God Inspired Poem for March 9, 2015

Today when you think your faith is weak
Be very careful with the words you speak.
This is the time to worship and praise God.
I know this isn’t the norm, and maybe even odd.
But the Lord wants us to worship him today
So it’s very important what you say.
Don’t just wail and complain as some do.
Instead praise the Lord in all you do.
Thank him for all the good things in life.
Major on the praise, not on worry and strife.
God inhabits the praises of his children, it’s true
So my advice is to worship him in all you do.
Just try this today and watch your burdens go away.
The Lord answers prayers of praise each and everyday
This is the answer to that problem that seems impossible to you.
Praise the Lord and rejoice. God doesn’t want you sad and blue.

Chaplain Anthony Murphy, ND

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17 Tips to Help Your Marriage

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by Tonja Taylor

Clayton and I have an arranged marriage. We certainly did not plan it, but GOD did!

The King Himself made sure that, in spite of us, He orchestrated our lives and caused us to fall in love and marry, to fulfill His plan. Amen!

It has not been a perfect marriage, but He is perfecting it by perfecting us daily. AMEN! We love it! We didn’t have to look for a spouse. We didn’t have to seek each other. The LORD just made sure that our paths crossed at the proper time – KAIROS. And, we rejoice at the work of His hands!

So below, we share some of the things that have worked to make our marriage strong.

Marriage Tip #1: Pray for your spouse. Prayer is a very powerful way to show love. When we pray for someone, that is Love in action. Even more powerful is praying with your spouse. If you’re not praying together yet, ask the LORD to give you the timing and the words to approach your spouse about that. Unity is vital in Christian marriage, especially in these turbulent times.

Marriage Tip #2: Watch your wedding video (or flip through the computer screenshots or the hard copy photo album) every six months, and repeat your vows to each other, speaking along with the video, etc. Every time Clayton and I watch ours, we realize anew how gracious God is to have brought us together.

We also are so thankful that He helped us just mount up on the Holy Spirit in having everything we needed provided, even the bread that we used in Communion was replaced by some kind person — for the wafers we’d brought became soaked in the juice in transit to the church.

We’re not sure which one of us is the bigger miracle — we’d both given up on ever being married. But GOD’s plans are much bigger than ours, and we praise Him and rejoice!

The act of revisiting your marriage video and/or photos will remind you what a gift from God your marriage is.

Marriage Tip #3: Listen to your spouse, with your full attention — even when you don’t feel like it. You want him or her to do the same for you, don’t you?

Marriage Tip #4: When listening, do your best to refrain from giving advice. Just listen. If your mind wanders, refocus. Your spouse, and your marriage, is worth it. And you’ll know more of what’s going on with them, which is your privilege and duty to know.

Marriage Tip #5: Worship together — not just at church. We are all different, but find a worship song you both like and sing together — with the music, or, if you are comfortable enough, a capella without music. God inhabits the praises of His people. It may seem awkward at first, but keep doing it and it will become very enjoyable. Another form of worship is to repeat God’s Word out loud. He loves to hear His Word!

Clayton and I often sing in the car to the LORD, and not just on Sunday. We also sometimes go to the park, where he plays the guitar and we sing. (We’ve also been known to waltz under the park gazebo and hold hands and pray, and/or walk the path and pray. We usually have our eyes closed when we’re dancing/praying under the gazebo, but we did hear a fellow walker say once, “That is so COOL!” so, we’re being a witness, both for God and a strong marriage. Try it!)

Marriage Tip #6: Laugh together often. If you don’t already have private jokes, develop some! Rent a funny video — from a Christian store. Even then, be discriminating. It’s good to check with God first. If you don’t have peace about watching or listening to or reading something, don’t do it. The Holy Spirit is our Helper to give us discernment. He is our loving Father who wants only the best for us. Trash in, trash out; it’s our duty to guard our hearts.

Marriage Tip #7: Try new fun foods and activities. They don’t have to be expensive. I once heard a famous worship leader share on a national Christian station that he and his wife go sample sweet snacks at various restaurants without really eating a full meal, just to have fun and be together.

My husband and I started walking together, and have started exploring healthier eating. It can be quite entertaining to see what new healthy things taste like and do for one’s body and mind, not to mention the added benefit of more energy and strength.

We’ve even experienced an infrared sauna together recently (he went once; I’m going for a full month) and plan to acquire one for our personal use when the time is right.

Marriage Tip #8: Thank the LORD every day for your spouse — especially if you are feeling upset at them at the moment. Just start speaking out loud whatever you are thankful for about them. Speaking out loud is especially powerful — for good or evil — so be sure and say the good things, the things you love about your beloved.

