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0000000000000000000000000247If you believe you can do it, you work hard

There is a way to connect all nine dots with four straight lines. Can you figure out how to do it? If you have never seen it done it can very difficult to figure out.

Take six match sticks or toothpicks and make four equal sided triangles with them. All the triangles have to have three sides of equal length, the length of the match stick.

Both of these puzzles may look impossible. If you think it is impossible, you probably won’t work very hard to find a solution. But if you love a challenge, you will keep trying and probably figure it out. If you would like to see the solution, email me at brad at bradstanton.com (I’m writing it this way to avoid spam)

They said it couldn’t be done

There used to be an expression that people often used if they felt something was impossible. They would say “You can’t do that any more than you can fly to the moon.” Well, in 1969 that expression quit being used, because that was the year they sent astronauts to the moon.

The Golden Gate Bridge is another example of something that many experts said was impossible, but they did it.

At one time many believed that it was impossible for any person to run a mile in less than four minutes. Most people believed it was true, so they didn’t bother trying. But Roger Bannister believed he could break the four minute mile. He believed it so strongly that he ran and ran to prove he could do it. Then, to the amazement of many people, he ran the mile in less than four minutes.

It was belief, it was faith that caused Roger to work hard to accomplish that goal. He never would have worked hard to break the four minute mile if he didn’t believe he could do it.

I have read of many, many super successful people (by whatever definition of success) who said that faith got them where they are in life. Some are Christians and some are not.

Faith in powerful

Do you sometimes feel that it is impossible to get an answer to a prayer? Don’t give up. Maybe you have a limiting belief lurking in your subconscious. One way to find and get rid of limiting beliefs is to think about why God is not answering your prayer. If you find yourself saying to God, “But I really will be able to handle abundance if you give it to me.” You limiting belief is that maybe you can’t handle abundance. You might fear that too much money will cause you problems.

When you get rid of your limiting beliefs and have strong faith, miracles will happen. Several dozen times Jesus said the key to answered prayer is faith. It takes a long time to achieve strong faith. Keep building your faith, don’t give up.

Repeating memory verses out loud help a lot. Try memorizing Matthew 7:8, 9:22, 9:29, 17:20 or 21:22. Say them out loud often and your faith will grow. Along with that you will see more answers to prayer and more success in relationships and your career.

Gratitude strengthens faith. The more you thank God for what you have, the stronger your faith becomes and the more joy you find in life. “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” Neh 8:10

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Dickens as a boyThis post about Charles Dickens turned out to be one of the most popular on my blog, with 143 likes. Click the link below to read how he changed the world for the better by getting the word out about the plight of orphans. I am working to start a charity to help street kids. http://bradstanton.com/street-kids/  I’m looking for people willing to help. If you are on Facebook and other social media, you can help get the word out about the plight of street kids today. If you want to help, leave a comment below. Thanks.

 

Charles Dickens changed the world.

 


Snapshot_20120128_5I give three wishes to everyone reading this, I’ll tell you how I’ll do it later in this post.

The three wishes that I give you are what everyone wants:

Love

Joy

Peace

Have you ever met anyone who says they don’t want more love in their life? Everyone wants to be with those they love and go to places they love. Everyone wants to eat food they love and do the things they love to do.

Joy is another one. You have probably never heard anyone say “I’m just too happy. I don’t want any more joy in my life.”

It’s pretty much the same for peace. We all live in a hectic world. Things move so much faster now than they did one hundred years ago. Almost everyone has someone putting stress on them, whether it is a boss at work, a teacher at school, a spouse or parents or even your children.

So how would I give more love, joy and peace to all who read this? Actually it is not magic, but it works like magic. I would recommend that every reader spend some time every day being thankful for what they already have. In fact, the time you spend being thankful not only makes you happier, it also makes you stronger so that you are better able to get the things in life that you don’t presently have.

I write a blog about “success” in life. You probably wonder what I mean by success. Well, success is whatever you think it is. Everybody wants good relationships. So I write about things that build better relationships. Almost everyone wants to be financially secure, and I write about that. People want to be healthy, so I write about things that promote well-being.

I wrote a short ebook about getting your wishes in life. It is called “Make Money Doing Your Hobby.” Get it free here.

It just so happens that I posted a joke about a genie about a week ago. Read it here.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/generous-genies/

The genie joke

Brad Stanton —  June 26, 2014 — 11 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.

Motivating and encouraging ideas on my facebook.


10260032_733336706703961_741405142712697955_nI remember when I was a child I would help my grandmother with her garden. She grew roses and fruit trees. I still remember the delicious peaches that we picked ripe from the tree in her backyard.

She was an organic gardener. She didn’t use artificial fertilizers. Instead we would sometimes go out to the “sludge” place and scrape up a few buckets of sludge to bring back to put on her garden. The sludge was actually manure. It looked bad and smelled lousy. But it made the plants grow lush and green. The roses were beautiful and the fruit was delicious.

Maybe you have difficulties in life that are a bit like that sludge. It is no fun to be kept in the dark and have people stack poop on you. Maybe someone left you, or a boss was unfair to you. Maybe a spouse cheated on you. But just remember, you can use those difficulties to get better, not bitter. The things in your life that seem like poop can actually make you much stronger.

God will bring good out of all the difficulties you have gone through. Romans 8:28 says that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called by him. Don’t worry, if you love God, you are called by him to do great things. Ephesians 2:10 says that you are God’s masterpiece, his workmanship, created to do great things that he planned in advance for you to do.

It is really true, every difficulty you have been through makes you stronger and better. It makes you able to climb up to the next level in life.

So keep a good attitude, because it is true, your attitude determines your altitude in life, it determines how high you go.

Motivating and encouraging ideas on my facebook.

 


amazing-planDon’t give up.

Maybe you have been working on a relationship for several years and it looks like it just won’t get any better. Perhaps a child is going the wrong direction in life or ignoring you. Maybe your spouse doesn’t understand you and causes you grief. Or maybe you are working on a promotion at work and it just seems to be impossible to get it.

Don’t give up, but learn to enjoy life while striving for your goal.

