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Stop doing diddly-squat

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As humans we spend an enormous  amount of time looking in the rearview mirror of our lives. Looking at “what if,” “could have”, “would have “, and “should have”, etc. while the present time passes is by.  We do diddly squat with our time that will be beneficial to our future.

Today let’s make an effort to change our customs. Let’s break the routine of monotony. Stop being complacent with doing diddly squat. There is a bright future waiting for us and all that is being required is our effort. Do something today that your future self will thank you for.  It doesn’t have to be something grand. Little efforts count also. Even if it is a change in your thought pattern. Stop procrastinating. Be consistent and you will be rewarded. STOP DOING DIDDLY SQUAT!!!

2.16.17 Dr.R.A.

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Spiritual

Storm

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Not everyone has had the privilege or misfortune (depending on the outlook) of being in an actual major storm. I am not just referring to a tropical storm or thunderstorm. I am making reference to storms like hurricanes. The ones that preparation has to be made for to increase the chances of survival. However, due to technology, we can see the effects of these storms and imagine what the impact of the encounter. The thing about major storms is that there is a timeframe in which to expect the occurrence. Not all storms, however, give that allowance. Some storms seem to occur suddenly, catching us off guard. Especially the ones that happen in our lives. These kinds leave us flustered, angry, sad, disappointed, broken, bewildered, forsaken, hopeless, panicking, etc.  I believe it is the somewhat “suddenliness” of it that causes the wind to be knocked out of our lungs. In addition to them occurring suddenly some are of prolonged which further contributes to the devastation.

One of the essential core characteristics of storms is that they never affect just an individual. Usually the affect an entire community, family, state, country, etc. Therefore at least one other person is experiencing the exact impact. This may not seem comforting, but to the contrary, it is, because t lets us know that no matter what we are experiencing we are not alone.

We are not the only ones either who have experienced storms. The disciples in the book of Matthew experienced a “suddenly” storm that left them distraught.  This was a storm that was so fierce that the winds were breaking into the boat. Even though they were fishermen and had experienced storm before and should know how to navigate the situation, this one caught them off guard. There was something about this storm that disrupted their thought process and their entire emotional state, causing them to panic. What was the exact reason? I don’t know. It could be assumed that it was the fierceness of the winds that penetrated them. Or maybe it was the boisterous waves, Or because it occurred suddenly. Whatever, the reason clearly their axis had been tilted.

And as if the suddenness of their seemingly tragic situation was not bad enough, their leader was sound asleep. Whatever triggered them to panic escalated when they recognized that their leader was oblivious to what was happening. In addition, all they could conclude was that certainly, he does not care. That thought pierced them through like a two-edged sword.

Have you ever been in a situation where you were experiencing a major storm, and it seemed like God was asleep? The person you were following and trying to obey their every command was unconcerned with what happening to you. Have you ever felt like you were the stepchild to God? Have you ever felt like He was indifferent to your pain? Have you ever felt like His ears could not hear your voice no matter how loudly you screamed? Have you ever felt like no matter what you did you could not get His attention? Or get Him to attend to your need? He is just “sleeping in your storm?” Well, maybe you have been there. As a matter of fact, maybe that is the exact location of your psyche. If that is the case then I want to let you know that is not the end of your story. How do I know this? Well because it didn’t end there for the disciples either. And because it didn’t end there for them it will not end like that for you, because God is no respecter of person. What He does for one He will do for all.

The story continued and let us know that Jesus arose and spoke to the wind and the waves. He stated “be still ” and the wind and waves obeyed. Him. He will speak to your storms and cause them to be still just like He did for the disciples. You see the disciples were focused on the storm and not the fact that Jesus was in the boat. But if Christ is in the vessel, then we can smile at the storm as the songwriter rightly penned. So shift your focus. Focus on God, the master who can make all things work for our good.

God is never indifferent to what you are going through or to what you have need of. The Bible lets us know that if we being evil know how to give good gifts, how much more our Heavenly Father. He will speak to our storms and cause them to cease. Just have faith. It is getting ready to happen!!!!

 

2.16.17 Dr.R.A.

 

 

 

life, Spiritual

Reminders

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Some of us think of ourselves as superheroes. We get up every day and try to put out as many fires as possible and rescue as many people  as we can.  Although it may be a tiring and not financially rewarding job, it brings satisfaction to know our efforts helped someone have a beautiful day. Our lives consist of a constant  “ripping and running.” We do not focus on ourselves and our immediate needs but on others. Unfortunately however,  just like superman we have kryptonite that weakens us and our ability to perform. It is in moments like those that we are the ones standing in need.

I can’t honestly say that today was one of my weak days,  but it was one of those days that receiving a reminder filled me with gratitude.

So here is the story.  I came into my office to review my schedule for the day.  I did not do my usual greetings as I sat for awhile  diving into work. I had to leave the office for a brief minute and when I returned my light was off.  I  didn’t think anything of it as I knew that my friend had come to visit as he had not seen me as yet.  So I flipped the switch walked over to my desk and on my keyboard there was a note.  It was nothing I had not read before.  As a matter of fact I’ve seen the exact quote numerous times before.  I  read it quickly and was about to put it away when there was an urge to read it again.

This time I held the note in my hand and read it slowly.  It said “Good morning! This is God,  I will be handling all of your problems today.  I  will not need your help.  So,  relax and have a great day. ” I began to think of the many issues that I would love God to fix in my life some of which I consider to be mountainous. Some of  which although I’ve swept under the rug needed to handled as paramount emergencies. And to be reminded that God will be handling all those issues brought some comfort to me.

