Wait With Confidence

Commuters waiting for bus

How well do you wait?

I can wait a long time if I have something to keep me busy.

Young woman with pad in the waiting room

Give me my computer and I can sit in a waiting room for hours.

 

But put me in a waiting mode for my business to grow and sometimes I get frantic.

How about you? Is your business growing the way you expected? Or do you feel stuck, blocked, stalled?

There is an affirmation for that!

What do you think of this verse?

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 NIV

Wait!?

You don’t want to wait for your business to grow. You may even need for more income to start coming your way.

I know the feeling.

I had applied for the director position with a nonprofit ministry. I had a burning desire to do that job. Every time that the tasks involved with the job were mentioned, I longed to get started doing them.

But it was taking time for the board to make a decision. One Friday morning a friend called me with a poem to encourage me. She knew it was hard as I waited to learn if I would be the director or not. The poem was titled, Sit Still, My Daughter. The theme of the poem was waiting.

Some encouragement, right?

I took it to heart though. I understood it as a message for me from God. The message clearly was to patiently wait.

So, I continued to wait as patiently as I could.

Here is the poem:

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Nor deem these days–these waiting days–as ill!
The One who loves thee best, who plans thy way,
Hath not forgotten thy great need today!
And, if He waits, ’tis sure He waits to prove
To thee, His tender child, His heart’s deep love.

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Thou longest much to know thy dear Lord’s will!
While anxious thoughts would almost steal their way
Corrodingly within, because of His delay
Persuade thyself in simple faith to rest
That He, who knows and loves, will do the best.

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Nor move one step, not even one, until
His way hath opened. Then, ah then, how sweet!
How glad thy heart, and then how swift thy feet
Thy inner being then, ah then, how strong!
And waiting days not counted then too long.

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
What higher service could’st thou for Him fill?
‘Tis hard! ah yes! But choicest things must cost!
For lack of losing all how much is lost!
‘Tis hard, ’tis true! But then–He giveth grace
To count the hardest spot the sweetest place.
–J. D. Smith

(Originally from Streams in the Desert)

Guess how long I had to wait to finally hear that I was indeed to be the new director?

It wasn’t a matter of months or weeks or even days!

That afternoon I got the call telling me that I would be the new director of the nonprofit ministry.

It was only a matter of hours.

My lesson from that event is that waiting for the Lord isn’t easy; but it isn’t to make us miserable.

Waiting that comes from God is good and has a great purpose; but it will never be easy and may always make us miserable.

Unless we have a good prayer and affirmation to focus on.

Here are three Bible passages to consider.

17 A thousand will flee
    at the threat of one;
at the threat of five
    you will all flee away,
till you are left
    like a flagstaff on a mountaintop,
    like a banner on a hill.”

18 Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
    therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
    Blessed are all who wait for him!

19 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Isaiah 30:17-19 NIV

I have quoted this verse in its context and emphasized the verse that shows God’s heart.

Verse 17 depicts how it feels to wait without results. It may even feel like thousands are against you and you are surrounded, alone, on a windy, deserted mountain top.

Verse 18 tells us what God is feeling. God wants to bless you. He “longs to be gracious to you.” You will be blessed if you “wait for him.”

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 NIV

Waiting for the Lord is a command important enough to repeat in this verse. The key is to be strong and take heart. And then to wait.

Be still before the Lord
    and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
    when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7

King David wrote Psalm 37; it is a favorite of mine. Lots of goodness in it. I am sharing verse 7 with you because it addresses the issue that any network marketer deals with when watching others rank advance. I am not implying that those who you watch succeed have cheated. But sometimes it feels like it just isn’t fair.

Plus it is even more frustrating when you see someone doing exactly what you are doing but they are seeing results and you aren’t. You have heard your up line say to be patient. In other words, “be still”, “wait patiently” as you continue to move forward; perhaps with course adjustments. But don’t get discouraged and quit.

Be still, wait patiently. Use this prayer and affirmation to get you through the wait.

Prayer

Father God, here I am. I am sitting still. I am waiting for You. Waiting for You to direct and work. Waiting for You to be gracious and bless me. I have sought your direction in this path and now it feels like I have waited for too long. I understand that your timing is perfect and so I will sit still and wait for You. In Jesus name, Amen.

Affirmation

I am waiting for God to work as I continue to work. I have sought His direction and now I wait for Him. I take my strength from focusing on God. Knowing that I am in the right place, doing the right thing, I confidently wait to see the results. Even though the last person said “no”, the next person will say “yes.” Even though someone else rank advanced, I am confident that God is working to bless me.

Prayers are directed to God and help you to see God’s truth. Affirmations are directed to your brain to help it believe and act on God’s truth. Repeat the prayer and affirmation daily for best results.
God bless you, 
Connie Suarez 

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An Affirmation for a New Challenge

girl-1186895Are you preparing to start a new project? Are you daunted by a challenging new beginning? Or maybe you still feel challenged by what you started in the past?

Here is an affirmation for you that was given to a man from his revered mentor, his nation and his God.

“Be strong and courageous.”

Joshua had served as the aide to Moses for over forty years. He had witnessed the greatness of Moses.

Moses had raised his staff over the Red Sea and God had parted the waters. Before that, Moses had stood up to Pharoah and been the deliverer of God’s twelve plagues on Egypt.

