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Why Courage Is Not The Absence Of Fear?

Everything in life requires Courage. It is essential to the human experience. Courage is not the absence of fear. Fear is one of the first human emotions we are introduced to when we enter the earth.  For instance, when a baby is born, the first emotion displayed is fear. Being used to a mother’s womb.

It’s hard for the baby to comprehend the feeling of living outside of it. This fear is expressed through crying and wailing. Fear is the most dominant emotion in our society today. We are afraid of many things to the point that we get really scared to be ourselves, although some of our fears are from our subconscious.

Fear is a crippling emotion that traps and imprisons us. Fear paralyzes the human spirit. Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to move past our fears and triumph over them. To advance, make progress, and free ourselves from the mind’s captivity.

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Courage is the acquired ability to take control of your fears. It is the confidence in your Identity. We have all been gripped by fear in some way, even though we try to convince ourselves that as Christians, there’s no room for it.
Fear finds a way into our lives without any invitation or introduction. It just says, “I’m here, make room!”

But there is a divine response that heaven gives us when we notice that fear has made its grand entrance. The Bible says, ” For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Meditate on this, and you’ll find peace, boldness, and confidence in our great and good God.
The Holy Spirit is our comforter and makes available the comfort we need to overcome fear and walk in courage. Sometimes it’s okay to be overwhelmed with anxiety, but we shouldn’t keep basking in and relishing that state; we need to overcome it. God has given us access to courage.

It is simply our job to receive the comfort that the Holy Spirit releases to us because of Jesus. Fear is referenced in the Bible many times over. God knew that as humans, we would struggle with this emotion. For some of us, that struggle is a battle, while it’s our worst nightmare for others. Our battle may not be one of violence, but we are fighting one of justice and truth.

God wants us to be courageous and stand up for what is true and holy. As children of God, we are called to wear spiritual armor to defend ourselves against the forces of darkness and powers in the spiritual world. God is always speaking to us, guiding us. We are the ones who choose whether or not to listen. We may decide not to hear because of many reasons or mostly because we’ve given room for the noisy and loud voice of fear to block and shut out the soft, still voice of God.

What is keeping you from following the leading of the Holy Spirit? What is holding you back from living life to the fullest, especially when God has given you the go-ahead. Or would you rather let fear keep you in reset mode? Would you enjoy living in a vicious, repetitive cycle of never-ending problems? Are you hurt, angry, sad or disappointed? Do you feel betrayed and used by God?

Does it feel like God only shows up when He needs you and not when you need him? Do you harbor so much anger and resentment towards God that you would let fear be a god in your life? Why idolize fear that keeps you entrapped when you can give your all to the greatest One? You may not trust or believe in God. You might even be in doubt that there’s more to your life than what it already is. But the truth is, you will have to find the willpower to let go of your pride and hand it all to God. Without God, nothing is possible.

Anytime the spirit of fear is all-consuming to the point that it is killing me inside. I always tell myself to put my pride aside and let God in, and when I do, my pain, worries, fears, and struggles vanish into thin air. To ignite your confidence and reclaim your courage, you must step into the highest vision of who you are. Wrap yourself in the loving embrace of God. Connect to God, and things will open up for you.

Let God into the deep recesses of your heart; let him embed himself into the very core of your soul and being. Surrender all to God; your past (all that you’ve been, your present (all that you are), and your future(all that is to come; the new you).

11 Quotes That Proves Courage Is Not The Absence Of Fear

One of my favorite quotes from the I-Ching is—

” It is only when we have courage to face things exactly as they are, without any self-deception or illusion, that a light will develop out of events, by which the path to success may be recognized.” I Ching

Brené Brown— “You can choose courage, or you can choose comfort, but you cannot choose both.”

I wanted you to see what real courage is. I learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear- Nelson Mandela

There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is facing danger when you are afraid. -L.Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Being terrified but going ahead and doing what must be done- that’s courage. The one who feels no fear is a fool, and the one who lets fear rule him is a coward. – Piers Anthony

Courage is about doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared. Have the courage to act instead of react.”- Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Passion is what drives us crazy, what makes us do extraordinary things, to discover, to challenge ourselves. Passion is and should always be the heart of courage.” – Midori Komatsu

And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” -Steve Jobs, Stanford commencement speech, June 2005

To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself. -Soren Kierkegaard.

It takes courage… to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.”- Marianne Williamson, “Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of ‘A Course in Miracles”

What is Fear?

Fear fuels and gives power to our inner demons. Fear is when life becomes so complicated that you lose control and a grasp of reality. There are things we stubbornly hold onto and sometimes unknown to us could be robbing us of our joy, peace, courage, and self-confidence. Courage is moving forward even when the road seems blocked, or you have no idea where you are headed. It is not remaining stagnant all because you fear the unknown.

