Discipleship

Why all the squawking and shrieking?

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Blue Jay Photo from Pixabay

Today, while Mom and I were sitting on the porch the blue jays in the trees in our backyard started squawking – or more like shrieking – like a sound I’d never heard before.
Skeee-walk… skeee-walk…

shreeeeak… shreeeeak…

jayer… jayer…

And it went on & on & on…
And the longer it lasted, it seemed like more birds were joining in!

I was starting to get irritated. I thought to myself, “Why won’t they be quiet?” I was getting so annoyed I was thinking I should go shoo them away somehow. But they were up in the tree too high. Surely there had to be a way to get them to be quiet…

 

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Happy 2019!

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dream big

It is a new year.

SO, let me begin by asking you, “What is your dream?”

Your big dream.

What is it that you want to accomplish in your life? What is it that you care about? What is your passion? What do you want to do? Who do you want to be? What is your big dream? How can it ever be accomplished?

Pulitzer-winning writer Katherine Anne Porter observed: “I am appalled at the aimlessness of most people’s lives. Fifty percent don’t pay any attention to where they are going; forty percent are undecided and will go in any direction. Only ten percent know what they want and some of them don’t even move toward it.”

Will you decide that this year you will be focused and not aimless?

The new year means a new start. What will you do differently this year to move toward making your dream a reality?

That is what my book “Dream Big – Start Small – Start Now” is all about.

I have developed some simple tools that can help you get more clarity and stay focused in your life. Throughout the book, I use a simple tool I developed that I call the “Focus Funnel” to help you get clarity on your Big Dream, and stay focused as you Start Small, and Start Now with the tasks that need to be completed to make your dream a reality.

Here is a story about a conversation I have had several times through the years…

The seminar was starting in about thirty minutes. I was setting up my computer, and getting ready for the lecture portion of the class. One of the women registered as a student for the training came up to me.

“I want to write a book,” she said. “It has always been my dream.”

“Then you need to write your book,” I said. “You can do it.”

“But, I never have the time,” she said. “I have a job and a family. I never have time to get away and write my novel.”

“You don’t need to get away to write it,” I said. “You need to start on it now, where you are.”

“But, I would never have time,” she said.

“If you write one page a day, you’ll have 365 pages by this time next year,” I said. “That is plenty of pages for a book.”

“Wow,” she replied. “I never thought of it like that.”

“So, my assignment to you is this,” I said. “Write one page today. Start now. Today. You have a few minutes before we start the class. Go get some paper, and begin writing it now. Then, write some more during lunch, and during our dinner break. By the end of today, you should have one page.”

“It can’t be that simple,” she said.

“I have written over 50 books,” I replied. “It is just that simple. Start small, and start now.”

She did. By the end of the day she had a title, an outline, and three pages written for her book.

Dream Big: Write a book

Start Small: Write one page

Start Now: Immediately. Today. Now!

DreamBig-_frontcoverMake this year the year your dreams come true! 

If you can dream it, you can do it. 

Learn how by ordering Diane Wigstone’s new book “Dream Big – Start Small – Start Now” today!

You can order the book on the DestinyCenter.com website: http://www.destinycenter.com/read?limit=100&product_id=461

Don’t Worry

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Philippians 4:6 & 7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 

frightened-1172122_960_720It sure seems like an easy thing to worry. Everyday, problems come our way, and we have a choice. We can either decide to worry and be anxious, or we can turn everything over to God, knowing that He is in control.

Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 
When we are anxious and troubled, our minds become anxious and troubled & consumed with the problem or situation.

When we are consumed with the problem, we focus on all the negatives, not all the positives. Focusing on all the negatives causes us to have toxins released in our bodies that make us ill. We literally make ourselves sick by the constant focus on our problems and being anxious about the situation.

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Opportunity knocks

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Walter P. Chrysler said, “The reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because when opportunity knocks, they are out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers.”