Moses had gone up the mountain and met with God face to face to receive the Ten Commandments.

Moses had led a rebellious people for forty years of wandering in the wilderness.

Now Moses was about to die and Joshua was to lead Israel in Moses’ place.

How was Joshua feeling about this new challenge? Joshua had successfully led Israel in battle. He had observed how Moses had led the nation.

Joshua was prepared for this job. He had been groomed for this job!

Still, Joshua must have felt hesitant.

And he was about to undertake a challenge that demanded courage. Joshua needed to know that he was the right man for the job.

Joshua got the affirmation he needed.

  • Moses told him to be strong and courageous. Deuteronomy 31:7
  • God told him to be strong and courageous. Joshua 1:6, 7, 9
  • The nation of Israel told Joshua to be strong and courageous. Joshua 1:18

I admit that it sounds more like a command and not an affirmation. Still if you hear that kind of a command enough, it becomes an affirmation, don’t you agree?

Repetition is the power of affirmations.

An affirmation said only once has no power.

A repeated affirmation basically reprograms your mind to think the way it should.

How would Joshua have proceeded if he had not had the repetition of this command, Be strong and courageous? I think he would have failed.

Be strong and courageous. It is one of my favorites.

Consider this. Be strong and courageous has been spoken to people taking on a huge challenge over and over.

Joshua_and_MosesMoses said it to Joshua as he was handing over command of the nation of Israel. Deuteronomy 31: 6, 7; Deuteronomy 31:23

God said it to Joshua as he was taking command of Israel. Joshua 1:6, 7, 9

The leaders of Israel said it to Joshua as he was taking command of Israel. Joshua 1:18

Joshua said it to military leaders after they had defeated five enemy kings and were facing the future challenge to gain the promised land. Joshua 10:25

David said it to Solomon when he was about to become king of Israel. 1 Chronicles 22:15; 28:20

King Hezekiah said it to military leaders when the Assyrian army attacked the nation of Israel. 2 Chronicles 32:7

How would you like someone to encourage you with such a historic command and affirmation?

You are appointed. You meditate on these verses given to Joshua. You use the key words as your prayer and affirmation to become strong and courageous.

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsakeyou. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left,that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

10 So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: 11 “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you for your own.’”

Joshua 1:1-10 NIV

Joshua was called to accomplish his purpose. So are you. Be strong and courageous and you will be prosperous and successful.

Prayer

Father God, you gave Joshua a purpose that is well known. You have given me a purpose just as surely. As I move forward I ask that I will hear from you as clearly as Joshua did. I will do my part by spending the time in Your Word so that I will hear from You. I have your promise that you will be with me where ever I go. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Affirmation

I am strong and very courageous. I am careful to obey all the Word of God teaches me to do; I will not turn from it to the right or to the left, I know then that I will be successful wherever I go.

Keep in mind that a prayer is to align your heart with God’s Truth. An affirmation is to align your mind and thinking with God’s Truth.

God bless you,
Connie Suarez

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Why Should God Bless You?

rainbow-in-field_z1OiDvOODo you ever ask that question? Read about this prayer and affirmation from Psalm 67 to learn why you should ask God to bless you.

Do you believe that God wants to bless you?

Do you feel selfish asking for God’s blessing?

When I struggle with this kind of faulty thinking it helps me to remember that God is a parent. We rightly call Him Father; but there are a few places where God is given motherly attributes as well.

Hosea 13:8 (NIV)

Like a bear robbed of her cubs,
    I will attack them and rip them open;

Deuteronomy 32:18 (NIV)

18 You deserted the Rock, who fathered you;
    you forgot the God who gave you birth.

Isaiah 66:13 (NIV)

13 As a mother comforts her child,
    so will I comfort you;
    and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”

Matthew 23:37 (NIV)

37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.

Human parents are lacking in God’s perfection; still they can relate to the desire to see their children being blessed.

Your human father or mother may not always have your best interests in mind.

But your Heavenly Father/Mother has every bit of your best interests in mind and on His Heart.

God wants to see you succeed (be blessed) because He loves you.

If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your picture would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Face it friend, He

God wants the best for you; so you can expect that He would like to bless you in every way.

Do you want the best for God?

Do you want Him to be blessed in every way?

Read this psalm.

Psalm 67

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm. A song.

May God be gracious to us and bless us
    and make his face shine on us—
so that your ways may be known on earth,
    your salvation among all nations.

May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
    for you rule the peoples with equity
    and guide the nations of the earth.
May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.

The land yields its harvest;
    God, our God, blesses us.
May God bless us still,
    so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

 The idea of this Psalm is simple.

God blesses you; God is blessed.

Think about it. A parent or grandparent or aunt or uncle see a item in the store. They know a child they love will like it.

A doll. A truck. A game. An electronic device.

Whatever it is. When they see it, they think of Sophia or Jackson. A smile spreads across their face as they think about giving the gift.

You must learn to believe that is how God thinks.

And don’t make the mistake of thinking that God only smiles at giving you socks and books and other “practical” gifts.

God took me shopping once. (1)When I was director of a nonprofit ministry, I was single minded in my focus. I loved the ministry and I loved what I was doing; but I was working myself serious (as opposed to silly). I had forgotten how to relax and enjoy myself. I had forgotten the importance of that.