I remember a Vietnamese lady telling me that her husband had ideas for a number of different businesses to start here in the USA. He would start one business and if it didn’t do well after a couple of years he would move on to something else. She said he didn’t have the patience to stick with something until it was successful. The average new business takes five years before it becomes profitable.

If you have friends who seem to have a knack for solving relationship problems or career challenges, maybe you feel unlucky, like you are just not blessed in life. But when you compare yourself with what someone claims they have (maybe their claims are overstated) you often get discouraged.

To those of you reading this who have goals and dreams in life that just don’t seem to be possible, just remember, Jesus said that with faith all things are possible. Not only Jesus, but many other successful people said the same thing.

Don’t give up, you will make it.

Abraham Lincoln failed many, many times before becoming president of the United States. Many consider him our best president. Winston Churchill also failed many times and struggled with depression almost constantly before becoming the outstanding leader who guided Great Briton through one of their most dangerous times in history.

When discouraged, there are many things that can get you feeling better. Read or listen to encouraging, motivational books and sermons. Take a walk. It is amazing how much better a person feels after exercise because it releases the “feel-good” chemicals into the bloodstream.

Count your blessings.

Gratitude not only helps you make it through the day with a happier mindset, it also makes you stronger and it certainly makes your prayers more effective. Gratitude is one of the 10260032_733336706703961_741405142712697955_nkey faith lifters, and Jesus said many times that faith is a key to answered prayer.

So if it seems that God is not listening to you, don’t give up. Remember, he loves you more than you love yourself and he is always looking out for you.

Remember, the people Moses led to the Promised Land had to fight sword to sword with giants (or more correctly, they thought they would have to) and you probably never will fight a giant. However, you may have to fight against your impatience. It may take longer than you expect to see success.

 

Two Healings

Brad Stanton —  June 19, 2014 — 1 Comment

robert collierOne reason I believe so strongly in the power of prayer is that I have seen so many miracles. Here are just a couple that I have experienced or heard about.

When I was in China, I was sitting on a metal chair playing a video game when the telephone rang. I turned quickly and bumped my elbow against the steel chair.  The pain was intense because I hit the funny bone, but I thought the problem would go away soon.  The initial discomfort went away but there was a painful tingling feeling that got worse as the days went by.  With my elbow still bothering me, I went to a conference in Hong Kong about the Holy Spirit. There, someone was praying for the healing of the people in the audience. I thought it was nice that people were praying, but I didn’t think it had anything to do with my problem. Suddenly, I realized the tingling that had been constant in my elbow was gone. My elbow was healed and the tingling never came back.

Often people are healed but they don’t stay healed. There are many different possible reasons for this.

Dave, a friend of mine told me about something that happened to him. He began coughing up blood. It was disturbing to him and he was a bit fearful so he got on the Internet to find out what the problem could be. He began praying and the coughing went away and he didn’t spit up any more blood. But the next day he began coughing again and a little bit of blood came up.  But he said out loud “In Jesus name I am healed I will not accept defeat in this matter, I know I am healed.” But he began to feel a little fearful again, so he called his pastor. His pastor has seen many miraculous healings and said he would pray for Dave, but he felt he should see a doctor. Dave believed he was already healed and did not want to see a doctor. As the pastor prayed for him over the phone that day felt the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  The fear was completely gone now, and he knew he was completely healed. Later on that day he coughed up a tiny bit of blood and again he said “I won’t accept this Jesus has healed me!”  The next day the problem was completely gone and he hasn’t had a problem since.

These are from my book Keys to Powerful Prayer (also called Amazing Power of Prayer http://bradstanton.com/buy-ebook/)


What if your manager came to you and said that if you work hard for six months you will be promoted to a much higher position with much better pay.

But you would have to do the following:

  • work hard (could say work smarter, not harder)
  • work a few extra hours when needed,
  • find ways to solve problems without being asked to do so
  • try to make the company more efficient
  • have a great attitude

Your attitude would have to be that the company you work for is a very good one and that you have a great future there.

Your attitude would be that you make a big difference in the company and that you are responsible for turning around some of the problems and making things better whenever you can.

Actually, most managers would promote anyone who would do all these things, even if they didn’t sit down with the employee and tell them so. That is the kind of employee that gets ahead and the kind of employee that companies are looking to promote.

Not many people achieve great success in life (by whatever definition of success) but then, not many even try. So the number of people that achieve great success compared to the number of people that really try for great success is not that that small. In other words, not many people become famous actors, but then, not many people try to become famous actors.

Jenean Turner had up to 4 auditions per day for acting positions from the age of 15 until she was 27 years old. She was turned down over 1000 times before she got the big role in the TV show Northern Exposure. That is not to say she didn’t get any job offers, she did, but not the big stuff she was looking for.

Most people quit if they hear too many no’s. But what if you could predict the future and saw that you only had 20 no’s before you got a yes. You would just keep working, keep hearing the no’s because you knew without a doubt that you would finally get a yes. But the Law of Attraction, the law of faith says that whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Jesus said everything is possible for one who believes.

90% of first time businesses fail. 90% of second time business succeed, but 80% don’t try after they fail once. Isn’t that amazing, so many people don’t try a second time?

One of the bestselling writers of the past two decades was turned down 144 times by publishers until he was told yes. The Chicken Soup for the Soul books have sold over 100 million copies in 47 different languages because Jack Canfield and Victor Hanssen would not stop trying, no matter what.

How many people gave up trying to stop an addition, trying to start a business, save a marriage, keep kids on track, get a promotion–just before they would have succeeded?

http://bradstanton.com/10-keys-to-success/   Read about my book, Ten Keys to Success


The prolific writer and eminent psychologist Dr. Henry Cloud has a lot of experience helping people in relationships. Whether your relationship is at work or with your husband, wife or anyone else, this advice makes good things happen. People who have successful relationships are good at confronting-getting problems talked out. They don’t wait until the problem is too large and poisonous to deal with easily.

People who have successful relationships use their anger well, they are proactive and loving in confronting other people about issues and problems.

Cloud says that anger can be a good thing because it can make you realize something is wrong. I agree that anger is certainly not always wrong, but it seems to me that anger can cause so many problems that it is best not to act out in anger. When angry, it is best to calm down first before confronting someone.

