Healthy Wednesday Wisdom | Eczema

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If you suffer from Eczema or any other type of dry skin condition, then you are going to love today’s topic! Discover how I keep my skin even and moisturized without using all the chemicals most doctor’s prescribe to “cure” eczema. Below are the items I discuss in this podcast. Trust me, you’re wallet is going to love you!

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African Black SoapShea butter

Black Soap Shampoo Recipe

1.)  Get an old water bottle

2.) Fill it up halfway with VERY warm water

3.) Tear up chunks of the African Black Soap and place it into the waterbottle.

4.) Shake up the water and soap mixture.

5.) Let it sit for like 30 minutes or until the majority of the mixture is liquid.

6.) You can place in drops of your favorite oils. I like to add tea tree because I LOVE that tingly feeling and it’s great for stimulating your scalp.

What’s Hindering You?

what is hindering you

This question makes me think of Peter’s failure to complete his quest of walking on water to meet Christ. This one incident in Peter’s life has a lot to say about our subject matter, “What is stopping you from success?”

Peter’s failure demonstrates how we can allow Satan to use our surroundings to hinder us and even destroy our desire to succeed. Peter’s lack of desire to continue walking on water proves that it is not our surroundings or situation that hinder us, but where we choose to focus our mind. To help us understand this fact, let’s look at a chapter in Peter’s life.

If you recall this event, when Peter started his quest to walk on water, he was filled with faith. In other words, Pete’s focus was completely on Christ when he started to walk on water. Peter’s focus was not on his surroundings or his limitations. Peter kept his attention on Christ. As a result, Peter  was able to accomplish the impossible. He was able to walk on water.

With this in mind, the question becomes,“What happened to Peter’s state of mind (aka his faith) that made him think that he could no longer walk on water to meet Christ? The only answer is because he took his eyes off of Christ. Whenever we take our focus off of Christ, Satan will hinder us. The mere fact that Peter was able to walk on water before he became distracted by Satan, indicates that it is our focus of the mind that determines our true success or failure in life.

When Peter started out, his state of mind (aka his focus) was completely on Christ. As a result, he was able to do the impossible “walk on water”. Again, the question becomes what stopped Peter from completing his walk on water? Peter’s surroundings had not changed, everything was still the same. Therefore, the answer to this question can only be, Peter took his focus off of Christ. Whenever we take our focus off of Christ, Satan and his demons will storm into our life hinder and even stop us from succeeding.

Satan will use whatever we allow him to imprison our mind with. This hinderance can come from a wide range of lies and deceptions. It can come from a difficult family members, a boss or co-worker.  The point is, once we take our eyes off of Christ, Satan will imprison our mind with all sorts of negative circumstances to cause us to want to give up and quit .

In Peter’s case, Satan used the “the boisterous wind” to cause Peter to give up and quit. This chapter in Peter’s life proves that once we allow Satan to enter our mind, he will derail our faith. All of which will hinder and even stop us from succeeding in life.

We know this to be true because it was not the wind or Peter’s surroundings that stopped him from finishing his quest to walk on water to meet Christ. If you recall, the wind was boisterous before Peter started to walk on water (Matt 14:24-31). Therefore, it was not the boisterous wind or his surroundings that caused him to become fearful and lose faith. It was Peter’s focus.

Peter took his focus off of Christ. As a result, Peter never completed his goal of walking on water to meet Christ. The same applies to us today. Whenever we take our focus off of Christ and start to look at our negative circumstance, we will never get a solution to our problem so we can live the extraordinary life God desires for us.

When we allow Satan to control our thought life (heart, soul, and mind), God has to stop and help us solve our problem and cleanse our soul. God will never ignore the fact that we are allowing Satan to control. Besides, even if God did ignore our sinful state of mind (being filled with Satan negativity)  and solely focus on helping us while we are allowing Satan to control us, we would behave like swine and trample all over God’s helping hand. We would not respect or even be grateful for God’s blessings.

As a result, God will not ignore the fact that we are allowing Satan to control us and just give us the solution to our problem. It would be a waste of a blessing as to why God refer to such as casting His pearls before swine (Matt 7:6).

