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Hi, Everyone. I’ve been so busy lately promoting my new book that I didn’t get a chance to blog about a topic that has been on my mind now for a little while. I’ve titled this blog: ‘Jealousy Stagnates’ for a very important reason that I’m about to lay out here right now.
Have you ever had a friend whom you always compliment even for the slightest thing like a new hair-do / hair cut or for even bigger things like a promotion on the job or some other type of success, yet for some reason when there’s something new about you / something worthy of a compliment, that friend is utterly quiet? Got any ‘friends’ like that? How does it feel to be the only one complimenting all the time as if you’re on a one-way street? I guess you’ve thought about it, but don’t really vocalize it- particularly to your friend.
The thing is… I realize that some people came from backgrounds where no one ever or rarely ever complimented them for anything they did that was noteworthy – whether in the smaller sense or the larger sense of the word – and so as they grow and mature, they don’t know how to express compliments to others even though they are now being complimented by others. They feel awkward expressing such kindness and therefore, they don’t put in the effort to break out of the box, so to speak. I’ve met some really good people that are like that: They really have that issue because they came from some unimaginably tough backgrounds and thus, being ‘nice’ like that is something they have to work on. Okay, with that out of the way, let’s get on to the crux of the matter (thusly, the title).
Many other people in this world today simply hate to see even the ones they claim to love, get ahead. That’s the fact of the matter. If they’re not doing something that’s positive and worthy of respect or accolades themselves, they don’t believe anyone else should receive any type of accolades or recognition (not that accolades is something you should be looking for). In other words, some people just have such contaminated hearts that they can’t see themselves happy for anyone. Those type of people are rightly in the ‘stagnated’ category… and they’ve put themselves there unknowingly. See, when a person is envious of another person, they find themselves not achieving those things that they greatly desire. It’s not that they don’t have the ability to achieve those things; it’s just that they’ve planted seeds of envy that have taken root and sprouted in their lives, and they find themselves stagnated seemingly like ‘forever’ from getting to the point where they really would like to be.
What’s the remedy?: Learn how to be happy for others. I have a whole chapter in ‘Seeing Beyond The Natural’ book that speaks about that. I knew it needed to be there. If people learn how to do that and actually work at it, they will find themselves moving forward in the direction they were ‘pre-destined’ to go. There’s no way they can miss their destiny. However, if they allow jealousy to consume them (some to the point where they can’t even pay a person a simple compliment) they will find themselves stagnated – most likely – permanently. What a sad, miserable way to exist.
Let’s rise above that negativity and be the best that we can be for ourselves and each other by having the right type of heart and mind-set as we continue our journey in this world.
Have a great day and all the best to you.
Have you ever sat down one day and seriously considered that life, as you know it, will one day be over – for good? Think about that for a minute.
When that moment comes, for many people – unexpected – it will be too late. There will be no more time left to go back and correct what you knew all the while needed to be corrected, to get right with God (and I mean, really right) to apologize to someone you wronged, to show more compassion to others. Once that moment comes when your eyes closes to this life as you know it – it’s final.
Now consider this: Do you think when you move on to eternity that it was worth on earth the back-biting on the job? The jealousy in your heart towards others? Thinking you’re better than others who are less fortunate than you are? Using other people to get what you want? The pursuit of money and a luxurious lifestyle regardless of how many people you went and stepped on to get it? The love of money and absolute greed that you allowed to control you? Can you spend the money you love so much in Hell? Can you live your luxurious lifestyle with all of life’s goodies down there? Think about that? Would ANY of that be worth you opening your eyes in Hell?
I believe that if each of us really sit down and consider what awaits us in eternity – purely based on the decisions we make right here and now on this earth – this world would be a much better place. People would not take the foolish chances they now take with their own souls. They would be more compassionate, they would put other people’s needs ahead of their own, they would not be so socially driven where they feel the need for power and influence to the point where others must suffer, they won’t try to keep up with their neighbor’s (the Joneses) to feel like they’re worth something or to ‘out-do’ someone else, they won’t back-bite on the job to get the boss to promote them over others. They won’t do many of the things they are doing now. So many are closing their eyes every day unexpectedly in the middle of the hussle and bussle of their lives and opening them in hell. Those who are there now knows that none of those things they were guilty of was worth it.
Be smarter, be wiser, look after your one soul because when it’s too late… it’s just too late.
Have a good day today.
– Tanya R. Taylor
No matter how many times lied upon, kicked down, hated upon, slandered, or betrayed, if a person is determined to succeed – though in pain – he will ignore the lies, keep getting back up, ignore his haters, slanderers and betrayers, and carry his unseen torch straight on to victory.
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
God can do extraordinary things through ordinary people like you and me. He is not looking for “perfect” vessels, but “willing” vessels. Sometimes, He uses the people we least expect to exemplify His greatness in the most awe-inspiring ways. Read about what God has done to an ordinary woman with faults and failures just like everyone else and how He has transformed her existence into an extraordinary one.
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Seeing Beyond the Natural, Student: Me… Professor: God shares insights God has personally taught Tanya that may be uncomfortable for some and revelations that have drastically changed the lives of others. Read about real-life miracles, healings & financial breakthroughs; the mysterious realm. Moreover, this book illuminates the heart of God in such a way that will leave an indelible imprint in the hearts and minds of every single reader.