When confronting, use kindness. Don’t attack the person, but try your best to help the other person understand why you don’t like what they are doing. For example, instead of saying “I don’t like you because you always say (or do)….” a more successful way to handle the problem is to say “It makes me feel bad when you say (or do)….”

Many people say the person who has a grudge against them should be the one who comes to them to make the situation right, but they are hurting themselves if they operate this way.

Matthew 5:23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

Jesus is saying that our relationships with people are so important that if someone is holding a grudge against you, you should go seek to make it right and get the problem solved. Giving a gift to God when your relationships are not right is a waste of time.

Relationships are so important to God that he says that not taking care of our relationships will hinder our prayers:

1 Peter 3:7 “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives… so that nothing will hinder your prayers.”

Of course this goes for women to men and parents to children, children to parents. In other words, all relationships.

Don’t avoid confrontation, just do it with kindness and clarity. Avoiding confrontation is like avoiding the dentist when you need a root canal. The root canal is not a fun thing to have done, but it will make you feel much better later. Anger and resentment that builds up in a relationship is a lot like the infection building up inside your gums when you need work done by a dentist. The infection needs to be drained out, if not it begins to eat away at the flesh and causes more damage. Anger and resentment eat away at relationships and cause all sorts of poisonous problems.

God gives you enormous power because his Holy Spirit is living inside you. He gives you everything you need to maintain love in your relationships. And best of all, God loves you even more than you love yourself. He wants what is best for you even more than you do. Don’t worry, he’ll take care of you. If you have faith, he will do it.


000000000000keysSmallWhen you form a picture in your mind of your dream, your goal in life it helps you reach your goal. There is some kind of power involved with visualizing. It works on your subconscious mind. Olympic athletes are trained to visualize themselves going through their routine and standing on the gold medal platform.

It never ceases to amaze me that God considers faith so important. Faith is critically important to answered prayer. Not only that, it is the vehicle that saves us and brings us to heaven. Ephesians 2:8,9 says we are saved by grace through faith.

If we believe that God is good and that he will reward us, we go to heaven. If we don’t believe it, we don’t go to heaven. If we believe there is no heaven, for us it becomes true. To a certain extent, what we believe brings about our reality. If we believe it, it happens. Seems hard to believe, doesn’t it? Jesus said “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23 http://bradstanton.com/2012/08/15/faith-bible-verses/

Many people use a different name for faith. They call it “positive thinking,” or “positive mental attitude.” Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote a book called “The Power of Faith.” No one would publish it with that title, so he changed it to “The Power of Positive Thinking.”

In South Korea, Dr. Cho prayed for church growth when his church was very small. What did his faith look like? It looked like happy optimism that what he prayed for would happen. He prayed that a large number of people would join the church. He visualized what the church would look like. He visualized the people sitting there in the church. Then he actually got a tape measure and began measuring how much space he would need for all those people. He was so sure that it would happen that he took action.-.And he and many others in his church were rewarded when God answered his prayers.  Dr. Cho now pastors the largest church in the world.

Another pastor asked his congregation to stand up, turn around and visualize a big church building behind them, reaching all the way to the street. He did that every Sunday. After some years, they had a huge church there.

The Holy Spirit living in you (if you are a Christian) is much more powerful than you can imagine. He provides power to dramatically change your life from a life of losing to a life of winning. He gives you the power to demolish strongholds in your life such as additions, bad habits, worry, sadness, or any other negative emotions. 2 Corinthians 10:4 “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

The power of the Holy Spirit within you is waiting to give you the peace and victory most people would not even believe is possible. Belief is the key. You have to believe and have faith that your dream will come true through prayer. If your goal is to improve a relationship, you have to believe that your relationship will improve. You have to believe that you will achieve your God-given dreams and goals in life. A great man of God once said “Work like everything depends on you and pray like everything depends on God.” It is true.

Jesus said, in Luke 17: 21, “The kingdom of God is within you…”  Did you know that you have a very powerful kingdom living in you? Stop and think about that. There is so much power to achieve your dreams that you will never stop finding the end to that unlimited power.

You have probably heard about the man who strung a wire cable across Niagara Falls. A large crowd gathered as he walked across the wire. He got a wheelbarrow and asked the crowd if they believed he could push a wheel barrow across the wire. Most clapped and expressed their faith that he could do it. But then he said “Okay, who will ride in the wheelbarrow?” No one volunteered. They apparently didn’t have enough faith to ride in the wheelbarrow high above the waterfall. This is the difference between weak faith and strong faith—action.

From the book Amazing Power of Prayer http://bradstanton.com/buy-ebook/

 


waltonIf people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish. ~Sam Walton

Do you feel that your ideas are not well received by others? We all probably feel that way from time to time. Here are some examples of people who had great ideas, but no one wanted to listen. They should have, because the people in these examples took their ideas to other people and made a fortune. Keep trying, don’t give up. Whether you are struggling to improve your marriage, your career or anything else in your life, keep the faith. God loves you and is looking out for you and he will give you the power you need to life a victorious life.

Long ago Sam Walton (the founder of the huge Walmart chain of stores found in numerous countries around the world) worked at K-Mart. He worked and thought very hard and came up with a better way of buying things to sell at K-Mart. He carefully put together a pitch to sell it to upper management. They listened and chuckled and told him “Son, that’s not the way we do business here.”

Sam believed in himself and the idea so he took his idea out and started a business with it. Now K-Mart has a hard time keeping many of their stores open due to competition with Walmart.

Long ago an engineer realized that since crystals can be made to vibrate at a very constant rate when energized with a small electrical current, one could put a crystal in a watch and keep more accurate time than ever before in the history of the world. Swiss watches dominated the world market. So he carefully planned out a pitch to bring to the top leaders of the Swiss watch company for which he worked and told them about the benefits of crystals. . They listened and chuckled and told him “Son, that’s not the way we do business here.”

He believed in himself, so he brought his idea to Texas Instruments and Casio and the rest is history. Now it is hard to find watches for sell that don’t use crystals.

