Why We Need Faith, Patience And Diligence

Rex Sikes' Daily Inspiration and Gratitude

patience is how you act while waiting

“I was reminded of a quote today and thought I’d share it. It is a really great reminder so I wanted you to have it. From William Penn, ‘Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains.’ I think that is magnificent!

Most of us are familiar with the biblical quote ‘if you had but the faith of a mustard seed you could say to this mountain be removed and the mountain would be removed.’ I love this because a mustard seed is incredibly small, and yet with that faith we could accomplish great things.

I think the problem with most people approaching a quote like that is that they expect a miracle. They want the mountain to become suddenly invisible. I accept it as an analogy for our difficulties and for our ability to accomplish our dreams. We can do anything given enough time.

We have to believe it is possible…

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Give Meaning to Life: Support a Cause With Passion

“Supporting a cause you’re passionate about gives you a raison d’être bigger than yourself – a meaning in life bigger than one’s own success or glorification.” – Actor Michael Teh

See more at: Charity Meets: Michael Teh

Obama Honors 16 With Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Reblogged from ronedtutt

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billOn the 50th year anniversary of J.F.K.’s assassination, President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to 16 people including former President Bill Clinton and talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

Other recipients this year include:

-Former Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks for being, as the White House puts it, “one of the greatest baseball players of all time. During his 19 seasons with the Chicago Cubs, he played in 11 All-Star Games, hit over 500 home runs, and became the first National League player to win Most Valuable Player honors in back-to-back years.” In August, the Cubs paid tribute to Banks for receiving the Presidential Medal with a pre-game tribute at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Banks told fans, “You made it possible for me to receive this great honor.” The 82-year-old added, “I didn’t play in the World Series … but this to me…

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The U.S. Government Shutdown: Whose Fault Is It?

Imagine you are kidnapped – you are held hostage against your will by a belligerent abductor who threatens to kill you unless they receive everything they are demanding in exchange for preserving your life. Your fate lies in the hands of the negotiator, who then refuses your abductor’s demands, and in turn, kills you themselves. Prior to your murder, your abductor did proclaim to the negotiator of their intent to kidnap a hostage long time ago, yet the negotiator did nothing about this warning to stop this from literally happening.

Now imagine the entire United States of America being held hostage by a committee comprised of 535 law makers whose congressional position would not have been possible if it were not for them being voted into their appointed seats by the U.S. citizens themselves. Unfortunately, this congressional committee cannot seem to collaborate on pertinent issues that are supposed to be made in the best interest of the country as a whole. Ironically due to this committee’s poor negotiating skills, the fate of the country soon begins to quickly plummet on a downward spiral by the very same people whom the citizens have willingly chosen to represent them.

Both analogies describe what the current U.S. government shutdown is really all about. One side of the congressional table, or the predominately-Republican House of Representatives, wants to have their way by insisting their own budget plan will work out for bailing the United States out of $17 trillion in debt by dismantling President Obama’s health care reform law, while the other side of the congressional table, the predominately-Democratic Senate, will not agree nor negotiate the idea of altering anything pertaining to the Affordable Care Act. Since Congress could not pass a budget by the October 1st deadline, shutting down the government was the only alternative left for them to do until a compromised can be reached by both sides.

In the meantime, as of October 1st, approximately 800,000 federal employees will not be paid, however, 1.4 million active-duty military personnel will get paid but may not receive their paychecks when they anticipate to receive them. Food programs that provide nutritional vouchers to low-income pregnant women and mothers with children up to age 5 will not be funded. All Smithsonian museums, zoos, national parks and monuments (this includes the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, the National Mall, and the Statue of Liberty) will be closed. And as if this wasn’t bad enough, Senior Service Programs such as “Meals on Wheels” which provides food to thousands of senior citizens may not receive government funding, energy assistance and weatherization programs for the low-income families
to help them stay warm during winter months may cease to be funded, and social security and supplemental income programs may see delays in check disbursements.

The bottom line: who is really at fault for the government shutting down? Every American who voted for a congressional nominee based simply on whether or not they were a Republican or Democrat is to blame. We put those people in office, therefore, we gave them their power – power that is apparently devoid of any genuinely bona fide cofunctioning abilities, especially in a time of crisis. Only we, the voters, can prevent these politically catastrophic conditions from ever happening again by voting based on policy and NOT party.

©2013 Learus Ohnine

Change

“Change is too scary.”
Change is certain. (Our bodies, our circumstances, our friends, our children, our neighborhoods, our minds, our commitments, our views, our desires). When something is changing when we don’t want it to change, the best thing we can do is change our minds and catch up to it.

When we don’t want to face the changes, its because a part of us is addicted to “the old”, and part of us is scared of the unknown. We get too comfortable in our current situation. When you know you’ve done the right thing yet you’re longing for the old thing, it gets confusing. You always have to give your soul time to catch up with your spirit.

Believe this new change is going to be better than what you’re letting go of.

God will not leave you helpless. Whenever you think you’re alone, you’re not alone. He is watching you, watching over you, standing by you, and guiding your every step along the way. He is NEVER late.

God will give you favor and He will make a way for you, but you first have to be happy with where you’re already at. Don’t be afraid things will never change. Be happy, be grateful, and be content no matter where you’re at, because God has a plan…

“Change is impossible for me.”
Sometimes God will call you to do something, and the timing does seem a little confusing as to when it is supposed to happen. Be courageous about it. Be bold and aggressive about it. Be “violent” about it. DON’T be afraid to step out of your comfort zone to find out if you heard God correctly. The kingdom of God has suffered violence, but it was only the violent women and men of God who took back their reign in that kingdom.

Don’t be terrified of what “man” can do to you! Open your mouth and say what God says, not what “man” says. Knowledge of the Word. is valuable. The power of life and death is in the tongue. The Word is your weapon. Its not good enough to just know the Word, you have to learn how to speak the Word – how to live the Word – how to breathe the Word. Let the Word fight your battles for you. Take up your sword and use it to cut the enemy to pieces with The Word!

NOBODY is a failure. The only one who is a failure is the one who quits trying! Don’t let making a mistake be the end of your life. Nobody is perfectly led by the Holy Spirit.

“I don’t want things to change, because I might fail again.”
Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of the heart.
There are some things you wanted so badly that you went out of your way to get it, then once you got it, you wished with all your heart you never had it. If you don’t get what you want, then that means you’re not supposed to have it.

Maybe there’s some things in your life that you’ve been dragging around with you that have been “dead” for a very long time, but you still can’t seem to let go of them. Paralyzing fears such as the fear of hurting someone’s feelings or the fear of being alone stops you from removing that dead weight. You are so much better off to spend some nights alone than to let that person continue to keep poisoning your life.

If God doesn’t move something or someone out of your life when you want it out, its because He has it there for a greater purpose.

The fear of being hurt or of being taken advantage of is paralyzing; it stops us from following where God wants takes us. Don’t let these fears control you. Don’t be afraid of being hurt, because it will happen at some point in your life. Put your faith in God. Say “God I’m going to trust you”… and He will teach you how IF you will stop trying to protect yourself.

And so what if you get hurt? We live with the Healer inside of us anyway. 😉

So STOP trying to take care of yourself and let God be God!

©2013 Learus Ohnine