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The genie joke

Brad Stanton —  June 26, 2014 — 12 Comments

424461_412914045450456_627438586_nA man and his wife were walking along the beach for their 30th wedding anniversary. They were both 50 years old. There on the beach was a lamp, so they picked it up and rubbed it. Out came a genie and gave them each one wish.

The wife asked for air tickets to a dozen different beautiful cities around the world. Poof! After the smoke cleared she stood there with a dozen air tickets in her hands. She was so delighted she jumped for joy.

Now it was the man’s turn to ask for a wish. He hung his head and sheepishly said to the genie “I want a wife 30 years younger than me.” Poof, when the smoke cleared he was 80 years old.

Well, the moral of this little joke is that it is important to be careful what we ask God for. It might be that what we are asking God for is not a big enough request, or a request that would somehow hurt us. Sometimes we get upset because it takes a long time for God to answer our prayer. But maybe there is a reason that God is taking his time. Maybe if we shortcut the amount of time it takes to get our prayer answered, it will short circuit our life in some way that we can’t see.

Are you praying for things that you haven’t gotten yet? Keep the faith, keep thanking God that the answer is coming. Be grateful for all the things God has already given you. Your gratitude strengthens your faith, and faith is important for answered prayer.

“Don’t stop believing, hold on to that feeling…” That is a line from a song by Journey. When you keep believing and you hold on to that feeling that you have already received what you pray for in God’s will, it will make it more likely to happen.

God loves you more than you love yourself, and he wants good things for you even more than you do. Don’t be afraid to pray for things you want, God is your father in heaven (if you are a Christian) and he wants to give you good things, just like an earthly father enjoys giving good things to his children. If you have a dream or desire in your heart, maybe it came from God.

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A visit from an angel

Brad Stanton —  March 19, 2014 — 3 Comments

418697_Normally I don’t use a whole blog post to quote a book, but this was so good, I just had to. It is from the book Count Your Blessings.

John F. Demartini. Count Your Blessings: The Healing Power of Gratitude and Love (Kindle Locations 110-121). Kindle Edition.

…a lovely woman named Josephine who shared her inspirational story with me a few years ago. She was 77 when I met her and is still one of the most vital people I know. She exudes energy and has such love and spark that her eyes twinkle, and she almost seems to glow. Her story began when she was in her late 50s. Doctors determined that she had a malignant brain tumor and scheduled surgery for a few days later. She was instructed to go home and rest in the meantime.

“Those three days were the worst, and the best, days of my life,” Josephine said. I sat out on the back-porch swing and listened to the birds sing and reviewed my life. I knew that somehow my frequent anger and frustration, and all the times I behaved in an unloving manner, had added up to that moment. I laughed and I cried, and I realized that the events in my life that seemed so awful when they were happening often led to something beneficial down the road. And it occurred to me that perhaps-somehow-that was true for my tumor as well.

Josephine contacted her family members and asked them to please come see her. While she waited for their arrival, she wrote each of them a letter thanking them for all the love they had shown her, for all the thoughtful favors they had done, and for the many gifts they had given her throughout the years. They all arrived the day before her scheduled operation, accompanied her to the hospital the following day, and shared stories and laughed until visiting hours were over.

When everyone had gone, as Josephine looked out her window at the stars, she began to be thankful for all her blessings. She was so filled with love that tears of gratitude streamed down her face. She recalls: I felt completely immersed in love, and I felt a complete sense of inner peace.

Then I thought I saw a light go on behind me, and I turned around to see what looked like a beautiful young woman with long, flowing hair smiling at me and radiating with light. She said she was an angel who felt my love, and she had come to reassure me that everything would be okay; that I would have plenty of time to fulfill my life’s purpose. And then she said, “Always remember that it was your love and your appreciation that brought healing to you, Josephine. You are blessed.” I closed my eyes when she hugged me, and when I opened them, she was gone.

Josephine spent the rest of the night wide awake, thinking about what had happened, and wondering what her life’s purpose was. As she thought about what she’d really love to do, she realized that she wanted to be a counselor or therapist, and she decided that she’d begin applying to colleges in order to fulfill this dream.

When morning came and Josephine’s children arrived, she told them that she no longer needed to have the operation and asked them to take her home. Her doctor strongly advised her against leaving, but she insisted. She promised that she’d return in a few months for a checkup and would call him if she had any problems. By the time Josephine returned for her exam, her energy and vitality had returned, and her doctor and her family celebrated when they learned that the tumor, which had been slightly smaller than a golf ball, had miraculously disappeared.

Hebrews 1:14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

2497_582185215124808_544483830_nYoung people, listen to me as you would to your father. Listen, and grow wise, for I speak the truth—don’t turn away.  For I, too, was once a son, tenderly loved by my mother as an only child, and the companion of my father. He told me never to forget his words. “If you follow them,” he said, “you will have a long and happy life. Learn to be wise,” he said, “and develop good judgment and common sense! I cannot overemphasize this point.” Cling to wisdom—she will protect you. Love her—she will guard you.
Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And with your wisdom, develop common sense and good judgment. If you exalt wisdom, she will exalt you. Hold her fast, and she will lead you to great honor; she will place a beautiful crown upon your head.* ~King Solomon. Many consider him the wisest man that ever lived.

Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.** ~King Solomon

Be careful to check your feelings, because your feelings indicate what you are thinking. If you are thinking loving thoughts, your feelings will be happy. If you are thinking negative thoughts, your emotions will be sad, angry, ashamed or worried (fearful).

Negative thoughts make you weak minded and can destroy you. Positive, love filled thoughts make you strong minded and successful. Negative thoughts cause toxins to flow into your bloodstream, positive thoughts bring health to your mind and body. Therefore, think about things you like or love. Think about people, places and things you like. Think about music you like, books and movies you like, people and cafes you like. Think about pets, children and neighbors you like. But don’t think about things that make you sad or angry. That will make you weak and may eventually destroy you.

