Act Now

Act Now

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.
By Jackson Brown

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
By Lyndon B. Johnson

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
By Abraham Lincoln

Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever.
By Mahatma Gandhi

Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift.  That’s why it’s called the present.
By Bil Keane

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Dream Big and Grow Into Your Dreams

Dream Big and Grow Into Your Dreams

Hold your dream in your mind and it will appear in the physical world too.

Never be afraid to be you.

Stay aware of your thoughts for they are a preview of things to come.

Hold strong to your convictions no matter how out numbered you may be.

Know that within you is the confidence to overcome the doubt.
If you can find your confidence you will discover there never was a need to doubt.

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First Love Yourself

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First Love Yourself

Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.
by Wayne Dyer

The purpose of relationship is not to have another who might complete you,
but to have another with whom you might share your completeness.
by Neale Donald Walsch

Whatever relationships you have attracted in your life at this moment,
are precisely the ones you need in your life at this moment.
There is a hidden meaning behind all events,
and this hidden meaning is serving your own evolution.
by Deepak Chopra

It is love alone that leads to right action.
What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will.
by Jiddu Krishnamurti

Stop struggling.  Just do what you need to do.
Turn it over to the universe and stop worrying about it.

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Live!

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Live

You are afraid to die, and you’re afraid to live. What a way to exist.

 by Neale Donald Walsch

Sometimes the wrong choices bring us to the right places.

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says

“I’m possible!”

by Audrey Hepburn

Think outside of the box, create your own path in life.

You laugh at me because I am different;

I laugh because you are all the same.

by Daniel Knode

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Answer To Self

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Answer To Self: Wake Up

The only thing holding you back is yourself.

Do not react to your feelings… create with them.

Learn from the things that irritate and aggravate you the most.
They are there for a reason.

I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention.
To not be like your parents.
To not be like your friends.
To be yourself.
To cut yourself out of stone.
by Henry Rollins

You may be surprised at how many good things or people you have let slip through your life
because you chose to see things in a negative way.

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Reset Nervous System After Trauma

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Surrender Is Faith

Surrender Is Faith

When we know love matters more than anything,
and we know that nothing else REALLY matters,

we move into the state of surrender.
Surrender does not diminish our power, it enhances it.
by Sara Paddison

Surrender is faith that the power of Love can accomplish
anything even when you cannot foresee the outcome.
by Deepak Chopra

Give up all bad qualities in you, banish the ego and develop the spirit of surrender.
You will then experience Bliss.
by Sri Sathya Sai Baba

The greatness of a mans power is the measure of his surrender.
by William Booth

The word “surrender” is often interpreted as giving up, as weakness, as admitting defeat.

Although this is one way to use the word, we will use it in a different way.

Surrendering means letting go of your resistance to the total openness of who you are.

It means giving up the tension of the little vortex you believe yourself to be and realizing the deep power of the ocean you truly are.

It means to open with no boundaries, emotional or physical, so you ease wide beyond any limiting sense of self you might have.
by David Deida

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Awaken Your Inner Greatness

Awaken Your Inner Greatness

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
by Dalai Lama

Something amazing happens when we surrender and just love.
We melt into another world, a realm of power within us.
The world changes when we change.
The world softens when we soften.
The world loves us when we choose to love the world.
by Marianne Williamson

When what you feel on the inside surpasses what you see on the outside miracles will happen.
When you admire something in someone you are seeing a reflection of yourself.
In the light of trust, as it develops slowly over time, you will find that you
are a privileged child of the universe, entirely safe, entirely supported, entirely loved.
by Deepak Chopra

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Life Is In God’s Hands

LIFE IS IN GOD’S HANDS

            It was back in February I learned one of “The Biggest Loser” trainee of age 51 was hit with a heart-attack.
I still can’t seem to get it off my mind.  He was so filled with strength and vitality and a great motivator.
When he shared his story with millions of television viewers, I saw his shock and pain.

            The thing that stayed with me the most is the fact that he was at an event enjoying him and just dropped.
There happened to be two doctors attending the event and was able to do CPR on him and administer a defibrillator to shock his heart to beat again.
If these two doctors were not there, Bob Harper would not be alive to tell his story.

            What are the chances two doctors are present at the same event he was attending?  They were angels certain he would live.
This tells me, God has the due date for our departure no matter what we do or not do.  Bob suffered from the moment of birth from genes that came with his life.
Thank God he took good care of himself; the impact could have been much worse and still allowing him to be alive.

            He learned so much from this experience, know your body, and know your family history and I am sure he also learned the power of God.

