Monthly Archives: November 2015

Never Give Up

Autumn scene

You have it all figured out, your plans nicely mapped out.

Suddenly, things appear to be working out very differently to your dismay.

You do not know what to do or how to turn things around.

You feel as though you are being pushed firmly against the wall.

Nowhere in particular to turn to.

Do not despair or be discouraged, let strength well up within you. Choose to be strong, choose not to give up.

When challenges comes in life, you have two options: fight with everything within you or simply give up.

Think of it this way, every single day you live, you are writing a story.

How do you want your story to end?

Your story could be told in two different ways similar to the ones below:

” …she had a difficult time, she went on a somewhat emotional roller-coaster. She pressed on in faith believing in herself and believing in God. Situation around her looked hopeless but she never stopped believing for the best. Despite the challenges she accomplished every goal.”


“… she had a difficult time, she went on a somewhat emotional roller-coaster. She was so disappointed things didn’t work as planned, she gave up. She was quite talented, wonder what happened to her…”

How do you want your story to be told?

If you are wondering how you can persevere in the face of difficulties, I have a few tips:

1. Pray – prayer changes everything, don’t just pray because you read this article. Pray believing that God answers and will turn things around for you. You also draw emotional strength in the place of prayer.

2. Stay motivated – read or listen to motivational information as often as you can.

3. Stop talking about the problem but instead speak the desired outcome.

4. Choose not to give up.


Tough times never last but tough people do – Robert Schuller

What To Do When Nothing Makes Sense…

The Eiffel Tower in Paris

You may have been at that place before when things happening around you makes no sense.

Absolutely no sense!

No matter how hard you think about it, you cannot make sense of it.

You cannot make sense of someone choosing to kill so many people by blowing their plane off the skies

Or even detonating a bomb in a crowd killing many.

It does not make sense why so many lives should be wasted…

Questions abound to which we have no answers to…

…a common question repeated so often in times of chaos is: Where is God in all this?

Where is God?

The best answer I have found so far…

… He is there comforting the broken-hearted

…He is there defending the weak

…He is there as a father to the fatherless

… He is there, husband to the widow

… He is there, the very present help in the time of need

God is ever-present, ever willing , ever-loving. When we can’t see him or feel him He is there.

When nothing around you makes sense, don’t try to figure it out.

Simply trust!

Trust the very present help to show up when needed.

Trust God to comfort and encourage .

When nothing makes sense.

It always makes sense to trust God.

It always makes sense to pray.

Praying for comfort that only God can bring at this time of chaos and grief around the world.



The Value of Goals


The word “goal” is a very common word. In simple terms, a goal is an end result to which effort is directed. Just about every English speaker knows the meaning of the word. However, not too many people know the value of a goal. A well-crafted goal is the precursor of achievement. Paul Myer remarked, “No one ever accomplishes anything of consequence without a goal . . . Goal setting is the strongest human force for self-motivation.”

Goals goad us on.  Goals give us a reason to get out of bed in the morning. The impetus to try again where we previously faltered, perhaps repeatedly. Spencer W. Kimball said “make no small plans. They have no magic to stir men’s souls.”

Goals guide us. Like a compass, goals provide direction in the midst of the maze of life. We all inevitably come to crossroads, decision points in our lives. At such points, the goals we set in advance become the true north, pointing the way. As bestselling author and leadership expert, John Maxwell pointed out, “you see, on the success journey, the goals you set become your route.”

Goals guard us. They shape our priorities. Goals imply choosing between must-haves and nice-to-haves; between must-dos and nice-to-dos. Goals beckon on us to come up higher; to leave trivial pursuits behind and go forward at destiny’s behest.

Without goals, life loses its edge. There’s no zest for living. Bereft of goals, individuals and organizations go astray and languish. When goals are lacking, we are quick to settle for the mundane – the status quo. Don’t settle. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, “the best way to predict your future is to create it.” Setting goals puts you in the driver’s seat of your life. Your destiny is not your fate, it’s your choice – choose wisely!


Starting next week, join me to explore the qualities of a well-crafted goal and how to set goals that help you get ahead in your finances.

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