Jul
13
2009
1

Even the Shortest Hurdler… Can Make It!

At 53 tall... Gail Devers was a championship track sprinter who DESTROYED her competition at the high hurdles. She didnt allow her lack of height to stop her from clearing hurdles... and neither should you!

At 5'3" tall... Gail Devers was a championship track sprinter who DESTROYED her competition at the high hurdles. She didn't allow her lack of height to stop her from clearing hurdles... and neither should you!

The following is a guest post by Wayne M. Reynolds… a good friend of mine from junior high, who went on to win the State Championship title in the hurdles in high school… and then later went on to be a championship caliber hurdler at the collegiate level.

At about 5’8″ in height… he pretty much defied the odds for what people typically envision a “championship hurdler” to be. Listen to this speedster, as he shares some insight… on how you can overcome “hurdles” in life:

I’ve been running hurdles for years, and now beginning to coach more and more. The one thing I realized, is that even the smallest hurdler can teach you something about how we get through life. In High School, I was usually one of the shorter hurdlers in the 110 and 300 hurdles…but that never stopped me from going to practice or being coached to do better. In the beginning, I didn’t even want to go out for Track, but my father, eager to see his son display what he saw in his mind and heart, pushed me.

He had a prophesy in his heart, to see a state champion. A scared, nervous, short and weak stomach little boy was going to be THE STATE CHAMPION???

I sat and looked at him…thinking “I’m not good enough, strong enough, or TALL enough, to do that.” Well, when you’ve been around the block a couple times, and let wisdom season your thoughts. You can read some things like a book (one of them being a person-me).

So the question is…how can a man lead people out of a land that has enslaved them, to a dead end ( an ocean ) with angry soldiers ready to kill them (behind them)??? How can a tender small town-beauty-athlete, fall in love with a big city-mysterious-creative-athlete???

How can a couple of brothers that have only seen birds fly, think that people can one day do the same thing with pieces of metal and plastic ??? How can a man born from a woman that is still a virgin, lead the biggest revolution in history, when he comes from a place considered to be lesser than the worst Reservation or Ghetto???

How can a woman, go from a loving girlfriend and singer to wife who is physically abused, then leave her husband and become an iconic singer??? How can a man who was cut from his high school basketball team end up the most influential basketball player in NBA history, and franchise owner???

Also, how can you go forward, if you have brothers, sisters, just your mother to raise you, drug addiction in your family; the only one to graduate college in your family, won conference/regional championships multiple times and back to back National Championships???

Last but not least, in a world where everyone wants things to make sense, and everything has to be logical, how does the shortest guy on the track, run faster, smarter and with more confidence than the taller hurdlers in high school, and college where they raise the hurdles, regardless of you growing or not???

Even the shortest hurdler can overcome the odds, so you can too.


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Jul
10
2009
2

Having the Mindset of a Millionaire #3 (Believe in Yourself)

Believe in Yourself!

Believe in Yourself!

Happy Friday to you!

Today is the third post in our Financial Fridays series… in which we will devote this blog to covering wealth, finances, and money… all from a Godly perspective.

On the previous Friday, we talked about having a Millionaire Mindset… and the 4 IMPORTANT principles I personally have used to help my household attain financial freedom.

(1) Not Going Back to Crap!
(2) Educating Yourself!
(3) Believing in Yourself!
(4) Taking Action!

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Believing in Yourself

“As a man thinks (believes) in his heart (mind), so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7).

If you think negative thoughts… you will have a negative life overall… and if you think positive thoughts, you will have a positive life.

There is NO changing that formula.

That is why it is so vital for us to get in the right mindset about our finances and business pursuits and BELIEVE in ourselves.

Just because you feel like you don’t have the “right ingredients” to become financial successful and wealthy… doesn’t mean you can’t become wealthy!

Who says you need a 4-year business degree or a M.B.A. to start a multi-million dollar business? Ask college dropouts Bill Gates (founder of Microsoft) or Steve Jobs (founder of Apple)… and they’ll tell you otherwise!

Who says you are not old enough to be a success financially? Ask Ashley Qualls (founder of WhateverLife.com) who was making $70,000 a month… by the tender, old age of 14.

You see friend, it doesn’t matter if you are not “qualified” enough… nor does it matter if you are not “gifted” enough.. or even “smart” enough.

The only thing that matters is that you BELIEVE in yourself. Believe in the power, the annointing, and the favor that is resting on your shoulders… by your Heavenly Father, who believes in you, more than you could ever believe in yourself.