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Faith For The Battle
At the end of chapter five, I posed the question: What do you do when you are in a bind and have absolutely no idea what is going on – when there is no vision, no dream, no premonition? As you read this chapter, you will discover the answer to that question.
My father had been a very quiet man for as long as I could remember. Although he kept my siblings and me in line, he was never abusive and did his best, along with my mother, to take care of us.
Daddy barely uttered a word to us about his past, but you just knew that he had experienced a lot of hardships in his life-time and was holding on to some painful memories. I don’t remember him smiling much. He probably saw it back then as a sign of weakness and there was no way he was going to give anyone the impression that he was weak. With that seemingly impenetrable exterior, he did not seem happy at all. Though alive, he was not really living and sometimes, I truly felt sorry for him even as an adult going about my own life. Daddy was a closed shell; walls were up and had been up for decades. Now at sixty-six years old and set in his own ways, any future change for him seemed highly unlikely.
My father was hypertensive for many years and sometimes, he failed to take his medication. In 2006, he started having some chest pains and difficulty breathing. As he was not a fan of the hospital and practically never went for check-ups, he had to have been in a very serious physical state to agree to see a doctor at one of the local clinics. His visit there, however, appeared fruitless as he literally had to sit up night after night since lying down proved unbearable for him. Then one night, I got the call that every child who loves his parent dreads: My father had been rushed to the emergency room of the hospital.
Ozzie and I immediately drove to the hospital where we met other family members waiting there with my mother. Daddy was lying on a gurney looking very frail – unlike the robust man I had known him to be all of my life. In a short space of time, he had dropped a considerable amount of weight which indicated to me that before he had opened up to my mother about how he was truly feeling, he had been suffering quietly.
With a heavy heart, I went over to him and said these words that still ring in my ears today, “Daddy, just as you walked in here, you will walk out.” It was not his physical state that convinced me – as it dictated quite the opposite. It wasn’t hope that convinced me (though hope is vital in any trial); it was the Holy Spirit that gave me those words for my father and attached to those words was my faith.
Ozzie and I accompanied Daddy as he was wheeled upstairs. They connected him to an echocardiogram machine where his heart was displayed on the monitor. We were stunned to see how slow each heart-beat was. Imagine opening your hand and taking ten to twelve seconds just to close it into a fist. That is how slowly his heart seemed to be beating. Ozzie and I were amazed that he was even alive with such a sluggish heart.
Several tests were performed and the doctors discovered that Daddy’s heart, due to years of poorly treated high blood pressure, had enlarged to the size of his chest. His kidneys and liver were also not functioning optimally which presented a solemn diagnosis of heart failure. Needless to say, the news was crushing.
We were told by the chief cardiologist that Daddy would need a heart transplant which happened to be very costly. Furthermore, even if we could afford the cost of the procedure, Daddy would be on a long waiting list. The doctor explained that my father’s heart would never reduce in size and that if he did not have the heart transplant, he would have to rely on various medications to sustain him for the remainder of his life. In other words, his chance of making a full recovery was nil.
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Many people today are having such a hard time just getting through the day. Waking up for some in the morning seems like more of a task than a blessing. For others, waking up in the middle of the night worrying about finances and other issues is something that happens to them quite regularly. Life is full of challenges and sometimes, you just don’t know what to do or how you’re going to make it. Unfortunately, many have gotten so frustrated and burdened that they felt they just couldn’t take another moment of this existence and decided to end it.
I know what it’s like to be at my wits end. I know what it’s like to feel like just ‘giving up’. I remember those days very well and because I’ve had days like that, my heart is filled with compassion for persons struggling with those debilitating situations and thoughts. I want to let everyone know that there is hope. Tomorrow will come and things will get better. That troubling, seemingly insurmountable circumstance is subject to change. What you deliberately convince yourself of is what will either turn the tide or keep you in that particular state. You can pull yourself out of it. Just know that you have what it takes to do the work that is needed to be done.
If only you can see yourself the way your Creator sees you and not how others perceive you or even you, yourself at this point in time, your life will conform to that belief. I hope I have encouraged you today.
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Have you ever felt, for whatever reason, that you just weren’t good enough? Did you ever get the impression that no matter what you did or how hard you tried, you just couldn’t seem to measure up to other people’s expectations? Most often, these feelings arise because of some incident that occurred early on in our lives that altered our mindset about who and how we really are. Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 15 of ‘Seeing Beyond the Natural, Student: Me … Professor: God’ that captures John and Lucy’s experience:
When Lucy first met her husband, John, she was instantly attracted to him. While dating for a few years, Lucy noticed really good qualities in John as well as some unappealing traits that she figured, in time, would go away. She loved him so much that she thought she could never live without him. She was ready to live the fairy-tale life and looked forward to a future filled with love, joy and endless romance.
