Whose Desire Is It Anyway?

June 23, 2014

We all have desires and goals that we want to see realized. We do what we know how to do to make it happen, and we pray hoping that our prayer will be answered, wondering if we will see our dream come true.

I am realizing more each day that the last part is a mistake. No, not praying. That’s the best way to realize your wish. It’s the other part, hoping and wondering that it will be answered.

I realize we need to follow God’s will and not our own. I also realize that God will sometimes say no to our prayers because He has something better for us. I’ve seen this in my own life many times which is why, as frustrating as it can be to wait sometimes, I welcome God’s alternatives in my life.

They key I’ve learned in my study over the past few years is this…when I have a desire in my life that is within God’s biblical guidelines, HE IS THE ONE THAT PUT IT THERE!! I am realizing more and more that God is prompting me with these desires because He wants to use them for His glory in my life. It is the spiritual part of me trying to express itself through this individual.

For example, my dream is to have the freedom of working my own schedule, and making hundreds of thousands of dollars by impacting thousands of people a day. There is no part of this that is outside of God’s guidelines. He doesn’t want me working crazy hours being away from friends and family like I sometimes am now. He wants me to enjoy abundance and freedom with my finances, and craves the opportunity to use this human creation to bring Him glory. I know it is Him that has influenced me with this desire.

So what do I do now? Get out of the way and allow it to happen. Since the desire is from God, I know He wants it to be realized as much as I do. So I do my part by remaining in prayer and paying attention for opportunities I can act on. The rest is up to Him to make it happen. It’s as simple as that.

Are you in the same situation today? Do you have this burning desire for changes and great things in your life? I recommend you focus on them and realize that they are coming from God. Also realize that He wants them to take place as much as you do, and if you let Him, He will make it happen. It’s up to you to pray and seek opportunities to act. Then just let Him do His will through you and let the miracles take place.

You can stop your dreams and desires from being realized. You can do this by thinking negatively, doubting, or trying to do everything on your own. However, you cannot stop God from realizing His desires. And when you make your desires His (which they are already anyway), and let Him do His glorious work, it’s only a matter of time before those intentions come true.

So what’s your wish? Pray and make it known to God, thank Him for giving it to you, and let Him make it happen. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


A Lesson From The Mood Ring

March 24, 2014

Do you remember the mood ring? When I was about 10 years old I became infatuated by the fact you could put a ring on your finger where the color changed depending on your mood.

I will use this fad as the analogy to describe something that’s been on my mind lately. Here’s a story…about 2 months before my 10th birthday I discovered the mood ring and instantly wanted one. Christmas had just passed, so my mother said she would get one for me, but I had to wait until my birthday. I was fine with that and anxiously waited for my birthday, knowing I would receive this gift.

This was all good until my family went on vacation a month later. Everyone spends more freely on vacation, right? This was going through my mind as I saw a mood ring in a souvenier shop. I knew my birthday was a month away, but I saw the opportunity to receive it now. I asked my mother and she said no, I still had to wait for my birthday. I complained and persisted a bit, but she said no again. I realized this was a lost battle and let it go, knowing I would simply have to wait a month longer.

Finally, my birthday arrived. I had faith that I would be receiving this mood ring, and sure enough there it was. Once I received it, I thanked my parents several times over, and enjoyed the benefits of having this desired gift.

I share this story to prove a point. We all have goals and desires now that we want to receive as soon as possible. I believe that by following this example, you can make it happen. Here’s how….the first thing I did was simply to ask. I expressed my desire to my mother that I wanted a mood ring. Immediately after that, I had the strong faith that it was mine. I wouldn’t get it right away, but I would receive it at the right time. I KNEW I would receive it. Here’s a key point…my mother was the type that if I kept asking and asking and complaining that I didn’t have it yet, she would change her mind and I would not get it. Knowing this, I simply kept quiet and waited. Even when I thought I had a chance to get it early, I stepped back and discontinued my complaining after I was denied the early opportunity to receive it.

Speaking of that early opportunity, sometimes you will get an opportunity to receive your desire sooner. I had the opportunity and went for it. I could have received it, or found out I had to wait a little longer. When I found out the latter, I simply accepted and waited the necessary time. Finally, the right time arrived, I received my desire, then went on to enjoy and appreciate it.

To summarize, I believe you can receive your desire sooner than later by doing the following:

  1. Ask for it – Ask God and anyone that can help you.
  2. Have faith – KNOW you will receive your desire at the right time.
  3. Take advantage of any opportunity to receive it as soon as possible.
  4. Avoid forcing the issue – instead of forcing it to arrive early and complaining that you don’t have it, let it go and joyfully anticipate the time you will have what you want.
  5. Gladly receive it, use it for God’s glory, and be ever thankful that you have it.

