Your Calling Is Greater Than The Criticism You Get From People


Jesus said in Mark 6:4 that “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.”

It’s often difficult for the people closest to us to accept it when we change our lives and when we try to live a better, godlier and more righteous life. It’s uncomfortable for them when we go from living a “normal” and “acceptable life” in the eyes of men, towards trying to follow our calling and live a life that is more acceptable in the eyes of God.

Change is always uncomfortable in general, and it’s especially difficult for people around you who are living in sin and who get convicted by your new and better way of living.

They instinctively know that the way they are living is wrong, and they feel even worse about it when they see you trying to live a right life. They know that they should change their lives, but they are too comfortable in sin and ignorance to want or try to change. That’s why it’s important to understand and know that your calling is greater than the criticism of the people around you, and that the opinion of God is more important than the opinion of men.

People will always have something to say about you and the way you are living, but if you learn to value God’s opinion more than the opinion of those around you, then it will hurt less when they don’t approve of you or the things you do.

When Jesus was starting his ministry and was teaching in the synagogues in his own hometown, people criticized him and not everybody approved of him or liked the things he did or said. Because they knew him and his family they were thinking “How could this little boy we’ve known since he was little, do and say these great things? How can he be the son of God?”

Mark 6:1 says: “Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.”

“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph,a Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.”

Since they “knew” him and had known him since he was little they underestimated him, who he was and the things he could do.

You’re not alone, and you’re not the only one struggling with being accepted by your friends or family or the people around you. No you’re not normal and yes you are different, and that is a good thing, because God has not called us to be like the world.

God has called us to be different, special, unique and different from the world and the people and the things in it. We are supposed to be in the world but not of it.

God has chosen You out of this world, and to walk the narrow path in life that leads to Him and that leads to life. Choose to follow God, choose the Narrow Path, choose Life so that you and your children may live a good life in the Promised Land.


Deuteronomy 30:19
This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live

Deuteronomy 14:1:
For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. You shall not eat any detestable thing.

John 15:19

If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

John 15: 21

They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’

Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

John 4:4

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

1 John 2:15

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.

1 Corinthians 1:27

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

Matthew 7:13

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.



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Why Does God Allow Evil?

Genesis 3:4:
The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.

We are all here because of the sin of man; we could be living life in paradise, in Eden. But since we chose to believe the serpent’s lies and ate of the “forbidden fruit,” we are now being shown the consequences of not keeping the commandments. God told us to keep His commandments and to not eat of the tree of life, because then you shall surely die. The serpent told us that God’s truth and commandments were “keeping us from having fun,” and keeping us from being like God, and that if we ate of it, we would be like God and see all the good and the evil.

The serpent claimed that by not following God and being under His authority and rules, we could have better lives by being in control and living our own lives after our own lust, will, and desire. So now we are going through the testing of whether this statement is through or not.

What do you think? Are we good at controlling and managing our own lives alone, without God? Are we happy and satisfied with our lives? Are we reaping a good harvest?

We’re also being tested in our faithfulness towards God and His commandments. And those who haven’t been faithful in keeping them, because they believed the lies of the devil, that it was keeping us from having fun and “living our lives,” are now learning the lesson “the hard way.”
That God’s commandments were for our own good, to keep us away from the wickedness, pain, and suffering we are seeing in the world today.

Instead of keeping the commandments and living a peaceful, comfortable, pain-free life, we are now instead going through the consequences of not keeping them, like diseases, unwanted pregnancies, abortions, cheating, heartbreak, anger, jealousy, resentment, war, hate, and all of the darkness and wickedness we see in the world.

God keeps the devil here to separate His good people, who are righteous and who want a place in heaven, from the ones who choose to disobey Him and who are following the devils wickedness.

When God allows evil things to happen, it’s usually to test our ability to forgive, to practice unconditional love, and to have faith in God and our willingness to be righteous regardless of what has happened to us and what people have done to us. It’s also at times to test our strength in resisting temptations and to keep a good attitude through difficulties.



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Powerful Affirmations And Visualizations

Powerful Affirmations

Affirmations are powerful, they change your thoughts, expectations, and your belief of what you deserve and are worthy of. Affirmations are positive thoughts repeatedly uttered in your mind. They give you the right state of mind that’s needed to attract good things into your life. Here are some powerful positive affirmations you should use daily to attract better things and events:

“I expect great positive changes in my life and in my surroundings. I expect my future to be great, and that good things will happen to me. Today will be a great day, and something good will happen to me!”

I believe that the best is yet to come, that God has great miracles and blessings in store for me; I believe that my miracle is just around the corner.

“I expect to attract loving people, friends, and a partner who makes me happy and brings out the best in me.

I expect that God is now sending trustworthy, good, loving people into my life and that He’s surrounding me with friends of godly qualities. Friends who are inspiring, wise, fun, compassionate, and loving, and who are trustworthy, honest and want the best for me.

I expect my baby to be calm when I hold her/him and when we are out. I expect my children to be good, protected, and safe. And that they will listen to me when I speak to them and respect me when I discipline them.