Don’t listen to what naysayers or doubters may say about you… or how they may shoot down your ideas… or how they don’t believe in you. They’re probably broke and unhappy themselves!

Believe
that you can become wealthy… and even become a millionaire.

Show faith in your belief, by getting ready for the blessings. Get educated and read books in the area of business or in the career that you would like to pursue.

Many times, God will bless me with an INCREDIBLE idea… but then it’s up to me to act on it! If I don’t act on it… it will be a blessing lost. Whenever God gives you an idea WRITE IT DOWN… and act on it, or somebody else will!

Have a GREAT weekend, and until Monday… be blessed and walk in God’s abundance for your life today!



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Jul
09
2009
0

I believe in God– Even when he does not speak.

Sweeping across Germany, the Allied forces, in the closing days of the Second World War, search the farms and houses of the countryside looking for snipers. It is a dangerous job, and every precaution is taken. They search everywhere, no matter how unlikely a place may be to contain a sniper.

This particular house is one of those. It is abandoned–in fact, it’s not much more than a heap of rubble. Surely there can be no sniper hiding here. But the soldiers search anyway. They go through what was the living room, kitchen, and so on. No sign of a sniper.

Then one of them notices what looks like the entrance to the bowels of the earth; a square hole surrounded by crumbled bricks and leading into sheer blackness. Some of the searchers get flashlights and prepare to enter the black hole. When the light penetrates the darkness, they can see that this was, in another time, the basement of the house. Being in the dark, they are very cautious lest an enemy soldier be hiding there.

After a while, they find no one and are about to leave when one of the searchers sees something on one of the basement’s crumbling walls. Walking over they see a Star of David scratched onto the wall. Underneath it, in rough lettering is a message:

“I believe in the sun–even when it does not shine;
I believe in love–even when it is not shown;
I believe in God–even when he does not speak.”

A victim of the Holocaust had died in that dark place. And that person spoke to the living of faith; a faith that somehow was maintained even as all seemed lost; as they were sinking in a sea of hatred, violence, and war.

Amen.

by Terrance Bell



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Written by Daniel Wiafe in: Encouragement,Faith,Inspiration |
Jul
02
2009
3

Today is a Blessing to you… from Your Father!

Today is a day of blessing for you! One way to kickstart your day in a good way... is to get out into nature, and do some running.

Today is a day of blessing for you! One way to kickstart your day in a good way... is to get out into nature, and do some running.

This is the day the LORD has made… let us REJOICE and be GLAD in it.”  (Psalm 118:24)

No matter what trials or difficulties you have been facing all week long… remember that yesterday is gone… and know that TODAY is a new day.

Today is a day not like the day before… but it is truly a blessing for you to be alive… and you should be JOYFUL about this blessing!

Many times, we tend to get caught up with the junk and the mess that goes on in our lives, businesses, home, and workplaces… and as human beings, we tend to CARRY the weights and burdens with us on a day to day basis.

But now is the time for you to relinquish that load and that heavy burden. Don’t allow the things that happened yesterday (the past)… to negatively affect you in the present moment that God has made for you.

I am not saying for any of you to forget about yesterday… or not learn any lessons from what happened in the past… but what I am saying is this: DO NOT allow your yesterday to negatively impact or destroy your day today.

This is truly a beautiful day for you… wherever in the world you are located at… and no matter what is going on in your personal life. We are only blessed with so many days to walk on this earth, so it is definitely in your BEST interest to live life fully, without being weighed down by your past.

If you are feeling tired and worn out in the morning when you wake up… or if you feel depressed or highly stressed about the day that is yet in front of you, try some of Dr. Daniel’s remedies and tell me how it works out for you:

* Get a good night’s sleep. Go to bed around 9pm-10pm on weekdays… get a good 8 hours sleep, and wake up around 5am-6am. You will feel REFRESHED in the morning!

* Talk to God EARLY in the morning. Pray to God to give you strength and peace for your day today… and thank Him for the beautiful day that He has blessed you with… and thank Him for what He has already blessed you with (good health, beautiful family, roof over your head, etc.)

* Get the Daily News… Gospel News that is. I recommend getting a One Year Bible, that allows you to read the whole Bible in one year. If you are strapped for time in the morning… just read the New Testament section, Psalms, and Proverbs each day.

* Get Fresh Air. Try to get out after your 15 minutes of prayer & Bible time and get some fresh air. Get out into nature early in the morning and go jog… and get some good air into your system. That will invigorate you for the rest of the day!

