Monday, 30 December 2013

Snapshots From The Bible Week 52 ~ Galatians 6 v 9- Helping Others


Galatians 6:9 

‘Don’t get tired of helping others. You will be rewarded when the time is right if you don’t give up.’
It is good to end the year thinking of others rather than ourselves. Yes, we need to focus upon our individuality and understand who we are and to know the purpose of our lives. Sometimes this may not seem very clear, however if you take time to meditate and relax into yourself you will come to understand better.
All of us are here to help others- no man is an island therefore we cannot live an isolated existence. We are blessed with different talents so that we may assist one another in different ways. Maybe you help those around you on a daily basis, friends, family, colleagues, however it might be good to see if there is any voluntary work available where you can utilise specific skills. Help comes in many forms; sometimes  this means listening to people's problems or it could involve practical assistance such as helping someone with their CV or laying a carpet- very different yet necessary skills.
There are times when we can become tired helping others, especially if people are constantly seeking our help. My sister has an endless flow of people relying upon her yet I have never known her refuse. Sometimes I wonder how she copes with all those demands but being a strong Christian  finds internal strength through her faith. Helping others can be draining and there will be occasions when we need to take a temporary break- in other words, vacations are great, but we should always help those in genuine need.
Don’t give up- how we love that phrase in today’s society. Go for it and never give up so that you will be rewarded when the time is right. This passage refers to eternal rewards but knowing we have helped someone is a reward in itself.
In 2014 we need to keep up the good work! Make a definite effort to find ways of helping others and never be too proud to ask for help when you need it.
Wishing you all a happy and blessed New Year. 

Jaz McKenzie

Angel Therapy for Healing By Doreen Virtue



This is for anyone who is physically or mentally in need of some healing and believes in angels! I used it for stress and it is interesting how words which are relevant to the situation flow into your mind at the appropriate times. It's a video which I am happy to re-play because it has a very calming effect, therefore is beneficial. Try it and see how you go.


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Snapshots From The Bible Week 51~Galations 6 v 4-Working well


Galatians 6:4 
‘Do your own work well, and then you will have something to be proud of. But don’t compare yourself with others’
To make the best of ourselves we really need to take a pride in everything we do. It does not matter how big or small a task is, it must command our concentration and we should make every effort to complete each task to the best of our ability. Something as simple as making a hot drink can be done with care in order to avoid spillages and to make a great tasting beverage! Especially when making a drink for someone else- it’s really not nice being handed a cup of tea in a dirty looking mug or one that has slopped over.
The better we do our work the more we can achieve. If you work steadfastly at a task and complete it you will feel satisfied and ready for the next job as opposed to feeling as if you are not achieving anything much.  Making a list of jobs is very good for boosting our sense of achievement.
We are told in this verse not to compare ourselves with others. There are a number of reasons why this is good advice. The most obvious is that we are individuals and have different talents. Some people can finish their work quickly whilst others take more time. Provided you reach your targets speed is immaterial- unless you are exceptionally slow or aiming for employee of the year! Quality is always key, whether producing a tangible product or giving advice- if you can go that extra mile when advising someone they usually appreciate your efforts. When we are busy comparing ourselves we may become overly proud and gloat or have a confidence crash if we consider that we are not doing well by other people’s standards. Keep your focus and provided you work well consistently you can be proud of your performance.
Besides traditional work we can apply this attitude to any form of self- improvement. You have a starting point and work from there taking care to practice aspects you have identified. This could be simple- eg: doing a good deed a day or taking more care with communication, choosing words carefully to encourage others rather than speaking off the top of your head.
This is a good verse to take forwards into the New year and help you to advance well during 2014. 
Jaz McKenzie

 

 

Jim Rohn You Must DREAM!



Time to prepare for the New Year so we are sharing excellent advice from the late Jim Rohn. Jim gives us a quick overview of the need to dream and how to go about it with confidence. Here are the three main points:
~Plan your economic goals!!
~Make a list of the things you want ready to check off and celebrate success upon attainment.
~Personal development, what do you need to achieve to become more skilful?