If you can’t think of anything good to say right then, ask the LORD to help you — and ask Him to help you not say things you don’t like! Also, thank Him that He knows all, and that your spouse is obviously the perfect one — not perfect, but perfect for you — or God would not have put you together.

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unfathomable (inscrutable, unsearchable) are His judgments (His decisions)! And how untraceable (mysterious, undiscoverable) are His ways (His methods, His paths)!” ~ Romans 11:33, AMP

couple_sunset_holding-handsMarriage Tip #9: Hold hands in church, at the restaurant, in the car, in front of your kids, as you pray together. You get the idea. I’ve also heard (or read) that it’s wise to hold hands while disagreeing, because the warmth of the contact serves as a reminder that you are linked to this person, and that it helps you stay more calm than if you are not touching or not near your beloved. We’ve tried it both ways, and believe that holding hands during disagreements is better.

Marriage Tip #10: There are times, however, if one or both partners are so upset that all of their energy is going to overcome the negative emotions that they are feeling, that it is best to not have a “discussion” until the emotions are under control. It has been proven (by me, Tonja, if no one else!) that, when the emotions/flesh are in control, that the logical mind (as in, “If I really loved this person, I would not want to hurt them with harsh words” or whatever) checks out.

The enemy loves to get Christians out of a Spirit-controlled state (walking in the peace and joy and love of the LORD) into the fleshly, carnal nature where emotions (especially negative) are controlling the person, and that can be an open door for him to shoot fiery darts/wrong, negative thoughts into the mind of the one whose emotions are out of control, and those wrong thoughts more often than not come out as harsh words.

So my husband and I have discovered that it is best to not discuss things if one or both of us feels we need to cool off first. The best and quickest way we do this is to go to separate rooms and start praising the LORD, reading the Word, reading the Word out loud, talking to God, or a combination of these things. (We haven’t always been successful at this, but we’re getting better!)

As soon as we start turning our mind on purpose to God, we are starting to get back into the Spirit. This is extremely important for everyday life, but especially before we pray together or go to services together.

Marriage Tip #11: Don’t try to pray together until you have truly made peace. In our early days, my husband and I would start trying to pray to the LORD together, but we could not get very far before we’d have to stop and just confess to the LORD and one another that we were still upset.

Sometimes we’d talk for a few hours before everything was settled. Then we’d have to repent of strife. But then we would be able to truly pray, because fellowship with the LORD and with one another was restored.

Marriage Tip #12: When the enemy comes to accuse your spouse to you (and he will), just laugh in his UGLY face and praise God that the defeated foe wouldn’t be attacking your marriage if it wasn’t already so strong, and tell the LORD you are so thankful that He has given you a spouse that loves Him and loves you, and that is a person of the highest integrity, in whom your heart does safely trust — because Daddy God gives only the best.

Also, remember to cast your cares on the LORD about your spouse, for it is God’s job (not yours, as this author has discovered) to make improvements in your beloved.

Marriage Tip #13: Understand that, especially as the LORD reveals things to you that need to be corrected, the correction must be made. If one has a weakness, you must address it and ask the LORD to show you how to get and keep victory. Sometimes that involves not doing anything that would place you or the spouse in any situation to be tempted by the enemy.

There are often strongholds that must be demolished through the power of the Word, prayer, and repentance. Being brave enough to address these with the agreement of your spouse is extremely powerful. This requires extremely honest communication, and it is worth it.

Problems do not just go away. Strongholds must be torn down to go forward, and that almost always involves the agreement of both spouses to be effective.

Marriage Tip #14: Ask the LORD daily (preferably first thing) to honor your spouse through you; to minister through your words and deeds and thoughts to your beloved.

Marriage Tip #15: Ask the LORD to help you remember that your spouse, if a believer, is also your brother or sister in Christ — and anointed to be your Covenant partner.

Marriage Tip #16: Honor your spouse more than any other person in your life except the LORD Jesus Christ. This means more than your children; more than your parents; more than anyone else, except the One Who created and saved you.

Discover how your spouse experiences honor, and ask the LORD to help you do and say those things. (Sometimes honoring one’s spouse means not saying or doing certain things, within Biblical guidelines, of course. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. He knows all things!)

Marriage Tip #17: Bind the enemy from your marriage and plead the Blood of Jesus over it daily. Declare that your marriage gets stronger every day! This is one of the most important things to do for this supreme earthly relationship.

We believe these tips, if implemented, will help strengthen any marriage. Remember, marriage represents the relationship we the Church have with Jesus Christ, our Heavenly Groom!