I expect to be safe and protected by God and that all of the people I love will be so as well. I expect God to work everything out for my good and that I don’t have to worry, I believe that He’s got angels on every corner watching over me, protecting me, and sending me light, strength, help guidance, and love. I believe that God is going to take good care of me and that I don’t have to worry about a thing.

I expect to attract a career where I can use my God-given qualities and abilities to the fullest, where I can be happy, and where I can be my best and be appreciated.

I expect my business to be successful and prosper. I expect to attract lots of customers and buyers.
I believe that God is pulling strings that help me reach my goals, fulfill my dreams, and live my dream life. I will not give in, and I will not give up, I will keep on pressing on until I reach my goal.

I expect to be in the right place at the right time, meeting the right people, who give me the right opportunities that I need to be happy.
I believe that I will meet people who can help me achieve my career goals and rise to the top in every area of my life.

I am not afraid of making decisions, I am not afraid of making mistakes, I believe that every choice I make is the right choice. And if I make the wrong choice, it isn’t that big of a deal, everything’s going to work out fine in the end.

I believe that right now God are solving my situation; I believe that He is working behind the scenes to make everything right. I believe that right now God is removing my enemies and problems; I believe that He’s removing obstacles from my way and that He’s removing every person around me who doesn’t want the best for me and who doesn’t have good intentions.

I believe that I will live my dreams and overcome all obstacles or difficult situations or people who come in my way.

I believe that no matter how things look now, everything’s going to be just fine, I just need to have faith and patience. I believe that very soon all of my economic problems will be gone and that my account will be full of money. I believe that my life will overflow with wealth through and with God’s help.

I believe that I communicate my needs clearly and that I’m clearly understood. I believe that my communication skills are getting better and that I will have good conversations with others, without arguing, discussing, and disagreeing.

I believe that from now on, I will receive and clearly understand the messages that God is sending me and understand what He wants me to do. I believe that I’m getting better at listening to my intuition and my inner guidance and that I am developing a strong connection with it.

Powerful Visualizations

Just like affirmation is a powerful thing, visualization is a strong tool to use as well. When we are visualizing our dreams in our minds, God starts working behind the scenes towards making them into our reality. We should always remember that God is the one who is making things happen, and that behind the scenes, God is working to build our dreams. Always be grateful for everything He’s doing to help you reach your dreams and goals. Here are some powerful visualizations that can help you to succeed in many areas of your life:

I visualize myself being in a job I love, where I can be the best I can be, using all of my talents and qualities. I see it in my mind, I see myself being successful and at the top of my career. I see my workplace, the clothes I am wearing, I see my colleagues, employer, or employees. I believe that this dream is reality, and I have faith that it will happen.

I visualize myself being surrounded by loving friends, family, and a loving partner who allows me to be myself completely and who brings out the best in me. I see our house, I see my partner and the children we are having, I see myself happy and all of my family as well. I see it in my mind, I believe that this dream is reality, and I have faith that it will happen.

I visualize all my economic problems gone, I visualize myself as wealthy having everything I need and that all debts are paid and gone. I see it in my mind, I feel it in my heart, I believe that this dream is reality, and I have faith in that it will happen.

I pray that You will make these prayers, affirmations, and visualizations true. I know and believe that all my success is being brought to life by You, God. I value, appreciate, and praise you for your goodness, mercy, and grace. Thank you for all the things you have done, are doing, and are going to do in my life. I pray that you will do the same for everybody around me who needs it. Let It Be, Amen.




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Don’t Panic, It’s Just A Test


Some of the greatest minds in history were able to stay calm and unaffected by their surroundings no matter what their circumstances where like. In the midst of battles and storms they were able to maintain their inner peace.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you felt like panicking? And wondered how you were going to be able to handle the situation? This is the time you more than ever have to just stop, take a deep breath, silence you mind and body, and just trust God.
To give God the ability to guide and speak to you, you have to silence your mind so that you can hear His guidance and see what your gut feeling is telling you.
Panicking won’t get you anywhere, staying calm will. By staying calm it will be easier to deal with difficult circumstances, and it will be easier to hear God’s Guidance.

Stay Still In The Storm

Whenever there’s a storm in your life and it rains with difficulties, tests, and trials, you have the choice to panic, worry, and fear or to stay still and trust in God. You cannot still a storm with a fearful, stormy, and stressed mind.

“Jesus Stills the Sea”
Now on one of those days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they launched out. But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!”
And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?”

Jesus could still the storm because He was still and peaceful himself and had faith that the storm would still. The disciples were stormy, stressed, and fearful and had no possibility of stilling the storm.
And this is something we can learn from when there are life events happening that are frightening or distressing; we can stop, take a deep breath, and say to God, “I trust you; I know you will take care of this and work everything out for my good.”

Faith is the only thing that can keep you peaceful and free of worries. And you cannot be fearful and faithful at the same time; fear cannot take control over and still a storm, only faith can. Don’t tell God how big your storm is; tell the storm how big your God is.

