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Listen to the words of this song, "Worth" by Anthony Brown and Group Therapy and let it minister the truth of your worth to God in your heart.

There are many of us that look for our worth through people, things and accomplishments but none of these temporary fixes last for long do they?

I have found that the only way to truly feel like you have value is to realize it through a relationship with Christ.

Even if you feel valued it can come and go based on how people feel or circumstances change.

But God never changes.

If you are asking yourself if you matter or if anybody cares that you are in this world or even if you feel valuable, understand that the reason the feeling doesn't last is because no one on this earth could ever love or value you more than the God that gave His life so that you can be free from the world's limitations.

We are limited here by our humanity but we will be complete once we are with Christ.

Until then we are blessed to be able to look in God's Word and see what He says about how truly valuable we are to Him so that we can feel lasting worth that never fades.

Listen to the words of this song, "Worth" by Anthony Brown and Group Therapy and let it  minister this truth to your heart.

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Calling

Start Now! - Iman Abdulmajid


 

 

This is dedicated to the slow starters, the procrastinators in life. Remember if you never start you will never finish. So let's get started and disregard excuses. This is very beautifully said by Iman. 

 

"Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling but start. Start and don't stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just…start. "

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         -Iman Abdulmajid

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Careers

Do you need a job that offers more flexibility? Maybe you should consider a company that offers a telecommuting option. These jobs can be hard to find. The ones that I have found in the past have sent me on a wild goose chase. But in my research I came across a company called, "Flexjobs."

Flexjobs' website states that they are a professional job service that helps people find the best flexible jobs available, safely and easily.

They also state that all of the jobs are hand screened and guaranteed to be legitimate, with no ads or scams. This company has been featured on CNN, USA Today, and NBC.

Companies that use Flexjobs to recruit include Aetna, Dell, American Express, and more.

In order to apply for their telecommuting, freelance and part-time jobs you have to pay a subscription fee.

Prices for subscription are:

$14.95/Month

$29.95/Quarter

$49.95/Year

They offer a satisfaction guarantee and you can cancel and get a refund.

Some of their subscription benefits Include:

Email alerts when telecommuting jobs are posted.

Free skills testing

Quick profile process

Unlimited access to every job they find

Personalized profile where you can upload your resume

Job Search tips and resources

 

So it seems they put in the work of finding companies that offer telecommuting positions.

 

Has anyone ever used Flexjob's Services before? What was your experience with them?

 

RESOURCE

https://www.flexjobs.com/

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Careers

The beginning of another work week is here. Some of us will be off to jobs that we cannot wait to get to where there is no such thing as the Monday blues. But some of us dread the start of the work week although we are grateful for our job. We make good money but we have never been content because there is always a lingering feeling that this is not where we are supposed to be.

 

The beginning of another work week is here. Some of us will be off to jobs that we cannot wait to get to where there is no such thing as the Monday blues. But some of us dread the start of the work week although we are grateful for our jobs. We make good money but we have never been content because there is always a lingering feeling that this is not where we are supposed to be.

Have your heard that experience is a great teacher? I guess that applies if you learn from your experiences. In my 20 years of working and gaining experience I have gone from job to job, not totally fitting in anywhere. I have been in some area of mortgage most of my working life which normally has been in a fast-paced, production-driven environment. The problem is I have more of a relationship- building, need to be inspired, low-pressure type personality.

In my previous work environment I have heard things like, "you have a great personality but unfortunately this is an environment where we need you to just sit there and reach your quota."  I never seemed to measure up. I was always the weakest link in these surroundings.

 I kept getting back out there though looking for something more. Then I was blessed with a position where finally hitting numbers did not come into play. I absolutely loved the people and the environment and they loved me. As a matter of fact it was my job to make people feel warm and welcomed.  You guessed it. I was a receptionist. The problem with that job that I loved so much was that I did not make enough money to l live off of and my feeling of needing to do something more was still there.

This was the turning point where I decided that I had to begin looking closer at who I am and what I love to do. Paying attention to the experiences in your life can give you the clues to your purpose. The author, Parker J. Palmer talks about this in his book, "Let your life Speak". God puts some life experiences in place to show you the path to your destiny.

I believe this is the beginning of our search for our purpose. Finding out who we are and what we love and what are experiences tell us about what we should or should not be. This knowledge can lead us into finding work that we love and feel fulfilled doing.

For example, I love the Word of God and applying it to everyday life. Also my favorite things are reading, writing and researching topics on finding purpose, and how spiritual gifts, personality types, and strengths are ingredients of purpose. I also love anything that I can find on becoming an entrepreneur and information on traditional employment.

Now I am on a quest to find out what it takes to incorporate the things I love into a business or traditional employment while helping others do the same.

So how about you? What do you love?

Have you transitioned out of the traditional workplace and started a business doing something that you love?

Or

Have you found the perfect job that incorporates all of the things that you love? What showed you that this was your purpose?

We would love to hear about it in comments :-)

 

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Bible Study

Have you ever felt guilty for not giving? Or have you ever said to yourself, "I barely have everything I need, somebody should give me something." But the question is not whether we have much or little. Why do we give? Why should we?