Are you ready to open the door when opportunity knocks?

Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

How can you be ready to open the door?

One way is to know what your vision is. Know what you are called to do.

That is what Diane Wigstones’s book “Dream Big – Start Small – Start Now” is all about.
Diane has developed some simple tools that can help you get more clarity and stay focused in your life. Throughout the book, she uses a simple tool she developed called the “Focus Funnel” to help you get clarity on your vision and your life calling. It will help you stay focused as you Dream Big, Start Small, and Start Now with the tasks that need to be completed to make your dream a reality.

Remember, sometimes we are the ones that need to knock!

Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Luke 11:9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

DreamBig-_frontcover
Be ready when opportunity knocks! 

If you can dream it, you can do it. 

Learn how by ordering Diane Wigstone’s new book “Dream Big – Start Small – Start Now” today!

You can order the book on the DestinyCenter.com website: http://www.destinycenter.com/readlimit=100&product_id=461

 

Merry CHRISTmas!

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Christmas Nativity Orignal Painting by Diane

Christmas Nativity Orignal Painting by Diane

Merry CHRISTmas from all of us here at YWAM Hollywood!

We pray that as you celebrate the Birth of Jesus, you will be filled with the wonder of His gift to us!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one & only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.- John 3:16

Destiny Declarations

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This morning I woke up late. I had slept at least one hour more than usual. Last night I stayed up late on the computer and needed the extra sleep. When I woke up, I was feeling a bit groggy, and slow. I still felt tired. I wanted to just roll back over and go back to sleep. I didn’t want to get out of bed at all.

But, it was trash day, and the garbage men would be coming soon. I might have already missed them. I groaned. I dragged myself out of bed, and went in and said ‘Good morning’ to my Mom. She asked if I was going to walk this morning like I usually do. I said, “I don’t think so, I am really tired this morning.”

I shuffled around the house in my slippers and gathered up all the trash in the house for the garbage men to pick up. I plopped down in the chair by the door to put on my tennis shoes. Then threw my coat on over my pajamas, and shuffled out to the curb, to take out the garbage. The sky was gray, and the wind was chilly. I pulled my coat closer around me. It was a cold, gray, windy winter day.

I came back in the house shivering. “I am cold and tired, and I don’t feel so great,” I announced. “It is so cold out! There is no way I am going to walk this morning. I don’t think I’ll even get out of my pajamas today! I don’t feel like doing anything today.”

Then I heard what I had just said, and I thought, “Wait a minute! That is not my destiny declaration for today. I am not going to be in agreement with that!” Immediately I announced, “No, actually, I slept great! I even slept in late. I am refreshed, I am energetic. Today is going to be a great day of doing fun things to fulfill my destiny. I am going to go change out of my pajamas and take a brisk walk in this great cool air.”

And, that’s what I did.

The choice was mine. I am the one who decides the perspective I will live my life through each day.

I could have been grumpy and irritable all day. I could have slouched around in my pajamas, complaining about being tired, and done nothing all day long. Or, I could choose to be energetic, healthy, get dressed, and do my destiny.

The choice is yours. Every morning. Every minute. Now.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (NIV)

Love never fails…

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It’s Valentine’s day. The day that we celebrate LOVE. But, these days it seems so few people really know what love is.

It’ not a silly game. It is life. And if we want to win in life, the only way is to love well.

Let’s look to the source of love, for HIS definition of LOVE…

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. 

But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.

But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13 – New International Version (NIV)

Let’s choose to love well today, this month, this year…

Dream Big

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dream bigThe seminar was starting in about thirty minutes. I was setting up my computer, and getting ready for the lecture portion of the class. One of the women registered as a student for the training came up to me.

“I want to write a book,” she said. “It has always been my dream.”

“Then you need to write your book,” I said. “You can do it.”

“But, I never have the time,” she said. “I have a job and a family. I never have time to get away and write my novel.”