I believe that if you follow this formula, you will receive many things you desire. Some may arrive sooner than others, but this type of faithful and thankful attitude will bring abundant blessings into your life. I can guarantee that the color of your mood ring will represent joy, love, and a passion for life. Enjoy the blessings 🙂

 


The Power of How

March 19, 2014

You may start by asking if the above title is a typo. Isn’t it supposed to be the power of now? I am aware of the excellent book by Eckhart Tolle and the importance of being in the now. However, what you read is indeed the intended title of this post.

What do I mean by the power of how? I heard this message before and was reminded of it again several days back. It’s an excellent way to motivate yourself to take action to reach your goals. The concept is that whenever you need solutions to your problems and need to determine what action to take to get closer to your realized goal you ask the question “how”.

In essence, I see it as asking the question twice. Once to God, then to yourself. Asking this question of “how” is very empowering for a number of reasons. One is that if you seriously focus on it, you ALWAYS receive answers. In fact, God is waiting for you to ask how to accomplish something. He always guides you when you ask for this wisdom. Second, is when your mind is challenged to come up with an answer to this question, it works to find it and subconsciously direct you to the necessary action.

I challenge you to try this. Think of something you want to accomplish. Let’s say you are seeking a new job. Ask yourself and God…”how can I find a new job?” Ask God in prayer and you will be amazed at the rapid and helpful response. Ask yourself and see how quickly your mind provides ideas and directions for you to move. Then the key is to take those ideas and responses and run with them. Act on them as soon as you can. If you do, things in your life will move in a hurry. This is true not only for finding a job, but for any area of your life such as finding a relationship, getting more healthy, receiving more money, or whatever goal you have.

I can tell you from experience that this formula works. Every time I seriously ask this how question, I receive answers, often sooner than I would have even expected. In recent days I’ve reflected on the how, and things are happening very quickly. There are certain life changes I have been considering. At this point I am even a bit nervous because I am receiving results, information, phone calls, etc. much quicker than I anticiapted. It’s all good, but I may have to make some serious decisions and take some God-induced risks very soon.

I recommend again that you regularly ask this how question to take yourself to the next level in life. Think of where you want to go and ask God and yourself how to accomplish it. You WILL receive answers. Then you take it from there. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


Is It Really Failure?

February 1, 2014

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” – Thomas Edison.

It’s amazing how many times I dwell on the f word. No, not that f word. One that is far worse. It’s called failure. How often have I (and many, many more) held back because of fear of failure? I am too embarrassed to answer that question. However, if there is one recurring idea and theme I’ve learned so far in 2014, it is the idea that negativity and failure is not a bad thing. It’s all about how you react to it. If you dwell your thoughts on it and give up, that’s when it is a bad thing.

I will be writing more about this topic in upcoming posts. I found this quote today and wanted to share. It is being strongly revealed to me that the most successful people are the ones that have failed the most. I am realizing that if I am going to be as successful as I want to be, I need to realize that failure may be part of the deal. And it’s ok!

I pass this information to you today. Obviously, you want far more success than failure. However, please know that you have no reason to fear failure. Avoid even looking at it as failure. Instead, realize that it may very well be part of the path to success. If so, accept it, learn from it, and use it to motivate you to the success you crave.

I end with a quote I’ve been hearing a lot lately. I don’t recall who said it, but it’s simple…”if you are not failing, you’re not trying”. Once again, you don’t need to stop if you fail once, twice, a hundred, or as Mr. Edison, 10,000 times. As he says, it’s not even failure. It’s just a way that didn’t work. Keep trying, and the light bulb will go on : )


The Joy of Having Your Wish Now

January 15, 2014

What would it feel like if you received your greatest wish right now? Seriously think about the answer to that question in a real, non-wishful way. Would you be thankful? Joyful? Feel more free? Have more confidence? Spend a few minutes reflecting and actually feeling those feeling.

What you just did in this exercise is what many faith and Law of Attraction experts say is the key to manifesting your desires in the fastest way possible. They say if you can consistently play the part and act “as if”, it’s only a matter of time before your goal is realized.

If you prefer Biblical evidence, I present my favorite verse which is Mark 11:24… therefore I tell you whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have already received it and it will be yours. Other verses say that you can have anything you desire if you have faith. What is faith? Knowing what you want and believing in the unseen and unrealized.

