Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Meditations on Love pt 2

God considers how I love His precepts and He revives me according to His loving kindness. (Ps. 119:159) 

I love God’s law and I hate and abhor lying. (Ps. 119:163) 

I love God’s law and have great peace and nothing can cause me to stumble. (Ps. 119:165) 

My soul keeps God’s testimonies and I love them exceedingly.  (Ps. 119:167) 

I am precious in God’s sight and He loves me and honors me. (Isa. 43:4) 

I love my enemies, bless those who curse me, do well to those who hate me and pray for those who spitefully use me and persecute me. (Matt. 5:44) 

I love the Lord my God with all my heart, with all my soul and with my entire mind. I love my neighbor as myself. (Matt. 22:37, 39) 

God is my Father and I love the Lord Jesus Christ. (Jn. 8:42) 

A new commandment Jesus gives me that I love one another as He has loved me. (Jn. 13:34) 

I love Jesus and keep His commandments. (Jn. 14:15) 

I have the commandments of Jesus and I keep them for I love Him. I love Jesus and am loved by the Father. Jesus loves me and manifests Himself to me. (Jn. 14:21) 

I love Jesus and keep His word and my Father loves me; and Jesus and my Father come to me and make their home with me. (Jn. 14:23) 

As the Father loved Jesus, so has Jesus loved me and I abide in His love, this is Jesus’ commandment that I love one another as He has loved me.  (Jn. 15: 9. 12) 

God loves me as He has loved Jesus. God loves Jesus before the foundation of the world. God loves me before the foundation of the world. The love by which the Father has loved Jesus with is in me and Jesus is in me.  (Jn. 17:23-26) 

I love God and all things work together for good for I am called according to His purpose. (Rom. 8:28) 

Nothing in heaven, earth or hell can separate me form the love of God. (Rom. 8:35, 38, 39) 

I am more than a conqueror through God who loves me.  (Rom. 8:37) 

I owe no man anything except to love one another for when I love one another I fulfill the law. (Rom. 13:8) 

Eyes have not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for me who love Him. (1 Cor. 2:9) 

I have the love of God and I suffer long and I am kind. I have the love of God and I do not envy. I have the love of God and do not parade myself nor am I puffed up. I do not behave rudely nor do I seek my own. I am not provoked at all and I think no evil. I do not rejoice in iniquity but rejoice in the truth. I bear all things, believe all things, hope all things and endure all things. I have the love of God and I never fail. (1 Cor. 13:4-8) 

I gladly spend myself and am spent for souls for I abundantly love with the love of Jesus Christ . (2 Cor. 12:15) 

The life, which I now live, I live by the faith of the Son of God who loves me and gave Himself for me. (Gal. 2:20) 

God has chosen me in Christ before the foundation of the world, that I should be holy and without blame before Him in love.  (Eph. 1:4) 

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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