God Can’t Take The Test For You

God can’t walk the steps for you, but He can give you the strength to walk them and walk beside you.
God can’t take the test for you, but He can patiently wait for you to pass the test, like a teacher sits and waits until you finish when you take your exam.
He can guide you and give you strength, but you have to use the wisdom God has given to you in theory and put it into practice. We never learn anything if we don’t go through hardships, or if others always do the hard work for us.

You have been given the strength you need to overcome every test you’re being put through. In God’s world you don’t fail, you get to take the test again and again until you pass it and succeed. The only way to fail is to give up; never giving up is a guarantee of success.

Revelation 3:10:
Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.

Keep Calm And Carry On


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10 Things You Can Do To Shine Your Light

When we do good unto others, we sow seeds that will bear good fruits for us as well, and it will come back to us when we are in need of help. If you are wondering why you are unhappy, feeling empty and dissatisfied, look at what you are doing for other people; if you make other people happy, happiness will come back to you.

Doing good things for others doesn’t mean you have to do something big and drastic; sometimes it can be small meaningful things. What about making an extra sandwich tomorrow and giving it to a homeless person before or you go to work or after? Or maybe som dinner leftovers?

If you’re out of ideas of what you can do to help others, here are some examples of things you can do to shine your light and spread some joy and a helping hand where you live:


10 Things YOU Can Do To Be A Light In The World

1. Join a charity organization, either by helping physically or by donating money to help the organization.
2. Donate things you don’t need to those who need them more.
3. Give a meal, blanket, clothes or some money to a homeless person on the street.
4. Babysit for a friend in need of rest and relaxation.
5. Compliment a friend, a family member, a colleague, or a stranger.
6. Smile, be positive and happy. It may be contagious.
7. Open and start a business, organization, prayer circle, bible study group, or a website where you can shine your light in your own unique way. Be creative!
8. Make a nice homemade meal or dessert for somebody. Or invite somebody out for a walk to get some fresh air and change of scenery.
9. Plan a birthday surprise or baby shower, or just surprise somebody without any occasion, just to make them happy.
10. Recommend our book ‘Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover’ to people you know that are in the need of a change and need the guidance to do so.


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Making Right Decisions

Don’t make decisions when you’re upset, excited, or emotional in anyway. Making decisions when we’re too emotional, whether we’re too excited or too angry, will often make us make decisions that are wrong for us. Too much emotions usually makes us very excited about something one minute and makes us do or say yes to things that we may regret later, when all the excitement has passed or when all the hate and anger has calmed down.

If we make decisions based on feelings, we will never be able to stay stable and reliable or make decisions that are right for us in the long run. Because feelings change.

You can feel like visiting your family one minute, and the next minute you can feel like not going out the door at all. But you can’t make commitments that you break all the time because you feel something different now than when you made the commitment. You should do what you’ve committed yourself to doing instead of committing yourself to your feelings.

Stay stable and in control of your emotions, and you’ll feel better, because you’ll do what you say, and other people can rely on and depend on you, and they will trust and respect you more. Don’t make decisions based on feelings of fear neither because fear can push us away from great opportunities.

When we base our decisions on fear, we can say no to things we really should say yes to, because of the fear of making mistakes. And we think of all the things that may go wrong instead of all the things that may go right. Make good, right decisions by being emotionally stable.

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Are You A Good Husband Or Wife?


Many people spend a lot of time reading  and studying all sorts of things, but few people really spend time in studying marriages and learning how to have a good and happy marriage. How can you know how to be a good man and a good husband if you don’t know what women want or need in a relationship? And how can you be a good wife if you don’t know or understand what a man wants or needs from you as a wife?

Men and women speak different languages and have different needs, and it’s important to understand each other’s love languages in order to keep and maintain a happy marriage.

When your husband retrieve or don’t talk to you it doesn’t mean that he doesn’t love you, sometimes it means that he need space, sometimes it means that he don’t want to burden you because he take his role in protecting and providing seriously. Sometimes he does show you that he loves you, just in ways that are different from the way you expect him to show it.

Sometimes your husband can show you that he loves you just by fixing things in the house, buying something from the store, and just working and doing what he can to protect and provide. Just because he doesn’t bring you flowers every week or take you out to romantic dinners don’t mean that he doesn’t love you. It just means that his way of loving is different from yours.

If your wife is unsatisfied and always complaining and nagging, it doesn’t mean that she doesn’t love you, and it doesn’t mean that you’ve failed in your role as being a protector and provider. But it means that you don’t show her that you love her in her language or in the way she wants, needs or expects you to show it.

Even though you’re not romantic by nature, and even if flowers or romantic dinners isn’t your style of showing her your love, it doesn’t take much to do it in order to keep her happy and to maintain a good and happy relationship. If you learn to understand what she needs and wants and learn to show her that you love her in Her Language, then you will see changes in your marriage.

And if you as a wife learn to understand why your man and husband does the things he does then you won’t get offended when he needs space and would rather hang with the boys. Then you will understand that this is his way of dealing with things, and instead of nagging and pushing him further away you give him the space he needs, and you will both enjoy a better, more peaceful and a more enjoyable marriage, the way God intended it.

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