Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Meditations on Prosperity

God blesses me and makes His Name great through me. I am a blessing to others. I am a child of Abraham and the blessings of Abraham are upon me. (Gen. 12:2, 3; Gal. 3:7, 4)

I am blessed of the most High God, possessor of heaven and earth.  (Gen. 14:19)

God is my shield and my exceedingly great reward. (Gen. 15:1)

The Lord is with me and He makes me successful. The Lord makes all I do to prosper. (Gen. 39:2, 3)

God’s Word does not depart out of my mouth but I meditate in it day and night, that I may observe to do according to  all that is written in it. For then I will make my way prosperous and I will have good success. (Jos. 1:8)

My delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law do I meditate day and night. I am like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall no t wither. Whatever I do shall prosper. (Ps. 1:2, 3)

The Lord is my Shepherd and I shall not want.  (Ps. 23:1)

I fear the Lord and I have no want. The young lions lack and suffer hunger but I seek the Lord and shall  not lack any good thing. (Ps. 34:9, 10)

I am the Lord’s servant and He has pleasure in my prosperity. (Ps. 35:27)

I delight myself in the Lord and He gives me the desires of my heart. (Ps. 37:4)

This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. The Lord saves me and sends me prosperity. (Ps. 118:24, 25)

I fear the Lord and delight greatly in His commandments; therefore, wealth and riches are in my house. (Ps. 112:1, 3)

I honor the Lord with my possessions, and with the first fruits of all my increase and my barns are filled with plenty. (Prov. 3:9, 10)

I love the wisdom of God and I have riches and honor, enduring riches and righteousness. I inherit wealth and all my treasuries are filled.  (Pro. 8:12, 18, 21)

The Lord does not allow my soul to famish. I am diligent and He makes me rich. (Prov. 10:3, 4)

In all labor there is profit. I am wise in the Lord and He crowns me with riches. (Prov. 14:23, 24)

By humility and the fear of the Lord I receive riches, honor and life. (Prov. 22:4)

I am willing and obedient and I eat the good of the land. (Is. 1:19)

I bring all the tithes into God’s storehouse so that there is food in God’s house: I prove the Lord and He opens for me the windows of heaven and pours out for me such blessing that there is not enough room to receive it but it overflows through me to others. And God rebukes the devourer for my sake. (Mal. 3:10, 11)

I seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things are added to me. (Matt. 6:33)

I give and it will be given back to me: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into my bosom. For with the same measure that I use, it will be  measured back to me. (Lk. 6:38)

I surrender everything to Jesus and for the gospel and I receive a hundredfold now in this time, with persecutions, and in  the age to come, eternal life. (Mk. 10:30)

Jesus for my sake became poor that I through His poverty might become rich. (2Cor. 8:9)

I sow bountifully and I reap bountifully. I give cheerfully and not grudgingly or of necessity, and God loves me and makes all grace abound toward me, that I, always having all sufficiency in all things, have abundance for every good work. (2 Cor. 9:6-8)

Christ has redeemed me from the curse of poverty. (Gal. 3:13; Deut. 28)

I share in the ministry of giving and my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:15, 16, and 18, 19)

It is the will of God that I prosper in all things and be in health, just as my soul prospers. (3 Jn. 2)

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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