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16 Sept – A Routine For Success

Daily routines are what keep you focused and moving forward even when you face challenges.

I am in lockdown, and many things are not normal for me right now; however, on the days I determine to stick to a routine and some sort of schedule, I am far more productive, feel in control, and mentally and emotionally, I am more stable.

A daily routine is important because it enables you to take back control and move in the right direction even in the midst of limiting or difficult circumstances. It empowers you to achieve, move forward, and enjoy your day.

“You never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret to your success is found in your daily routine” – John Maxwell

Here are some ideas to help you create a routine for success:

1. Order your day set a daily schedule to maximize your time and effectiveness. Buy or download a diary and set some boundaries and guidelines for your day and plan what you desire to achieve. “redeem your time.”

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16)

Having consistent behaviours every day (or week) enables you to make the things you do habits. But make sure what you choose to focus on serves your goals and dreams because “having a routine is great if it serves your goals. If it’s not doing that, it’s called a rut”. – J La Jaunie

2. Spend time reading and studying the bible – some days you may spend more time than others but discipline yourself to read at least a little every day.

“The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” (Psalm 119:130)

“All Scripture is breathed by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

3. Encourage someone and talk to someone who encourages you

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (1 Thess 5:11)

“Anxious fear brings depression, but a life-giving word of encouragement can do wonders to restore joy to the heart.” (Proverbs12:25 TPT)

4. Give away something every day – maybe a kind word, a coffee or a meal. Look to be a blessing and generous in some way every day.

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25)

A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.” (Proverbs 18:16)

5. Do something every day that moves you toward fulfilling your goals – it may be working on a project, a phone or conference call, or researching your next move. It’s consistency that will keep you moving forward towards fulfilling your goals.

In consistency lies the power, or as Bruce Lee said, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks, but I do fear the man who has practised one kick 10,000 times.” – Bruce Lee – Martial arts expert, actor, and director)

6. Exercise – Go for a walk, do a workout, get your heart pumping- your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Look after it, and it will enable you to run your race well.

7. Do something fun and creative – it’s important to do things you love, it’s makes you glad and appreciative of the fact you are alive.

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive” – Howard Thurman

There is never enough time to do everything, but there is enough time to do the important things.

I encourage you to make the most of the time you have been blessed with. Create and stick to a daily routine and go smash out those goals.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for this day and all that you have planned for me to accomplish in it. Would you please help me measure my days wisely and make the most of every opportunity to know you more, pursue your purpose for me, and fulfil my dreams? In Jesus name Amen.

15 Sept – How to Have A Relationship That Lasts

Today is my 31st wedding anniversary, and I was thinking about a quote that I once read about relationships that said;

‘We may fall in love with any person, but it’s beneficial if the person we choose to marry embodies one particular quality: that they are committed to change and transformation.

Don’t look for someone perfect, but for someone very aware they aren’t perfect but wants to grow and be better every day.

Don’t be in a relationship with a person just because of who they are, but for who they are determined to become. Then spend a lifetime joining them in their becoming, as they join you in yours.

There is something powerful and special about a person who continually seeks to grow and is committed to transformation and God’s purpose for their lives.

When it comes to having a relationship and looking for that person you would consider spending a life time with, my advice on having a relationship that lasts is;

1. Seek to be a person and with someone who is committed to growth and transformation.

2. Make Jesus the centre of your world and relationship. He will become the glue that keeps you united and gives purpose to everything. In Him, all things hold together and make sense.

3. I also highly recommend marrying your best friend and then always determine to want the best for one another  whatever may be happening in life, when you have your best friend by your side, you’re going to be alright. You may have some tough seasons, but you’re going to be okay when you are in it together.

My husband Philip consistently encourages me to be the best version of myself, push past my limitations, and dream big dreams. Then he does everything he possibly can to help me achieve these things and to live my best life. Where we’ve both sought to do and be that for one another, we’ve been able to become bigger better people and to experience some pretty amazing things.

Relationships that last a lifetime don’t just happen; they take effort, choosing to forgive, seeking to continually grow and develop as people, looking to discover what love is, and then living that love out in real-time.  However, after 31 years, I can tell you it’s well worth it.

