Stretching Our Dollars

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Financial Food for Consumption: Let’s shift our focus from PINCHING PENNIES to STRETCHING DOLLARS. Some of us invest a tremendous amount of time and energy on TRYING NOT TO SPEND when a better practice calls us to invest our time and energy on what Our Father desires for us to spend the money on. ~ Matthew 25:18

The third man in Matthew 25 was a penny-pincher…. 

Why?

DISOBEDIENCE…

This young man didn’t know His Father very well, but ponder in this…

Always remember this: We ALL have to follow someone….
We can follow after Jesus because we know what type of man He was and is… We can follow after those who reflect Christ’s nature based on who He was and who He is in the Earth…

He choose us first!

Wisdom key: It takes more energy (mentally and physically) to dig a hole than it does to sow a seed. If you have dug a hole (financially) with your past decisions, stop digging and sow a seed of your TIME, TALENT AND TREASURE…

Your TIME, TALENT AND TREASURE is borrowed anyway, so why not give these things back to those who need them the most?

This will make Your Daddy proud of the person He has called you to become.

Dis-Covering Your Work Flow

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Let Him Flow….

We tap into our work flow through the dis- covery of our true identity in Jesus Christ. Discovery is a journey that introduces us to purpose and destiny. In actuality, this introduction is a family reunion.

Jeremiah 1:5 (New Living Translation)

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.

According to Wikipedia, flow is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does.

Kingdom Flow

Kingdom terminology recognizes flow as spiritual and can be characterized by complete absorption of who we are in Jesus Christ. When we tap into His Flow we are immersed in all who God is; we lose self- consciousness to gain God-Consciousness.

Flow removes SELF-CENTERDNESS.

Who’s most likely to discover their work flow?

A. Mary Adams who works primarily to earn wages and who’s job is not in line with who she is.
B. Patricia Williams who enjoys her line of work, but recognizes promotion as the ultimate goal.
C. Linda Johnson who views her work as an assignment. She believes her service will make the world a better place and is in love with what she does.

Hmm…
C. Linda Johnson who views her work as an assignment. She believes her service will make the world a better place and is in love with what she does.

Why?

Because Linda has focused upon the outcome (or the end result) and not the process (or daily activity). She has taken SELF out of the equation which leaves additional room for US.

Work Flow

Work flow is the ability to produce work (in the form of people, products, programs and services) without the effort and exertion of our mindful will.

Authentic Work Flow involves:

Values – Who you deem most important (God).
Interests – Who you enjoy being (like God).
Skills – Your God-given ability to properly execute.
Grace- God’s Ability to do what is not humanly possible.
Remember: We must first become, then do second.

Work is not just a physical destination; work can be viewed as distribution.
The destination of work as distribution (or reproduction) is located at a place called REST (Refer to Isaiah 58:13-14). The Place of Rest in within you.

So….

In order to tap into an authentic work flow, we must distribute (or reproduce) from a place of rest that is void of any distractions that may attempt to stand before US and Our Lord Jesus Christ. Anything or anyone that could possibly become a wedge in our relationship with God has the possibility of hindering the dis-covery of our work flow.

SELAH!

Works Cited
Wikimedia Foundation (2013) Flow (psychology).Retrieved September 21, 2013 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_%28psychology%29

Intermarriage in the Workplace (A Mixture of Hot and Cold) Pt.2

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Keep this in mind from Intermarriage part 1: Promotion is the release (or birthing) of what is rightfully ours… This is our inheritance.

 When we say promotion, we are speaking in terms of career progression with ‘CAREER’ being an expression of who you are. Protecting who you are and who you were does not allow God to transform you into the person He desires for you to become. This‘defense’ which originates from offence does not allow us to grow into the person God desires for us to become.

 An an additive: An individual never gets stuck working a job, she/he gets stuck in the MENTALITY of working. Many believe their jobs are merely a means of earning an income when in truth that particular job may be the means God is using to prepare them for their next assignment.

 Jobs are assignments that must meet completion…

 Now…

1. How does intermarriage relate to jobs?

2. How does intermarriage relate to career?

3. How has intermarriage placed our promotions on pause?

 Also…

How can intermarriage propel us into the realm of promotion?

Let’s look at ‘INTERMARRIAGE’ through the lens of jobs and careers…

 According to freedictionary.com and dictionary.com ‘INTERMARRIAGE’ is defined as a:

 1. Marriage between people of DIFFERENT social classes.

2. Marriage between people belonging to the SAME small group, especially if they are close blood relatives.

 Hmm…

 Also…

 3. To marry WITHIN one’s family, tribe, or clan.

4. Intermarriage- marriage to a person BELONGING to a tribe or group other than your own as required by CUSTOM or LAW.

 Now consider this…

  • We cannot co-mingle the seed of life with a seed of death…
  • We cannot co-mingle the seed of our purpose with the seed of our past…
  • We cannot remain married to what we ‘did’ or ‘produced’ in times past…

 We must divorce the past in order to advance into the future.

