Jun
25
2009
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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: , , ,
Apr
20
2009
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Without Vision, You are Blind.

Helen Keller was once asked, “What is worse than being blind?”. Her response: “Being able to see… but having NO vision.”

Let the vision for your life, family, future, education, health, and ministry be clear to you. The vision that you establish for yourself, helps to guide you THAT place in life that you want to get to… but is just out of your reach.

Your vision for your life, is a roadmap… that will help you find the way to your destination in life, whenever you get lost.

Your vision for your life will help pull you to the top… when haters, naysayers, and hypocrites try to drag you with them to the bottom.

Your vision for your life helps to illuminate your surroundings… when you feel like everything is dark around you.

Basically, without a vision for your life… you’re JUST like a blind person. Only, you just run into more walls than they do!



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Written by Daniel Wiafe in: Goals,Vision | Tags: , , ,
Apr
14
2009
1

Need More Money in Your Pockets? Keep Reading if You Do… Part #3

I take it if you’re reading this, then your answer to the question, “Need More Money in Your Pockets…?” is probably YES!

The Bible says in 3 John 1:2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that you would PROSPER, and be in good health… even as your soul PROSPERS!

This PROSPERITY the Bible speaks about is not only for your finances… but also in your health, spiritual-life, family, and all aspects of your life.

Prosperity means many different things to many different people… but I’m sure we can agree that prosperity can mean “abundance”, “increase”,  and “wealth” in one’s life.

While I don’t believe that everybody will be filthy-rich like a Warren Buffet… or an Oprah Winfrey… I do believe that in the area of finances, God DOES NOT want any of His children to walk in poverty, be dodging bill collectors, parking our cars half-a-mile away from our house so the repo-man doesn’t get it… you get the point. We should NOT be walking around this earth poor, broke, and destitute!

Before you keep reading this juicy post… you’ll want to get familiar with the first two posts that were done back in December & February:

Part #1 is how you “Spend Your Way into Prosperity”. Sound contradictorary? Who cares how crazy it sounds… it works my friend! In a nutshell it says (1) Pay God First,  (2) Pay Yourself Second,  (3) Pay Those Bills on Time.

This is the link to read the whole post on Part #1

Part #2 is how you can “Simple Ways to Increase Your Income”. This post has a lot of meat and potatoes in it… and will fill you up if you’re hungry! In a nutshell it says (1) Focus in on your talent and (2) Three Simple Ways to Increase Your Income.

This is the link to read the whole post on Part #2.

That said… my wife and I have done financial workshops in the past in the church and in the community… and many times, people will ask, “What is the SECRET to Increase My Finances”…

… and my response would always be the same: “Shhhh… don’t tell anybody. The secret to increasing your finances is this: Make more money and/or spend less money.”

Nice, deep advice… huh? I ticked off more than a couple people with that type of advice.

But in reality it is true… and with most things in life… there is typically a SIMPLE process behind getting what you want in life, but executing that process is what is DIFFICULT for many.

The basics behind having more money and being more financially stable are: “Make more money and/or spend less money.” — Follow this process to a ‘T’, and I can assure with almost 100% certainty that you will ALWAYS be able have a nice roof over your head… a nice car to drive in… nice clothes to wear… be able to take nice vacations with your loved ones… be able to bless others around you… and NOT go in debt doing so.

Part #3 is going to deal with this topic: How to Get Out of Debt.

When my wife and I got out of debt some years ago… we followed the Dave Ramsey plan. We were lucky enough to find out about it while we were still pretty young (about 23 and 24 years old). We executed the plan, and completely got out of debt.

FACT: You simply CANNOT become wealthy financially… if you have an excess amount of debt.

Here is his plan:

(1) SAVE $1,000 IN AN EMERGENCY FUND:
Whatever it takes for you to get money in your savings account… do it! Sell stuff on eBay, Craigslist, garage sales, cut yards, deliver pizza, whatever… get at LEAST $1,000 in your savings account. What this does is to (A) Give you pride that you’re able to save a significant amount of money… and  (B) Helps to protect you for emergencies that happen in life (ex. car breakdowns, etc.)

