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Monday, April 30, 2007

If You Had to Live with You...Would You Throw YOU Out?


Do you live with a difficult spouse? Are you in a difficult relationship? Is your child giving you ‘grief’? How about that pesky neighbour of yours, yes, the one that’s always nosing into your ‘business’? How are you dealing with these people? Do you feel like you’d rather go for a walk instead of dealing with their bickering, fault finding and all the other annoyances? Do you feel like you want to throw them out?

We all have difficult situations that we have to deal with and overcome in our relationships with others, especially the ones we live with. But have you ever stopped to consider you? Yes, you. Step out of yourself for a bit and switch roles here. If you lived with you, how would life be? Those bad days; you know, the ones when you got off on the ‘wrong side of the bed’, the moodiness? The hormones are doing summersaults and you feel like you’re losing it; on a high one minute, and suddenly dropping to 5 below. How do you ever keep up with you?

Take some time to examine you from the eyes of another and consider this when you’re complaining about the spouse that’s controlling, negative, arrogant or rude…., the child that does not listen, or is messy…., when you’re agitated with their short comings, their faults and flaws. How about you? Are you portraying these same characteristics that you’re complaining about? Picky, critical, negative, playing the blame game …

Are you trying to change the people around you to suit your liking in order to make you feel happy, comfortable? Happiness and joy truly comes from within. Our discontent of others is really a discontent of ourselves.

If each one of us were to take stock of our lives and focus on changing ourselves, there would be less fussing and fighting. Yes, there are difficult spouses, children and situations? But why not consider changing you first. After all, it is the only power and right that you’re allotted in the earth - the power to change you from the inside, and as you begin to change and radiate on the outside, you liberate others to do the same.
Written by Alicia Isaacs

Thursday, April 19, 2007

The Muscle of Faith

Your faith muscle must be exercised to build strength, endurance, sustenance, and resistance.
Strength – to carry the dream.
Endurance – to continue to the length of time it takes to get to the final birthing of the dream.
Sustenance – to uphold you and encourage you to keep moving forward in spite of the distance, the weight of the dream, the pressure, disappointments, discouragements and setbacks.
Resistance – to deflect negativity - doubts, quitting.

Your ‘Why’ is that thing that is most important to you. It is what you carry with you to give you the boost to endure, persist and develop inner strength when exercising faith.

Faith is that which you see in your mind’s eye that you desire to have and that you believe you can have and know you can attain, and know somehow a way will be made for its attainment even if you cannot physically see it at the present, but you expect its appearance.

Faith is what gives you that extra boost and rejuvenates you. It’s that rejuvenating feeling of having that desire and dream fulfilled that gives you extra joy to continue to hope and pushes you past any and all obstacles that gets in the way of its attainment.

It’s that shield that blocks all dream stealers, onslaughts of doubts because of that deep down inner knowing that the end result, that goal, that longing, will be satisfied and will come to pass.

It’s that which causes and forces things that are in the unseen to push through and break forth into the physical existence. There is that force that comes with energy and persistent determination, extreme discontent with the current situation, much in the same way as survival.

Desperation to get to that goal causes it to break, as you pursue with persistent aggression and somewhat of an obsession. It’s more than a wanting, it’s a longing of the heart, soul and being that causes or propels the body to move forward to action to bring about change and attain the desired results. It’s the putting the foot in the ground and saying, “No more, enough is enough. I shall have it.”

Its attainment brings about resolution and satisfaction – a sense of relief and accomplishment.

It’s not a passive waiting but an active aggressive motion to bring about change, and bring the change and desired end result into existence.

It goes from the place of wishing, to sinking deeper into the soil of your heart, penetrating your soul, springing forth into a longing, pressing upward into focused pursuit forming an outer shield that pushes off disappointment, negativity, and failure, and breaking out into active energy and physical attainment and achievement.

So, I ask again, “How is your faith muscle?” Examine yourself and see where you are; are you ready to step up and work out? Build those muscles and live!

Written by Alicia Isaacs

Monday, April 9, 2007

Resurrecting Your Dreams

As you know, Easter is the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many have attended services reflecting on the sacrifice that Jesus made for us as humanity, and the great works He did to express His love towards us.

But when the celebration is over and we return to our regular busy daily lives, how does this great sacrifice affect us? How does it affect our beliefs?

The purpose of Jesus’ death and resurrection was to give us a chance to live; and truly live in freedom – in joy and peace. Do you continue to live as if you have no purpose, no dream and no hope? What great example displayed, to show you that even though your dreams may have been trampled on, abused and rejected by others, does not predict the outcome or the final destiny of the manifestation of those dreams.

Even though the vision tarries – wait for it! Dare to dream and live again. You may have abandoned your dreams because of adverse circumstances; someone said it was impossible, others told you, you don’t have the money to do that, another said, you are not smart enough, and the list could go on and on… But if you dare to dream, believe, come alive and live again, taking one step at a time – nothing will be impossible for you.