Two people I know were destroyed by negative thoughts. One was a father of two. He always complained and got angry. People didn’t like talking to him because he was so negative. He eventually had a nervous breakdown and became so depressed he couldn’t go to work. The other is a young lady who was injured in a motorcycle accident. Her foot was injured and a sore on it would not heal. The sore made her angry at her husband who was driving the motorcycle. The angrier she got, the worse the sore got, and the worse the sore got, the more angry she got. Finally the doctors had to amputate her leg just below the knee.

Every action starts with thoughts. All success starts with the mind. Transform your life by changing the way you think. It will give you success in career, relationships, losing weight, sports and just about all aspects of life.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 NIV Bible

* Proverbs 4:1-9 Living Bible

** Proverbs 4:23 Living Bible


神 爱 你,并 且 为 你 的 生 命 有 一 奇 妙 的 计 划。

“He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” ~Jim Elliot

“No matter where you are, no matter how difficult things might appear to be, you are always being moved toward magnificence. Always.” Rhonda Byrne

God adores you and is guiding you and communicating with you every hour of every day. In fact, his Spirit, the Holy Spirit is helping you every second of every day. Of course he speaks to you through the Bible, but he also guides you with your conscience. It is through something that we feel, or that we know is true or right that he guides us.

Contrary to what some people think, God is not judging you. We know from the Bible that God is bragging on us in heaven. That’s what he did for Job in the Old Testament. Sure, God does discipline us sometimes, but just because it is for our good. He is a heavenly father who loves us more then we love ourselves.

Love, joy and peace are some of the fruits of the spirit. When you don’t feel joyful it means you are thinking about things you don’t love. When you think of things you don’t love it ruins your peace and causes negative emotions.

Tune in to communication with God as much as you can. The more you do it, the easier it gets and the more often you can do it. God is always there, loving you and guiding you, but you have to listen.

It has been said that God cares more about your character than your comfort. But he cares more about your happiness than you do. Just as an earthly father makes a child get up a go to school even when it is cold outside, God disciplines us to do what is best for us.

Does this sound selfish? Well, if all we care about is ourselves, then yes, it is. The only way to truly be happy in life is to love God because that is the purpose for which we were created. A man usually doesn’t like wearing women’s clothes in public because he was not created that way. A greyhound doesn’t like being in the house all day, he likes to be outside where he can run. Fish don’t like being out of water because they were created to be in water. If you don’t love God, you are not doing what you were created to do and it leaves an empty hole in the soul. It leaves discomfort or loneliness, dissatisfaction of some kind.

Loving God puts you on a higher plane. It not only pleases God, but it also makes your spirit stronger. Your spirit lasts forever, your body only lasts for a short time. Jesus told us to store up treasure in heaven because it lasts forever and we don’t have to worry about losing it.

When I was a kid I would spend all my money on fireworks on the 4th of July. All the money I saved would be blown up in a matter of days. It was fun, and it seemed worth it, but now I want to save treasure that will last forever. It would be foolish to work only for money or fame or anything that lasts this lifetime only. This life is over as quickly as the blink of an eye in the grand scheme of things.

Every penny I make from my book “Keys To Powerful Prayer” goes to spread faith, hope and love to people around the world through this blog and charity. Doing the research for this book really changed my life for the better. CreateSpace is an Amazon company. Or read sample pages of the same book as an ebook on Amazon entitled “Amazing Power of Prayer.”

6 steps to success

Brad Stanton —  January 27, 2014 — 3 Comments

Jentezen Franklin

Jentezen Franklin

Have you had difficulty achieving your dreams in life? Dreams of great relationships, getting out of debt, career advancement, achievement in sports, etc. Maybe you have an addiction to food, cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, laziness, sexual problems or anything else. Here are five steps to get out of the pit. The six steps are from Believe That You Can by Jentezen Franklin, but I have written it in my own words.


It all starts as a thought in your mind. You see the need to quit doing something or to start doing something else. You realize your life could be better than it is now.


Not only do we see something we want, we have to take hold of the idea that we really can get it. Many people would love to get out of debt, but they don’t believe it will ever happen, so they don’t even try to find a way to become more financially secure. Some would love to be a high level manager in their company, but they just don’t think it will ever happen, so they plug away at their boring job week after week, not doing the level of work they are capable of.


You have to pay the price for your dream. Decide to take a risk, try your best to do something you didn’t think you could do in the past. Maybe your old life is too boring. Step out on your idea. You have to believe that with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26 “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Phil 4:13 “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.”


After you buy into dream you really get committed. You focus on it no matter what others say. You get in the habit of seeking it with all your heart. Ask yourself: “How bad do I want it?” That is a key. If you really want it, you will be willing to do what it takes to make it happen.

“How does one become a butterfly” she asked pensively
“You must want to fly so much you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
“You mean die?”
“Yes and no,” he answered. “What looks like you will die, but what’s really you will still  live”
—–From Hope For The Flowers by Trina Paulus


Now you are there, you got the prize, or are starting to get the prize. Now you don’t have to suffer regret for not trying to accomplish your goals and dreams. Maybe you have gone a week without overeating. Even if you pig out one day, don’t worry about it. Don’t let it get you down, because sadness and regret will make it all the more difficult. Tell yourself that you are a winner and will not fail next time. The more you say it to yourself, the more it will become true. If you are a Christian, the Bible promises you that you are a winner, a conqueror (which means you can conquer problems). Romans 8:37 “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”


No success without a successor. Whom are you mentoring? When you teach something, it helps you really get it firmly in mind, to get it deep into your subconscious. This is a very important part of any goal, to teach others how to do it. Alcoholics Anonymous stresses that to overcome an addition it is very important to mentor others to overcome. When you teach it, you learn it much better and are much more likely to continue your success over the addiction or difficulty.

Incredible courage

Brad Stanton —  January 14, 2014 — 18 Comments

00000000000000000fasdfdseeDuring WWII, Irena Sendler got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive. Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck for larger kids.

Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazi’s broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out in a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.
She was not selected.
Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.

Please share this to honor the sacrifice and courage of this incredible woman who gave so much and saved so many. You can click any of the buttons below to reblog this or share on facebook, twitter, etc.