(2) PAY OFF ALL YOUR DEBTS USING THE DEBT SNOWBALL:
Write down all the debts you have MINUS your mortgage (ex. car payment, credit cards, hospital bills, school loans) on paper, from the highest monthly bill you pay each month… to the lowest. Use the money that you used in STEP ONE to fund your emergency fund, to pay off the HIGHEST monthly bill first.

Keep on paying the minimum amounts required by all your other debts… and attack the highest debt. When you have killed that debt, move on to the next debt, and keep knocking them out until you have NO debts.

The typical person who follows this advice faithfully can be debt free in about 18-24 months.

(3) SAVE UP 3 TO 6 MONTHS OF BILLS IN YOUR SAVINGS

(4) INVEST 15% OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD INCOME INTO INVESTMENTS

(5) COLLEGE FUNDING FOR YOUR KIDS

(6) PAY OFF YOUR HOME EARLY
People say you have to have a mortgage for 20, 30, even 40 years? The devil is a lie.

(7) KEEP BUILDING WEALTH AND BE A GIVER!

Let me know what you think about this post… if you have any questions message me… and I’ll see you at the top baby!



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Written by Daniel Wiafe in: Money,Vision | Tags: , , , , ,
Apr
07
2009
2

The RICHEST Place on Earth — and How You Can Find It!

“Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified…. He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.” – The words of an angel, to a group of scared & confused Israelite women, almost 2000 years ago. (Matthew 28:5-7)

Many years ago, I attended a powerful, city-wide conference… that featured a magnificent speaker from the Bahamas, named Myles Munroe.

Here’s the question the speaker asked everybody that day:

Can you tell me what is the Wealthiest place on this earth?

There are probably like 10,000 answers you could give… and since I feel nice today (LOL), I’ll go ahead and tell you what some of the WRONG answers are.

The wealthiest place is NOT in the diamond fields of South Africa. It is NOT in the vast, oil fields of Kuwait. Nor is it in the royal wealth of the the banks of London… or in the stock markets of New York City.

The WEALTHIEST and RICHEST places on this earth lie in the graveyards and cemeteries all across this globe.

In these graveyards, lie the remains of people who NEVER attained their potential in life. They died without writing best-selling books that were in the fabric of their dreams.

They died without finding the cures to cancer, aids, and other diseases that for ages have plagued mankind.

In these graves are people who died without writing beautiful songs and ballads, that would’ve touched our hearts.

They died without starting multi-million dollar corporations that could have impacted the economy… and they died without starting organizations or ministries that would have changed the world.

In many cases, some of the things that these men and women could’ve have accomplished for mankind and this world is worth more than all the money, the gold, and the silver in this world… and sadly, a great WEALTH of ideas will never become manifest, because the owners of this GREAT wealth of knowledge will die before they can act upon it.

This is where YOU come in… and can play YOUR part in making sure that the richest place on earth, is NO longer our graveyards.

As many of you know, that this is Easter week… the week that those of us who are Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Resurrection simply means this: “Rising from the dead & Returning to Life”.

Many of us have dreams of becoming great men and woman… we have dreams of writing best-selling novels… starting successful businesses… running for political office…. the list is endless, but many of us NEVER accomplish that thing that we DREAM of doing.

Many times, it is because of fear and doubt… or ignorance… or a lack of resources on our part… the lies that people have told us… whatever the case is, sometimes the dreams and visions we have, are DEAD and buried within us… and we leave them in that grave within our hearts and minds… and when we die (which we all will), our dreams will die to… and NEVER have a chance to come alive.

This is a week that we celebrate LIFE, and it’s victory over death! Why not make it a week to also re-establish yourself… and where you’re at right now in life?

Now is the time for you to RESURRECT those dead dreams, passions, and ambitions of yours… and bring them back to life! It doesn’t matter what people say… or the lack of your resources… all that matters is God, and you can be assured He has all the resources and wisdom in the universe.

You were born in this time and in this age to make an impact and a difference in this world! You are NOT an accident or mistake… because what God creates, he instills purpose and potential in. This week and go after your dreams this week with a new fire and a new sense of urgency… and watch God use you!



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Apr
02
2009
2

Stop Chasing Your Tail… and Let Your Tail Chase You!