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Tonja and her husband Clayton love God’s Word and live and love to minister it to others through teaching, books, music, art, and more. Over 50% of the profits from their business, Royal Voice Productions, goes to support ministries that advance God’s Kingdom throughout the world.

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A Chaplains Book of Poems #3

A Chaplains Book of Poems #3

by Chaplain Anthony

A Chaplains Book of Poems #3Anthony’s done it again brothers and sisters! He’s allowed God to take over his mind and his hand to produce his third excellent and inspirational book of poems, A Chaplains Book of Poems #3.

Anthony writes, “This new book actually exceeded even my expectations. This latest book has approximately 150 God-inspired poems. It seemed daily that I would be inspired to write a poem or, sometimes, two or three. Sometimes watching a church program on TV would suddenly give me this incredible inspiration to write. Each poem was a very special inspiration for that day. I never really had any knowledge of the subject or focus of the poem in advance. It was actually exciting to generate a poem as the words came to me supernaturally. It seemed that there was a poem for just about any problem or situation. Some of the poems, I admit, I really didn’t want to write because they were so controversial.

These poems are now read all over the world, and I receive emails daily from about forty countries. I thank God that this little ministry is now reaching thousands and proclaiming the truth of the gospel in poetry.”

Wow, what a great gift this book will make for all your loved ones — family & friends — and make sure you get a copy for yourself! A Chaplains Book of Poems #3 is available in Kindle, Hardcover and Paperback, so order your copies today.

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Let us know right below what you think about Chaplain Anthony’s inspired work, if you’ve read his earlier work, or how it has made a difference in your life or those around you.

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God Inspired Poem for December 31, 2014

It’s the beginning of a brand new year
Another year when the Lord’s return is very near.
What New Year’s Resolutions did you make?
How long will it take some of us to break?

Every year I plan to do better than the last
Now my life seems to be going so very fast.
I remember the resolutions I previously made
And how fast they were neglected or began to fade.

Some of the memories are still fresh in my mind
Some of these memories I wish I could leave behind.
We all make mistakes, some that we cannot undo,
I can recall some of these. How about you?

There is, however, someone that will always forgive,
And He will always forgive me for as long as I live.
He is my heavenly father, He is full of love and grace
He is always with me no matter the problems I face.

Now I can face this new year without frustration or fear,
Knowing that the Lord and His angels are always near.
He always has my best interest in mind, is loving and kind.
Jesus Christ my Savior and Lord is the best friend you could ever find.

Chaplain Anthony Murphy, ND

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God Inspired Poem for December 25, 2014

Today I asked Jesus, “What do you think of Santa Claus?”
He answered me without a pause
He is a distraction to take away the real reason
He is a diversion for the real reason for the season.

Yes, Satan always creates substitutes to lead many astray.
It was the same in times of old as it is today.
Santa Claus is promoted as Good ole Saint Nick.
Many children and adults believe in him, a Satanic trick.

Everything about Santa Claus is designed to distract
This poem will not be popular. How did you react?
Sometimes the poems I write create anger with some.
I only want to give credit to Jesus, the only true one.

When we all stand in front of God and we all will someday
When he asks, ”Who did you believe in” what will you say?
If you trusted in Santa Claus and Rudolph, and his sleigh,
Then Satan succeeded and was able to lead you astray.

Diversions are an old and very successful way
Designed by Satan to lead many astray.
Just stay true to Jesus. He is the real reason for Christmas today
He came as a child, born of a virgin, is why we celebrate this day.

Chaplain Anthony Murphy, ND
PO Box 43, Burke, SD. USA. 57523

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God Inspired Poem for December 11, 2014

Today’s poem is from Psalm 39
It tells about your life and mine.
How God knew us before our birth
How valuable you are and your worth

Some think they are not worth much at all
This will sometimes lead to their fall
They look to the world for acceptance and love
Not realizing they are really loved by God above.

He cares and loves them today and everyday
Some, I agree, are not easy to love in anyway
But God loves them no matter what they do or say
That’s why He sent Jesus to show us all the way.

It’s hard to comprehend this kind of love for me
Knowing that God sent Jesus to die on that tree
To show his infinite love for all of us here on earth.
He died for you and me. That’s how much we are worth.

Chaplain Anthony Murphy, ND

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God Inspired Poem for December 8, 2014

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God has designed all of us to win
If your life is a mess, this is your day to begin.
The world needs what God designed you to do.
Each of us has a special talent or skill, it’s true.

So many never reach their potential God has for them
If this is you and you know it, ask yourself when?
The Lord recently gave me an invention to share.
I submitted it and now I wait to see when and where.

God knows the beginning from the end for me and you
He will and wants to help you with whatever you do
His wisdom and guidance will help you succeed.
If you will follow His leading, this is all you need.

