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The Palm Tree Rises Again

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I heard about the palm tree and how God gave it something special the other trees don’t have. You see, when a hurricane comes through, the palm tree is the one that’s still standing. You would think the oak tree would be the one to endure the storm. After all, it has big branches and limbs. It’s trunk is wide and more sturdy with the ability to stand against stronger winds. You’d think that even the pine tree in all it’s grandeur and magnificence would be able to withstand the hurricane, seeing how it’s able to tower above it all.

But out of all the trees, the oak tree, pine tree and the magnolia tree, it’s the palm tree that has something special. It’s flexible, it has the ability to bend and don’t break. The hurricane thinks it has won the battle. The hurricane has given all it has. But at some point in time, even the hurricane will run out of strength. The strong winds have to subside. After it’s all said and done, the palm tree will rise again to it’s original state. Because of the way it was made, it will stand straight up again.

What’s interesting about the palm tree is, you’d think that after all the damaging winds and rain that it would be weak and frail. But research shows that after the storm, the palm tree is stronger than it was before, because it replenishes itself at the root.

Realize today that just like the palm tree, you will rise again. You can stand the storm, you can endure it all. The “winds” of life may come, the “hurricanes” will bend you this way and that way, so to speak, but the good news is, you will bend but you won’t break. God put something special in you that will cause you to stand again. Unlike the oak tree and pine trees, you will not only stand again but you’ll come out of it stronger than before.

Psalms 92:12 says, “The righteous will flourish like the palm trees.” You will rise out of it all and come into the flourishing finish that God has for you!

~ Jarrod

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Quotes about Peace

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God wants you to have His surpassing peace. In fact, that’s what the angel declared in the scripture, “Peace on earth and goodwill towards all men.” The good news is, God doesn’t just want you to have peace once a year. He doesn’t want you to only have peace at Christmas time, no you can have peace everyday of the year.

I’ve put together a few Bible verses that reminds you of God’s peace and helps you to meditate on it:

“The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.” – Psalm 29:11

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

“LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.” – Isaiah 26:12

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 5:13

When you allow God’s peace to fill your heart, you can walk in His contentment regardless of the situation. Chaos can be surrounding you but you can still choose to accept God’s peace. Let His peace fill and flood your heart today!

~ Jarrod

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What is Worthy of Praise?

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Whenever a person makes a grand mark in the area of success, people see it as an opportunity to celebrate. If a child, who has been struggling to keep their grades up, gets a superior grade on their report card, the parents look for ways to reward them. After months and months of training, and a toddler finally becomes potty trained, by nature the parents will praise the child.

Yet too often, we find ourselves looking at where we went wrong. Some people will meditate on thoughts of defeat and failure. But if you’re going to come into the best that God has for you, you’ll have to change your thinking.

Scripture tells us to think on thoughts that are of a good report; think on thoughts that are worthy of praise. That means in your own life, you can began to ask the question, what is worthy of praise?

Maybe you didn’t close the deal on that business lead. Maybe that relationship didn’t work out. Maybe that presentation didn’t go the way you expected it to. In these moments, it’s so easy to dwell on the negative and rehash what went wrong.

And yes, it’s okay to problem solve. It’s okay to try to resolve the situation so you can do it better next time, but at some point in time, you’ll have to bring balance to life. Quit focusing on where you came up short, and start celebrating your own accomplishments. Rejoice over your own victories!

Let that be the question you ask yourself today; what is worthy of praise? Maybe I didn’t close the deal on the business lead, but I just landed a great opportunity with an important and influential client, that’s worthy of praise. Things might have took a turn in the wrong direction yesterday, but today is another day to do it better, that’s worthy of praise. Maybe my child didn’t do all the chores, but they aced the exam in school, that’s worthy of praise.

Let today be your opportunity to thank God, the creator of the universe, for every thing that is a cause for celebration. Things may not always be right, but He makes it right. Choose to rejoice over what’s going right, and not what’s going wrong. It will make all the difference in your outlook on life!

~ Jarrod

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Laying Brick or Building a Skyscraper

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I heard about these two men who were working the same project. It required them to be many stories up in the air on scaffolding to complete the job.

A reporter came along and asked one man, “What are you doing?” He responded with disdain: “I’m laying bricks. I have to work at extreme heights and lay bricks everyday.”

The same reporter asked the other man the same question, “What are you doing?” He responded with enthusiasm and excitement, “I’m building a skyscraper. Years and years to come, this building will go down in history with importance and prestige. Great people will come through and I am proud to be part of such a great and tremendous opportunity!”

What was the difference between the two men? One was just going through the motions of everyday life. Yet, the other man saw it as an opportunity.

Day in and day out, we can find ourselves asking the question: “Am I just laying bricks or am I building a skyscraper?” When you go along your day to day activities, let your hard work take effect. You’re not just going through the motions. You’re not just getting through the day, you’re taking part in an opportunity. It’s your opportunity to make a difference not only in your life, but in the lives of others for generations to come.

See the opportunity when you go into the office today. See the opportunity when you have to take the kids to practice. See the opportunity to clean house and do chores.

