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5 Tips on Creating A Happy Family

Family Reunion 2015

Family Reunion 2015

Davis Sisters 2015

Davis Sisters 2015

Many families now are suffering from issues such as separation, divorce, turmoil and even domestic violence. So how are you going to make your family a happy one? Here are five simple tips.

  • Focus on teamwork

In any successful sports team, teamwork is extremely important and forms the backbone of the team. A happy family need that too. You could start by doing simple things together like chores and move on to planning a vacation together. If your child has a problem at school, both parents can sit down together and try to solve the problem together.

  • Spend time together

Try allocating time everyday to spend some quality family time together. Try having activities together like a jog in the park or game night on Friday where all of you can sit down together and play board games.

Family together in New Orleans, La

Family together in New Orleans, La

  • Enjoy each other’s company.

While spending time with each other, don’t treat it as a chore. You need to learn to enjoy each other’s company. When you enjoy each other’s company, it creates a happier and enjoyable environment at home.

Ginger London and Tremekia Dabney (cousin)

Ginger London and Tremekia Dabney (cousin)

* Have dinner together

This may sound simple but families hardly do it! The parents might come home late or the children may be busy with their after school activities. You need to start doing this. Family dinners are absolutely essential. When you eat together, you will be able to spend time together and know how each other days went. You may learn what went on during school and you can tell them what happen in yours. So you are actually encouraging your kids to share.

  • Be understanding.

Try to be understanding of each other. You need to accept each other for all your talents and limitations. By understanding each other it will create an environment of warmth and trust.

Most importantly, you need to remember, friends may come and go, but your family will always be there for you. So start creating your happy family now.

Dad, Me, and Mom

Dad, Me, and Mom

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Striving For Excellence In Ministry D5 – Motivation For Excellence.

October 4, 2014 5 comments

Where is the Motivation

Striving For Excellence In Ministry Scripture – Psalm 18:33 (KJV) – “He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.”

New King James Version – “He makes my feet like the feet of deer, And sets me on my high places.”

 

Maintaining the proper motivation in ministry is critical for long-term ministry commitment. Finding your set place and functioning in your set place is the key to living a fulfilled life.

There are several types of motivation for ministry. The most important one is the motivation to please God. This motivation is the most scriptural and reliable form of spiritual motivation for ministry service. When your chief motivation is to please God, peer pressure to abandon one’s purpose is easily dismissed because acceptance from others is not a priority.

Being self-motivated in ministry is a must. Self-motivated people are passionate about their interests and beliefs. For instance, they could be health enthusiasts who understand why health is crucial to their success. Because they believe this, they do everything they can to be healthy. Your beliefs have plenty to do with your motivation. If you believe that being overweight is in your genes, you can’t hope to lose weight even if you exercise. If you believe in your capabilities, you can be a hero. If you believe you’re a failure, you’ll fail. Your spirit must be strong enough to believe that you can fulfill the ministry God has called you to.

Those who are self-motivated are also advocates of discipline. Without this mind-set, it’s not possible to follow a regular routine of exercise, a healthy diet, or do anything else which requires daily effort, like working toward the achievement of your goals.  Excellence in ministry may require a change in your life.

There are three decisions you will need to make to help you to stay motivated and strive for excellence in ministry;

1.   Decide what your primary focus is for each moment of your life. This will influence your feelings, thoughts, and actions.

2.  Decide how your situations affect you. Cut through the chaos and pause to answer this question: How does this situation affect my present and future?

3.  Decide what you should do now. This is a most important decision. Don’t be bothered by what others are doing and don’t be carried away by what’s happening around you. If you do,   you’re allowing your environment to direct your decision.

Prayer – “Father, You are strengthening me according to your Word, You are making my feet like hind’s feet, so that I will be able to walk upon the high places. I rejoice in you, Lord, and I joy in you for you are my salvation and my strength. I commit to excellence in ministry and life to glorify your Name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

 

Striving For Excellence In Ministry D3 – Understanding Excellence In Ministry

October 4, 2014 Leave a comment

Ministry Excellence

1 Corinthians 15:58 (The Message Bible)“With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.”

1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV), “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Excellence in ministry is a prevailing mindset that motivates you to always choose to be and do your best, giving attention to detail which gives birth to your full potential, doing greater works, without compromising any standards of righteousness.

There are five enemies to excellence:
1. Comparison
2. Compromise
3. Corrupt Communication
4. Inconsistency
5. Cheap Mentality

 
The Law of Excellence says that you must have an uncompromised progressive commitment to quality and outstanding performance at the highest and best of your ability which causes success acceleration, speaks in your absence, summons attention, and is the source of attraction for your life and ministry. The reason for development of excellence must be established above and beyond natural reward or human praise.

The conditions that I am willing to tolerate speaks volume about who I really am. To walk in excellence, I must abandon all excuses for a mediocre lifestyle.

Excellence is not what you do, but who you are.

Day 3 Assignment:

1. How focused are you in ministry (business, life)?

Striving For Excellence In Ministry D2 – The Power of Compassionate Ministry

October 2, 2014 3 comments

Compassion

Compassion is identifying with someone else’s needs by doing for them what you would want them to do for you if you were in their shoes.

Compassion is the key to earnest ministry. Having a spirit of excellence in ministry means functioning in ministry out of a heart of compassion for people and ministry, not with the cold hands of duty. You should have a sensitive, compassionate motivation. The compassion you have will be your spiritual empowerment for the task God has assigned to you.