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The little guy is Jericho who was left at the orphanage about a month ago.

The little guy is Jericho who was left at the orphanage about a month ago.

Miracle after miracle happened to me on my trip to the Philippines for the Street Kids Project.

I believe without a shadow of a doubt that God has amazing plans for your life, fantastic plans. He wants to empower you to do great things that will glorify Him and thrill you. Don’t get stuck in a rut in life! Realize that God is lining up all the people and things you need to be successful in your relationships, serving Him, and other parts of your life.

The first answer to prayer came while I was sitting in the car with my girlfriend, stuck in traffic. We had gone to the beach and were returning to her family’s house. The trip should have taken 2 or 3 hours, but was taking much longer. We were in a traffic jam and were stopped more than moving. When we did move, we only went about ten or twenty miles an hour.

I began praying silently that God would break up the traffic jam so that we could start moving again. Nothing happened. I prayed a few more times over the next half hour, still nothing happened. I sat there thinking to myself that in the Old and New Testament, everyone who got answers to prayer spoke the prayer out loud. Jesus taught all his followers to say the prayer in a commanding way, such as the apostles prayed in Acts 3:6 “In the name of Jesus, get up and walk!” Acts 14:10, Paul told a lame man “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk.

So I sat there in the traffic jam and stretched out my hand and said out loud, “In Jesus’ name, this traffic jam is relieved.” Within a couple of minutes the clogged street opened up and we began moving quickly again. I realize that some would say this is a coincidence. But after about an hour, we got in another traffic jam. I spoke out the same prayer and within a couple of minutes we were moving again.

A few days later, in a traffic jam, I said the same prayer. Within a couple of minutes the traffic jam cleared and we began moving.

One day, in the Philippines, I realized I was short of money. I couldn’t get cash from the ATM like I thought I could, so I prayed for a little more money, enough to make it without borrowing. I had counted the American dollars in my billfold twice and found two twenty dollar bills and a ten. Later, after praying, we found an extra twenty dollar bill, just what I needed to squeak by.

The next morning I began thinking about it and decided that I had probably miscounted the money. I got out of bed and began reading a book written by a preacher there who started an orphanage. I randomly opened to a chapter in the middle of the book and began reading. In the first page I read, the preacher had been asked for money, gave away all he thought he had in his bank account, and then found there was more left. The same day, he gave away almost all the money in his wallet, and then found more money. I felt God was telling me that I had not miscounted the money after all.

At the family’s house where I stayed,  the bathroom door got locked with no one inside to open it. I felt bad because I was concerned the family would be inconvenienced by this. So I spoke out a prayer, “In Jesus name we will get this door unlocked.” Within a minute or two someone found the key and the problem was solved.

Before I went to the Philippines, I had decided I wanted to help street kids there. After I arrived, my friend gave me a book written by the preacher I mentioned above. He started an orphanage and used his magazine to raise the money he needed to build the orphanage. In the book he wrote about how he started it. It was just exactly what I needed to know, and was glad that this blog you are reading now can be used in the same way his magazine was used. I felt that God was giving me just the right information I needed to help the street children.

Not only did I learn the things I needed to know about starting an orphanage, I also was introduced to the kind of people I would need to work with in the future.  Some of them were lawyers with connections in the right places in local government and other areas that would make the work much easier.

Also, I have been praying to lose weight. On the trip I lost almost 15 pounds in two weeks! What a joy that was.

After a few days in the Philippines, I got diarrhea. I spoke out a prayer and the next day I was fine. However, a couple of days later it was back. I prayed again. This time it didn’t go away completely. I wondered why God didn’t answer my prayer fully. Now I realize that the diarrhea was helping me to lose weight. It was very mild and didn’t cause any problems anyway, so I guess God decided it was best for me at the time.

You can have powerful prayers. I have been spending about an hour a day for the past 3 years learning about faith, which Jesus said is the key to answered prayer. I am amazed how so many more of my prayers are answered now than in the past. I do faith exercises, like recite Bible verses about faith such as Matthew 9:22, 9:29, 17:20, 7:8, 21:22; Mark 9:23, 11:24, Luke 8:50, 18:1 and John 14:14, 15:7, 16:23. I work on gratitude, because being grateful strengthens faith. I imagine answers to prayers because that is a technique that not only strengthens faith, but it also programs the subconscious mind which is much more powerful than the conscience mind. By the way, visualizing is used for athletes and many other high achievers. I often say affirmations.

My book, The Amazing Power of Prayer explains more of this. since the book is not edited well, I am selling it for a low price. Once it is edited, the price will go up. 100% of the profits from my book go to the Street Kids Project. Buy it here

That is me in the blue shirt below.

With Grace on the trip. I'm down to only 250 pounds, still need to lose more.

With Grace on the trip.

At the orphanage in Manila.
At the orphanage in Manila.

This little guy was left at the orpahnage about a month ago. His name is Jericho.
This little guy was left at the orpahnage about a month ago. His name is Jericho.

The Jewish, Muslim and Christian religion all speak of Moses, who led people out of slavery in Egypt.

“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” Charles Kettering, inventor with over 140 patents

Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG HSM lens

More than three thousand years ago several million people were released from slavery and they traveled to a land that was promised to them. But because they had “grasshopper mentalities” (we are not tough enough or good enough,, we are like grasshoppers compared to them) they didn’t have the confidence to fight for the land God promisied them and instead wandered aimlessly in the desert, living a very austere life. Abundance and wealth was just beyond their grasp. They could have had it if they had faith enough to fight for it, as was proved forty years later when they fought for and won the land.

Most people believe they are not extraordinary and they will never do anything special with their life. They don’t want to get their hopes up because they have been disappointed so many times in the past. They don’t aim for any goals in life because they are afraid of failure. It has often been said “If you don’t aim for anything, you will probably get it.”

It has been said that if you ask a person in any store why they are there, they will have a good answer, they came to buy something or just came to look around. But if you ask a person why they are here in life and what their goals and dreams are, they will probably not be able to answer the question. In fact some say 8 out of 10 people don’t really have an answer to that question.

