All posts filed under: empowerment

Scapegoat Mentality

Back in Biblical times there was a sacrificial animal called the “scapegoat”. When the Levite priests did ceremony to cleanse the people of sins, the sins were symbolically placed into the animal and then it was sent out into the wilderness. It ran off carrying the sins of the people with it. In modern days, the scapegoat is a person who ends up taking the punishment for the wrongdoings or the sins of others. This hardly seems fair, but it happens all of the time, especially in families. One would think this would be the last place this would happen but it does, and usually behind closed doors. It also happens in places of business, in schools, and other places. I believe I have even watched this happen online as well. Wherever people gather, there is a tendency to be someone around who has to press down others in order to feel better about themselves. The pressed down one is usually the lonely one who bears the pain that has been placed upon them. It’s …

We Never Realize a Dream Alone

Do you have a dream? I think everyone does. You are definitely not alone. I have one I think of every single day, but I don’t always share it with everyone. Today I wondered why that is. After all, dreams are realized among people and not alone. At least that is what I believe. Maybe your dream is a new business, or starting school. Maybe you want to be a best selling author, or get married and have children. On a larger plane, maybe your dream is a more peaceful world with more people getting along. Wouldn’t it be great to have good news on TV all of the time? The thing is, we have to make our good news if we want that. I don’t know about you, but I get real weary of all of the negative news that hits us daily. We have to stay informed but it is real messy once we are deep into the stench of garbage that goes on in our world. Much to our illusion there is …

Do You Hang with a Telephone Gossip, or Dirty Talker?

It is so true that we become like the people we hang around with or talk to. I have watched people transform in the wrong directions just talking to new people who bring out the worst in them instead of the best. This is absolute truth. If the words of your friends, connections, and others, are not edifying, you will become just like them. Ditch them! Seriously! What you put out there is what you manifest in your life. What you listen to and engage in regarding conversation is what will also guide your life. Marriages are broken, families are separated, reputations are lost, and lifestyles go down the drain through bad connections. Remember God’s words about hanging out with a gossip. DON’T DO IT! Everything they say to you and everything you say to them will become like a radio broadcast. Before you know it you have no idea why others start to avoid you. You stop getting promotions, people won’t like you, and you will wonder why. Watch your words. If they are …

Do We Have to Age Gracefully?

I was visiting my favorite drug store here in Paris, TX to grab a few things I needed for the week. A lovely lady with a very modern hair style with some awesome red highlights helped me at the cosmetic counter when I was ready to be rung up. Before she gave me the total I asked if they take AARP, which is an organization that gives benefits and discounts to older people. She proudly said they did and in fact she noted she would have to get one of those, (an AARP card). Suddenly a huge smile hit her face as she let me know she was 56 years old! Wow, she sure did not look it. I would have never known. In fact, she looked in her late 30’s or 40’s. Since she shared, I was happy to share my age. She returned my complement, “Wow, you sure don’t look that age!” I don’t mind my age. I just don’t want to FEEL my age. I still think I’m in my 30’s but …

Do You Know How the Universal Law of Reaping and Sowing Works?

I was watching an episode of one of my favorite programs when one of the characters went into a speech about how people love to see others get sick, have financial issues, or even worse, announce they have a terminal illness. I thought to myself, “Why is it that some people love to see others not do well?” Does it come from a deep seeded need to be “better” than others? Or maybe just to feel like we are better than others? I’m sure this does not apply to everyone but it should make us want to think or consider what we put out there in the spiritual realm. Let me tell you why. You see, we are like radio broadcasters in this universe. Our thoughts, comments, and actions are very seen and the energy they contain is also kind of recorded, if that makes sense. Basically, God hears, sees, and knows all. How could He not, He lives in us? At any rate, God did create a Universe that is standard and does not …

Honor Your Time of Going Within: The Winter Seasons

Along with winter comes the desire and need to cover up from what is outside of us. We layer on extra protection, keeping us safe and warm. Winter challenges us to warm ourselves from the inside out. We have the opportunity to work on our inner guidance, direction, and issues that keep us stuck. Without the winter and inner work, we become bitter from the cold. Warmth on the inside gives us the promise of tomorrow and a new season that approaches where our new seeds can be planted in order to provide new growth. The type of seeds we will plant is decided in the winter though. As we work through our inner selves and new ideas, our inspiration is to decide what new seeds we shall soon plant. Will this be a new book project, a resolution of some sort, a passing of sorrow or leading into a new filled joy? Along with every season, winter must come just as the others. We are not the same without its coldness, the need to …

Establishing Yourself in the “Void”

I was watching a movie the other night and one of the characters proclaimed, “I don’t know what is wrong with me, I feel so empty.” In the story line she was in transition. Her life had a pending new decision which meant letting go of all that is for soon what will be. In the mean time, her life was void, empty, seemingly stuck. I nodded as I listened to her mostly complain and cry. Drama will be drama. I understood her statement though. I think we have all been there. In “the void”. The void is that place where we think is dark and empty. It seems that way when we are there. In truth, though, it’s a place filled with expectation and creation. Remember, God created from that which was void and made beautiful things. The void is a place of learning to let go of what was for what will be. It’s a place of utilizing our faith and imagination to create new things. Yes, it is also an exercise in …