My A-Z x3 Power Words

A – Align 🎯 Action 🙌 Attitude ☀️

B – Believe 🧠🫀 Be brave 🎖️ Be still 🧘‍♀️

C – Consider others 🧏‍♂️ Care self & others 🪢 Conquer self 🫵

D – Dream big 💭 Discipline 🏆 Do it 🎰

E – Engage 🫱 Encourage 🌠 Empower 🔑

F – Focus 🧿 Forgive 🏳️ Forever 🌌

G – Give first 🫴 Go fast 🚀 Great God 🌄

H – Hope floats 🚢 Honest always 🛤️ Help out 🫶

I – Instruct 👁️‍🗨️ Inspire 🎁 Indivisible 🔒

J – Joyful always 👍 Jam on 🎸 Judge wisely ⚖️

K – Kindness 🙇‍♂️ Knock 🚪 Know thyself 🪞

L – Love God & people ♥️ Like it, Lump it or Leave it! ✅💹❎

M – Mindful 💡 Meaningful 🗽 Magnetic 🧲

N – Not neglecting 🙆‍♂️ Not now 💁‍♂️ NO! 🙅‍♂️

O – One 🎟️ Onus 👷‍♂️ OnGuard 👮‍♂️

P – Ponder 🔭 Purpose 🛠️ Prepare 🧼

Q – Quick but not hurried 🛩️ Quiet-time 🏝️ Quality 🧰

R – Repeat what works 🏭 Realize reality🔬 Renewal 🎨

S – Seek good 🧩 Steadfast 🚛🏎️ SuperHero in everyone 🦸‍♂️

T – Time Management ⏰📤 Timeless ♾️ Terrific 🎉

U – Understand 📡 Universal 🌌Unusual 🪅

V – Vision 🔭 Values ⛓️ Variety 🤹‍♀️

W – Wonder 💭 Walk-humbly👨‍🦯 Why

X – X-spot 🪚 X-ray vision 🩻 eXtra

Y – Yes! Yearn 🛎️ Yet 🕰️

Z – Zealous 💯 Zorro ⚔️ Z’s rest 💤

My Pondering

I encourage you to make your own A-Z x3 list. Maybe mine will inspire you. Pick one power word per day and put create a pop-up reminder each day 3 or 4x per day.

After all, in large part…we become what we think about

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,
but a good word makes him glad.”

Proverbs 12:25

My take: We eventually become what we think about. Junk in, junk out and vice versa. We humans, as being created in the image of God, have been imparted with some amazing resources and abilities such as free will, imagination, creativity, eternal longings, mental comprehension, feelings, and much more. Yes we need to be reality based but isnt it wise to focus on the input of positive thoughts and good words? Are we going to allow circumstances to rule us or shall we use these resources for the greater glory of God and the good of others and ourselves?

Action words: Anxiety weighs, good word makes glad

My prayer: Lord, as your prophet Jeremiah tells us, ‘your plans are to help us, not harm’. Help me to help myself by inputing good word consistently, starting with Your Word, the Bible.

By Kirk Booher / PonderingLife.blog

The Dash

My Pondering

This is a huge essence of life, making the most of the dash.

The dash is such a small amount of time in relation to all of eternity, which our souls were built for. Though it is just a dash, it is NOW and it affects forever.

Paul, the Apostle to the gentiles (if you are of Jewish decent, that includes you), spoke eloquently to the Greeks here:


And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him.

Yet He is actually not far from each one of us, for

“‘In Him we live and move
and have our being’;


as even some of your own poets have said,

“‘For we are indeed His offspring.’

Acts 17:26-28

The Greeks were great philosophers and Paul spoke to them in such a noteworthy way. It was like they fairly well understood nature and creation, but had little to no clue regarding the Creator.

In our modern society, many people have a similar, they know a lot of specialized knowledge, access to the AI and awesome stores of knowledge yet are so lost in all the data and blue screens.

As we come to know God, we can learn about Him as the Greeks from creation but most importantly, we have the Holy Bible as our reference.

For my relationship with God, it started here:

“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.”

Psalms 34:18

The bottom line is:

We make the most of the dash as we live and move and have our being in God by loving Him and others around us in a manner that maximizes our time, talent and treasure that glorifies God. The kind of living leaves a bright legacy!

What’s your take in this? Please share your comments below.

God helps…

My Pondering

A good ‘online’ friend of mine, David, suggested this statement which is often attributed to Benjamin Franklin isn’t Biblical.

Which, if we think our success comes apart from God, I must agree because the Bible says, ‘In Him, we live and move and have our being’ – that is IF you are a living Christian.

So Dave stated and shared this article with me.


https://www.christianity.com/wiki/christian-life/why-god-helps-those-who-help-themselves-is-presumed-to-be-biblical.html

It took me a year, but I read this article which was decent. I think what Franklin was saying is that our relationship, our excellence in requires our taking action. It is simply a principle God created to govern the universe. To accomplish any good, we must begin. We must take action, as a believer or not.

It would be better theologically if there was this tag added as a suffix like one pf these…

“God helps those who help themselves …

… (1) when we please His Providence first.”

… (2) most by living to glorify our Creator.”

…(3) when we love, have faith and trust in Him will all our being.”

…(4) when we fight the good fight of faith.”

…(5) as the good investors of talents returned a handsome investment.”

…(6) when our attitudes are positive and our actions are in sync with our created purpose.”

I see it in the light of this Scripture:

Meaning, we begin to help ourself best by exercising our faith and will by trusting in God. No doubt we help ourselves (and others best) with God than solo. Without God’s blessing, we are taught that we can do NOTHING eternal, nothing spiritual.

If you agree, which one(s) do you like the best (1-6)?

I encourage to write your own.

And if not, why not?

All sincere comments welcome 😉

Observe all men… Benjamin Franklin Quote

Observe all men, thyself most

My Pondering

Wow, so short and powerful is this statement.

It reminds me of this:

Wisdom gained from experience teaches you to learn from your own mistakes whereas the truest from of wisdom enables you to learn from other people’s mistakes.

Me

I suspect Franklin adapted this quote from his own life experience and from one of the Greek philosophers.

Always remember, when you point your finger at another, you got three coming back at you.

As the Good Book says, first take the plank out of your own eyes SO then you can effectively removethe splinter from another’s. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t help another but it does mean we need to attend to ourselves first so therefore we can help best. That also isn’t an excuse not to help or sit waiting on perfection before you act as perfection is often the enemy of good.