Whatever you need to begin, and continue the process, will be supplied to you along the way. As long as you stay, you hope, you believe – it will come to pass.
You may need to take a detour, if necessary, because of roadblocks. But the destination point is still the same, even though the path may be different from when you originally started out.

Follow Jesus’ example to live again, and out of the ashes will spring up new life!

Written by Alicia Isaacs

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Creating Miracles - The Process

It's your turn to learn from the Master... and create miracles in your life...

Jesus wanted to feed the people because they were hungry. The disciples were concerned.

How can anyone fill and satisfy these people with loaves of bread here in this desolate and uninhabited region?

The disciples looked around them – the situation seemed impossible. They looked at the crowd, calculated the cost, and gave a final analysis. In a logical natural sense, only what the eyes could see, it was an impossible situation.

Jesus, however, did not focus on the surrounding circumstance. He could have said, “You’re right, there’s way too many people here to feed, and we can’t do that. Sorry folks, that’s all for now, hope you make it back home safely. God go with you and keep you on the way.” No, Jesus asked, ”How many loaves have you?” He knew it was food they needed. So He looked at what the disciples had to match the need. “Seven,” they replied.

Jesus told the people (the multitude) to sit down on the ground. He took the bread, the 7 loaves, and gave thanks. He broke them and kept on giving them to His disciples to put before the people, which they did. Notice here, the words were kept on giving –showing ongoing, continuing.

Jesus did the same with the few small fish – He praised God and gave thanks, and asked Him to bless them (to their use). Again, these were ordered to be set before the people. They ate and were satisfied. The Bible says, they took up seven (large provision) baskets full of the broken pieces left over. He dismissed the 4,000 of them. Mark 8:1-10

Let’s closely examine the process Jesus used; 4000 people to be fed in a ‘desolate and uninhabited region’.

Jesus saw an opportunity to display the glory of God; only 7 loaves and a few small fish – enough to create a miracle.

Spiritual laws when activated, dominate the natural laws, and shifts and bends, changes and multiplies them to meet the spiritual/inner desired results; faith that rises above every situation.

Jesus said that the works He did, we shall do also and even greater works shall we do because He is going onto the Father.

We need to harness the power God has given us within, and discipline our minds, and our tongues to control and move mountains in our lives.

The physical evidence shows: large crowd, 7 loaves, and few fish. Logically/naturally that does not make sense. But Jesus knew who He was and the power that lies within Him. He changed and transformed, shifted the natural laws by applying the spiritual and supernatural laws.

1) He set 1st His intentions – to feed the people.
2) He looked for what they already had that he could use
3) He took the bread – 7 loaves
4) Gave thanks – gave is the key word. He first gave to the spiritual realm/to God – giving thanks, showing gratitude
5) He then broke the bread and kept on giving

He satisfied the requirements of both laws – the heavenly and the earthly.

The heavenly law – praise, gratitude, thanksgiving
The earthly law – giving to others, taking care of the needy (their physical, emotional, mental needs)

1) The few fish
2) He praised God and gave thanks
3) He asked God to bless them (fish) to their use – for the purpose He intended- to feed the people
4) He gave to the people

Again, He satisfied both laws – the spiritual, then the natural.

The crowds were fed, and satisfied, and the leftovers were gathered up.

There are situations in our lives that we know we need to change by stepping out and putting our faith into action, instead of walking by sight – waiting for external conditions to be favourable.

To step out by faith, however, takes a risk on our part; sometimes, not knowing the final outcome, or even, the next step until we get to that point. Following your heart and dreams is to walk by faith and not by sight. Every step you take would be by faith. You may not be able to see the whole plan, but as you step out, putting one foot at a time, the way becomes clearer, your total trust and confidence is in God, your inner senses become stronger, more keen/sharper.

Staying safe will yield its usual fruit, but leaving the safe region and stepping out in faith will yield a greater abundance, a greater harvest, producing a greater miracle. God has given you the power to create wealth. You have the creative power working in and through you. You can create exactly what you desire. You create your reality, by your belief, (your heart), your mind (your thoughts), your words (what you speak/say). Your mind/thoughts work in sync with your outer world.

In achieving what we want, we need to follow the necessary steps in its attainment – the final outcome.

1) Thought – financial, spiritual, emotional.
2) Next step – pull out/collect, all the necessary ingredients – action plans/steps. These will come as you move along.
3) Put the plan into action – even if you only have one part, the other parts will come.
4) Reap the benefit.

God uses the small things in our lives to create big things. It took a small seed to grow into a huge tall tree. It also took a tiny fertilized egg to form a baby that grows into a great man or woman.

Allow the small seeds in your life to be developed to create change and produce miracles.

Written by Alicia Isaacs

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