How do we develop this faith and knowledge that our goal is already realized? Several books provide an example of acting as if you’ve ordered from a catelogue. When you place your order, you know your item will eventually arrive. You don’t keep orderding and checking to see if it worked. When you plant a seed, you don’t constantly check to see if it’s working and the plant is growing, do you?

An even more powerful tip to help develop the feeling of success is provided by Ben Sweetland in his book, “Make Money While You Sleep”. He says to imagine that someone handed you a check for a million dollars. How would you feel? You would feel rich, free, grateful, and whatever else comes to your mind. However, there’s a slight problem. Does a check for a million dollars clear immediately? Is the money available right away? I’ve never had a check for that amount, but my knowledge of banking tells me it would take several days to clear and to actually have the money. However, that wouldn’t stop you from feeling rich, would it? You would still feel those positive feelings knowing that it was just a matter of time before the money was actually in your possession.

Herein lies the key to receiving what you desire. Feel and act like you’ve already placed the order or deposited the check. Live in the anticipation that it’s only a matter of time before the wish is realized. Keep alert for actions to take or places to go to make it happen. However, never lose focus of the fact that if you believe you already have what you want and play the “as if” part, you can count the fulfilment of your desire as imminent.

I ask you again…what would it feel like if your wish was fulfilled right now? Focus on those feelings and be that person that is living his or her dream. It’s possible for every one of us. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


You are Unstoppable!

January 7, 2014

If you believe you are unstoppable…you are unstoppable!

Unleash Your Unstoppable Life!

Visualize yourself getting ready for a race.

This is the race of your life.

Your heart is pumping and your chest is heaving with each breath. As you lower yourself in to the starting block, your legs start to shake with anticipation. Sweat drips from your forehead as you settle into the starting block. You raise your head and begin to focus intently on the finish line. Your mind races as you wait for the starting gun to sound. You visualize each motion, each stride, and each step towards the finish line.

You are prepared.

You are ready.

You are focused.

The gun explodes and wakes you from your inner thoughts and you break out the blocks. Your mind and body are flying down the track towards your goal. With each step, you are gaining speed and gaining ground towards the finish line. You begin to run faster as you…

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2014 New Years Expectations

January 2, 2014

I now present part two of my personal blogs about where I’ve been in 2013 and what I wish to see for 2014. I refuse to call this a list of resolutions. I have learned that resolutions are goals that you hope to achieve (and many times don’t). Instead, I will call them expectations. I have learned that when you expect to accomplish something you generally do.

I counted on this being an easy list to create. After all, I enjoy making and striving for goals, and I have a good idea what I want to accomplish. However, as I looked at my past years lists, I realize that the goals I set were quite general. Things like avoid procrastination, see the best in everything, etc. Great goals yes, but difficult to pinpoint. This year I wanted to make more specific, measureable goals. This made the list a bit more difficult.

One more thing before I share my list…I read a great book recently by Russ Harris called, “The Confidence Gap”. One of the main themes is to live by your values. I have taken his advice and determined my core values, and I use these as a guide to set and accomplish these goals. Some of these goals may seem simple, but in past years I set some extra lofty goals that I didn’t achieve, and wanted to make some more reasonable.  So for anyone interested in viewing one human being’s goals and expectations for 2014, here you go…

  1. 30 minutes a day of personal growth. I have grown in leaps and bounds over the past few years, and I am closer to God than ever. One goal this year is not only to continue that momentum, but apply what I’ve learned to empower my life and the lives of those around me.
  2. Exercise at least 1 hour a week. You may think one hour a week is nothing, and many of you probably do that in a day. However, as healthy as I am, I still often don’t do the physical exercise I need to do. To break this down to 4 15 minute blocks a week will not only inspire me to reach this goal, but probably go beyond it.
  3. Encourage many people each day. This goals seems like my previous general ones. However, I set up a plan to actually track the number of people I go out of my way to serve and encourage. I will use these notes to set further goals.
  4. Be the family leader I was created to be. My marriage is not the best, and I feel much of that rests on my shoulders. I have very good relationships with my three daughters, but I don’t feel like I focused as their well-being as much as I should have. As noted above, I will actually track my interactions with them to hold myself accountable in being the father and husband according to God’s words that I can be.
  5. Double my income. I’ve tried this one several times and came up short every time. I am trying some new strategies, one of which is knowing instead of hoping that this goal will be realized well before the end of 2014.

There you have some thoughts behind the head of this writer. Once again, I thank you immensely for reading if you’re still here at this point of the article. Every once in a while I like to share some personal thoughts like this to provide a basis for the rest of the information I provide here during the year.

I encourage you to share any of your goals, or whether we have some in common. I hope that for every one of you, 2014 is one of your best years ever. Enjoy the blessings : )