Alexander Graham Bell attempted to sell the patent for the telephone to the president of Western Union. The president sneered and asked what in the world he would do with a silly electrical contraption like that.

A few  years later, writes Julie M. Fenster in American Heritage, the president of Western Union “told colleagues that if he could get the patent for $25 million he’d consider it a bargain. By then it wasn’t for sale.”

You have probably heard of other similar stories. Belief, or positive thinking is so important. Jesus called it faith. People are usually not open to new things. Some of the ideas in this blog are new to some people and they think the ideas are crazy, but the ideas I blog about have changed my life for the better. I try to only choose powerful ideas to write about. Unfortunately my book The Amazing Power of Prayer gets put in the category of “silly ideas” quite a bit but finding the ideas and writing about them really changed my life for the better. http://getprayerpower.com/i

Power over bad habits

Brad Stanton —  June 4, 2014 — 1 Comment

dont-give-upMost people have at least one bad habit. It might be over-eating, not getting enough exercise, a serious addiction or a bad temper. But there is power available to overcome any bad habit.

Just think, we can pray to overcome any sin and God will give us the power to do it. He will help us overcome bad habits, overeating, destructive pleasures, substance abuse, or any other addiction. Usually with the more difficult addictions people need a support group or professional help along with prayer. We know God will do it because it is His will that we don’t sin. What a blessing this is! Think about having no chronic sin in your life and the  destructive habits that accompany it. You can be completely free.

Take a moment to read Psalm 1. It promises you success if you do certain things. Why doesn’t everybody get success? Because they don’t accept it by faith. Joshua 1:8 promises success if you do certain things, but again, it must be accepted by faith. Jesus said thoughts are powerful. It all starts in your thoughts.  Do you believe that is true?

If you repeat this verse out loud five times a day, it will give you strength. “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil 4:13

We all face situations in life that feel out of control. During times like these, it’s easy to get discouraged and allow fear to creep in. But instead, why don’t you focus on the fact that God is holding you in the palm of His hand. There is nothing too difficult for Him; nothing is impossible, nothing is beyond His ability. When God holds you in His hand, you are safe. You are cared for. In His hand, there is victory. In His hand, there is strength. In His hand, there is provision. In His hand is everything you need!

No matter what you may be going through today, you can trust that God is for you. Instead of getting down and depressed over your circumstances, look up and get a vision of God turning that situation around. Let faith arise in your heart and focus on His favor, promotion and blessing. See yourself in the palm of His hand, and see the victory and blessing He has prepared for you!” ~ Joel & Victoria Osteen


Naval Admiral William H. McRaven

Naval Admiral William H. McRaven

Incredible speech by navy admiral who was formerly a SEAL. click to read. BTW, he is doing the “Hookem’ Horns” symbol for the University of Texas, not the devil sign.

The universal mind

Brad Stanton —  May 28, 2014 — 11 Comments

Carl Jung coined the term "Collective unconscious"

Carl Jung coined the term “Collective unconscious”

I took a couple of psychology classes in college, which I enjoyed very much. One thing they talked about that I didn’t believe at the time is the Universal Mind or Collective Unconscious. It says that we are all connected somehow, that our thoughts can be connected to each other. Read the comments below this post that people have written about their experiences with this.

After college, I dated a girl who had a strange experience years earlier when she was a child. Suddenly she felt that her father had been killed. Later that evening she was at home and she heard a car pull into her driveway. She looked out and saw it was a police car. She knew without a doubt that the officer would tell her that her father died. And he did.

I believed her when she told me that, because she seemed honest, and because I had heard other people say similar things. But how could she know that her father was killed in a car wreck on the other side of town? The only thing I can think of is that there is some kind of Universal Mind.

Jesus said we are connected to each other and to him, well, Christians are at least, in John chapter 17 and 18. See also Philippians 2:2  1 Corinthians 5:3 1 Corinthians 6:17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

When I was a child I had a close relative who was schizophrenic. She hallucinated about people saying things they did not say. Sometimes she would hallucinate that my sisters and I had insulted her, and she would rail against us in retribution for something we didn’t do. She was very hard to get along with and caused a lot of grief for anyone who was close to her. She was also bi-polar, extremely ADD, BPD, and had early onset Alzheimer’s. As the years went on I began to realize that sometimes when she hallucinated that my sisters and I insulted her when we had not, there was a shred of truth to her hallucinations. If my sisters and I talked about how difficult she was and that she caused us hardships, I might get a call from her later accusing us of insulting her to her face. We had done it behind her back, but she somehow sensed it, even if none of us had spoken with her after we gossiped about her.

Isaac Newton was the greatest scientist who ever lived. He discovered calculus, many ideas in physics, astronomy and other sciences. He claimed that God revealed some of these secrets of the universe to him. At first, his ideas were very well received, but as time went on his discoveries became so advanced that people thought he was crazy. Unfortunately volumes of his work were left unpublished because of the resistance he met. He understood Einstein’s theory of Relativity. He wrote in his Queries “Does not gravity act on light rays and bend it at a distance?” and “Are not mass and energy convertible one into the other?” These are two of the most outstanding ramifications of Einsteins Relativity. Newton discovered F=ma, where F=force, m=mass and a=acceleration. Mathematicians simplify equations to their very simplest forms. But Newton did not write F=ma. He left it in terms of calculus (not simplified) so that it would stand up even to Einsteins Relativity. Newton believed very strongly in some kind of mystical form of the Universal Mind, but he didn’t use that term.

Napoleon Hill studied 500 of the most successful people to find out how they became successful. He studied at least one president of the USA, presidents of large companies, people who had become self-made-millionaires, and other people who achieved all sorts of amazing success. He found that most of them firmly believed in the Universal Mind, in fact they found how to tap into it to learn what they needed to know to achieve success. Seem hard to believe? It is for most people. I certainly would not have believed it if I had not seen some of the strange, amazing things I have seen throughout my lifetime.

Have you, or someone you know ever had an experience like this? I’ve had a number of them. Please leave a comment if you have.

For the free ebook “Laws of Success” by Napoleon Hill click.

