I know you’re tired of waiting for your big break. It’s been a long time coming. You’re wondering if you’ll ever be rewarded for your hard work and loyalty. If this is you, here’s what you can do while you’re waiting – so you don’t go crazy and lose your footing.

Have you heard the story of Joseph in the Bible where Pharaoh looks at him and says, look at all this land in Egypt…It’s all yours Joseph. Then he takes off his signet ring and puts it on Joseph’s hand (Genesis 41:41-46):

41And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.
42And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;
43And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.
44And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.

Wow.

Talk about reward. That ring was the platinum charge card of that day. It was the way the king stamped the invoices, the decrees, or anything else he wanted to validate with his royal seal.

Now that Joseph had the ring on his finger, Joseph was the guy in charge. He spoke for the king. His word carried the authority of Pharaoh. Joseph was the man.

In the blink of an eye Joseph experienced a promotion that was Cinderella-like.

But before promotion came, Joseph was in the pit of prison left alone. Forgotten.

He never saw the promotion coming.

Is this where you are at the moment?

Forgotten.
In a prison you can’t escape.
Feeling like your in a dungeon of despair.

Bankruptcy
Divorce
Betrayal
Dismissed from your job
Demoted
Lied about
Stricken with sickness
Numb with pain

Have I got your number?
What kind of a dungeon have you been living in?

I want you to know this so you can hang on with hope for your days ahead…

When God says the time is right – you will be free – and it will be sweet!!!

You are on the verge of promotion and you don’t even know it, because God doesn’t announce His appointments in advance. 

So what do you do while you wait?

1. Believe His Promises.
While you’re still in the darkness of your dungeon, trust him to open the doors. I know you thought you heard footsteps outside the door, yet they never came for you. You almost gave up wondering if they will ever come and rescue you.

I’m letting you know – they will. God will send the right people at the right time to set you free.

So the next time you hear footsteps, believe they are coming for you. Believe they are about to unlock your prison doors and let you free.

The same God who allowed Joseph to live in the dungeon was the same God who brought him out. It just had to be the right time.

Even though today you have bruises and blows of disappointment… and unfulfilled dreams… doesn’t mean God has left your side.

At the right time he will get you out. Believe.

2. Know You’ll Be Stronger
When Joseph’s prison doors had flung wide open, he was different.

He had been refined and he came forth as gold. He had become a person of greater strength and stability. Deeper quality, nobler character. Talk about a self development chamber. This was character building 101.

God’s promises for Joseph are for you too. He’ll take what the enemy meant for evil and use it for your good.

When people forget you, and they will…
When people break their promises to you, and they will…
When you’re tired and tempted to give up, and you might…
Know you’re getting stronger.

While you’re waiting for your reward:
1. Believe his promises. He’s working on getting you out.
2. Know you’ll be stronger. You’re prison has benefits that the enemy can’t touch.

I’m pulling for ya. Hang in there. Your big break is on the way, if you’ll wait for it.

 

Got fear? Pick one and let’s start solving your fear problem with these 3 simple steps.

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Last night our dog Latte, was in fight mode. My son had some friends over late – like after the rest of us were in bed kind of late – to plan a chapel service for his alma mater, City of Life Christian Academy.

So we’ve got a group of 5 college ministry students entering the house. Good kids. Not a bit of malice in any of them. Latte’s sitting there unaware in the dark. She’s surprised by the crowd that’s pouring in the front door. Tyler’s not worried. He’s thinking she’ll calm down.

Great idea Ty. He’s doing a good thing, planning a great event for over 300 students. Except he forgot that when Latte smells danger she goes into fear mode and fights. In fact, she attacked Hank, one of Tyler’s best buddies.

No problem, Latte’s just being a good little watch dog, right?

Well, sorta. See, Hank is a regular at our house. She knows him. She sniffs him. She licks him. But last night she bit him.

What was Latte’s deal? Why did she fear something she’s familiar with? …Hank?

Seriously…Hank is such a sweetie!

I’m no dog whisperer, but Latte WRONGLY perceived Hank as a danger. Maybe because he trimmed his beard and looked different, maybe he wasn’t wearing his favorite plaid shirt…I don’t know. All I know is that Latte smelled fear and she choose to fight instead of take flight.