Again, Peter’s surroundings did not change. It was his focus that changed. Peter took his focus off of Christ. Peter started out with strong faith and a “can do” attitude. In other words, he had the zeal and determination to succeed, which is faith in its true form.

Peter started to sink when he took his eyes off of Christ. Peter took his eyes off of Christ.  Peter started to see what Satan wanted him to see. The boisterous wind and not Christ. The same thing applies to us when we take our focus off of Christ. We will start to see what Satan want us to see:  

  • This situation is hopeless.
  • I will never going to get out out of this mess.
  • I am never going to (insert unattained goal or desire), so I’m not even going to try.

If we learn from Peter, we would know not to look at our problems the way Satan wants us to see them. This incident of Peter lets us know that our problems cannot hinder us if we keep our focus on Christ. It was Peter taking his eyes off of Christ that caused him to give up and quit his pursuit to walk on water.

The mere fact that Peter was able to start walking on water, is evidence that he was able to accomplish his goal. The only reason Peter did not complete his walk on water is because he took his focus off of Christ. Peter’s short lived accomplishment confirms that our failures have nothing to do with our troubles or our surroundings but solely on us taking our focus off of Christ.

If you’re not sure what’s hindering your life, you will be able to quickly identify that your focus is not on Christ. Once you change your gaze to solely focus on Him you will live the extraordinary life He wants for you.

 

 

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Is it a desire or distraction?

Is it a desire or a distraction?

It is good to have desires and goals. They are gifts from God that make life worth living. It only becomes a problem when we do not know if the desires and goals that we set for ourselves are a gift from God or a distraction from Satan.

We can only know the true answer to this question by examining the word of God. When we examine the word of God, we know that He will never give us a desire or goal that will occupy our mind day and night whereby we do not have time to daily read and meditate on the word of God. Once we put anything before the word of God, we know that our goal or desire is not a gift from God.

Another way we can tell the difference between a gift from God and a distraction from Satan is — God will not give us a desire or goal that has us obsessing over it. It’s not going to cause us to  become filled with Satan’s negative traits of anger, frustration, discouragement, depression, and other negative thoughts for not having this object of our affection. Again, God will never give us a desire or goal that will imprison our mind with negativity. Anything that imprison our mind with negativity is not a gift from God.

At one point our goal and desire could have started off as a gift from God. However, once we allowed the object of our affection to elevate itself above the word of God, this object is no longer a desire or goal but a distraction from Satan. We must keep in mind anything (including something good) can become a distraction of Satan.

In other words, whenever we take our desire or goal far beyond its God given limits, whereby we allow it to imprison our mind with Satan’s negative traits of anxiousness, frustration, depression, anger, confusion, discouragement, etc., then we have crossed over into sin.

Becoming too preoccupied with goals and desires to the point of putting them before God, is a distraction of Satan, not a gift from God. A gift from God will not dominate our thought life by having us obsessing over it. An excellent example of this fact is our desire to spend eternity in heaven.

As you know, everyone has a desire to go to heaven. However, we are not willing to rush the process of death to get there nor are we allowing our “normal” desire for heaven to dominate our thoughts day and night because we are not there. If we compare our desires and goals to our thoughts about heaven, we can easily tell if they are a distraction of Satan or a gift from God.

Consider my question from this perspective and it will give you a definitive answer to your delima. Again, if our desires and goals are truly a gift from God, then we would think about them on the same level as we think about heaven (Col 3:2). In other words, we will not allow our goals and desires to dominate our thoughts to the point that we become frustrated, bitter, depressed, and even angry for not having it.

I think the problem with answering our question is that most of us think from a checklist perspective. We think that just because something is good and wholesome it cannot be evil.

We forget that even something wholesome can be turned into a distraction.

Satan’s distractions can come in the form of a job, family, relationship, or whatever we put before the word of God. Anything that keeps us from reading and meditating on God’s word is a distraction from Satan. Again, these distractions can take the form of a job, a spouse, a friendship, or whatever.

Always remember, no one should ever come before reading and meditating on the word of God. If it does it is a distraction from Satan, not a gift from God.

Thanks so much for listening to today’s podcast. My goal is to help you both spiritually and physically. If this podcast has been a blessing to you, please check out my other website starengu.com. I’m confident that my side hustle of helping others to invest in themselves via my online courses can be of help to you.

