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Lee: One must first be whole before connecting with another person

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By Donald Lee
Special to Inside The Pew

To anyone anxious about getting into a relationship without first being a complete person: Understand that you cannot be good to anybody else until you can allow God to

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto" (Matthew 6:33).

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto” (Matthew 6:33).

do a work on the inside of you.

When you allow God to smooth out your rough edges, you won’t subject yourself or your children to domestic abuse. When you allow Him to work on you, your tolerance level for foolishness drops to zero. You begin to understand that it’s not about you running a household in your own understanding, but instead about you allowing Christ’s headship to be the final authority in your family. It’s about kingdom principles being applied in the home.

Singles, if your desire is to be married or in a relationship that potentially leads to marriage, the best thing for you to do is to get into the presence of God — to strive to do what is pleasing to Him. Once you get hooked up with Him, then He knows how to connect you with the one who best complements you.

If you’re praying to God for a mate after having submitted yourself totally to His will for your life, the person He has for you will have a spirit that’s the right fit for who you are, and it has nothing to do with sex. It’s just an overwhelmingly special, holy feeling that grips the both of you, a result of having consulted with God sincerely before proceeding.

And when you seek God first before seeking a relationship with someone else, the Lord defines you (see Matthew 6:33). He lets you know who you are. That saves you the heartache that comes with permitting someone else to damage your self-esteem through the definition of you that he wants you

Donald Lee

Donald Lee

to have rather than the one God has given you.

When you allow God to prepare you for someone else, you’ll have a greater appreciation for that person and vice versa. And you can “see” one another. In other words, the two of you can see into one another’s hearts and discern agape love, an authentic, heavenly love — the kind of love that is best expressed through people who are committed whole-heartedly to the Lord.

So, the best way to significantly increase the likelihood of your entering into a truly loving relationship is to simply put God first. He will make you complete.

Donald Lee, co-author of the relationships book “Married to Commitment,” is founder-pastor of Kingdom Living Christian Center in Dallas. He can be contacted at

pastordonjlee@yahoo.com or (225) 773-2248. Visit him online at http://www.christiancouplesconference.com. Follow him on Twitter at @donaldj_lee. You can also write him at P.O. Box 211186, Dallas, TX. 75211. 

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‘God has brought me this far’: A glance at Super Bowl warriors Kaepernick, Lewis

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By Aimee Herd
Special to ASSIST News Service

NEW ORLEANS, La. (ANS) — “God has brought me this far, He’s laid out a phenomenal path for me and I can’t do anything but thank Him.” — Colin Kaepernick

On Feb. 3, the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will wrangle on the grid iron in Super Bowl XLVII.

The faith of a few members of the NFL has been increasingly highlighted in recent years, and it is certainly not lost on some of this year’s players.

Colin Kaepernick is the first. In fact, forget the eye-black-with-Scripture so significant when worn by Tim Tebow in his time as a Gator; 25-year-old Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers has plenty of it-in the form of tattoos on his arms.

Perhaps literally guilty of “wearing his heart on his sleeve” (pun intended), Kaepernick seems to back up the tatt depictions of his Christianity with a personal devotion to the God he follows.

“My faith is the basis from where my game comes from,” Colin explained in a Daily Sparks Tribune interview last year. “I’ve been very blessed to have the talent to play the game that I do and be successful at it. I think God guides me through every day and helps me take the right steps and has helped me to get to where I’m at. When I step on the field, I always say a prayer, say I am thankful to be able to wake up that morning and go out there and try to glorify the Lord with what I do on the field. I think if you go out and try to do that, no matter what you do on the field, you can be happy about what you did.”

Regarding his tattoos, Kaepernick told Reuters, “I don’t really care what people think about my tattoos. I got them for me and to show people this is what I believe in. God has brought me this far, He’s laid out a phenomenal path for me and I can’t do anything but thank Him.”

On the young quarterback’s right bicep the word “Faith” is inscribed, and “to God the glory” and a scroll with Psalm 18:39 elsewhere on the same arm.

On the other side of the field, there is equal passion for the Lord, probably most prominently displayed by the Ravens’ defensive leader and linebacker, Ray Lewis.

“I just know that when you put your trust in God, that anything is possible,” Lewis told a CSN reporter about making it to this year’s Super Bowl contest. Earlier this year, after returning from an injury, Lewis announced that he would be retiring at season’s end.