Have you ever done that? Feared something you’d been ok with in the past? Feared an event that you have handled with ease years ago, yet for some reason, now it seems too much for you to handle?

If so, you’re about to either fight or flight.

What is the fight or flight syndrome? When our brain interprets a situation and tells us that we are in danger and we have two choices, either to stand and fight or to flee from danger, that is known as the fight or flight syndrome.

One of the most famous scriptures about fear is Joshua 1:8 and it says:

Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

BUT, how do you do that?! How do you remain strong and courageous without fighting or flighting?

Here’s how to start:

Overcoming Fear

Sometimes the only way to overcome a fear is to face it head on; however, this can be daunting and even frightening at first. However, if you take small steps in the beginning, see, and recognize your small successes, chances are you will go on to bigger and better things.

1. Take Inventory

If you have areas, like we all do, that you would like to improve upon, then you should definitely take inventory of where you feel you are lacking and what your strengths are, as well.

For example, if you are weak in networking and social gatherings, you may want to look at some videos, take a class or attend a seminar on the subject. Look within and find the answers that you know are already there.

Once you have identified your weak areas, now it is time to take action.

2. Take Action

Taking action means that you take those areas that you have identified and taken action in each one of them. Now, you don’t have to take action in all areas at the same time – that may be too much at once.

Start with one small area and when you have finished working on that area, move on to another area. I love that scripture that says: “Don’t despise the day of small beginnings.” Start small.

Let’s say for example, you’re weak in public speaking. Take a class, watch a video, read a book, talk to a professional and you will see that you will begin to feel more empowered right away.

After all, knowledge is power and when you take action you give yourself the ability to minimize your weaknesses and enhance your power.

3. Take an Inside Out View

Sometimes your strongest suits are the ones where your weakest areas live. For example, if you always disliked the fact that you were quiet, shy, and withdrawn, perhaps you have a creative side that simply needs an outlet. (I tell my story about being shy on this podcast, you can listen by clicking here.)

Moses was shy too, yet he ended up becoming a public speaker. Even though, Aaron at first, rescued Moses by speaking on his behalf. Eventually Moses pushed passed his fear giving the Israelites speeches and instructions that directed them to their destination.

If you look at your weak sides and find a way to turn them inside out and turn them into your strong suits, you will find success was there all along.

So there’s your 3 steps to begin solving your fear problem.

  1. Take inventory.
  2. Take action.
  3. Take an inside out view.

Go get em! God’s right behind you. And here’s how I know that…

Psalm16:8 says:
I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

Like David, the Lord’s at your right hand, and you will not be shaken!

If you’d need more help – check out this resource, 5 Fear Busting Prayers You Can Pray On The Fly.

If you need a dose of hope today, I’ve got you covered! If you’re feeling down, sucking rug, depressed, or stressed…Let me be your hope coach.

In my prayer time this morning I felt I needed to make a personal audio recording just for you. It’s quick but you’ll find long-lasting relief. Peace is about to brighten your cloudy sky! Save it. Share it. Enjoy and be encouraged. – Dr. Linda

Staying happy all day long can be challenging especially when crap hits the fan. If your morning doesn’t start off with a happy-bang you’ll find it hard to make a comeback later in the day when things go wrong. And I guarantee you – something will go wrong. Find out how to start your day in happy-mode and stay there all day with these quick happiness starters.

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Zig Ziglar once joked with his audience that he wakes up in the morning and reads his Bible then he reads the local paper so that he knows what both sides are up to. Love that! What about you?

  • What do you pour into your mind first thing in the morning?
  • Do the first few minutes of your day set the foundation for a happy day?

If you want to guarantee you’ll stay in happy-mode all day long, here’s what you can do:

Make a list of a few quick things you could do in just a few minutes that flood your mind with joy producing thoughts. (Little hint, don’t be so quick to turn on your TV for the morning news or hit up Twitter or any other social media outlet.)

Make the FIRST thing your HAPPY THING.

