Monthly Archives: February 2016

Just Asking… (Is it time for you to move on?)

And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. (Taken from I King of KJV of the Bible.)

God allows us to go to certain places, do certain things or be with certain people during specific seasons in our lives. During these times, things may flourish, and we know that we are in the perfect Will of the Father. Then, after a while, the same places, things or people in which God guided us towards become barren or burdensome in our lives. What has happened? It may be that those places, things or people have served their purposes in our lives, and it’s time for us to move on.

God instructed Elijah to hide himself by the brook Cherith. God promised to provide Elijah with provision there. The Bible states that after a while, the same brook, the one that God led Elijah to, dried up. The brook had served its purpose in Elijah’s life, and it was then time for him to move on.

When God instructs us to move from places, things or people that He initially guided us towards, we need to move without hesitation. When the places, things or people have served their purposes, we can no longer make them fit into our destinies. Trying to do so will only create heartache and pain.

THOUGHT TO PONDER: The same things that provided provision can cause pain if we remain with them past God’s allotted Time.

Excerpt taken from Nuggets of Faith

Just Asking… (Do you pray with expectation?)

But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.  (Taken from Acts of the KJV of the Bible.)

 

It is always conducive for us to pray with expectation. However, we know that there are times when we fail to pray this way. Sometimes we pray because we feel obligated. Other times we pray because it’s ritualistic. But it’s the times that we pray in expectation that we really please the Father.

 

In the above passage of scripture, believers were praying for Peter’s release from prison. When God supernaturally answered their prayers, they were astonished. Some even doubted that it was Peter and said, “It is his angel.” They were praying yet not believing for results.

 

God wants us to pray and expect results from Him. Prayer is our line of communication with the Father. It can move His very Heart. So when we pray, let’s believe that He hears us and will perform according to His perfect Will.

 

THOUGHT TO PONDER: Why pray if you don’t believe God will respond?

Excerpt taken from Nuggets of Faith

Just Asking… (Do you realize that what’s in a person will eventually come out of that person?)

Nuggets of wisdom are everywhere. If we slow down and take time to examine things, we will find bits of wisdom in the most unusual places and at the most unusual times. As I was completing a household chore, the question posted above flashed across my mind. I wasn’t consciously seeking it, but it appeared, seemingly out of nowhere. Since it appeared, I took a moment to reflect on it. It reminded me of a verse I learned earlier in my life.

 

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil; for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. (Taken from the KJV of the Bible.)

 

This verse reminds me that if we listen to a person long enough and watch his behaviors over a span of time, we will discover that person’s true self. Truth is so powerful that it has a way of seeping through deception, given time.

 

Knowing this, it is wise to take time to listen to and observe a person carefully. If you do, you won’t have to work at guessing what type fruit tree he is, his speech and behaviors will do the work for you.

Books by Levon

Just Asking… (Can you live the advice you give?)

I woke up this morning with a new resolve. I had been spending so much time at the computer working on projects, that I neglected other areas of my life. Instead of working on writing projects in moderation, I felt the need to get the “next thing” done right away. As a result, I felt off-balanced, stressed and frustrated. I must admit, somewhere in the recesses of my mind I knew this was not wise because I worked in a role of helping people take care of themselves; but because of my tunnel vision, I fell into an unhealthy trap.

 

This shortsightedness reminded me of an old adage, “Practice what you preach.” Sometimes it is easy for a person to give advice to others and neglect that same advice himself. Sometimes it is easy for a person to point out flaws in others when those same flaws are humungous in his own life. Sometimes a person overlooks his shortcomings and magnifies those of others.

 

There is nothing wrong with advising others (at times), but it would behoove us to take stock of our own lives to ensure that we are living what we are advising. Paul, a believer, said it so eloquently.

 

But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (Taken from the KJV of the Bible.)

 

So, refuse to be a castaway in life. Make sure the advice you are giving is the advice you are living.

Books by Levon

Just Asking… (Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?)

If we say, we will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore, come and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.  (Taken from II Kings of KJV of the Bible.)

 

There are times in our lives when we come to a state of desperation. We are too miserable to stay where we are, even though circumstances and situations say we cannot proceed. It feels that if we remain in our current state, we will die. Afraid to stay, yet afraid to move.

 

Whenever times like these arise, an internal struggle takes place. Pressure causes us to look at the pros and cons of where we are. If the mental lists prove that we have nothing to lose, we are more prone to step out (even if fear grips every part of our beings).

 

The leprous men knew this feeling. They reasoned, “Why sit we here until we die?” They knew that immobility at that time would lead to physical death. They therefore stepped out; and as a result, they were blessed.

 

THOUGHT TO PONDER: When you get sick and tired of being sick and tired, you’ll move.

Excerpt from Nuggets of Faith

Just Asking… (Do you realize that learning to say “no” can reduce a lot of your stress?)

Have you ever met a person who thinks he can be everything to everybody? This person is known as a “people-pleaser” because he will do almost anything to avoid hurting the feelings of others. He may have a million and one things on his “to-do list,” yet when someone asks him to do just one more thing, he readily accepts. He may be seething on the inside, angry because he has one more thing to do, but you would never know it by looking at him, because he accepts the request without resistance.

 

If you take a closer look at this individual, you may notice headaches, stomachaches, backaches, depression, chest pains, inability to sleep, etc. He carries the loads of others, trying to protect their feelings while forfeiting his own comfort and peace of mind.

 
In instances like these, a two-letter word can go a long way. Saying “no” to the requests of others may be the very medicine that’s needed. It may be uncomfortable at first, and others may even get angry, but it will be worth it if it lightens the overwhelmed person’s load.

 

If you find yourself stressed because you take on too much, try this one-word, two-letter cure. The wonder-working effects may surprise you.

Books by Levon

Just Asking… (Do you realize that pain can be a great motivator?)

Most of us don’t like pain. However, pain can be a driving force for change. Some people will never do anything differently in their lives until the pain of situations become unbearable. They have to hit their bottoms before they start to look up and believe they can do better.

 
Have you ever seen someone complain about his job every day, but doesn’t make a change until he is passed over for a promotion or a raise? Have you ever seen someone moan and groan about his weight, but doesn’t get serious about changing his diet until his doctor gives him a bad report? Have you ever seen someone refuse to let go of a negative friend until that friend betrays his trust and causes him great distress?

 
In situations like these, pain is our friend and not our enemy. It allows us to move away from something that is causing “dis-ease” in our lives. So don’t despise your pain. It may be the conduit that takes you to better things.

Books by Levon