Lewis’ fiery on-field persona is balanced by a strong faith in the Lord, one that has helped lead the Ravens through the season, as Lewis reads and preaches from the Bible in the locker room, prior to games.

While Lewis’ faith has risen out of troubling circumstances and a very different scenario than that of, say, Tim Tebow-Ray is just as passionate, and has had a huge impact on his teammates, especially this year.

Orlando Magic vice president Pat Williams described Lewis’ faith this way, “He’s come from a totally different background than someone like Tim Tebow. He has come to Christ later in life but isn’t that true of so many? The Bible teaches us that not only are our sins forgiven but they are forgotten.”

What does Lewis say?

“Don’t look at my yesterday, look at my tomorrow,” explained Ray in a Fellowship of Christian Athletes interview. “I’ve said it before, God never changes. The relationship was there all along.”

‘Fruit Of My Spirit’ a tale of God’s love despite our missteps

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By Tonya R. Andris
Inside The Pew

Deanna Nowadnick isn’t perfect. Despite her physical and internal imperfections, she also know that God loves her just the way she is.

In her book, “Fruit Of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s Grace” ($12.95, Rhododendron Books; ebook available on Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes and Noble’s Nook), she takes us on her spiritual journey. The book left me confident and empathetic.

Part Bible study, part memoir, and part confessional is the best way to describe Nowadnick’s release. The Monroe, Wash., author takes readers through moments in her life and shapes them around the nine qualities of the Holy Spirit’s fruit. In Galatians 5:22-23, apostle Paul tells the people of Galatia: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Recalling the nine qualities of the Holy Spirit’s fruit, the author uses pictures to relate each attribute to its Greek equivalent. The chapter on “Joy” or chara (Greek for divine happiness) is paired with cherries; “Kindness” or chrestotes (Greek for goodness) is paired with strawberries.

Charming black-white photos capture transformations through 30 years of marriage for Deanna Nowadnick and her husband, Kurt, and family time with their sons Kyle and Kevin. In chapter 3, titled “Peace” or eirene (Greek for tranquility) she discusses how she found tranquility in several situations, from enjoying the outdoors without camping and overcoming a need to find comfort in food. Her reaction? She gave it to God.

“My heartfelt prayer was nothing more than, ‘Please, God.” I didn’t even have the words to know what to ask for. All I could repeat was, “Please, God,” she wrote.

Each well-developed story reveals a lot about the growth Nowadnick and how she learned she no longer rests on her own understanding and “let go and let Him.” By pouring out her soul in prose, she benefits. Even in recollection, Nowadnick shows how maturity and understand of her inner self.

Nowadnick feels confident in the way God made her. The tone of her writing is genuine and relatable. There are periods of self-doubt and weakness, but these traits don’t destroy her. Deep inside, she knows she is still loved by the Almighty, a feeling all His children has to understand and embrace.

Visit www.fruitofmyspirit.com to learn more about Nowadnick’s spiritual walk.

Comment on this weekly column by emailing Tonya Andris at pewnews@aol.com.

Count 2012’s blessings, look forward to abundance in 2013

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By Terry McGee
Inside The Pew

As 2012 hastens to a close, I reflect back on the marvelous things God has done this year. This writing is to encourage those who are pursuing their passion or dream that was given by God. I know we all experienced some entrepreneurial pains in 2012, but that was to toughen us up for the reward he has for us in 2013.

God wants all of his children to experience success in something. And “something” is not always tied to a dollar sign. We sometimes get caught up in that numbers game and lose sight that our life is not our own! If we let God do this thing, he will set everything up for us, including the people we need around us. It seems that when we try to set it up the way we want to do it, disappointment in the people we pick happens. That is why God will send us the right people when we let “His” will be done. He comes to us most of the time at night, while we are sleeping. He will drop that “something” off in our dream, and sometimes, later, wakes us up to give us directions. Over the past few years, I know that so many of us have been out there trying to make things happen. For those, let me tell you God always delivers! As in everything in life we do, let’s remember Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (ESV).

Believe it’s your season, claim it’s your season! But by all means, give God His due! God is already there waiting, he sometimes holds off because we are not there, or we decided to take the wheel and make Him the “shotgun” rider, and at that point, he will patiently wait! So if you are driving, pull over and swap seats with “Him” and see how much faster you get to where you want to go! As the old saying goes…Let go and Let God!! As I close this out, please be mindful that the enemy does not want anybody to succeed if it lifts up the Lord, so take with you:

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:10-17 ESV).

Now get ready for the reward of your faithfulness in 2013!! Blessings!