He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.” – King Solomon (Proverbs 12:11, NIV)

Many times in life, we are surrounded by so many distractions around us. These distractions tell us to do this… to do that… to go after this deal… to partner up with this person… to buy this product… to compete with our neighbors… the list is virtually endless!!

Having BIG dreams are healthy for us all, and God wants us to dream BIG. Dreams are ALWAYS attainable when we define a path to get to them. But fantasies, on the other hand… are imaginations that are unrestricted by reality… and will probably NEVER happen.

Too many people chase after fantasies all their life. Anytime something new comes along… they chase it. Then the next new thing comes along… and they chase that. And on, and on, and on… People who chase fantasies are like dogs that chase their tail. The dog can chase his tail all he wants… and will NEVER catch it!

Instead of wasting your valuable time chasing fantasies… learn to have your dreams chase YOU!

Know what your dreams (or goal) is by doing the following:

(1) Write it down on paper so it gets down in your spirit… and read it multiple times a day

(2) Set a path for yourself to attain that dream. You might say for example, to gain 15 lbs. of muscle, I need to drink 3 protein shakes a day… and lift weights 3 times a week.

(3) Follow your path… and watch your dreams chase you, and CATCH you!

That is how you “work your land”… and in doing that my friend… your dreams WILL by all means, catch you!



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Written by Daniel Wiafe in: Encouragement,Inspiration,Vision | Tags: , , ,
Nov
04
2008
1

Do You Have 20/20 Vision?

Where there is NO vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” – Proverbs 29:18

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When you hear or read the word “Vision“, how do you define that 6-letter word? Do you view it as just what your eyes see… or do you view vision as how far you can see… or perhaps, how well you can see (or can’t see) at night while you’re driving?)

Vision is defined in the dictionary as (1) The ability to see something… and (2) to have a vivid, mental image of something that has yet to pass.

I want you to concentrate hard on that second definition

To have a vivid, mental image of something that has yet to pass.

No, and I don’t mean you eat some spoiled, month-old bologna last night… and you had some crazy, translucent, vivid, mental images of blue Smurfs running around your bed (that sounds a bit scary, huh?)

I’m talking about YOU having the the type of vision… where you can vividly SEE yourself at a much further state than you are at presently, 6 months, 1 year, or 5 years down the line.

I’m talking about YOU having the type of vision, where you can SEE yourself as a millionaire… even if you don’t have nothing but a dime, an old Snickers wrapper, and a few balls of lint in your pocket.

I’m talking about YOU having the type of vision, where you can SEE yourself running your own business or going back to school and getting that degree that you always wanted… even if you have 6 kids, and 1 on the way, and are struggling to make ends meet!

I’m talking about YOU having the type of vision, where you can SEE your whole family coming back together like a real family… even though none of them gets along, haven’t talked to each other for years, are estranged,  and when they do meet up, want to rip each others throats out!

The type of vision God wants you to have. He wants your vision not to depend on what your natural eyes sees… but He wants your Vision to depend on what your eyes of faith sees. So just because your life may look like a hot mess right now in your natural eyes, doesn’t mean that’s where it has to stay at!

Allow God to fit you with a prescription pair of glasses that will totally change the way that you have been looking at the world.. and yourself. I promise you, the type of corrective lenses He will give you will give you such awesome 20/20 vision… you will see the light once again!

If you can see it, you can achieve it… and if you can achieve it… you can be it.

Make up in your mind RIGHT NOW… that no matter what you (or anybody else) thinks about you, that you are going to start seeing yourself as a successful person. You’re going to start seeing yourself at a much higher station in life than you currently see yourslef at.

Because this is VERY sad, but VERY true, when we don’t have a positive VISION for our life… we begin to slowly perish (die) on the inside. That fire, desire, and excitement that you had as a kid… will slowly start to fade… and you will actually start to die slowly on the inside.

Tomorrow, we will talk more about Vision… and how you can attain your vision through goals… so tell all your friends about the blog and tune in tomorrow.

Until then, see yourself as God sees you (a winner, an overcomer, his child, blessed beyond measure, a success), have an AWESOME day… and walk in God’s Abundance today, because tomorrow is too late!



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