Don’t continue your life as a mediocre person starting today
Just ask God to help you, and He will show you the way
To complete the task He designed you to do with your skill
Live your life for Jesus, complete your task. Enjoy the thrill.

Chaplain Anthony Murphy, ND

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God Inspired Poem for December 2, 2014

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If you are confused in life and don’t know what to do
Start reading Proverbs daily, today it’s chapter two
There are 31 proverbs which calculate to one each day
I urge you to start this routine of reading these starting today.

The enemy will give you something else to do when you want to read
He knows that when you learn the wisdom of God, you will succeed.
Satan, however, only wants you to fail, be miserable, and upset
When people are in this frame of mind they do something they later regret.

I think it’s such a shame that we as Christians don’t always rely on God
If you tell the people of the world about your faith, you are termed odd
This is the way it has always been, so just expect some rejection
Live your life as a child of God and expect the worlds inspection.

They want to see you living your faith and walking the walk
You’ve all heard the expression walk the walk and talk the talk
So many, and that includes all, are not always living as we should
But with the help of the Lord and his wisdom we surely could

Chaplain Anthony Murphy, ND

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The Best Way to Handle Last Year’s Business Failures

Guest Article from: Promo Pips

With the new year still in its infancy, it is the perfect time to contemplate last year’s “good, bad and ugly” proceedings!

Even though time seems to just fly past us: we go to bed in January, wake up in August, then its time to decorate the Christmas tree… Poof! the year is now done, get ready for the next flight! I really do love the end of one year and entry into the next though, it gives me the excuse, no, the cause to really, REALLY evaluate my businesses. I find this process cleansing. It fills me with optimistic anticipation and a constructive exhilaration to take on the upcoming year.

I think about what I did, what I wish I had done, what I should have done and what I couldn’t have done no matter how badly I wanted to.

Here’s a great list of what to think about, when you’re giving your business the mental once, twice, thrice over:

  • How did your business perform overall throughout the year? Was it up to your expectations? Did it exceed your expectations?

When reviewing the questions above, think about why it did or why it did not perform the way you wanted it to. Then ask yourself the following…

  • How’s your brand? Do you have a professional presence in the marketplace (or even a presence at all?!?) — Do you brand your business consistently everywhere it is promoted? — Is it time to update your brand/does it truly convey and represent who or what you want it to and what it needs to? When someone sees your logo or hears your tagline, does it reminiscently bring your company/or you to mind?
  • Are you promoting your business, and if so, how? Start advertising and marketing if you’re not already – no one knows your business exists if you don’t tell them! If you are promoting and it’s not working, change your campaigns, your verbiage, your venues, track your advertising so you can see if you have results or not before it’s time to decorate next year’s Christmas tree!
  • How satisfied were your customers? Did you have many returns of merchandise or refunds for services? — Did you have returning customers? Awesome if you did! If not, think about how you can get those who have been willing to pay you at least once already, to do it again. Offer coupons, incentives, frequent shopper cards and discounts, freebies, sales, specials — take advantage of the Holidays, the weather, your birthday even — any excuse to cause a ruckus and get some attention to your business.

Here’s a real scary topic for you to peruse, but a very necessary one…

  • How did you do managing your business? This can lead in many ways to the success or failure of a business. Is your accounting up to date? Is it accurate? — Did you have time to get things done you needed to, or put off, put off, put off until you forgot why you needed to do them? Do you need equipment, supplies, repairs to really produce and function at 101%? — Do you have employees? Are they happy, rewarded, working hard for you and your cause? There are many things that could be added to this list that appear to not be directly in need of adjustment in order for your business to excel, but… these items are the infrastructure of your business and if you let them rust and waste away gradually your foundation will fall!

Make any necessary adjustments to these items as soon as possible so your 2014 can start out with a strong, supportive foundation, you’ll feel good about what you’re doing and excited to really apply yourself to your “real” business needs and functions.

These items I have listed are more the internal organs of a business. And I feel good every January after I have reviewed the health of these items and listed them out literally and figured out and written down action items for each and every one of them. I am human too, so of course I don’t stick to all of my plans either, but going through the process of evaluation and mental adjustment is healing and refreshing to the maddened mind of the harried business owner.

Well between us all, I am sure we’ve read thousands of articles that give us business advice and suggestions, especially at this time of year. The best and most straight forward item I came across this year was put simply, but will not be done so simply by many of “us”. Here’s the best way to handle last year’s business failures…

“Make a clean break from those things that don’t work. Period.”