            Read his story let it remind you of the precious value of life.  Live, love, and laugh often and do not forget to thank God you are still here.

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Choose Happiness

Choose Happiness

Try to make at least one person happy every day.
If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word.
If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought.
Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime!
by Lawrence G. Lovasik

The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.  by Andre Maurois

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. by Agnes Repplier

Happiness is dependent on self-discipline.
We are the biggest obstacles to our own happiness.
It is much easier to do battle with society and with others than to fight our own nature.
by Dennis Prager

True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.
by Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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Don’t Live In Fear: Change Is A Way Of Life

Don’t Live In Fear: Change Is A Way Of Life

If we choose to remain as we are, fearing that change is painful, we live with fear.

When the heart weeps for what is lost, the spirit laughs for what it has found.

However compassionate we are, we can never see entirely into the mind of another.

Learn to trust that part of the mind that you can’t see.

The subtle parts of your mind will speak to you if you keep quiet long enough to let them.

by Liz Dean

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Wake Up

Wake Up and See You

It is time for you to be awake.

It is time for you to know what you are doing.

Accept this moment.

Allow it to happen.

Most people only see what they want to see.

Allow yourself to see it all.

Go beyond your conditioned mind.

Allow yourself to feel any way you want right now.

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STOP!

STOP!

Are you feeling overwhelmed?

Are you feeling like live you have no control over your life?

Are you confused?

Here is the cure…

Stop everything and just relax.

We feel like we have to keep fighting the fight.

We feel like the answer will be found in our struggles.
That we must keep pushing on and on, exhausting ourselves with our daily activities.

Stop it.

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Money Can Make A Difference Dealing With Stress

Money Can Make A Difference Dealing With Stress

Please stop thinking money is something bad or something that needs to be avoided
or that you are less spiritual if you have money.

Money gives you choices and opens opportunities that you would not otherwise have.
You can use money to help others in ways you would not be able to if you didn’t have money.

Money is just energy.
Money is not good.
Money is not bad.
Money is a personality magnifier.
Money will take a person’s personality and broadcast it to the world.
A person who truly cares about others will be shown to be even more caring.
A greedy, self-absorbed individual will become worse.
Money gives you control over your life.

Feel good about money and you will find it available to fix many problems in your life.

Money removes barriers in your life.

Money is not the key to happiness, but it sure does help.

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I Am Loved and Accepted Exactly As I Am

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You must realize that you are now only a heap of conventions, habits, what society has made of you.
Once all these have left you, you realize that they were defenses and aggressions accumulated solely to maintain the ego.
by Jean Klein

You were never greater than you are right now, nor will you ever be.
Your worth is already complete and never changes, only your relationship to it evolves.
by Michael Tamura

To live a life you were not meant, is to create confusion within yourself.
This confusion you are feeling will only manifest itself negatively into your physical world.
You are here for a reason. You are here to provide a gift to this world.
Until you present your true self to the world. Your present to the world will go unopened.

When your mind starts telling you what you have to do to make everything okay, don’t buy into what it’s telling you.
The truth is, everything will be okay as soon as you are okay with everything. And that’s the only time everything will be okay.
by Michael A. Singer

You are an incredible artist.  Create an amazing day today.

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Renewing Of The Mind

 

Renewing Of The Mind

All transformation begins with an intense, burning desire to be transformed.
The first step in the”renewing of the mind” is desire.
You must want to be different (and intend to be) before you can begin to change yourself.
Then you must make your future dream a present fact.
You do this by assuming the feeling of your wish fulfilled.
By desiring to be other than what you are, you can create an ideal of the person
you want to be and assume that you are already that person.
If this assumption is persisted n until it becomes your dominant feeling, the attainment of your ideal is inevitable.
by Neville Goddard

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Don’t Take Anything Personally

Don’t Take Anything Personally

Nothing others do is because of you.
What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream.
When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
by Miguel Ruiz

All blame is a waste of time.
No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you.
The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration.
You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won’t succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.
by Wayne Dyer

According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment,
just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness.
The first symptom is that you stop worrying.
Things don’t bother you anymore.
You become light-hearted and full of joy.
The second symptom is that you encounter more and
more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities.
And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.
(quoted by Carol Lynn Pearson in Consider the Butterfly).
by Deepak Chopra

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The Doors You Open

The doors we open each day decide the lives we live.
by Flora Whittemore

The eyes only see what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
by Henri Louis Bergson

Western laziness consists of cramming our lives with compulsive activity,
so that there is no time at all to confront the real issues.
by Sogyal Rinpoche

There is a difference between interest and commitment.
When you’re interested in something, you do it only when it’s convenient.
When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.
by Ken Bloanchard

Keep on beginning and failing.
Each time you fail start over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a
purpose – not the one you began with, perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.
by Anne Sullivan

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Choose Your Words Wisely

Choose Your Words Wisely:
They Will Come Back To You

You are going to speak around 7000 words today. How are you going to use them?