Here’s what I do. The minute I wake up and my feet hit the floor, I’m thanking God that I’m alive, strong, healthy, and happy. In fact, one of the first things that comes out of my mouth is, “Thank you Jesus”. Just starting my day off thankful and acknowledging that I am what I am and I have what I have because of what Jesus gave me – puts everything into perspective.

Then I walk downstairs, make my pre-workout drink, gulp it down, get fresh cold water in my bottle, and head back upstairs… and as I do, I’m intentionally thinking about what I’m grateful for.

I spy things on the counter and say, God, thanks for those coffee beans! I see something in the living room like my daughter’s backpack and I thank God that Tiffany is an amazing young lady. I trip over my sons size 14 basketball shoes and it triggers thoughts like “God, thank you that Tyler is healthy and able to play ball.” Now, before you think I’m ALL heavenly minded, know this…

There have been days when I’d instead be like

Are you kidding! Why did that boy leave his basketball shoes in the middle of the floor for me to fall over?! Wait till I get my hands on him!!!

Thankfully, I’ve learned that an automatic response like THAT sets me up to be angry and mad and guess what? Unhappy. So I’ve learned to find the positive even in something that could tick me off.

When I get back to my bedroom, as I’m getting my workout clothes on, I’m talking. Out loud. Thanking God for everything I can think of at that moment. Caring nothing about who hears me. Usually everyone else is still asleep, BUT if one of my kids hear me…great! Because they’re learning how to set up their day in happy-mode!

I love that old Folger’s commercial… “the best part about waking up is Folders in your cup.” Let’s change that up and make this our morning motto: “THE best part about waking up is happy in your cup!” 

So here’s a few happiness starters to get you thinking about positive and joy producing things that will help you stay in happy-mode all day:

  1. What could I be telling myself the instant I wake up that is good?
  2. What could I thank God for the moment my feet hit the floor?
  3. What could I look forward to today?
  4. What scripture or promise of God could I think about that will fill me with hope?

You could jot these 4 happy starters down on a piece of paper and put them on your nightstand so you see them when you wake up. Or maybe tape them to your bathroom mirror – since I’m thinking you’ll be in that room before you go anywhere else. 

One last question for you: Do you believe God wants you to launch each day in a happy way? Then take a cue from Matthew 6:33…

Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.

THAT is how you kick off your day in happy-mode, no matter what!

PS – I’ve been developing something you may find helpful in your quest to live happy. It’s called Happy Academy. Do you want to know when it’s ready? Just pop one of the buttons below and you’ll be one of the first to hear about it when it rolls out.

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You want to feel terrific about yourself, so what’s stopping you?

Yes, I know you want feelings of warmth to surge within when you’re thinking about who you are and what you can offer to others, right? Yet, when you’re looking in the mirror or thinking about who you are at your core…you may feel yuck washing all over you.

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Feelings of self-disdain.
Feelings of self-sabatouge.

What gives?

You know you’re not all that bad.
Yet, deep down, you feel less than.

You feel less than average.
You feel less than normal.
You feel less than you know you could be.

Wouldn’t you love to feel terrific about yourself?

Feeling like you are good.
Feeling like you have something to contribute to the world around you.
Feeling like you have a special purpose?

Yes…feeling terrific about who you ARE.

But you’ll never feel terrific about yourself if you’re carrying this…

Baggage.

What kind? Lugging around resentment toward another person.

You can’t feel terrific about yourself if you feel poorly toward others.

Lugging around unforgiving attitudes toward your mom, your dad, your coworker, your best friend. Your professor, your pastor, your spouse, your boss….

Does lugging emotional baggage really drag you down THAT much?

Yes. So much that it will pull down the feelings you have about yourself.

Again, you can’t feel terrific about yourself if you feel poorly toward others. 

So, how do you go about reversing those poor feelings – especially when some people are idiots, they’ve treated you like yesterday’s trash, and you hurt so deeply from the wounds?

You have ONE choice.

Become a perpetual forgiveness machine.

Like a machine – you crank out forgiveness each time someone inflicts pain into your life.
Like a machine – you return unconditional love for a back stabbing.
Like a machine – your responses soon become automattic.

Put your perpetual forgiving machine in place each morning and at the end of each day.