A young man was told by his parents and teachers that he wasn’t very smart. He didn’t do well in school and after leaving high school he applied for a job at a large company near his home. The company always gave IQ tests to everyone who applied and they found that he had an extremely high IQ. They put him in a position that required a lot of thinking and planning. He did extremely well, in fact he invented a couple of new things and was awarded patents. What was the difference? He suddenly had hope and faith that he could do well at his job. He was treated with respect and it caused him to respect himself.

However, it is certainly true that many people who don’t have much talent do incredible things in life. Many of the most successful businessmen, world leaders, inventors, athletes, rock stars, etc. do not have high IQ’s. It is not necessary for success in life, by any definition of success. But it seems that hope is necessary and so is faith, or confidence, whatever you want to call it.

A grasshopper mentality is the death of dreams and goals, and usually prevents people from having big dreams and plans for the future. The way to overcome it is to read/listen to positive instead of negative, every day.

“You are more than conquerors (winners) through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37

It’s all about love. There is nothing else in the universe that matters. There is either love or lack of love.

Love for Arts

God created Adam and Eve. They were perfectly happy until they ate the forbidden fruit. Then they didn’t see each other with perfect love and they realized they had faults. Almost certainly they noticed faults in the other before themselves. Because they noticed faults, they felt naked, and made clothes from the skins of animals to cover their own faults.

When they had perfect love, everything was great. They were like babies or children who are totally satisfied with the love they feel in their family from their mother and father, sisters and brothers.

After they began to lack love, they began to notice things that weren’t right about the other person and themselves. That is what brought pain and suffering into their lives. Before there was only happiness, now there was thoughts of lack and problems.

Psalm 23 says that if God is your shepherd, you won’t lack anything good. Sounds hard to believe, but it is so true. If we could open our spiritual eyes and look with perfect love, we would see what is important and what is not. We would see that love is the only thing that matters, and since God loves us, he will give us all we need.

The problem is, the part of us that lacks love sees illusions that look real and desirable and we begin to want them so much that we feel unhappy if we don’t have them. We see something someone else has that we want. If we could just have perfect love, like a little child, we would be satisfied.

Think about things you like or love. Don’t think about things you don’t like. Worry, fear, depression, guilt, anger — we don’t like these, so don’t think thoughts that bring them about. Think only happy thoughts. The happy thoughts and feelings are love, and bring you closer to God and to success. God is love. When you are thinking about people, places and things you like/love it makes you stronger and more loveable to other people.

Think about music you love, streets you love, books, food, people, memories that you love. Learn to love your job, your family members, your friends and enemies. Anyone can love the loveable. It takes strength to love the people who are selfish. But if you can do that, you have achieved something important.

English: Downtown Long Beach, California at ni...

Long Beach, Ca

Some people “play hard to get” when another person is romantically interested in them. I have seen this ruin more relationships than anything else in the world. Men and women both do this. Nowadays it is considered completely inappropriate as I will discuss later in this post.  Please leave a comment on this controversial issue.

When I lived in Long Beach, California a young man and his girlfriend met in a cozy little café by the ocean. They had been dating for some time, but the girl decided it was time to play hard to get. She insisted that she was breaking up with him, when actually she wanted to marry him. After a long, heated discussion, he went out to his car, took a gun out of the glove box and shot himself dead. She was interviewed while she was crying hysterically on the sidewalk near the car. All she could say was “I loved him so much.”

I was rather close to a family who had a teenage son. His girlfriend broke up with him, apparently playing hard to get, and invited another guy to a party she knew her ex-boyfriend was going to. She flirted all evening with the new boy toy, making sure the boy she loved saw it, just to peak his interest in her and to make her more attractive to him. He went home and killed himself. Of course his family was devastated, apparently the girlfriend was too.

Most people don’t kill themselves when the person they like or love plays hard to get. But most feel terribly sad about it. The more a man/woman respects and admires another person, the more likely he/she is to quit dating when other plays hard to get. This is because if he thinks she is totally wonderful, he feels he doesn’t really have a chance for her anyway.

If a person does stick with a partner through this torture, it means he/she is very confident or knows all about mind games, or she doesn’t really think the partner is all that special anyway and keeps trying because it is not all that painful to do so.

Honesty is a very important aspect of good relationships. People who enjoy inflicting pain on their partner for their own gain will probably also be the type to punish their spouse severely for anything he/she considers less than proper treatment.

Many large companies tell their employees every year that they can only ask a coworker out twice, any more than that is considered completely inappropriate and can be considered sexual harassment.  After this training, many people don’t ask a person out more than twice, even if he doesn’t work at the same company, so if one is playing hard to get, the relationship ends dead in its tracks.

Most men I know respect a woman for asking him out before he asks her out. Ladies, you have been set free, you can choose the man you want, in the old days it wasn’t this way. When a woman chooses to take the subservient role and plays hard to get it is very confusing to men and I notice most men bail out these days because they expect equality.

Leave a comment, feel free to disagree with this post!

It seemed like a miracle

Brad Stanton —  October 28, 2013 — 1 Comment

So here is another short piece that I hope will motivate you to achieve great things in life. I’ll tell you the moral of the story at the end.

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I played defensive tackle in high school football and wondered what it would be like to line up against a pro football player.  One of our coaches had played several years of pro football and one day he decided to show me a few things.

There I was, in full football gear, helmet, shoulder pads, and all the rest. He didn’t have any of that stuff, so I felt a little uncomfortable squaring off against him. I said “Coach, you’re not wearing a helmet or pads….”

He said “I won’t need them.” I thought that seemed a little presumptuous of him. But I certainly respected his football ability.

Quickness off the line is everything in football. Speed is important, but for linemen who sometimes don’t run more than a few yards on each play, quickness is essential. Strength is important too, of course. I wasn’t the best player on the team by any means, but I was very quick. At least, I thought I was.