Oh, and lastly, Philip says his very best piece of advice (apart from the list above) is to, “marry up as he did” 🙂 

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labour. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has noone to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favour from the Lord.” (Proverbs 18:22)

 “Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20)

14 Sept – How To Make An Impact

Today one of the giants of the faith graduated to heaven – Dr David Yongii Cho. He began his ministry living and ministering from a small tent after the Korean war and went on to grow the largest church in the world. He pioneered cell groups (connect groups) in the modern church, and was the leader who taught me how to be “pregnant with a promise” and about the power of prayer. I had the privilege of hearing him speak in person twice and have always been inspired and encouraged by what one man with a vision and passion for Jesus can do in a lifetime.

In reflection I was thinking about a survey that was taken asking older people what they would do if they had their lives to live over again. It revealed that many would:

1.  Reflect more
2. Do more things that would last after they had gone
3. Risk more

Life is precious, and it passes quickly, so I encourage you to listen to their advice and decide to live with purpose and vision. Your life has the potential to make a great impact.

Take time to reflect, think, pray and be prepared to go after your dreams and pursue all God has placed in your heart.

Begin today by:

1. Setting some goals – This week, challenge yourself to set ten goals for the next 12-18 months, with at least one big goal that will stretch you and require activation of mountain-moving faith to achieve it.

2. Set both big and small goals. One of the greatest ways to build our faith is to see results in smaller areas of achievement. Small wins build our confidence to continue pursuing our larger goals.

See beyond where you are at today. What do you envisage when you think of your life over the next five years?  What is the biggest, most constant desire and pull within you?

3. Write these dreams and goals down – writing goals down causes you to become focused, and focus is a key ingredient to achieving your big dreams and goals. You get what you focus on, good or bad, because the law of attraction and your faith go into operation to make things happen.

When you get clear about your goals, you give yourself instructions to start looking for the ideas, opportunities, resources, and relationships that align with your personal goals.

I encourage you today to take the 30-day challenge

For the next 30 days:

  • In a notebook, write out your top ten goals once a day. Write in the present tense
  • Speak these goals out each day without looking back at what you wrote the day before. If you can’t remember, that’s okay; it’s just revealing that not all of your goals are equally as important to you.
  • Stay focused on the goals that capture your imagination and motivate you to achieve.
  • Pray and seek God for the best strategies and then make a plan to move forward.

“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.”

God wants you to live with hope and purpose every day. Start today by seeking God, examining your heart and the dreams hidden within it and then, “write the vision and make it plain, that he may run who reads it “ ( Habakkuk 2:2)

The man doesn’t make the vision, the vision makes the man” – Dr David Yongii Cho

Prayer: Lord, please help me take the time to seek you, listen to my heart, and to write the vision. Please give me wisdom to make some clear plans so that I can be focused and run towards all that you have for my life. Would you do something amazing through it. In Jesus name Amen

13 Sept – How To Have A New Life

The bible says, “For as He thinks in His heart so is He” (Proverbs 23:7), which is why it is very important what we think and believe about ourselves.

Daily affirmations or self-talk have transforming power. As you affirm what God says about you and renew your mind to align with the person you desire to be and all that Jesus has done and says is possible, transformation starts to happen.

The bible says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

Some keys to transformation are:

Read God’s Word Find out who God says you are by reading what He says in the bible (see the affirmations below). Our past, mess-ups, and shame…everything passes away when you ask Jesus into your life.  You are given a new life. Essentially our old self has been nailed to the cross just as Jesus was, and we have been born again.. brand new.

Your spirit knows you are a new creation, but your mind and emotions need to catch up with the truth of what Jesus has done in you.

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Visualizing- close your eyes and imagine yourself as God says you are. “See” yourself achieving your goals and being the best version of yourself. For example, if you’re a smoker, visualize yourself as a non-smoker daily. If you desire to be fit and healthy or in a loving relationship, begin to imagine yourself that way. As you focus on that image and what God says about your life, that image of yourself will replace the current one.

Every day think about what you desire to happen for the day. Then think upon and speak out God’s promises as you renew your thoughts and visualize what you want the day to look like.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

In the evenings, take some time to recall your wins instead of any failures and focus on the positives of your day. Reinforce the good and give your cares and disappointments to Jesus as you revisit His promises and what He says about your life.