Ha! Easier said than done, I know it. As humans we are creatures of habit, whether it’s eating too much, smoking cigarettes or repeating an action with our business that never, ever works!

I’d love for you reply to this post and let us know your techniques for quitting some bad business habits or problems cold turkey — we could all use some more advice. The wise business owner is always open to suggestions. Being open doesn’t mean we have to apply all suggestions, merely that we have an open mind and open ears to listen and consider advice, good or bad!

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From Claudia Beck’s original post at her blog Promo Pips to Grow Your Business.
Claudia Beck is a career graphic designer and illustrator specializing in professional, handcrafted business branding and promotional materials for web and print. Now a business owner herself and an internet marketing fanatic, she loves what she does and thus never works a day in her life! Feel free to visit her website and view her gallery at: http://make-me-seen.com.

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Interview with Taylor Smith, Successful Teen Christian Entrepreneur

by Cynthia Kiteley Lee

Taylor Smith, who recently graduated from high school in Wesson, Mississippi, launched her home-based business, Taylor’s Treasure Chest at age 14, during the summer of her ninth grade year in high school. It started simply enough: she wanted to make some quick cash to buy gas for her car, so she sold an old Blackberry cell phone for $25 to a friend on Facebook.

Using her cell phone, her Facebook page, and her social network of friends and acquaintances (on and off Facebook) Taylor was able to get into profit quickly. It helped that she didn’t have to pay for business start-up costs or ongoing operating costs.

Over the years, her profits have grown from three figures to four figures a month, and her inventory has tripled. She notes that having a reliable, powerful Internet connection is an absolute necessity for her cyber-sales activities.

Taylor discovered that she was able to help herself and her friends make quick cash by “helping them to sell things too. I set prices for those items based on what I think the items are worth and what I think they will sell for. Then, we split the money 50/50. I offer all kinds of products. These include clothes, shoes, purses, and jewelry, but also many other things.”

In addition to using her personal network and online sales savvy to help her friends make money, Taylor also purchases and sells items that she believes will sell quickly for a good price. In effect, she is buying items at wholesale prices and selling them with a price markup that nets her a tidy profit. She has done so well financially with her Facebook-based sales that she has no desire to branch out to other online retail sales avenues, such as Ebay auctions.

Another reason that Taylor doesn’t want to put a lot of time and energy into diversifying or expanding her business is that she simply doesn’t have the extra time and energy to devote to it. Taylor’s Treasure Chest responsibilities take up 15 to 20 hours of her time every week–sometimes more–and she is now a busy freshman at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson. It’s no surprise that she is taking business classes. Spending time with her boyfriend and family are also high priority activities for Taylor, and she likes to spend time outdoors fishing and playing softball.

Taylor’s favorite thing about her home-based business other than the income it produces and her ability to help her friends financially is the freedom to set her own schedule. She can work online late at night in her pajamas or take care of business in between other commitments. Her business is mobile to a great degree; much of it can be handled with her smartphone. Her business tasks include posting things for sale on Facebook, sending sales announcements out on Facebook, direct messaging selected contacts about sales and new items, and talking with prospective buyers and sellers on her cell phone.

Unllike most of her teenage friends and classmates, Taylor has already established a successful business career. She has no worries about finding or keeping a financially rewarding job after she graduates from college because she already has one. She does plan to complete her college degree in business and then open Taylor’s Treasure Chest as an offline as well as online store.

Like many teens nowadays, Taylor communicates primarily through cell phone texting, cell phone calls and Facebook. She uses email so little that she uses her mother’s email address for those old fashioned people who occasionally do want to communicate with her in that way. Her phone number is: 601-86-4270. Taylor Smith’s Facebook page can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/taylor.smith.338

Taylor’s mother, Angie Smith, is the Wesson librarian and a gifted networker in her own right. She is, of course, very proud of her daughter’s achievements. Angie points out that “it takes a lot more than a computer and cell phone to do what Taylor has done.

“She has a great reputation locally and regionally as a courteous, caring, honest and reliable young Christian business woman. She inspires trust and good will in others and works well with all kinds of people. She also has lots of good ideas, shows initiative, and is willing work hard on a consistent basis. I’m not sure where she got all that natural born good business sense, but I’m really relieved that she has a career she loves and is successful in so early in her life. God has truly blessed us.”

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Cynthia Kiteley Lee is the founder and CEO of the Christian Home Business Association, a membership organization for home-based Christian entrepreneurs founded in 2008. She has chosen to use this organization, and the benefits it offers members, to help bring the Kingdom of God into the often unscrupulous and financially hazardous online marketplace. You can reach her at: christianprosperity@gmail.com or learn more at: http://www.christianhomebusinessassoc.com

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