When you wake up and when you go to bed – run through your day and note who gave you grief, who spoke to you wrong, who betrayed you, who mistreated you…

Yes, you have permission to make a list.
List who did it, and list what they did.
Got it?
1.  List who.
2.  List what.

Then see yourself writing those items down on a piece of paper.

Now visualize yourself feeding that paper into your “perpetual forgiving machine” like feeding paper into a paper shredder. Turn it on, let the machine eat it up.

Last step is this – say a prayer for the people who were on your list. Ask God to help them, bless them, and grow them.

As you do, you are emptying the forgiving machine like you’d empty shredded paper out of the paper shredder. You will feel a washing away of hard feelings and little by little love will return.

Guess what else will?
Feeling terrific about yourself.

How?

Because when you extend forgiveness to people who don’t deserve it – you feel pretty terrific. And you’ll realize you are amazing. You are incredibly forgiving and you treat people who don’t deserve it with love and respect.

And as you do – you’ll start forgiving yourself… you’ll start loving and respecting who you are even though you don’t deserve it.

And yep, at this point you’re feeling pretty darn terrific about yourself!

Win win.

So everyday – go to your shredder… Your perpetual forgiveness machine.

Remember the steps:
List who.
List what.
Pray for them.

Do it as often as needed, even through out your day when you get hit with a hurt.

Forgiveness is more about freeing you from pain than it is about freeing the person who did you wrong….

…and freeing you to feel terrific about yourself!

Do it for you. Do it for them. But mostly – do it for you!

Scriptures to power up your machine:

2 Cor 2:5b: Now is the time to forgive this man and help him back on his feet. If all you do is pour on the guilt, you could very well drown him in it. My counsel now is to pour on the love. (The Message)

1 Cor 13:8b
So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end. (The Message)

Now…go turn on your “perpetual forgiving machine” and start shredding baby!

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If you’ve ever remodeled your house while you’re still trying to live there, you know how crazy it is…

– walking by things that are out of order
– dodging ladders standing in the living room
– tripping over paint cans in the hallway
– unable to use the bathroom because the toilet’s been ripped out to make room for a new one…
– searching for something you swore you saw but now it’s gone?! Help!!!

Ahh, the pains and JOYS of remodeling. You have to put up with the chaos until the work is done.

Well, that’s what we’re doing to make our site more enjoyable for you – so yesterday and all last week, you had to put up with a little of that, my apologies. BUT…when the site is fully ready…it’s gonna sizzle and you’re going to LOVE it!

You’ll enjoy a new multimedia experience, easier access to the things that are important to you, such as videos, podcast episodes, helpful tools, audios, and articles that will infuse you with hope, and help you be more and do more.

There will be some new surprises like live webinars, (oops, not much of a surprise now, huh?) full width sliders, easier navigation, animated content boxes, full page training videos… in a beautiful new home you and I will be able to connect in.

I’m so excited!!! I’ll be emailing you soon, if you’re one of my subscribers, to let you know when it’s done. Then you can come over and enjoy the new place. Till then, you can still visit, you’ll just have to excuse the crazy “text” and “objects” that don’t make much sense, kind of like the ladders and paint cans that are in the middle of the floor.

If you want to be one of the first to know when it’s finished as well as get other value packed content that “regular” visitors don’t get, click here to join our community. Then you’ll be be ahead of the line and privy to any give-a-ways, gifts, and special offers first.

Want to be a part of my remodeling team? If you have any ideas on how we can make the site look better, navigate better, or be more user-friendly, please contact me here with your suggestions. Any thoughts on how we can serve you better are appreciated. Thanks for being a part! Together we are going to make a difference in people’s lives.

I can’t wait till it’s done so you can receive more valuable information that will help YOU create the life and faith YOU love!

Dr. Linda Travelute

Your Hope-Dealer

You’ve been there. God speaks. You hide. He nudges you a little harder. You come up with an excuse. He gets a little louder, so does the voice in your head that says… “You can’t pull that off!”

  • Have you ever felt God prompting you to do something, yet you resist because you don’t think you can do it?
  • Do you get sick at the thought of doing what God told you to do?
  • When he says jump, would you rather stay put because you’re afraid of what might happen?

If so, on today’s “Christianity Made Easy” podcast we’re going to discuss how you can get enough guts to give God glory!