Terry McGee is host of Simply Inspiring Radio on Pew Talk Radio. His show runs from 5 to 7 p.m. CST Tuesday through Friday. Visit www.pewtalkradio.com to listen to his show and learn more about McGee.

Bill Ellis: The pastor’s study

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By Bill Ellis
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SCOTT DEPOT, WV (ANS) — The pastor’s study is the one place in every city, county, state and nation that should be saturated with prayer – humble, believing and active prayer. That is the control center of the entire operation.

I have had the privilege of being in the pastor’s study in hundreds of churches, some among the world’s largest churches and the most prominent preachers. The pastor of the largest church east of the Mississippi River had for his working study a four-room house across the driveway from his residence. Those large rooms were filled with books. Dr. R. G. Lee had an inner study, no windows, where he did his most concentrated work on preaching.

In the large Bellevue Baptist Church, in Memphis, Tenn., where he pastored for 32 years, he had a beautiful and well-appointed office. When I was in it with him one day, he told me that particular office was used for interviews, counseling and meetings for church business. His office for study, writing and sermon preparation was located beside his residence on Peach Street.

It is sometimes hard to get much serious research and study done in terms of sermon preparation in a church office with constant interruptions. I am always hesitant to go to a pastor’s study – and only if I think I can be helpful with such a visit. Pastors who are serious about their assignments, have no time for idle chatting with parishioners who have little to do.

As a pastor, I had a beautiful office at the church and fortunately had another inner office, but my main office for study, writing and sermonic preparation was in the basement of the parsonage for 25 years.

Two wonderful parishioners, Elgin and Dorothy Hawthorne, whose son, Dennis, is a successful pastor in Springfield, Ill., and their younger son, Elgin, a church organist of excellence, presented me with a cherished bronze and wood plaque, which had a story engraved on it titled, “Pastor’s Study.” For years, it has been in my office. Here’s its message,

“The pastor’s study is the symbol of the calling of the Christian minister to be the shepherd of a flock of God. His sermons are prepared to feed the congregation on God’s Holy Word.

“Here the work of the church is planned so that the congregation may grow and bear fruit in fellowship, teaching, and witnessing. Here you will always find a friend and counselor in time of need. He will not be surprised at your sins, nor will he judge you in them, but he always invites you to share with him, the wisdom and love of God, the knowledge of forgiveness of sin, and the saving grace of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

“You are always welcome.”

The pastor’s door is never closed to those who need the counseling, encouragement and prayers of their pastor. It is not, however, normally a place for idle chitchat. It is a place where you will find a loving heart and understanding listener.

Speaking of Christ’s gifts to the church, “He gave some to be . . . and some pastors and teachers” (Ephesians 4:11). Timothy, a young preacher is informed, “If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ . . .” (I Timothy 4:6).

I do not know of any calling or profession that demands more of a man or woman than the one to be a pastor. October is “Pastors Appreciation Month.” Do all you can to assist your pastor with the work of ministry.

Bill Ellis is a syndicated columnist, and convention and conference speaker on every continent. He is the writer of more than 2,000 newspaper and magazine columns, articles and contributions to books. He is also a widely known motivational speaker and pulpit guest who utilizes enjoyment of life and just plain fun and laughter while speaking to high school, university and professional sports teams as well as to business and professional groups of all kinds. His keen understanding of human problems makes him a favorite speaker for youth, parent, and senior adult meetings. He is accompanied by Kitty, his wife, favorite singer, editor and publisher.

 

Jane Reed: The happy factory

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By Jane Reed
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Editor’s note: The opinions expressed in this column are those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Inside The Pew or Pew Talk radio staff.

While attending church this past Sunday the Pastor mentioned something that has been on my mind this week.  He mentioned the “happy factory” that is built inside all of us.  It is a factory that is built by Christ.  This factory runs full steam, even in times of struggle. This got me thinking of the struggles I have faced over the past twelve years.  I have struggled with abuse, divorce due to the abuse, moving away from family and friends and starting over and the residual effects that came from the abuse.  My daughters suffered greatly and as any mom would, I suffered with them.   I then struggled with rejection by one of the beautiful children we were so blessed to have been able to adopt and the psychiatric issues he brought along for the ride.  In the middle of that entire struggle, I was faced with medical issues and learning how to adjust into the new marriage God had given me.  Struggle has been my “middle name” so to speak for a very long time.  In the midst of it all, I was still happy.  Why?  Because my happy factory was still running!

