ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY- Are You Working too Hard to Try to Please Others

joySometimes, we get so discouraged and angry with work and especially our mates and friends because they are not  rising to the expectations we desire.  Often, we go to work, looking to find a sense of worth, acceptance or love from a boss or co-worker who values our work or contribution to the company.  When that does not happen, or at least the way we desire, we get frustrated, discouraged, want to quit, and allow our emotions to dictate our actions.

The same happens in our relationships.  We look to our mate or another person for our source of ultimate love, worth or acceptance.  When they reject us, leave us, don’t behave in the matter that we receive as love, or does not rise to our expectations, we feel lost, angry, worthless, or believe something is wrong with us.

Perhaps, the issue is not that people hurt us or will fail us but the issue of where we are focusing our attention.

As long as our focus is to please others in order to receive our love, worth and acceptance, we will be moved about by others.  Our lives will be consumed with worrying about what others are doing or not doing and how they need to change in order for use to feel loved, accepted or have worth.  However, when we hold onto the fact that our identity (ultimate source of love, worth and acceptance for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior) is solidly in Christ we can go to work and move in our relationships enjoying and blessing the people only while realizing the only One we need to please is God.

I encourage you to hold onto that as you move through your week.  Your boss, co-workers, mate etc. are not the source of your identity nor the one in control.  Take your burdens, sorrows, hurt, etc. to the Lord cause He can handle stuff way better than us.

You can do this!

charlotte@charlottehunt.com

Take care

Charlotte

Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely

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ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY- Courage Will Prove Your Character

Life is so hard especially today. With the economy, disasters, news, the media’s focus on celebrities, and pain and struggle all around, it is easy to stop, settle and just say, “I am done.” Remember, you were born for such a time as this. For whatever reason you are alive today and living in the midst of the crisis, struggles, natural disasters and problems. 

Despite the rough road, there is a purpose and a plan. These times are setting the stage for you to make your stand.  This is the time to create something, move in a new direction, or release burdens from your past.  Do not let fear define you, but use courage to prove your character.

Throughout history, the average person has achieved greatness in times of tragedy, obstacles, devastation and hopelessness. Never underestimate your ability to make a difference. It is NOT what you do or have, but what is possible through your willingness to be used and step out in courage against the odds.

Take care,

Charlotte

Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely tm

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(Expert Advice from Alicia Morgan) You Are A Work in Progress Not a Failure

DesertIt has taken quite some time for my mind to wrap itself around the idea that although I am not perfect I am a wonderful work in progress.  Discovering the best that you can be as a person involves many trials and tribulations and most of all a great deal of patience building.  I remember since I was a child that I was a lover of words.   I enjoyed reading, writing and the performing arts more than anything. However, somewhere along the path to my true passions I pursued a degree in engineering and considered writing just an ordinary hobby.  I have worked in the field of engineering almost ten years and have been actively pursuing my ambitions as a writer for the last three.  The first time I shared my writing for consideration for publication I received a note that said, “You are not the caliber of writer that we are looking for.   We strongly suggest you take some writing courses and find great writers to model yourself after.”   I must admit when I first read those words I was devastated and thought perhaps my writing should be something I kept to myself from that point on.  Looking back on it all those words empowered my life because I learned that my God given talent is neither a mistake nor a failure if it places me outside of my comfort level at times.    There is no standard navigation package for your life but resilience will help you in those moments where the path you are taking appears to be leading to a perceived failure.  I am on my way to the destiny that my passions will lead me.  Overall, I am a work in progress and not a failure and so are you. 

 By:  A.M. Morgan

Website: www.ammorgan.ent

Author of  Father and Daughter Time:  Conversations from the Heart

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ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY- Keep Choosing the Truth

Everyone has a story.  The events or paths in the journey create the story that is unique to you.  Although, your story might contain many sorrows, tragedies, and negative experiences, look for another path of joy, growth, learning, healing, and discovery. Our personality, passions and character are molded from the story that was written for our lives and continues today.

In pain, there is always a purpose.  One day, you will be able to say, “Knowing what I know now, I will live a life of confident expectation for a future that has not happened yet, and it

Our story was given to us to tell something wonderful about who GOD is.  Although we may share similar situations, no one else has your story or can use it for the specific purpose that has been planned for you.

 

 What’s YOUR story? 

 

 Take care,

Charlotte

Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely tm

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ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY- What Dream Stealers Are You Believing?

1230061_515766058499859_638935878_nThere are people who are dream stealers people who will tell you, “You will never amount to anything!” There are emotions that are dream stealers that will tell you, “What you feel is who you are!” There is the past of dream stealers of that will tell you, “Your mistakes and past are too powerful or horrible to overcome!” There are performance dream stealers that will tell you, “What you do is solely what you are worth!” Finally, there is fear which is a dream stealers that will tell you, “The issue is too big for you to overcome and you will never do it!”

These are all dream stealers because they are LIES we accept as truth about ourselves and our future. Everyday is a choice to allow a lie or the truth to define you. Yes, You Can Do This!