It is a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the Lord (Leviticus 2:2).

Give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you (Luke 6:38).

 

During the holidays and sometimes throughout the year our mailboxes can be filled with requests from organizations asking us to give. There are many causes across the globe: the homeless, orphans, abused animals, the hungry and so on.

Have you ever felt guilty for not giving? Or have you ever said to yourself, "I barely have everything I need, somebody should give me something." But the question is not whether we have much or little. Why do we give? Why should we?

In the first chapters of Leviticus God asked the Israelites to offer sacrifices and offerings to Him. They were expected to take from their livelihood. This included their sheep or cattle that the Father had blessed them with to survive and take care of their families.

Today as Christians our sacrifices or offerings are in our time, talents and treasures. We volunteer our time to help those in need. We use the gifts or talents that God blesses us with to bless others. We give God 10% from the earnings that He has allowed us to make.

God asked the Israelites for a portion of their best. The best of the best that He had given them. Does this sound unfair? Of course not. But I do not believe that God wants us to give just for the sake of giving.

Giving does something to the inside of us. First of all it makes us feel good because we are acting on who we are designed to be, the image of Christ.

Giving teaches us humility and care for others in spite of ourselves.

Giving teaches us to honor Christ and to put Him first.

Giving teaches us gratefulness, obedience and trust in Christ.

We trust God to provide for us as we help provide for others.

The Lord doesn't just want our best through money but in everything we do. People are drawn to those that give and this gives a Christian the opportunity to show love, which draws people to Christ. This is reflected on our jobs, in our homes and in our communities.

If we give our time, talent and treasure and how we give it is a reflection of where we are in our relationship with Christ.

 

Prayer

Father, please help us to stay reminded that giving back to you in all areas of our lives is bigger than the act of giving. It is about you and us. Remind us by your Holy Spirit to always give our best in every area of our lives as if we are giving to you because we are.

Reflection

What is your favorite community service organization to support and why? You can leave a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter?

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Bible Study

Do you struggle with self-confidence? A lack of self-confidence can keep us from reaching our goals and dreams. We start working toward our dreams but stop in our tracks when things get challenging because we do not believe that we have what it takes to make it to the end or even worse we convince ourselves to not even start.

Do you struggle with self-confidence? A lack of self-confidence can keep us from reaching our goals and dreams. We start working toward our dreams but stop in our tracks when things get challenging because we do not believe that we have what it takes to make it to the end or even worse we convince ourselves to not even start.

We can also feel like giving up when we put so much of our confidence in people and they let us down.

The Bible says, "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him" (Jer. 17:7 NIV). To succeed at whatever God calls you to do; you must learn to be confident -not self-confident but confident in Christ.

 Paul was brilliant, but he said, "I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency."  Jesus said, "Without me you can do nothing." (John 15:5 NKJV).  It seems to take forever to learn this truth.

 Much of our frustration comes from misplaced confidence. Paul says "Put no confidence in the flesh" (Philippians 3:3 NIV). Now, he wasn't saying you aren't supposed to trust anyone. He was saying if you give others or yourself the trust that belongs to God alone, you won't succeed. He won't let you. To succeed at anything you must have confidence, but it must be confidence in God.

You must believe that He wants you to succeed. You may fail on your way to success, but if you trust God, He will take your mistakes and cause them to work out for your good (see Romans 8:28).

Sometimes we are shaken when we face trials, especially if they stick around for a long time. When this happens you should do what David did He "encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord" (I Samuel 30.6 AMP). When David had no one else to believe in him, he believed in himself. He also believed in God's ability to work through him. One Bible teacher says, "The Lord told me that if I didn't believe in myself, I really didn't believe in Him. He said, "I am in you, but I can only do through you, what you believe Me for." Think about it.

(Partially adapted from, The Word for You Today Devotional.)

Father, thank you that we can put our ultimate confidence in you and never be disappointed. You always have our best interest at heart. Help us to look to you for help in fulfulling our goals and dreams. In the Name of Jesus, Amen. 

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Poetry

Writer's Block-A Poem
And has been for a while
Still the words elude me
So I write about not being able to write
Or so I thought

 

By Ann Gant

 

The pen is inked

But the page is blank like my mind

The hour is late

And has been for a while

Still the words elude me

So I write about not being able to write

Or so I thought

 

The question surfaces

Am I even a writer?

Can anybody hear me?

Can I reach you where you are?

Surely, other writers do not experience this;

Real writers    

I bet they just write and their words

Become perfection

That's how they know

That they have the gift

or maybe not

 

Writing is a gift from God

But should a gift be so hard

Should there be sweat from brow

And doubts and fears

Should there be uninspired days

And unmotivated days

A more seasoned writer says, "Yes"

 

So writers, write about not being able to write

Write about how it feels and what it does to you

Write free and you will look back and see

That you have been writing all the time

 

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Devotional

I celebrated my 44th birthday recently. I use birthdays as a time for reflection with prayer and fasting. I like to look back and see where I am from the last birthday. My goal is to always be further along from the past year. Sometimes I have done more and sometimes I have not.

 

Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride (Ecclesiastes 7:8, NLT). 

