Inspired by Abundance

One of the topics that has become my favorite over the past year is the topic of abundance! In the USA we are heading into the season of fall and already we are experiencing abundant changes.  On Monday, I talked a little about how abundance can enter our lives.  Today, I have several quotes that shine a bit of light onto the subject of abundance.

“Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.” Wayne Dyer

“Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.”  Epicurus

“The world is full of abundance and opportunity, but far too many people come to the fountain of life with a sieve instead of a tank car… a teaspoon instead of a steam shovel. They expect little and as a result they get little.” Ben Sweetland

“Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.” Sarah Ban Breathnach

“When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.” Joel Osteen

“When you have too much month for you paycheck, then what you need to do is realize that there is abundance all around you and focus on the abundance and not your lack and as night follows day abundance will come to you.” Sydney Madwed

Stay tuned, over the next few months we’ll look into these quotes and other thoughts on the topic of abundance!

Everyone has an abundance of something.  Share what you have an abundance of now, and what you wish to have an abundance of below.

Windows of Abundance

Today I’m excited to talk about one of my favorite verses with you.  There are lots of great verses in the Bible but one I’m always excited to share about and consider is Malachi 3:10.  It reads:

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!”

In life we all want more.  While there are those of us who are satisfied with what we have, the simple fact remains that at some point in time we will need more food, new clothes and a new place to live; things simply get old, wear out or are used.  Thinking about and living an abundant life are two things that I think it’s not only OK to do, God encourages living an abundant life!  But before we can live that God-given abundant life, we’ve got to do one thing first.

This verse clearly says that we should bring the tithes, and then God will open the windows of heaven and pour out abundant blessings.  In other words, no God, no true abundance.

Spend time with God, bring your tithes of time, money, attention, love, patience, and helping others to God and the opportunities in your life.  By putting God first, you’ll be strategically positioned beneath that window of abundance.

A word of caution though: don’t expect abundance to always come in the form of material things.  It may come in the form of love, friends, time spent outside, energy or wisdom.  But, regardless of whatever abundance God showers you with, it will be a blessing to your life!

Learn more about abundance here on Wednesday where I’ll be sharing some wise thoughts on abundance.  Share your thoughts below!

Good Foundations

There are a lot of important aspects to life.  I’ve learned that one thing makes or breaks the other aspects of life.  What I’m talking about is having, and maintaining, your life’s foundation. What are the aspects of one’s foundation? Well, let me share with you mine.  These 4 aspects are things that I believe make up a solid foundation that will support you no matter what happens in your life.

Vision/mission/values:  these are the guidelines that will be one of two tools you will use to help you make judgment calls about the people you bring into your life, the jobs you take and the way you live.  Once you have established what your life vision and mission are, as well as the values or morals that you live by, you will struggle less when making decisions about life changes, new opportunities and the direction your life is going in.

Spiritual practices: this is the second tool that will help you have good judgment about the people and things that are a part of your life.  Spiritual practices include spending time with those who have similar beliefs, reading books, articles, blogs etc that expand your spiritual knowledge and spending time daily in prayer, meditation and other spiritual practices.

Time in nature: nature is one of the world’s greatest gifts to us and I believe that not only do we need to spend time in nature away from the energy of computers and the infrastructure we have created, but we also need to spend the time in nature relaxing, appreciating nature, and connecting with nature.  Nature used to be a major part of everyday life but so many scarcely spend any more time than it takes them to walk to their car before and after work and back into the house.  Nature’s fresh air, healing energy and real drive for life should be appreciated and taken advantage of daily.

Mindful living/eating: how we spend our time and what we eat are two things that determine how the rest of our day/life goes.  If we spend all our free time watching TV, eating junk food and hanging out at bars with friends, we’re not really helping our life or body.  I’m not recommending you drink only water, exercise with all your free time and eat only salads, what I do recommend is that you live with balance.  Think about what you’re going to eat before you just do it.  Consider if a healthier option is available that would also satisfy you.  Do watch TV but also spend time reading books, with family and friends and getting exercise.  There are more ways than just visiting bars and other restaurants to have fun with friends.  Try hiking or having a backyard party with some football or Frisbee.

You may have the foundation in place, but it’s essential to make sure you’re taking care of the foundation daily.  What are the daily practices you do that help you maintain your foundation? (share below)

Fall Changes

Fall has officially arrived in the USA.  We’re starting to see trees change colors and the temperatures are definitely not those of summertime.  With fall comes the opportunity for some introspection and consideration of where our lives are.  Are you happy with your life?  With the people in your life?  With your job?  As you consider your answers, let’s journey through the stages of fall and stages of spiritual lives.

Fall as an end to summer:  Summer is a time for producing things, for life to be in full swing and full of life.  Typically it is the time that people take breaks at work and spend time with family and friends.  But all good things must come to an end, and so summer must take a break and allow us to return to growing, changing, reshaping and reconditioning.

Fall as a time of change:  With trees dropping their leaves, plants dying and things cooling off, fall is a great time to put extra effort into spending time in nature.  Take advantage of cooler temperatures and enjoy the spirituality that is present in nature.  As nature changes, consider where you can make changes to lighten your load and improve yourself and your life.  Home organization, developing your creativity or establishing your spiritual habits and practices for example.