Here are some positive affirmations of what God says about your life to help you move forward into all that you are created to be:

“I am a new creature in Christ: old things have passed away; behold, all things are new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

“No weapon formed against me shall prosper, and all those who rise up against me shall fall.” (Isaiah 54:17)

“I prosper in everything I put my hand to. I have prosperity in all areas of my life–spiritually, financially, mentally, and socially.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

“I take every thought captive unto the obedience of Jesus Christ, casting down every imagination and every high and lofty thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)

“As a man thinks in his heart, so is he; therefore, my thoughts are positive.” (Proverbs 23:7)

“I cast all my care on Jesus, for He cares for me.” (1 Peter 5:7)

“I don’t have a spirit of fear but of power and love and a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

“I am creative because the Holy Spirit lives in me.” (John 14:26; 1 Corinthians 6:19)

“Jesus took up all my infirmities and carried all my diseases. I am healed.” (Isaiah 54:3; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24)

As a man thinks, so shall He be. Start to tell a different story about who you are and begin believing and acting upon who God says you are.

As you visualize, believe and act upon what you know is God’s best for your life and what He says, your whole being and all of heaven will work to make it happen.

Prayer: Lord, thank you that with your help and wisdom, I am being transformed in every area of my life into the person you have created me to be. Would you please help me think, speak, and only act upon what you say about me today? In Jesus name Amen.

12 Sept – How To Be Successful

Being successful in anything in life takes courage and commitment and undoubtedly we will find ourselves needing some wisdom on how to navigate some situations to enable us to succeed.

Nehemiah in the Bible is a great example of performing well even under extreme pressure and we can learn a lot from him. His choices positioned him to succeed where others had failed, and his leadership highlights the importance of:

1. Purpose and vision – Nehemiah refused to be distracted or discouraged by those around him. Instead, purpose and vision helped him focus regardless of what his enemies or even his countryman said. He knew his purpose and kept the vision to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem before him. When his enemies tried to intimidate him, he responded by remaining up on the wall he was building rather than coming down to his enemy’s level. His purpose and vision literally kept him above distractions and discouragement.

Nehemiah said, “I am doing a great work, and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?”  (Nehemiah 6:3)

2. Commitment – Nehemiah was committed to the assignment and task he believed God had given him. This enabled Nehemiah to draw the best out of others and to complete the wall in 52 days. Commitment will always create focus and energy for the task at hand!

3. Courage– There is no doubt Nehemiah and anyone else who has succeeded in their purpose has chosen the path of courage. God’s Word refers to courage as good cheer, boldness and confidence. God repeatedly says to fear not and have courage in life.

When we feel weak, He promises that we can lean on Him and be strengthened with power and ability. “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9-11)

“Finally be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” (Ephesians 6:10)

Today take the time to clarify your purpose and assignment in life. Then commit to what you have chosen to be and do so that you will have great success.

Write the vision, and make it plain: that he that reads it may run with it.” (Habakkuk 2:2)

“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” (Proverbs 16:3)

Prayer: Lord, thank you that I have a purpose and reason for being here. I choose to not listen to fear, distractions or those that would cause me to lose heart. Instead, I commit to keeping my eyes on you, your Word and who you say I am today. In Jesus name Amen.

11 Sept – Fear Is Not An Option

Nehemiah in the bible is a great example of how to succeed even when under extreme pressure. Nehemiah was in charge of rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem after the Israelites returned to their homeland after many years in captivity. He did not have an easy task as he endeavoured to rebuild with a discouraged and fearful group of people. To add to the problem Jerusalem was also under threat from their enemies.

I love what Nehemiah said to his enemies when they tried to distract him from his task to rebuild the wall.

His response to their intimidation was, “I am doing a great work, and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?”

 In other words, “I’ve got an important assignment here, and I don’t have time for distractors like you.” (Nehemiah 6:3)

Nehemiah succeeded in his task because he made some decisions about how he was going to think and act. He determined that:

1. Fear was not an option – Nehemiah didn’t allow fear and doubt to cloud his perspective or view of the future and what God had promised. Fear would have silenced and stopped the fulfilment of both he and his countryman’s purpose. The people were under attack, had suffered failure and discouragement and didn’t know what to do. Because of this, Nehemiah knew he must stand strong. He remained upon the wall away from his distractors and determined within himself that fear and doubt were not an option.

