15 September, 2017 14:07

Make Wise Choices
by Joyce Meyer

I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live. – Deuteronomy 30:19

Today’s Goal: Choose Wisely

All of our choices are important and they either have a positive or a negative impact on our life. Are we putting our time into what will help us be the person we truly want to be? Or will we end up someday disappointed and bitter because “life” didn’t turn out the way we hoped it would?

Life doesn’t just turn out to be one way or another without any input from us. Although we certainly cannot control all of our circumstances and the things that happen to us, we can control a lot of them by making a commitment to know God’s will for us and then make decisions accordingly.

The world is filled with people who are resentful and angry because their life isn’t what they want it to be, but if we could closely examine the choices they have made during the course of their life, we would usually find that their poor choices are behind their dissatisfaction. The problem is that unless they realize that, take responsibility for it and make positive changes, they are stuck in a situation that will not change.

I wasted several years of my life being angry, resentful, discouraged and depressed, but thankfully I finally decided to do something good with the time I had left. If you want to start today using the time you have left on this earth, then it begins with a decision to seize the day every day and be an individual who lives life “on-purpose, for a purpose.”

God has given us free choice and His wisdom is available to help us make choices that will produce a life we can be proud of and enjoy.

Pray: Lord, I ask for Your grace and wisdom to make good choices for my life and be an “on-purpose” person. Help me not to focus on the mistakes of the past, but take responsibility and concentrate on the great future You have in store for me. Amen.

From the book Seize the Day by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2016 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

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14 September, 2017 13:55

Start Your Day Right
by Joyce Meyer

O God, You are my God; early will I seek You….
– Psalm 63:1 NKJV

There is nothing more vital to living an effective, intentional, on-purpose life than spending daily time with God. This is a foundational biblical truth for any believer who wants to go beyond ordinary and live the extraordinary life Jesus died to give us.

Every day is part of our journey with God, and we find strength for the journey by seeking Him early and consistently. Form the habit of beginning to talk with Him before you even get out of bed. Thank Him for another day, and ask Him to help you live it for His pleasure.

The Bible teaches us that God is the Source of all things (see I Corinthians 8:6). Because God is our Source, daily time spent with Him is more than a devout obligation—it is a divine opportunity! It is our opportunity to be strengthened, encouraged, healed, equipped and empowered for the day ahead.

If we fail to plug in to God by spending time with Him, we will be disappointed and unhappy when we find that we need power and we have none. Take a branch off of a vine and watch it for a few days as an experiment. Each day it looks a bit more lifeless and in only a few days it is dead! That is the way we are too. Off the Vine (Jesus), it doesn’t take us long to lose our vitality, energy, zeal, enthusiasm, passion, determination and joy. He is our Source!

In much the same way that a river is only as strong as its source, you and I are only as strong as our connection to God. When we purpose to spend time with Him by studying His Word and talking with Him, thanking and worshipping Him, we are filled with wisdom, strength and courage for whatever is ahead, no matter how challenging it may be.

Pray: Lord, You are the Source of my strength, wisdom, joy and every good thing in my life. Please help me to make a habit of seeking You each and every day. Amen.

From the book Seize the Day by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2016 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

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12 September, 2017 13:53

Happiest When Helping
by Joyce Meyer

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. — 2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV

A study on the principle of the Golden Rule was conducted by Bernard Rimland, director of the Institute for Child Behavior Research. Each person involved in the study was asked to list 10 people he knew best and to label them as happy or not happy. Then they were to go through the list again and label each one as selfish or unselfish. Rimland found that all the people labeled happy were also labeled unselfish. “The happiest people are those who help others,” he concluded.

God gives us the ability and opportunities to help others all throughout the day. When we take the time to be a blessing, it causes us to focus less on what we don’t have, feel grateful for what we do have, and experience a new level of joy in the process. Don’t let a day go by without helping someone.

Prayer of Thanks: Father, I am thankful that You give me opportunities every day to be a blessing to others. You’ve blessed me with so much. I want to use what You have given me to bless someone else today.

From the book The Power of Being Thankful by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2014 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

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9 September, 2017 17:00

Producing Patience, Character, and Hope
by Joyce Meyer

Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance. And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope. – Romans 5:3-4

It is easy to say, “Don’t worry.” But to actually do that requires experience with God. I don’t think there is any way a person can fully overcome the habit of worry, anxiety, and fear and develop the habit of peace, rest, and hope without years of experience. That’s why it is so important to continue to have faith and trust in God in the very midst of trials and tribulations. It is so important to resist the temptation to give up and quit when the going gets rough—and keeps on getting rougher over a long period of time. It is in those hard, trying times that the Lord is building in us the patience, endurance, and character that will eventually produce the habit of joyful and confident hope.

