Tag Archives: God

From an Olympian: “… All I could do was lean on my faith.” – Gabby Douglas

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Take the Trash Out: Joel Osteen’s Declaration

“I declare I am grateful for who God is in my life and for what he has done. I will not take for granted the people, the opportunities and the favor that he has blessed me with. I will thank him for what I have and not complain about what I don’t have. I will see each day as a gift from God. My heart will overflow with praise and gratitude for all of his goodness. This is my declaration.”

– Joel Osteen
I Declare, “Day Five”

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We’ve talked about all the goodness we receive in our lives.  We need to value all the people, opportunities, and joys of life.  Please don’t take a moment for granted.

Joel Osteen encourages us to go beyond. Realize that not only opportunities, but also great love has been bestowed on you by someone. Perhaps a family member, a special friend, or a colleague at work. Take this love given to you and be grateful. If they gave you an opportunity, they are expressing love. 

So receive the love, and give it back in gratitude.   There’s not a moment to be wasted… 

Yet some of us go the other direction when we complain. When we get discouraged. When we don’t think positively. We just filled up our minds, our hearts, our lives and our influence on others with something we should quite frankly throw away.  See complaining for what it is —trash.

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If you have been given an opportunity, and we all have been given some gift at some point, then your duty is to not take anything for granted. Everyday is precious.

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Take the trash out.  Nullify any complaining.     It’s time to Glorify all the good!

If you are favored, and we all are, then your duty is to not take anything for granted. Everyday Precious.

Take the trash out. Glorify all the good.

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Joel Osteen is a native Texan and the Pastor of Lakewood Church. Born in Houston, Texas, Osteen is one of five children of John Osteen and Dolores (“Dodie”) Pilgrim. His father, a former Southern Baptist pastor, founded Lakewood Church where Osteen is the current senior pastor.  For many years, John Osteen encouraged Joel to preach, but he always declined preferring to work behind the scenes. But, in early 1999 Joel felt compelled to accept his father’s invitation and he preached his first sermon on January 17th of that year.  Osteen married Victoria in 1987, two years after Osteen met her when he stopped by the jewelry store her father owned. Their two young children, Alexandra and Jonathan, also take an active role in Sunday services.

In 2004, his first book, Your Best Life Now, was released by Time Warner debuting at the top of the New York Times Bestsellers List and quickly rising to #1. It remained on the New York Times Bestseller for more than 2 years and has sold more than 4 million copies.  Osteen’s popularity led to him being featured as one of ABC News’ “10 Most Fascinating People of 2006”, and was named “Most Influential Christian in America” in 2006 by The Church Report.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Oh Still, Small Voice of Calm” – John Greenleaf Whittier

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       “Oh Still, Small Voice of Calm”

Breathe through the pulses of our desire

Thy coolness and Thy balm;

Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;

Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,

O still, small voice of calm!

– John Greenleaf Whittier

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John Greenleaf Whittier (1807 – 1892) was an influential American Quaker poet and abolitionist. Highly regarded in his lifetime and after, he is remembered for his patriotic poems and a number of poems turned into hymns. Whittier grew up on a poor farm with a large extended family and little formal education. However, he was heavily influenced by Quaker ideologies of humanitarianism, compassion, and social responsibility, introduced to him by his father. He remained an outspoken proponent of abolitionism as a founding member of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Many of his early poems dealt with the cause of slavery.  After the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, Whittier turned to other forms of poetry; his most famous include Snow-Bound and Dear Lord and Father of Mankind Starting around 1850, he also wrote folksy New England ballads and narrative poems, sentimental country idylls, and simple religious poems that appealed strongly to his readers.

Classic Pamela Positive: The relationship I care about the most — is with…

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“The relationship I care about the most — is with God.” -PH
 
Know it.
You’re a leader, and we need to be firm today. You are getting distracted by that conversation, that past event, that anger welling up within, that hurt…  again. 
What is the most important relationship you have on earth?
It’s not your marriage, your boss, your priest, your favorite grandmother, your husband, your wife,  your guardian angel, your brother, your beloved mutt dog, the president of your country, your mortgage broker, your best friend, your financial advisor, your attorney, your teacher, your mentor, your spiritual guide… or even your children.
Pure, simple… your #1 relationship is Love, God. Stay there.
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Pamela Hawley is the founder and CEO of UniversalGiving, an award-winning nonprofit helping people to donate and volunteer with top performing, vetted organizations all over the world. Unique to UniversalGiving, 100% of all donations go direct to the cause. 

Pamela is a winner of the Jefferson Award (the Nobel Prize in Community Service), and has been invited three times to the White House. Pamela was a finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is an Expert Blogger for Fast Company and CSRWire. She is a philanthropy expert for the new TV show, Billions Rising.

Pamela is also an accomplished actress, improviser, dancer and singer with over 100 performances in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. She is trained by The Groundlings, a graduate of Upright Citizens Brigade, at advanced level Second City Los Angeles, and a BATS improv player. Pamela donates a portion of every show’s proceeds to UniversalGiving.

Is What is in My Thought True? What Does He Say.

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Is What is in My Thought True? What Does He Say. May 19, 2015

Today I had a beautiful day. A good day with the team, I got to speak with my sister and I had a date! I love what I do and I also got to talk with my day. Always a favorite. 😃

When I got home, I thanked God for my home. Always good to walk into your home and just be so very, very thankful. Continue reading

“I believe that it is impossible to set limits to the grace of God.” – William Barclay

“I believe that it is impossible to set limits to the grace go God.”

– William Barclay

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