Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Meditations for Blessings, Health and Prosperity 9

Pr. 2:2,5  I incline my ear unto wisdom; I apply my heart to understanding and I understand the fear of the Lord and find the  knowledge of God for God gives me wisdom.

Pr. 2:10-11  Wisdom enters into my  heart and the knowledge of God is pleasant unto my soul. Discretion in the Lord preserves me and the understanding in the Lord keeps me.

Pr. 3:1-2  My heart keeps God's commandments length of days, long life and peace are added unto me.

Pr. 3:3-4  I bind mercy and truth  upon my neck. I write God’s laws upon the table of my heart. I find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and men.

Pr. 3:5-6  I trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not unto my own understanding. In all my ways I acknowledge Him and He directs my paths.

Pr. 3:7-8  I am not wise in my own eyes; I fear the Lord and depart from evil. The fear of the Lord is health unto my navel and marrow to my bones.

Pr. 3:9-10  I honor the Lord with my substance and with the first fruit of my increase and my barns are filled with plenty.

Pr. 3:13  God is a tree of life unto me for I lay hold upon His wisdom.

Pr. 3:21,19,20 I do not let God's wisdom and understanding depart from my eyes for by wisdom He founded the earth and by understanding He established the heavens; by His knowledge the depths are broken up and the clouds drop down dew.

Pr. 3:21-22  I keep God’s discretion  and sound wisdom and they are life to my soul and grace to my neck.

Pr. 3:24  I am not afraid; my sleep is sweet when I lie down

Pr. 3:26  The Lord is my confidence.

Pr. 3:33  The Lord blesses my habitation for I am just before Him.

Pr. 4:10  I hear and receive God's sayings and the years of my life are many.

Pr. 4:18  My path is as the shining light that shines more and more unto the perfect day.

Pr. 4:20-22  I attend unto God's Word.  I incline my ears unto His sayings. I do not let them depart from my eyes. I keep them in the midst my heart. For the Word of God is life unto me and health to all my flesh.

Pr. 4:23  I keep my hear t with all diligence for out of it flows the issues.

Pr. 6: 20-22  I keep God's commandments and bind them continually upon my heart and tie them upon my neck. When I go, it leads me; when I sleep, it keeps me; when  I awake, it talks with me.

Pr. 7:1-3  I keep God's Word and lay up His commandments with me. I keep His commandments and live. His law is as the apple of my eye. I bind them upon my fingers; I write them upon the table of my heart.

Pr. 3:13  I fear the Lo rd and I hate evil.

Pr. 24:13-14  The knowledge and the wisdom of God is honey and honeycomb to my soul, I have found them and they are great rewards to me.

Isa. 1:19  I am willing, and obedient and I eat the good of the land.

Isa. 4:2   I am a beautiful and glorious branch of the Lord.

Isa. 4:5   The Lord creates upon me a cloud and smoke of glory daily and the shinning of a flaming fire by night. The g1ory of the Lord is my defense.

Isa. 6:1  I see the Lord sitting upon a throne high and lifted up and His train and glory fills the temple.

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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