One morning I went to a prayer breakfast. The devotional was about tea. The woman who wrote it had British roots and it began with a description of the proper way to make and serve tea.

Then the devotional explained that for a tea pot to function it has to be filled before it can empty out itself. As it empties itself, it must be refilled.

I realized that was me. I was emptying myself everyday without being filled. I realized that I needed to take a day off to fill myself.

I got permission from my staff to take the day off. I knew of a gathering of business people at noontime. It was a time of prayer that took place for an hour. Musicians came and played and people came and went as their lunch schedules allowed.

With the exception of the music, it was a time of quiet that set the scene for incredible prayer.

It was two hours away! But I put praise music on in my car and headed towards a time of prayer.

One hour later, I was already feeling filled by the praise and prayer in my car. I thought to myself, I don’t really need to continue. I have been filled. I could head home.

But I didn’t. I had set my course and was determined to finish it.

Except, I couldn’t. An hour later, I arrived at the hosting ministry to learn that the prayer hour was canceled that day due to a meeting of pastors.

I was a little confused. I had believed that this trip was designed by God for my well being. I believed that God saw my need for this time of prayer. I also believed that God knew, when He prompted me to take this trip, that the meeting would prevent my time of prayer.

Why would God have me drive two hours for a prayer time He knew was canceled?

Still wondering about God’s plan, I decided to visit my favorite thrift shop which was just a few blocks away.

I liked this particular thrift shop because clothing was so well organized. It was possible to find items that appealed to my taste and fit my body without checking every piece on the racks.

So I went to the thrift shop before heading home.

A hour or so later, as I pushed the half full cart. I pondered the puzzle of my thwarted prayer time trip. I was really enjoying the shopping; I had found some nice additions to my wardrobe.

I was enjoying how it turned out. But why would God take me on a wasted two hour trip. Then a new understanding flooded my thoughts.

God had taken me shopping!

I needed time alone in prayer; it is true. And I got way more than an hour as I drove.

But God knows that we need fun time.

God knows that as important as prayer and time in the Bible is; we also need to have less serious pursuits.

God wanted to bless me with His best.

He gave me four hours of driving time to listen to praise music and pray.

And he gave an hour or so of shopping.

When I returned home that evening, I was a full teapot. I was ready to be emptied once again.

What does God see that you need today- (1)

You can be sure that He cares about you in the same way He does about me.

Sometimes you will know what you need; often you will not.

Just ask God to bless you and wait to see where he takes you.

Prayer

Father God, be gracious to me and bless me; make Your face shine upon me, so that Your ways will be known here on earth.
May people praise You, Father, for what You do for me. Bless me so that all of the earth will fear and worship You. In Jesus name, Amen.

 Affirmation

God is gracious to me and blesses me; He looks on me with joyful favor.

And God is blessed as He blesses me. All the world sees what God does for me and they praise God. His salvation is made known to people who need to see how God works for me and they want that for themselves.

God makes all people blessed as He blesses me. Farmers and business people prosper because God blesses me. As a result, the whole world worships God.

God bless you,
Connie Suarez

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Affirmation for Dark Moments

While you are building a business, life has a way of interjecting itself.

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That is when you need the affirmation I am sharing today.

It could give you the strength to get to the other side of the darkness and continue to build your dream.

Long before I began to build my business, I went through the hardest, darkest hour of my life. Because someone pointed me to the Psalms, I was clinging to them on a daily basis. I have never needed the Psalms like I did then; but I do revisit them frequently.

d925da69bc14706e8940ef914f7bae9aLast night I read one of the best. Psalm 40. And I decided that although Psalm 40 isn’t terribly business related, it is very life related. Life, that thing that asserts itself when you least expect it, can hinder your business plan.

So I hope you don’t ever need Psalm 40; but I really do hope that you do. Until then, you will never understand how great it is to have the LORD help you.

Here is the whole Psalm.

Psalm 40

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
    and put their trust in him.

Blessed is the one
    who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud,
    to those who turn aside to false gods.
Many, Lord my God,
    are the wonders you have done,
    the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
    were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
    they would be too many to declare.

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
    but my ears you have opened—
    burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
    it is written about me in the scroll.
I desire to do your will, my God;
    your law is within my heart.”

I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;
    I do not seal my lips, Lord,
    as you know.
10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
    I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.
I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
    from the great assembly.

11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord;
    may your love and faithfulness always protect me.
12 For troubles without number surround me;
    my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
    and my heart fails within me.
13 Be pleased to save me, Lord;
    come quickly, Lord, to help me.

14 May all who want to take my life
    be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
    be turned back in disgrace.
15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
    be appalled at their own shame.
16 But may all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
    “The Lord is great!”

17 But as for me, I am poor and needy;

    may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and  my deliverer;
    you are my God, do not delay. NIV

During those dark days, years ago, the first three verses were especially dear to me. The rest of Psalm 40 is certainly good. But today I will focus on the first three.

First of all, think in metaphorical terms. I was never in a slimy pit. David, who wrote the Psalm, probably wasn’t either. But you know the feeling.

Remember when you first got that sinking feeling.

Maybe you got separated from your parents at the park like I did once. They found me right away. But those short moments were my longest, up until then.