You’ve got a lot of choices.
If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.
by Steven D. Woodhull

With unfailing kindness, your life always presents what you need to learn.
Whether you stay home or work in an office or whatever, the next teacher is going to pop right up.
by Charlotte Joko Beck

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Do Your Part


Do Your Part

No one was born smarter or more skilled than you.
They just have more experience accessing the collective unconscious in areas that you don’t.
We can control our lives by controlling our perceptions.
by Bruce H. Lipton

Today will be what you make it.
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
by William James

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another into the light.
by Norman B Rice

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The Power of Love


The Power of Love

When you trip over love it is easy to get up.
But when you fall in love it is impossible to stand again.
by Albert Einstein

Love people, not things.
Use things, not people.
by Spencer Kimble

We accept the love we think we deserve.
by Stephen Cheosky

Love is enough to get everything done.
by Charlie Chaplin

Any home can be a castle when the king and queen are in love.

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Love Is More Than You Hear


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Love Is More Than You Hear

Where there is great love there are always miracles.
by Willa Cather

Love is or it ain’t.
Thin love ain’t love at all.
by Toni Morrison

Gratitude is two fold love- love coming to visit us
and love running out to greet a welcome guest.
by Henry Van Dyke

My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.
by William Shakespeare

Never say love is like anything – it isn’t.
by Michael Chabon

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Calming PTSD


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Calming PTSD

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You Make It All Happen

You Make It All Happen

Between the wish and the thing the world lies waiting.
by Cormac McCarthy

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
by Joseph Capbell

To have that sense of one’s intrinsic worth which constitutes self-respect is potentially to have everything.
by Joan Didion

Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
by St. Francis of Assisi

To love what you do and feel it matters – how could anything be more fun?
by Katherine Graham

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Today Is About God In You

Today Is About God In You

My mother-in-law always told me in order to reach the top in life, someone must see good in you.
Your good can be shared with the world when the right person reaches out and take your hand.
When this happens, you know God was instrumental in making  the encounter possible.

Whatever is for you in life will come to you.  Just make sure you are prepared to receive it.
Each one of us have something uniquely special to give to others.  There are people waiting for your good to be shared with them.
Whatever you have going on inside of you prompting you do or say something,
you should do it because what you have is needed in someone’s life to help them reach a better state of being.

Be your best self at all times knowing you are drawing more good into your life and the lives of others.
Let your unique light so shine that others may see God in you.

You are a very important presence no matter how much time has been spent ignoring this reality.
You are given a new day to acknowledge the God in you and share it with the world.
There is no greater purpose.  Don’t you see it?

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Universal Love Is A Must

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Universal Love Is A Must

We have the ability to achieve, if we master the necessary goodwill,
a common global society blessed with a shared culture of peace that is nourished by the ethnic,
national and local diversities that enrich our lives.

by Mahnaz Afkami

It is time for parents to teach young people early on
that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
by Maya Angelou

We may have different religions, different languages,
different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.
by Kofi Annan

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Exercise Gratitude

Exercise Gratitude

Summoning gratitude is a sure way to get our life back on track.
Opening our eyes to affirm gratitude grows the garden of our inner abundance,
just as standing close to a fire eventually warms our heart.
by Alexandra Katehakis

When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.
by Anthony Robbins

Today expect something good to happen to you no matter what occurred yesterday.
Realize the past no longer holds you captive. It can only continue to hurt you if you hold on to it.
Let the past go. A simply abundant world awaits.
by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love;
it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.
by Steve Maraboli

Expect your every need to be met.
Expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level.
by Eileen Caddy

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Each Day Is A Gift: You Choose


Each Day Is A Gift: You Choose

Don’t go through life impatiently waiting for things to happen.
Each day is a gift.

You always have the right to choose.

Now is always the most important moment.

Decide to see something different in the world today.

It is just as possible for you as it is for anyone who has ever lived.

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Love Is Maturity

Love is Maturity

If you are worried or thinking negative thoughts, switch your thoughts right now.
Think of something you like.  Do it right now.  There is no reason you can’t.

You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one.
Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own.
It’s just a matter of paying attention to the miracle. by Paulo Coelho

Everyone needs help and everyone can help someone.
This world would be a completely different place if everyone just helped one person.