“You don’t need to get away to write it,” I said. “You need to start on it now, where you are.”

“But, I would never have time,” she said.

“If you write one page a day, you’ll have 365 pages by this time next year,” I said. “That is plenty of pages for a book.”

“Wow,” she replied. “I never thought of it like that.”

“So, my assignment to you is this,” I said. “Write one page today. Start now. Today. You have a few minutes before we start the class. Go get some paper, and begin writing it now. Then, write some more during lunch, and during our dinner break. By the end of today, you should have one page.”

“It can’t be that simple,” she said.

“I have written over 50 books,” I replied. “It is just that simple. Start small, and start now.”

She did. By the end of the day she had a title, an outline, and three pages written for her book.

Dream Big: Write a book

Start Small: Write one page

Start Now: Immediately. Today. Now!

It is a new year. A new start. What will you do differently this year to move toward making your dream a reality?

SO, let me begin by asking you, “What is your dream?”

Your big dream.

What is it that you want to accomplish in your life? What is it that you care about? What is your passion? What do you want to do? Who do you want to be? What is your big dream? How can it ever be accomplished?

That is what my new book “Dream Big – Start Small – Start Now” is all about.

I have developed some simple tools that can help you get more clarity and stay focused in your life. Throughout the book, I use a simple tool I developed that I call the “Focus Funnel” to help you get clarity on your Big Dream, and stay focused as you Start Small, and Start Now with the tasks that need to be completed to make your dream a reality.

DreamBig-_frontcoverYour dreams can come true! 

If you can dream it, you can do it. 

Learn how by ordering Diane Wigstone’s new book “Dream Big – Start Small – Start Now” today!

You can order the book on the DestinyCenter.com website: http://www.destinycenter.com/read?limit=100&product_id=461

Thanks. Giving.

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The First Thanksgiving by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863–1930) Public Domain

The First Thanksgiving by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863–1930)
Public Domain

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. 

35 Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.” 1 Chronicles 16:34 &35 NIV

Thanks. Giving.

I have been thinking a lot again these last few weeks about what Thanksgiving means, and was struck by the two words found in the one… Thanks. Giving. I have been pondering thanks, (gratitude) and giving, and how they impacts our lives.

Thanks. Without gratitude, our attitude becomes toxic – literally. I discuss how what we think has direct repercussions on our health in my book, Master Your Mind. We must stay thankful to stay healthy! I believe our attitude will affect how successful we are in all areas of our lives. I want to be thankful at all times.

Giving. I think there is a similar principle for our finances. Without giving, our finances become ‘all about us’… and that can be toxic to your finances! I believe we must give with a cheerful heart for our finances to stay healthy! I want to be generous at all times.

Many years ago, I heard about Robert Gilmore LeTourneau. RG LeTourneau was a prolific inventor and held nearly 300 patents. He was a very successful businessman, whose earthmoving equipment, and Engineering vehicles, represented nearly 70 percent of the machines used during World War II. The University he founded, LeTourneau University, is still among the top of its kind, and “unapologetically Christian”.

But what struck me about his story, was not how much money he made, but how much money he gave! RG, during his day, was called “God’s Businessman”, and was known for his extravagant giving. LeTourneau gave 90% of all he made, and lived on 10%. He called it the “reverse tithe.”

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Root issues…

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Attribution: Rod Allday

Attribution: Rod Allday

Well, I found out what the brown spots were in our yard, that I have been mowing over all year. It is a particularly gnarly type of weed, with beautiful tiny purple flowers. They were brown all summer, and just started getting green leaves, and blooming the little flowers, now that we got some rain, and it’s a bit cooler.
Mom said there was a write up in the paper about them last weekend. She pointed them out to me yesterday, and taught me how to pull them out. You have to gather up all the little ‘branches’, and then twist the plant, as you pull it, to get the entire root out. Because, of course, if you don’t get the root out, it will just come back again.

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