Maybe you heard that a loved one got the diagnosis from the doctor that you were all dreading. That was a longer moment.

Life gives us “moments” that feel like we are stuck in the slimy pit. The kind of pit that will suck us under, unless we find something solid to grab hold of or stand on.

That was Psalm 40 for me years ago.

Then I remembered that business can also do that to us.

You call your best friend, sure of her catching your excitement over your new business. Instead, the line gets really quiet. You realize that she is offended or embarrassed. Whatever, the slimy pit has you.

The next day you were going to make more phone calls but by then you are up to your arms in the slimy pit. You can’t lift the phone. You don’t want to experience that horrible feeling.

You sit by the phone imagining that your best friend has called all your mutual friends and told them that you are doing “one of those things”. You hear their shrill laughter.

The slimy pit now is seeking to cover you.

Or maybe, you started this business because you were just making ends meet. It has meant extra expenses and now finances are even tighter. Your spouse isn’t excited about the business and the extra time it takes you.

But you still believe that with time it will pay off.  One more fight with your spouse and you feel the slimy pit overwhelm you.

Whatever the cause of the slimy pit, and the causes are infinite and sometimes even imaginary, there is always a rock to stand on.

Slimy pit is the Biblical metaphor for what keeps us awake at night.

God is the Rock that we can stand on. He is the One that will place us on that Rock.

He heard David’s cry and He heard mine and He will hear yours.

Just cry out to Him. Tell Him what is going on and how you are feeling. He already knows it; but He wants to hear from you.

Then wait patiently.

Perhaps the hardest three words – then wait patiently. But David starts the Psalm with “I waited patiently . . .” That makes it pretty important. Wouldn’t you agree?

So wait patiently.

I’ll bet you can’t do it without a prayer and affirmation!

Prayer

Father God, Lord God, I wait patiently, as patiently as I know how. I am stuck in the mud. It is drawing me down like quicksand. I need You to lift me out of the slimy pit, the miry mud and set me on the solid Rock. I wait patiently. I wait patiently for You to lift me out of the slimy pit and set me upon the solid Rock. In Jesus name, Amen.

Affirmation

Psalm 40

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.
He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps.
He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the Lord.

Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust,
And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works
Which You have done;
And Your thoughts toward us
Cannot be recounted to You in order;
If I would declare and speak of them,
They are more than can be numbered.

Sacrifice and offering You did not desire;
My ears You have opened.
Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.
Then I said, “Behold, I come;
In the scroll of the book it is written of me.
I delight to do Your will, O my God,
And Your law is within my heart.”

I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness
In the great assembly;
Indeed, I do not restrain my lips,
O Lord, You Yourself know.
10 I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;
I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation;
I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth
From the great assembly.

11 Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord;
Let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me.
12 For innumerable evils have surrounded me;
My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up;
They are more than the hairs of my head;
Therefore my heart fails me.

13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me;
O Lord, make haste to help me!
14 Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion
Who seek to destroy my life;
Let them be driven backward and brought to dishonor
Who wish me evil.
15 Let them be confounded because of their shame,
Who say to me, “Aha, aha!”

16 Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
Let such as love Your salvation say continually,
“The Lord be magnified!”
17 But I am poor and needy;
Yet the Lord thinks upon me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
Do not delay, O my God.

I don’t believe that I can do a better job of speaking the affirmation than the Psalmist David, who spoke by inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

That’s why I quoted the whole Psalm in a second different translation.

Read through either translation or both. As you read the metaphors, imagine that they are your real life problem.

If you don’t have the money to pay the mortgage, that is your slimy pit.

If you feel like your list is exhausted, that is your slimy pit.

If your strongest leg just joined another MLM, that is your slimy pit.

Whatever you are facing let God know; and wait patiently for Him to set you up on the Rock.

As you wait patiently, read Psalm 40 every day. Memorize it. Focus on it every day.

Feel free to message me with how God works.

God bless you,
Connie Suarez

Never Will I Leave You

In our family everyone knows what the “Cardboard Chapel Motto” is.

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My sister made this cross stitch in honor of our father and the 23 months he was a POW. During that time his motto was from Hebrews 13:5

My father was a prisoner of war for 23 months. Conditions were severe; and he had survived over a dozen missions against Nazi Germany.

He served on the escape committee. It doesn’t surprise me, because he always did things by the book. Planning to escape was one of his duties. Prisoners of war were required to try to escape. If they were were risks to attempt escape, they required more guards, which helped their comrades in the overall war effort.

If you were doing things by the book, you would try to escape.

So my father served on the escape committee.

But my father was also doing things by another book.

Before the war he had been preparing to be a pastor.

I don’t know if it was out of his sense of duty for his fellow prisoners or out of his own sense of need for spiritual encouragement during this harrowing time of his life that he was part of the cardboard chapel.

Whatever his reasons my father was part of a group  of men who built a cardboard chapel. They wanted a motto for the chapel; something that would encourage everyone to not give up.

They chose part of Hebrews 13:5 – “I will never leave thee or forsake thee.” That is from the King James Translation. I love how the New International Version translates it.

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

 

This translations emphasizes that God will NEVER leave or forsake you.

