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Father God we praise you and thank you today - this is the day that you have made and we will by all means rejoice and be glad in it. We thank you for all that you have done in us and through us these past months - through many dangers, toils and snares we have come. We are grateful for your power of protection and for your grace to preserve and sustain us. Like the Psalmist David, we declare had it not been for you the Lord on our side.....
"The son of man came to find lost people and to save them." (Luke 19:10)
With that said, I take this opportunity to wish you my wonderful readers of Empowerment Moments Blog a Merry Christmas. May the warmth and glow of this season fill your heart with love and joy.
Merry Christmas! Stay safe, be merry, be happy
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." (Romans 15:13) Heavenly Father we praise your great name as we offer thanks unto you for this a brand new day that you have spared our life to see. We look to you as our only hope for a better and brighter day. You only know what lies ahead of us - you alone know our down sitting and our uprising, you understand our thoughts from afar off. We live in a world often marred by perplexities and troubles but still we must look to you from where our help, hope and strength comes from.
It is in that frame of mind that I have decided to bring some of my favorite quotes this holiday season as follows:
1.) "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." ~ Isaiah 9:6
At the time of writing this post, there are approximately 7 days left until Christmas. For some it continues to be a very stressful time - from hanging the Christmas decorations, trimming the tree, buying gifts for family, friends, and no doubt the special person in your life. And who could forget the office parties and the gift exchanges? There are so many parties to attend. But when all is said and done, still there is something that's missing. That's because you've checked off the list and every name is there except one! That name is yours! Is that a coincidence? I hardly think so!
Almighty God, I glory in your name as my heart and soul continually seek your face. I thank you for this great day - for waking me up in my right mind, for the use of my limbs and for keeping my mental faculties in order according to your word. Through my prayer, confession, worship and fellowship in your word, I draw near to you and believe that you are also drawing near to me. (James 4:8)
A warm welcome to you our EMB readers as we bring to you another week that was series (WTWS). This is a time set aside on the blog on Saturdays to recap all of the wonderful things that took place during the past week on the blog, on our other social media networks and also the editor's top picks of those blogs we are subscribed to.
Personally, it was a fantastic week for me as I attended Lean Six Sigma training over the past 4 days, December 9th - 12th, 2013. While the concept is not entirely new to me, it was actually the first time that I've had this level of training. Never heard about Six Sigma before?
Six Sigma is a business management quality-control program developed in 1986 by Motorola that utilizes a set of strategies, techniques and tools for process and quality improvement within the organization. I am looking forward to 2014 to broaden my scope and to prepare for the Six Sigma Green Belt examination. [*_*] wink and a smile! I'm so excited about this!
WTWS 31 - On The Blog
Whether you are a leader, a manager, a front-line staff or just one among the number of employees within your workplace, we are all prone to office politics at some point or another. The 'game' of office politics however, is mean. And the more prevalent it is in the workplace at the office or worst, widespread throughout the organization, the stronger the indication of other underlying problems, often times, rooted within leadership and the culture that they continually support. Needless to say, it speaks volume about the character, or lack thereof of such leaders.
The truth is though, no one wins when it comes to office politics, especially if you are one who tries to get even or respond in ways that you brag about to someone else in the present, but would make you have regrets later on. On the other hand, you loose if you just do not know how to handle it at all. Either way, no one should have to go out to their workplace and have to live with this on a daily basis. I also believe that people should not give persons engage in office politics the time of day.
If you or someone you know is caught up in that dilemma, here are 12 bible verses that will help you win at office politics:
1.) Courage is not the absence of fear - it's inspiring others to move beyond it.
"I can't pretend that I'm brave and that I can beat the whole world. But as a leader, you cannot let people know. You must put up a front." He knew that he was a model for others, and that gave him strength to triumph over his own fear.
2.) Lead from the front - but don't leave your base behind
For Mandela, refusing to negotiate was about tactics not principles. Throughout his life, he has always made that distinction. His unwavering principle - the overthrow of apartheid and the achievement of one man, one vote - was immutable, but almost anything that helped him get to that goal he regarded as a tactic. He is the most pragmatic of idealists.
We enter into your gate with thanksgiving dear Lord and we come into your courts with praise. We magnify and bless your holy name - your name is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and are saved. How excellent is your name in all the earth that every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that you are Lord to the glory of God our Heavenly Father. Now unto you O God who can do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us.
Honoring The Legacy Of An Anti-apartheid Icon Nelson Mandela, 25 Of His Inspiring Quotes And More....