I re-read the part that says “I will not need your help.” I started to think of all the times I’ve tried to help God fix things in my life (only to make things worse) and chuckled.  I said okay God I will not help.  I’m leaving these into Your capable hands.

I shared this because reminders are good and necessary to have.   Not point out that we don’t know something, but serves to bring awareness to the forefront of our minds.

Today I’m grateful for reminders.

2.15.17 Dr.R.A.

Spiritual

Lukewarm

What is the meaning of lukewarm? Lukewarm by definition means unenthusiastic as it relates to a person attitude or action. See below:

luke·warm
ˈlo͞okwôrm/
adjective

 

Now the question may be asked what is wrong with being lukewarm?

Well, the truth of the matter is that the word enthusiasm comes from the Greek word from “enthous” meaning inspired by God. As such if we are lukewarm then we lack inspiration from God. If we are not God inspired then we cannot fulfill our purpose and live in the place that we were created to possess. Basically, we live below or privileges. Therefore, being lukewarm is not a good thing. The Bible confirms this by stating in the book of Revelation that if we are lukewarm, we will be spewed out of the mouth of God. There is nothing attractive about doing things halfheartedly or giving halfheartedly. Also, it is absolutely unappealing to love halfheartedly. Whatever we do, we should endeavor to do it with all of our might and our heart.

Are you in a lukewarm state?

2.14.17 Dr.R.A.

 

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Daily Post, Spiritual

Aware

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It is very important for us to be aware of our surroundings.

However, it is even more important for us to be aware of who we are and to whom we belong

Awareness of one’s true self can only come from knowing whose you are.

We need to be cognizant of the fact that our lives are not our own we belong to God.

It is God who created us and formed us even when we were in our mother’s womb.

He created us not for us to worship ourselves and our achievements.

He shaped us not for us to put our needs, children, jobs, loved ones, friends, etc. above Him.

Instead, he designed us to worship Him and to walk into the liberty that He has called us to walk into.

We should be aware that although we may be born in sin and shapen in iniquity that He paid the ultimate price for us.

The debt is no longer being tabulated, it has been totally paid.

We are now royalty, chosen to show forth the glory of God.

Never forget to whom you belong and always be knowledgeable of who you are.

 

2.11.17 Dr.R.A.

 

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Spiritual

Criticize

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It is so easy to criticize.

It’s as if we find pleasure in finding faults.

Everything around is examined microscopically.

With the intent to condemn.

Not only do we complain about the actions of others.

But we also crucify the one standing in the mirror.

What purpose does this serve?

Can you create better?

Instead of constantly wasting your energy criticizing.

Change your mindset and speech to compliment.

See how this approach will turn your world upside down.

 

2/10/17 Dr.R.A

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Spiritual

Heard

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I’ve heard the sweetest story on the tongues of mortal men

One so saccharine, it bid me draw closer

It was a story of love and not just lust or fantasy

Such love, I have never known before or even dreamed

Quite frankly the view of such love left my thoughts completely twisted

It was a love that I needed, but never knew or thought existed

But in my state of oblivion, the story of Your love emerged

And like a radiant light shone in darkness it left my heart panting for more

To know that someone would die for me on Calvary’s tree

Paying the price of for debt they did not owe

Just to prove their love for me

Left me flabbergasted and amazed

So to show my appreciation I surrendered my life

And continue to spread not just the good but great news

Of One who possesses and showers others with a love that is unexplainable.

 

2/8/17 Dr.R.A.

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Spiritual

Tremble

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Even the mountains quake and tremble at Your presence God

How much more man when he encounters the essence of Your being

Your wonder is beyond thoughts and words

Your might cannot be compared

Your love really is like violently yet gentle wind of a hurricane

You fiercely pursue us until we are showered in Your mercy and grace

There is no limit to the goodness of Your thoughts towards Your people

Your loving kindness is like a tidal wave that gushes over me

Leaving me completely saturated shaking and trembling in awe of You.

 

2/8/17 Dr.R.A.

 

via Daily Prompt: Tremble

life, Spiritual

How do you treat others?

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How do you treat the people in your life? Do you treat them with kindness or disdain? Especially the people that you think you do not need… do you see them and treat them as valuable or do you treat them like disposables? Is your lifestyle too busy to send a text to say hello or even pick up the phone and say hi? Is your life too complicated for the persons that God has placed in your life as a means of building and shaping you for who and where He has designed you to be?

How we treat others is a reflection of our person. As such we should endeavor to treat others the way we would like to be treated.  The Bible tells us to be careful in how we entertain strangers because we might be entertaining angels unaware.

A story was also told of a rich man and a beggar who both died but one ended up in Abraham’s bossom, whereas the other in hell. While they were alive the rich man never treated the beggar with kindness.  When he died the man who he scorned was the one he wanted to come and drop water on his tongue.  One moral of the story is that you never know when you will be in need and the same person you disregard maybe the same person who you will need their help.

We are all valuable regardless of status, culture, color, etc. As Maya said,  people may forget what you do but they will never forget how you made them feel. Therefore,  treat everyone with love and kindness, just like you would like to be treated. Things can be replaced,  people can’t.  Don’t value things above people,  after all they are made in the image and likeness of God just like you.

2.7.17 Dr.R.A.