But wait a minute. Here is the whole verse:

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;
    never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 NIV

There are two thoughts in this one verse.  The overall message is don’t love money; instead be content with what ever you have. You can do that because God will never leave you or forsake you.

I don’t know about you but when the Bible says that I am to be content with what I have, it challenges my idea of building a business.

But is God really saying don’t build a business?

I don’t think so.

The key to understanding this verse is to consider all the other verses that talk about riches.

For instance, God chose to honor Jabez’ request to increase his territory. He wanted more land so he could raise more livestock and crops. He wanted to be more successful so that he would not cause pain. In other words, to benefit others.

Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request. 1 Chronicles 4:10 NIV

God wants to bless you. In a big way. He wants you know that He will never leave you or forsake you.

It is God’s enemy that wants you to believe that God is a supernatural meany who wants to withhold blessings.

As a matter of fact, it is God who is the giver of good things.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 NIV

Just as God wants us to be blessed, He does not give us money to indulge our desires. We are to love God and others, not riches.

In Matthew, Jesus was challenged by religious  leaders. This exchange gives insight into His priorities.

35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

 

All the commandments are based upon these two commandments to love God and others.

Clearly, if God wants to bless you materially, it is not just to meet your needs. God intends to enable you to share with others out of the love you have for them.

I do not believe that this is a form of communism. It is capitalism that is not tarnished by human selfishness.

Consider the billionaires in our world who are generous givers.

Consider most of the network marketing companies who give to a charity.

I believe that we are hardwired to give. Giving to others makes us feel blessed. Jesus said that it is more blessed to give than to receive. We enjoy giving to others; and we hate to ask for help from others.

The Apostle Paul quoted Jesus in the following verse:

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:35 NIV

Whatever the challenge or hardship you are facing know this: God will never leave you or forsake you.

Prayer

Father God,

I want to remember that you will never leave me; you will never forsake me. I reject doubts and lies that come from your enemy that tell me you want me to fail and not be blessed. I also reject the enemy’s idea that money is for indulging selfish desires. I embrace the purpose of money as a means of meeting my family’s needs and to bless others with our abundance. I recognize that you have designed me to be happiest when I am sharing with others.

In Jesus Name, Amen

Affirmation

I am empowered by God to earn money to provide for myself and my family and to meet the needs of others.

When I feel helpless or hopeless, I am encouraged by God’s promise to never leave me or forsake me.

I am curious to hear your feedback. Let me know what you think. Comment below or message me at this link.

God bless you,
Connie Suarez

 

Better Than a Guardian Angel

Today I was asked about whether a loved one can be our guardian angel.

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I wanted my answer to be Biblical so I did a little research.

There are many Bible references to angels. Some indicate the guardian role of angels. But this is the one I was drawn to. It has been a spiritual riddle to me in the past. Today I find it’s strong promises to be comforting even when circumstances challenge its truth.

Here it is the 91st Psalm.

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High

    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;   

 I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;

    I will be with him in trouble,

    I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life I will satisfy him

    and show him my salvation.”

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This Psalm used to perplex me. I wondered about the promises made that didn’t feel like they were being kept.

These were promises that God had made.

Granted, God had tied specific qualifications to these promises; but I was sure that I was within those requirements.

And yet my life didn’t look like God was keeping His part of the bargain.

I knew that wasn’t true. I was pretty sure I was where I needed to be. God definitely was.

So what was the deal?

I had friends who wondered with me. I eventually found other promises that were more helpful for me.

But today when I was drawn to Psalm 91 I realized it is an old friend. I don’t truly understand the paradox of the truth of God’s unbreakable promises and our lives.

I just know that God’s Word is Truth. Circumstances are not.

As I read the promises made by Holy God who cannot lie, I realized I was reading the best affirmation for life.

Psalm 91 is an affirmation that we claim as truth even when the circumstances of life say that it is a lie.

The neat thing is that I realized that I read that Psalm so many times that it became truth for me. Today it didn’t perplex or frustrate me. It is truth for me today!

It also became for me another confirmation of the need for our human mind to base our affirmations on God’s promises.

When I was first introduced to affirmations, especially affirmations that involved the universe, I was uncomfortable and unconvinced.

My question was why ask, basically pray to, part of the creation when I could ask the creator?

Affirmations based upon the Bible, God’s Word, are a different matter.

I am comfortable with affirmations based upon the Bible. Today, I believe even more that they are the key to our life taking the direction that God designed for us; to claiming the purpose God intends for us.

Psalm 91 is a powerful prayer and affirmation.

Our prayer from Psalm 91 claims God’s promises; our affirmation is a way to center our thoughts around God’s promises and bringing our actions into agreement with God’s promises.

Prayer

Father God, I am dwelling in the shelter of your promises and resting in the shadow of your protection and care.

Thank you that you will protect me as carefully as a mother bird protects her chick.

Thank you that in life’s circumstances I can know that you will keep me from danger that those who don’t claim your promises experience. I know that your care is sure; even when I don’t feel that is true; even when my circumstances seems to make your truth void.

In Jesus name, Amen.

Affirmation

I dwell in the place that God has designed for me. My circumstances are part of God’s plan for me. I refuse to see temporary obstacles or setbacks as a negative development but rather a growing experience.

When I don’t sign the customer or business partner that I felt was so ready and right, I am grateful because I know that God has something even better planned.

