a more passionate life based on the Word of God and an authentic trust in God.

* A faith confession is a statement of agreement with God’s Word independent of natural circumstances, situations and conditions.

Passion is power! You will never have significant success in ministry or with anything until it becomes a godly obsession with you. A godly obsession is when something consumes your thoughts and time according the Word of God and His will for your life.

Scriptures to Encourage Your Passion

Psalm 42:1 – “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.”

Ecclesiastes 9:10(a) – “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might;”

Matthews 7:7-8 -““Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

Striving For Excellence In Ministry D10- Your Ministry Business Portfolio

October 9, 2014 4 comments

Royal Exchange

What is a Ministry Portfolio?

A Ministry Portfolio is a packet of information that will tell others who you are, where you have been, and what you have done. A Portfolio may include items such as your resume, cover letter, ministry vision statement, personal photos, statement of faith, examples of services, events or products, and more.

Why a Ministry Portfolio?

A Ministry Portfolio is important for several reasons:

First, a quality portfolio will immediately communicate that you are a pursuer of greater works. By providing a neat, cohesive package about yourself and your experience, you are telling others that you have initiative and organization.

Second, your portfolio will tell others that you are a person of purpose with a well-defined vision, a theological position, and a set of goals. These strong leadership qualities will speak volumes.

Third, your portfolio makes it easy find out about you. By laying out yourself, your work, your experience, etc., you become more attractive to those who need your leadership/ministry skills.

Finally, your portfolio allows you to have a prepared first impression. A person’s first in-depth experience with you will be what they see in your portfolio, which you will have spent hours preparing and perfecting.

Remember, first impressions are lasting. If needed, hire a professional to help you present yourself in a more excellence way.

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