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The Still Small Voice for Success

 He [The Lord] says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

What is it about an image of beautiful scenery that inspires us to feel calm and serene?  In the brief moment that we glance at the image we can imagine the calm and peacefulness of the moment.  If we pause long enough we might even be able to imagine the ripple of the waves, the tenderness of a soft breeze, the warmth of the sun, the vividness of the colours, and the fresh smell of the clean air.

There is a longing that is ignited in our spirit when we see these images that for most of us are rare experiences in our day-to-day reality.  For some high performing people these moments might be almost non-existent.   On a daily basis we are flooded with responsibilities that occupy our thoughts and fuel our activity.  When we do find a few minutes to relax, there is the sound of the street, the humming of electrical appliances, and the constant interruption of some sort of electronic device:  phone, email, text, radio, TV…

What’s upsetting most about the stress of modern day living is that our new reality of electronic communication is training us to have short attention spans and to be dependent on the constant input.  Many people actually find it difficult to ‘unplug’ even for a few minutes.

Often the first activity of the day morning is to check a phone or computer to see who has said what throughout the night.  And from this moment on, throughout the day the phone and computer are constantly being monitored for incoming communication.

This morning, in the span of an hour, I found myself looking at my phone for new messages several times just because it was there.  It has become a habit, that even when the buzz of a new message isn’t interrupting my thoughts its actually programmed into my thinking to check to see what’s waiting for me.   And I know I’m not alone!

As a society, our modern conveniences are actually making it difficult to concentrate.  They are shortening our attention span and interrupting our creativity.  Overall, we are not just losing our serenity; we are changing our ability to think.  I’m reminded of a profound comment a few years ago when my family billeted a few children from Africa.  The instructions to host families were that there was to be no television or electronics for the visiting children because those devices would have a negative impact on their creativity and talent.  Whoa.  Wait a second.  What about our own children then?  What about us adults who are so caught up in communicating online that we are burning ourselves out with the constant multi-tasking and constant recovery from the barrage of interruptions?

Even as I write this message I have the periphery of emails coming into my inbox flashing on my screen (yes, I could turn it off, I just forgot because I’m used to communicating electronically throughout the day).  On top of what we can visually see visually see on our computer screens there is also the pixilation of our screen as a whole that is a constant moving image.  We just don’t consciously see it, but our brains are required to process and interpret this movement.

What does all this have to do with success?  Perhaps it’s obvious to you, as it’s becoming more obvious to me in recent months and years, but sometimes we need to be reminded and certainly we can all benefit by educating our young people on the stress of constant ‘noise’, input, and electronic communication.

God created us to connect to Him:  the all mighty, all knowing, all powerful.  Our modern society is becoming more and more distanced from His Holy Spirit.  We are also becoming more and more distanced from the powers even of our own thinking, let alone His.  We are becoming like waves tossed in the ocean; fallen leaves gathering together in piles that initially are fun, but which over time end up composting from the elements.  We’re all doing it and we’re barely recognizing the ‘death’ it’s causing in our peace and ultimately in our success.

The calling from a beautiful scenery picture that speaks to your spirit is likely screaming at you to slow down and be still.  God promises to provide for ALL our needs.  But we have to stop to listen to him.  The serenity we crave will enable us to hear God speak to us in a way that will guide our thoughts, which will guide our words, our actions, and our results.  What provides this peace in our spirits and souls?  The kind we sense when we gaze longingly at these beautiful images? If you look long enough you’ll find that this kind of peace doesn’t come from financial success, or the satisfaction of a good workout, healthy meal, or job well done, or even the connection to your friends and family.  You find peace in your soul because you have been still long enough to ‘hear’ God speak to you in way that means something to you personally in whatever situation or circumstance you find yourself in.  And all the other things:  finances, health, relationships, success, etc. are the results God says will follow. (Mat 6:33, Luke 12:31 and more)

Because money seems to be as important as oxygen for survival in modern day living, and because money is a tool that can provide us with experiences that provide us with peace, joy, and serenity we naturally experience financial rewards as success and peacefulness.  But it’s important that we put all this into perspective and recognize that we have to interrupt the ‘busyness’ and constant stimulation in order to experience God’s peace long enough to actually let Him guide us in the areas of success that are important for each of us individually.

The peace we all desire will be reflected differently in each of our lives:  relationally, physically, financially, and emotionally.  I, for one, am aware of the stress caused by the day-to-day barrage of interruptions and its overall negative impact on the peace in my life in ALL of these areas.  It’s the spiritual success that will provide this peace that will ultimately provide the success in the other areas also, but with the peace in whatever your current situation is, ultimately it won’t even matter – how ironic is that!?

I know in my own life and for many others, that some of these modern day communication methods have programmed my own thinking so it’s much harder to enjoy downtime during hours that have conventionally been recognized as ‘work hours’.  As I write this I challenge you, I am also challenging myself, to identify the ‘noise’ in your life and to recognize its addictive power over your peace.  Then, armed with this insight ask the Lord to help you to break free from the addiction to begin to experience more of the stillness He wants us to have so he can speak into our lives.  This way He can guide us to the success He has planned for each of us in a way that will bring glory to Him in the process.

