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The World Says… Yet God Says : God’s answers in the time of Covid19. Reassurance from Scripture during trying times.

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The World Says... Yet God Says : God's answers in the time of Covid19

The World Says… Yet God Says : God’s answers in the time of Covid19

Flattening the curve is the catchphrase of the day, how frightening! There’s so much anxiety and stress in the world with the Covid19 pandemic. While we stay at home, we can slow down the spread of the virus and prevent overwhelming our health care system. This can be such a trying time, so many unknowns, and so many worries. Financial burdens, health concerns and bad news constantly… I don’t know about you but  I always find reassurance in the Word of the Lord. He alone controls our future. We try to do what we can, and we rely on HIM alone for our best outcome. Here are some reassurances from His Word: I hope this helps you find your center xo Goose

The world says the future is unknown right now– God says, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Jeremiah 29:11

The World says schools are closed and parents are homeschooling that haven’t before — God Says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” -Proverbs 22:6

The world says work is limited or closed —God Says, ” And God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:19

The world says gatherings need to be limited to 10 people -God says “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” -Matthew 18:20

The world says social distancing is instructed–God says ” Everyone will go to his own house and leave Me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with Me.”-John 16:32

The world says we should hoard all the water, food, and toilet paper — God Says “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
-Matthew 6:25-34

The world says elderly are more susceptible to the virus , we should distance ourselves to protect them as they’re more likely to get super critically ill– God Says “Show respect to the elderly, and honor older people. In this way you show respect for your God. I am the Lord.” -Leviticus 19:32

The world says every man for himself –God Says “Never speak harshly to an older man,but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters. Take care of any widow who has no one else to care for her.”

-1 Timothy 5: 1-3



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Top 10 Ways to Live Life on Your Own Terms in 2020

Top 10 ways to live life on your OWN terms: A plan for the new year

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Living Life On Your Own Terms

Improving how you live, how you serve, and how you relate in the coming new year. As per my usual behaviors, I often look ahead to the new year with open arms, welcoming it, but at the same time looking back and learning from my mistakes over the past year. Some people call them resolutions, but I balk at that term. Instead I just look at my ideals for the impending new year as a list of goals, I vow to not do anything in the coming year that doesn’t feel right for me, or my family. For 2020 I claim the word “Intentional” , (last year I chose the word “fierce” to be 2019’s catch phrase). As I get older, I realize it’s important to be deliberate in everything I do. I want to be thoughtful and less of a knee-jerk reaction type of person. I never learned how to NOT be a knee jerker, I grew up in chaos, and turmoil within an alcoholic home. I felt if I didn’t strike while the iron was hot, then this chance may never come again. It was all very primal and basic… as I get older (and hopefully wiser) I want to examine things from a higher plane before I make decisions. I want to be more strategic, thoughtful and deliberate BEFORE I react or make a decision about anything.

Here is a curated list of the top 10 ways I am going to be more intentional and deliberate in my life in 2020. I hope you can find some ideas in here of ways to be that will inspire and motivate you.


1. Meditation/Prayer:

Pray or meditate morning, mid-day, and night

In a recent interview at the Genius Network mastermind event, Joe Polish asked Tony Robbins what he does to get focused. “Do you meditate? What do you do?” Joe asked.

“I don’t know that I meditate. I don’t know that I want to meditate and think about nothing,” Tony responded, “My goal is clarity.”

Instead of full-on meditation, Tony has a morning routine that includes several breathing exercises and visualization techniques that get him to a state of clarity and focus. For me, I use prayer and pondering (my version of meditation) as the same vehicle.

Whatever your approach, the goal should be clarity and focus. What do you want to be about today?

What few things matter most during the next 24 hours?

I’ve gotten the best results as:

  • My morning prayer and meditation are motivational
  • My afternoon prayer and meditation are evaluative and strategic
  • My evening prayer and meditation are evaluative and reflective

2. Journaling

Write in your journal 5 minutes per day

This habit will change your life.

Journaling clears your emotions from serving as your personal therapist

Your journal will:

  • Detail your personal history
  • Clear your emotions serving as your personal therapist
  • Enhance your creativity
  • Ingrain and enhance your learning
  • Help you get clarity on the future you want to create
  • Accelerate your ability to manifest your goals
  • Increase your gratitude
  • Improve your writing skills
  • Lots more

Five minutes per day is more than enough. Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism, recommends writing far less than you want to — only a few sentences or paragraphs at most. This will help you avoid burnout.

3. Take Action

Make a bucket list and actively knock items off

Most people have it backwards — they design their ambitions around their life, rather than designing their life around their ambitions (see this free eBook on how to quickly create your ideal life).

What are the things you absolutely must do before you die?

Start there.

Then design your life around those things. Or as Stephen Covey explained in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “Begin with the end clearly in mind.”

A simple mental exercise that may be helpful is imagining you only have 30 days to live. What would you do in those 30 days?

Now imagine you have 5 years to live. What would you do during those 5 years?

Get to work. The death-bed mentality is the only way to live. Stop pretending you’ll live forever. As Professor Harold Hill has said — “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.”

