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Because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. – Romans 8:14

The greatest sign that you and I are maturing in our walk with God is when we can discern the difference between “good things” and “God-things.” When the people of Israel journeyed out of Egypt through the desert, they were led by the cloud by day.  They could move only as fast as the cloud.  If they went ahead, they went without God’s presence.  If they lagged behind, they also lost God’s presence.

Each of us must have the discernment to know when God is leading in a matter, or if it is simply a good idea.  There are so many things in which you and I can be involved, and the more successful you become, the greater the temptation to enter into things where God has not called you.  Entrepreneurs are especially prone to see all the opportunities.

I recall one time when I entered into a project that thought was a great idea.  It would help many people.  After two years, the project had to be discontinued. It was a great lesson on understanding what projects have God’s blessing on them.  There are some projects you and I might get involved in that result in little fruit compared to the investment put into them. That is because they may never have been birthed by the Holy Spirit.

As sons of God, we are called to be led by the Spirit.  This requires a level of dependence on God in which many of us really do not want to invest.  It requires listening, waiting, and moving only when God’s spirit tells us to move.  Businesspeople are “action” people.  We know how to get things done, but our greatest strength can be our greatest weakness.

Today, ask God to make you a Romans 8:14 man or woman who is led by the Spirit of God.  Pray against lagging behind or moving ahead.  Ask God to reveal whether the next project you consider is a “good thing” or a “God-thing.”

[Source: Today God Is First, Section four, Decision Making  by Os Hillman]

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Read: Jeremiah 29:11-14

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.  You will seek me and find me.  When you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

 

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Read: 1 Samuel 17:32-37

The penny has been called the most despised unit of US currency.  Many people will not bother to pick up a one-cent coin if they see it lying on the ground.  But some charities are finding that pennies add up to significant sums, and that children are generous givers.  As one participant said, “Small contributions can make a huge difference.”

The Bible account of David and Goliath describes a seemingly insignificant person whose confidence in God was greater than any of the powerful people around him.  When David volunteered to face the giant Goliath, King Saul said “You are not able to go against this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:33).  But David had faith in the Lord who had delivered him in the past (v.37).

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David did not suffer from “the penny syndrome”- a sense of inferiority and helplessness in the face of an overwhelming problem.  If he had listened to the pessimism of Saul or the threats of Goliath, he would have done nothing.  Instead, he acted with courage because he trusted God.

It’s easy to feel like a penny in a trillion-dollar deficit. But when we obey the Lord in every circumstance, it all adds up.  Collectively, our acts of faith, large or small, make a big difference.  And every penny counts- David McCasland.

It matters not how large or small your faith may seem be; what really counts is whom you trust in life’s uncertainty. –  Fitzhugh

Courage will follow when faith takes the lead.

[Source: Our Daily Bread, 11 April 2013]

I came across to this topic in wikihow.com and find it helpful to those who are in a long distance relationship. This is  quite long but a good read :).