I’ll share 2 stories about failing royally when God asked me to do something for him. I’ll reveal my feelings of insecurity, where they came from, and how I tackled them – or not! (Yes, I’ve told God “NO!” more than once.)

And you’ll be surprised to know that even if you refuse to do what God’s asked you to do the first time, He always has a plan B for you! 

IMG_0003Dive into this podcast and discover 2 keys to overcoming your insecurities so you can reach your destiny and do the very thing God has told you to do…regardless of how stubborn you’ve been in the past.

Like Moses, you can jump over your insecurities and grab your God given purpose. Listen to the podcast by clicking here or head over to iTunes if you have an Apple device. Let’s pop those insecurities in the mouth and jump that hurdle!

Hope.

Where do you find it when you’ve run out of it?

If you are at your lowest or maybe hope is slowly leaking out of your being, this video will show you that yes, no matter who you are or what you’ve done, God cares about you. In fact…you just might want to be on the lookout today for an angel!

That’s what happened to this woman who jumped into a taxi on the way to her suicide location.

Watch this quick video for your dose of hope.

Be a hope dealer and share! 

What Can A Dog Teach You About Hope? So glad you asked! If you’ve been hit with nothing but bad news over and over and over again, you’re probably finding it hard to keep hoping.

Maybe you’ve been given a horrible diagnosis, news that you owe more on your taxes than you expected, news that your parents are getting a divorce…fill in your blank.

You’re probably wondering how you’ll be able to keep believing in God to provide the miracle you desperately need. Enter Murphy.

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Murphy’s a golden doodle, who had cancer and nothing but bad doctor reports over and over again. But listen and learn how Michelle and Mike, her owners, learned to dig in and hang on to hope for Murphy’s miracle.

It wasn’t always an easy walk of faith, in fact they ALMOST GAVE UP. See if you can relate…

Listen in on the podcast: “Christianity Made Easy” and you’ll discover like Michelle did, that just because you’re weak emotionally, doesn’t mean your weak in your faith.”

Click below to listen or catch it on iTunes.

Use the podcast player above.

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If you want to stay in touch with Murphy follow her on Instagram: Miracle_Girl_Murphy.

IMG_1977Here's Murphy before Dr. Mike and Michelle learned she had cancer(top left), Murphy post surgery (bottom left, see her lump?) and ...."Miracle Murphy" on the right.

If you need a dose of hope, you'll find this little book I wrote an exceptional resources: Finding Your Smile in Hard Times. Get it on Amazon here. It will help you flip into peace mode when life is difficult.

Placing a demand on God for what you need may seem a little bossy or out of line, but take a look at the scriptures that say we can, in a sense, place demands on God.

Mt 6:11 says, “Give us this day our daily bread.” This is part of the Lord’s Prayer.

Notice that it isn’t a question. It says, “Give us.”

It doesn’t ask, “Oh God, we don’t have enough to eat, WILL YOU PLEASE GIVE US something to eat so we don’t starve?”

No, that’s not what it says. It’s a demand. Now don’t get all upset, or get your self in a tizzy.

It’s not arrogant in the sense that you are forcing God to do something for you. You’re not big enough to force God to do anything! But it’s like a little kid who walks into the kitchen at dinner time and says, “Mom, I’m starving. I want something to eat.”

Would you slap your kid upside the head and say, ONLY if you beg me. Drop to your knees and beg me.

No! I don’t think so.

Cooking and providing your kids meals is just something a mom does for her family. And kids come to understand it’s part of the family dynamic. The parents take care of them and provide food to eat. It’s out of relationship that the parents take care of their kids.

And it’s out of this family dynamic that kids end up being bold enough to ask and require.

Now don’t get stuck on that word require.

The Bible says we can ask and require our needs to be met, because Gods promises are backed by the honor of his name.

Psalm 34:10 AMP:

The young lions lack food and suffer hunger, but they who seek (inquire of and require) the Lord [by right of their need and on the authority of His Word], none of them shall lack any beneficial thing.

Hebrews 4:16: 

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

So don’t be shy…expect and even “require” God to meet your needs today. And like a loving Father, he’ll do just that.