When I fail in engaging with a person or giving a presentation, I am grateful because I know that God will grow me through the process.

When nothing has happened, when my paycheck hasn’t grown and I haven’t rank advanced, I am grateful because I know that God is working behind the scenes in ways that I am unaware  of.

That is my suggested prayer and affirmation.

However, I would also suggest that you read and even memorize Psalm 91. There are so many promises in Psalm 91 that you want to have tucked away in your memory.

I am curious to hear your feedback. Let me know what you think. Comment below or message me at this link.

God bless you,
Connie Suarez

 

David vs. Goliath Affirmations

Close your eyes.

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If you are reading this your eyes aren’t closed, are they?

That’s okay. I have one or two other instructions.

When you close your eyes, I want you to imagine you when you have reached all your goals. Imagine a totally successful you.

Get a good picture of what you look like. Just get used to that you.

Also get a sense of what you feel like. Hang on to the image in your mind and how you feel.

So I am going to join you in the exercise. Take time to really see and feel a totally successful you. Meet you back here in five minutes.

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Welcome back!

How was that for you? Were you able to see and feel a totally successful you? That look and feeling is what you need to project to the world everyday.

The rational part of your mind is already arguing with me, isn’t it? So let me talk to your rational mind for a minute.

Rational mind, you were created as part of a package that God intended to be successful.

You have a God ordained purpose.

It was decided before you were born. Nothing can keep you from achieving your purpose, if God has ordained it.

Nothing except you.

You can hold back and not realize your purpose. But no one and nothing else can spoil what God has planned.

Let’s start with verses that prove that God has a plan for you.

For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you. Psalm 139:13-18 NIV

 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

It’s a fact.

God has a plan for you.

It is good. Claim that even before it shows up in your life.

Now I want to tell you a story that has a lesson for you and me. You may know this story but I love to tell stories, so humor me. The story comes from 1 Samuel 17.

The future king of Israel was only a shepherd boy at the time of my story.

But David had already been anointed king. God had already chosen him to succeed King Saul.

As a shepherd, David had killed wild animals to protect the flock. He had proven himself to be a warrior.

But I don’t think it was David’s experience with wild animals or his understanding of being anointed king that gave David confidence in the unique situation he found himself in.

David’s father had called him in from herding the sheep to send him to take provisions to his brothers who were with the army of Israel. David’s father wanted to know how his sons were doing. So he sent his youngest son.

When David arrived where Israel’s army was encamped, he found a frightened, cowering army. The Philistine army had a champion, a giant named Goliath, who proposed a terrifying challenge. Goliath was challenging the Israelite’s to send one of their army out to fight him. The winner’s side would win the war; the loser’s side would lose the war and serve the other side.

Everyone was sure that no one could beat Goliath.

Everyone except David. He accepted Goliath’s challenge, even though his brothers and King Saul thought that he wasn’t able to win.

 

David’s brothers chided him.

Have you ever had family and friends tell you that you don’t know what you are doing. We all have at least one memory of a comment from someone whose opinion matters to us. Someone who said, you can’t do this. What are you thinking? What a fool you are to even try.

They used different words probably but the effect was to shake your confidence.

David had a confidence that could not shake his faith in what he knew he could do.

You need that kind of confidence.

King Saul tried to equip David with his spear, shield and armor.

David tried them and refused them because they weren’t what worked for him. He refused to be weighed down by tools that he had never used.

Have you tried to use the tactics of others only to find that they didn’t work for you? I have. It is your business. You should be the one to decide how you will build it. You need to find and use the tools and tactics that work for you.

David confidently walked out to challenge Goliath with with five stones and a slingshot. He had used, tried and tested that weapon; he knew it would work for him.

David was confident in spite of the lack of faith those around him had in his ability to conquer Goliath.

David was taking the weapon he had tried; but David’s confidence wasn’t in his ability.

His confidence was in God.

The prophet Samuel described David as “a man after God’s own heart.” I believe David came to be that man as he spent time alone with God while he was watching the sheep. He wrote many of the Psalms and he clearly had a faith that sets him apart from the crowd.

David’s confidence facing the evil giant Goliath came from spending time with God. He had been writing and singing affirmations like these:

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

Psalm 3

A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.

Lord, how many are my foes!
    How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
    “God will not deliver him.”

But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
    and he answers me from his holy mountain.

I lie down and sleep;
    I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
    assail me on every side.

Arise, Lord!
    Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
    break the teeth of the wicked.

From the Lord comes deliverance.
    May your blessing be on your people.

Psalm 30

A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David.

I will exalt you, Lord,
    for you lifted me out of the depths
    and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
Lord my God, I called to you for help,
    and you healed me.
You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
    you spared me from going down to the pit.

Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
    praise his holy name.
For his anger lasts only a moment,
    but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
    but rejoicing comes in the morning.

When I felt secure, I said,
    “I will never be shaken.”
Lord, when you favored me,
    you made my royal mountain stand firm;
but when you hid your face,
    I was dismayed.

To you, Lord, I called;
    to the Lord I cried for mercy:
“What is gained if I am silenced,
    if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
    Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
10 Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me;
    Lord, be my help.”