 


Og-Mandino-Quotes-1Og Mandino wrote The Greatest Salesman In the World in 1968. It was incredibly successful and continued to sell about a million copies a year for 30 years. It is still selling well today. The reason it is such a powerful book is that Og knows how to be successful and teach you how to be successful in anything you do. But more importantly, he teaches how to have a happier life and good attitudes that bring about success.

In the book there are ten “scrolls” or short lessons about how to be successful. All ten are listed here. (click to read them) I have already written about Scroll One in my own words. Here is scroll 2 from Og’s book:

The Scroll Marked 2

I will greet this day with love in my heart

For this is the greatest secret of success in all ventures. Muscle can split a shield and
even destroy life but only the unseen power of love can open the hearts of men and
until I master this art I will remain no more than a peddler in the market place. I will
make love my greatest weapon and none on whom I call can defend against its force.

My reasoning they may counter; my speech they may distrust; my apparel they may
disapprove; my face they may reject; and even my bargains may cause them
suspicion; yet my love will melt all hearts liken to the sun whose rays soften the
coldest clay.

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

And how will I do this? Henceforth will I look on all things with love and I will be
born again. I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it
cleanses my spirit. I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the
darkness for it shows me the stars. I will welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart;
yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul. I will acknowledge rewards for they
are my due; yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge.

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

And how will I speak? I will laud mine enemies and they will become friends; I will
encourage my friends and they will become brothers. Always will I dig for reasons to
applaud; never will I scratch for excuses to gossip. When I am tempted to criticize I
will bite my tongue; when I am moved to praise I will shout from the roofs.

Is it not so that birds, the wind, the sea and all nature speaks with the music of praise
for their creator? Cannot I speak with the same music to his children? Henceforth
will I remember this secret and it will change my life.

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

And how will I act? I will love all manners of men for each has qualities to be
admired even though they be hidden. With love I will tear down the wall of suspicion
and hate which they have built round their hearts and in its place will I build bridges
so that my love may enter their souls.

I will love the ambitious for they can inspire me; I will love the failures for they can
teach me. I will love the kings for they are but human; I will love the meek for they
are divine. I will love the rich for they are yet lonely; I will love the poor for they are
so many. I will love the young for the faith they hold; I will love the old for the
wisdom they share. I will love the beautiful for their eyes of sadness; I will love the
ugly for their souls of peace.

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

But how will I react to the actions of others? With love. For just as love is my
weapon to open the hearts of men, love is also my shield to repulse the arrows of hate
and the spears of anger. Adversity and discouragement will beat against my new
shield and become as the softest of rains. My shield will protect me in the market
place and sustain me when I am alone. It will uplift me in moments of despair yet it
will calm me in time of exultation. It will become stronger and more protective with
use until one day I will cast aside and walk unencumbered among all manners of men
and, when I do, my name will be raised high on the pyramid of life.

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

And how will I confront each whom I meet? In only one way. In silence and to
myself I will address him and say I Love You. Though spoken in silence these words
will shine in my eyes, unwrinkle my brow, bring a smile to my lips, and echo in my
voice; and his heart will be opened. And who is there who will say nay to my goods
when his hearts feels my love?

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

And most of all I will love myself. For when I do I will zealously inspect all things
which enter my body, my mind, my soul, and my heart. Never will I overindulge the
requests of my flesh; rather I will cherish my body with cleanliness and moderation.
Never will I allow my mind to be attracted to evil and despair, rather I will uplift it
with the knowledge and wisdom of the ages. Never will I allow my soul to become
complacent and satisfied, rather I will feed it with meditation and prayer.

Never will I allow my heart to become small and bitter, rather I will share it and it will grow and
warm the earth.

I will greet this day with love in my heart. Henceforth will I love all mankind. From
this moment all hate is let from my veins for I have not time to hate, only time to
love. From this moment I take the first step required to become a man among men.
With love I will increase my sales a hundred-fold and become a great salesman. If I
have no other qualities I can succeed with love alone. Without it I will fail though I
possess all the knowledge and skills of the world.

I will greet this day with love, and I will succeed.


Cathy Goodman healed of cancer

Cathy Goodman had breast cancer. She kept her faith strong by being thankful for her healing that she believed had occurred. Every morning and afternoon she constantly said “thank you for my healing.” In the evening she watched funny movies with her husband because laughter has a healing effect. She was healed of cancer without any chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

I am not suggesting that you avoid medicine; I take medicine when I am sick. But certainly there are people who take medicine and continue to get worse. Others combine prayer and faith with their medicine and heal quickly.

Cathy’s husband, Morris was in a plane crash and was told by many doctors that he would never breath without a machine, eat, walk or talk again. But he had incredible faith that he could do the impossible. He told himself over and over again to breathe, and as time went on he was able to breathe without a machine. The doctors said it was a miracle. But he didn’t stop there. He decided he would walk out of the hospital by Christmas. No one believed it at first, because the doctors told him he would never walk again. But he kept the faith, kept believing. He worked hard at physical therapy. There were times when he felt like giving up, times when he didn’t see himself making any progress, but he kept working at it. He pushed himself a little harder each day. He kept working hard and dreaming of success, and finally he walked out of the hospital on his own. Now he can walk, talk, eat, breath on his own, without help from the machines that all the doctors told him he would need.

You have heard of placebos. They give a sugar pill to certain people and the real medicine to others in a group. Some people get healed by the placebo. Why do some get healed by placebos? It’s because they have strong faith. I used to think they were suckers. Not anymore. Now I feel they are champions.

Many medical doctors believe that a positive mental attitude overcomes many illnesses. The opposite is also true. My grandmother told me that when she was in the hospital she began to feel depressed. She told the doctor about her feelings and how she wanted to get out of the hospital and go home. He let her go home because he knew the depression was not conducive to healing.

Scientists, religious leaders and most people who have achieved great success in life agree that positive thinking, or faith, is very important.

Dodie Osteen healed of cancer

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Prescription placebos used in research and practice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A woman named Dodie Osteen was battling cancer but she wanted to keep faith in the ability to get well and she wanted to keep a good attitude, so she used what some people call “props.” Props are anything that you can see, feel, touch, taste, etc. that helps you build your faith. She found pictures of herself before she was sick and posted them where she could see them often.  After getting sick she turned a yellow color and lost a lot of weight. If she spent time looking at herself in the mirror, it didn’t help her faith or attitude. Seeing the pictures of herself healthy helped her believe that she could overcome cancer.