Step 1~ work on your goals- make plans
Step 2~ write your goals down- in your journal and study your desires and accomplishments
Step 3~ check the size of your goals and the kind of goals- your goals are affecting you all days long, they come through your body language. Strong clear goals=good affects.
'Success is doing what the failures won't do.' Love it, definitely time to get started and as Jim says, 'don't join the thank God it's Friday club!' New year and time to re-motivate and achieve.

Jaz McKenzie

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Snapshots From The Bible WK 50~ Hebrews 11 v1- defining faith




Hebrews 11 v1 

‘Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see.’
Faith is almost indefinable. It is something we all possess and choose to either exercise or allow to lie dormant. This verse explains the way in which faith functions; how it ties desire with the act of attaining the things we have faith in.
Faith works when injected with enthusiasm and the unshakeable acceptance that what we ‘will’ ie: wish for, is going to materialise.
Very often our faith works particularly well when we determine a time scale, partly because we keep the object of our faith in mind and strive towards attaining it. Faith is a positive act, a considered step whatever context you are using it in from ultimate religious beliefs to improving your everyday situation. It would appear that faith itself is actually evidence because faith provides the proof. In many ways faith creates a self-fulfilling prophecy and those who seek, find. I have just moved and required ‘the right place at the right price and the right time.’ I set a 2 week deadline and these three major requests have all been met along with many sub requirements; in fact, I have everything I asked for that fits my current budget which is pretty amazing but if you understand faith it is the fulfilment of the expected.
The best way to build faith is by working on easy to attain things and seeing them appear or by taking an enormous step and being bowled over by the results. Like all good things, we need to exercise faith for it to stay in shape. Sometimes if everything goes well we can allow beneficial practices to subside instead of boosting our system with inner strength and confidence.
As we are close to the New Year it might be worth taking a look at the areas where your faith is strong and also where it could do with a boost. Think about ways of strengthening your faith to enable you to move life forwards in a positive direction. If you are on the right path you will excel and if you are not, with faith you can find the best steps to move forwards. Have faith, have confidence and progress! 

Jaz McKenzie

Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You




PC access so we'll share a great Christmas song with you and put some cheerful spirit into ~IB~ !!
It's a busy time of year and a time to pray for all those who do not enjoy this season or are experiencing the first Christmas without a family member or loved one. It is the season to care and share, not a selfish time so let's make the most of all aspects of this season. Merry Christmas!

Jaz McKenzie

Monday, 16 December 2013

How well do you know yourself?


Hello Braappers~ Just a quick note to let you know that internet access is currently limited: apologies and hope to resume regular service shortly.

Knowing Yourself

There are times in life where situations change or challenge us and we may have difficulty addressing our own actions or feelings. This poster accurately sums up that position and encourages reflection. How do we feel about ourselves? Do we understand the path we have just walked or are about to walk?

Most of us have a way of going about life however everybody acts out of character at times and this can be in a positive way. Sometimes the severity of events can bring about previously unknown strengths. We may be more courageous than we believed, find that we have the ability to make clearly analysed decisions, experience things that we imagined were beyond us. Alternatively we may act in ways that we later abhor and do things we wish we had avoided.

This results in times when others fail to understand us- that is not exactly our problem and sometimes we may have the skills to bring them around to our way of thinking; but when we fail to understand ourselves we are at a loss. When we feel like this it is a good time to relax and allow our inner voice to speak as we actually have all the answers.

Next time you don't understand something about yourself look at the triggers. Different people encourage us to react in different ways and possibly we are under the influence of people without realising it.

The best thing to do is to identify your own values and hold fast. Be in a position to know who you are and what makes you tick~ The better you are at being your own person minimises the need for regret. Be strong and be prepared for the unexpected. Life isn't clockwork, it's an incredible journey and we need to enjoy the adventure of self realisation

Jaz McKenzie

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Snapshots From The Bible WK 49~ Proverbs 17 V 22- Joy verses stress