I didn’t base my happiness on the circumstances of my life.  My happiness was not based on a husband, children or a job. My happiness was base on my savior, Jesus Christ.  When happiness is based on the one who never fails, happiness is always within us.  Happiness based on earthly things and people will eventually let us down and cause the happiness inside us to shut down.  Imagine where I would be right now if my happiness has been based on my children, my husband or my circumstances!  Which brings me to the thought I have been having for the past few days: how do we keep that happy factory running, even in dire circumstance?  I believe there are three ways to keep happy and fulfilled even when life is letting us down: pray, believe and receive.

  1. Pray.  Praying is our direct link to God.  Because Jesus died on the cross, we now have an open line of communication to our Heavenly Father.  Prayer is the “electric line” of our happy factory.  When we pray we open up the line for currents of “electricity” to flow.  Pray over everything.  Never cease. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)  Keep those lines open.  God hears you and He will respond.
  2. Believe.  When we pray we have to believe that God is listening.  We have to believe that He hears our cries and is standing with us in our struggles. We have to believe that Jesus died for us. This is different than just saying we believe, the belief has to be there! This belief is what gives us peace. (Romans 5:1, 2)  This is the “electricity” that flows and keeps our happy factory lit up with God’s light!
  3. Receive. Everyone knows how electricity works.  Currents run from point “a” to point “b”, but what if point “b” is capped off? The electricity stops in its tracks.  We have to be willing to receive God’s word, receive God’s answers and be patient when the electric current is slower than we think it should be!  God’s timing is perfect (Hebrews 4: 16). No matter the struggle, His timing is essential to the outcome.

Struggles are part of our lives here on earth.  We cannot avoid them.  We cannot run from them.  At some point, and in most cases, many points in our lives, we will struggle. Our peace in those struggles comes from knowing Christ and letting Him keep our “happy factory” running. Notice I say “let Him” keep it running?  We can cap off our point “b” and find ourselves in a very dark place.  It is essential that we keep our lines open and our factory running!

I pray that whatever circumstance you are struggling with right now will not stop you from finding the joy that can only be found in Jesus Christ. I pray that your happiness is based solely on the One who never lets you down.  I pray that your “happy factory” shines God’s light even in your darkest hours!  Keep your lines open, believe in His word and receive His peace!

Jane Reed is the founder of Blessed Life Ministries (blessedlifeministries.com ) and the Editor-in-Chief of Blessed Life Magazine. Jane founded Blessed Life Ministries for the purpose of spreading the word of God so that others can feel the beauty and blessing of God in their lives. It is her prayer that this ministry will touch each person whom it comes in contact with, allowing God’s word to penetrate their souls, bringing them to a closer walk with Christ.

McGee: God always has the last say

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By Terry E. McGee Sr.
Inside The Pew

Throughout our lives, we will have endless encounters with Satan. But one thing that we must understand is that our faith and our Savior give us power over Satan. There are two ways he can have any power over us is: one, we have to give it to him, or, two, God has to give him permission. Normally God does not give him permission, but in the case of Job, He did. Job 1:1 reads, “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil” (NIV).

But the special permission was given in this case because God knew Job was a man of his own heart and no matter what circumstances came to Job; he would still serve God without question or doubt! Satan thought that he could get Job to doubt and question God.

“Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?’ So Satan answered the Lord and said, ‘Does Job fear God for nothing? Have you not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!’ And the Lord said to Satan, ‘Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.’ So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord” Job 1: 8-12 (NIV).

Satan bought turmoil after turmoil, eventually killing Job’s children. But Job stood firm, and never questioned God for the test and trials that became his life. Instead he said “naked I came and naked I shall leave!” What this means is when he was born, he had nothing and when he dies, he cannot take anything or anyone with him.

Birth and death is something we will all do alone. It does not matter if you were born a twin or die in a mass death scene. The one other thing we will do alone is have a face-to-face meeting with God when that great day comes. At the end of that conversation, one of two things will be said: “Go forth and claim your crown, for you have finished the race,” meaning eternal life in heaven with God and his faithful servants, or you will hear “Depart from me, as I know you NOT”! This means when there was life in you here on earth, God was not glorified in your words and or actions! There is the ultimate penalty for this, which is spending eternity in hell, where you will be tormented daily!

I encourage you to read the entire book of Job. In times when you may question the motives of God, just remember this story of how sometimes God “allows” things to happen, but He is still in control!