4. Challenge Yourself

Do something everyday that terrifies you

“A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.” — Tim Ferriss

But you don’t have to constantly be battling your fears. Actually, Darren Hardy has said that you can be a coward 99.9305556% of the time (to be exact). You only need to be courageous for 20 seconds at a time.

Twenty seconds of fear is all you need. If you courageously confront fear for 20 seconds every single day, before you know it, you’ll be in a different socio-economic and social situation.

Make that call.

Ask that question.

Pitch that idea.

Post that video.

Whatever it is you feel you want to do–do it. The anticipation of the event is far more painful than the event itself. So just do it and end the inner-conflict.

In most cases, your fears are unfounded. As Seth Godin has explained, our comfort zone and our safety zone are not the same thing. It is completely safe to make an uncomfortable phone call. You are not going to die. Don’t equate the two. Recognize that most things outside your comfort zone are completely safe.

5. Give Back

Do something kind for someone else daily

“Have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need?Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad? If not, I have failed indeed. Has anyone’s burden been lighter today, because I was willing to share? Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way? When they needed my help was I there?” — Will L. Thompson (music and text)

If we’re too busy to help other people, we’ve missed the mark. Taking the time to spontaneously — as well as planned — helping other people is one of the greatest joys in life. Helping others opens you up to new sides of yourself. It helps you connect deeper with those you help and humanity in general. It clarifies what really matters in life.

As Thomas Monson has said, “Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.” That would truly be a failure.

6. Take care of YOU

Go to bed early and rise early

According to countless research studies, people who go to bed and rise early are better students. Harvard biologist Christoph Randler found that early sleep/risers are more proactive and are more likely to anticipate problems and minimize them efficiently, which leads to being more successful in the business.

Other benefits of going to bed and rising early — backed by research — include:

  • Being a better planner
  • Being holistically healthier as individuals
  • Getting better sleep
  • More optimistic, satisfied, and conscientious

Waking up early allows you to proactively and consciously design your day. You can start with a morning routine that sets the tone for your whole day. You show self-respect by putting yourself first. In your morning routine, you can pray/meditate, exercise, listen to or read inspiring content, and write in your journal. This routine will give you a much stronger buzz than a cup of coffee.

7. No Means No

Say “No” to people, obligations, requests, and opportunities you’re not interested in from now on

“No more yes. It’s either HELL YEAH! or no.” — Derek Sivers

Your 20 seconds of daily courage will most consistently involve saying “no” to stuff that doesn’t really matter. But how could you possibly say “no” to certain opportunities if you don’t know what you want? You can’t. Like most people, you’ll be seduced by the best thing that comes around. Or, you’ll crumble under other people’s agendas.

But if you know what you want, you’ll have the courage and foresight to pass up even brilliant opportunities — because ultimately they are distractors from your vision. As Jim Collins said in Good to Great, “A ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ is irrelevant if it is the wrong opportunity.”

8. Set Goals – Smash Them

Decide where you’ll be in five years and get there in two

“How can you achieve your 10 year plan in the next 6 months?” — Peter Thiel

There is always a faster way than you originally conceive. Actually, goal-setting can slow your progress and diminish your potential if you rely too heavily upon it.

In an interview with Success Magazine, Tim Ferriss said that he doesn’t have five or ten year goals. Instead, he works on “experiments” or projects for a 6–12 week period of time. If they do extremely well, the possible doors that could open are endless. Tim would rather play to the best possibilities than get stuck on one track. He says this approach allows him to go drastically farther than he could ever plan for.

9. Bare Basics

Remove all non-essentials from your life (start with your closet)

“You cannot overestimate the un-importance of practically everything.” — Greg McKeown

Most of the possessions you own, you don’t use. Most of the clothes in your closet, you don’t wear. Get rid of them. They are sucking energy from your life. Also, they are dormant value waiting to be exchanged for dollars.

Getting rid of underutilized resources is like injecting motivation and clarity into your bloodstream. While all of that untapped energy gets removed, a new wave of positive energy comes into your life. You can use that energy in more useful and productive ways.

10. Have Faith

Choose to have faith in something bigger than yourself, skepticism is easy

In the timeless book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill explains that a fundamental principle of wealth creation is having faith — which he defines as visualization and belief in the attainment of desire.

As Hill famously said, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”

If you don’t believe in your dreams, the chances of them happening are slim to none. But if you can come to fully know the things you seek will occur, the universe will conspire to make it happen.

According to Hill (see page 49 of Think and Grow Rich), here’s how that works:

  • “Faith is the starting point of all accumulation of riches!”
  • “Faith is the basis of all ‘miracles’ and mysteries that cannot be analyzed by the rules of science!”
  • “Faith is the element that transforms the ordinary vibration of thought, created by the finite mind of man, into the spiritual equivalent.”
  • “Faith is the only agency through which the cosmic force of Infinite Intelligence can be harnessed and used.”
  • “Faith is the element, the ‘chemical’ which, when mixed with prayer, gives one direct communication with Infinite Intelligence.”

Like expressing love, in our culture, many have become uncomfortable with ideas like faith. Yet, to all of the best business minds in recent history, faith was fundamental to their success.


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