Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Meditations for Blessings, Health and Prosperity 5

Ps. 119:62  At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto the Lord because of His righteous judgments.

Ps. 119:63  I am companion of all those who fear Him and of those who keep His precepts.

Ps. 119:65  The Lord has dealt well with me, His servant, according to His Word.

Ps. 119:72  The Word of God is better to me than thousands of gold and silver.

Ps. 119:97  I love the law of the Lord and it is my meditation all the day.

Ps. 119:98  God through His commandments has made me wiser than my enemies.

Ps. 119:99  My meditation is on God's testimonies and I have more understanding than all my teachers.

Ps. 119:100  I keep God's precepts and I understand more than the ancients.

Ps. 119:130  The entrance of God's Word gives me light and understanding because I am simple.

Ps. 121:2-4  My help comes from the Lord who made the heavens and the earth. The Lord will not suffer my foot to be moved; God who keeps me neither slumbers nor sleeps.

Ps. 121:5-6  The Lord is my keeper. The Lord is my shade upon my right hand. The sun shall not smite me by day nor the moon by night.

Ps. 121:7-8  The Lord preserves me from all evil. The Lord preserves my soul. The Lord preserves my going out and my coming in forever.

Ps. 124:8  My help is in the Name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.

Ps.125:1-4  I trust in the Lord and I am as Mount Zion which cannot be removed but abides forever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem  so is the Lord  round about me, my wife, my children and my ministry  forever and God even God do good unto me as I am good and upright  in heart.

Ps. 131:2  I have behaved and quieted myself as a child  that is weaned of his mother; my soul is even as a weaned child.

Ps. 133:1-3  It is good and pleasant for I, by God's grace, do bring my brethren to dwell together in unity. It is the precious ointment upon my head that runs down to my neck and to the ends of my garment. The Lord commands the blessing upon me and the whole family of God even life forevermore.

Ps. 134:1-2  I bless the Lord. I stand by night in the house of the Lord. I lift up my hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord.

Ps. 135:5  I know that the Lord is great above all Gods.

Ps. 135:1  I give thanks unto the Lord for He is good and His mercy endures forever.

Ps. 138:1,2,8  I praise God with my whole  heart. I praise His Name for His loving kindness and for His truth; for He has magnified His Word above all His Name. The Lord perfects that which concerns me.

Ps. 139:1-3  The Lord has searched me and has known me. He knows my down sitting and my uprising.  He understands my thoughts afar off. He compasses my thoughts, my paths, my lying down and is acquainted with all my ways. Everywhere I go the presence of the Lord is there.

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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