She put up a photo of herself riding a horse and having fun doing other things. People prayed for her. Slowly she beat cancer and is healthy now and has been for many years. She did it without medicine, because at the time she had cancer there was no medicine available for her type of cancer.

Sam Walton, the man who founded Walmart said “If people believe in themselves, it is amazing what they can accomplish.”

W. Clement Stone, who was very poor but became extremely rich by selling life insurance said “Anything the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

Jesus said “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed (very little) you can tell a mountain to move and it will do it. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 Note: mountain probably meant difficulty, just as in our modern idiom, “don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.” More than three dozen times Jesus said faith is a key to answered prayer.

Bringing about strong, unwavering faith in your life takes a lot of time. One way to bring about faith is to repeat promises (some people call them affirmations). For example, repeat any of the quotes above. Say it out loud ten times every day and it will strengthen your faith. There are many other things you can do to increase your faith. I wrote a book about that very subject, there is way too much information to write in today’s blog, but I plan to add ideas about this to my blog often.

Here is a link so some of the scriptures Dodie Osteen made about healing. http://hopefaithprayer.com/scriptures/healing-scriptures-dodie-osteen/

What do you think, does faith work? Where have you seen faith work? Leave a comment or click Press This if you want to reblog this post.

I wrote a book about the power of prayer and doing the research for it changed my life for the better.www.TLC33.com

You WILL succeed!

Brad Stanton —  May 21, 2014 — 4 Comments

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAMany people have accepted less than they can achieve in life because it is too much work to achieve their dreams. Many don’t really get what they want and dream about in life because it is just too much trouble to get it. But if God has put a desire in your heart, you can achieve it. When you submit your will to God and his desires are aligned with yours, you know that you are in harmony with him and he will give you everything it takes to achieve your goals.

Many people pray and don’t get what they pray for, so they think, well maybe it wasn’t God’s will. Maybe I shouldn’t ask for what I want. But if your desires are in harmony with God, he wants you to ask for things. What parent doesn’t like giving good gifts to his children?

Many people get discouraged because they have tried and failed, so they quit trying and decide to live in the land of “just good enough.”

When God promised the people the land of Canaan, Moses led them to a land filled with wealth and good things—houses they didn’t build, incredible crops they didn’t plant. It was prosperity and goodness. But they decided that the risk of taking the land outweighed the benefits. They didn’t have faith that God would really give them what he promised. They felt God was a harsh God, who didn’t care about their everyday lives.

In Matthew 25, the story of the talents shows us that if we consider God harsh, he will be harsh to us. The account of Moses and the people show the same thing. All through the Bible, we see that when people did not have faith that God was a good God who loved them and cared about their daily needs, they missed out on blessings.

Many times in the Bible, we are promised that we will prosper if we do certain things. Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1, Deuteronomy 5:33; 6:24: 29:9; 30:1; Proverbs 11:25; 13:21; 1 Kings 2:3.

1 Kings 2:3…and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands… so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go…

What did the word “prosper” mean in ancient Hebrew, the language of the Old Testament? It means much more than just to prosper financially. It means to be successful, to avail, to thrive, to rise. (From Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

Don’t give up. Never, never, never give up on the goals and dreams that God has placed in your heart. He will give you everything you need to succeed.

 

The following is only for people who enjoy the study of languages.

Well, we can be sure of one thing the word “prosper” had a much broader meaning than our English word today because the Hebrew vocabulary was much smaller than English. The entire Old Testament used a vocabulary of less than 10,000 words. The entire New Testament was written with only 6000 different Greek words and many of them were names of people and places.

English is a combination of at least four different languages, it started out as German. Then 2000 years ago the Roman armies brought Latin and Greek. Later, after England was overrun by France, many French words came into the English language. Because of that, we have many words with very specific meanings. It is hard to understand the difference between English and ancient languages if you have never lived in a country that uses an old language. Speak an ancient language for 10 or 20 years and you will have a very keen understanding of the way Hebrew and Greek used words.

 


418697_ “You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.”

~Abraham Lincoln

Once there was a poor man who had several paintings in his house. He died, and his relatives took the paintings and found that one of them was worth 3.5 million dollars. The man had lived for years with that painting hanging on his wall, and he didn’t know that it was worth millions.

You are the same way. You have incredible talent but you don’t fully know how to put that talent into use and achieve your goals and dreams in life.

How do I know? I have read of many people, average people who wanted something so much that they were willing to do whatever it took to achieve their dreams. They had incredible self-discipline, persistence and they learned to enjoy their work.

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This blog is all about reaching your goals and dreams in life. Here are some of the things that have helped me and countless others achieve goals:

Decide what you want in life
Think about what you do well
Clarify your values
Set goals, write your goal
Visualize it
Make a plan to achieve it
Believe you can reach your goals
Find other people to work with
Be disciplined and persistent
Enjoy your work and work hard
Never, never, never give up
Pray

This blog has ideas that will help you in every step of the way.


35224_european_bistroWhen I was about five years old I had my first encounter with the Holy Spirit, the spirit of God. I felt the incredible love of God as I walked through a forest with my Sunday school class. The teacher had talked to us about how much God loves us, and how we can see him in the things that he made, the trees and brooks, the wind and the leaves.

Today I was thinking about the incredible beauty of the love of God. Anyone who has felt it will always want it. Then I heard a sermon about it.

The sermon I heard tonight went something like this:

You might be in a low point in your life. You might be in the pit of despair. You might be feeling very depressed right now, or maybe you are doing fine, maybe you are going through a happy time in your life. But no matter what, God’s love is washing over you, taking care of you much more than you know.

