Happy New Year!


Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. 2018 is over. 2019 is here. As we start the journey of this New Year it is a good time to reflect on the year that is ending and look forward into the year that is soon to begin. Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

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All of us wonder what the new year will bring. I don’t know of any more relevant and practical advice for us at the start off 2019 than to say that the old year ends, a new begins with pages clean and new; And what is written on each page will now depend on you. We don’t have to live our lives imprisoned by our past because you can’t relive the year that’s past, erasing every wrong; for once a year – or day – is spent, It is forever gone. We are to allow a heavenly perspective to govern our earthly walk! Every decision, every activity, every plan and purpose is to be considered in the light of eternity. Everything is to be laid out before the Lord and considered not from an earthly, sensual perspective, but from the viewpoint of Heaven because the steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.

I think that the start of the New Year is a good time for us to rise to that challenge and to say to ourselves that I am going to, with the help of God, forget my past. I am going to stop torturing myself about what I did or didn’t do. This New Year is a good time to stop being chained to our past failures. Don’t give up in dark despair if you have failed some test; Seek God’s forgiveness and resolve henceforth to do your best. Resolve each precious day to do things good and kind and pure; Though days and years may pass away, these things shall still endure. You know not where your path may lead nor what’s beyond the hill; But know that God walks at your side, if you will do God’s will. We should remember that all things are possible with God, though days be bright or dim;
So do your best and know that you can leave the rest to God. Be encouraged, the future rests in the good hands of a God who loves you more than you can imagine. You may stumble this year, but you won’t completely fall. This is God’s promise to you.

Thank you all for your support in 2018! Happy New Year to you, your friends and family! Here’s to 2019!!! 🍾🥂 I LOVE YOU ALL!!!


			

Forgiveness Is A Life Long Commitment


A restored relationship gives glory to God. It can become even better after suffering through affliction, betrayal, and sin. Love is the healing balm that makes this possible. Forgiveness is a promise, not a feeling. When you forgive other people, you are making a promise not to use their past sins against them.
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We cannot however change people, or their reaction to our sin. We can only work on changing ourselves with God’s grace. Forgiveness is a major part of life that almost everyone has trouble doing. Learning to forgive someone that has wronged us is a very long and difficult process that must be done. Without forgiveness we can not let go of the bitterness and resentment we have towards someone, and without letting go of these things, they start to eat back at us spiritually, emotionally, and eventually physically. When we remain angry for extended periods of time it definitely takes a toll on our bodies, for example, with a rise in blood pressure. We have to learn to forgive and move on from the past sins that people have committed against us in order to further our lives, and in order to continue a relationship with them if we plan on continuing to do so. Our promise to others is never to bring up that sin against that person again not to God, not to the person who committed it, not to anyone else. It is a deliberate decision to deal with another’s sin by doing away with it, pressing the delete button, wiping it off our slate. Make a commitment today to forgive all of those you may be angry with, and that may have done you wrong, this past year and your whole life. Whenever you think of the way that someone has wronged you wish a blessing upon them instead of cursing them, and stay as positive as possible. Not only is forgiveness our promise to others, but it’s also a promise God has made to us.

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. I think too often we wait to forgive. We wait until it feels right to do so. But forgiveness is not a feeling at all. If we wait until we feel like forgiving, it will never happen. Forgiveness is more about wiping away a debt. It is saying to a person, “You owe me nothing more; no money, no apology, no hugs, no sympathy cards, nothing. I really am no longer looking for any of that from you, you are released from any moral or ethical or legal obligations to me for this pain as much as is possible, we are going to move forward now and I will not be holding this over you any longer, waiting to hit you on the head with it if you mess up again. I will not be keeping score because where I am concerned your slate is now wiped clean. I wish the very best for you and God’s blessings on you.” Forgiveness isn’t something we wait to feel, it is something we communicate to the person who hurt us irrespective of how we feel. So while trust may be a process, the promise of forgiveness is not. But though trust and forgiveness are two different things, there is a definite relationship between them. Making the promise of forgiveness is what triggers the beginning of the trust process. Without forgiveness, there can be no more trust. But once forgiveness is given, the process of trusting again begins. Forgiveness takes a broken relationship and places it back on track for the healing process to begin. It is the first step in the healing journey. It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.

