Approval and Support

I walk most every morning usually 3-4 miles. I am a Christian and filled with the wonderful Holy Spirit. I do speak in other tongues as described in Acts chapter 2. I have seen miracles and as such believe in them. This morning on my walk I was praying in the Holy Spirit when Jesus asked me who are you seeking approval from and who are you seeking support from? Up to now I thought I was seeking approval from Jesus and to a point I was. But here is what got to me and this is a lesson we can all learn from: we need support from people we respect, including Jesus. But, we only need approval from Jesus through the Holy Spirit. So question for you, who are you seeking approval from? And who do you seek support from? If you are looking for approval from anyone other than Jesus, you will be let down. Plus you are running the risk of doing something that does not follow God’s will for your life. Galatians 1: 10 says “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” I would much rather have the approval from Jesus than from man because ultimately it is Jesus who will reward me for my hard work. As for support, who are you seeking support from? For me at this point, I am only seeking support from some very specific people that I know that follow Jesus and are already proven to be effective leaders. By seeking support from them, I will become more like Jesus. It is said that the top 5 people you spend the most time with is who you become like. So my challenge for you today is that (1) you look closely at who you are seeking approval from, (2) who you are seeking support from and (3) who the top 5 people you spend the most time with are. Is that list healthy? Will they get you to where you want to be in 5 years. 

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Memorial Day

My dad, brother, and one of my cousins are all veterans. I am so thankful for the sacrifices that have been made by them and many others like them. So today,  I just want to say thank you for serving. All gave some, but some gave all. Thank you.

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Working Hard or Working Smart?

This is from a note I did on Facebook a couple of months ago back in March, but I thought it was a good one to post here. Many of us are working hard. But does being busy mean you are working smart? Since last summer I’ve been working with some incredibly successful people. One thing I have noticed is that while they work incredibly hard, they also work very smart! They schedule their days to include time for what they have to do but they also allow for time to have fun! By doing that, they are working smart.  George Monbiot said  “If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.”   So, with that being said, what does working smart look like? We all have 24 hours in a day. What we do with those 24 hours will determine what level of success you achieve. We have to sleep 8 hours a day. Plus we have to eat and have time for personal care. Those two activities take up 10-11 hours a day. That still leaves 13-14 hours a day. What we do during those hours will determine your success. I homeschool my kids. But my kids are at an age that for the most part they do most of their schoolwork independently. This is the first year I can say that. Prior to that I was spending time working on reading skills, math skills, and other academic areas. As I sit here writing this Chris is reading, Mary is doing research on the computer, Caleb is helping Mary and Ashley is doing schoolwork in her room. People go to work everyday and work 40 hours a week or more for 40 to 50 years. Then they retire and many times have to go back to because the money runs out. I figured out that working 40 hours a week for 50 weeks a year for 40 years comes out to working 80,000 hours. So with that said, why do so many people have to return to work after “retiring?” But yet there are others who are retiring and just enjoying life. What is the difference? Simple! They are working hard and working smart! A chart I came across explains how you can have income even after you retire. It is called “residual income.” Here is the chart:Image

So if you have this type of income, you will be able to truly retire. How soon do you want to retire from your current job? If you use your time wisely you can do it completly in two to five years. But to do this you need to have a way to develop long term residual income. If you were to have this what would your life look like? What could you do? If you had 40 hours a week to spend anyway you want, what would you do? For me, I will travel to see places I have only read about. Places like Israel, Australia, England, and Ireland. I will also be able to “drop in” to see my brother who lives 15 hours from me. I will go visit friends in Florida and Texas just because. And go to the Holyland Experience in Orlando. Plus I’ll go hang out with a friend who owns a bed and breakfast in Ontario, Canada (you can see her place at this link: http://bbcanada.com/carolsbnb). Who wouldn’t want a life like this? I do and I’m going for it! Does this mean that everyone I know supports me and realizes I’m making this happen? Not by a long shot! But I am determined to do this. I am also planning to learn to fly and own my own plane. It will be a 15 passenger plane that I can easily travel anywhere to whenever I want to. So for right now, I am working hard, but I am also working smart. Just something to think about. God bless you.