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Tips

  • Avoid temptations, the best and easiest way to be faithful would always be to not put yourself in a situation where you would have to be tested. Temptations would always come your way, but avoiding certain things would let your partner know that there’s nothing to worry about.
  • One of the hardest parts of a long distance relationship is connecting when one person gets busier than the other. If this happens in a relationship, it is important to maintain communication. If you are the busy person, try to warn your partner ahead of time that you will be working many hours and may have limited time. If you are the not-as-busy person, take advantage of the time by picking up a new hobby, getting in shape, reading a new book, etc. Flexibility is very important.
  • Living far apart gives you both a chance to grow as individuals. Some couples break up to “find themselves”, but in a long distance relationship you both have enough space to do your own things and still have a connection.
  • A long-distance relationship is no different from a proximal relationship in that they both require a great deal of work, excellent communication, patience, sacrifice and understanding. But you will have to work extra hard to maintain the communication and to stay focused enough to not let your daily life interfere with your desire to be with the other person. Don’t forget them or you can forget the relationship and it will all be over.long-distance-relationship
  • Sometimes phone/email/IM communication can get bland. Don’t forget there are other ways to interact! Use the internet and find things you both can do together. It takes the pressure off, it gives you a break from constant talking, and it can be fun.
  • Buy a webcam so you can chat “face-to-face” and see each other, so when you meet you will remember how your partner looks.
  • Don’t be afraid to talk about the “boring” parts of your day. The trickier, almost subconscious part is maintaining the feeling of being intermingled in your partner’s life, a state the experts often refer to as “interrelatedness.”
  • Make a creative countdown and mail it to your partner to enjoy until you see each other next. For example, create a photo calendar, with something you add for each day to describe what you love about them.
  • It’s important to talk about the future. If you’re not sure how long you will be apart, try to make goals for when you can move near one another again.
  • Spice things up by meeting halfway (if it’s within a reasonable distance) to grab a bite to eat or get some coffee. This is a great alternative if you’re not able to dedicate an entire weekend with your significant other.
  • Remember “Always toward absent lovers love’s tide stronger flows.”
  • Don’t talk on the phone TOO often. Since most of your relationship is based off of phone calls, you don’t want to run out of things to talk about for the whole day. Calling one to two times daily will allow you to talk to each other without having repetitive conversations.
  • Do not set unreasonable expectations for your visit and/or future plans. Fantasizing about the visit is fine, but not out loud verbally or by email to your partner. Instead, enjoy the excitement of the surprises to come. By stating that a surprise is coming can allow to much thought time for the receiver and leaves both of you open to disappointments.
  • Mail each other scented clothes (or even clothes smelling of your sweat—pheromones are a great way to establish intimate contact). If you can see each other once a week, leave a t-shirt splashed with cologne for your lover before you leave.
  • The Long Distance Relationship Guidebook is a well-balanced, practical book for couples in long distance relationships who need some guidance.
  • It helps to have a solid time in the future for when the long distance part of the relationship will end, no matter the time length. Without it, the relationship can begin to mold into something that is always distant—even with great communication. With it, each person can see the point at which the distance will end and work harder to keep emotions readily available.
  • When talking to your partner, take note of things they enjoy the most (hobbies, day-to-day activities, etc.), and do a little research on it so you have more to do when you see them next. For example: If your partner likes to dance, find the location of different clubs where you will see them next. If you don’t know how to dance, take lessons and you will impress them by your willingness to make an effort on their behalf.
  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
  • Send each other spontaneous e-cards.
  • Choose a game that you can play together over the internet, whether it is a MMORPG (massively multi-player online role playing game) or something more traditional, such as chess or Scrabble. You will be able to chat while playing and it will give a greater feeling of togetherness.
  • Express yourself to free up emotional weight. One poet who’s written poetry as a result of a long-distance relationship is Tony Berndtsson – look him up.
  • Trust is the key.
  • A surprise of balloons flowers or a special gift mailed or sent to them
  • Sometimes when you are together, try to do domestic, seemingly mundane things that couples who live together would do- grocery shopping, spring cleaning the closet, rearranging furniture/redecorating, etc. It gives the feeling of creating a home together, something you both surely look forward to.
  • Always try to be happy when talking or texting each other; make sure to always be positive about them and the things she/he does.
  • When getting to know each other, show the real you, not the person you think your partner wants.
  • Don’t be too anxious or jealous that you don’t always know what they are doing. A little space is good and will definitely keep things calm.
  • Always listen to your partner on what they think will make the relationship stronger. Also ALWAYS be there for them no matter what.
  • Don’t be afraid to voice your fears.

Warnings

  • Long distance relationships are difficult, as you are emotionally attached to a person you cannot touch or comfort and this can wreak havoc with your emotions. You may have negative thoughts or feelings that are not true, you may doubt your love feelings, or, because of some fights over the phone, you may feel that you don’t feel the way you did before for your partner. But try to keep these feelings in perspective as distance can aggravate them.
  • Long distance relationships can and will test you and your partner; you need to trust him/her entirely, lest paranoia play a major part in the demise of your relationship.
  • There would always be people that would say that long distance relationships don’t work, just remember that they are not the people who are in the relationship. Making it work surviving the long distance cannot should not be determined by them.
  • When you are alone, take out time to see the photos of your love, any gift that he/she has given, or letters written. At night, before sleeping, try to recollect those wonderful moments.
  • Remember, fights are a part of any relationship, and it’s up to you to deal with it or to succumb to it.
  • Long distance relationships are not for the faint of heart. They can be very trying, but so can proximal relationships.ldr
  • Try to make every possible effort from your side. Initially, love/passion can be the driving force. As time goes on, it’s commitment that is most important.
  • It’s easier to get into arguments in a long-distance relationship, because you can’t always discern what someone’s actual tone is through text. It’s also a lot easier to say hurtful things when you’re not face-to-face, but the words can hurt just the same. Take special care to watch how you interpret their words (for it might not be what they meant), and what you say when you’re angry.
  • Remember, every kind of relationship takes hard work and dedication to your loved one or partner, whether it’s long distance or proximal. If you and your partner are willing to take these steps, then expect bumps and turns in the road. These bumps and turns will only help contribute towards a relationship.tumblr_m33t6be6yk1qipt9v

[Source: WikiHow.com]

Philippians 3:10- That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.