Love Isn’t Complicated, People Are


Love is like a rumor, Everyone talks about it, But no one truly knows. Love cures people, both the one who give it and the one who receive it.
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No one ever loved anyone the way that person wanted to be loved. We just have to accept the fact that some people are going to stay in our hearts even if they don’t stay in our lives. People do make love more complicated than it should be. Love should be easy and fun. If you are loved and love someone, I see no reason why you should not be happy. The most complicated thing about love is the people that it holds it chains over. When we are bound by love to one another we are saying that despite a persons flaws, we choose to make someone the center of our attention, and the object of our affection. We do this despite realizing that we are human, and as humans we are so unique that we couldn’t possibly be able to agree with someone else every minute of every day. A lot of people just have a complicated picture of what love is or what they think it is and cannot let go of the photo.
Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding. Eventually our human characteristics will get in the way of our love and sparks will fly, whether they be good or bad. It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return, but what is the most painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let the person know how you feel. So always make sure to prepare for battle at the same time that you prepare your future with someone. Also remember that when we fight for things they are usually worth the fight, a lot of times when we are in a relationship we love, we go through the bad, knowing that the good that we get out of the relationship greatly outweighs anything else. Love is the easiest thing there is. It’s the layers of doubt, fear, and expectation that make it complicated and the heart has reasons that reason does not understand. Always remember that the game of love is complicated, but love is not complicated.

Sometimes Your Joy Is The Source Of Your Smile, But Sometimes Your Smile Can Be The Source Of Your Joy


Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Beauty might bring happiness, but happiness always brings beauty.
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Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed. The way that the world functions today, we tend to think that our beauty is made up solely of the person that we see when we look in the mirror. Little do we realize our beauty is made up of the person that we are inside, not the person that we are on the outside. If we only allow people in our lives that only appreciate us for our beauty on the outside, we will never have real friendships or love.

So in essence, it is important for many of us to have a beautiful outwardly appearance, but the only appearance people will truly remember when we are gone is the mark we left on the world. What type of mark will you leave on the world? It is never too late to start working towards leaving the world in as positive a place that you may be able to make it. Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself; no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are completely; the good and the bad and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.

There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. With that being said, the way we feel about the image we present to the world can greatly affect our confidence and the way we deal with people. Some of us may think that we weight too much, some of us may think our nose is too big or that our eyes are too wide. Too overcome this we have to challenge society, and tell ourselves that despite whatever everyone else says we know that we are beautiful. Try not avoiding the mirrors and every morning after you wash your face and every night before you go to bed, look in the mirror and tell yourself out loud that you are beautiful! Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

A Beautiful Face Doesn’t Mean Anything


What’s the whole point of being pretty on the outside when you’re so ugly on the inside? The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express. Looks don’t mean everything. Id rather have a beautiful conversation than a pretty face to look at.
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A person is only beautiful, when their own beauty, is reflecting on to others. Close your eyes and be aware of the real beauty, for the real beauty comes from the thoughts and beliefs that are on the inside of us. It is these beliefs that make us who we are to the world. The wise do not buy into other people’s perceptions of who they are and what they are capable of. Instead, they bypass a person’s public persona and see who they are in their highest expression. When you see actions taken with integrity, instead of words only, you will then know a soul’s worth.

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,  we must carry it with us or we find it not. In a society caught up in the way that everyone looks we have to be willing to go against the norm if we seek to build relationships with individuals who are full of true beauty. We have to be willing to put the superficial tendencies we have as a society aside to try and understand others who have true wisdom and depth.

There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others. No one is perfect, but don’t waste your time with those who refuse to think of anything other than what is on the outside. Instead give your time to people who actually know who they are, and who will help and encourage you to do the same because beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.

The realest beauty doesn’t lie in a persons looks or material assets, it lies in their heart. True beauty is not related to what color your hair is or what color your eyes are. True beauty is about who you are as a human being, your principles, your moral compass. Always remember that outer beauty only pleases the EYE but Inner beauty will forever captivates the HEART. We are beautiful because we are sons and daughters of God, not because we look a certain way.