 BEING MARRIED TO SOMEONE OR SOMETHING (A MINDSET) THAT HAS NOT GONE THROUGH AND IS NOT GOING THROUGH THE PROCESS OF REGENERATION EQUALS MIXTURE. Mixture is hot and cold, up and down…. The roller coaster ride of INCONSISTENCY.

 Regeneration: Spiritual or moral revival or rebirth. -Freedictionary.com

We ‘regene’ when put on a new identity. This happens when we accept Christ as Our Lord and Savior.

Jobs and Careers

Jobs… If jobs are assignments that must meet completion then when the assignment reaches completion we must move forward spiritually, mentally, physically, socially and financially.

Careers…If careers are expressions of who we are and who we are becoming then we must continually pioneer and progress forward spiritually, mentally, physically, socially and financially.

If we desire promotion (which all of us do) then we cannot remain married to PMS (Programmed Mind- Sets) from the past. ‘PMS’ can be defined as a system of thought that originates from a person, place or thing, and has been ingrained into our character.

Here we go again… BEING MARRIED TO SOMEONE OR SOMETHING (A MINDSET or PMS) THAT HAS NOT GONE THROUGH AND IS NOT GOING THROUGH THE PROCESS OF REGENERATION EQUALS MIXTURE.

Mixture is hot and cold, up and down…. The roller coaster ride of INCONSISTENCY.

This is a form of ‘INTERMARRIAGE’; when we marry (or are in relationship) with a person, place or thing that resembles our UN-REGENERATED past. As we previously presented definitions for intermarriage, we highlighted these key words: DIFFERENT, SAME, WITHIN and BELONGING.

 So…  If we desire to progress in the ‘WORKPLACE’ as God desires, we must allow our PMS Programmed Mind-Sets)that are DIFFERENT and SAME to past organizations to be regenerated… Let us not forget our PMS that were WITHIN and BELONGING to past organizations as well.

 Yes… By Jesus by I think we got it!!

 As you progress throughout your career you will continue to complete assignments. However, you cannot afford to take the mindsets that are DIFFERENT from your current organization, and the SAME as your previous workplaces. You also cannot afford to take the mindsets WITHIN and BELONGING to your past workplaces (Mentally and Physically). Your mindset must be regenerated to accommodate what God desires for you to accomplish and the mission and vision of the organization you have been sent to partner with and serve. Some things must be taken, and some things must be left behind. AMEN!!!

 Last, but not least….

How can intermarriage propel us into the realm of promotion?

 When we are married to (or in relationship) with those people, places and things that have been and are going through the regeneration process we always have a fresh  outlook regarding who we are, who we are becoming and the world we live in.

 BLESSINGS!!!

 

 

Intermarriage in the Workplace (A Mixture of Hot and Cold) Pt.1

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Let US remember that the workplace in not ONLY a literal,physical place where we go to ‘DO” work…

Please keep in mind that the workplace is also a place where we go to produce “WORK” in the eye of our minds… 

This place is called our IMAGINATION.

Food for thought: Many people have the workplace limited to a place where they go to ‘DO’ work in terms of physical (hands-on) labor including administrative tasks and other daily-duties. My thought is that the workplace is not only a place where we go to ‘DO’ but also a place where we produce (FRUIT or PRODUCTS) in terms of an expression of our imaginations. For example, an artist doesn’t literally have to go to a ‘physical’ place to produce art-WORK, but she or he must go to another place (mentally) in her/his imagination to produce art-WORK….

 This type of work can be produced in the comfort of a person’s home or wherever they choose to work (or produce).

 We are all artists in some form or fashion…

If our scope of ‘work’ is limited to the confines of a physical workplace, then our ability to produce will be limited to the confines of a physical workplace as well. If our ability to produce is limited to the confines of a physical workplace, then our money will be limited also…

 CREATIVITY COME FORTH!!!

Intermarriage

 I firmly believe that “INTERMARRIAGE” is one of the reasons (if not the reason) why some of our promotions are stuck in lay-away. We continue to put money into the wrong account…

 We cannot get what is rightfully ours if we are depositing money (TIME – TALENT- TREASURE) into the wrong account.

 Promotion is the release (or birthing) of what is rightfully ours… This is our inheritance.

 When I say promotion, I am speaking in terms of career progression with ‘CAREER’ being an expression of who you are. Protecting who you are and who you were does not allow God to transform you into the person He desires for you to become. This ‘defense’ which originates from offence does not allow us to grow into the person God desires for us to become.

 More to come…