11 You turned my wailing into dancing;
    you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
    Lord my God, I will praise you forever. NIV

There are more Psalms of David. As you are growing your faith in what God wants to do in you and for you, the Psalms would be a good place for you to be. Read one or two a day and find Psalms that resonate with your heart. Claim them for your daily walk.

As you spend time with the Psalms, write your own affirmations. Those will be the best ones for you.

In the meantime, use this Prayer and Affirmation:

Prayer

Father God, God of David, God of Jeremiah, you know me. You have a perfect plan for my life. You want good and not evil for me. Teach me to rest in that truth. Lead me in trusting You and Your plan for me. Build my confidence in You. Draw me closer in my relationship with You. In Jesus name, Amen.

Affirmation

I stand before my terrifying giant _____________________________ [making phone calls, doing a Facebook Live, making a presentation in front of people]; I recognize as lies the negative comments that have discouraged me; I embrace God’s plan for me; I boldly step out to engage the future and carry out God’s plan for me; I celebrate what God has for me in the future.

Remember, that affirmations are to be worded in present tense, as if what we are working toward is already reality.

The prayer is directed toward God.

The affirmation is directed toward our brain and aligns our thinking with what is God’s will. That makes it important to base our prayers and affirmations on the Word of God.

Your feedback is important to me. Your positive comments are an encouragement; but your critique is vital to helping me improve. Thank you for both.

God bless you,
Connie Suarez
Phone: 720-507-8231

Affirmations of Action

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Are you feeling stuck in your business? Mel Robbins says that taking action is what you need to do.

Guess what, there are Proverbs that agree with her.

First of all, consider a Proverb that divides us into two groups. We can be lazy or diligent.

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Proverbs 10:4 Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.

Another way of saying lazy hands is slack hands. I have to confess that sometimes I feel paralyzed by uncertainty and I don’t do anything for fear of doing the wrong thing. According to this Proverb that is the opposite of diligence.

The answer is to take action. Do whatever you can do. That can include prayer, asking your mentor for advice, looking for answers in the Bible, looking for answers on the internet. Do the next thing; even if it turns out to be wrong. It may just lead your to the next thing; which may be right. Keep moving. You will get where you are going.

Don’t be like the lazy who don’t finish the job.

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Proverbs 12:27 The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.
Can you imagine shooting wild game and then leaving it to rot? Whether you like the idea of hunting or not, you will agree that not preparing and eating what you have killed would be irresponsible.
I am not a hunter but I can think of ways to apply this truth in other aspects of life.
What do you think about someone who buys a tree for their yard and then doesn’t dig a hole and plant it? What a waste! How lazy!
What about buying an expensive piece of meat and leaving it in the refrigerator and not cooking it? It will spoil and not be edible! What a waste! How lazy!
What if you sign up with a network marketing company and have spent money on product and sales materials; but then you are afraid to make calls because you are afraid of what people will think of you? What a waste! How lazy!
And there is a proverb that fits that lack of action; basically, the lazy avoid it all.
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Proverbs 26:13-15
A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!”
As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed. A sluggard buries his hand in
the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
This Proverb portrays almost comical action.
Can you imagine someone not leaving their house because there might be a lion roaming the streets?
Can you imagine someone not calling their best friend, favorite aunt or sibling and sharing the products and company you believe to be the best thing to happen to you because you are afraid they will say no?
It might be like a door turning on it hinges. It might be like a lazy person rolling over in her bed.
And incredibly it might be like a person who had put his hand in the dish and then was too lazy to take it up to his mouth to eat.
One could starve to death with those kinds of practices, couldn’t they? What do you think? Can you relate? I can.
And so we apply prayer and affirmation.

Prayer

Father God, I see that when I respond in fear or inaction You see it as laziness.
I ask that You will remind me when I am responding with slack hands that I am created in Your image for greatness.
Remind me that Your purpose for me will require me to step into scary situations as if there were a lion roaming in the street.
Thank you for the extreme examples you have given and nudge me when I am in even the little circumstances that cause me to hesitate instead of act.
Grant me the will and ability to act for your glory and honor. In Jesus name, Amen.

Affirmation

I am not afraid of _________________________________________________ (making phone calls, doing Facebook Live, etc.).

I know I am working toward perfection.

I am fearless when I make presentations.

I am a leader who inspires my team.

I am confident that the right people are being drawn to me through my actions.

Remember, that affirmations are to be worded in present tense, as if what we are working toward is already reality. The prayer is directed toward God. The affirmation is directed toward our brain and aligns our thinking with what is God’s will. That makes it important to base our prayers and affirmations on the Word of God.

Your feedback is important to me. Your positive comments are an encouragement; but your critique is vital to helping me improve. Thank you for both.

God bless you,
Connie Suarez
Phone: 720-507-8231

Focus on Your Future

No one has a perfect life. Let go of what's gone, be grateful for what remains and look forward to what is coming.

You have had disappointments and failure. Maybe even betrayal and tragedy in your life.

Sometimes there has been enough stuff to make moving forward feel pointless.

I know what that feels like. I have been there.

Just don’t stay there. That would be an even bigger tragedy and betrayal.

You would be betraying yourself.

Don’t do it.

And don’t let anyone tell you it is nothing. Acknowledge the disappointments, failures, betrayals.

They happen but they don’t have to identify us. Own up to them so that they won’t own you.