Fall as a time before winter: Winter is a time when everyone buckles down and hides away.  Before winter arrives, make sure that you’re putting in place a strong foundation for the growth that will come with spring.  Fall is a great time to prepare for winter, and for a new year.  But fall is also an opportunity to prepare for dark nights of the soul.  Be prepared for winter snows and icy days, as well as the challenges that will present themselves to you spiritually.

I invite you to share what you love about fall best below!

Eternal Blessings

Today I have a great verse and some inspiration to share with you.  The verse is part of King David’s prayer of thanksgiving in 1 Chronicles 17.  Verse 27 reads: “And now, it has pleased you to bless the house of your servant, so that it will continue forever before you. For when you grant a blessing, O Lord, it is an eternal blessing!”

Last Friday I talked about how we can each be a blessing within our own families.  It is important to be a blessing to our families and to support them, but the truth remains that we are human and do make some mistakes.  That in mind, this verse is talking about a blessing more like we would associate with a last will and testament or the blessing of a father to his sons.  I’ve heard countless stories of people changing their will or mind in the last few weeks/years of their lives, after they have promised something to a child or grandchild.  This makes us all reconsider what we’re told, as to whether we’re being told the truth or just a story to pacify us. But back to our story today, David is absolutely right, God does grant eternal blessings.  This has many implications for those who are children of God.

An eternal blessing means it lasts through generations and through time.  Land has changed hands over the years, and homes have been bought and sold.  But God’s blessings aren’t limited to the results of wars, changes of political leaders or family lineage ending.

This eternal blessing includes eternal life for those who believe in Christ Jesus.  Throughout history people have sought after earthly eternal life through fountains of youth, beauty products and diets.  As far as I know no one has found the life they seek after.  But by believing in Jesus, you are given that highly sought after blessing of eternal life.

Have you thanked God lately for the eternal, and otherwise, blessings He has given you?  If not, stop and take a moment to do so right now.  If you would like to learn more about that eternal blessing or about having a relationship with Jesus, I encourage you to get in touch with me or a spiritual leader in your area.  Share your thoughts and blessings below!

Being a Blessing

Typically on another blog of mine Fridays are all about family.  Today though, Family Friday is visiting this blog.  At the end of the day how do you return home from wherever you are?  Do you return home to relax, to eat, to sleep, and/or to bless your family?  I was reading recently about a leader who had just completed a great task, and the chapter ended by saying that he went home to bless his family.  I was taken a bit off guard by that statement.  After all, we all give all day long at our jobs or in our businesses, so having the attitude of continuing to give once we’re home may surprise some of you as well.  Before I go any further let me tell you the number one reason you should consider blessing those in your home: because a large percentage of people go home to an unhappy, at odds, tired, unpleasant home situation.  If you’re the least bit interested in looking forward to going home and being with your family, I encourage you to keep reading.

What does it mean to be a blessing anyway?  Dictionary.com shares that being a blessing means to bestow good of any kind upon someone.  There are tons of ways you can bless someone!  I’m going to share a few, but I encourage you to share more ways to be a blessing at home below!

Come home a little early or on time instead of being late.

Bring dessert home.

Help your kids with their homework so your partner doesn’t have to.

Read an extra book with your kids before they go to bed.

Help make dinner or set the table.

Clean up around the house without being asked.

Instead of coming in and complaining or asking questions, greet your partner with a hug and a kiss.

Listen to what your partner is saying instead of ignoring them.

Spend some time doing something different like giving your partner a massage or letting them have the TV remote.

Play with your pet.

(share your suggestions for being a blessing below!)

Leadership in these times

Life as we know it is changing rapidly.  Whether changing seasons, changing jobs or changing relationships, these are just a few of the changes that are going on in the world.  There’s also major changes happening in the business and economic world.  Do you, or someone you know, know what to do and how best to ride out the waves?  Take a look at this passage from the Bible:

1 Chronicles 12:23, 32:  “These are the numbers of armed warriors who joined David at Hebron. They were all eager to see David become king instead of Saul, just as the Lord had promised…From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take.”

Wow!  Men who “understood the signs of the times and knew the best course” to take!  We are in desperate need of leaders who can encourage the spiritually broken, the morally wounded, the economically crushed, the jobless, the struggling business owners, and can help us transform the world from broken to whole.

I want to share with you today two ways anyone can be a great leader in these times of change.

First: your words.  Instead of complaining about the economy or the struggles you are experiencing, speak about the ways you are going to improve your situation, the amazing plans and dreams you have.  Try removing “can’t” and “won’t” from your vocabulary this week.  Say yes to helping people, growth, and great transformations, and no to things that aren’t positive, uplifting, or beneficial to you or someone else.  Also compliment, encourage or say something nice to at least one person every day.

Second: your actions.  Keep a gratitude journal and daily write down things you are grateful for that happened that day.  If you see someone with a need, help them.  I’m not suggesting you give all your money away, but help others in whatever way you can.  There are tons of ways you can help others without money, but sharing money is a great thing to do too.

Be the best leader, friend, partner, worker, employer, parent, sibling, child, servant you possibly can this week.  Share what you are grateful for today below 🙂