The week that was series, normally published on Saturdays, comes one day earlier of its' schedule to honor the legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who transitioned on Thursday, December 5th, 2013. Many have never met him in person, myself included, but here are a few things he's been known to us as - he emerged from prison after 27 years to lead his country out of decades of apartheid. An anti-apartheid icon, a leader, a prisoner turned president, a father of modern day Africa, a freedom fighter, a general, a trailblazer, a trendsetter, a statesman, a patriarch, and a symbol of South Africa's struggle against racial oppression, Mandela's priceless legacy is sure to live on for decades to come.
He's been known to preach messages of forgiveness, rather than vengeance and he certainly inspired the world after he successfully negotiated a peaceful end to segregation and urged forgiveness for the white government that imprisoned him.
Today, the words from South African President Jacob Zuma sums up best what many who are loss for words at this time would say: "Our nation have lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father...What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves."
"It is the tears that have got us through the darkest days and the hardest times. Many of us have been able to float on our tears to a new and better understanding of ourselves. Through our tears, we get in touch with those experiences that we have forgotten, hidden, or buried away in the pit of our souls." ~ Iyanla Vanzant
Don't you wish that you could go through life smoothly without any sort of trials, testing, pain and affliction? Why couldn't life be more simple and stress free and we can all get up each day and not have a single problem to solve? Why do we have to ever face a 'dark day' or a 'hard time' in our lives?
You may or may not have asked yourself any of these questions before but there is nothing that could ever replace the truth that we would all face challenges of varying degrees in our lives. Christian and non-christian alike. Saved for one day or saved for forty years, you will have experiences that will challenge your faith and cause you to question God.
Some of us have probably heard this as far back as from grade school, that whatever you choose to do in life, do it to the best of your ability and do it well. We have even heard - do what you love and love what you do. You see, therein lies your happiness in life. You have the power to choose to make your life as happy or as miserable as you want it to be.
In life, you cannot buy your way to happiness. You cannot depend on friends or family as your source of happiness. Because, truth be told, that would be like living life on the edge of a roller coaster - one minute you will be up and the next minute you will be down. And the minute you are down, that's when everything around you falls apart and you are without a clue of how to put the pieces back together.
Father, we come boldly before your throne of grace and pray for the families of Paul Crouch, Paul Walker and Roger Rodas. You are the God of all comfort, who comforts our heart in times of tribulation. We therefore call upon you and pray that you would comfort the heart of the families, friends and loved ones who are left to mourn their loss. Your word says there is a time and season for everything under the heavens - including a time for weeping and mourning.
During this time we pray that you would walk with the Crouch, Walker and Rodas families, comfort them, and help them through this time and season of grief and despair. May you also pour your healing oil and balm upon each one to soothe, mend and heal their hearts. Father, we thank you for being the peace in the midst of our storms, and in this storm of sorrow, we pray that you would be their inner peace. May you flood their mind, heart and entire life with your peace that surpasses all their understanding.
At my workplace, we were blessed to have for the 2nd year in a row, Thanksgiving lunch served to all of the employees who worked the 7am - 3pm shift, while dessert and beverage was served to the staff who worked the evening and night shift. For that we were grateful, and indeed kudos to the management and staff who worked collaboratively to make that a reality. Stores on the island who have caught on to the Black Friday concept over the years, offered their patrons discounts as high as 50%. Now that's great, especially in economically challenging times such as these. But here is the point that I wish to make though...
It is a known fact that there are times that you and I would go through negative situations in life. It can reach to the point where you feel overwhelmed by the problems and defeating thoughts begin to invade your senses. Your vision become so obscured that you feel like you are the only one out of everyone else around you that is going through a rough patch in life. You glance across the room and seeing that bottle of pills, you figure swallowing them all will be the preferred way to go as opposed to enduring another day of the pain. Yes, I have been there!
It is especially harder around the holidays because deep within your heart you know it is supposed to be joyful. Yet, there you are in isolation as you suffer loss of appetite. You lie awake in the stillness of the night wishing that the pain would just go away. You hurt in silence and the only sound that can be heard are the tear drops that roll down your face. It is then you wish you had another life, because you are thinking 'the one that you have is horrible.'
He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." (Psalm 46:10)
Dear God, the creator of all things visible and invisible, we come to you in humble adoration and give you all the praise, glory and honor. Blanket each one of us in your tender mercy and grace. Comfort us through your Spirit. Help us to abide in you as you abide in us. Teach us how to be still in your presence and learn what it means to wait upon you.