From the book New Day, New You by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2006 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

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8 September, 2017 23:08

Be Difficult to Offend
by Joyce Meyer

Great peace have they who love Your law; nothing shall offend them or make them stumble – Psalm 119:165

People who want to live powerful lives must become experts at forgiving those who offend and hurt them. When someone hurts my feelings or is rude and insensitive to me, I find it helpful to quickly say, “I will not be offended.” I have to say those words quietly in my heart if the person is still in my presence, but later when the memory of what he or she did returns to haunt me, I repeat them aloud. When I say, “I will not be offended,” I always pray for God to help me, realizing that I can do nothing without Him.

My husband, Dave, has always been difficult to offend. When he is around people who could hurt him or in situations where he could be offended, he says, “I am not going to let negative people control my mood. They have problems and they are not going to give their problems to me.”

On the other hand, I spent many years getting my feelings hurt regularly and living in the agony of offense, but I am not willing to live that way any longer. I am busy getting a new mind-set. Are you willing to join me in becoming a person who is hard to offend? If so, you will open the door to more peace and joy than you have ever known before.

People are everywhere, and you never know what they might say or do. Why give the control of your day to other people? Being hurt and offended does not change the people, it only changes us. It makes us miserable and steals our peace and joy, so why not prepare ourselves mentally not to fall into Satan’s trap? Developing the mind-set that you are a person who is difficult to offend will make your life much more pleasant.

Trust in Him: Do you get your feelings hurt easily? Trust God to help you become a person who is difficult to offend.

From the book Trusting God Day by Day by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2012 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

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On my way to getting my joy back

Be Positive
by Joyce Meyer

What has happened to all your joy?
– Galatians 4:15 NIV

Many years ago, I was extremely negative. My thoughts were all negative, so my mouth was negative; therefore, so was my life. When I really began to study the Word and to trust God to restore me, one of the first things I realized was that the negativity had to go.

Negative minds produce negative lives, but positive minds produce positive lives. Negative thoughts are full of fear and doubt, but positive thoughts are full of faith and hope.

If you don’t have any idea what God’s will is for you at this point, you can begin by thinking: Well, I don’t know God’s plan, but I know He loves me. Whatever He does will be good, and I’ll be blessed. Begin to think positively about your life; practice being positive in every situation that arises.

Power Thought: I maintain a positive attitude in all circumstances.<

From the book the book Power Thoughts Devotional by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2013 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

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6 September, 2017 09:44

A Very Valuable Possession
by Joyce Meyer

“But man is freer than all the animals, on account of his free-will, with which he is endowed above all other animals.” – St. Thomas Aquinas

One of the gifts God gives us because He loves us is free will. If we did not have free will, then we would have no responsibility, either. We could wander through the days like robots waiting for the next thing to happen to us. But God did give us free will, and this puts tremendous responsibil¬ity on us. it also opens up to us possibilities of total joy and fulfillment.

God will give you all the tools you need on earth to fulfill the great plans He has for your life. But it’s up to you to take up those tools and use them effectively. We are partners with God. We never have to do anything without His help, but He also expects us to make a willful choice to do our part.

Many are called to do great things, but not everyone is willing to take the responsibility for what they are called to do. God helps us, but He does not do everything for us. My brother died at age fifty-eight in an abandoned building in Los Angeles because he wasn’t willing to take responsibility for his past mistakes and do the work involved in seeing his life restored. As long as someone else did everything for him he was fine, but as soon as he had to make right choices on his own, he always drifted back to living for the moment instead of making hard choices that would produce good results in the future.

I wanted to help my brother, but he would not help himself. God wants to help us, but we must do the part He gives us to do. We have free will, and we can make right and good choices just as easily as we can make bad ones. The choice is ours either way.

Love Yourself Today: “Thank You, Lord, for the gift of free will. Help me to exercise wisdom as I make my choices.”

From the book Love Out Loud by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2011 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

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2 September, 2017 20:02

No More Insecurity
by Joyce Meyer

And they who know Your name [who have experience and acquaintance with Your mercy] will lean on and confidently put their trust in You, for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek (inquire of and for) You [on the authority of God’s Word and the right of their necessity]. – Psalm 9:10

Every one of us has experienced a measure of insecurity. At one time or another, we all want to step out and do something, but at the thought of it, insecurity freezes us in our tracks. But this is not the plan of God for our lives. He wants us to step out in faith and confidence.

Insecurity tries to torment us into being so doubtful and miserable we will be prevented from doing what God wants us to do and receiving all God has for us.

We can live without insecurity by building our faith on what God has said in His Word. When we open our mouth and confess what the Lord says to us and about us, God’s Word will give us the power to overcome fear, insecurity, and uncertainty.

If you find yourself trying to avoid confronting some issue in your life because of dread or insecurity, I encourage you to pray and ask God to do for you what He has promised in His Word—to go before you and pave the way.

Ask God to strengthen you in the inner man, that His might and power may fill you, and that you may not be overcome with the temptations to give in to fear.