Thousands of years ago, in fact even before anything existed, God already thought of you and decided to choose you and love you. God has been waiting your entire life for this moment, where he could get you to sit still for one minute and say this to you:

“You have no idea how much I love you. I have always loved you. There was never a moment of your existence when I didn’t love you. I planned that fertilization of the two cells that came together to make you. I planned your conception. I allowed that conception. I wanted you alive so I could love you because you are special to me. There is no one else like you, you are completely new and unique to me. I heard your first cry, there was no moment of your life that I didn’t love you. Through all your celebrations and difficulties, your sadness and happiness I loved and adored you even more than you loved yourself. I wanted good things for you even more than you did. Whether you realize it or not I have been gazing upon you in love because I made you to love you.”

How would your life change if you knew how much God loved you? Think about how it would feel if you got up in the morning and the first thing you felt was that you are deeply and unconditionally loved by God. What if you felt the love of God as you got out of bed to brush your teeth? And in the car on way to work or school you felt the love of God. What would it be like if you felt God’s love unconditionally, knowing that no matter what you do or don’t do, you know that God loves you? No matter what you do or don’t do, God will still love you the same amount.

Your first and most important calling in life is to let God love you. What happens if you accept this call?

You feel accepted rather than ashamed or condemned. You feel totally accepted, and that will change your life. Many avoid God because they feel ashamed or guilty. Maybe you feel guilty, criticized. God is perfect and I’m not. Why would I hang out with a perfect God to remind me of all the ways I’ve failed?

But God did not come to condemn the world but to save it. If you feel God is down on you, guess what? You are totally wrong. God is not down on you at all, he is totally for you, totally cheering you on, bragging to the angels and even the devil about you. He certainly did that about Job in the Old Testament.

You have spent your entire life in order to get peoples approval and love of other people. You dress the way you do to get approval. You wear your hair the way you do to get approval. You talk and act the way you do to get love and approval. You have been trying to get approval from some unpleasable people your entire life and you are not going to get it. Realize you don’t need the approval of other people. Most of your life you have been worried about what other people think because you don’t feel unconditionally loved by God. When you realize how much God loves you, criticism doesn’t bother you. You will no longer need other people’s approval to be happy. This idea will set you free.

The man who spoke these words is Rick Warren, the author of The Purpose Driven Life.


Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy

The amazing thing is that the principles for getting better relationships with friends and loved ones are the same principles for doubling your income in a year (more on this later in the post), for excelling at your career, losing weight or doing well in sports.

Brian Tracy did not graduate from high school, and while he was in school his grades were low. He failed high school English, but went on to write many books that have sold millions of copies. He became a multi-millionaire. After leaving school, he began laboring jobs, and moved from job to job and eventually got into sales.

He didn’t sell well, but he found a salesman who was making 10 times more than anyone else. He sold the same product to the same people during the same times, but always sold much more. Tracy asked him how he did it, put those ideas into practice and began to become very successful. He became a top salesman by reading and learning how to sell. Later he became a sales manager and began reading how to succeed at that.

It really is true, leaders are readers.

The law of cause and effect (sowing and reaping-you reap what you sow) says that the effects, the circumstances in your life are happening because of certain causes. You can change the causes to achieve the effects you want. In other words you can change what you are doing to achieve the results you want. It is possible for every person and it is possible every time. The law of cause and effect is a powerful law that can change your life for the better, or for worse. Use it to your advantage.

Success leaves tracks – if you study the tracks of successful people (study what they did) you can learn how to be successful.

Nothing works the first time. One of the keys to success is that one keeps trying even after he has failed. It is impossible to find a person who always succeeds the first time he tries something new.

Most people see that their relationships, career, finances, etc. are not as good as they want, but they often just assume that it will always be that way because they have tried in the past, year after year, to improve a relationship, but didn’t see any improvement, so they gave up and quit trying.

Most people wish they could have a better relationship with their husband or wife. Well, guess what? It is certainly possible if you learn how to do it and are willing to work hard at it

Skills are learnable. If you can read this and use the internet you can learn the skills you need to achieve the goals we are talking about here. Tracy talks about certain skills that are necessary to achieve goals, and all are learnable.

Brian Tracy says you are one skill away from doubling your income, improving your relationships, excelling at your career.

Dream big dreams. You probably want to be happy, healthy, wealthy, slender and with good relationships. If your life were perfect in five years, what would it look like? The starting point for great relationships is that you dream and believe you can achieve it, and really want it enough to change what you are doing in order to get your goal. The starting point for success in creating wealth is the same as that, and is the same for career goals.

Develop resilience and bounce back. You will be knocked down many times, be ready to bounce back.

click here for the 15 skills by Brian Tracy and for a link to his youtube video. Tracy talks about how to double your income in a year.


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Does prayer even work? Is it as powerful as Jesus said it is? Over 3 dozen times Jesus said that faith is the key to answered prayer. Click for verses about faith.

Some of the most successful people in the world said that faith is powerful, for example:

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

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” ~W. Clement Stone

So Jesus said that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed nothing will be impossible for you. He also said everything is possible for one who believes. If that is true, wouldn’t some people become fabulously wealthy from faith?

Well the answer to that question is –YES! Many of the people who became self-made millionaires said they used faith to become rich. Henry Ford, W. Clement Stone, Jack Canfield, Rhonda Byrne, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and many, many more people said they used faith to become rich.

Many people who are rich use their money to glorify God. Many give millions of dollars to charity.

But what’s up with that? Arnold Schwarzenegger is not a strong Christian, he never was, right? So how does that work? Well, the Law of Faith is so powerful that people use it to achieve amazing things even when they are not strong Christians.

Olympic athletes are taught to visualize themselves winning the competition and getting a gold medal. That means they are exercising their faith. They may not call it Biblical faith. They may call it any number of things, but in reality, it is faith.

The main reason to pray is to draw close to God. If a person is praying only to get things for themselves, he is cheating himself.

After reading many books about prayer, and studying what Jesus said about prayer for several years, I have found some key things that bring about powerful prayer. I am amazed how many more of my prayers are answered now that I do things to strengthen my faith. It is like the difference between night and day.

I can’t write about all the keys to answered prayer here because it will take too long. But I will sum it up briefly like this:

FAITH
F Find a verse in the Bible that gives a promise for what it is you are praying for. Example: if you are financially distressed, do a word search in www.BibleGateway.com for the word “prosper” or “prosperity.” Memorize one or more of them and say it out loud several times a day.