John loved to watch love stories on television and listen to soft music. Lucy discovered early on that he was quite the poet as well. However, and quite ironically, he had a harshness about him that seemed to always rub her over the wrong way. This trait showed up frequently in the way he expressed himself. Although he was friendly and could be quite funny, his somewhat abrasive demeanor was not the type of thing Lucy was ever exposed to prior to them getting together and she struggled with it constantly. John would say something, and to Lucy, it sounded disrespectful because it wasn’t put mildly. She was immediately offended. Over the years, she felt like John wasn’t respectful enough, not affectionate enough and certainly not attentive enough. She felt that he was overly critical and nothing she said or did was good enough. Lucy started to feel unloved, unappreciated, deceived, and her heart became hard. She stopped caring; didn’t respect him as much anymore, and she certainly stopped trying to please him. Eventually, she began to feel such deep resentment inside for John and many times thought of divorcing him. When the resentment set in, she did not realize that she had opened a door for Satan to enter in and wreak more havoc in her life.
Lucy was certain that John never really loved her, but deceived her for his own selfish purposes. On top of all that, his actions made the devil’s lies even more convincing. After a series of negative events that almost certainly sent the young couple to divorce court, God prompted them to search their own hearts and what Lucy saw in hers grieved her.
God took her back to a time when she was just a child. While growing up, she never thought she was good enough for anyone. No one ever told her that she wasn’t, but she remembered one time her mother compared her to another young girl she didn’t even know. She remarked that Lucy should look more like the other girl. Her mother was referring to the girl’s size which happened to be a little smaller than Lucy’s frame. Instantly, something took root in Lucy’s heart that convinced her that she wasn’t good enough and that she had to be good enough in order to truly measure up to other people’s expectations.
Lucy never felt that she was special in her mother’s eyes and in spite of always wanting to see others comfortable and happy even as a child, she didn’t notice much of a reciprocation coming her way. When the Lord brought this episode to the surface of Lucy’s mind, she wept like a baby, knowing that what happened long ago was the source of her painful emotions and the attachment issues she had toward her husband in earlier years. She had always looked for acceptance from the people she loved and Satan conveniently used her husband’s imperfections to feed her pain. So when she felt like John was criticizing her, that negative feeling fed the sense of inadequacy she already had from years earlier and she put up a huge protective wall. Over the years, Lucy really thought John hated her, but as they embarked upon the healing process, he revealed some things that made her finally understand why he always acted the way he did. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IT2GIOS
I would like to say that no matter what you’ve been through or who said what to you to convince you that you are not good enough, it is a total lie! You are not mediocre – by no means. You are God’s Masterpiece. You are special and until you see yourself the way He sees you, you will allow the negativity that others threw at you to remain a part of you – a heavy burden that you were never meant to carry. Release that negativity today. Reject the lies and accept the truth of who you are. You were made in God’s image and from the very beginning, you were indeed good enough.
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Change Your Mind, Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life!
I have integrated the “discipline” of fasting into my life for many years now and believe wholeheartedly in its power to produce incredible results. When we fast for spiritual reasons, we are humbling ourselves before God and demonstrating that we recognize we are nothing without Him and can do nothing without Him. We are displaying our dependence upon Him in every way and amid the situations we face. Chapter 21 of my book: Seeing Beyond the Natural, Student: Me … Professor: God gives much insight into this discipline and how it can greatly benefit every believer.
Here’s an excerpt:
There are some circumstances in life that command a “take the bull by the horn” sort of approach in order to break down giant obstacles and barriers of delay. The discipline of fasting doesn’t appear to be something that is regularly taught in Christian churches these days, yet it is one of the most life-altering, powerful practices that a believer can undertake.
About a year ago, the Lord instructed me to go on a 40 day fast (absolutely no food – just liquid). Before then, the longest I had ever fasted was ten days. At first, this was a scary thought for me (I was hoping I would survive – I mean really survive!), but I was aware that God always gives us the grace and fortitude we need to do what He directs us to do.
I embarked upon the journey and as the days and weeks passed, and the physical changes took place within my body, what was most remarkable was the spiritual changes. I felt God sustaining me through it all and our bond was becoming even stronger. He gave me clear instructions during that period that had to do with certain situations in my life and I watched the most amazing things occur that didn’t make any sense in the natural. God showed Himself strong and He left my family and me totally in awe. Toward the end of my 40 day fast, I started to feel sad that it was soon coming to an end. It was a serious physical sacrifice, but it was the best 40 days of my life. I had a remarkable time with God that I cannot describe in words and I witnessed barrier after barrier and stronghold after stronghold BROKEN! Most importantly, the extremely close relationship I already had with my awesome Creator became even closer. My spiritual eyes were open to see even more amazing things and I know I am still reaping the rewards of my intense sacrifice.
Not everyone will be led to such extreme fasting, but all spiritual fasting is honored by God. I received breakthroughs in shorter time-spans of fasting, but God always has specific reasons when He leads us to fast for certain periods of time. As I note in my book, allow the Holy Spirit to guide you. If you listen well enough, you will hear Him. He will speak into your spirit.
Fasting & prayer are two very powerful weapons that produce amazing results. I am convinced that if you want something bad enough, you’ll do whatever it takes to achieve it – even if it means denying yourself and humbling yourself before your Creator in accordance to His will.
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