2. Pray about everything – Nehemiah sought God’s wisdom and guidance. Whatever the situation pray –you actually cannot afford not to pray.  

Nehemiah prayed, “Lord let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant…give your servant success today by granting him favour”. (Nehemiah 1:11)

The bible encourages us “to not worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Nehemiah’s decision to seek God in all he did and to have the attitude that fear was not going to be an an option paid off. It enabled him to successfully lead the people to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem in a record 52 days. (Nehemiah 6:15)

Whatever situation or challenges you are facing, know that God has a plan, and with Him, you also can overcome your challenges and be successful in what God has purposed you to do and become.

Today make the decision that FEAR IS NOT AN OPTION and that you will PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING. Then choose everyday to stay above the “noise and distractions” as you keep moving forward with boldness and courage.

Prayer: Lord, thank you that I have a purpose and reason for being here. I choose to not listen to fear, distractions or those things or people that would cause me to lose heart. Instead, I commit to keeping my eyes on you, your Word and who you say I am today. In Jesus name Amen.

10 Sept – Make Some Plans

The city I live in has been in a hard lockdown for the last 11 weeks. People are struggling, and the world seems pretty crazy right now.

However, as I listen to Jesus, he’s been telling me some things which seem completely opposite to what the world’s shouting…no surprises there, for God has always said….

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Jesus has been prompting me to “make plans”. To plan what I want to do next, where I want to travel in the world, how I want to work, places to minister, and people I want to see and meet. He said, “you’d better get ready because I’m moving so make some plans.’

He said, “Write the vision and make it plain – put it up so everyone can see and run with it, and then declare my Word over that vision. (Habakkuk 2:2)

In the face of all the limitations we are living with, Jesus’ directions seem odd, but I know that when you listen up to heaven and believe and declare what God says, anything can happen, and everything is possible.

Remember He is the one who provided manna from Heaven to feed millions of people in the desert. He is the one who kept the widow’s oil flowing until her vessels were full in a time of famine. He is the one who multiplied a little boys lunch to provide a meal for thousands and who paid the government tax with a coin retrieved from the mouth of a fish.

Jesus is the one who opens blind eyes, heals broken bodies, restores hearts and minds, reunites families and makes all things beautiful. He is the one, and in Him, we are complete and lack no good thing. And “He is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

The key however to making plans in such a time as this, is NOT to look to man; to governments, your job or bank account. For you not to focus upon whether you can travel, visit loved ones, go to a restaurant or café, or any of those things people are grieved about right now. Jesus knows these things and that many are hurting and says, “look to Him and what heaven is saying, and determine to declare that until it happens.”

He says who the Son sets free is free indeed. He says you are no longer a slave but a child of God and co-heir with Him. He says He has given you life and life abundant. He says delight in Him, and He will grant you the desires of your heart. He says you are forgiven, healed and delivered from all evil. He says you are an overcomer, victorious, have authority and that when you resist the devil, He must flee. (John 8:36; Galatians 5:7; Psalm 37:4; John 3:16; Philippians 4:6-7; James 4:7)

Today don’t despair at what is going on around you or at the news, social media feeds or whatever everyone else is saying.

Look to Jesus, lean in, listen and declare what He is saying about your life and start preparing for what’s next because all of heaven is at work on your behalf.

Start preparing for many to come to know Him and for a great move of God to flood the earth because Jesus is on the move, and all He’s asking is that you believe with Him for great and wonderful things.

Prayer: Lord, thank you that all things are possible with you and that anything can happen when you move in my circumstances. Would you please help me to focus on you and to hear from heaven? I’m making plans for my future today. In Jesus name Amen

9 Sept – What You Can Control

Fear bases its power on highlighting the unknowns and the what-ifs of our lives and the world around us.

You become afraid of what you can’t control, which is why one of the best ways to deal with fear and anxiety is to assess the situation and then focus on what you can control.