But what happened next seemed surreal. It just didn’t seem possible. When the ball was snapped, the coach disappeared into thin air! Well, not literally, but it seemed like it. I had never seen anything like it in all my life. He was so quick that it seemed like he disappeared and after I turned around, he reappeared behind me.

Do you ever hear of someone getting a promotion at work and people say something like “Who did he pay off for that promotion?” They seem to think it is not possible that the person worked much harder than other people to get ahead.

The moral of the story: Just like what that coach did seemed impossible, sometimes it seems unbelievable that people work twice as hard as others to get a promotion. The speed of my coach was unbelievable, but I’m sure he worked hour after hour, month after month, year after year to achieve that.

Keep working hard and enjoying your work. People who enjoy their work can get more work done much more easily than those who don’t like their work. If you really give it your best day after day, month after month, year after year, good things will happen.

“If you believe you can, or believe you can’t, either way you are right.” Henry Ford

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President George W. Bush meets with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. 2003 White House photo by Eric Draper. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ford is saying the same thing that many of the greatest achievers say, that if you believe you can do something, you can. If you are a pessimist and think you can’t do something, you will find that you can’t do it. If you want to lose weight, be a better parent, get out of debt, or anything else, faith helps.

When I read about Henry Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, I find that they are men of incredible faith. I’m talking about having faith that they can achieve their dreams.

Arnold wrote about faith in his book “Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder.” He said he visualized his muscles growing bigger, and that through visualizing, it actually made them bigger. Of course he spent hours a day in the gym lifting weights, too.

Visualizing with faith can do amazing things to our subconscious mind. I won’t go into the psychology of it, because that gets boring, but suffice it to say that many people who have accomplished great things in life say that faith is the power that helped them accomplish their dreams, and visualizing success helps enormously.

Jack Canfield, who had sold over 100,000 books and is incredibly wealthy from it, said that visualization helped him muster the faith he needed to sell books. Not only that, he mentions educators who took a school with a very high dropout rate and turned it into a school with a very high graduation rate by asking the students to visualize themselves going to college. In fact they did it every day at the beginning of class for a few moments. After visualizing it over and over, the students began to believe that they could do what they originally thought was impossible. They began to get excited about it, and that gave them the energy they needed to study and work hard.

A man who accomplished amazing things and is famous in the Jewish, Muslim and Christian religions and holy books is Moses.

Moses was just one man, but he did absolutely amazing things. He walked into the king’s palace and demanded that the king (Pharaoh) release millions of Hebrew slaves. Well, of course Pharaoh didn’t like that idea, because one of the reasons that his nation was among the most wealthy and powerful nations on earth was that he had millions of slaves who worked hard and got paid almost nothing.

Moses went with Aaron but Moses did all the talking. He brought an ordinary stick, but with that stick he did incredible miracles. Even to this day around the word many magicians still use magic wands (sticks).

You may not believe that he performed miracles, or that the magicians in the king’s court also did the same magic, but you have to admit, Moses did a pretty amazing thing. He convinced Pharaoh to let the people go free…eventually. Moses was able to do this because he had faith. He had faith that God would make a way for him when it seemed impossible to do what he wanted to do, what he was told to do.

I firmly believe that God did not want the Hebrews to be enslaved for 400 years in Egypt; I believe he asked many people to free the slaves, but those people didn’t have the faith to do it. They didn’t have the faith to walk into the king’s palace and make the request. Yes, I know not many agree with me on this, in fact maybe I’m the only one.

It is just too hard for some people to believe that there is an all-powerful God in heaven who loves them very, very much. But the good book says that not only does God love you and dote on you, he knows everything about you. He even knows how many hairs are on your head. He knows all your problems and knows what you will do before you do it. He has a fantastic plan for your life and knows that you will take many wrong turns in life, but he is smart enough to engineer the life plan to work in spite of the wrong things you do.

There are millions of street children in the world. On December 16, I will fly to Manila to help bring hope and the necessities of life to street children. Would you like to help me?

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A high school boy was told by a counselor that he wasn’t very smart and should take the lowest level job available after high school. So he did. He worked in a factory at the lowest level year after year for many years.

Finally, the factory he worked in had to shut their doors and laid everyone off. The young man applied at another company in town. As part of the application process he was required to take an IQ test. When the results of the test came back he was shocked. He scored higher on the test than anyone in the 63 year history of the company. He was actually a genius.

He went on to start his own company and invented two useful products which each made a lot of money. All of this happened because he had confidence that he could accomplish his goals.

His talent was IQ, but what talent do you have that you have not discovered yet? Some experts consider EQ more important that IQ as a determinate of success in life. EQ stands for Emotional Quotient.

It has been found that people who have a burning desire to accomplish a task are more likely to succeed at it than someone who might have a higher IQ, with no desire to succeed.

Some people are highly successful at their jobs because they love people. They love people so much that others are drawn to them and they can sell just about anything to anyone. Others have a flair for creating beautiful paintings, interior decorating, lovely poems or stories or beautiful music. Some people have a burning desire to play a sport, and make a living doing what they love to do.

The moral of the story about the high school boy is that someone gave him confidence. Just think of the number of children that could accomplish much more if they had someone to give them confidence. Your children are your future, do you speak confidence into them? No one else can do it as well as you can if you are their parents.

There are millions of street children in the world. On December 16, I will fly to Manila to help bring hope and the necessities of life to street children. Would you like to help me?

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Gabriela walked home alone in the dark alley, glad that the war was finally over. She heard a sound behind her and wondered if someone was following her. She had heard stories of rapes and thefts by the soldiers that occupied Berlin. She shuddered and walked faster. At least now there were no more blackouts and she could walk in the dimly lit alleyway to her small flat. The gravel crunched underneath her feet as she walked and she could hear her neighbors talking as she passed by their window.

The Battle of Berlin in World War II left tens of thousands dead, injured and homeless. Much of the city had been bombed out, reduced to rubble.

Gabriela’s house had been left standing, much to her relief. She had suffered the death of her husband early in the war, her oldest son had still not come home, he was with his battalion somewhere, and her youngest son was with her parents on their farm outside the city.

