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Activated February 2011

Personal Growth - February 2011

God wants nothing more than to help you reach your full potential, and He’s got a plan. Here’s how to keep growing.
 

01-02-2011
Reaching Full Potential
Reaching Full Potential

One indelible memory from my childhood is of a boy about my age walking on crutches. Each time he took a step with his right foot, his left leg swung limply a few inches off the ground. He wore mismatched brown leather shoes, and the left was noticeably smaller than the right. “Polio,” my mother explained when the boy was out of earshot. “His short leg has stopped growing.” “Will it ever catch up?” I asked. “No,” she said, “the damage is permanent.” I imagined how that boy must have felt, knowing that his body would never be quite whole.

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01-02-2011
Preventive Maintenance
Preventive Maintenance

We all go through situations that leave deep imprints on our spirits. I had one such experience a couple of years ago.

While I was praying, Jesus told me, “Your faith will soon be tested, but don’t be afraid. This will be a time of readjustment.”

Ten days later, while on a humanitarian aid mission to a remote area of Burkina Faso, West Africa, I found myself upside down in a Land Rover that had run off the road and rolled into a ditch.

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01-02-2011
Take a Load Off
Take a Load Off

I have a riddle for you. What could seem to make a little more work now‚ but save much more work in the long run?

Here are some hints. It is mentioned repeatedly in the Bible, and those who have accomplished the most for God have all depended on it. It is a life-altering concept, but also one that is often hard to grasp because it goes contrary to natural reasoning.

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01-02-2011
Time Out
Time Out

My mind raced. Two o’clock. I had just finished my appointments and suddenly realized how little cash I had on me. At the mall with only a few cents and no ATM card in my pocket, I needed to attend a workshop at the voice academy later that afternoon. Without bus fare, I wasn’t going to make it. I didn’t even have enough money to get home.

I paced through the mall, frantic, desperate, frustrated. How did I get myself into this mess?

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01-02-2011
The Acerola Principle
The Acerola Principle

If you visit the tropics, you’ll want to try an invigorating glass of juice made from a small, red, natural marvel: the acerola fruit. Relatively unknown in the rest of the world, it has 32 times as much vitamin C as citrus fruit, as well as powerful antioxidant properties.

We once had an acerola tree in our yard—just one, but that one small tree gave so much fruit that there was almost always a pitcher of juice on the dinner table. I remember lazy afternoon moments spent plucking and eating the fruit straight off the tree, warmed and sweetened by the...

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01-02-2011
Lifesaving Words
Lifesaving Words

Bright sunlight streamed through my window as I pulled back the bed covers, not suspecting that an unforgettable day was about to unfold. I whispered a prayer, asking Jesus’ blessing on the abdominal CT scan I was scheduled to have that morning. I also asked Him if there was anything He wanted to tell me about the day ahead, and I heard His familiar voice in my mind. “I will fight for you. I will face each challenge with you.”

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01-02-2011
Hearing from Jesus Step by Step
Hearing from Jesus Step by Step

One of the things Jesus wants to teach us—and it’s one of the most valuable things we can ever learn—is to consult Him in our decision-making. He wants us to hear from Him directly and personally, and then to act on what He shows us. That goes for big matters and everyday matters alike. He wants us to bring specific questions to Him so He can give us specific answers.

Hearing from Jesus and involving Him in our daily lives is something that can radically change things for the better. If we can learn to stop whatever we’re doing, bring our...

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01-02-2011
Break Point
Break Point

The due date for my writing assignment was fast approaching, and I was barely half done. I’d been working fast and furiously, but my mind was now too stressed to think clearly, my eyes were too strained to focus, and my shoulders were stiff from sitting hunched over my computer keyboard for so long.

I finally pulled myself away from my desk piled high with books and papers, and retreated to a nearby window for a break. As I raised my eyes to a beautiful blue, sunny sky above neighboring apartment buildings, I caught sight of a bird in graceful flight....

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01-02-2011
How Inner Change Works
How Inner Change Works

Question: You say that God can and wants to turn my personal weaknesses into strong points. I’ve prayed for that, but so far nothing has changed. Why doesn’t God answer my prayer?

 

Answer: It sounds like you expect God to work an overnight wonder in you, with nothing required of you beyond wanting and praying to do better. That’s not the way it works. God will do for you what only He can do, but He also expects you to do what you can. It takes both. Personal growth is a partnership.

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01-02-2011
Cultivating Character
Cultivating Character

God created us “in His own image,”1 but He’s not done yet. It’s an ongoing process. We all share some basic aspects of His nature from birth—we are eternal, spiritual beings with the capacity to reason, love, and distinguish right from wrong—but developing godly character is a lifelong process. It’s also a big part of why we’re here. What should we strive to be like? The following Bible passages give a fairly well-rounded picture:

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01-02-2011
11 Ways to say “I Love You”
11 Ways to say “I Love You”

How to make those you love feel special

If you’re looking for ways to make those you love feel special and appreciated, here are a few ideas to get you started.

 

1. Put it into words. Those three little words—“I love you”—are still the best way to make sure those you love know it. Say them often.

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01-02-2011
More Power to You
More Power to You

What a difference an outside source of power can make! Before the invention of the threshing machine in the late 18th century, separating grain from the stalk and husk took considerable time and effort. Today, in most of the world, the combined tasks of reaping, binding, and threshing are usually done by a diesel- or gasoline-powered harvester, and one farmhand can harvest more in a day than a hundred farmhands could previously.

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01-02-2011
Up Close and Personal
Up Close and Personal

You are special. You’re not just one in a crowd—you’re special to Me! I know your every thought. I know you personally, and I am speaking to you personally now. Ask Me to speak to you whenever you want, when you’re up or when you’re down, or even when you just want some good company. I’m happy to speak to you on any subject, whenever you need it.

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