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
by Mother Teresa

You will become the picture you hold of yourself in your mind.

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Self Awareness Of Our Whole Self Is Crucial

Self Awareness Of Our Whole Self Is Crucial

The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently. – Pema Chodron

Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart, and that depends upon how much he has polished it. Whoever has polished it more sees more – more unseen forms become manifest to him. – Rumi

Every moment is an opportunity to receive and let go.  I receive love and I let go of pain. – Brenda MacIntyre

The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. – W.H. Murray

One of the biggest paradigm shifts is that you need to learn society has convinced you that you have to work 9 to 5 most of the days of your life only to retire at an old age.  That is just not true!

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Live Your Purpose

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Live Your Purpose

When you wake up in the morning, you should be helping God wake you up because you have a strong desire to get on with your day.  Purpose is the acceptance of being in the world but not of it.  You trust God with your life, you listen to guidance.  The world does not seem as noisy anymore.

Purpose creates an awesome center for you to exist in, and in that circle is a brilliant light giving you a peace the world can not give.  It gives you a healthy obsession to act on a strong desire for good.  When we are centered, stress becomes lessen because we are not pulled from every possible direction of doing.  We let go of unnecessary activities, conversations, people and we seek to make our selves more available for results.

Our purpose can change over the years preparing us for greater purposes of sacrifice.  Not that the purpose is grander in contents as it is in size.  There is no greater purpose than being a parent especially when you maximize the opportunity to equip children to be great individuals.  Then, there could still be existing purpose for you where all you have learned while parenting is adsorbed to strengthen you to bless the world.  Soldiers know the sacrifices of purpose and move forward as though it is not happening.

Focus in on your heartfelt desire and conduct your self as this is the day it owns you.  Great things happen when you consciously live in your divine purpose.

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God Has Always Loved Us

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God Has Always Loved Us

I was reading the Book of Genesis recently and I was amazed of God’s love for His creations. So often when I read this book, I was more conscious of the Fall of Man than anything. But this particular time, God showed me something beautiful—His love for His children.

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, immediately the consequences went into action. Yes, they had to leave the Garden of Eden, yes they surely had to die and yes they were set to suffer to survive. As harsh as this may sound, God knew what was best for them. He gave them covering for their bodies; drove them out of the Garden knowing if they ate of the Tree of Life they would suffer forever. He did not want that for them.

Even though they were disobedient, He still loved them. I never realized how much God lost in their disobedience. Their perfect relationship was gone. This was a painful time for God.

Gen 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

Even though Adam and Eve sinned causing us to be sinners, God had a plan to bring us back into His grace. He gave us Jesus. Since the beginning of time God loved us. We are so much like Adam and Eve. We cannot comprehend God’s love for us and we take chances disappointing Him knowing somewhere inside of us He loves us. He will not leave us behind.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

I thank you Jesus for loving our Father enough to bring us back home. Thank you!

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Cain May Have Been The First Human To Experience PTSD


Cain May Have Been The First Human To Experience PTSD

The following is written by Dr. Oscar Ramirez. It is an examination of how the body deals with stress and looks at it from what the Bible says.

“The human body has been designed with protective means to automatically cope with severe, overwhelming pain. When a person experiences overwhelming physical pain, the body automatically goes into a state of “shock,” and in life threatening situations, may ultimately go into a “comatose” condition. All non-essential physical functions shut down in order for the body to focus on dealing with the physical trauma it has experienced. The body does this automatically without being told to. If the body were not to react automatically In this way, the pain would be so intense that the body would succumb to it and die. Interestingly enough, the mind usually continues to function, even when the body is in a coma.

God has also instilled in the human mind a way to cope with severe, intense mental stress. When a person experiences overwhelming mental trauma or distress, he suffers a “nervous breakdown;’ which may even lead to a “catatonic state. The body is awake, the eyes are open; but the mind shuts down as it tries to deal with the extreme mental trauma it has experienced. This natural way off insulating the mind from overwhelming mental anguish protects it from the mental strain which would otherwise reach unbearable levels. It is not unusual for people to die from overwhelming emotional trauma.

The spirit of man, his emotions (soul) and his conscience also have a way of dealing with the horror of moral pain or spiritual trauma.

The body continues to function, and the mind also is able to function, but man’s spirit is “deadened; his conscience becomes “callused,” and his heart becomes “hardened.” In the absence of the key aspects of humanity, behavior is typified by a lack of any evidence that these important human elements are functioning.