* Declare What Your Day Will Look Like. Make a declaration with your mouth on what you EXPECT your day to look like… and more times than not your day will look exactly as the words you speak.

If you have any questions about God, the Bible, or life in general that you would like discussed next Thursday… please e-mail me at Daniel [at] TodayAbundance [dot] com… or leave a comment on this post.

Until tomorrow, be blessed, and walk in God’s abundance for your life today!



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Jul
01
2009
2

NEVER Allow Circumstances to Run Your Life!

Make your OWN choice today! Dont allow circumstances to run your life.

Make your OWN choice today! Don't allow circumstances to run your life.

Every day that we are blessed of God to live on this earth, we have decisions to make. Some decisions are easy to make and some decisions are difficult to make. Even when we decide NOT to make a decision… we are still making a decision.

Usually 99.9% (don’t quote me!) of the difficult and hard decisions that we make in life, are impacted by external forces, such as the bad economy…  negative people talking in your ear…  our past pains & failures…  our education…  misunderstandings…  fear, etc.

But I’m here to tell you today friend, that I have good news!

IF you ever wish to do something GREAT… or to be somebody GREAT in life… and you wish to achieve the FULL potential that your heavenly Father has put deep down in you… then you must realize that it doesn’t matter what the circumstances around you are…  it doesn’t matter what people may say to you…  and it doesn’t even matter what the economy looks like or sounds like.

All that matters is the fact that you serve a God WITHOUT limitations… and you are created in His image and you are blessed with FAR more potential than you could even fathom or think!

Listen to what George Bernard Shaw, a famous playwright in the 19th century said:

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.  I DON’T believe in circumstances.  The people who get on in this world are the people who GET UP and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, MAKE them.”


NEVER allow circumstances to control you…
NEVER allow circumstances to dictate your future…
NEVER allow circumstances to stop you from reaching your goals…
NEVER blame circumstances for your failures. Accept responsibilty for your actions & learn from your past!

You are the master of your destiny… and are blessed by the Best to succeed in everything that you set out to accomplish! Sure, you WILL fall at times… you will lose a few battles… the road will get tough at times… but if you persevere, “All things will be possible for you, if you believe!” (Mark 9:23)

Be blessed this week… don’t allow circumstances to run your life… and walk in God’s abundance for your life, today!



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Jun
25
2009
0

Got Questions about the Bible? Get Them Answered Every Thursday

Got Questions about the Bible? Get them Answered Every Thursday!

Got Questions about the Bible? Get them Answered Every Thursday!

Starting next week… every Thursday will be known as “Tough Question Thursdays” and every Friday will be known as “Financial Fridays“.

On Tough Question Thursdays, we will answer at least 5 questions that those of you following this blog have about the Bible, God, spirituality, or anything else!

On Financial Fridays (starting tomorrow)… we will talk about (duhh…) finances, wealth building, money, etc. from a Godly perspective.

This was an idea given to me by my friend Greta Farina out of Vancouver, a few weeks ago.

I invite you (starting right now!) to think of questions that you have always had… and no matter how foolish or simple your question(s) may seem to you… ask them on this blog.

IMPORTANT: Remember… no question is too foolish. We will even answer some of the most taboo questions about what the Bible says about different life issues.

Some of the questions that will be answered on Thursdays will probably be SO intense… it would make a prostitute blush! Some difficult questions that many people have are pretty broad… ranging from questions about suicide, pre-marital sex, masterbation, the Trinity, speaking in tongues, salvation, war… the list is quite endless!!!

I feel that it is VERY important that we who are Christians (and those of you who aren’t Christians, but want to learn more about it)… have an avenue of asking these questions and getting them answered.

What I will do each week on Thursday’s blog… is to prayerfully research and find the answers to all the questions asked. If I cannot find a DEFINITE biblical answer to your question… I will let you know!

(1) You can ask your questions (starting right… about… NOW) by sending them to my e-mail address: Daniel [at] TodayAbundance [dot] com replace the [at] with @, and the [dot] with a .

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(2) You can also write your questions as comments on this blog post. If you want me to keep your name private (when I write the answers every Thursday)… let me know!

The vision behind TodayAbundance.com is to, “Build a community of 100,000+ strong, positive individuals worldwide… who seek daily motivation & inspiration for life”

Studies show that most individuals who have more success… more happiness… more joy… and more wealth in life…. are those who ON PURPOSE devote time out of their busy days to engage in PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT.

This can be 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or whatever amount of time that you dedicate yourself to developing the the most valuable asset you own — which is YOU.