From the book Closer to God Each Day by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2015 by Joyce Meyer. Reprinted by permission of FaithWords, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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29 August, 2017 14:11

Set Your Mind and Keep it Set
by Joyce Meyer

And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. – Colossians 3:2

The Bible says we are to set our minds on things above, not on things on the earth. Having been addicted to approval, I know how difficult it is not to think about it when we feel someone is not pleased with us. Thoughts of that person’s anger and rejection seem to fill our every waking moment. Instead of trying not to think wrong thoughts, choose right ones. Fill your mind with positive thoughts. Meditate on God’s Word and His will for you. Then wrong thoughts will find no place of entry.

We have all had the experience of being terribly worried about something, of having our minds rotating around and around a problem endlessly. If we get involved in something else that interests us, we stop worrying for a period of time. When it is quiet and we are alone, or when we have nothing else to do, we begin to worry again.

I have found that one of the best allies against wrong thinking is to stay busy doing something for someone else. I don’t have time to think about “me” when I am occupied with someone else’s need. In this way I set my mind on what is above, not on earthly things. I set my mind on God’s instruction to me to walk in love (See Ephesians 5:2).

From the book New Day, New You by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2006 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

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22 August, 2017 13:25

13 Real Women On The One Thing They Wish They’d Known Before Getting Married

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It’s 2017, and a growing number of couples live together before making their union legal. Because they already know what it’s like to pick dirty socks off the floor and fight over taking out the trash, they doubt much will change when they decide to get married. But are they right?

To find out, we consulted 13 real women and were surprised to learn that actually, the opposite is true. From dealing with tricky in-laws to the truth about how hard kids are on a marriage, here’s what you should keep in mind if you’re considering tying the knot:

1. You’ll finally be treated like an adult.

“I wish I’d known how differently the world would treat me. Somehow my nine-year relationship was finally considered valid in the eyes of my co-workers, family members, friends, and strangers. My husband and I are suddenly treated like ‘grown-ups,’ which is advantageous, albeit strange, since we’re exactly the same people we were before.” —Margaux, 31

2. It’s all about compromise.

“This is naive to say looking back, but I wish I’d known how much compromise is involved in marriage. I got married young, and to me marriage seemed like the easiest thing in the world. Now, I can see how much of it is give and take—and especially when our kids were young, it was a lot of ‘give.’ Still, I wouldn’t trade my 30-year marriage for anything.” —Ellen, 55

3. Beware of the in-laws.

“I wish I knew how much I hated his mother.” —Caroline, 45

4. Don’t forget about the little things.

“I wish I’d known how important it is to keep talking to your spouse and telling them about what’s going on in your life. Once you’re married, so much of your relationship becomes management of day-to-day life. Don’t forget to tell them about new friends you’ve made or funny things that happen throughout your day. Oh, and ignore the ‘don’t go to bed angry’ advice. Sometimes you need to.” —Molly, 36

5. The word “husband” is tricky.

“I’ve been with my now-husband for almost 11 years, and we eloped a few months ago. I liked the word boyfriend, and I had no idea how much I would hate saying husband. Maybe I’ll get used to it over time, but for now it feels unnatural and strange!” —Tanya, 30

6. Don’t forget that you’re getting a new family.

“I wish I had known how much I’d be adopting a family as part of the marriage. I always call my mom on my way home from work, but having to split those phone calls between her and my mother-in-law and having to explain everything twice is quite exhausting. But on the flip side, it’s wonderful to have another wise woman in my life whose perspective is so different from mine or my mother’s.” —Anna, 30

7. Language barriers are tough.

“My husband is Mexican. When we got married I underestimated how important it was for me to learn Spanish. It’s pretty isolating being at a dinner table or on holiday with your new family and have no idea what they are saying. I’m now taking private lessons, so hopefully I’ll be able to join in on the conversation sometime soon!” —Lena, 28

8. Kindness is the most important thing.

“Above all, marry someone kind. The ‘exciting’ guy probably won’t be there to rub your back while you’re crying because your 2-month-old infant won’t go to sleep.” —Melissa, 43

9. Fight right.

“I had no idea there were ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways of fighting. The silent treatment is really damaging to a relationship, which it took me years to learn. Fights are inevitable, but there are ways to fight more productively and like you love each other. Avoid swearing if you can!” —Jane, 51

10. “Congratulations!”

“I recently got married, and I’ve never been congratulated so much in my life. Career accomplishment? No big deal. Marriage? Apparently, that’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I don’t love it, but I’m hoping it dies down soon.” —Lily, 30

11. Kids aren’t that hard on a marriage.

“People say kids are really hard on a marriage, but for us it was easy because we love our daughter so much. More than we could ever have imagined.” —Joy, 59

12. Wedding planning isn’t easy.

“I wish I’d know how to plan a wedding before our wedding. I feel like I could plan a second wedding a lot easier than a first wedding.” —Laura, 33

13. “Happy wife, happy life?”

“Don’t listen to all the crappy conventional advice people give you because every relationship is different. I honestly can’t listen to one more person say ‘happy wife, happy life’ at a wedding. Make up your own advice!” —Carrie, 34

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