Beginning Today

og_mandino_beginning_today_quote_thumb-290x193Beginning today I will no longer worry about yesterday. It is in the past and the past will never change. Only I can change by choosing to do so. Philippians 4:6

Beginning today I will no longer worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will always be there, waiting for me to make the most of it.
But I cannot make the most of tomorrow without first making the most of today. Matthew 6:34

Beginning today I will cherish each moment of my life. I value this gift that the Lord bestowed upon me in this world and I will unselfishly share His gift with others. I will use this gift to enhance the lives of others. James 4:14

Beginning today I will take a moment to step off the beaten path and to revel in the mysteries I encounter. I will face challenges with courage and determination. I will overcome what barriers there may be which hinder my quest for spiritual growth and self-improvement. James 1:2-3

Beginning today I will take life one day at a time, one step at a time. Discouragement will not be allowed to taint my desire to succeed or my capacity to love. Psalm 90:12

Beginning today I walk with renewed faith and kindness toward others. Regardless of what has gone before, I believe there is hope for a brighter and better future if I make a difference. Ephesians 4:32

Beginning today I will open my mind and my heart. I will welcome new experiences. I will meet new people. I will not expect perfection from myself nor anyone else: perfection does not exist in this sinful world. Romans 3:23

Beginning today I am responsible for my own happiness and I will admire the beautiful wonders of nature, listen to my favorite music, pet a kitten or a puppy, soak in a bubble bath . . . pleasure can be found in the most simple of gestures and not in the world. Hebrews 11:25

Beginning today. And every day.

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It’s Up to You!

aa-dad-teen-daughter-drivingAlthough this is from a parent to his child, it is packed with a lesson even for teen girls! I hope you enjoy it!

I gave you life, but I cannot live it for you.

I can teach you things, but I cannot make you learn.

I can give you directions, but I cannot always be there to lead you.

I can allow you freedom, but I cannot account for it.

I can take you to church, but I cannot make you believe.

I can teach you right from wrong, but I cannot decide for you.

I can give you love, but I cannot force it upon you.

I can teach you to be a friend, but I cannot make you one.

I can teach you to share, but I cannot make you unselfish.

I can teach you respect, but I cannot force you to show honor.

I can grieve about your report card but I cannot make you study, I can advise you about friends, but I cannot choose them for you.

I can teach you about sex and the facts of life, but I cannot decide for you.

I can tell you about drinking, but I cannot say “no” for you.

I can warn you about drugs, but I cannot prevent you from using them.

I can teach you about goals and dreams, but I cannot achieve them for you.

I can teach you kindness, but I cannot force you to be kind.

I can warn you about sin, but I cannot make you live your morals.

I can love you as a daughter, but I cannot place you in God’s family.

I can pray for you and your future, but I cannot make you walk with God.

I can tell you how to live, but I cannot give you eternal life.

It’s all up to you and your relationship with God!

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The Father is Never Wrong


John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

Jesus told Nicodemus “Don’t wonder that I’m saying, you have to be born again.” In other words, don’t try to put logic into it when it takes faith. Jesus was giving him the key here. Don’t try to put reason and logic into the plan of salvation. Why would Jesus say to receive the simple plan of salvation like a child?

Luke 18:17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

Have you ever noticed how a child looks to her father and mother for answers? A mother could give any answer at all and the child would believe him. The child trusts her mother and believes with all her heart that her mother will bring her no harm.

Do you believe like a child, teen girl? Or do you allow your friends to influence your thoughts when it comes to the Gospel? Ask God to remove any obstacles and to give you that child-like faith that is needed to be saved. If you are already saved, tell your friends about this simple child-like faith – that’s all that is needed :-)

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Are You Listening?

tumblr_lo8bohOlXZ1qz6f9yo1_500As you read today’s inspirational story, I ask that you stop and think of how many ways the Lord has spoken to you in the passed few days.

I was overwhelmed with what lay ahead for John with the surgery and temporary ileostomy. During mid-week services, the hymns that were sung spoke right to my heart. The words exhorted the believer to continue on even when the days are dark and it feels as though we are all alone! God reached down and hugged His child last night :-)

The man whispered,

God, speak to me!