 

I celebrated my 44th birthday recently. I use birthdays as a time for reflection with prayer and fasting. I like to look back and see where I am from the last birthday. My goal is to always be further along from the past year. Sometimes I have done more and sometimes I have not.  

If I set goals that I have not accomplished I try to figure out why and how to move forward. After doing this for this birthday I was a little disappointed at my progress or the lack thereof.  

After praying to God to show me myself I found the scripture above, finishing is better than starting and that's when it hit me.  

I have done a whole lot of starting and not much finishing again. I saw myself in Ecclesiastes 7 as Solomon pairs certain concepts together: Finishing and starting and patience and pride have much in common.  

Maybe this is because he discovered that the patience necessary to finish a job well reveals more character than the prideful way required to get started.  

Our society is rushed. We want everything now. We are easily distracted. I have been easily distracted.  

This mentality can lead to a great loss of time. We are finding it hard to stay the course. We get bored, continuously longing for something new.  

Even back in Solomon's time people struggled with patience and character to finish as well.  

So what do we lack? Patience. Patience is really a virtue that can push you further. It can lead us to the finish line and in finishing well we can make God proud and then we can be proud of our ourselves.  

But this is not an easy concept for everyone. Some of us need help with patience. I know that there is a bit of a negative vibe about praying for patience. We fear that God is going to allow something terrible to happen to teach us patience. But do not stress this.  

If you lack patience to finish as I seem to, trust God and pray for help to finish well.  

 

Prayer 

Father, the finish line seems so far away. I am tempted to give up or even worse start over again and again but never finishing anything. Help me to finish whatever you have placed before me to do. Give me the patience that I need. Help me to care more about your pride in me than my own. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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General

YOU ARE A WRITER by JEFF GOINS will help you fall back in love with writing and build an audience who shares your love. It's about living the dream of a life dedicated to words and it all begins with YOU.

 

Becoming a writer begins with a simple but important belief: You are a writer; you just need to write.

This was the sentence in the book, You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins that helped me believe that I could write. It was a confirmation from God so to speak because after writing for so long with little exposure I asked God the question, "Am I a writer"?

Jeff helped me to understand through his words that writing wasn't really about what I thought it was. Being a writer was not what I thought it was. I thought it was about perfection or the authors that I admired had something that I didn't.

It seems that the most important thing that they had that I had lost or forgotten was persistence and a love for writing. This book helped me get back in touch with both of these.

I have been writing since I was very young. But after I started a family and other happenings in life took over I got away from writing. But then I found some old journals that I had written when I was younger.

Some of them were filled with poems that I had written almost 20 years ago. Some of them contained prayers, devotions and just thoughts on how I was feeling about whatever was going on in my life. I believed the Lord used this to show me that I had really been writing all the time.

From this I felt compelled to write more. I started this blog and started reading more on writing. I am not perfect but as Jeff explains in this book, there isn't really good or bad writing.

I do it now for the love of writing. Obviously I am also taking steps to perfect my craft as a musician would practice before playing before people but even with that I am finally able to say that I am a writer.

As the book states, I realized that I can't not write.  

I hope this book will confirm and stir up your gift for writing as it did for me.

In You Are a Writer, Jeff Goins shares his own story of self-doubt and what it took for him to become a professional writer. He gives you practical steps to improve your writing, get published in magazines, and build a platform that puts you in charge.

This book is about what it takes to be a writer in the 21st Century. You will learn the importance of passion and discipline and how to show up every day to do the work.

Here's what else you will learn:

-How to transition from wanting to be a writer to actually being one
-What "good" writing is (and isn't)
-How to stop waiting to be picked and finally choose yourself
-What it takes to build a platform
-Why authors need to brand themselves (and how to do it)
-Tips for freelancing, guest blogging, and getting published in magazines
-Different ways to network with other writers, artists, and influencers
-The importance of blogging and social media and how to use it well to find more readers and fans of your writing

 

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Poetry

I am sharing this poem in honor of Father's Day coming up but the wisdom of it is appropriate for anytime of the year. It also seems to be from a father to a son but I also believe the advice is good for us daughters too. I found it at www.Poetryfoundation.org. I hope you like it. Let me know what you think of it in comments. ) 

 

 If- 

By Rudyard Kipling 1865-1936 

 

If you can keep your head when all about you    

    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,    

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,  

    But make allowance for their doubting too;    

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,  

    Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,  

Or being hated, don't give way to hating,  

    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:  

 
 

If you can dream-and not make dreams your master;    

    If you can think-and not make thoughts your aim;    

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster  

    And treat those two impostors just the same;    

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken  

    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,  

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,  

    And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:  

 
 

If you can make one heap of all your winnings  

    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,  

And lose, and start again at your beginnings  

    And never breathe a word about your loss;  

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew  

    To serve your turn long after they are gone,    

And so hold on when there is nothing in you  

    Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'  

 
 

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,    

    Or walk with Kings-nor lose the common touch,  

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,  

    If all men count with you, but none too much;  

If you can fill the unforgiving minute  

    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,    

Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,    

    And-which is more-you'll be a Man, my son! 

 

Source: A Choice of Kipling's Verse (1943)  

 

 

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