Good Looks Fade But A Good Heart Keeps You Beautiful Forever


Wherever you are I pray love be with you. Wherever you go, I pray goodness to surround you. Whatever you do, I pray joy to fill your heart because you deserve every good gift a wonderful life can hold.
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It is important to pray and wish well for all of our loved ones and friends, the ones in seasons past, present and future. Praying and wishing well to those who may have done us wrong, is the biggest act of forgiveness, that we could possibly commit. It is important to note that it is very easy to say that you forgive somebody, the hardest thing to do is to actually speak out loud continued blessings to this person or people. Every time you do this you increase your mental and spiritual strength.

Every time you start to think of an instance in which you felt you were wronged, or abused by someone, and the negative feelings you once felt are trying to return, stop what you are doing, take a second, and out of your mouth, bless this person or set of people. Remember to pray for and bless your loved ones and close friends as often as daily as well.

People Who Shine From Within Don’t Need The Spotlight


People who shine from within don’t need the spotlight.
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Being a light in this world doesn’t always mean that you will do so from the vantage point of a rock-star or global celebrity.

Sometimes shining from within means doing well at your day job so that you can provide for those who would otherwise go without. Sometimes being a light means helping to spark the life of the person who is meant to be in the spotlight, and can only achieve greatness with the your wisdom and hard work.

Never underestimate the power that people have behind the scenes. Every great thing ever, has been helped by people who will probably never get the credit that they deserve. It takes strong character and an even stronger resolve to be the type of person that shines through their work and genuine acts of love on a daily basis.

Live unselfishly. Pour yourself out into the hearts of people who need your nurturing wisdom and love. Shine from within, the entire world will see soon enough!

Be Someone You’d Like To Be Around


How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
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Are you over trying to be a person possessing a look because that life just isn’t what you thought it might be? There comes a point in time that everyone is forced to deal with the fact that being who you are is the only way to live honestly.

Showing the world the person that you really are takes guts. No one wants to be rejected, and it is very easy to pass through life by just simply fitting in. When you show the world the real you, you will eventually come to terms with the fact that not everyone is going to like or appreciate what you have to offer.

This should never be a reason to stop anyone from doing so, because there will always be people that appreciate you for being yourself. And getting over this fear can help to cultivate long lasting friendships and relationships with people that will help to empower you in reaching your destiny.

You are good enough, believe in that, and things will fall in place for you overtime to help take you to new levels in your life.

That Special Someone


Don’t choose the one who is beautiful to the world. But rather, choose the one who makes your world beautiful.
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A few of us may have heard the quote “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. This is a deeper quote than most of us realize, because everyone has a unique opinion of almost everything in the world, whether we choose to concede to our feelings is simply our choice. It is easy to love someone that a majority of society will perceive as beautiful, the real dispute lies in choosing someone that you know in your heart you see as beautiful despite what society says.

Choosing the right person to be with is a process that takes a lot of heart, strength, and courageousness from both parties, because the person you may choose, or the person who chooses you may not be the most politically correct partner. When we are choosing a partner, it is important to choose a person for their heart, not their strapping good looks, or enormous bank account. As looks fade, and money comes and goes, a person’s soul never leaves them, and at the end of a bad day or a good day, they will always be who they are at heart.

Be Kind To Yourself


Next time you think of beautiful things, don’t forget to count yourself in.
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Too many times in life many of us get caught up in showing love, and being kind to others, that we sometimes forget to show love and to be kind to our own selves. One thing that would help us all greatly is believing in ourselves. Not only are we beautiful individualized creatures of God, we are all so unique from one another, we all have different values and qualities that we emphasize more than others that make us exactly who we are.

We are beautiful, no matter what anyone says, or no matter how any person, organization, or situation tries to make us feel. We are all kings and queens in our own right, and we must choose to wear our invisible crown of individuality everyday with humility and grace. Represent to the world what a winner is and what a winner looks like, exhibit your beautiful personality with confidence, and never forget to count yourself in the next time that you are thinking of all things that are beautiful.