This is one view of what might be happening to someone experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

When did traumatic stress first begin?One of the first known cases of traumatic stress is recorded in the Bible in Genesis chapter four. Cain killed his brother Abel, and tried to discount the severity of his crime. He experienced denial of this guilt, “Am I my brother’s keeper” which also indicated that his true identity was now in question. The result of all this was immediate alienation from God. Cain became unable to do productive work (Gen. 4:12). He became restless, felt overwhelmed with fear, and helpless in the fact of potential attackers. He wandered about aimlessly. His symptoms were no different than what this generation’s vets experience with PTSD.

The most traumatic experience a human being can encounter is to have incurred the displeasure of God, “feeling separated and alienated from Him. The bad news is that everyone is considered equally guilty before God and thus alienated from Him. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).

In God’s eyes, the murderer is no more guilty than the liar; “Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in just one point, he is guilty of all-“(James 2:10)

The good news is that there IS a solution to this crisis of the spirit, soul, and conscience) The prophet Isaiah tells us that God is a reasonable God;”Come, let us, reason together with the Lord…”

Moreover, He tells us that He has a solution for our feelings of guilt as well as for our actual guilt. “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool”. (Isaiah 1:18)

How is this done? The Bible says that the wages (payment) for sin (guilt) is death (Romans 6:23). Isaiah 53 says “all we like sheep have gone astray … but the Lord had laid upon Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all.” The debt for all the acts committed in war, all your guilt, shame, and sin was laid upon Jesus and His death paid for it all. Why did God do this? “For God so loved the world (me and you) that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him (in what He did by dying on the cross) should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn’ the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth in Him is not condemned, but he that believeth not, is condemned already.” (John 3:16-18)

If Jesus paid for all ALL your sins on the cross (including the wrongs done in the war and even after the war), how many sins do YOU have to pay for? This is salvation, and it is a free gift. Why carry your guilt any longer if God has already made provision to get rid of it? Simply ask God for forgiveness based on the provision that His Son made on the cross in dying to pay for your sins.

There are many other issues in life to deal with, but guilt no longer has to be one of them. It is no longer time to deny, it is time to accept.

It’s time to come out of the darkness… time to come home!”

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Be Responsible!

Be Responsible

We too should make ourselves empty, that the great soul of the universe may fill us with its breath.
by Laurence Binyon

If you really want to remove a cloud from your life, you do not make a big production of it,
you just relax and remove it from your thinking.  That’s all there is to it.
by Richard Bach

The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives.
by Louise Hay

Awareness in itself is healing.
by Fritz Pearls

Money is no where near the key to happiness but anyone who says it doesn’t make life easier
has either never had money or had money all their life and doesn’t know the difference.

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Lisa Nichols on Rescuing Yourself, Overcoming Fear, and Finding Success By Serving Others

Lisa Nichols on Rescuing Yourself, Overcoming Fear, and Finding Success By Serving Others

Lisa Nichols is the New York Times bestselling author of No Matter What!, and the recurring motivational speaking coach on The Steve Harvey Show and the Today Show. Nichols is one of only two African-American female founders to take her own company, Motivating the Masses, Inc., public. Nichols co-authored Jack Canfield’s Chicken Soup for the African-American Soul, as well as Chicken Soup for the African-American Woman’s Soul. A featured teacher in the self-help movie The Secret, Nichols teaches, coaches and lives a collection of life principles, beliefs and habits that inspire people to live better, fuller, richer lives.

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Focus

Focus Is Your Power Tool

You spend most of the day focused on things that don’t matter.

Just take a few moments and focus on things that do.

Don’t search for the truth, bring it with you.

It is not that you can’t or it was not meant to be.

It is only that you just can’t see it right now.

The reason you don’t change for long is because you have a set of beliefs that support the person you are,
not the person you want to be.

What do you want to do?

What is your passion?

You have within you the ability to be better at it than anyone who has ever lived.

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Use Your Focus Power 24/7.

Your Feelings Reveal Your Focus.

Don’t Like What You Are Feeling, Change Your Focus.

It Is This Ability That Makes You Responsible For Your Life’s Outcome, Focus…..

Focus, See What You Are Doing.

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What Do You Deserve?

What Do You Deserve?

We tend to be so consumed in our everyday routines of life that we forget our own self-value.

Days appear to be going by now at a faster pace than usual. It is as though we do not have enough hours in a day to accomplish all we desire. Because of this apparent push in time, we neglect to consider whether we are experiencing and receiving what we know we deserve in life from ourselves, others and life itself.

It is time to come to a screeching halt with all that prevents us from dealing with our own self-worth. We all are short-changing ourselves about something in life we know we deserve.
What do you really deserve?