It is our goal to motivate you… inspire you… challenge you… and give you an avenue of personal development in your life in areas such as relationships, business, jobs, and health… all in a Godly and Biblical way.

Blessings to you and your whole household,

Daniel



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Written by Daniel Wiafe in: Encouragement,Vision | Tags: , , ,
Jun
22
2009
0

Focus on What is Ahead of You!

Focus on What is Ahead of You!

On July 4, 1952, Florence Chadwick was on her way to becoming the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel. She had already conquered the English Channel. The world was watching. Chadwick fought the dense fog, the bone-chilling cold and the sharks. She was striving to reach the shore but every time she looked through her goggles, all she could see was the dense fog. Unable to see the shore, she gave up.

Chadwick was disappointed when she found out that she was only half a mile from the coast. She quit, not because she was a quitter but because her goal was not in sight anywhere. The elements didn’t stop her. She said, “I’m not making excuses. If only I had seen the land. I could have made it.”

Two months later, she went back and swam the Catalina Channel . This time, in spite of the bad weather, she had a goal in mind and not only accomplished it but beat the men’s record by two hours!

Many times in life… we need to put “blinders” on. Blinders were commonly used on horses so that they could keep their vision on the road or the racetrack that was AHEAD of them… so that they wouldn’t get off track.

As people of God… we too must learn to put blinders on. When you have your blinders on… it will help you keep focused on your destination and what is ahead of you (your future)… so that you don’t focus on the junk to the side of you, or your past that is behind you.

Be blessed today and walk in God’s abundance today!



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Jun
17
2009
2

Declare Yourself to Be a Success!!

Declare Yourself to Be a Winner Today!

Declare Yourself to Be a Winner Today!

Have you ever woke up in the morning… and didn’t feel like getting out of bed. Perhaps you dreaded getting up because you knew you had a very busy day ahead of you… Perhaps you didn’t get up because you had to go to that ‘crappy job’ that you hated… or maybe truthfully, you didn’t want to get up, because you just plain didn’t want to have to deal with ANY of those crazy people that day.

Whatever the case is… I have some good news and bad news for you, you AWESOME man or woman of God. What do you want to hear first?

Bad news first? Okay thanks for telling me, here goes:

The bad news is no matter how bad, tired, unmotivated, or yuck you feel when you get up in the morning… you HAVE to get up! Unless you are dead or physically handicapped… you really don’t have a good reason to stay in bed.

The good news is this: Although you can’t stay in bed all day long for the rest of your life… you CAN control how your day goes, whether it goes positively or negatively.

And if your day is positive… then that gives you a good reason to jump up out of bed each morning with excitement!

The Bible tells you and I in Job 22:28 this: “You will decree (DECLARE) a thing and it WILL be established… and the light will shine upon ALL your ways”

Basically, when you start making declarations with your mouth… you can start to move things and shape how your day will unfold… even before you get out of bed!

Declare in the morning what you want your day to look like and feel like. Declare yourself to be a winner… Declare yourself to be wealthy… Declare yourself to be a better spouse or parent… Declare that you will be patient with those who get on your nerves… Declare that you will NOT flip people off in traffic.

Declare until you’re all blue in the face… and about to pass out, take a moment to rest up… and then declare some more!

Have you ever wondered why some people are VERY happy, positive, and have high self-esteems… while others around you are full of drama, negativity, and have low self-esteems?

It is because some people have discovered the secret to a joyful and awesome life. The secret is that they (1) THINK positively toward themselves and others, and (2) SPEAK positively toward themselves and others.

So right now, I challenge you to go through the 30-Day test that I am personally putting myself through. For 30 days, I will:

(1) Not think negatively towards anybody or myself (and if I do, I will immediately replace it with a positive thought)
(2) Make declarations with my mouth of what I EXPECT my day to look like.

I have even gone to the extent of writing down my declarations on paper… and have dedicated myself to reading them each morning before I get off to start working. Want to see what my declarations are? I know you do! Here they are:

* I will think positively today and allow negativity to ruin my day.
* I will walk in love towards my wife, others, and myself today.
* I will worship you God today in everything I do, and not be shy about telling others about your goodness.
* I will accept and love myself today, because I am created in Your image.
* Anything is possible for me to accomplish today, if I believe in it.
* I can do ALL things through you Christ Jesus, because you strenghten me!
* You have given me the power to get wealth today, so I know that my actions and your favor will lead me to increase in my business & finances.
* The wealth of the wicked is laid up for the just, and I am just because I believe in you Lord!
* I and my family are healed today in our bodies and in our minds by the stripes (wounds) you endured for us on cavalry.
* Today, I will walk in power against Satan, demons, and the world because I AM an overcomer!