Know today that your hard work is not in vain. It may appear to be a hassle, it may appear to be mundane everyday tasks, but every work of your hands matter in the grand scheme of things. Keep building your skyscraper. Years and years to come, you will be rewarded for your good works and it will all come back in your favor!

~ Jarrod

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The Power of Positive Thinking

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If you’re going to come into your very best, you’re going to have to let go of the stinkin’ thinking. Many people have let negative thoughts hold them back from the best that God has for them. We dwell on thoughts of defeat, thoughts of doubt, and thoughts of insecurity. But there will come a point in time when you’ll have to take charge of your thoughts and move on into victory.

When you wake up in the morning, let it be your declaration; “today is a new day, I’m going to rise to the occasion.” “Despite the setbacks, I’m going to launch forth into new heights.” “I may not have met my mark yesterday, but today is a chance to go above, over, and beyond in a whole new way.”

The power of positive thinking will take effect, when you take the proactive approach. When you choose thoughts of victory, you’re setting yourself up for a destiny of victory. You will take on the path in which your thoughts take.

On the other hand, if you wake up thinking, “nothing good will ever come to me.” “I’ve tried and failed.” “Why should I put forth an effort? Nothing ever worked out for me before,” then you’re setting yourself up to fall into more of a spiral of defeat.

Let it be your declaration today that you’re in it to win. God has put something in you that will cause you to come to a flourishing finish. But you have to believe in what He says about you. Choose today to come into agreement with God’s word. It says you’re a victor not a victim. You are a masterpiece. You are God’s most prized possession.

Don’t adapt the victim mentality, adapt the victor’s mentality. Come into a higher level of thinking; a thinking that says “I am an overcomer.” “God causes me to triumph.” “I may have had a bad past, but I don’t have to have a bad future.”

Take the proactive approach. Let go of the stinkin’ thinking. When you adopt a new mindset, the power of positive thinking, according to God’s word, will take it’s full effect and you’ll come into all that God has for you!

~ Jarrod

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Look for the Signs

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All around you are signs of God’s blessings, honor and favor. When you waken to a brand new day, it’s a sign that God has a purpose for your life. When you find yourself in the right place at the right time to meet that person you have so much in common with, realize that’s no coincidence; it’s a sign of a divine relationship that will cause you to grow and thrive.

When you go about your day, look for the signs. Look for those little confirmations showing you that God is in control. He has your steps ordered. He has your best interests at heart.

When you get an email from a friend that says all the right things, with all the right words of encouragement regarding your situation, don’t see it as a coincidence, see it as a sign. God is speaking to you. Let it serve as good news; good tidings of comfort and joy.

That prayer you’ve been praying, you’ve been faithful, you thanked God in advance, but it seems God has forgotten the promise, don’t lose hope, keep going about your day in expectation. Look for a miracle. See the signs that God has not forgotten His promises. The blessings will come in just the right time.

Even when people aren’t good to you; If it seems you’ve lost your hand of favor with people, unfair things may have happened to you– don’t see it as a setback, see it as a setup. What is the setup? It’s a sign that you’re about to breakthrough into a new level. You can expect favor in new relationships, better opportunities, better levels of increase.

God speaks differently today. You may not have a burning bush experience like Moses. You may not get a ram in the thicket like Abraham. An Angel named Gabriel won’t come unto you like Mary and Zacharias experience. But you can still see the signs that miracles are in store. So stay in faith. Don’t get your hopes down, get your hopes up. Look for the signs that God is about to do something extraordinary in your life!

~ Jarrod

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A Handy Advantage!

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Many people are set on a so-called “limitation,” a weakness, a setback. They let a doctor’s diagnosis cripple them for the rest of their lives. Now they’re tempted to sit on the sidelines of lives. They’re tempted to live a mundane, mediocre life.

But just because you were born with a handicap, just because you’re a little different than other people doesn’t mean you have to settle for less accomplishments. It doesn’t mean you have to go for the pity party. You can go on to victory despite a setback.

There are many people who have made extraordinary achievements despite the limitations. You can do the same. Instead of seeing it a handicap as something that can hold back, see it as something that can push you up. Don’t see it as a handicap, see it as a handy advantage.

This weakness isn’t there to put you into a defeated life. Your weakness serves for God to get the glory. On the outside looking in, you were supposed to sink to the bottom, but there’s something in you that will cause you to not only stay afloat but to thrive.

Every person has a handicap of some sort, some bigger than others. Some people have a handicap of staying focused during long periods of time. Their mind wonders. Others have a handicap of excessive talking, not know when to be quiet. Some people have a handicap of “coloring in the lines,” so to speak. Society says this is what you should do but you’re more of a free spirit.

These are not handicaps, they’re handy advantages. Some of the smartest people are day dreamers. Some of the most creative people have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. Some of the worlds greatest speakers had problems staying quiet in the class room.

Many people have allowed these things to keep them bound. But instead, turn what was supposed to be a setback into a setup. Don’t make excuses for what you can’t do. You’re not disabled, you’re well able. The very thing that was supposed to curse you can bless you. If you’ll push past the struggle and the obstacle, you’ll come out on top and go on to do what you thought you never could do!

