Equal Promises of God – S2E14

Generally speaking, a promise is a promise is a promise. Most people agree with that statement. Merriam-Webster defines the word promise as follows. A promise is a declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified. It is also legally binding. Now, The Word of God as written in the Holy Bible is filled with promises from God. The question for some people is are those promises relevant today? Well, the answer to that question is yes. And not only that, but there are equal promises of God made readily available to those who would but receive. 

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Finding Peace in Uncertain Times – S2E13

In uncertain times, anxiety can cause some people to lose peace of mind. That’s why finding peace in uncertain times is so important. For instance, in January 2020 we wouldn’t have expected that by March our way of life would change. 

Serious Caucasian businessman in suit leaning on desk and staring at a laptop. Photo representing worry from the uncertainty of the times following COVID-19.

In a matter of a few months, COVID-19 has made its mark on countries around the world. And as a result, families have experienced devastating losses. Such as the loss of a family member, a business, a job, or finances. 

Naturally, people are anxious about the future. And for that reason alone, anxiety can void one of his or her peace. Hence, the topic of discussion–Finding Peace in Uncertain Times. 

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Surrendered to the Process—Doing Our Part – S2E12

In the wake of COVID-19, the government has set forth certain stipulations. And social distancing guidelines play a vital part in preventing the spread of the virus. Hence our topic, Surrendered to the Process—Doing Our Part. 

A collage with five photos. 1) a mask and hand sanitizer on a table 2) two women separated by a window; one wear a mask 3) A girl doing online schooling 4) A cleaning person wearing white protective gear spraying disinfectant 5) Someone disinfecting a laptop all representing being surrendered to the process--doing our part.

Of course, when some people hear the word surrender, they view it as a negative action. No doubt in some cases that may well be true. But in other circumstances when one is surrendered to the process it could well save his/her life. Such as, in the case of COVID-19. 

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Don’t Succumb to Fear – S2E11

Fear–how can one emotion grip people in such a way that it paralyzes certain areas of their lives? Well, to answer that question we must first look at fear for what it is. Fear is a distressing emotion that stems from a threat. And that threat may be real or perceived. But the truth is, either way–you don’t want to succumb to fear.

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Identity Crisis–Do You Know Who You Are? S2E10

Quite often, people make the mistake of placing their identity in the wrong things. Now let’s look at some examples. First, there are those who find identity in the number of likes they get on social media. If the response is not what they expected, they take it as rejection. Second, let’s say an award-winning singer can no longer sing. Said singer then goes into a severe depression. Why? Because his identity was only in his voice.

And what about the pro football player who gets injured who can never play again. He then turns to alcohol because, for him, football was his life. Last, what about a multi-millionaire who loses all his money. He later commits suicide. Again why? Because he could not live without the power and authority that his money once afforded him. 

Mirror image of woman in white top standing in front of a gray wall. Photo represents one's assessment of who they are.
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In the examples mentioned earlier, each person found themselves in an identity crisis. So, the question and topic are Identity Crisis–Do You Know Who You Are? When looking at oneself–where do you place your identity? 

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Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say – S2E9

In our episode Watch What You are Saying, Lady V and I discussed how important words are. So, several questions come to mind. Such as, when going about your day do you ever consider your words, whether in thought or spoken form? Do you always think before you speak? Can others trust what you say is truthful? Do you honor your word? Moreover, do you say what you mean and mean what you say? 

Man talking on a stage in front of a blue curtain. Photo represents trusting someone's word because they say what they mean and mean what they say.

So, let’s look at what the Holy Bible says about it. Now, Proverbs 16:23 Good News Translation says, “Intelligent people think before they speak; what they say is then more persuasive.” Also, Ecclesiastes 5:5 Good News Translation says, “Better not to promise at all than to make a promise and not keep it.” 

As we can see, scripture even attests to how important it is to say what you mean and mean what you say. 

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Watch What You are Saying – S2E8

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Between grade school and adulthood, most people have heard that saying. Well, according to the article, ‘The Scary Power of Negative Words,’ our words have power. For that reason alone, you should watch what you are saying.

So, since our words have power, do you ever think about the words you speak? Such as, how those words affect you and others around you. In fact, words can evoke emotional responses through what we speak, hear, and/or read. For example, most people know not to shout ‘bomb’ or ‘gun’ in a crowd. Without a doubt, panic and chaos would follow. 

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Spreading Hope to our Military – S2E7

Spreading hope to our military is an absolute must. For the majority of Americans, the reason is quite clear. The United States affords its citizens a luxury that many countries of the world do not. And that luxury is freedom. As citizens, we have freedom of religion, thought, and expression. In other words, we are free to live our lives as we so choose. 

The flag of the United States of America represents freedom for all American citizens. Our U.S. military protects our constitutional rights from all enemies. Spreading hope to the men and women of our armed forces is the least we can do.

Now, this is possible because of those who served and are serving in one of the five branches of our military. They put their lives on the line to protect our constitutional rights from all threats.

Of course, not just anyone is willing to put their life on the line for the rights of people they don’t know. For that reason alone, we should commend our servicemen and women. 

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The Answer is on the Way – S2E6

Prayer–some people believe in the power of it, while others don’t. Are you one of the many people who incorporate prayer in your everyday life? If so, I’m sure there were times when it seemed as if the answer to your prayer was a resounding ‘no’. Because the answer didn’t happen when you wanted it to. In episode 2, Lady V and I discussed the different reasons for that happening. 

Lean not on your own understanding 

Now, the question for some people then becomes “Why pray if I don’t get the answer I want?” Unfortunately, that’s when the feeling of giving up on prayer and God takes hold. Especially, to those individuals in desperate situations. 

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Love Yourself – Don’t Be a Placeholder – S2E5

Relationships are the connections one has with others. And although there are several types of relationships—romantic relationships can be tricky. In other words, those connections are hard enough as it is when both people are on the same page. But if they are not, it makes navigating through the issues of life that much more difficult. 

Do you feel loved, cherished, and respected? 

Photo of the words Love Yourself with long-stem roses placed on all sides but the left side.

And for that reason, loving yourself is so important. Because, when you truly love yourself, you are more aware of how that relationship affects you. For instance, how does the relationship make you feel? That is all the more crucial when planning a future with someone. 

If you are not receiving what you need and want from the relationship it’s time to examine that. In Ephesians 4:2 New Living Translation it speaks on how we should be with others, “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.”  

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