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Psalm 19: The Perspective of Life with God

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The first full rainbow.

A couple of weeks ago the Lord laid out the perspective of life with God by placing Psalm 19 on my heart. Specifically, verse 1:

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.

I read it a few times and thought, hmmm, that’s a beautiful verse.

Then the rays of God’s light shined brighter. God showed up.

I was hanging out at the marina a week later and “coincidentally,” there was a full rainbow in the sky. I didn’t put 2 and 2 together just yet. Amazingly, the very next day another perfect rainbow showed up… exactly the same place in the sky. Now that got my attention as I’ve never had that experience before. After thinking about it for a while, I felt that God was communicating with me. Shazam!!

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Waiting patiently

Building Your Relationship with God and People Through Patience

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Waiting patiently

Patience is a virtue we should all pursue

Have you ever prayed to God for something and felt Him telling you to be patient?

Patience is powerful stuff. It’s a fruit of the Spirit and an essential key to better relationships with God and other people.

We typically want things our way and in our own timing. What do you do when that doesn’t work out? Recently I had one of these experiences. I prayed a lot about it and God’s answer: Be patient. Repeatedly, those were His instructions.

So I waited. Here are 2 things the Lord has taught me through my experiences:

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5 Signs You’re a Good Listener

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Good listing skills are essential to excellent communication.

My Disciple Group coach told me long ago that people tend to open up around me. I took that as a huge compliment. As a group leader, one of the challenges is to facilitate engagement (on a deep, meaningful level). I attribute a lot of that success to being a good listener. How do you know if you are one? Here are 5 signs that you’re a good listener:

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The 3 Most Important Attitudes the Successful Use to Overcome Failure

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optimistic attitude“Well, that didn’t work out quite the way I anticipated.” Have you ever uttered these words? Sure, we all have. For whatever reason, it can be difficult to overcome failure, recoup, and move forward.

If we are to succeed at anything we have to try. Remember, the greatest risk is not taking one.

Do successful people fail? You betcha!

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Why You Should Be The Ball

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be the ballBe The Ball.

The eccentric slacker and scratch golfer Ty Webb’s profound advice to young Danny Noonan in the slapstick comedy Caddyshack. It’s the tone-setting first scene.

“There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. All you have to do is get in touch with Him. Stop thinking. Let things happen. And be the ball.” Ty, played by Chevy Chase.

Then Ty takes a wedge and, wearing a blindfold, dribbles the ball onto the green leaving a short birdie putt.

I guess the writers may not have intended the parallel I found in life with being the ball.

Consider this:

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