My courses are geared to teaching people how to create their own website, and promote their endeavor through digital marketing, and so much more. You never know who you may inspire.

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Why you need to keep a daily journal

Hustle in Faith Why you need a daily journal

A daily journal keeps things real. It helps us to stay calm and strong during times of trouble. Although our problem may be physical, only a spiritual intervention from Christ can restore order in our life. This is why it is imperative that we keep a daily journal.

A journal doesn’t let us forget the blessings God gave us. It helps us to recall everything that God has done for us. It helps us to be strong and of good courage, so we can speak the truth in the midst of troubles. This is how David won his battles. David won his battles because he stayed calm so that he could listen to the solution from God.

David was able to stay in faith because he kept a journal of past victories God helped him win. A journal helps us to recognize God’s presence in our life. During our fight against our enemies, our journal won’t let us forget that God is near. It is our journal of past victories that helps us to endure tough times.

As a child of God, we will have to overcome challenges. Whether we like it or not, it is through our challenges that we grow the most. How we make it through our troubles is by focusing on past victories. Keeping a journal of God’s blessings will help us fill our mind with positive thoughts so we do not become weighed down with Satan’s negativity.

During troublesome times, when we are confused, frustrated, discouraged, and feeling afraid, our journal will help us stay calm by keeping our focus on Christ. Recalling all the protection and blessings from God will help us to stay in faith.  Great Faith will allow us to claim victory even though the battle is not over yet. The battle of David and Goliath is an excellent example.

David was able to claim victory in the midst of his battle because he kept in mind all the victories God had previously helped him win. Keeping our mind filled with the blessings of God, like David did, we too will be able to claim victory even though our battle is not over yet.

No matter what our circumstance is; big or small, a journal helps us to remain in faith in the midst of our troubles. It was David’s faith that gave him his victory. By keeping a journal of his past victories, when trouble hit, David was able to stay calm. This calm demeanor helped David to stay in faith. As a result, David did not fill his mind with Satan’s negative traits of fear, frustration, anger, confusion, and doubt.

A daily journal (whether it be mental or physical) kept David’s mind filled with the blessing of God. Through his journal, David was able to draw confidence from past victories. When David was confronted with his giant size problem, Goliath, David turned his focus to God and recalled how God had already helped him kill two other giants—a bear and a lion (1Sam 17:34-37; Ps 144:1-3; 2Sam 22:35-51).

By reflecting on past victories that God had given him, David was able to draw the strength and courage he needed to deal with his intense battle against Goliath. The need to be able to draw strength and courage from past victories is why it’s extremely important for Christians to keep a journal of our accomplishments and blessings that God helped us achieve.

A journal will provide clear evidence of God working in and throughout our life. During tough times, a journal occupies our mind with answered prayers. A daily journal will remind us of God’s love and protection.  Thereby keeping Satan and his demons from filling our soul with negative traits of worry, fear, discouragement and other negative thoughts.

This is how David stayed focus on God and not his circumstance. When confronted with trouble, David did not allow his mind to dwell on negative thoughts such as him being a young boy that had never fought in combat (1Sam 17:28-33). Nor did David focus on his height, physical strength or the negative comments of his brothers and others.

Having a personal history (journal) of God’s trustworthiness and the victories God had brought him through is how David disciplined his mind to stay focused on God. To be victorious in our present situation, we must focus on past victories God resolved for us. We do this by referring to our journal. Having a journal of past victories will help us to remain calm like David.

If we align our mind with God like David did, we can also claim victory in the midst of our troubles. The events that faithful people like David experienced prove that battles are won and lost based on our state of mind. Keeping a journal of past victories will provide you with all the incentive you need to keep the faith so you can live the extraordinary life God desires for you.

Thanks so much for listening to today’s podcast. My goal is to help you both spiritually and physically. If this podcast has been a blessing to you, please check out my other website starengu.com. I’m confident that my side hustle of helping others to invest in themselves via my online courses can be of help to you.

My courses are geared to teaching people how to create their own website, and promote their endeavor through digital marketing, and so much more. You never know who you may inspire.

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