Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Meditations for Blessings, Health and Prosperity 4

Ps. 112:2  My seed shall be mighty upon the earth. My physical children are mighty upon the earth. My spiritual children are mighty upon the earth. All my generation is blessed of the Lord.

Ps. 112:3  Wealth and riches are in my house. God's righteousness in me endures forever.

Ps. 112:4, 5  Wherever I go the light of  God in me lights up all darkness. I am gracious, full of compassion and righteous. I lend to those in need and show favor, I guide all my affairs by the Spirit of God with discretion.

Ps. 112:6-8  I shall not be moved for I abide in Christ forever. I am righteous and in everlasting remembrance. I am not afraid of evil tidings. My heart is fixed  in trusting the Lord. My heart is established; I am not afraid and I see God's desire upon enemies.

Ps. 112:9  I have dispersed. I have given to the poor. God’s righteousness in me endures forever. My horn is exalted with honor.

Ps. 116:1, 2  I love the Lord. I call upon Him as long as 1 live.

Ps. 116:6-7  The Lord preserves me because I am simple and He has dealt bountifully with me.

Ps. 116:9  I walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

Ps. 116:13  I take the cup of salvation and call upon the Name of the Lord.

Ps. 116:15  I am precious in the sight of the Lord.

Ps. 116:16-17  I am the servant of the Lo rd and I offer to Him the sacrifice of thanksgiving.

Ps. 118:17  I shall not die but live and declare the works of the Lord.

Ps. 118:24-25  This is the day which the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be in it. The Lord heals me  and sends me prosperity.

Ps. 119:1-2  I am blessed because I walk in the law of the Lord. I am blessed because I keep His testimonies. I am blessed because I seek Him with my whole heart.

Ps. 119:4-6  I keep His precepts and statutes diligently. I have respect up to all His commandments.

Ps. 119:9-16  I have cleansed my way by taking heed thereto according to His Word. I hide His Word in my heart. I meditate in His precepts. I will never forget His Word.

Ps. 119:18  My eyes are opened and I  behold wondrous things out of His Word.

Ps. 119:25  God quickens me according to His Word.

Ps. 119:28  God strengthens me according to His Word.

Ps. 119:46  I speak of His testimonies before kings and am not ashamed.

Always Have A Plan B

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. Because many things don’t go as well as we would like them to, it’s a great idea to have a “Plan B.” Having fallback plans can’t help but make you feel better about the  outcome  of  any  situation,  and  it  is  a  common denominator among very self-confident people.

Anyone  who  has  had  more  than  one  failure  in her  life  can  tell  you  that  having  another  path  to  take probably saved her bacon a time or two. I’m a big one for  contingency  plans.  If  you  are  an  entrepreneur,  in the  arts  or  media,  or  you  have  all  your  eggs  in  one basket, a Plan B is essential.

Knowing that if you lose the farm you have a condo you can go to makes you feel safer in the world. I know a number of people who have motor homes, and one of the reasons they do is, as they jokingly say, it’s their “in case” home. During the last big earthquake here in Los  Angeles,  many  people  who  had  them  were  very grateful—and those of us who didn’t were envious.

With the world economy in turmoil, creating some kind of additional income stream is also a good idea. The jeweler who is also a great designer or builder, the computer  geek  who  can  also  teach  school,  or  the  PR person  who  is  a  closet  novelist  can  all  find  a  way  to thrive even if their current position disappears.

Backup  plans  don’t  have  to  be  new  ideas—I continue  to  use  aspects  of  everything  I’ve  ever  done. My days on stage playing guitar have made me a better public speaker, which makes me a good radio host. The energy  I  put  into  songs  and  poems  has  helped  them become columns and books.
The years I spent running my  own  business  give  me  the  insight  to  help  others streamline theirs. 

And all of my experiences have made me  a  confident  and  successful  therapist.  Every  talent and  ability  you  have  can  be  built  upon  and  also  used again.  Not  that  I’d  ever  again  want  to  be  on  a  tour bus with six smelly guys for eight weeks, but if I had to I could still put food on the table by humming and strumming.

There’s  another  potential  upside  here:  Sometimes your  original  plan  and  your  backup  can  work  at  the same time. I still counsel, consult, write, and speak to groups all over the world. In years when the speaking business  got  very  slow  (such  as  after  9/11  and  then the  financial  crisis),  I  spent  more  time  writing  and counseling.

When  there  was  a  lull  between  books, I  put  more  energy  into  my  radio  show  and  business consulting, and did pro-bono events. Having multiple options gives you the sense that, if any one thing went away, you’d have other gigs that would more than fill the gap.

So get a little creative. Look at your past accomplishments and your current talents. A Plan B is only an idea away. By the way, this Plan B thing works in life, but not in relationships. Having a backup mate is only going to erode your current relationship and cause heartache for everyone involved. Enough said.


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