Little Elm resident Terry McGee serves as host of the “Simply Inspiring Show” Mondays 5-7 p.m. CST on the Fishbowl Network. Connect with Terry on Twitter and on Facebook.

 

Marschall: I don’t want to get adjusted

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By Rick Marschall
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SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. (ANS) — Hey, God. It’s Me Again. You know I realize the importance in approaching You in reverence and awe; and I usually do; and it often bothers me when Your people do not. But I need a little more of the way we can also approach You in prayer — I love that you have so many facets! — as if we are on a first-name basis. Which we are.

I have been seeking you hard this week, God. And when I have not prayed, I have the feeling that You have read my heart even better, anyway. And You have answered me in the thousand ways that You always surprise me. Remembering Your promises at odd moments. Hearing from friends who care. Catching an old favorite gospel song on the radio. Thinking of Bible verses I didn’t realize I had memorized… in fact, some of them I KNOW I had not memorized. How do You do that???

And then You spoke to me. No, I can’t tell whether You have a deep voice or a raspy one, or what accent You have. But I found myself KNOWING things, and knowing they were from You. They made sense, they brought me peace, and I could never have such wisdom on my own. Like the other day: I was thinking, with all my problems and frustrations and vulnerability and despair — the day I wanted to just get in a car and drive for three days, with no destination in mind — and, remember?, my cry that I felt like a faulty Christian? It had to come from You that I was not a faulty Christian, but in Your eyes, I was just… a Christian.

And then I felt I knew Your heart that no Christian is “just” a Christian, because that is the best You want for us! And I remembered that Your Word says that problems don’t evaporate when we accept Christ. You tell me they will even increase. I know that. But I have Your arm to lean on, a rod and staff to comfort me, a presence even in the Valley of the Shadow of Death, that You are an ever-present help in times of trouble. God, I realized how cold and alone people who don’t know You must feel.

You have brought me peace. I thought a couple times that I understood it. But, you know, it passes understanding.

But in healing my hurts, in being a God who listens and whispers back, You brought me more than peace. You brought me miracles. You might not know this — well, I guess You do! — but I feel like real miracles have touched me now, at the end of this trial. You know what I mean:

I felt so “down”… and now I am filled with joy.

I have felt so dumb and acted so stupidly… but You gave me knowledge of so many profound truths.

I have been blind, and missed so many things right in front of me… but You made me see. Clearly.

I was not listening to You or Your promises or Your children in so many ways… but now I hear Your words, Your sweet music.

I have been lame, feeling crippled in my “walk” with You… but right about now, God, You have me dancing!

And something that’s hard to understand, and harder to explain to other people, is something else I KNOW is true. This has been a tough week, God, and I thank You for answering my prayers; but slap me silly if I ever pray again that I want to live in a world where these trials simply do not exist. In that kind of world I would never need to turn to You, or want to know You better, or feel Your love, or be touched by Your miracles. I don’t want to get adjusted to THAT world. With You just a prayer away, I’ll keep it right here.

And, God… thanks again.

Rick Marschall is the author of 65 books and hundreds of magazine articles in many fields, from popular culture (Bostonia Magazine called him “perhaps America’s foremost authority on popular culture”) to history and criticism; country music, television history, biography and children’s books. He is recipient of the 2008 “Christian Writer of the Year” award from the Greater Philadelphia Writer’s Conference, and produces a weekly e-mail devotional, “Monday Morning Music Ministry.” His e-mail address is: RickMarschall@gmail.com.

Ten commandments for letting go

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By Phyllis Jenkins
Special to Inside The Pew

Editor’s note: This copyrighted column is reprinted with the permission of the author.

As I thought about this season of Letting Go, I wanted to share the ‘Ten Commandments for Letting Go’ that I wrote back in 2009. You see, I had a difficult time letting our first born go away to college. Then, once I began to share my thoughts and feelings with other moms, I quickly found that I was not alone.

Thus was born this tool to help us let our children Go- Grow & Glow!

My prayer is that it will help you as much as it did me and many others.

Are you a parent with a child that has left home or is about to leave?

Are you having a tough time adjusting to this transitional stage of your life?

Then you will benefit greatly from the Ten Commandments for Letting Go.

Commandment I

Thou shall acknowledge that your child/children are a gift from God. He has allowed you to be the caretaker to nurture and prepare them to fulfill their purpose in life

Commandment II

Thou shall believe that this transition is a “successful accomplishment” in your child’s life. Be confident that the good work that God has begun in your child’s life will be completed

Commandment III

Thou shall identify and make a list of all the emotions associated with this ‘letting go’ process

Commandment IV

Thou shall ask God to remove all the negative emotions that are hindering you from completely supporting and encouraging your child (example: fear, guilt, shame, etc.)