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Sometimes obedience is tremendously difficult. You know what God requires of you, but from where you stand, obeying Him appears much too painful.  You try to find way out or around the situation, but nothing works.  You must decide if you will obey God or give in to disobedience.  For the believer, there’s only one decision.  And that is obedience.

Each day is God’s gift.  You have multitudes of opportunities to honor God through your conduct and obedience.  Thus, glorifying God means seeking to maximize each occasion with deliberate step of obedience when you falter, which will be often.  You confess your disobedience, thank Him for His complete forgiveness, and move on with the task.

What could be more pleasing to your heavenly Father than to daily glorify Him? Establish that lofty aim as your supreme objective, and then live each day in humble dependence on the power of the Holy Spirit and obedience to His revealed truth.

True worship springs from an obedient heart.  Remember that God always places a blessing within the things He requires of you.  Never forget that His strength is available to all who trust and obey Him.

But to experience the joy of serving the Lord, we must choose to forsook sin, because it grieves the heart of God.  We must choose to accept our responsibility to discipline our lives for obedience.

Read: 1 Samuel 1:1-18

woman-praying-silhoutte1Few things disable new workers on a job like criticism from veterans.  Good hiring managers know to protect new employees by surrounding them with mentors willing to shield them from unnecessary barbs.

Hannah is a mentor to us in dealing with criticism and deep desires of the heart (1 Samuel 1:1-18), Surrounded by a husband who didn’t understand a taunting peer, and an overly judgmental clergyman, Hannah found a way through the fog by confiding in God (v.10).  While we now know God answered the prayer of Hannah’s heart by giving her a child, we don’t know for sure if Eli’s blessing was a wish or a promise from God (v.17).  I think her no-longer-sad face came most of all because she gained peace from confiding in Him.

We were created to be in a relationship with God; and when we take that relationship to an intimate level, it bonds us not only to His presence but also to His strength.  Prayers that express our hurts and emotions are most assuredly welcomed by God because they demonstrate our trust in Him.  We will often find perspective, and nearly always come away comforted, knowing we’ve entrusted the things that are troubling us- whether criticism or deep desire- to the One who is best able to sort through them. –Randy Kilgore

 The kindest Friend I’ve ever had is One I cannot see, yet One in whom I can confide, who loves and blesses me. – Shuler

In prayer, it’s better to have a heart without words than words without heart.

[Source: Our Daily Bread, 03 January 21, 2013]

Read: 1 Peter 4:12-19

trouble-aheadDoes it surprise you that trouble is a part of life?  Probably not.  We all know trouble close-up and personal- bad health, empty bank account, blighted love, grief, loss of job, and the list goes on.

It shouldn’t surprise us, therefore, that God permits the added trials of being ridiculed and hated because we follow Christ (1 Peter 4:12).  But trouble, whether it is common to man or unique to Christians, can reveal to us the moral fiber of our soul.

I have never seen a golf course without hazards.  They are part of the game. Golfers speak of the courses with the most challenging, and they will travel a long way to test their skill against the most demanding 18 holes.

Oliver Wendll Holmes said, “If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I wouldn’t pass it around.  I wouldn’t be doing anyone a favor.  Trouble creates a capacity to handle it…Meet it as a friend, for you’ll see a lot of it and you had better be on speaking terms with it.”

Let’s not think it strange when trouble comes, for God is using it to test the stamina of our souls.  The best way to handle trouble is to commit our “souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” (v.19) – Dennis De Haan

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The troubles that we face each day reveal how much we need the Lord; they test our faith and strength of will and help us then to trust God’s Word. – D. De Haan

 Great triumphs are born out of great troubles.

 [Source: Daily Bread 02 January 2013]