Remember Not The Former Things But Look To The New #2014

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Time goes by quickly, don't you think? It seems like yesterday, we breathed in the freshness and the fragrance of 2013. And looking back now, there were some things that made us laugh. Yes, they did. In the midst of our happy times though, most, if not all of us can attest to the fact that life took a daring and sudden turn on us that caused our hearts to ache and to be saddened. We grieved about someone, whether it was the loss of a family, friend, a broken relationship or of something that we once held near and dear to our heart. We helplessly fought back the tears and weakened by our fears, we cried.

Prayer To Bring Closure To 2013

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 Hope That Christmas Brings To Us

"The son of man came to find lost people and to save them." (Luke 19:10)

For unto us salvation is born...the greatest gift to all mankind is Jesus. The good news is that God loves us so much that He sent His Son Jesus here on earth to seek and to save the lost. It is the reason we have a time of year called Christmas. We may not know the exact date of our Savior's birth, but it is this time we set aside each year to celebrate Him. And so beyond the lights, decoration, gifts, dinner and all the parties etc, may we not loose that focus and may we in earnest, give honor to Him whom honor is due.

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

Prayer Of Hope

"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.

WTWS 32 - 15 Of My Favorite Quotes This Holiday Season

With the holiday season, Christmas in particular closing in upon us, may we not forget the real reason behind the celebration. I'm trying my best to keep my focus on what it's really about. It's about God's gift of love through the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. His birth many years ago, heralded a new order of Government and governance by which all men must come into subjection if we are to truly have and enjoy life everlasting. It is also a time when we demonstrate our love and appreciation to God through the spirit of giving to to others.

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

3 Reasons Why It's Okay To Buy Yourself A Christmas Gift

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! 

Prayer To Keep Your Passion And Hunger For God

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)

WTWS 31 - Gearing Towards Ending The Year Strong

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

12 Bible Verses To Help You Win At Office Politics

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.

But as an employee, what do you do? Do you get caught up in the game? Do you finger point and blame everyone else for the problems? Do you engage in the office gossip, the backstabbing, the sabotage, and the foot-dragging? Do you sit back and say, 'allow the chips to fall where the may.'? Do you get even with someone who, let's say made you look bad?

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:

8 Lessons On Leadership From Mandela's Life

Richard Stengel, who collaborated with Nelson Mandela on Mandela's best-selling 1993 autobiography, Long Walk To Freedom, wrote an article for Time Magazine in 2008 in which he extracted 8 lessons of leadership from Mandela's life. As one who just assumed additional leadership responsibilities in my ministerial work and secular life, I was fascinated by these lessons and thought it best to also share them with you our EMB readers. And even if you are not in leadership positions, they are lessons I believe that can be applied to our everyday lives.

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.

Prayer - Your Peace Shall Remain

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."

7 Ways To A Happier Healthier You

"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.

Moment Of Inspiration - This Life Is Yours

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.

Special Prayer For The Families Of #PaulCrouch #PaulWalker

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.
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