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Perfect Peace

Posted in life-lesson with tags , , , , on April 27, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

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Sometimes it is so easy to let our mind get out of control; we let worry, doubt, and fear take over our thinking. Many times a fix to our problems is clear thinking.

Isaiah 26:3 says, ” The steadfast of mind Thou will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in Thee.”

How is your level of trust in the Lord today? Do you know that He sees every detail of your life, and cares about each one?

If worry has overtaken you today, I encourage you to spend some time reading the Bible, and learning about what the Creator of everything can do!

A Night on the St. Lawrence

Posted in life-lesson with tags , , , , , on April 21, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

This was my view last night as I sat next to the St. Lawrence river watching the sun’s final moments in my time zone for the day! My thoughts were racing as the sun dipped below the last cloud on the horizon. I was talking to God about some things that weigh heavily on my heart, and struggles I am having within. Briefly, I thought, “I’m talking to God about the deep things in life, the things that really matter.”

While that statement is partly true, it was instantly brought to my attention that my thought was totally consumed with me. Not to say that God is unconcerned about my personal struggles, or issues that deal closely to my heart, but it has been a while since I’ve talked to God about issues that might concern Him. As a matter of fact, it has probably been years since I’ve asked God what I can do to make Him more known in my area of influence. I have been more concerned with other things, I’m sure you can relate to a few; the low balance in my check register, debt, car problems, relationships, job advancement, hanging with the “cool kids”, or staying trendy.

Lately, these have been the things that I thought were the deeper things in life! There’s more than that! There has to be. A few verses from the Bible are flying through my mind; “Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world” (1 Jn 4:4) , “we are more than a conquerors…” (Rom 8:37),  “don’t worry…” (Matt 6:30-34)

I want to start talking to God about things that are bigger than my life. I don’t want to be held up by my own “hang-ups” any longer. Do you relate to this? Have you done reflected upon your own life while reading this short blog? How can we commit together to start thinking of ways we can make an impact in this world? Let’s think higher than ourselves.

Please leave your thoughts below.

In The Morning!

Posted in life-lesson with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

This is the second morning in a row where I have woken up at 3:00 AM wide awake, with no alarm clock! This is highly unusual, but I have to admit something to you…

I LOVE IT!

I will have two cups of coffee down by 4:30-5:00; plus, I’m way more productive, proactive, and (insert some other forward moving ‘p’ word here) in the morning! Usually I start off my morning by reading a Psalm. Today, I read Psalm 53, which has some great points that spoke to me, but a little to gloomy for my ‘blog-mood’ today.

There is a verse a few chapters later that totally coincide with this post; Psalm 59:16:

“But as for me, I shall sing of Thy strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Thy lovingkindness in the morning, For Thou hast been my stronghold, And a refuge in the day of my distress.”

I thank God this morning, for His incredible mercy in my life. Without it, I would be in a “helluva” place; literally! Even when I’m living in sin, He has been my strength and refuge. There’s nothing like it; His love knows no bounds. I’m happy to say that this morning, and to start my day off smiling, remembering what my God has done for me.

How has your morning been? If it’s not that great, choose to think about something you’re thankful for, something that brings a smile to your face before you start the rest of your day. For how you start will greatly influence your response to many of today’s circumstances!

Have a great day!

The Go-Getter

Posted in life-lesson with tags , , , , , , , on April 13, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

 

One of the simplest descriptions of a person that an employer will look to hire is; a go-getter.

What is a go-getter? What do they look like?

If you’ve ever sat in a job interview worth sitting in, you’ve been asked the question; “are you a go-getter?” Undoubtedly, you answered yes, like me! Were we being honest, or were we just trying to land a job only to settle back into a rut of mundaneness?

When I looked for the definition of a go-getter, the word most closely associated with the term was, an “enterprising” person. Here’s the definition;

en·ter·pris·ing

[en-ter-prahy-zing]

adjective

1. ready to undertake projects of importance or difficulty, or untried schemes; energetic in carrying out any undertaking.
2. characterized by great imagination or initiative.

I put the important words in bold; ready, imaginative, and initiative. To put this  in layman’s terms; A go-getter is someone that doesn’t wait for life to come to them, they go out and grab it! What do you want today? Go out there and make it happen! What about this weekend; what kind of strides would you like to see take place? Do it!

Chances are there are things that you want in life and are doing little to nothing about. Paul says it this way, encouraging the Ephesian Christians to walk like Christians, “Awake, sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (Eph 5:14)

Don’t let life just pass by today! Choose your battles, plan your victories, and don’t forget to smile.

Finale!

Posted in life-lesson on March 23, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

 

And we’re back from a little 3 day hiatus!

Ok, so I must hear how things went for you these last 3 days of our ‘Think of Others First’ Challenge! Please share a little at the bottom in the comments section.

Here are a few of my thoughts; 1) I’m very selfish, 2) As a Christian, why is living with a mind for others NOT my norm? You see, to live like Christ, we not only live this way toward our closest relationships (Eph 5:25), but also toward those do all kinds of evil against us (Luke 6:28). I think we could go on and on about how we fall short in this area, but let’s move on.

I was talking with an older friend of mine a couple days ago, who was opening up to me about his marriage.

“Costa, I almost lost my marriage because I was so selfish!” Then, pointing to the Bible in front of him, “it was feeding my mind with this, that saved me.”

There was a lot of good that came out of focusing on this for 7 days! At the end of the day, spending time with God, and in His Word is what cures us of our incredibly selfish ways.

So, maybe we’ll start a new challenge for the next 7 days! How about we make it a point to spend time with God and in His Word at some point during each day?

Who’s with me?

P.S. Don’t forget I want to hear some stories from this  last week!

Road Or The Sky

Posted in life-lesson on March 13, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

Are you looking at the road or the sky?

I was running the other day, and there came a point where every step took more effort than I thought it should have. Though this I’d pretty normal, I took a second and glanced up ahead of me. Well, what I saw actually gave me strength in between each painful step.

A blend of pastel orange, red, and pinks. Evenly spaced, billowing white clouds with streaks of Heaven brraking through. The geese returning north from a short winter must have had a better view than me.

It’s very easy to get stuck on each step we take in life. We all know that there comes times when each day feels like a chore that will never end. Let me encourage you today, look up and see the big picture. Most times, even gray skies give us more hope than what we’re trudging through that day!

Psalm 119:116
Proverbs 23:18

Endurance

Posted in life-lesson on February 26, 2012 by Costa Timothy Deir

Romans 8:28 NASB

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to  His  purpose.

I want to say something about this verse for those of you who are going through a desert, per say, in life.

Many times we glorify the highs in life, but I want to reiterate an old saying, “the end justifies the means.” Meaning the highs in life don’t define us, it’s the whole of our life that defines us. So, don’t grow weary, continue to fight today; your efforts are not in vain.