The Make It Happen Moment ® Grateful

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English: Pink Azalea flowers

Spring Time Azaleas

Quote: “Giving thanks and remembering what we have to be thankful for gives us hope for today and for our future!” – Jeff and Michelle Niederstadt

As spring approached, it was time for me to mow the lawn for the first time since the dead of winter.  Pollen was all around as the trees began to awaken from their slumber and the spring flowers began to bud with colorful exuberance.  However, my azalea flower bed was overrun with rogue vines growing over the top of the bushes choking the brand new budding azalea flowers.  As I was pulling the weeds away to free the new azalea blooms, I couldn’t help to think about how the devil tries to do the same thing to us just when God is about to birth something brand new in our lives.  That’s because the Bible says in John 10:10 that the devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but the Lord has come to give us life and life more abundantly.  Unfortunately, if we allow the devil to have his unauthorized way in our thoughts and minds, he will definitely choke the abundant life that the Lord has come to give us, just like those rogue vines in the garden at spring time.

So then how can we effectively stop the devil in his tracks on his mission to steal, kill, and destroy the abundant life that Christ paid so much to freely give us? Well, I believe one of the best ways we can do this is to pray to the Lord with a grateful heart for all that God has done for us regardless of the fiery darts of the devil intended to discourage and disappoint us in life.  Philippians 4:6-7 states, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”   You see, when we cast our cares upon the Lord, with thanksgiving in our hearts, and having faith that He hears our prayers, He begins to weed out the life-choking rogue vines encroaching upon our lives by the devil so that God’s peace may fully blossom in our hearts and minds regardless of our situation.

Therefore, the best weed-eater we have in our tool shed to weed whack the devil over the head is the weed-eater of an effective prayer life fueled by an abundantly grateful heart dependent upon the unsurpassing peace of Almighty God.  James 5:16 states, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” and 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us to, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” So according to the Bible, it is God’s will for us that we should pray with fervency and always give thanks to Him.  As we do, we can rest assured that God’s good plan and blessing for our lives will burst forth like the abundantly beautiful azalea blooms in spring time as a testimony to the Lord’s glory, goodness, and faithfulness.  Through fervent prayer and a thankful heart, the peace of Jehovah Shalom, the Lord our Peace, will rule and reign in our hearts and minds as all of our hopes and dreams in Him eventually germinate, blossom, and come fully alive at His perfect right time!

The Make It Happen People Value: “Make It Happen” People Possess A Positive Attitude!

Have a blessed “Make It Happen” day!

Edited by The Make It Happen Moment ® Editorial Team

The Make It Happen Moment ® Grateful Copyright 2010, The Make It Happen Learning Institute.  You have permission to reprint The Make It Happen Moment ® Grateful, in its entirety only, and forward to your colleagues and friends, provided the copyright notice remains part of the reprint and transmission.  All other rights reserved.

The Make It Happen Moment ® Primal Tide

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Quote: “Faithfulness is the courage to incarnate the gospel in creative ways!” – Mark Batterson

Have you ever wondered about the strength and magnitude of a powerful rising tide that indiscriminately raises all ships?  Think about it for a moment.  No matter what, when a tide rises, it raises all floating ships.  There is no escaping a rising tide; therefore, the only thing a ship can do is rise with the tide as it rolls in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I believe that a rising tide that raises all ships is like people who possess an abundance mentality and seek to win in life by helping other people win in life.  Through the indiscriminate use of their extraordinary God-given talent and potential, abundant thinking people understand the principle of sowing and reaping and realize that as they work to help other people win, they too will win.  In other words, if they help raise the success tide for other people, professionally and personally, the principle of sowing and reaping will raise the success tide for them as well.  The supernatural kingdom effect of abundance thinking inspired by the infinite goodness and mercy of God is as real and powerful as a natural rising tide. 

So then why don’t people naturally embrace an abundance mentality that helps other people win in life?  I believe it is because people have lost a primal wonder of how abundantly great and good God’s nature is in our own lives and have replaced it with a misdirected primal self-reliance on our human nature which is mostly scarce and competitive in an unredeemed state.  In fact, our society emphasizes and reinforces competitive behaviors from very early in life where we are taught that to win, someone else must lose.  As a result, we are effectively programmed to think that helping others will cause us to lose what is actually not even ours in the first place.  When we do this, we believe there isn’t enough of God’s goodness to go around for everyone; but, this is simply not true because Psalms 23:6 states, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”  Therefore, if you don’t possess such a primal abundance mentality inspired by God, you may think that the only way you can become successful in life is if other people fail in life.  Then, selfish human nature will likely cause you to work against the tide by trying to sink other people’s ships rather than helping to sail their ships.  Unfortunately, this will wear you out and actually work against you in the end.

Thomas Edison believed that there is actually more opportunity than there are people to see it; therefore, instead of draining your energy working against people, start thinking like Thomas Edison and begin sharing your thoughts, time, power, influence, knowledge, praise, finances, love, respect, beliefs, authority, talents, strengths, and potential with other people to help them win in life.  When you give from an abundant heart grounded in the love of God, God will see that your generosity is returned back to you and so much more.  Your life success will actually grow as you help other people become successful in life, just like the rising tide that raises all ships.  With a spirit of faith and generosity, don’t be afraid of becoming a primal tide of God’s abundant goodness and mercy towards others, but rather abundantly celebrate God-given opportunities to help others rise in life and enjoy the primal tide of God’s abundant goodness and mercy in your life as well!

The Make It Happen Abundant Celebration Value: “Make It Happen” People Celebrate Accomplishments Abundantly!

Have a blessed “Make It Happen” day!

Edited by The Make It Happen Moment ® Editorial Team

The Make It Happen Moment ® Primal Tide Copyright 2010, The Make It Happen Learning Institute.  You have permission to reprint The Make It Happen Moment ® Primal Tide, in its entirety only, and forward to your colleagues and friends, provided the copyright notice remains part of the reprint and transmission.  All other rights reserved.

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