Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Meditations for Blessings, Health and Prosperity 6

Ps. 8:6  The Lord has made me to have dominion over the works of His hands; He has put all things under my feet.

Ps.9:1    I show forth all of God's marvelous works.

Ps.16:5  The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup and He maintains my lot.

Ps. 16:7  I will bless the Lord w ho has given me counsel; my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.

Ps. 16:8  I have set the Lord always before me; I shall not be moved because He is at my right hand.

Ps. 16:11  The Lord shows me the path of life. I dwell in God's presence and have fullness of joy and I have pleasures forevermore at His right hand.

Ps. 17:8  I am as the apple of God’s eye and He hides me under the shadow of His wings.

Ps. 17:15  I behold God’s face in righteousness; I am satisfied for I awake with God’s likeness.

Ps. 19:14  The words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart are acceptable in God’s sight.

Ps. 23: l  The Lord is my shepherd; I do not want or lack any good thing.

Ps. 23:5  God anoints my head with oil and my cup runs over.

Ps. 23:6  Surely goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life.

Ps. 24:3-5  I ascend unto God’s holy  hill and stand in His holy place because I have clean hands and a pure heart, I receive blessings from the Lord and righteousness from the God of my salvation.

Ps. 25:2-5  I wait upon the Lord and  I am not ashamed for my enemies can never triumph over me. The Lord shows me His way and teaches me His paths. The Lord leads me in His truth and teaches me for He is the God  of my salvation and I wait on Him all the day.

Ps. 25:9  The Lord guides me in judgment and teaches me His way because I am meek.

Ps. 25:10  I keep God's Words and commandments and all the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto me.

Ps. 25:13  My soul dwells in ease and my seed inherits the earth.

Ps. 25:14  The secret of the Lord is with me for I fear the Lord and He shows me His covenant.

Ps. 25:15  My eyes are ever towards the Lord.

Ps. 25:21  Integrity and uprightness  preserve me for I wait upon the Lord.

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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