~ Jarrod

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Be a Person of Praise!

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Human nature has a way of throwing up a red flag when people are at fault. It’s so easy to see a person’s shortcoming, than to see their potential. Some people see it as their job to be a critic, to point out where you came up short. You’d think it was their occupation. Don’t be that person. Instead, be a person of praise.

Positive reinforcement says that we are more effective when we magnify what people are doing right, than what they are doing wrong. Make no mistake, there are times when you’ll have to give a little constructive criticism. Even parents have to discipline and set boundaries for their children. There are times when a supervisor will have to reference to a mistake in order to show an employee the right way. But I believe that every person by nature has a heart to want to do good. And when you magnify their accomplishments, when you point out where they went right, people will make an effort to keep doing the good thing.

I heard about this English teacher. Half way through the semester she changed her approach. Instead of taking a red pen and marking a big “X” next to the wrong answers, she took a highlighter and marked the answer the students got right. She made a point to tell the class, “look for the highlights on your paper, as these are the right answers not the wrong answers.” By the end of the semester, she told of how the test scores improved across the board. Even the students who were struggling in the subject pulled their grades up tremendously.

You could say this English teacher was a person of praise. We can all learn from her. One by one, let’s all highlight what others are doing right. Highlight their successes, their accomplishments. Highlight their attributes and assets.

When you’re a person of praise, you’ll see a rise of potential in others. You’ll see their passions increase. They will get better and better. And the good news is, the praise will come back and show up in your own life. When you’re good to others, they will be good to you!

 

~ Jarrod

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Count It All Joy!

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It seems, when were faced with doom and gloom, it’s so easy to point out a negative. And yes, it’s human nature to point out the wrong things instead of looking for the right things. But, I believe that all things are working out for your good. It doesn’t matter if you got a negative report from a doctor, if you’ve tried and failed, or if God didn’t answer that prayer, it’s all happening in your favor.

Count it all joy today. Those circumstances aren’t happening to you, they’re happening for you. And it’s so easy to get down in the dumps. It’s easy to fall into a pity party, but don’t see it as a curse, see it as a blessing.

Count it all joy when your back is against the wall. Count it all joy when your days of gladness have turned into nights of sadness. It’s not working against you, it’s working for you. What you thought was going to break you will be what brings you into a divine breakthrough.

There are levels of increase in front of you. Promotion. Blessings. Opportunity. That bad circumstance you’re facing isn’t there to diminish you, it’s there to qualify you for the blessings and victory God has in store. When you pass the tests with a good attitude and a heart of gladness, blessings of good measure will chase you down and overtake you. When you’re faithful where you are, when you count it all joy, it won’t matter what a critic said to you, it won’t matter what doors were closed in your face, what will matter are the blessings and favor that’s due to you.

If you’re going to experience all that God has to offer, you can’t  allow your words to curse your future, you’ll have to choose words that will bless your future.

God made you to withstand the trial. It won’t overtake you, no, you’re going to come out on top. Don’t let it get the best of you, instead, choose to make the best of it!

~ Jarrod

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When Things go Terribly, Terribly Wrong

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When I was younger, I got a chance to go down to Disney World on a school trip. The trip package also included Universal Studios where we got to go behind the scenes on these small little movie sets. As part of our entertainment, they’d play out these short movie action sequences. A few of these classics included Back to the Future, Twister, Jurassic Park, Jaws, Star Wars, and many more.

One thing that all these action sequences had in common was a twist in the plot where things went terribly, terribly wrong. The narrator told the story clear as day, you knew the plot was about to thicken, because a change in her voice occurred where you heard those oh so dreadful words, “then all of a sudden things went terribly, terribly wrong.”

The tension occurred. We got on the edge of our seat as the story took a turn for the worst. There was a villain on the rise. Destructive storms were about to occur. You thought you were safe on the boat, when out of no where a great white shark appears. Marty McFly set the time machine for 1972, but due to a “malfunction” in the system, it took him back to 1902. The DeLorean ran out of gas. You could cut the tension with a knife.

If these story lines didn’t have a twist of some sort, if the plot didn’t create any tension, it would be no fun. Most people thrive off seeing the main actor or actress overcome a difficulty of some sort.

And that’s the way life can be at times. You’re experiencing all the favor God has to offer. The finances are adding up. The children are behaving. Everyone around you is being good to you. Then out of no where things go terribly, terribly wrong. A friend betrays you. People who were once good to you all of a sudden want to have nothing to do with you. Due to a few unexpected expenses, you find yourself living on a tight budget. The work load on the job doubles causing much stress.

Here’s encouragement for you today, boldly face the problems head on. Embrace it. It’s going to make for an interesting twist to the plot of life. In hindsight, you’ll look back and see that everything that went terribly, terribly wrong, lead to something that turned out terrifically right.

So don’t dread it when things take a turn for the worse. In the end, you’ll come out on top. God has His hand of favor on you. You may not can see it now, but it’s all working in your favor. You won’t come out a victim, you’ll come out a victor!

~ Jarrod

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