Procrastination stop it, and get started.

Wikipedia defines Procrastination as the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the "last minute".

Be Authentic!

When someone wants you to know that what they are offering  of an item is true, a certificate of authenticity may be presented as proof.  Certificates of authenticity can be created for almost anything.  Even proof that a million dollar bill is the real deal.  Sadly, a lot of certificates of authenticity are counterfeit and many people find themselves being duped, tricked and even robbed of time money and trust because they put their faith in a mere piece of paper with fancy lettering on it.  What makes a certificate authentic is the power and foundation behind it.  Who backs  up that this certificate supporting that it is valid.

You Don't Have to Be Perfect to be Amazing

Its 4:40 in the morning and the house is quiet and still. I'm laying in bed in the calm darkness. I start to meditate on my life and how blessed I am to have a loving family, health, and strength.  I meditate on how good God is, and even though we are going through a tough time as a family, He has  opened doors, brought  our family closer together and has guided each of us into new areas of service.   I feel the urgency to rise and write.  I slip out of bed and go into my office.  Sitting silently I look around  and notice one of the affirmations I have on my wall.  It reads, "You don't have to be perfect to be Amazing".   Just them I had an AH -Ha moment.  I've looked at that statement so many times, but this morning it takes on new meaning.

Develop the discipline of a Master

The other day I was watching Spike Lee's Masterclass on film making. As you know, Spike Lee is a writer, producer, filmmaker, and overall excellent storyteller. He has a definite point of view when it comes to telling a story and through his many years of experience and his impressive body of work,  has earned the right to be called a "master" craftsman. Spike shared a bit of his process. One of the things he talked about was committing time to his craft every day.  He commits to writing four or five pages a day for his screenplays without fail.  There is no getting around putting in the work it takes to be excellent at your craft.

Be Light in a Dark World

"It is better to light just one little candle than to stumble in the dark.  Better far that you light just one little candle, all you needs a tiny spark.  If we all say a prayer that the world would be free what a wonderful dawn of a new day we'd see.  It is better to light just one little candle than to stumble in the dark".  These lyrics were written by Perry Como in 1952   No truer words were ever written. Scientists argue that the light from a single candle can be seen as far as 10 miles away!  I imagine that if the surface is flat and there was no obstruction, fog or other light that could possibly be true.  I mention the candle as a metaphor for how we can show up in the world today. In the midst of such darkness, think of what the single light of your being can bring.    

There is so much pressure to conform to the thoughts, cultural relativism, and patterns of the world around us, even if doing so would ultimately be harmful. 
There are changes in the modern culture that are clearly contrary to what the creator intended for humans to live by.  The laws that once were designed to govern and protect us are now being crafted to constrict, diminish personal freedom of expression, thought and movement.  The cradle to the grave mentality instituted by those in power is designed to dissolve free thinking under the guise or order and protection.  We are no longer allowed to decide the course of own lives, moreover, society is being driven to submit to governmental overreach that is determined to tell us how to eat, sleep, think, act, work and those at the top in power are "doing this for our own good"   This tactic is happening so slowly that most people haven't even realized that they are being dupped.  The educational system has been infiltrated.  Lessons that were totally unacceptable as teaching in school are now being proclaimed the "progressive" way of thinking.  Sex education for 5-year-olds, 27 different gender identities, really? Parents are not equipped to raise children, the government is.  This scenario has been played out over history.  When instituted, has always dissolved into tyranny, chaos, and misery for those at the bottom while the few at the top live in luxury.  Why is it that the very people who tout taxing at 70% millionaires and billionaires are themselves, millionaires and billionaires?  They have their mansion and they aren't giving them up any time soon. They have their money well hidden in shell corporations, secret bank accounts and the like.  How does a public servant who has served in government their entire career be a millionaire?  Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell just to name a few.  just asking.   How about those who want us to stop driving our cars?  How do they get to work in the morning?  These people don't care about anyone but themselves, but they want you to believe that they are looking out for you.   THe sad thing is these people don't even realize they are just pawns, they are being handled.  
It always starts the same way with the rise of, "let's throw off the weights of the oppressor" (seen and unseen), pitting groups of people against each other, perpetuation a mob mentality.  Crushing those who are different, those who do not look like, sound like, think as we do.  Take a second a look around you.  It's happening right now.  Voices that speak against the current mindset are being targeted with words like, racist, homophobic, and the like.  It is an attempt to silence those who have the courage to take a stand.
It doesn't matter who sits in the White House.  He isn't running anything.  The hidden hand of the shadow government, those who control the money are the ones who are really running not only this country but the entire world.  This is no conspiracy theory, this is happening.  Make no mistake, the dark prince of this world is moving his chess pieces around the board to "checkmate" the world.  Don't be caught unaware.  
There is hope.  Time after time there have been those who in a large and small way have stood against those who would institute tyranny.  They have stood as a light in the dark and became changes agents in the world.
You can't make this stuff up.  It's in the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth - that's right, the Bible.  If you know the author, you will see all of the story pieces falling into place.  Those of us who believe have a responsibility to be the light in a dark world. When you discover the truth and the light, the world looks very different.  Even so, remember to speak the truth in Love.  Be Salt and Light.  Stand firm on the Word you know, even if it means being unpopular.  The one who gave everything for your life understands and stands with you.  Take courage beloved, It is so worth it.
"For you were once in darkness, but you are now in the light of the Lord.  Live as Children of the Light Ephesians 5:8  (NIV)

 Until next time,

 Blessings and Peace,

You Are what You Think

Have you ever found yourself thinking about things and wonder how those seeming random thoughts get in there? I do.  I'm going along through my day minding my own business and suddenly some really off the wall negative thought will come into my mind.  Like a situation that occurred earlier in the day that irritated me or a memory from long ago that brought up feelings, emotions or even visions. I know I'm not the only person who experiences this.  It can really throw off my day, and if I'm not careful change my whole mood which impacts everyone around me. I'm trying very hard to guard my mind so that I protect my heart.