Having discernment can be a great protector. It reveals to you what others don’t realize you know and shields you from deceit that is on the inside of them past the smiles and friendly faces. Discernment can be your best friend.
Some people will continuously disrespect you and insult your intelligence as long as you allow them to think that it’s perfectly okay. Pay close attention to actions—they tell you all you need to know.
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Earlier this month, my father turned 76 years old. Often when I think about him these days, I reflect on the awesome miracle God did in his life ten years ago . Back then in 2006, for the first time in my life, I saw just a shell of my father lying on that hospital gurney. None of us knew it right then, but he was suffering from heart failure. We were soon informed that his heart had expanded to the size of his chest and the bottom line was: He would need a heart transplant. Without that, he would have to be on medication for the rest of his life and from the frail condition he was in at that time, there was no telling how long “the rest of his life” would be. I remember the first day he spent in the hospital, I sat in my living room that night and had a heart to heart with God. I told Him (as if He didn’t know) that my Daddy was just 66 years old and he hadn’t even yet seen his three scores & ten. I asked my Heavenly Father to heal my dad and to please allow him to live years beyond the age of 70. God, in turn, miraculously healed my father, took him off the loads of medicine given to him and restored not just his heart and health, but his spirit. He became a new person– the greatest transformation I had ever seen in my entire life.
Every year that Daddy lives past the age of 70, I think about the prayer I prayed that night and how awesome God truly is. I told him the other day after wishing him happy birthday that every birthday he sees takes me back to that night with God. It’s been 10 years since then and my dad told me on his birthday recently that he’s just leaving his “teenage years”. I guess that’s how good he feels when years earlier, he was fighting for his life and the team of doctors never thought he would walk out of that hospital.
I said all of that to say this: Miracles still do happen. As bad and hopeless as life can get sometimes, NEVER GIVE UP! God is still on His throne and He sees everything and most of all, He sees your heart–the state of which propels Him to do great things in your life.
In my book CORNELIUS, I gave a special acknowledgement to my father. His words I heard many times as I was growing up still lingers in my mind and helped mold me into who I am today.
More of Daddy’s story and so much more is in the book: Seeing Beyond the Natural.
Have a beautiful day and all the best. Just thought I’d share that with you.
No one is exempt from occasional discouragement or despair. It does not discriminate in the least. However, a firm, fixed belief that things are subject to change appeases the mind of the one who refuses to allow such negativity to latch onto them.
Growth rarely ever occurs when we’re inside of our comfort zone. Some of the most beautiful blessings were birthed in pain. If you find yourself in a real struggle today, use it as a means of advancement and growth: Learn what you can, allow your inner being to be strengthened, choose optimism (the right attitude) during the process – Then that which seemed like a curse will be eventually transformed into a blessing.
Regardless of what they really are or their reason for being, it is always best to view problems as an opportunity for growth and to find the lessons in them to be learned – however painful those situations may be.
If anyone views himself as being totally perfect in the actual sense of the word, he is undoubtedly imperfect in God’s eyes. For the thought alone is one of presumption, impurity and imperfection. One may rightly strive for perfection pertaining to character and spirit, but must bear in mind that he will never reach its purest form within this human body. The fact that he has strived for it until the end has made him ‘perfect’ in the eyes of God.
Each day, there are opportunities that present themselves whereby you can be affected in one way or the other. The fact is that no one has the power to steal your peace. In order to lose it, you would have to willingly give it away. When you are truly connected to God (which goes way beyond going to church and singing hymns), No human being, No situation can rob you of your peace.
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Do not stress about “tomorrow”. Tomorrow will take care of itself.