"It takes courage to grow up and become you really are” - EE Cummings
The cross is a turning point for all – a catalyst for hope, a beacon of healing, purpose and change.
No pressure, no diamonds.
To celebrate our app’s @DVOapp FIRST BIRTHDAY we’ve got over $750 worth of goodies to giveaway!
If you want to be in the draw simply:
1. Download our app, DVO, at http://pktfuel.com/app
2. Leave us a short, meaningful review and give us a 5-star rating in iTunes (but only if you think we deserve it!)
3. Email us at email@example.com with your iTunes username you used in the review (that’s how we’ll mark you as entered for the prizes)
2 x Prize Packs (Valued at $195): 1 x Limited Edition Modcase iPhone Cover, 1 x Mici magazine subscription, 1 x Truth Seekers Novel, 1 x 18” Pocketfuel (PF) Throw Pillow Case, 1 x 16” PF Tote Bag, and 1 x PF 2014 Calendar.
3 x Prizes Packs (Valued at $130): 1 x Limited Edition Modcase iPhone Cover, 1 x Truth Seekers Novel, 1 x 18” Pocketfuel (PF) Throw Pillow Case, 1 x 16” PF Tote Bag, and 1 x PF 2014 Calendar.
Winners drawn every Sunday until the 10th of August 2014.
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God will wipe every tear from their eyes - Revelation 7:17
When life throws you a curveball, learn to play baseball!
Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9 (NLT)
PHILIPPIANS 4 SERIES - PART 5
I have this ‘pet-dislike’ for the phrase “and the rest is history”. It implies that a person who was successful only ever made one choice or deliberate successful move and then everything else fell into place. It makes you think that they didn’t have to do anything else on their success journey but sit back and wait for all the accolade, recognition and glory!
No way!! Anything that appears to be a success has had consistent and persistent hard work behind it from day dot! Take, for example, David in his battle with Goliath. We see the glory moment and say “the rest is history” but preceding the battle with the giant is years of honing his skill. Wrestling the bears and the lions. Then after he wins the battle with Goliath he has to hide out in the desert. He’s not crowned king immediately after he wins… biblical history tells us 27 year’s pass before that moment!
Paul teaches us a little secret to ongoing success in this verse. Keep putting into practice… don’t give up. Keep applying yourself and keep at it. Whatever God has placed in your heart, make sure you give some energy to it every day, consistently and persistently!
Parenting is a perfect example of this. Imagine saying to a parent “Little Johnny was born and then the rest was history!” Years of painstaking love, tears and joy go into raising a child. It’s definitely not a snap of the fingers and it takes consistency, every day, to help shape a child into the person they become.
But like any process that takes time, there is an incredible satisfaction - a sense of peace and joy - that comes when you see the fruit of applying yourself, day-in and day-out.
Nothing in this life comes easily. Anything worth having takes time and application; anything of value costs something! But in the long run the fruit is always peace and joy… let this day will be filled with it!
The quality of your life is dependent on your communication - with yourself and others.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Phil 4:8 (NLT)
PHILIPPIANS 4 SERIES - PART 4
In 2012, 1 in 10 people were reported to have depression. Alarmingly the stats are still rising! It’s an epidemic that God never intended for us to live with.
Proverbs 12:25 (NKJV) says “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” The wisdom of Proverbs teaches us that worry, stress, and anxiety CAUSE depression but encouragement, especially with good words turns it around.
With 90% of our thinking being recycled from the day before, it’s no wonder Paul says that we need to “fix” our thoughts - to grab hold of and direct them deliberately - on the good stuff. If we let the pattern run its course, by nature it will degrade into a negative spiral.
There’s a study, where low grade students were placed in a class and the teachers were told that the students were top performers. The catch was they needed to be treated like one to achieve their best results. Once the teacher focused in and honed in on what the students could do, and the positive abilities they had, their past results were eclipsed and over 80% went on to be top performers.
We should also avoid dwelling our thoughts on what the facts say about us BUT instead our potential in God should drive our thinking. His thoughts toward us, after all, are good and not evil… to give us a future and a hope!
When you focus on what’s negative, your brain looks for more evidence to confirm that thought. When you focus on what’s true and honourable, right and pure, lovely and admirable, things worthy of praise, your brain looks for more evidence to confirm that too!
If you suffer from the symptoms of depression, don’t be ashamed to seek professional help but couple it with the word of God - a good word - and start fixing your thoughts on that which will make you glad!