Here are some things you CAN control:

1. You can control how informed you are about the issues without bombarding your heart and mind with every news report and awful thing around you. You get to place healthy boundaries in your life.

2. You can control whether you focus on what God says about what is causing you to be fearful or you look around and listen to everyone else. You can choose to control your thoughts and to do your part to walk in God’s promises. To trust that He will protect, guide and provide for you as you lean in and listen to Him and the instructions in His Word.

You choose whether you will praise or complain, be hopeful or become negative and despairing. Whether you will adjust where necessary, to navigate through circumstances in front of you.

3. You can control what you do with your spare time and what you think and talk about most. Will you seek to feed fear or faith and love. You become what you think about most?

For example, if you are afraid of getting sick, you can choose strategies to keep well, such as eating, drinking, and exercising to stay healthy. You control to a great extent your stress levels, which, if too high, will weaken immune systems. Choosing to manage your fear by strengthening your faith and taking care of your mental health helps keep you well.

4. You can control how often you pray and bring your concerns to God, and determine what He says about the situation. Other forces may think they have ultimate control, but they don’t. God does!

God knows we get fearful and anxious, which is why he said “fear not” over 365 times in His Word. He wouldn’t say that unless He had anticipated what we were going to need and face and be able to provide and deliver us from every challenge we may face in life.

Today be encouraged that you are not alone. Jesus is with you and has promised that nothing and no one; no sickness, disaster, plague, struggle – nothing in all creation will snatch you out of His loving hands. (John 10:28)

At the mention of His name, every demon must flee, every obstacle crumble, every sickness and virus shrivel up, and every fear give way to His provision and peace. (Philippians 2:10)

Jesus said, “Do not be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.” “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.” (Luke 12:32-33)

Make an effort to guard your heart and mind today as you determine what you are able and meant to control and what you can let go of and leave in God’s very capable hands.

Peace is what I leave with you; it is my peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

A cheerful heart is good medicine.” (Proverbs 17:22)

Prayer: Lord, thank you that you have my life in your hands and that I don’t need to fear anything or anyone because you watch over my life and have everything under control. I choose to look to you and your promises rather than any storm or bad report today. In Jesus name Amen.

8 Sept – How To Be More Peaceful

I took some time to sit quietly today; no agenda’s or demands, just quiet; and as I did I heard Jesus speak to my heart.

Instead of being overwhelmed by all the problems and challenges in the world right now I was reminded that Jesus cares infinitely about every detail of our lives and, “Will keep in perfect peace, those whose minds are stayed on Him. That, “He is a God who does what is right, and smooths out the path ahead of us.” (Isaiah 26:3,6) 

What you focus on is what you will think about, believe, act upon and expect to happen. Which is why it’s so important to check in on what you have been looking at and listening to. Are they thoughts of hope or thoughts of fear, negativity and disaster?

When you fix your focus on Jesus, you choose to centre your thoughts on His goodness, on what He says, on who He is and on His promises.

When you do that, it will help you to activate your faith to believe God to smooth out any crooked places in your life…..” He smooths out the path ahead of us”. (Isaiah 26:6)

The Bible says, “Finally, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things..and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4: 8-9)

If you have been struggling with anxiety or want to be more peaceful I encourage you to take a few minutes regularly throughout the day with Jesus and to read His words in the Bible. Put those promises that especially speak to you where you can see them as a reminder of what is true throughout the day.  For “He will keep us in perfect peace, when our minds are fixed on Him.”

Jesus said, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:31-32)

His peace in your life has the power to bring change to your circumstances and shift atmospheres all around you. His peace silenced the storm, calmed the terrified Israelites as He parted the Red Sea, caused David to be able to run into battle with an assurance that God was with him and protected Daniel in the lion’s den.

No matter what the world is yelling or how anxious you may be feeling today, Jesus has the power to bring quiet to any storm. Give Him your worries in exchange for His peace, and then seek to be an instrument of peace wherever you go today…..Shalom

So let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)

“Give all your worries and cares to God for he cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

And he (Jesus) arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” (Mark 4:39)

“The Lord will fight for you, and you will hold your peace.” (Exodus 14:14)

Prayer: Lord, thank you that I can find peace in you and that you make my path smooth before me today.  In Jesus Name Amen.

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