The defeat of Germany and the destruction of the city left everyone demoralized, but she was relieved that it was finally over.

She turned to her flat, opened the door and looked up and down the alleyway before entering the house, but it was too dark to see clearly. She hoped no one had followed her. She placed the loaf of bread and potatoes on the counter and looked at it. This small amount of food would have to last for a week. There had not been enough to eat in Berlin for months.

She walked up the wooden steps to her bedroom, still missing her husband. The second stair from the top squeaked as it always did when she put her weight on it. She wondered how her two sons were doing and said a prayer for them. After walking into the bedroom she lit a lamp.

Suddenly she heard the sound of the creaking hinges of the door downstairs, and she froze with fear. Had she forgotten to fully latch the bolt? She stood trying to remember and then, just to be on the safe side she crossed the room as quietly as she could and stood in the closet. She wondered if she was mistaken about the sound of the door. Her bedroom window was closed. If she screamed, would people hear her?

She listened carefully for any noise coming from the first floor. She remembered her neighbor, a young lady who had been “visited” by a small group of Russian soldiers. Some men had come to her aid, but too late. Gabriela still remembered the stoic, expressionless look on her face as she walked away from the ordeal, knowing that her neighbors knew what had happened. Gabriela was amazed that she could walk away with such poise, but had later learned that at about two o’clock that morning she had shot herself in the head.

If it happened to Gabriela, she didn’t want anyone to know about it.

Then she heard the stair creak! She stood motionless, afraid to make a noise, breathing through her mouth as quietly as she could, not knowing what to do. Her heart was pounding.

Her bedroom door opened and one solder walked slowly in, carrying a rifle. “Friedrich!” she gasped. Was it her son?

He walked nearer; into the light of the little oil lamp and she saw that it wasn’t her son. To her surprise, he looked younger than her son. She stood motionless in terror. But as she looked at his face she felt somehow relieved. He looked so young and innocent, more like a choirboy than a hooligan. Still, he was holding a gun, and he looked at her like a hungry wolf looking at a beefsteak. There was a terrible longing in his wild eyes. But it seemed there was also admiration.

“How old you are?” she heard herself say, and surprised that she said it. She could speak a little English.

“Sixteen.” The boy answered. He had a childish face, but broad shoulders and powerful arms, probably a farm boy who often lifted bales of hay.

He was only sixteen. That reply gave her strength. Suddenly she felt in control of the situation. “You must be… eighteen to wear American army uniform.” She was frustrated by her lack of English vocabulary.

“I lied and changed one digit on my birth certificate. Many of the guys in my regiment are seventeen.” he snorted. “They need troops so badly, they don’t really care.”

She had heard of women talking soldiers out of doing it. That was her only chance. He reminded her of her son, who was now eighteen; but when he was little she had put him over her knee and spanked him more times than she could count. When he grew bigger than her, she found other ways to keep him in line. Even when he was taller and much stronger than her, she could use a sharp tone of voice to make him behave.

She looked at the boy, this child, and briefly felt pity for him. He was so far from home, so far away from any girls his age. He was probably lonely and homesick.

“What your mother do if she knew you did such shameful, disgusting thing?” she said.

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神 爱 你,并 且 为 你 的 生 命 有 一 奇 妙 的 计 划。

Is it possible for you to get out of debt, have extra money for your family and have an extra $40,000 to give away to help orphans around the world? Yes it is.

A man named Napoleon Hill spent years studying 500 of the most successful people in the world. He found that certain qualities were important to create success, influence and financial freedom. I can’t write about all of the things he found in this blog post, but I dedicate this blog to sharing what I found from Hill and other great leaders such as Edison, Einstein, Lincoln, Jesus and others. If you spend at least 5 minutes a day reading motivational material, it will help you become more successful in relationships, career and your goals and dreams.

Chuck Yeager was the first man in the world to fly faster than the speed of sound. Many people said it was impossible for man to break the sound barrier. Many had tried and found the airplane they flew began to vibrate terribly. Some were even torn apart and the pilots killed. But Yeager had faith that it could be done. After a horse riding accident he was suffering severe pain due to broken ribs, but he climbed into the airplane to break the sound barrier. When he reached 700 miles an hour, the airplane was vibrating violently. That was the time that many pilots had lost faith and pulled back on the power to slow the plane down. But Yeager had unshakeable faith—a trait that is very difficult to find. He kept flying and broke the sound barrier, passing through into smooth, calm flight.

If you are going to raise your income 20% and become financially able to give lots of money to help others, you will have to have a lot of faith. It probably won’t happen overnight, or maybe even in a year. But if you keep believing and stay persistent in your plans, you can make it happen.

Here are six of the steps Hill found was important to achieve success.

1. Fix in your mind the exact goal you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say, “I want success.” Be definite as to what that means to you. (There is a psychological reason for definiteness which was described in earlier posts).

2. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the goal you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.”)

3. Establish a definite plan date when you intend to possess the goal you desire.

4. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.

5. Write out a clear, concise statement of what you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for it, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to achieve it.

6. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before sleeping at night, and once after arising in the morning. AS YOU READ–—SEE AND FEEL AND BELIEVE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE GOAL. It is very important to FEEL it!

It is important that you follow the instructions described in these six steps. It is especially important that you observe, and follow the instructions in the sixth paragraph. You may complain that it is impossible for you to “see yourself in possession of a goal” before you actually have it. Here is where a BURNING DESIRE will come to your aid. If you truly DESIRE money so keenly that your desire is an obsession, you will have no difficulty in convincing yourself that you will acquire it. The object is to want money, and to become so determined to have it that you CONVINCE yourself you will have it.

A success story: “Hamdi Ulukaya borrowed $1 million to buy an 85-year-old factory in upstate New York, came up with a new recipe for an ancient product and took on Fortune 500 giants in a consumer category that most experts figured was locked up.

Five years after selling the first case of his Greek-style yogurt, Chobani, in October 2007, Ulukaya reached $1 billion in annual revenue. This kind of growth is unheard of, particularly for a startup, in the packaged-goods business—and rare in the tech world.” From Fortune news.