For me, hope is the best way to to move forward. And we do want to move forward, to put it all as far behind as we can.

What is my source of hope. It is a Bible verse.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

God spoke this to His people who were in exile in Babylon.   

I think they felt as if life was over. They must have felt hopeless and wondered why even try to move forward.

But the God who knew the future, told them to them to settle down and build lives for themselves. They were to marry and have children. They were to seek the peace of the city where they were now living.

They, like you and me, can only see the past and present. Only God can see the future; but as you trust Him you can know that He has plans for you that are good and full of hope.

Believe, work towards your purpose that He has given you. Enjoy family and seek the betterment of the community you live in.

Focus on the One Who has the future – knows the future.

Your Prayer:

Father God, You know the future as You know the past. I am trusting You with plans for my life. I am glad to have plans and a purpose for my life. Your way is good. You desire for Your people to proper and be happy where You have placed them. I yield to Your plan, Your future for me. In Jesus Name, Amen

Your Affirmation:

God has a plan for me. God wants me to build my life and seek the good of those around me. I have a hope and a future. I am excited to see what that is and will do what I am called to do today and tomorrow.

Remember that your prayer is directed to God to build your faith; your affirmation is directed to your brain to bring your thoughts and actions into agreement with God.

Feel free to comment below or message me with your thoughts or questions.

God bless you,
Connie Suarez
Phone: 720-507-8231

Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters

How does “Cast your bread upon the waters,” apply to your business?

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The Value of Diligence *] Cast your bread upon the waters, For you will find it after many days. Ecclesiastes 11:1 NKJV

Often this verse is thought to teach the concept of receiving blessings after giving them.

Or so a story I heard when I was growing up seemed to imply.

My grandfather was a struggling rancher/farmer during the depression. But he didn’t let his lack of material wealth keep him from helping others. The community came to know him as Grandpa Joe, a giving and caring man.

He gained that named and a love from the community by his willingness to help folks in need.

In 1921 the nearby Arkansas River flooded its banks and Grandpa Joe was busy helping folks and their livestock get to high ground. It was a disastrous flood.

Grandpa Joe shared one awful story of a baby swept out of its horrified mother’s arms by the raging water.

Then the day came when Grandpa Joe fell off the roof of the church, while he was helping with a repair.

Suddenly, he was unable to do routine chores. My grandmother was great in the kitchen but not so much with the outdoor farm chores. I wonder if she felt a little panicky. I wonder if Grandpa Joe was frustrated as he couldn’t care for his family.

Then there came a knock on the door. The first of many community members was there offering their help, saying, “Grandpa Joe was there for our family when the flood wiped us out, we can’t ignore his need now.”

My grandmother, the Methodist minister’s daughter, was quick to quote Ecclesiastes 11:1.

She knew that my grandfather had cast his bread upon many waters; and now it was coming back to him.

As you can imagine, that story has had an effect on me. It no doubt motivates me to give without looking for a reward. I believe that the reward or care that may come from our doing good is in God’s hands.

You and I know that the real reward for doing good is the good feeling we get for doing it.

But today I want to suggest another meaning for this verse.

Here is how the NIV translates the verse:

Invest in Many Ventures* Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return. Ecclesiastes 11:1

I am intrigued by the suggestion of international commerce. Much of the economy of the Biblical peoples is agricultural. Abraham and his descendants raised sheep and goats.

There were other means of earning a living – Jesus was a carpenter. But most would have been services for local consumption.

But, if the NIV translation is accurate, it is commending expanding your boundaries.

That is what Jabez specifically asked God for. He prayed:

And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested. 1 Chronicles 4:10 NIV

So this is my take away from Ecclesiastes 11:1.

You and I have had at least one “hater” as we have shared and built our business.

We are gaining the tough skin that you have to have to be in business for yourself. But today as I studied this verse I got a little boost – no I got a big boost – from knowing that God approves of our business ventures.

God put your picture on His refrigerator the last time you rank advanced.

I believe that He wants more of us to be asking Him to expand our territory – our leads – our volume – our team – our customers.

I think we are the exception when we do that.

Jabez was. If everyone was asking God to expand their territory it wouldn’t have been noteworthy and we wouldn’t be reading about it in 1 Chronicles 4:10.

Want to be God’s favorite? Here is your prayer and affirmation:

Prayer

Father God, Oh that You would bless me greatly, enlarge my team, grow my volume, let your hand be with me so that all my team will experience your blessing. Show us how to do good with the abundance You provide us and keep us from causing pain to anyone. I ask this in Jesus Name, Amen.

Affirmation [Your affirmation should be stated in present tense stating what you want to accomplish at a future date. You are expressing your trust in the Creator of the Universe to answer your prayer as you take the actions you are responsible for doing.]

I am relishing the knowledge that ___________ [fill in number you know God wants to give you] folks are enjoying the expanded territory that God has provided. They are busy blessing others with their abundance. I have just sent _____________ [fill in size of check] to my favorite charity ______________[fill in name of charity.] I have taken my business as far as ______________[fill in name of country or state.]

I am open to your comments and differences with what I have written. Feel free to call or message me. I personally respond to all messages.

God bless you,
Connie Suarez
Phone: 720-507-8231
*Comment added by Bible publisher.