You are UNIQUE (and that’s OK)

God wants to take us, with all our weaknesses and inabilities, and transform us, by working from the inside out, to do something powerful. If we’re going to overcome insecurities and succeed at being ourselves, we can’t continue to be afraid of what everyone else thinks. We can’t continue to allow others to fit us into their mold. We are different! We are unique! God created us this way to accomplish His purposes here on earth. So, go out–be different, be unique, be YOU! We must be ourselves because God made us individually and He knew what he was doing. God Bless.

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Ways to Love YOU

1. Never say or think negative things about yourself, such as, “I never do anything right.” “I’ll never change.” or “I’m ugly.”  Instead, say “with God’s help I CAN do it right, I can change and I’m beautiful”.
2. Speak good things about yourself . ALWAYS.
3. Never compare yourself with other people. God made us individually and He never intends us to “keep up with the Jones’”.

4. Focus on your potential instead of your limitations.   Keep telling yourself that you “CAN do it” instead of “I may not be able to do that”.

5. Find something you like to do that you do well, and do it over and over. If you spend your time doing things you’re not good at, it’ll frustrate you and cause you to feel defeated and unsuccessful.

6. Have the courage to be different and deal with criticism. Be a God-pleaser, not a man-pleaser. If you dare to be different, you’ll have to expect some criticism. And, that’s OK.

7. Don’t let the way another person treats you determine your worth.

8. Keep your flaws in perspective. People with a high level of confidence have just as many weaknesses as people without confidence, but they concentrate on their strengths—not their flaws or weaknesses.

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Being merciful can be defined as giving good that is undeserved. Anyone can give people what they deserve, but it takes someone full of Jesus to give good to people when they don’t really deserve it. Revenge is quite unattractive–saying “you mistreated me, so I’m going to mistreat you”. Mercy says “you mistreated me, so I’m going to forgive you, restore you and treat you as if you did nothing wrong”. What a blessing it is to be able to receive and give mercy. It’s an attribute of God’s character that is seen in how He deals with His people. Mercy accepts and blesses us. It’s good to us when we may not deserve it. And, it understands our weaknesses and does not judge or criticize. We all need mercy on occasion and the best way to get it is to get busy giving it away. You reap what you sow–give mercy and you will receive mercy. God Bless. Matthew 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”

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Enemy of JOY

Regret of the past is a primary thief of joy and peace. Many people stay trapped in the past. Whether a mistake was made 10 years ago or 10 minutes ago, there is nothing you can do about it except ask God’s forgiveness, receive it, forget about it and go on. There may be some restitution you can make and, of course, do that. But the bottom line is that you MUST let go of the past in order to grasp the future. Paul was pressing toward the mark of perfection and that’s how he was able to enjoy his life and journey–because he refused to live in regret of the past. Just remember that regret steals NOW. God has called us to a faith walk IN THE NOW. When you cling to the past, you lay aside your faith then lose your peace and joy. Let this be a day of decision for you to no longer operate in the past. Become a NOW person–live in the present. God has a plan for you now. God Bless. “I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.” Philippians 3:13

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What’s first?

When you feel discouraged about yourself or your circumstances, remember that God loves you just the way you are. He is leading you to where you should be going and He is going to be with you every step of the way. Start your day by thinking of the good things that God has done with you life. Think about the difficulties He’s helped you through, the ways He’s changed you, and how good it is to know He cares for you and hears your prayers. When you learn to set your mind on God each morning, He’ll give you all the peace and joy you need to love others every single day of your life.

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Clean Slate

Why not get out all the past-due accounts you have kept on anyone and mark them, “paid off”? This does not mean that God does not see the sin. It means that because of love He does not charge it against the sinner. Love can acknowledge that a wrong has been done and erase if before it becomes to big in the heart. Love does not register a record of wrong; this way resentment does not have a chance to grow. Some of us worry about our memory, but in truth we should probably get better at forgetting. Sometimes we have it all backwards–we forget what we should remember and remember what we should forget. Perhaps one of the most God-like things we can do is to forgive and FORGET. The reality of “I can forgive but I won’t forget” is this: if we cling to that painful memory, we are not truly forgiving. How are we supposed to forget things that have hurt us? We must choose not to think about it. We need to focus on things that will benefit us. Clearing your records will produce good results. It will relieve pressure, intimacy between you and God will be restored and your joy and peace will increase. Resentment builds walls. Love builds bridges. God Bless. “Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.” Romans 4:8

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God has divided up the days and nights so that no matter how challenging a specific day may be, the breaking of dawn brings new hope. God wants us to regularly put the past behind us and find that place of “new beginnings”. Perhaps you have been trapped in some circumstance and have some guilty feelings. Even though you have repented, there still may be some guilt. You may be assured that with your repentance comes a fresh, new start because of forgiveness. Only when you understand God’s mercy and begin receiving it will you be more inclined to offer it to others. This is how you put the past behind you and forgive those that have wronged you. Forgiveness. God has new plans on the horizon of your life but you won’t see them if you continue to dwell in the past. Constant thinking and talking about the past will keep you trapped in it. Let Go and Let God. “It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.” Malachi 3:6 God Bless.

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