The Eye of the Storm

Money has a way of stirring up a hurricane in our lives.  Whether something happens from a an unexpected event or whether it’s a decision that needs to be made about buying, borrowing, or investing, on a day-to-day basis, money affects EVERY area of our life.

Navigating the real-life challenges and day-to-day money decisions in your life requires a certain amount of knowledge, skill and confidence depending on the situation.  Applying all three of these areas at the right time and in the right way is a process and also requires faith.  It’s all these things working together that can create the calm in the midst of some of the biggest financial storms.

Money isn’t just technical know how.  Whether we like it or not, throughout the ages money has power and is a very emotional, controversial subject.  Bringing God, Money and Real Life together is equally as controversial and emotional but also provides a foundation for God’s blessings for powerful results beyond what we could potentially ask or imagine on our own.   

Beginning Friday, September 7th from noon 1:00 pacific time for 4 weeks during the season of transition from the relaxing, bright sunshine of summer, to the cooler, busier days of fall, I invite you to join me on a journey through the storm to discover and apply God’s wisdom to real-life money decision making today.

The program includes 4 live and recorded Teleseminar lessons and weekly homework so that by the end of September you will have fresh new insights about integrating God’s word and real-life money knowledge for earning, managing and maintaining wealth today.  The objective is to discover and apply the learning so that by the end of the month you will have new knowledge, new skills, and an action plan for you to incorporate this information into your own life.

Plus, if you’re a financial professional or counsellor who works with people and their money, you will have new tools, strategies and resources to help others navigate turbulent money situations.

Registration is $99 here, or in keeping with the principles of giving and sharing, you can also make a donation of any amount here in order to participate.

If you register and pay in full before the end of day Friday, August 31st you will also receive access to the full original MoneyMinding Makeover course valued at $250.  This program has produced worldwide testimonials because it provides simple, sequential steps of short information pages, followed by the exercises, templates, questionaires and specifics needed to implement the information into your life.  It is timeless, generic, powerful information that is not and has not been taught in school or by mainstreem financial educators!

If you’re not sure you can make all the sessions live, that’s ok.  You’ll have access to all the recordings and materials and an opportunity to interact and ask questions with the group regardless.  And if you still have questions or are not sure if this is the right program for you, call me directly at 250-592-0457 pacific time.

Blessings,

Tracy

PS – There is so much unsettling financial news today.  Now we also have hurricane Isaac occupying the news and adding to the unsettling financial news.  Thousands of years ago, Abraham trusted God with a very unsettling situation and acted in faith with preparing to sacrifice his son, Isaac.  No doubt there was great turmoil throughout this interaction before God stepped in and provided the sacrificial lamb instead of Isaac.  Today I pray for the families affected by hurricane Isaac and I pray that there is no financial hurricane causing turmoil in your life, or if there is, that you are able to weather the storm and find the peace that surpasses understanding in the eye of the storm.

Is it a revival or a renewal of your finances you’re looking for? www.deathbymoney.com

Revive literally means to start again or bring back to life.  This means that if you feel like you’re off track and have been suppressing your passions because you’re overcome with guilt, or fear about money, then likely you need some encouragement to strengthen your belief that you can live a life where there is enough money flowing into your home to enable you to feel exhilarated about your days.

Perhaps you’re feeling like your life is pre-occupied with money every time you venture into a store or are faced with opening another bill, or statement.  If you need a fresh look at the situation to help you overcome the stress and struggle of working to make money to pay your bills while also somehow managing to save for that distant fantasy land called retirement, you’re looking for a revival.

On the other hand, if you’re thoughts are burdened with anxiety around how you have drifted away from the life you thought you’d be living, or used to be living, before something happened to halt your dreams (a job loss, medical situation, investment loss, divorce, fraud) then you’re looking for a renewal.  You’d like to be able to continue with your former life, mend the broken situation and carry on.  Perhaps you just need to breathe new life into your finances to reinvigorate your life.  Or perhaps you’re aware that there are some areas of your financial life that really should be replaced, but you’re not sure how to transform the situation.  Either way, a renewal is what you’re looking for.

A revival or a renewal requires a change.  In order to change you have to give up on current strategies that aren’t working which will first require acknowledging that the current thinking must stop.  You have to awaken a spirit of financial independence which means removing the concept of retirement from any discussion or thought around your finances.  It also means that you have to understand that what feeds financial independence is income.

What you’re after is income that is sufficient to pay for the expenses for the life you want to live; the life God has placed on your heart to live, not necessarily the life pictured in magazines or on TV, or the one you think you ‘should’ be living.  Ultimately, this means you have to revive and renew the entire concept of income creation.

Income creation, and therefore financial independence, is not dependent on a budget that requires you to spend less than you earn so you can get out of debt and accumulate a big pot of gold to retire with.  Income creation isn’t dependant on you having a good job or career.  Income creation isn’t a special investment or new business.  Income creation starts with an idea, and requires you to take one small step at a time in pursuit of that idea.  Along the way, each step will have financial requirements and decisions with financial implications.  Here it is important to look at the numbers in new ways to help recondition and recreate your situation in order to re-establish a life of financial independence.

If you want to renovate your finances, you first need to stimulate your thinking which begins with the first baby step.  www.deathbymoney.com