Dr. Norman Vincent Peale was contacted by a man who felt that his life was going nowhere. He had gotten more and more discouraged about a number of things and felt that he had nothing to live for. His discouragement was draining the energy out of him to the point that he knew he had to do something about it in order to get the energy he needed.

He told Dr. Peale that everything was going wrong in his life and that he felt he had nothing to live for.

Peale took out a sheet of paper and drew a line down the middle of it. He said “Let’s list the good things in your life on the right hand side and the bad things on the left side. Ok, to start with, I’m sorry to hear you lost your wife.”

The man was taken back and said “I didn’t lose my wife, she is alive and healthy!”

“Oh really?” Peale said. He wrote “Wife healthy” on the right side.

“Well, I’m sorry you lost your job.”

“What are you talking about” the man exclaimed, “I have a fine job.”

Peale wrote “Has a fine job” on the right side, but asked “So you lost your house?”

“No, I have a nice house” the man said. “Why did you think I lost my house?”

“You told me that everything is going wrong in your life” Peale answered. He wrote “Has a nice house” on the right side of the paper.

Peale continued to ask the man question after question until he had listed twenty things in the right hand column and nothing in the “bad” column.

“It seems there is a lot going right in your life, my friend” Peale said. The man nodded. He had begun to see that he did in fact have a lot to be thankful for and his life was much better than he thought. He took this to heart and over the next few weeks, when he began to feel discouraged he mentally went through his list of blessings until he felt much better. His energy began to return to him and he became optimistic instead of pessimistic. He began to perform better at his job and got along better with his family.

This same procedure has worked for many people. I have heard many say that if they make a list of their blessings they begin to feel better and become more optimistic. That in turn causes them to make better decisions and have better relationships and perform better at their job. It works for everybody. It has always worked every time for me.

Miracles part 2

Brad Stanton —  June 1, 2013 — 4 Comments


A man told me that while his daughter was on a mission trip in Africa he woke up in the middle of the night feeling like he should pray for her. He prayed for her for almost two hours. Later he found out that she had been in a car wreck (it was daytime there in Africa at the time) and the jeep she had been a passenger in was totaled. No one in the jeep was seriously hurt, they only had minor scrapes and bruises, but people who saw the wrecked jeep were amazed that people weren’t killed. Apparently he was awoken at the right time to pray for her.

Years ago I lived in southern China and made a trip to Hong Kong to go to a seminar to learn about the Holy Spirit. I assumed it would give me some knowledge that I was curious about. The missionary leading the seminar was Jackie Pullinger, the writer who started an outreach to drug addicts and prostitutes in the walled city in Hong Kong. I sat in a crowd of people listening to her when she began saying that she saw angels and that there would be healings at the meeting. I thought she must be crazy, but later I realized that my injured elbow didn’t hurt anymore.

Once in the 1980’s my car began having problems. It would lose power for a short time and then if I pumped the gas pedal, it would begin to run again. The problem got worse and worse every day until one evening when I was driving a friend and her son to church it stopped and wouldn’t start again. We were close to church so we walked. At the end of the church service she went forward and asked people to pray for my car. I was embarrassed because I had never heard of anyone praying for a car before. The people prayed and I left to walk to my car. I thought there was a small chance that it would start, so I got in and turned the key. It started and didn’t have any problems at all after that.

While I was in China I saw and heard about many miracles. People were healed, saved from auto wrecks and many other things. Another time I went to Hong Kong to Pullingers church and a man from the USA was there preaching. He had been high up in the Italian mafia in the States until someone invited him to church. He became a Christian and turned himself in, but told the police about some other mafia men. Because of that the mafia decided to kill him. While he was in prison for his crimes, someone brought in a bomb with a detonating device on it. He put it in the man’s jail cell, left and pushed the detonate button. Nothing happened. He took it out to a field, pushed the button and it exploded. He tried the same thing with a second bomb in an attempt to kill the reformed mafia man. The same thing happened again, no explosion in the cell, but it exploded out in the field. Apparently God had plans for the reformed man and now he travels the world telling his testimony about what God did for him.


Brad Stanton —  May 29, 2013 — 3 Comments


Throughout my life I have seen numerous miracles. The more miracles I saw, the more I believed that they would happen in the future.

I read about many people who sell insurance so well that it seems like a miracle because they can sell to people that the other salesmen can’t persuade. I have seen people healed miraculously, and I have been healed myself in this way.

There is an ancient story about a man who had a number of students. This man could do amazing things and soon his students could do miracles also. One thing the man did was that when he was told he must pay tax, he simply told one of his students to go fishing and open the mouth of the first fish he caught. In it would be a coin valuable enough to pay the tax for all of them.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to perform miracles like this? You wouldn’t even have to pay tax from your own money anymore. What a selfish idea, right? Most people would think this is either a crazy idea or selfish. But since Jesus himself did this, I say it is neither crazy nor selfish. Want to be like Jesus? Try doing that!

I know what you are thinking, it won’t work for me. And it is certainly true, if you believe it won’t happen, it won’t. Jesus said that many times. He said that if you have faith even as small as a mustard seed you can move a mountain, nothing will be impossible for you.

The world tells us “Well, we can’t all be Billy Grahams.” That is a lie. Jesus said that everyone who has faith in him will do what he did and even more. The problem is, it takes years to develop this kind of faith, at least for most people.