What do you think about declarations? Let me know by commenting below… and tell us what some of your declarations are!

Blessings to you,

Pastor Daniel Wiafe



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Jun
15
2009
1

ALL things are POSSIBLE for YOU… if YOU Believe! (Part 3 of 3)

Persistence is a LONG Journey

Persistence is a LONG Journey

Have you ever been on a long road trip, that seems like it will never end? Perhaps it seems like you have been driving for an eternity and it seems like countless hours have passed by… and your legs are all cramped up… and your body is aching and screaming from sitting in that driver’s seat for so long.

Can you remember what that feels like?

Now can you also remember how relieved and elated you were when you finally pulled up to your destination? You probably felt like jumping out of your car and shouting to the world, “I DID IT!”.

The reason why we feel so good when we get to our final destination after a long trip… or we are all giddy with joy after we see a wonderful Thanksgiving day dinner set up, after hours of slaving away in a kitchen… or why we are able to stand up proudly after we spend many days working on assembling a book cabinet… is because of the persistence that we put into the task… FINALLY paid off after a certain amount of time.

This is Part #3 of ‘All Things are Possible for You… if You Believe!‘. In it, we discussed that when we go into prayer for anything we desire… whether it be for our family, finances, physical & emotional healing, whatever… there are 3 IMPORTANT concepts for us to remember when we aim to get results from our prayers.

THREE (3) CONCEPTS:
(1) God is Your Loving FATHER
(2) FAITH is the Engine that Moves Prayer
(3) PERSISTENCE is the Road You Travel until You Reach the Results

Today we’ll be talking about a little word called Persistence

PERSISTENCE is the Road You Travel until You Reach the Results You Want
Many thousand years ago in a country known as present-day Iraq, there lived an Israelite captive whose name was Daniel (and no, it wasn’t me… I’m not that old). He had received some alarming and detrimental news in a vision about his countrymen… and he immediately set in his heart to get answers to his questions from God.

Anyways, he was so sorrowful that he went into mourning for his people… and decided to abstain (fast) from meats, breads, and wine.

This guy named Daniel stayed before the Lord looking for an answer… and after 3 weeks… an angel of the Lord named Michael met him. Not only did the angel meet Daniel… he brought Daniel’s answer to him from God all wrapped up with a bow tie! (okay… so there wasn’t a bow tie on it)

What got me about this event that started out in the 10th Chapter of Daniel… is that Michael told Daniel that the very FIRST day he sent his prayer up, God received it.

But it took Michael a FULL 21-days to fight his way through hell and high-water… in order to get the answer to Daniel. If Daniel had stopped seeking God when he did not get instant results… he would NOT have gotten his answers.

But Daniel who several years earlier had found himself on the wrong side of a lion’s den… knew from experience, that his God was able to accomplish anything and everything… and he knew to persist, until he received his anwer.

The word persistence is defined as “refusing to stop, to relentlessly seek after a thing until you get it”

This is the 3rd and final concept in getting our prayers answered. We MUST be persistent. When we pray, of course we should believe in instant results. But even if we don’t see things happen instantly, just like Daniel… we should know that our Father has heard our prayers… and whether we have to wait a week, a month, a year… we will PERSISTENTLY wait for an answer to our prayer!

Persistence is a LONG road… but the bigger that thing is that you want… the more passion you should have for it… and the more persistent you should be.

Because honestly friend, I cannot give you an exact formula for a ‘prayer that gets answered instantly’. But I can say this… that if you are persistent in your prayer and in your faith… you will ABSOLUTELY praise God when you receive that answer from God for that thing you have been praying for, for so long.

If you grow weak while you are traveling down that long, sometimes lonely road called persistence… remember what one of my favorite Scriptures says:

Wait on the Lord and He WILL renew you strength… He will mount you up on wings like an eagle. You WILL run and not grow weary, you WILL walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Let me know what you think in your comments! Be blessed and walk in God’s total abundance for your life today.



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Jun
08
2009
2

Facing Your Giants!

Never give up on yourself under any circumstance, because you have more power… more guts… and more courage than you think!

Watch ‘Facing Your Giants’, and INSPIRATIONAL YouTube movie below. It will definitely charge and inspire you… and let me know what you think in the comments section.



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