Commandment V

Thou shall recognize and respect this as the beginning stage of your child’s adult independence.

Commandment VI

Thou shall acknowledge and accept your new relationship. It has moved from a Parent/Child-Caretaker relationship to an Adult/ Adult-Friend relationship.

Commandment VII

Thou shall accept the limitations that came with your new Adult/ Adult-Friend relationship. Therefore, accepting the challenge of offering no unsolicited advice.

Commandment VIII

Thou shall become the best Encourager and Mentor (not manipulator) that you can be. Start by focusing on your young adult’s strengths and not their weaknesses. Reassure them that you will always be there for them. Remember, every choice they make will not be a good one, but be there for them anyway.

Commandment IX

Thou shall take a self-examination by answering the following questions:

  1. Am I fulfilling the purpose in my life for which I was created? If the answer is no, pray for God to give you direction in this area.
  2. How can I strengthen existing relationships (spouse, children, parents, friends, etc.?)
  3. Are there new relationships that I need to cultivate?
  4. What goals have I not completed? What new goals do I need to pursue and fulfill?

Commandment X

Thou shall seek a ‘need’ (outside your own) and ‘fulfill it.’

Experience the great joy of being a blessing to others.

Over-comer, Believer, Dreamer, & Encourager are just a few words that describe Phyllis Jenkins. She is the founder and president of the Powerful Journey Organization, where she empowers women to live a balanced life by helping them: Find their Passion- Focus on What Matters Most and Flourish in their Calling. Phyllis is also the publisher of the Powerful Journey, an online magazine.  She inspires, equips and enlightens audiences of all ages through her practical and powerful presentations. With her captivating energy, she offers strategies which will fuel your Journey with Purpose, Preparation and Perseverance. Phyllis is confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6, NIV).

You gotta believe because God’s will is always executed!

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By Terry McGee
Inside The Pew

Sometimes I sit back and marvel at the flawlessness of God’s plan! How well executed it is, although at times we struggle to understand it when the rain and trials of life come to plague us. But, I have come to understand His will is different than mine, and His will is always executed. I think back to the times in my life when I should have died. The answer always comes back the same. I have a lot of work I have to do for the Lord, and until I finish what He gave me to do I will sustain and I will trust Him.

I often think back to the story Joseph in Genesis, beginning with chapter 37, when Joseph’s brothers wanted to kill him. Their plan was for him to die, but one spoke against it and instead they threw him in a pit. And as his brothers ate that day, they decided to sell Joseph to strangers and tell their father he was attacked and killed by an animal.

See prior to this, Joseph shared some dreams with his brothers that had them bowing before him. They disliked his dreams and hatred settled in.

Sometimes what God shares with us individually is for us individually. If we tell the wrong people about our dreams or passions, they may not be receptive to it and may try to sabotage it. But we serve a mighty God!!

Eventually, Joseph rose to power in Egypt and he was “the man”! He still received dreams from God and revealed that after seven years of plenty, it was going to be followed by seven years of famine. So basically Egypt was ready for the famine when it arose.

Now Joseph’s family was suffering as they had no knowledge of the famine. Like everyone else, Joseph had to journey to Egypt, were it was known by all that they had plenty.

Joseph’s brothers had no idea that Joseph was the individual in charge there. They just wanted to plead their case to buy food from the person in charge. So as they approached him, they bowed before him to ask to purchase food. So, the dream Joseph had come to fruition.

What the brothers meant for bad, God turned to good. And even more so, God put Joseph in a position to help his family. This is why I don’t question God! I just trust him! Oh but God….!

McGee hosts Simply Inspiring Show, a gospel music/motivational program featuring guests of all backgrounds to share their inspiring stories, introducing new music/new artists, promoting new talent in all industries, and empowering our listeners to excel in accomplishing their goals. Terry’s story originates from the accomplishment of being a former business owner (McGee Networks Plus), co-writing a motivational book,“Multiple Streams of Determination” with some of the best minds in the country, such as Johnny Wimbrey, Les Brown, Matt Morris, Jim Rohn and Marc Accetta. Born in Rockford, Ill., but now residing in Little Elm, Texas, he has a wife, Pamela, and four children: Cortney, Brittney, Erica, and Terry Jr.