And a meadowlark sang. But the man did not hear.

So the man yelled,

God, speak to me!

And the thunder & lightning rolled across the sky. But the man did not listen.

The man looked around and said,

God, let me see you!

And a star shined brightly. But the man did not see.

And, the man shouted,

God, show me a miracle!

And a life was born. But the man did not notice.

So, the man cried out in despair,

Touch me, God, and let me know you are here!

Whereupon, God reached down and touched the man. But the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on.

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The Value of Time


Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

To realize the value of one year:

Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize the value of one month: Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week: Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of one hour: Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of one minute: Ask the person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize the value of one second: Ask a person who has survived an accident.

To realize the value of one millisecond: Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Time waits for no one.

There’s not one teenager I have spoken to that doesn’t wish time would go by faster. Treasure every moment you have.

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Let the Poor Say, “I am rich!”

appreciation (1)One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people can be.

They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from the trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?” “It was great, Dad.”

“Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked. “Oh yeah,” said the son. “So what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father. The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they have four.

We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.

We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.

We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.

We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs.

We have walls around our property to protect us and they have friends to protect them.” With this, the boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, “Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are.”

Too many times we forget what we have and concentrate on what we don’t have. So many teenagers plead with their parents to get them the latest “this or that.” They don’t see all those things that they actually have nor are they appreciative. That is one person’s worthless object is another’s prized possession.

Where are you, teen girl?

It is all based on one’s perspective. Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks to God for the bounty we have been provided by Him instead of worrying about wanting more.

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True Salvation

Teen girl, if salvation could be received by merely repeating a few words, it would be quite easy to do, wouldn’t it? But when there is no intention of changing one’s life style of sin, one is hardly saved. I can repeat the Presidential oath but that does not make me the President of the U.S.! Neither does blabbing a prayer make me a born-again Christian. What did you do the day you got saved?

There is something required and that is a change of mind toward sin. Were you truly sorry for your sin? If you were, you would have been willing to change directions. Were you willing to change directions, teen girl? Did that happen or did you just continue on with your life and doing the same old sins over and over?

It is only when you repent and change your attitude toward sin that you can be born again! Only then can you acknowledge that Christ came, died, was buried and rose again and become saved according to the Scriptures.

Let’s take a look at what the Scriptures say about salvation.

~Isaiah 53:4-7 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (6) He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Salvation is of the LORD. ~Jonah 2:9b

For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. ~Matthew 18:11

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ~John 3:16

But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. ~Acts 15:11

~Romans 3:24-25 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; ~1 Corinthians 15:3

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. ~2 Corinthians 5:21

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: ~Ephesians 2:8

Philippians 2:7-8 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

~Hebrews 2:14-17 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.  For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. ~1 Peter 2:24

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. ~1 John 4:10

So you see that salvation is of God, brought to man through the work of Jesus Christ and only His work on the cross. Now what did Christ and the Apostles (the early church fathers) teach about repentance?

~Luke 13:1-5 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. ~Acts 2:38

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; ~Acts 3:19

And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: ~Acts 17:30

Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. ~Acts 20:21

It is clear that Christ and the Apostles taught repentance and it is a necessary part of salvation. Just as I can’t be the President of the U.S. by reciting the Presidential oath, nor can a person be saved by merely reciting a few words. It is clear that there has to be more than that – there’s needs to be a change of heart, otherwise you will continue to live your life the way it was before you recited the words.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. ~2 Corinthians 5:17

If you claim to be a born-again Christian, teen girl, has your life changed? Do you love reading your Bible? Do you love the things of God? Are you grieved when you sin? If not, something is wrong. You may be no different than the Pharisees – educated but eternally lost. It’s time to look within you and let the Holy Spirit open your eyes. If you have questions about what I shared with you here, please email me and we can discuss this most important topic. My email address is k8plord @ (There are no spaces – I inserted spaces here so that spammers can’t just pick up the email address.)

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