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Promise Yourself

“Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”


― Christian D. LarsonYour Forces and How to Use Them

The Importance of Thankfulness

 

John Wooden said “Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.” This is true! Hard times come for all of us. It is in those times that it is incredibly  important to be thankful. You may be saying I have nothing to be thankful for. My life is a trainwreck. Nothing is going right. And from the outside looking in you may be right. But there are two things you can be thankful for. One is you are alive. Two, you can read. There are 774 million people in the world who can’t read. That is a lot of people. So if you are reading this you are not in that category. I read once that if you want to appreciate what you have look at someone who has less.  And it is true.  Being thankful also has a postive impact on a person’s body. When you practice being thankful it reduces the impact on the adrenal glands. If your adrenal glands shut down from to much stress it can be fatal. So, find reasons to be thankful! Your body and your life will thank you for it.  Have a great day! And don’t forget to be happy!

Setting Goals

I have as a mentor an amazing friend named Dr. Reggie Cochran. One of the many things that he has worked with me on is learning how to set goals. Setting goals is an absolute must no matter what you do for a living. A very simple way of making a goal is in this equasion: what do you want plus putting a date to it is a goal. But there is a little more to it than that. You do have to know what you want and you do have to put a date to it, but you also have to determine what needs to happen in order to make that goal happen. For example, one thing I want to do is go on a vacation next year that  my company does for it top people every year. This year they are in the Dominican Republic. Reggie is there on that vacation right now. In order to make this happen I have specific things that need to happen. I need to reach a set number of points on a monthly basis and develop some leaders in the process of it. Many of the things we all do in life is based on setting goals, then determining what needs to happen for that goal to become a reality. Do you want to own your own business? Do you want to become a stay at home parent? No matter what the goal is you have to start there. Then determine what needs to happen for that to happen. From there decide when you want this to happen by. That will be your date. In my business, everyday I have to work on setting smaller goals so that I can know what I have to do next to reach my first major goal. Along the way I have MANY smaller goals to reach. I have to reach out to people every day. Plus I have to learn constantly what it takes to be a leader. Your goal may be similar to mine or it may be drastically different. No matter what the goal is you will have to do things everyday to make it a reality. You can think of it this way using my example,  I’m using my big dream as an example. But you can substitute any big dream in its place.

Vacation in May 2015

  1. Begin to develop 2 leaders using tools available 
  2. Build my business to 4 leaders 
  3. Build to 6 leaders
  4. Build to 8 leaders

For my company building leaders is how you become successful and earn the amazing trip that I am working toward. I realze that I have not said what company I’m working with and that is on purpose. My purpose on this blog is to talk about what I’m learning and reteach it. Someone once said that if you can teach something then you have mastered it. So on this blog, I am attempting to do just that. If  you would like to know what I do at any point, leave a comment with a way to contact you and I will be glad to talk to you and see if we can be a good fit. If I can ever help you on setting goals of your own, let me know. I’ll be glad to help. You can also contact me via Facebook. I am listed as Malissa Elkins Van Zee. God bless you beyond your wildest dreams! 

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Do you get it?

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In this image we see a physical body. We know what we look like in the physical. But do we really get who we are in Christ? My guess is we don’t! If we were to get a grasp of who we are in Christ it would transform our lives! Jesus has already done all the work that is needed for us to be saved from our sins, healed from all the physical issues that plague us, and delivered from anything that causes distress. In Ephesians 2: 6-10 we read “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork,created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Jesus did the work in advance that is needed for us to have what we need to do what Jesus has called us to do! If Jesus has already done the work then why do we continue to beg and plead with God to move? He has already moved, he did his part when he came to earth as a babe, lived a sinless life, was filled with the Holy Spirit, was tempted in everyway. Then at the end of His physical life Jesus submitted himself to a humiliating death. He was beaten and then nailed to the cross and left to die. After He died Jesus rose from the dead! And then He sent the Holy Spirit to help us do what we can’t do on our own.  By doing all this Jesus did all that is needed for every work! Jesus has already done the work! We just need to claim it then accept that the work has been done. This applies to every area of our lives. It applies to our physical needs, emotional needs, and most importantly our spiritual needs.  So since the work has already been done, all we need to do is receive it! 

Recently while watching Andew Wommack’s program called “Gospel Truth”, I learned a new way to pray and I’m amazed at how effective it is! Is is called Sandwich Prayer and there are only 3 parts to it. One praise God, two, present your requests to Jesus, and three, praise God again. It is incredibly simple! If you want to know where I learned these lessons specifically let me know. It is on Andrew Wommack’s website.