When there is trouble, may we remember that we have the liberty through Christ to cast all our cares upon you and believe likewise that you love and care for us. We give you the burdens, the weight of which is too heavy for us to bear. Remove the spirit of heaviness and every distraction that so easily beset us and replace them with your peace and the spirit of focus and clarity in our mind.
Well it's that time once again when we recap what the week past was like. We kicked off the week here on the blog with Monday's post, "The Power To Let Go And Walk Away," followed by "Moment Of Inspiration - Make A Commitment To Be Successful." I must say they both generated great interaction and discussion. Just in case you missed them and you would like to read and hear what some of our fans and subscribers had to say check out these links "The Power To Let Go And Walk Away" and "Moment Of Inspiration - Make A Commitment To Be Successful"
Quote that impacted me the most
"I am not a product of my circumstances, I am a product of my decisions." ~ Stephen R. Covey
This quote jumped right out at me! So many times I have allowed my circumstances, whether past or present to make me feel 'less than' and even inadequate at times. But now I realize that while many of my circumstances would have brought me pain, unhappiness and disappointments, just to mention a few emotions, I have the power to choose knowing that my life will be shaped in the direction of my thoughts whereby I now become a product of my decision by choosing joy and an attitude of gratitude in everything that I face.
"Success is brought by continued labor and continued watchfulness. We must struggle on, not for one moment hesitate, nor take one backward step." ~ William Jennings Bryan
Buried deep within each one of us is our desire to succeed. We pursue it with a passion! A small population simply inherit it and it is passed down through their bloodline from one generation to the next. No hard work necessary. But for the majority of us, we must work hard in order to succeed. Success comes to us through our constant labor, through blood, sweat and tears.
We must persevere. In order to maintain success, it means we must continue to be watchful and vigilant. There is never a dull moment in our lives simply because of our internal drive and our ambition to stay ahead of the game. To those of us that are in management and leadership positions, we must ensure that we remain current and relevant as we lead those who follow us.
We must make a commitment to be successful and continue to stay focused in whatever area we want to be successful in - whatever we choose to do and what we choose to become. Discover your own brand and then brand yourself with it to succeed.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11)
One of the hardest things to do in life is to let go! To let go of someone or something/s. For me personally, it is among one of the hardest things - to let go, just let it fall apart and walk away. Letting go brings pain and discomfort that we are often times not ready and willing to go through that experience. But what if letting go and allowing a relationship for example to fall apart, it is so that you can pick up the pieces some time later in order that you can put it back together again? It's possible. Sometimes we just need some time apart.
On the other hand, what if it means walking away for good leaving the broken pieces and never going back? No regrets. No hard feelings. You've both exercised the grace of forgiveness towards each other.
It is clear that we will each experience failures, broken relationships, difficult and challenging passages throughout our journey. And within each of those moments, we are given a unique seed called opportunity. Here comes yet another challenge - in the midst of what appears to be a set back, a disappointment, or even sadness, we struggle with what to do with that seed. It is hard to embrace the seed of opportunity given to us in times like that.
Dear God we ascribe all the glory, honor and praise unto you. You are the only true living God whose omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence are demonstrated here on earth daily. Our desire is to be strengthened in you, to have a closer walk with you and through your word to grow continually not by our own power or strength, but by your Spirit so that we may know you more and more each day. Let the words that we confess with our mouth and believe in our heart, be followed with a demonstration of miracles, signs and wonders so that these things may draw lost and dying souls unto you when they witness what you do through us.
1.) I am born of God and therefore have the strength to overcome the evil one and all manner of sin and temptation. For greater is he (Jesus Christ) who strengthens me and dwells within me, than the enemy that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
2.) The Lord renews my faith and strengthens me in my inner man day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)
3.) I am a man/woman of faith. I am grounded and settled in my faith, and I shall not be moved away from the hope of the gospel which I have heard. ( Colossians 1:23)
When faced with sudden changes in our everyday lives and what one would consider a deviation from the acceptable norm by human standard, it is believed that we have come to 'a difficult place.' And because we are wired differently, and our genetic make-up is so diverse, it is quite natural for each person to respond or react in different ways to circumstances that they encounter.
'A difficult place' for some can be a time for learning and growth through ones own experience. It becomes their teaching moment, a time for serious introspection and an opportunity to either set new goals or re-define previous ones and to develop new strategies by which one can easily move forward.
At the end of it all these are great things that anyone can look forward to. The pain and suffering of being in a difficult place is minimized by the light of the positive outcomes that you can almost immediately envision at the end of the tunnel.