Take care,

Charlotte

Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely tm

                                

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ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY- A Reminder of Why You Can Take Another Step

Today, you’re tired and want to give up.  You’re angry and feel that so many things are unfair.  You want to stop doing those things you are doing because it is just too hard and it does not seem to matter anyway.

Perhaps, we both need a reminder of why we can take another step to go on in strength.

  1. Our true position (in Christ) is that we are seated in the heavenlies while our condition is what we are experiencing in this world in our sufferings, jobs, dealings with people, hurt, anger, etc.
  2. The struggles, frustrations, sufferings, maturing process, etc. in our walk is simply God’s process of renewing our minds.  In other words, lining up our condition with our position.
  3. God’s goal is not to strengthen or improve our flesh, help us be better acting Christians, perform better, gain more control, etc. but to help us live our life through Christ’s life in us.
  4. We get jacked up, give power to people, our jobs, depressed, feel worthless, unloved, unaccepted, etc. because we don’t fully understand the truth of who we are in Christ.  We believe we are what we feel instead of the truth of who Christ says we are in Him and in God’s promises.  We allow the lies of the enemy bringing up the garbage of what our parent’s said and more to keep us believing that even God can’t use us or have a great purpose and plan for our lives.
  5. God’s word and truth says our emotions/feelings are not who we are
  6. God’s word and truth says we are complete and righteous not because Christ works through you, but because Christ is in us
  7. God’s word and truth says we do not have to perform to please God or others
  8. God’s word and truth says there is no need to try to become someone we already are
  9. God’s word and truth says God looks at us as He looks at His Son, not through the filter of His Son
  10. God’s word and truth says we choose to sin or to take hold of our righteousness

Remember, we are never too young or too old to dream. We are never too lacking in education, poverty-stricken, sickly, abused, jacked-up, messed up, or even fed up to dream. Our present situations can never limit our dreams. Our past trauma, mistakes or regrets can never discourage or disqualify us from our dreams. Our dream stealers, nay sayers, heart-breakers or hope takers can never keep us from our dreams.

I pray this helps and encourages to take another step today.

You can do this!

charlotte@charlottehunt.com

Take care

Charlotte

Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely

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ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY- Am I the Only One Who Feels Crazy?

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I have been called, “The Encourager’s Encourager” by a well-known magazine (won’t name drop).  I am usually the one to encourage others to find the positive in situations despite the obstacles.  However, today I must ask, Am I the only one who feels crazy with all the election drama, police killings, racial hatred on all sides, and just plain ole childish behavior going on in the world today? Really have the Founders of our country, military, and our generations past laid down their lives for this?

On one hand, I must say I am frustrated, disappointed, and wonder how much further can we go before we end ourselves.  On the other hand, strangely, I’m encouraged.  Yes, I said encouraged, because I still believe in the one thing that holds truth and meaning in my life…The Word of God.

I have to keep reminding myself that I’m not here to get, but to give.  Yeah, life is so hard and there is so much pain and craziness at times.  I don’t have to like it, understand it, figure it out and I certainly don’t have to solve it.  I do need to do my part in voting, praying for others (politicians, enemies, everybody), standing up for what I’m accountable for and submitting to His will not mine.  I get in trouble when I start to think my way is the right way instead of submitting to what the Lord wants.  Man, that jacks me up every time.

What am I trying to say?  I am saying this world, for those that call Jesus their Savior, is not our home.  We work our jobs, we deal with politics, church issues, racial issues, hurt, suffering, pain, people that reject and don’t understand us, and live in a world that is full of hate, sadness and searching just like everyone else.  However, the difference is we have been called, like Jesus, to remember our ultimate source of love, worth, and acceptance doesn’t come from people, jobs, our performance, or who wins the election.  It comes from Jesus’ work on the cross for us.  God is in control and no one and no thing orders our steps but Him.  The boss ain’t in control, who wins the election isn’t in control, you and I are certainly not in control.  He knows us by name and has specifically designed our face to tell something special about His glory that only He knows.  Be encouraged.  We are not alone, unseen or uncared for by Him.  Don’t be afraid. Everything is going exactly according to His plans.  Just because we don’t understand what He is doing does not mean God is not handling His business.  Be Still and Know He is (and always has been) God.

charlotte@charlottehunt.com

Take care

Charlotte

Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely

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ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY- We Fall Down and We Get Up


Unfortunately, the majority of what we believe about ourselves comes from the reflection of others who usually know us the least. We also believe more lies about ourselves than we do the truth. It is easier to believe we will fail in the future because we failed in the past, therefore we should not move forward. The lie is in believing there is something wrong with failing.

The worst mistake we can make is allowing “the mistake” to control our next step. All of us mess up and fail down. Learn from it, use it and move forward toward change. Please do not allow what we did to become who we are and cut off the potential of who we can be.

 

from “A Confident Expectation: Encouragement, Stories, & Thoughts for Those Who Hope”


Take care,

Charlotte

Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely tm

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