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Needs

What are your needs?

Needs

Most of the time; our needs and our wants are two separate items. There are times that our needs and wants are the same; but for the most part they generally are not.

We have desires for things that enhance our lives; but they are not essentials to survive in our lives. Our minds seemingly convince us that we have to have them to live.

We desire a new TV, a swimming pool, a fishing rod, an outdoor kitchen, and so on; but all those things are not the items for our existance.

The realistic needs are; shelter, food, water, clothes, some sort of transportation to get around, a job; to bring in money to pay for it all and survive. But all of these needs can be basic, minimal, and far from luxurious. Just enough to get by on.

Then there are mental needs; such as friendships, companionships, spiritual, support, and love. These are the needs that keep up the sanity, help avoid depression, and bring happiness and comfort.

There are so many needs and desires that we want in our life. The most important part; is to understand what is a need and what is a desire.

Having faith and trusting that all your needs will be met; is a blessing from above.

2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Opportunity

Opportunity is a beautiful thing when taken.

Opportunity

When someone prays for patience, do you think God gives them patience? Or does He give them the opportunity to be patient?

If they prayed for courage, do you think God gave them courage? Or do you think He gives them the opportunity to be courageous?

If they prayed for the family to be closer, do you think he gives them warm fuzzy feelings? Or does God give them the opportunity to love one another.

The best gifts given in life are the opportunities that we have to explore and learn on our own. Be thankful for the ability given to us to learn daily and cherish those the blessings forever.

Have you taken your opportunities lately?

Proverbs 3:13 NIV
Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding,

Fires

Fires are a very dangerous element.

Fires

They can consume a building, a house or a forest, and other things fast. All they need are the three elements; fuel, oxygen and heat in the right amount of mixture; and is is going. Remove one element and it is out.

Most fires can be contained and put out in a timely fashion, and then there are those; like a forest fire; that can roar out of control, destroying everything in its path.

Just like those fires ; people have fires in their personal lives that need controlling and put out. Some are small and can be extinguished in no time; then there are those that burn out of control, seemingly consuming us.

Recognizing the elements that create these little fires in your life; can help control some of them; by putting them out before they ever get started. Having a plan in your life on how to deal with certain things that create these fires will help.

Learning and growing from those fires makes us stronger, wiser and more prepared for future fires. The lessons learned along the way; are tomorrows gifts and blessings.

Be a firefighter and learn to put out the fires in your life; reap the peace and the blessings along the way.

Doors

Doors come in all sizes, shapes, and forms.
Some are massive and heavy, small and light, made of wood, metal, glass, etc. and with locks; that you can open and close at will.

Doors

Then there are those doors that are invisible and you can’t see them; but they are there. Some of them will open and some stay locked forever.

These are the doors that require faith. The ones that you can’t physically open; the ones that you can’t always understand why they remain closed; the ones that seemingly force you to take a different path and door.

Not all doors are meant for us; or are good for the well being of our lives. There are hidden traps, disasters, and unknown events that cause havoc upon us.

Then there are some that are seemingly great, but are not meant for us right then; because it is not time for that door to open; or a better door lies ahead.

Understanding this and having the patience to wait is hard, and will take every ounce of your strength to get through. It may take, days, weeks, months, and even years for one to open; but the benefits of waiting are worth the reward that waits upon you.

Be thankful for the blessings of closed doors, detours, and roadblocks. They protect you from paths and places that are not meant for you, your family or your friends.

Lean not on your own understanding, but on your faith.

Revelation 3:8 NIV
I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

Flaws

Flaws
What we think is a flaw, sometimes is what makes someone or something so very special.

Flaws

Flaws show up in many ways. Some are visual; like a crack, blemish, a mark, a chip, a knothole in wood, or a distortion in a pattern. Some are invisible that we only think we can see; then some are not flaws at all; but are something very beautiful that appears uniquely different.

At first glance we look and see something that we think is hideous, unsightly, or unworthy.

We tend to focus on the imperfections and flaws so much; that we miss the actual beauty that the flaw gives to the masterpiece itself.

Humans do the same thing with their lives. They focus on the imperfections and flaws that they see. They begin to see things that they think are flaws; extra wrinkles, love handles, gray hair, droops and sags, and a variety of other things that bring on anxieties and self-doubt.

No matter how much they fight against it and try to ignore the flaws, self-doubt creeps in; causing anxiety and distress. The battle to once again seek perfection, creates hurt, anguish, conjures blame, denial and resentment; that robs them of the joy and the actual beauty inside and out.

Our idea of perfection is not the same as the ideas of others and God’s; that we tend to ignore and not listen to.

Instead; we should realize the beauty in all the flaws and imperfections that we think we see. Knowing that we were created by an incredible, awe-inspiring Creator just as we were meant to be. Each and everyone, made similar, but very uniquely in our own ways, that creates the value and self-worth that is very special and very priceless.

Flaws are never bad; they are a blessing and a thing of beauty in the creation of all things.

Embrace your flaws; show the world and yourself how special you really are.

Psalms 139:14 NIV
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Rainbows

Rainbows are a sign of hope, peace, tranquility, a sense of calming, and witnessing the beauty after the storm.

Rainbows

The young and some old; think of that magic wish or a pot of gold and good fortune at the rainbow’s end, and some just admire the amazing splendor of it all.

For some, a rainbow now carries a personal symbolic meaning that represents inclusivity and diversity, an all-encompassing image of love and friendship.

For others it is a reminder of God’s love for us and His covenant and promise that the waters will never again flood and destroy all life.

The peace and tranquility one finds in a rainbow is unique within each person and the belief and sense of comfort that comes from it.

The song “Somewhere over the rainbow”; that was sung by Judy Garland, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole (IZ) and others; is a comforting reminder of hope and dreams that can come true.

Genesis 9:13 NIV
I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

Vision

Vision comes in all forms; from the ability to physically see; to something seen in the mind (as in a dream or spiritual experience).

Vision

Vision can be a beautiful or impressive sight; the power of imagination to design or plan something; to imagine what the future of something could be, and the endless possibilities of your mind.

The power of sight is a wonderful thing; the power of vision is an amazing gift.

Let your vision open your world and unlock your potential deep inside.

Simplicity

Simplicity brings calming and the makings of an uncomplicated life. It removes stress, unnecessary clutter and complications that lead to worry and strife.

Keep things simple in your daily life, thoughts, teachings, actions, interactions, communications, routines, and possessions.

Remove old baggage, unnecessary items, the confusion, and the complexities to experience a cleaner, happier, healthier, and a more peaceful journey.

Keep it simple and enjoy your blessings of a new life. Always K.I.S.S. “Keep It Simple Silly”.

Philippians 4:19 NIV
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Servants Heart

Serve others quietly with a gracious heart and a lack of expectations or hidden agendas.

Servants Heart

Acts of servitude, kindness and love will change lives and the world. It is not the size of the deed or action; but the thought that lasts forever.

Live your life with a pure servants heart that is filled with desire, compassion, a mindset and a desire to selflessly help and bless the lives of others.

Ephesians 6:7 NIV
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people,

Soar

In order to soar to new heights; you must first take your focus off the ground.
~Charlie Walker

Soar

Let your focus and goals in life reach to the sky and your mind and imagination soar higher than ever before.

Isaiah 40:31 NIV
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.