Week 49~ Proverbs 17:22 

‘A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.’
Attitude really is everything and this particular proverb emphasizes how our attitude can affect our minds and therefore bodies in challenging situations.
How do we know that this refers to challenging situations? Very simply because joy is described as a medicine and medicine is not used by the healthy! Of course, the attitudes here are not necessarily applied with reference to our own personal situation but also describe how we are around others. Are we encouraging? Do we keep things in perspective or enjoy dramatizing them to fulfil some inner need or boost our role? Too much attention to the wrong details easily crushes vulnerable spirits and can lead to the downfall of others. How unfortunate if we genuinely wish to help.
We can enjoy creating useless drama in our own lives rather than relaxing, having a joyful attitude and expecting the best outcome in a situation. Drama can be a real smoke screen which prevents us from seeing simple solutions through impairing our ability to function properly. Trying to take a rational rather than emotional approach to life helps keep our feet on the ground.
Joy is a brilliant medicine. When we are joyful everything appears good and our spirit sings, leaving us feeling as if we can tackle anything and everything. Joy creates more joy whereas stress creates more stress. Emotions actually require practice which may sound strange, however you have spent your entire life practicing your emotional mind set without even realising it! If you are constantly stressed and agitated that is the result of ‘personal training.’  Too much of this attitude can ultimately lead to depression and poor self- esteem.  By contrast, joy is a positive emotion which elevates and helps us to enjoy life. Joy draws others to us because we wish to share the feeling and tend to reach out to others. Practice joy, it really will help you to enjoy life.
 
Jaz McKenzie
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Friday, 6 December 2013

Reflections~ A poem by Jaz McKenzie


Reflections

To look, to dwell, to shimmer
Regarding time spent
Recalling, relishing or filled with remorse
The yesteryears, time passed
Dwindled away for evermore
And yet our memories replay
Eternal highlights
Wavering in the present

Like the reflections on the pond
Where we once fed the ducks 

Two small children riding their bikes
In a shaded woodland, summertime 

And as winter draws near
I return to the same spot
The same trees still stand tall
Affected only by the elements

Shedding their leaves
Barren, awaiting seasonal re-growth
And so it is!

A new future, a new generation
New memories
Eternal promise!

Jaz McKenzie
 
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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Snapshots From The Bible WK 48~ Proverbs 17 V 14- Preventing arguments


Week 48~ Proverbs 17: 14 

The start of an argument is like a water leak- so stop it before real trouble breaks out.’
The problem with arguments is that they very often spring up from nowhere. You are having a great day and are in a good mood but unfortunately brush up against someone who may be emitting a very different vibration. If we have a good sense of awareness we may be able to prevent any serious deterioration and restore the situation quickly and painlessly to a reasonable discussion. On the other hand, the most common outcome is that we find ourselves being drawn  into an argument and end up giving as good as we get. The outcome will probably be unsatisfactory and you are left with feelings that can range from uncomfortable to furious.
Arguments can start with anything from a few little niggles to outright accusations. Being aware of other people’s moods and body language; matters that may be regarded as sensitive and anything that may be construed as criticism is a great starting point. Awareness helps us to plan what we are going to say and how we will deliver it to avoid an upset. We can also walk away from a dispute or use tactics to soften or circumnavigate a subject to reach a better conclusion. It is so much easier to prevent a leak than plug it. Likewise, it is better to maintain good relationships with people and avoid the need for damage control!
It is not always easy avoiding arguments, particularly if you are emotionally involved with someone. You may have better outcomes if you are pro-active and make decisions following discussions rather than reacting to things. Good old fashioned deep breathing has a great deal going for it, giving you space to calm down and get your thoughts together.
Prevention is better than cure, so challenge yourself- how long can you go without being drawn into an argument?
Might try this one myself and see how it goes! 

Jaz McKenzie
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Sunday, 1 December 2013

Meet Your Guardian Angels, Doreen Virtue



All of us have a guardian angel and there may have been times in your life where you have said, 'some one's looking out for me,' yet not attributed it to anything. This is one of the purposes of your guardian angels. Many of us are not very aware of our guardian angels and do not understand the role that they can play in our lives. For this reason, and to stimulate your interest, we are taking time to find out a little more and have the opportunity to connect. There are angels for everything and you can request help at any time. Fantastic concept and very comforting.


Regarding finding out your angel's name, I tried this and funnily enough a name jumped straight into my mind- maybe you are sceptical and consider it a reaction to suggestion- we can believe or disbelieve, everything is a matter of personal choice, however I am definitely angel orientated!

Jaz McKenzie

If you would like to share your experiences relating to angels contact: itsbraap@live.co.uk