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How to make money? Learn from the right sources

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Ahmad Davis

By Ahmad Davis
Special to Inside The Pew

Everyone’s journey to true personal financial freedom is different, but the path is similar. My journey started in 2000 when I was homeless and going through a divorce.

I learned some simple systems for taking control over my finances that have helped me to stop being overwhelmed, pay off debt, strengthen my marriage, and coach a multitude of professionals, couples, and businesses.

Step 1: Learn from the right sources

My oldest daughter is a stereotypical teenager in some respects. She loves to listen to music, her fashion sense is affected by the fads of the day, and she sometimes believes in the wisdom of her peers over the wisdom of us older people. So I decided to take a different approach when challenging some of that wisdom, I would ask for proof. This proof would be need to be in writing from another reliable source, and sometimes more proof is needed. I found that her friends were usually exaggerating about their knowledge or were just plain wrong.

Personal finance is much the same. There are a lot of “experts” giving different opinions about the same information.

Step 2: Do they work from a proven system?
Proven systems can typically be easily explained and have a step by step process involved. If your source can not walk you through the process from A to Z, walk away. This person or business either is not performing these steps in their own lives, have not walked other people through the system successfully, and/or have not taken the time to structure the information so that is easy to understand and simple to implement.

Key Point: Some systems are proven by personal example, some are proven by success of others, but all can be taught in a step by step format.

Step 3: Can you find it in Scripture?
If you look, the Scripture will give you guidance on what to do and what not to do with every part of personal finance from debt, saving, budgeting, investing, making money with a business, etc. One of my favorite Scriptures on this is Philippians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything,but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

When you are receiving financial advice, simply walk them through this process and you will quickly weed out advice that is not in your long term best interest.

Ahmad Davis is a Coach with Victory By Design, a firm based in Beaumont, Texas, serving clients locally, nationally and internationally. Ahmad provides solutions for individuals, couples, and businesses who are overwhelmed and stressed financially. Ahmad’s typical clients’ are pastors, single parents, lawyers, couples, doctors, business executives, newlyweds, business owners, and others who want a simple solution with remarkable measurable results. For more information, visit http://www.thebiblicalblueprint.com. To get your questions answered on the Inside The Pew Forum, email Ahmad at coach@thebiblicalblueprint.com.

Jenkins: Goodbye procrastination, and say hello to proclamation!

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By Phyllis Jenkins
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As we move forward into 2013, there are some habits that need to be unloaded and left behind. One of those habits is procrastination. It’s a word that we don’t like to bePhyllis Jenkins reminded of, but we secretly hang on to it. Many of us believe we know the meaning of procrastination, but I heard a definition that will forever be engraved in my mind. Bishop Rosie O’Neal shared that God gave her the following definition of the word procrastination. She said, “It’s the behavioral by-product of a lack of understanding about the delay of an opportunity which is grace. It is the arrogant assumption that God owes you another chance to do tomorrow what He gave you a chance to do today.

WOW!

You might want to read that definition again-slowly and apply it accordingly. Make the proclamation that you will press forward into your purpose and calling without delay in 2013. Philippians 3:14 said, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Prayer:

Dear Father in Heaven,

Thank you for another opportunity to be obedient to your calling and purpose for my life. Please forgive me of ‘all’ the things I left undone because of procrastination. As I move forward into 2013, I will not delay another opportunity of grace given by You. I will no longer minimize my purpose by putting it on hold. Thank You for Your Love, Grace & Mercy.

 

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen.

Over-comer, Believer, Dreamer, and 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. She is a featured author in the Allen Public Library 2009 and 2010 ‘Write-On’ Literary books. Her first children’s book (co-authored by her 6-year-old grandson), “Rudy’s Unforgettable Flight” is available in bookstores. Contact her at phyllis@phyllisjenkins.com.