Do you deserve to spend the remainder of your life in the state you are presently in? If so, you must be a person who has taken time out to evaluate your life from time to time. But for those who are not in the state they deserve to be in, you must slow down and invest quality time in your search to find just what you deserve.

It is possible to have what we honestly feel we deserve in life if we choose not to accept that which we do not deserve. We all reap what we sow. However, once we do, we have the opportunity to sow once again that which we would like to reap in the future.

As we evaluate our lives and all the situations, positions, relationships and economic standings we are in, we must come to realize what must be changed or terminated so we can begin to experience and receive what we would like to reap in the future.

This is not an easy move. It is not something we jump into quickly in the physical sense. It is something we begin to give thought to on a regular basis, both mentally and emotionally. It was attention and constant action on our part that has placed us in the state we are in today. Therefore, we must do the same thing to move out of our undesired states into our heartfelt deserving states.

Each one of us deserves the best life has to offer. God did not speak us into existence only to have us settle for less. We must acknowledge our own true worth as a child of God and put away the limited thoughts of second-hand choices in every area of our lives.

It takes one step at a time, beginning with sincere desire, contemplated thought and commitment. You can have what you deserve only when you choose to stop settling for less than the best. Trust God; raise your thought about yourself so the seeds of greatness may begin to grow.

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King David Gives Real Help For PTSD

PTSD and Psalm 23

Chris Kyle, Navy SEAL and author of “American Sniper,” who was killed Saturday, was a friend of ours. His death is yet another loss for the special operations community which we’ve served for more than 30 years. Hearts are broken. Anger is reignited. Traumatic memories are triggered. Our wounds are opened once again. And yet, in an irony that trumps Saturday’s blue-on-blue kill, we have a bittersweet opportunity as a nation to reach for another measure of healing and wholeness.

The alleged shooter, Eddie Ray Routh, is one of our own, a member of the U.S. military family. Initial reports reveal that Routh, a veteran of the Iraq war, had been in and out of mental health care. The cost of his apparent slipping through system’s cracks is now incalculable and irreparable. Even more shocking than the news about Kyle and his colleague, Chad Littlefield, is the harsh reality that untold numbers of other veterans teeter on the brink between mental wholeness and mental hell as they struggle to reintegrate into our communities. Last weekend’s tragedy underscores the responsibility that we as people of faith have in helping our veterans to completely come home.

I read a note from a good friend of mine this morning. He is a combat veteran who did back-to-back deployments for 16 years. He talks openly about his struggles with me. He unashamedly claims that it has been his faith in God that has enabled him to find hope and healing and solutions to the cries of his heart. Perhaps you’ve met him, too. His name is David. King David. He is my wounded warrior friend.

David is the best example of a combat trauma sufferer in the Bible. About 3,000 years ago he uncovered his heart of hearts in the Book of Psalms.

Because of David’s songwriting, we know that he wrestled with combat stress. He wrestled with sleeplessness, nightmares, guilt, and an aching body and bones. He cried himself to sleep. He knew the sting of betrayal by a trusted friend. He witnessed thousands falling at his side. He endured back-to-back deployments. He was guilty of fragging by his own orders and infidelity with a subordinate officer’s wife. He experienced both defeat and victory in battle.

David gave us a timeless framework in Psalm 23 for answering a pressing question today: What do families affected by combat stress and the invisible wounds of war need from the faith community? Allow me to share with you some ideas of what we as members of faith communities can do to make a positive difference.

 

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want
David gets right to the point: God is the Shepherd. God is the Healer. We aren’t. Our job is to find the sheep, in this case, the military members and their families.

 

 

He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters

 

Veterans and their families are worn out. We need rest and quiet and a safe place to recover. We need healing, Sabbath, and for others to stop talking and listen. Those who are moving through the dark valley need the opportunity to tell their stories, uninterrupted and to interested persons. Let them talk to you. Don’t ask certain questions like, “Did you kill anyone?” or, “What did you see?” Keep it all confidential.

Storytelling requires an emotionally safe place, a trustworthy friendship. Yet many vets and their family members need a safe place from physical harm. It is common for vets with PTSD to have self-destructive thoughts and/or suicidal thoughts. Some family members of veterans do, too. Also, family members may not feel safe at home at times. Offer your home as a refuge from the storm if that is ever needed.

 

he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness

 

for his name’s sake.

Vets and those who live with them need a compass, a plan toward wholeness that includes inspirational and informational resources, referrals to support groups or others in same boat, referrals to professionals including pastors/rabbis/spiritual leaders, medical professionals and agency contacts.