"If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you will never think a negative thought." ~ Peace Pilgrim
It is not so much our circumstances, but our inward disposition, and our attitude towards them that determines our level of happiness. It is true that having a positive attitude may not solve every problem that we encounter in our lives, but certainly having the right attitude when problems arise can make the experience of solving them a more pleasant and peaceful one. Your thoughts should never control you, but you must endeavor to control them. So here are some positive thinking quotes gathered from past entries on this blog that will help keep your life on track and looking on the bright side of life.
1.) Not only do we have the promise of infinite possibilities, we have the power to make the right choices!
2.) We hold on to that measure of faith that you and I could not wake ourselves up and that there is a reason for actually getting -up in the morning and for participating in life.
Dear God we look up to you where all of our help comes from. Ever so often our lives are touched, and our hearts become heavy with grief - whether through direct circumstances or indirect situations such as natural disaster and destruction. We are extremely saddened by the report of the loss of lives and the terrible scenes of devastation that has affected the people of the Philippines and other countries in the path of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.
Happy Saturday to all of EMBs readers, followers, fans, friends and family! I am praying that you had a fantastic week past and that things worked out the way you had envisioned it would be! And even if it did not work out the way you planned, still look at it as a great week.
Okay, I am hearing you say, 'if you only knew the hell I've been through!' My response would be, "and we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28) Just like a baker gathers and stirs up all the ingredients for his cake, and turns it into a tasty bake, so it is God combines the good, bad, ugly, evil, hurts, disappointments etc and makes it work out for your good, or turn it in your favor! So with that said, the title of today's post,"It Was All That And More," sums up what the week meant for me.
Quite recently, to be exact, October 29th - 30th 2013, I attended a Leadership & Management Development Training. I was quite fascinated with the training and what it entailed as I was about to be refreshed once again with the MBTI or 'Myers-Briggs Type Indicator' instrument and about my own personality type. Before I reveal to the world what my results were, I would say it did not really surprise me as much as it made me a bit uncomfortable in my skin to share with others the not so positive things that were revealed.
I had my reservations about sharing. I doubted whether or not anyone would care about this. Perhaps it was not such a big deal after all what my personality type or strong preference turned out to be.
God of all creation and the final disposer of all things seen and unseen, we come boldly once again to your throne of grace and the place where we obtain mercy. We ascribe all the glory, honor and praise unto you. You are Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, and the giver of this precious gift called life. In our own respective way, as your son/daughter, we boldly make these confessions about your word over our lives as it relates to peace and comfort and, we declare that all things work for good to them that love you and are the called according to your purpose.
The week past exceeded my expectation! Wow! So many thoughts appealed to my world and while the energy level was a bit different [being my first week back to work from my vacation], most of the thoughts that I had, expressed a sense of bliss and contentment that I felt. I am indeed grateful - grateful to God, to you my family, friends, fans, followers, fellow bloggers and everyone else who have made an impact on my life over time, more so, in recent times. You are simply amazing! I dedicate these quotes to you and pray that with God's grace, you too can come to a place in your life that you can say without a doubt, 'it is well with my soul.'
Remember not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:18-19 KJV)
The past is where I began. There was emptiness inside me. Chaos and confusion all around with no thought or hope of ever recovering. Disappointment, abuse, rejection, loneliness and brokenness in my soul and spirit. I cried out loud but mainly in silence because I could not stand to deal with the pain. I wanted to escape, only that I could not find the perfect place to hide. That's just a glimpse of my past. But now, I must burn those bridges and let them go because my future awaits me.
In the most difficult of times and in the midst of some of our most gravest circumstances, there is always a glimmer of hope, even when it seems like your faith is gone. At times both hope and faith are gone and things appear to really be falling apart. But God's Spirit lives within us, it is from Him we get the courage to move on. We brave the storms, and persevere, rather than giving up. We pick ourselves up, we dust off our hands and our knees and we press onward on life's journey.
It is not quite what I had expected for my travel day. I knew in advance that travelling back to the Virgin Islands after my extended vacation, that I would have approximately five hours stay over at the Princess Juliana International Airport on the island of St. Martin. I mapped out what I thought was the perfect plan of how I would spend the hours. My time would be split into two.
We are all prone to mistakes in our life and when we do, there are those who are quick to respond through ridicule instead of helping you back up on your feet and giving you a kind word of encouragement. But never be discouraged, nor disheartened because buried within your past mistakes is your treasure - that treasure is your teacher that holds the lesson to some future plan of God for your life.