South African author reveals social concern with ‘Diamonds In The Dust’

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By Grelan Muse Sr.
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The concern of HIV/AIDS around the world takes a front seat Dec. 1 for World AIDS Day. In the 20-plus years since the first commemoration, South Africa had made strides to help its men, women, and children. While there is work that still needs to be done, deaths from HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa have declined. In 2011, 1.2 million South Africans died from the disease, down 32 percent from 2010, according to the UNAIDS report. In addition, the reports explain 5.6 million people in South Africa are living with HIV/AIDS.

A social conscience from people within and outside of South Africa is needed to help South Africans through this catastrophe. Shirley Tucker, author of the award-winning novel “Diamonds in the Dust,” uses her storytelling ability and faith in God to present a story of perseverance, hope, amid the storm. The South African author tells the story of Ida Morgan, a woman who experience the unthinkable when her husband is murdered. Ida’s road to healing and wholeness is paved by “diamonds in the dust.” Ida begins to question God and wonder how He could allow the wicked to gain a victory. In the end, Ida sees it is not God’s way of punishing people, it is His way of placing Ida in a role to help defenseless people in society, including children who are afflicted with AIDS.

As a backdrop to the powerful novel is the realism Tucker uses to tell “Diamonds in the Dust.” The novel is the winner of the 2011 inaugural Athanatos Christian Ministries Christian Novel Contest and it is worthy of the award. The author allows the reader to see what life is like in South Africa, such as Ida coming in contact with AIDS sufferers, orphans, and homeless people in her country. Ironically, Tucker and her husband, Mark, are founders of Phakamani Foundation to distribute micro-loans to enterprising, but poor, women in South Africa.

Top reviews for the novel include Kirkus, where a reviewer concludes Tucker’s “Diamonds in the Dust” beholds “an addictive storyline that pulls at the reader’s social conscience and sense of justice, delivered in an honest, humane manner.” Furthermore, the Dove Foundation awarded Tucker’s “must read” novel the highest ranking a piece can receive, five Doves.

On this World AIDS Day 2012 (and everyday), it is important for those who confess His to listen to God’s divine call and help those in society who cannot help themselves. As it is said in Psalm 34:22, “The Lord redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him” (NIV). Just as Ida found, forsaking our comforts and doing what is best in the name of God benefits everyone.

 

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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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.

 

Book review: ‘Fresh Hope … Cleveland’ quite resourceful

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By Tonya Whitaker
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Nearly nine years ago, Cleveland author Nanci J. Gravill was diagnosed with breast cancer. Then, she was unable to return to her temporary job. Since she could not work, Gravill was left to live off money generated from investments and retirement. The best course for Gravill was to seek assistance for community resources. By reaching out, she found more than outside help. Gravill discovered a new course that allowed her to cope with her condition and learn how to put all her trust in God.

The end result of her experience is the release, Fresh Hope … Cleveland: Resources to Help You Navigate through Unsettled Times  (West Bow Press, $19.99 perfect bound softcover; $3.99 eBook).

Within its pages the reader will find inventive ways to manage those challenges along with money-saving tips, healthcare services, job and mortgage information, and more. At the core, readers will discover (or re-discover) the most important resource once could ever possess: a relationship with God.

“Prayer is the simply talking to God and telling Him how you feel and what you need. Your words do not have to be fancy or in any particular fashion. … Prayer is the most powerful resource you possess. Cast all your cares on God because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7),” Gravill writes in the introduction of part 3, “More Fresh Hope Resources.

While the book includes a bevy of information for individuals seeking community assistance in Cleveland, Gravill said the content is easily adjustable to fit residents in any large, metropolitan city.

“All the resources in the book came from my modern-day Job experience. Even though there are some resources that seem to be just for my area, they will still point someone needing help in the right direction. All they will have to do to find the location in their city is look in the phone book or Google the facility and such!”

The greatest asset of the Fresh Hope … Cleveland is its emphasis on reflection and reconnection. Gravill includes several of Workspace forms to allow readers to chronicle their thoughts on the section’s topic. One cannot help but to be moved by the form in part 4, “Record To Day To Remember.” In it, Gravill challenges readers to ponder the day Christ came into their hearts.

“If you’ve gone to church but have never heard about knowing God personally and having a personal relationship with Him, please take a comfortable seat and let me tell you about the best friend you could ever have!” she divulges in “Something More.”