 

Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,

 

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

Vets and their family members don’t need our preaching or pushing or prodding. They need us to walk alongside them through the dark stretch of life.

You need to know that there are two types of PTSD sufferers: those who are Pitching Tents Someplace Dark, who have no intention of getting well or moving on, and those who are Passing Through Someplace Dark, who desire to get well and are teachable. The lie is that a vet and his/her family will never get out of this darkness, that his/her new, permanent address is in the valley of the shadow of PTSD. God tells us the opposite. His word says we are traveling through it, not building our houses there.

 

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.

 

Literally, veterans and their families enjoy a basic, home-cooked meal. Practice old-fashioned hospitality. Invite them to your home. Replenish their physical strength with your favorite recipes. MREs — meals ready-to-eat — get old quick! Figuratively, David means that we need your preachers, teachers and ministers to teach and preach with excellence. Nourish us with truth when we are with you. Consider starting small support groups within your congregation using “Wounded Warrior, Wounded Home” (available March 1), “Hope for the Home Front” and “When War Comes Home” workbooks and other reliable resources.

 

You anoint my head with oil;
Join the front lines! Pray for us. Veterans need prayer support. Their spouses and children need your prayers. Let them know what you are praying. Write it down so they can re-read it on faith-trying days. Many, many days are so dark that finding the words or energy to pray feels impossible. Consider starting a prayer team that meets regularly to pray specifically for the needs of your military families.

 

 

Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,

 

and I will dwell in the house of the LORD

forever.

Veterans and their families struggle with feelings of rootlessness and homelessness. We need reminders that God’s presence is our home, here and for eternity, wherever we are stationed or posted or sent. We need reminders that we are “rooted and established” in His love for us and that no government orders, wars or deaths can ever change that.

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Make Up Your Mind

 

Make Up Your Mind

With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift.
Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing.
You get to choose.
by Wayne W. Dyer

When you can accept yourself exactly as you are and accept others exactly as they are you will finally have peace.

If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue.

Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge.

Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time.

It’s very important to be aware of them every time they come up.
by Deepak Chopra

If the universe has given you the passion to want to do something, then be 100% assured it will give you the ability as well.

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You Are The Jewel You Seek

You Are The Jewel You Seek

Each one of us just wants to be noticed and loved and accepted exactly as is — not changed or made different.
by Louise Hay

If I want to be accepted as I am, then I need to be willing to accept others as they are.
It is arrogant to set standards for others.
by Louise Hay

Your ego tries to keep you from becoming who you really are.

Today…remember…it is all in your mind.

Wake up and stop falling prey to the conditioning of the media and society around you.
It’s only those people who are awake that live in a state of constant amazement.

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It’s Up To You

It’s Up To You!

Don’t give others power over your sleep, appetite, blood pressure, health and happiness.

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
by Maya Angelou

Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.
by Lao Tzu

Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make the better.
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not that you don’t have will power it is that you are not ready to change.

Join the many who are now kicking themselves for not trying this sooner.

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Why Not You?

Why Not You?
by Steve Maraboli

Today, many will awaken with a fresh sense of inspiration.
Why not you?

Today, many will open their eyes to the beauty that surrounds them.
Why not you?

Today, many will choose to leave the ghost of yesterday behind and seize the immeasurable power of today.
Why not you?

Today, many will break through the barriers of the past by looking at the blessings of the present.
Why not you?

Today, for many the burden of self doubt and insecurity will be lifted by the security and confidence of empowerment.
Why not you?

Today, many will rise above their believed limitations and make contact with their powerful innate strength.
Why not you?

Today, many will choose to live in such a manner that they will be a positive role model for their children.
Why not you?

Today, many will choose to free themselves from the personal imprisonment of their bad habits.
Why not you?

Today, many will choose to live free of conditions and rules governing their own happiness.
Why not you?

Today, many will find abundance in simplicity.
Why not you?

Today, many will be confronted by difficult moral choices and they will choose to do what is right instead of what is beneficial.
Why not you?

Today, many will decide to no longer sit back with a victim mentality, but to take charge of their lives and make positive changes
Why not you?

Today, many will take the action necessary to make a difference.
Why not you?

Today, many will make the commitment to be a better mother, father, son, daughter,
student, teacher, worker, boss, brother, sister, & so much more.
Why not you?

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Let Go and Let God

Let Go let god

Can You Do This?
Let Go and Let God.

Someone shared this with me and I really liked it
because I kind of believe this is how life works.
It could be possible.