The world was able to see Prince George in public for the first time in three months as he arrived to be christened today. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, baptized Price George, supported by the Dean of The Chapel Royal, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, and the Sub-Dean of The Chapel Royal, the Rev Prebendary William Scott.
Editor's note:Was deeply disturbed by this article below and the word that immediately resonated was this: Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, "Let the children alone, and do not hinder [stop] them from coming to me; for the Kigdom of Heaven belongs to such as these." (Matthew 19:13-14) EMB is not here to judge anyone, but will without prejudice, give voice to those who have been the subject of injustice and or discrimination. What would Jesus have done? Exactly as His word says.
by Andrea Isom, Fox 2 News
DETROIT (WJBK) -- Charity Grace lives on the east side of the city with here 2-year old son, Joshua. The two recently started to attend Perfecting Church under the leadership of Pastor Marvin Winans.
"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so that you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." ~ Maya Angelou
It is very easy for some to give up and say, 'that's it! no more!' when things are not going the way that they had anticipated. That is understandable, because not everyone can stand up to the test in times of adversity. Some persons tend to shrink back, to withdraw him/herself from among others, while they try to deal with the situation on their own. When faced with adversity, you are thrown into a valley. It gets very dark and cold in a place such as that. You go through varying emotions. You are tempted to throw in the towel and surrender to defeat.
I have always been passionate about life and equally, if not more so, enthusiastic about my goals in life. It is my passion to help others, to see them live meaningful and productive lives while they operate in true dimensions of power, thereby fulfilling their own dreams. While, I pursue this path through my blog and through other forms of social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Google plus, I am making some remarkable self discovery and is watching in amazement how my true character is unfolding before my very eyes.
I believe that any life lived below his/her true potential and a character that does not matriculate into what God has purposes and planned for it, is a life lived in vain.
I encourage you today to love truth, love honesty and love wisdom! It is this kind of attitude to life that will stimulate your creative ability so that you may begin to accomplish the things that matters the most.
Father God we thank you and praise you once again. This is the day that you have made and we have purposed in our heart to worship you and to rejoice in you. We are blessed that you have spared us your wrath and favored us by your preservation of our lives. We are grateful for in you there is fullness of joy and pleasures at your right hand forevermore. Help us to stay focused on you and to delight ourselves in you. As you promised, when we do that which you have asked, you will grant us the desires of our heart. So let the godly sing for joy to you Lord, for it is fitting for us to praise you.
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WTW Series 21 - Pope Francis' Surprising Comments: Says Church Is 'Obsessed' With Gays, Abortion And Birth Control
In one of his most extensive and revealing interview since he was elected in March 2013, Pope Francis has sent shock waves through the Roman Catholic church on Thursday with the publication of his remarks that the church had grown "obsessed" with matters such as abortion, gay marriage and contraception. As reported by the New York Times, the Popes' surprising comments came in an interview in which it is said that he criticized the church for putting dogma before love, and for prioritizing moral doctrines over serving the poor and the marginalized.
Under this papacy's leadership, one can expect, as articulated in his vision, an inclusive church, a "home for all." And while it is true that the Popes' interview did not change church doctrine or policies, it is evident that it has instantly changed its tone. Here are some excerpts from the Popes' interview with a fellow Jesuit:
Shattered. Broken. I don't want to do this again. Mixed feelings. The courage is gone. Thoughts of being hurt again. Remembering how great the pain was, yet it's like I'm loosing control of myself not knowing where the next step will take me from here. If only I could express the river of fear that runs deep within at times. Not being able to see around the bend, doubt creeps in leaving me petrified. But then comes your soft whisper, "only believe. All things are possible, have faith, just believe!"
Those of us that have been through the pain of a broken relationship, a broken marriage, a broken home, or a loss of that nature, often times find ourselves struggling to fit in and to find our true love in life again. I personally struggle greatly because, I know deep within that I made wrong decisions before and I just could not bear with the humiliation and the pain again.
As I walked along the hallway this morning, I looked up against the wall and there was a particular image that jumped right out at me. It is not the first time that this has happened, but today, I felt like taking some action, more like taking matters into my own hand and just remove it from the place it has been hanging for some time now. In that quick instance though, I had a change of mind and as I made my way into the elevator, I became consciously aware, that even if I did remove the image because I felt no one was in sight to see me, God is always looking and He sees everything.
I also questioned my level of awareness. How aware am I in other areas of my life? What is your level of awareness?