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A time of rest

“Come apart, before you come apart”
Dr Shaun Marler

“Ours is a complicated, cluttered world”, writes Chuck Swindoll in his book Intimacy with the Almighty. “God did not create it that way! Depraved restless humanity has made it that way!”

Jesus tells us to close the door to the noise and hurry of busy 21st century life. Find a ‘closet’ and shut the door! You choose a time and a place that is best for you. The only requirement is separation from the noise and confusion of life. You must come apart and rest awhile. You must let God refresh and renew your spirit; you must rest and recharge your batteries. For if you do not come apart and rest, you will eventually come apart - there will be a system break down somewhere.

That’s why when God created man, He instituted the Sabbath’s day rest! “Come apart, before you come apart”

Take time to allow God to inspire, speak, fill and recharge your batteries for you.

Change

“Change is inevitable, growth is intentional."

Change is a law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. Change is never easy to accept. We have to approach it with a positive mental attitude. If you lived 100 years ago you probably would have been a farmer, miner, or possibly some sort of factory worker. 100 years ago these vocations made up 90% of the work force. Very few people worked behind a desk.

If someone said back then that “100 years from now farmers will only make up 1.5% of the workforce, miners about the same and factory workers 10%,” you may have replied, "well what could the other people possibly be doing?"

Change, our world has changed so much in the last 100 years. It is amazing that technology has allowed us to increase productivity to this extent. What will technology bring us in the next 100 years? Our world is constantly changing, it's inevitable. Change is a law of life - everything is in a co…

Hope

“Where there is life there is hope”
Frank Marler

My Dad always said, “where there is life there is hope.” Believe in a better day, I believe there is a better day for you, this is not the end. Struggle is the evidence that you are not defeated, so don’t you quit. Keep going, get up, you can win.

You might be knocked down but you are not knocked out – get up my friend and finish the bout. There are great rewards for those who do not quit. Quitters never win, Winners never quit. Be persistent, you are a winner, you were made by God. Your best is yet to come.

Napoleon the great military general said, “All great leaders are dealers in hope.” We need to give people hope. Abraham, the Word recalls, believed in hope against all hope, and became the father of many nations. You can do it in Christ, you are Abraham’s seed, and a recipient of all the promises of God.

My friend I tell you today, your best is yet to come. It is going to get better, only believe. Stand strong and see the salvation of …

It's all on you

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”
Eleanor Roosevelt

I love this saying by Eleanor Roosevelt. Think about it – you know there are people out there who just love to put you down. They have nothing better to do with their time than to tell you how bad you are doing. My Dad always said, “If you can’t say a good word about someone, don’t say a bad one.”

The Word of God tells us to let our words impart grace and faith to the hearers (Eph. 4v29). Even though people can say all kinds of things, it is really up to us how we react to such remarks. It is up to us if we allow these thoughts to hinder our progress in life. Will we be crippled by these things, feeling inferior all our lives because someone, maybe a teacher, a peer, a superior or a family member once held a thought about us or said words that put us down?

Or will we rise above them, proving the other wrong, overcoming thoughts of inferiority knowing we were made by God for a purpose, for a reason. Remember that “y…

Everything God is in is successful

Invite God into your life and affairs today – commit your way to Him. Trust also in Him and He will bring it to pass, He will make it good. Don’t ignore God, communicate with Him, talk with Him, and walk with Him.

As you talk to God He will talk to you. As you walk with God He will walk with you. Love God, because He first loved you and proved His love to you by sending Jesus to die for you. Remember, “everything God is in is successful” so make sure that the thing you are in God is in.

Everything God is in is successful. Allow Jesus to get involved in your daily life by becoming a daily worshipper of Him.

This is Dr Shaun Marler's Power Quote and thought for today - helping you to win in life through Jesus Christ

Letting it go!

“When you resent someone, they live rent-free in your head”
Anonymous

I don’t know who the anonymous person was who said this, but don’t you just love it? The word resent means “to feel or show displeasure or indignation at, from a sense of injury or insult, to take ill or feel resentment, to express or exhibit displeasure or indignation by words or acts.”

If we resent someone enough, this person will live rent-free in our head we will be wasting precious thought energy and time dwelling on past hurts this person may have caused us. In so doing we will carry this person around with us whereever we go. I don’t know about you but I can say that if I had to carry someone around all day, by the end of it I would be very tired. That is how it is if we allow resentment to dwell in our minds. We will become stressed and tired. We need to set them free by forgiving and in so doing we will free ourselves.

The Word says in Hebrews 12:15 “not to allow roots of bitterness to spring up in us, which o…

“There’s no substitute for quality”

My wife and I have learned in life that there is no substitute for quality. Quality means “having a high degree of excellence, an inherent and distinguishing characteristic, essential character, superiority of a kind.”

We need to put quality into everything we do. My Dad always said, “If a job is worth doing it is worth doing properly.” In life we should look for quality – the old saying, “you get what you pay for” is sometimes true. The cheapest is not always the best, it may not last. Then again, the dearest is not always the best either.

Look for quality and at the same time put quality into everything you do. Spend quality time with your family. Give your work in life (your vocation) your best, put in your best effort. Give God your best, put quality into what you do. We only pass this way but once so let’s do our best.

