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YOUR BREAKTHROUGH

“[The] One who breaks open the way will go up before [you].” Mic 2:13 NIV

Are you thinking, “If I don’t get a breakthrough, I’m not going to make it?” Try to understand these two things: (1) Your problem is just an opportunity for God to work on your behalf. You are positioned to experience the truth of these words: “[The] One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their king will pass through before them, the Lord at their head.” By God’s grace you can prevail over your circumstances. You can rise above discouragement and the self-defeating mentality that says, “Nothing’s going to change for the better.” You say, “But I tried and failed!” Okay, mark that off your list and say, “Now I know what doesn’t work.” Rejoice, God knows the way, and He’s going before you! (2) Before you experience a breakthrough there’s usually a shake-up. Chuck Jaeger, the World War II hero who broke the sound barrier, fractured his ribs in a horse riding accident the day before he hopped into the cockpit and attempted to do what had never been done with a plane before. His friends said, “You’re in too much pain. Don’t do it.” His fears told him, “Nobody’s ever done it before. You won’t either.” At 700 miles an hour the plane began to shake violently. Then suddenly he broke through into what he described as “a great calm.” That’s how it is when you’re about to experience a breakthrough. When everything around you starts to shake and your fear level skyrockets, you’re not about to crash and burn, you’re on the threshold of a breakthrough!

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Peaches
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ARE YOU LISTENING?

Are you a good listener when it’s your voice you hear?
Do you resemble my friend here in the picture? 😉

 

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“Take heed how you hear.”
Lk 8:18 NKJV

To be a good listener you must: (1) Listen in an active manner. Pay attention. Nobody wants to talk to a corpse, so do these three things: paraphrase, clarify, and give feedback. Paraphrasing helps you understand correctly. Clarifying is asking questions until you fully understand what the other person means. Feedback is sharing your own thoughts and feelings in a nonjudgmental way. (2) Listen with empathy. You may not like what’s being said, but often as you listen, you realize that if you were in their shoes you might feel that way too. “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Ro 12:15 NKJV). That’s what empathy is all about. (3) Listen with openness. Selective listening, defensive listening, and filtered listening, are not open listening. Listen as though you were an anthropologist and the person was from another planet; their customs, beliefs and way of thinking are different from yours, and you’re trying to understand them. (4) Listen with awareness. Does what they are saying line up with the facts? Are they consistent? If you’ve listened actively, empathetically and openly, and still you don’t understand their point of view, you don’t have to attack. Wait, gather more information! Ask, “Could you tell me a bit more?” or “Could you give me a specific example?” Or you might say, “Thank you for letting me know your perspective. I’ll think about it.” Or, “That’s interesting, I hadn’t considered it in that light.” Or, “What you’re saying may have some truth to it. Tell me more.” Jesus listened. And the art of listening is a Christ-like skill you must develop!

EVEN THE TITANIC SANK…

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“These things happened…as…warnings for us.” 1Co 10:11 NIV

Scientists now say it was a series of slits, not a giant gash, that sank the Titanic, the opulent, nine-hundred-foot ocean liner that went down in 1912 on its first voyage from England to New York. Fifteen hundred people died that night in one of history’s worst maritime disasters. The most widely held theory was that the ship hit an iceberg, which opened a huge gash in its side. But an international team of divers and scientists recently used sound waves to probe through the wreckage, which is buried in mud two and a half miles deep. Here’s what they discovered. The damage was surprisingly small. Instead of a huge gash, they found six relatively narrow slits across the six watertight holds. “Everything that could go wrong, did,” said William Garzke Jr., a naval architect who helped the team with their analysis. So, what sank the Titanic? Basically four things, and these four things will sink you too: (1) They thought they were immune, that it couldn’t happen to them. (2) They were “asleep at the wheel” and failed to heed five different warnings. (3) It wasn’t one big thing, but a series of small things that took them under. (4) The problem that finally destroyed them was hidden beneath the water line, out of sight. The Bible says: “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us…So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” (vv. 11-12). Not one of us, however strong, wise, successful or virtuous, is immune to failure. So stay close to God!

 

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Peaches

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AWWW…GIVE ‘EM ANOTHA CHANCE!

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Give them another chance!

“How often shall…I forgive him?” Mt 18:21 NKJV

When people are upset they say and do the wrong things. At that point it’s easy for you to become critical of them and arrive at the wrong conclusion. Slow down; ask God for patience and understanding. Don’t force others to live by their past while you expect yours to be forgotten. Whatever you sow in mercy you’ll reap a hundred times over. Everybody makes mistakes, so give them a chance to come back into the relationship with dignity. How long has it taken you to correct the mistakes in your life? Aren’t you still working on some of them? Aren’t you glad people don’t know the whole story of your struggles? So give people time. Give them an opportunity to explain themselves. They may not even know the right words at first, so be willing to listen a little longer. Jesus put up with Peter’s weaknesses because He knew what Peter would one day become. Interestingly, when someone upset Peter he came to Jesus and said: “‘How often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’ Jesus said to him…‘Seventy times seven’” (Mt 18:21-22 NKJV). If they have a flicker of hope, fan that flame, don’t extinguish it. They don’t need a critic, they need a cheerleader. When Nathaniel Hawthorne was fired from his job he was devastated. But his wife said to him, “Now you can start that book you’ve always wanted to write.” Out of that came The Scarlet Letter. James Whistler failed at West Point. He also failed in business. But a friend encouraged him to try painting. And the rest is history. So give them another chance.

 

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Peaches

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