A Ask God for it, believing that he will give it to you.

I Imagine that you already have it. The more you picture it in your mind, or put up pictures of what you want, the more you visualize it, the stronger your faith will become. Faith is a key to answered prayer. In fact Jesus stressed faith more than any other thing.

T Thank God for it. This is very important. Don’t keep asking for it, keep thanking God that he is giving it to you. If you have faith, you believe God will give it to you.

H Hold on while you wait and be Happy. Just like the bamboo takes five years to grow a root system under the ground which you can’t see and then suddenly in the fifth year it grows four inches a day, God is preparing all the right people for your answer to prayer.

More about prayer in my book Amazing Power of Prayer. All profit from this book this month goes to spreading God’s love, faith and hope on the internet. This blog goes out to almost every country in the world.


424461_412914045450456_627438586_nThe most important reason to pray is to grow closer to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. If you are a Christian, you are filled with the Holy Spirit and that gives you great power. But prayer is talking to God, and a relationship with God is the most important thing in our life. If we pray only to get things, or go to God in prayer only when we want something, we are being selfish and missing out on the true meaning of prayer, and missing out on huge blessings.

Here is a short account of how I learned the incredible joy of the relationship with the Holy Spirit. It happened one summer.

Some summer sounds certainly seem sweet. Summer sounds such as crickets chirping, honking horns, kids laughing sounded like an orchestra being played every summer evening during that unforgettable time in my life when I had just recently lost half a dozen of the best friends I had ever had. Crickets chirped, cars occasionally whizzed by, dogs barked in the distance, a train honked a horn. They sounded more beautiful than at any other time because I had spent the whole month praying after work, a new thing for me. I spent time talking to God, not really asking for anything, just talking to Him.

I was in my mid-twenties, single and living in a little one bedroom apartment not far from a train track. The horn of that train always brought back happy memories for me and was very comforting. But about my friends….

It just so happened that during those years I had made friends with half a dozen of the most fun and interesting people I had ever met. We were very close, sort of like the TV show Friends, or Cheers, the little bar where everybody knows your name.

They were the kind of people who could drop by any time and we would have a wonderful time, with plenty of laughter, bantering and fun stories. But during a three or four month period, some of them got married and disappeared from our little gang, the others moved out of town. Suddenly I had no close friends at all.

I had to find something to do with my time, so I took walks at the nearby park. I began to pray and meditate on the good things in life that I still had, even though it was tough to lose my friends. At first it was hard to think of things to feel grateful for. But the more I thought and felt grateful for a few things, the more things came to mind that I could be grateful for.

I started out praying for 30 minutes because I had nothing else to do, due to the fact that my friends were gone. Then as the days went on, the prayer stretched into an hour, then two hours. There were some days that I prayed for three hours at a time in the evening. That brought me close to God and brought me a lot of joy. I wasn’t praying to seek anything from God, just to be close to Him.

Sometimes after an evening of prayer, the sounds of the night seemed like a beautiful orchestra being played for anyone who was willing to take the time to stop and enjoy the sounds.

Even nowadays when I hear the crickets chirping, the comforting sound of a fan or my neighbor’s air conditioner humming, these sounds bring back the feelings of that Kansas summer that I learned to be thankful no matter what, and that I really could be happy even in the toughest of times. But most of all, I learned the joy of the Holy Spirit, the incredible wonder of being close to God.

This is from my book Amazing Power of Prayer. Click to see the ebook.

Keys to answered prayer

Brad Stanton —  April 29, 2014 — 1 Comment

26822I’m not going to tell you that you will get everything you want through prayer. No, I’m going to tell you about something even better.  You will get everything God wants for you through prayer because God wants the best for you.  He wants even better things for you than you do. God loves you much more than you love yourself and wants you to have joy and peace even more than you do. You will get everything you want through prayer if it is God’s will and you have faith. Faith is the key to answered prayer, but it takes months, years to develop.

Yes, it’s true:  You will experience powerful answers to prayer if you use the guidelines for prayer found in the Bible.   We’ll explore these guidelines as we travel this prayer journey together.  It is said we use less than 10% of our brainpower; but I think it’s very safe to say that most Christians use less than 10% of their prayer power. I have been in many churches across the United States and I find that most people don’t understand the power of prayer. Why is it that some churches see remarkable answers to prayer and others do not?   Perhaps you know some Christians who have very powerful prayer lives.  Yet others, who seem to be “good Christians” do not. Those believers with powerful prayer lives have learned and practice what the Bible says about how to have a powerful prayer life.  After you read this book, you’ll know the secret, too.

This is from my book Amazing Power of Prayer. Writing this book changed my prayer life for the better. I am amazed at the ideas I found in the Bible and explained by many different people in many books that show that faith is a key to answered prayer. After learning how to strengthen my faith I see many more answers to prayer. Not only that, but I found ideas that make life a whole lot more fun and happy and I included them in this book. This month, every penny of profit from my books will be used to spread God’s love around the world, through this blog and face book. This blog reaches 180 of the 191 countries in the world with ideas that make life better. Want to help spread the word? Buy the book and the profit will be used to help people around the world.

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The Cracked Pot

Brad Stanton —  April 27, 2014 — 12 Comments

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I found this story some time ago and wanted to share it because it is sooo good.

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck.  One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. 

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water in his master’s house.  Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.  But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfections, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream.  “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.”  “Why?” asked the bearer.  “What are you ashamed of?”  I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house.  Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work and you don’t get full value for your efforts,” the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some.  But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path but not on the other pot’s side?  That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it.  I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them.  For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table.  Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”

Each of us has our own unique flaws.  We’re all cracked pots.  But if we will allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Father’s table.  In God’s great economy, nothing goes to waste.

So as we seek ways to minister together and as God calls you to the tasks He has appointed for you, don’t be afraid of your flaws.  Acknowledge them and allow Him to take advantage of them, and you, too, can be the cause of beauty in His pathway.

Go out boldly, knowing that in our weakness we find His strength and that “In Him every one of God’s promises is a Yes”.

My note: I can’t remember where I found this story, but I wanted to pass it along.

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