This is Dr Shaun Marler's Power Quote and thought for today - helping you to win in life through Jesus Christ

Thankyou to all mothers for having us

A big thankyou and a big prayer today to all mothers for having us.

Emerson said, “people are what their mothers make them,” and Abraham said, “all I am or ever hope to be I owe to my angel mother.” Let’s face it, every person small and great had a mother and without them we wouldn’t be here. History records that most of the great achievers had dedicated mothers.

It is also interesting to note that Nero (who burned Christians alive) had a mother that had committed murder. A mother’s role in nurturing her babies must never be underestimated. Lord Shaftesbury made a statement once, he said, “give me a generation of Christian mothers and I will undertake to change society in twelve months.” It is true to say that the influence of a mother in her home, upon the lives of her children cannot be measured. The mother-infant bond is an intense relationship of unparalleled human affection. It is the foundation of the child’s emotional and physical survival.

We love you our mums, and want to say, “…

Working towards your dream

“You have to stay awake to make dreams come true”

Many people dream of worthwhile accomplishments, while others stay awake and work on them to make them come true. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 5:3, “the dream cometh through a multitude of business.”

We must dream but then we must add sweat, effort and supply work to the dream to bring it to pass. The word multitude in the above scripture means excellent, increase, more abundance. We must put excellent worthwhile effort and energy into our dreams.

Put some action into your dreams, do something, take a positive step towards your dream. If you are not sure how, enlist others into your dream ask their advice. Find someone who has done something great and ask them to mentor you. But in doing this make sure they are people who believe in your dream and are achievers themselves.

Don’t just get “yes” men either – you need people who will point out possible pitfalls as well. Remember as the Word says, in the abundance of council there is safety.

Reaching the ultimate goal

“Difficulties are stepping stones on the way to success”

Jesus said, “in this world you will have tribulation (problems, temptations, tests, and trials, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.”

Jesus has paid the full price for your victory, your success in life. The road to success is full of highlights, joys, rewards and other pleasures, but it is also has more than its fair share of problems, challenges and difficulties. Don’t let these difficulties become stumbling blocks that discourage you from going any further. Don’t allow these problems to get you down or make you quit or give up. Don’t throw in the towel.

Instead, realize that these very problems are your stepping stones on your journey to success. As each one is overcome your confidence grows, your experience increases, and you understand more. You have applied knowledge and you have grown, you have learned, you have another victory and a testimony.

You are now one step closer to your ultimate goal. These very prob…

Being Unreasonable

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
George Bernard Shaw

Unreasonable means “not governed by reason, exceeding reasonable limits, going beyond accepted or reasonable limits.” Jesus was an unreasonable man, He went beyond what our natural minds could comprehend. He walked in, moved in, and lived in the miraculous.

He did unreasonable things, with just five loaves and two fishes – He fed the multitude of people. Jesus walked on water, restored sight to the man born blind, by faith He brought healing and deliverance to all that came to Him.

Jesus was not limited to (or by) His circumstances; He served a limitless God, fulfilling the Father’s Will to the max. The Bible tells us how God was In Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their transgressions unto them, and has given unto us the Word of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19).

The Wor…

C.A.R.E.

C – Care
A – And
R – Reach
E – Everyone!

We would do well to remember the acronym C.A.R.E. The Bible tells us to watch out for each other, pray for each other, and be other-minded by bearing one another’s burdens.

All of life’s successes come from initiating relationships with the right people. For example, by networking and then strengthening those relationships using good people skills. One of the keys for winning in life is building good strategic relationships, but let it be a win-win situation, not just the attitude of “what can I get out of this relationship”. Instead we need to have the attitude of “what can I put into this relationship to bless the other party”.

I dare you to build strategic relationships. I dare you to be a blessing to somebody this day.

This is Dr Shaun Marler's Power Quote and thought for today - helping you to win in life through Jesus Christ

With teamwork you can achieve so much more

“Individuals play the game, teams win the victories”
John C Maxwell

I love this quote by leading author John C Maxwell. We need to build teams. Teams maximize a leader’s potential, and minimizes their weaknesses... Teams share the credit for victories and the blame for loses. This fosters genuine humility and real community.

In contrast, when individuals take credit or blame alone this fosters pride and sometimes a sense of failure. Teams can simply do more than an individual. If you want to reach your potential or strive for the seemingly impossible – such as communicating your message two thousand years after you are gone, then you will have to become a team player.

As John Maxwell says, individuals play the game, but teams win the Victories.

This is Dr Shaun Marler's Power Quote and thought for today - helping you to win in life through Jesus Christ

Divine destiny

“Believe in your divine destiny, step by faith into what God has for your life”
Dr Shaun Marler

One day God dropped this powerful thought into my life, “Shaun believe in your divine destiny, see yourself in God’s will for your life, see yourself fulfilling the call to which you are called, by seeing yourself doing those things I have called you to.”

See yourself in your future in God. We are drawn to our dominant thinking patterns. Also our mind does not think in words, it thinks in pictures! Therefore we must hold a picture in our mind of where we want to be and what we want to do. We must see ourselves doing those things we dream about and hold these thought pictures in our mind.

What we see in our mind will come to pass in time. We must believe that our God is able. He is able to perfect that or fulfil that which concerns us. We do our part, and God works behind the scenes doing His. This day believe that God is for you and not against you. Believe in your future in God, believe in…