If anything, Gravill leaves readers with the sense they can survive any situation by believing in Him and by calling on those who show love for their fellow-man through their generous acts. The book is well-balanced and conveys the love Christ has for us is unwavering, we just need to reach out for it.

You’ve come too far, don’t give up now!

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By Phyllis Jenkins
Special to Inside The Pew

You’ve Come Too Far- Don’t Give Up, Now! This was the theme for our 2012 Powerful Journey Women’s Conference held on June 23 in Shreveport, La.

During my time of sharing, I encouraged the attendees to see their situations through the I’s of Christ and not through the I’s of others.

Why? Because when you see your situation through the I’s of others, you can easily lose your focus and direction. For example, God has given you a dream or an assignment and you can’t wait to get started. So you begin sharing your assignment or your dreams with others. But one by one, they make statements such as: Girl, I don’t see you doing that are you sure you heard from God? Or another might say, “The last time I tried to do something like that I fell flat on my face.” I, I, I…Before you know it, you find yourself asking the question, “God am I to move forward with this dream, with this assignment that You gave to me? The answer is a resounding, “YES.” If God gave it to you, He is more than able to fulfill it. Read I Thessalonians 5:24 – “The one who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.” Remember: The One Who gave you the dream or assignment is the Great I AM. See your dreams through His I’s.

Prayer: Father, forgive me for not following the dream that You gave to me. I’m Re-claiming it! I’ve Re-focused! and today I will make steps toward fulfilling it.  In the Powerful Name of Jesus, I Pray. Amen.

If you were blessed, inspired, encouraged & motivated by this ‘PowerLifts For The Soul’ Moment; please send your comments to phyllis@phyllisjenkins.com.

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).

Snyder: Recovering post-Christian Christians

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By John Snyder
Special to Inside The Pew

In the United States, many people are praying fervently and trying with all their might to recover a “Christian America,” and they’re convinced it can happen with just the right political candidate. “With our person in the White House we can go back to what we used to be!”

But even if we could elect St. Paul or St. Augustine as our new president, what impact would that have on a very un-Christian, post-Christian population without some massive spiritual awakening taking place first? It’s been said that no leader can be worse than the people who elected him/her.

It’s one thing for Christians to be living in a post-modern, post-Christian society, but it’s quite another for our churches to be packed with “post-Christian Christians.” What I mean is that unless and until we as Christians finally commit ourselves to live our lives as Jesus intended, it really won’t matter who occupies the White House or the seats of Congress, or sits in the Parliament of any other nation in the world.

Even if we can’t generate a predominantly Christian nation here in the USA, we can create a great number of Christian societies in the midst of it through our churches. But the church would have to be very different from what we see right now. By “different” I don’t mean in terms of the usual religious externals—clothing, appearance, religious language, and all of that—but in the way we act, what we value, and particularly how we treat one another.

“How they love one another!” and “With what great joy they live!” were things the pagan world said of the earliest Christians. Who says that about the church today? Virtually every poll that has come out in the last few decades has simply confirmed the continuous dismal slide of the church toward a complete conformity to the culture. We’re no longer distinguishable in any way from the secular world.

OK, so most of us have heard this before. Continuing to wring our hands about it won’t make any difference. Here’s what we can do about it. We can humble ourselves, turn from our own sin and selfishness, and give ourselves to prayer—real prayer, fervent prayer—continuing to ask, seek, and knock until God hears from heaven, forgives our sin, and heals our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

For churches to have any impact on society, change has to begin in us and our families first. We need to clean up our act, ensure that our family is centered on Christ, and then become healthy, active members of a real, God-honoring church.

It’s been said of nations at one time influenced by Christian faith (but no longer) that their social problems are primarily the fault of the church. In other words, when the church really is the church—when the word “Christian” means a person in whom the Spirit of Christ dwells—things happen. The medicine of the Gospel works only when taken full strength. And history has demonstrated that the Gospel has the power to revolutionize society even when a minority are believers.