When striving for excellence in ministry, you must have a love for people. You can’t hate people and say that you are doing excellent ministry work. God is love and compassion is a characteristic of God. When you are striving for excellence in ministry you move past the saying “I’m tired of church folks” and move in ministry from a position of compassion.

In ministry, compassion is the cure for selfishness and the energy for giving.

One of the most important elements of ministry is to minister with the wisdom and compassion of God. You should not rush to do ministry without careful consideration and godly wisdom.

Those who unlock your compassion are those to whom you have been assigned ~Mike Murdock.

5 Facts About Compassion To Help You In Ministry

  1. Everyone is hurting somewhere – they many not always show it because the things that make people cry often embarrasses them.
  2. Those around you have painful experiences that they are not discussing with you or anyone else – their decisions about everything are being made to avoid the continuance of the pain.
  3. You may be the only compassionate healer that ever crosses someone’s path during their lifetime – Listen to the Holy Spirit. When you concentrate on the needs of others, God will focus on your needs.
  4. Uncommon passion must come from the Holy Spirit – ask the Holy Spirit for special compassion for those to whom you are assigned.
  5. Your compassion affects the destiny of thousands – compassion is the intense desire to heal the hurting.

 

Day 2 Assignment:

1. When you think of compassion what comes to mind?

2. How would you rate your compassion in ministry on a scale of one to ten with ten being very compassionate?

3. Read the following scriptures – Psalm 78:38; 2 Peter 1:4, and Galatians 3:14

 

The Making Of A Spiritual Diamond – The Nature of Diamonds 05/06 by TheGingerLondonShow | Spirituality Podcasts

Were you able to join me this morning? If not, here is the replay of “The Making of a Spiritual Diamond – The Nature of Diamonds.” Leave me a comment letting me know how this teaching has helped you. Thanks.

Use the link below to listen to the replay.

The Making Of A Spiritual Diamond – The Nature of Diamonds 05/06 by TheGingerLondonShow | Spirituality Podcasts.

GTGMT Relationship 3 – New Relationship? 5 Tips to Reduce the Stress

February 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Black Love

New relationships usually spark excitement because they provide a brand new angle on life for you to take advantage of.

Your natural curiosity as a human being makes you anxious to see just what this new relationship is all about. As thrilling as this may be, however, new relationships also invariably bring along new stresses.

Use these tips to reduce that stress:

1.   Remember to embrace the real you. Try not to alter your actions, behaviors or beliefs to fall in line with expectations of the other person. The pressure to please others can be great, especially if you want the relationship to work, but avoid compromising who you really are. Such compromises can cause a great deal of unnecessary stress.

  •  Be true to yourself. If that isn’t what the other person is looking for, move on.
  • Know that you’re fabulous just as you are and avoid allowing the other person’s opinion of you to force you to try to change.

2.   Be honest about your feelings. Your feelings are true to who you are, and you should always try to stand behind them. Being honest about your feelings is the best way to start a trend of being honest in a relationship. The more upfront you are about how you feel, the more respect you’ll get from the other person, and the less stressful you’ll feel.

  •  If you don’t like when something is done in a particular way, just say it. Both of you will either agree to disagree, or decide there’s no room for compromise or meeting halfway.
  • If the person’s actions make you happy, say it. That’s the best way to provide reassurance that things are going smoothly.

3.   Let things flow naturally. Try not to force the relationship into new stages before it is ready. Just enjoying getting to know each other and letting the relationship build at its own speed is the stress-free way to progress.

4.   Take the time to get to know the person. It’s important that as you spend time together, you make the effort to truly know the person you’re with. What are their likes and dislikes? What makes them happy or upset? What are their beliefs? How compatible are both of you, really?

  •  Simply wondering about these important matters can cause undue stress, so find out what your inquiring mind wants to know!

5.   Be optimistic. Going into a new relationship with a positive outlook, instead of telling yourself that it’s probably not going to work out, keeps you from stressing yourself out about the whole situation. Also, it enables you to focus on (and enjoy) what’s good about the relationship rather than agonizing over every detail.

Your ultimate objective is to build relationships with others that truly work. Of course, there will be times when things don’t go as you would like them to, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be corrected along the way.

The stress of a new relationship doesn’t have to be a burden. Instead, use these tips to reduce your new relationship stress and build a stronger bond as well.

GTGMT Relationship 2 – All My Relationships Are Loving and Harmonious – Self-Reflection Exercise

February 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Black Love

All my relationships are loving and harmonious.

I have such wonderful relationships. I understand that the key to harmony is communication, so I make it a point to communicate effectively and compassionately with everyone I know. I only enter into relationships that are healthy and beneficial to me.

My relationships are full of love because I have caring people in my life. I show my love toward them, too. I have a genuine interest in others and want them to be happy.

At work, I remain professional, but I reach out to others. My clients, co-workers, and boss know that they can trust me. I feel comfortable with all of these people. My work place is loving and harmonious.

At home, I regularly ask myself what I can do to strengthen my relationships. I accept that positive relationships require daily time and effort. It is 100% worth it. Good relationships make life worth living.

With my friends, I strive to be understanding, even when it is challenging. Everyone is different and has his or her own needs and challenges. I am always kind and considerate. My relationships with my friends are very important to me.

Today, I choose to do what I can to make all of my relationships even better. I choose to be open, supportive, compassionate, and loving to everyone in my life.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1. What can I do to strengthen my relationships?
2. How can I be a better friend and partner?
3. Why are my relationships important to me?

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