John 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

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Secrets of success

Brad Stanton —  May 18, 2013 — 7 Comments

dont-give-upNapoleon Hill interviewed 500 of the most successful people in the world to find out what made them successful. If you are looking for success in losing weight, career, relationships, etc. these help. Here are some of his findings. People who are successful have these traits:

  1. They have a well thought out purpose in life. They know what they want and they believe they can get it. People who aim at nothing hit it every time. Statistics show that from one Harvard class, the 4% who had well thought out goals accomplished more than the 96% who didn’t.
  2. They have ambition to aim above mediocrity. Hill found that people with low ambition don’t get very far in life.
  3. Education. We all know that many of the most successful people had very limited education. Thomas Edison had less than a year of formal education. Bill Gates did not finish college. Ashton Kutcher dropped out of college, as did many, many others. But a college degree can open doors for you, no doubt about it. People are not paid so much for what they know as what they do with what they know.
  4. Self-discipline. Discipline comes through self-control. Hill says that a person must control all negative qualities. That is hard to do, not many really do that well. But the great thing is, if you are willing to do it, you are way ahead of most others. We are both our best friend and worst enemy.
  5. Persistence. Most people are good starters but not good finishers. A person who is willing to keep working at something and not let discouragement deter him will do great things in life. Most people quit when things get difficult, and often quit just before they would have accomplished something big. Persistence overpowers failure.
  6. They don’t try to get something for nothing. They know that in order to get what they want, they have to be willing to pay the price. Or as Zig Ziglar says, “You can get anything you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want in life.”
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My daughter's lips have nothing to do with this story, but they are just so cute, I had to add them here.

My daughter’s lips have nothing to do with this story, but they are just so cute, I had to add them here.

Brian Tracy is a motivational speaker who has helped many people find ways to get motivated and live a better life. At one of his seminars a man told him that he was a plumber and had gone as high as he could go in his company. But he had bills, like everyone else, and I’m sure he had children that he wanted to send to college and a family that he wanted to take on vacations. He desired to have better finances.

The plumber said he wanted to become a salesman in the company but when he asked management about it they said he wasn’t a good fit for the job. Brian Tracy told him that his future was up to him, but he had to learn how to sell, how to do what the new position required.

The man tried convincing management again to let him try the sales position. Finally they told him that if he was willing to take classes on his own time and study the material, they would give him a try.

A year later Brian saw him again at a seminar. He had been a full-fledged salesman for five months and was earning twice as much as his highest income in the past. He was a happier person and seemed to respect himself more and was very enthusiastic about his job.

Brian Tracy then went on to say “This story is typical of countless stories that have been related to me over the years. In each case, the individual had discovered and developed his other strengths and, subsequently, improved the quality of his or her life. And you can do the same. In fact, this may be one of the most important things you ever do.”

I have read many stories like this. A person has goals and dreams and is willing to put in extra effort to achieve the goals. Some reach their goals quickly, others take a long time. But if a person really believes he/she can do it, works hard, enjoys his work and gets training, great things always happen.

1228Billionaire Steve Jobs was adopted into a working class family; grew up in apricot orchards that would later become Silicon Valley. Dropped out of Reed College because he couldn’t pay the tuition; co-founded Apple in his parents’ garage in 1976. Ousted from the iconic brand in 1985 after power struggle with chief John Scully. Returned to Apple in 1996, creating iPod sensation. In interim, started Pixar animation, creator of hits like Toy Story and Finding Nemo, that was later sold to Disney. Jobs was on Disney’s board and is its largest shareholder. –Forbes online

Phyllis Diller was an American actress and comedienne. She created a stage persona of a wild-haired and eccentrically dressed housewife who made self-deprecating jokes about her age and appearance, her terrible cooking, and a husband named “Fang”, while pretending to smoke from a long cigarette holder. ~ Wikipedia

Diller competed with many beautiful women for the top spot in humor and many say she took it. She took what she seemed to think was her liability and turned it into an asset—her appearance.

The movie Rocky, was written by Sylvester Stallone. Complications his mother suffered during labor forced her obstetricians to use two pairs of forceps during his birth; misuse of these accidentally severed a nerve and caused paralysis in parts of Stallone’s face. As a result, the lower left side of his face is paralyzed – including parts of his lip, tongue, and chin – an accident which has given Stallone his snarling look and slightly slurred speech. ~ Wikipedia

Many would feel that if he had a mouth that was crooked, acting was not for him, but Stallone didn’t let it deter him. Actually, many think his mouth adds character.

Billionaire Ralph Lauren was the son of Russian immigrants and was born and raised in the Bronx where he shared a bedroom with two of his brothers. By age 12, worked after school to help pay for his fancy taste in clothes. At one time worked in department stores. Eventually dropped out of City College to launch Polo Fashions with a $50,000 loan. ~Forbes online

How to find your voice 148528_
Ideas from a free class by Jeff Goins

What is voice?
1. It’s your style
2. It’s your unique way of expressing yourself
3. It’s how you see the world

Why do we read the authors we read?
1. We believe in them
2. We resonate with their worldview
3. We like the way they tell a story
4. We trust them

Who are you and what do you want to say, how do you want to say it? Until you become Hemmingway or Faulkner you may be uncomfortable with your style of writing. Some people will like to read your stuff even if you say the same thing someone else says because you say it in a way they like. It is not a good idea to try to copy someone else’s voice, but it is a good idea to think about what you like that others write and learn from them.

How long does it take to find your voice? A long time! Maybe not until you write five or six books, or maybe a lot less.

How do you become a great writer? Begin writing! Set aside 30 minutes at a certain time. (my note: it is best to do it at the same time of day in the same place) Don’t try to do 3 hours to begin with. Just write what interests you and don’t worry if it is good or bad. Don’t get up until you have written something. Don’t edit it until later, just get as much content down as you can. You have plenty of time to improve it. Worrying about whether what you write is good or not will hinder the flow of ideas. The secret to success is to write, write and write some more.

Stephen King says the secret of becoming a great writer is butt glue. In other words sit down and write!

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Matthew 17:20

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
It really is true, if you have faith, nothing is impossible for you, you can do anything! If you don’t believe this, then it is not for you. Only those who believe it have faith.
There are many things you can do to build stronger failth.
1. repeat affirmations (verses) on faith
2. thank God for what you pray for, don’t beg for it, thank for it
3. imagine your prayer answered, this builds strong faith
4. hold on, it sometimes takes a long time
5. enjoy your life while you are waiting.
6. it took the apostles three years studyiing with Jesus full time, don’t expect powerful faith in just a month or two.