Few doubt that the world is at one of its most critical points in all its history. We can’t make a mistake here. We’re faced with a full-blown call to arms, not with the weapons of the world, but with unrelenting prayer and the power of the Spirit, manifest in sacrificial love and steadfast obedience to whatever God calls each one of us to do.

This just isn’t the time for Christians to be pursuing along with the world more and more luxury, ease, entertainment, property, toys, and all the rest. The church may have been lulled to sleep by bread and circuses as the rest of the culture, but we don’t have to remain so. Listen to the call of the Spirit. It isn’t too late…yet.

Let’s ask ourselves, what can we do personally to resist the slide toward total cultural absorption of the church?

John Snyder (@jisnyder)is a pastor, author, and conference speaker. He has taught New Testament Studies at New College Berkeley, California, and has pastored and planted churches in California, New York, Switzerland, and Hawaii. Snyder received his Bachelor of Arts from Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, Calif.); his Master of Theology and Master of Divinity degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary; and his Doctor of Theology from the University of Basel, Switzerland. Snyder’s new book, “Your 100 Day Prayer: The Transforming Power of Actively Waiting on God”, is now available from Thomas Nelson Publishers on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors, and other major retailers. He is also the founder of Community 321, an online faith community, and Basel Community, an information and relocation service to expats in the greater Basel, Switzerland, area. Contact Snyder via email john@community321.com.

Ask LaVonne: From sad and lonely, to overcomer and joyful

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La Vonne Earl

Dear La Vonne,
I have recently lost my husband eight months ago, and I am so lonely and sad. I feel tired most of the time.

I am also so sick of people telling me to just get over it! I feel like no one understands me and at times I am ready to die.

Will I ever be OK again?

Dear Overcomer,
I will call you an overcomer because that is who you have been created to be. First of all yes, you will be okay, and not only will you be okay you will be great!  You have the opportunity in this life to not only overcome your own circumstances, but when you are ready, you will begin to help others that have experienced great loss as well. I am so sorry for your loss. No one could quite possibly understand the way you might like them to. The good news is that we have a God that is acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3, NIV). He understands us better than we understand ourselves. He knows our suffering and sees every tear that falls. He is our deliverer, and He will deliver you!

Everyone in this life will experience loss to one degree or another. We cannot compare ourselves to others, nor can we quite possibly understand their pain, since we cannot measure or see pain, the best we can do is offer our compassion and comfort. The key for you will be to allow others to comfort you. To realize that they are simply doing and offering the best they have to give out of love. My suggestion would be for you to get involved in a godly, grief, support group. I know that they offer them at Saddleback Church. They have also just started a grief worship service.

As hard as it may be,  discipline yourself to have  a little bit of a schedule. Require yourself to have a routine, even when you do not feel like it. Getting out of the house and connecting with others is the best thing for depression and it will boost your energy. I know it can feel like you are dying and quite possibly this will be the last thing you will want to do, this is why I say you must require it from yourself. The more disciplined you are, the faster your recovery will be.

The enemy loves to take this opportunity of grief and use it to destroy your life. Do not let him! You must continue to fight the battle of the mind. Although mourning the loss of the loved one is painful, it does not need to destroy your life. This will be an opportunity to let your faith shine through. Use this opportunity to show the world that the enemy has not won!

1. Call upon the Holy Spirit for power. 2 Corinthians 13:4.

2. Believe, Declare and Act upon the truth of God’s Word and Promises. 2 Peter 1:4

3. Proclaim what you desire. (Peace, happiness, joy, love, comfort) Romans 4:17

4. Stay in the present. I have a little trick I like to call “Blink, Blink, What Do I See.” This is like a mind reprogram. Blink your eyes two times and then ask yourself what you see. It could be the green leaves, the road sign, children laughing, a color of a shirt, etc. This helps you to stay in the NOW, right where God wants you so He can speak to you.

You have a great life ahead of you! Get started mapping out your plan to be the overcomer you were created to be!

Do you have a question for LaVonne Earl? Send her an email at Lavonne@YourKingdomInheritance.com. Visit her website at www.yourkingdominheritance.com. Rich blessings!