 The Secret To Getting Anything You Want Is Admitting
You Don’t Know How You Are Going To Get It.

Just decide what you want.
Admit you don’t know how you are going to get it.
So detach and turn it over to the universe and let your higher self attract it for you.
Your higher self wants it for you just as much as you do or you wouldn’t have the desire.
Stop making things so complicated.  It doesn’t have to be.
Change how you view how you get things.

Although everything points to the contrary it all comes from within you.
The illusion is that it seems like it is coming from the physical things you do.
The physical is secondary.
The physical brings about what the internal has already decided is going to happen.

It has nothing to do with how much work you do or even if what you are doing is correct.
It only depends on what is going on inside you.

Again don’t make it hard.
Just decide what you want, admit you don’t know how you are going to get it, and turn it over to your higher self.

You will be amazed.
We can’t over emphasize this…  you are doing it the hard.

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Control Your Life’s Energy

Control Your Life’s Energy!

I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued;
when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.
by Brene Brown

If you took one-tenth the energy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem,
you’d be surprised by how well things can work out…
Complaining does not work as a strategy.
We all have finite time and energy.
Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals.
And it won’t make us happier.
by Randy Pausch

When we dislike someone, or feel threatened by someone, the natural tendency is to focus
on something we dislike about the person, something that irritates us.
Unfortunately, when we do this–instead of seeing the deeper beauty of the person and
giving them energy–we take energy away and actually do them harm.
All they know is that they suddenly feel less beautiful and less confident, and it is because we sapped their energy.
by James Redfield

If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.
by Nikola Tesla

Mathematics expresses values that reflect the cosmos,
including orderliness, balance, harmony, logic, and abstract beauty.
by Deepak Chopra

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Angel Help For Spiritual Renewal

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Click Here To Listen To Her Testimony

Angela Alexander is heaven sent. She is a woman, a soldier for God and for His people.
Her work will give you hope. Bless her share her light, let it become your light. God bless.

Angela offers Self-help books for free because she cares about you.
Consider what her message has to give.

Click Here To Read: Good To Read- Help Your Self
Seven Steps From Grief To Peace.

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Life Is Changing

Life Is Changing

Quite often we are just so certain that we know something but we are just plain wrong.
There are moments when we discover things that completely turn our world around and forever change our lives.
And the great thing is once we discover them we can never go back.

Start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating,
and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
by Bertrand Russell

I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention.
To not be like your parents.
To not be like your friends.
To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.
by Henry Rollins

Do not let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.
You can change your life in a split second.
If you really wanted to you could do it right now.

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Caregivers For Our Troops

Caregivers For Our Troops

I am so grateful today for the nurses who tend to our soldiers.

After reading “Eye of the Beholder” by Elissa Gabrielle, I learned it takes a special kind of person to take care of our soldiers brought down by war.

The nurse in this story seemed like an angel sent from God.  She took the time to see the person not the victim of war.

And, I am thankful to those who love our soldiers suffering with PTSD.

If anyone we love have this disorder, we have it as well because we have to be there for them.

One of the first steps in  being there for them is like the nurse in the story, see the person, not the victim.  Let love do its magic.

God bless!

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Make It Happen Or Not

Make It Happen Or Not

Some People Want It To Happen, Some Wish It Would Happen, Others Make It Happen.

With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift.
Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing.
You get to choose. by Wayne W. Dyer

When you can accept yourself exactly as you are and
accept others exactly as they are you will finally have peace.
If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue.
Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge.
Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time. It’s very important to be aware of them every time they come up.
by Deepak Chopra

If the universe has given you the passion to want to do something,
then be 100% assured it will give you the ability as well.

You do know you can live your life the way you want to.

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Power Of Choice

Power Of Choice

Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.

by Henry Ward Beecher

Faith is like a radar that sees through the fog – the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.

by Corrie ten Boom

A dream is the bearer of a new possibility, the enlarged horizon, the great hope.

by Howard Thurman

Live out of your imagination instead of out of your memory.

by Les Brown

Take the first step in faith.  You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

by Martin Luther King Jr.

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Insane Means Doing The Same Thing Expecting A Different Result

Insane Means Doing The Same Thing
Expecting A Different Result

Do not react to your feelings… create with them.

Once you truly make up your mind to do something the universe instantly sets things in motion to help you.

You may be surprised at how many good things or people you have let slip through your life because you chose to see things in a negative way.

The universe will give you signs to point you in the right direction. Look for them.

When you get what you want you will look back and see that the only thing that kept you from getting it was something small you were overlooking.

You will wonder why in the world it took you so long to see it.

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