Fear triggers in you a sense of weakness and insecurity. Courage silences your inner demons and gives life to the voice of God within. The hardest part of turning our lives over to the care of a power greater than ourselves and choosing surrender over control is the need to stay still and let God move. We are so impatient that the idea of losing that much control over our life seems daunting/ scary. Courage is freeing while fear traps and confines in an enclosed place.

Fear wills our mind with the ability to create scenarios that benefit us. It uses our minds to keep us safe in our own personal bubble. This bubble feels like a safety net, but all it really does is make us unable to face problems head-on. Fear makes us feel like ‘a bird in a gilded cage,’ which means to live a life of wealth and luxury but to be without true freedom, happiness, or contentment.

A life of wealth and luxury signifies the thrill and feel of having complete control over our life affairs. But we never feel happy or contented because fear doesn’t stop us from wanting more; it just slows down the process, keeping us stuck in a repetitive cycle of events. Courage is taking risks. It is sacrifice, commitment, perseverance, truth, determination. When you do what people think you shouldn’t or can’t do.

There are things we hold on to. Trying to exert our will and unwilling to release the burdens of the past. But no matter where they came from or how long we’ve been carrying them, to be free, we must drop the rocks that could ultimately kill off our passion, purpose, and our strength. Without letting go, we struggle through life instead of gliding. Faith would allow us to surrender instead of holding on.

Winston Churchill would say, “there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.” It’s more accurate to say that life has many of these moments, many such taps on the shoulder.

Courage Is Not The Absence Of Fear But Acting In Spite Of It

Courage is standing up against tremendous odds to achieve something significant. Courage is finding the willpower to show mettle, perseverance, resolution, and fortitude in everyday situations. Courage is not something we are born with but comes from within us, from our choices. It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. Courage is more than just bravery; it is mettle; whenever you are faced with a choice, you rise to the challenge even when fear, doubt, and pressure overwhelm you.

Courage involves Resolution and Perseverance, which is making up your mind to achieve a goal and not giving up, even in the face of defeat or failure. Courage is knowing you need to do more and not just stay idle. It is not throwing in the towel even when the results of your efforts look disappointing.

Courage involves fortitude, which means having the strength of mind to stand up for what you believe is right even if it means standing alone. Courage is not caring about the opinion of others but instead speaking up, facing your giant and bullies head-on. It is fighting for your peace of mind and no longer subject yourself to ridicule of any sort. Fortitude is the courage to be disliked.

Courage comes from the Latin word cor, meaning “heart.” It is also part of the words ” encourage” and “discourage.” To encourage someone is to give them “heart,” to hearten them. The prefix “en-” means “put into.” To discourage someone is to take away their “heart,” to dishearten. The prefix “dis-” means “take away.”

Courage adds to your life. It puts guts, fortitude, and perseverance into you. Fear always remove from you. It takes away your joy, peace, happiness, and confidence and replaces it with doubts, despair, pain, and sadness. Fear leaves you void, empty, and lifeless.

Courage is an encouragement that starts from within. It is being your number one fan when no one else will. Fear is a huge discouragement that begins from within you. It lets your inner demons, past and traumatic experiences have complete control over your life. Courage is being your best and bravest self, while fear brings your weakest and insecure self out on display.

There are challenges in life that call for a courageous act, and it is expected of us as believers to take our destiny into our hands, bracing ourselves for the unexpected and unknown. Courage is something that everybody wants- an attribute of good character that makes us worthy of respect.  Courage is feeling fear yet choosing to act. The only time a man can be brave is when he’s afraid.

It’s natural to want to be in charge and control our lives, and God completely understands it. But He’s asking you to relinquish that mentality to always be in control. Let Him take the reins of your life and stir you in the right direction.

Let him take the lead, and then you’ll follow. Let him guide you every step of the way. This is the only way you will be able to repel fear and embrace courage. It’s impossible to feel good about ourselves when the fear that we will lose control is running us. Take Courage because this is the only way to win the war of fear and be victorious.

Courage is not the absence of fear but persevering in the face of adversity. Courage is following your heart and taking action. Courage is a choice. It is in each of us, so when you are faced with a choice of whether or not to do the right thing, remember that courage is much more than being brave. It takes mettle, resolution, perseverance, spirit, guts, fortitude, and strength of mind. So why don’t you summon the courage and rise up to the challenge? You should always keep in mind that every act of courage really pays off in the end.

 

 

Bible Verses On Stress

At some point we all deal with stress. It may be a situation that causes us stress or it may be someone who causes us stress. Whatever the source of stress, the solution to stress is in the Bible. One of the ways the Bible is the solution to stress is in the many biographical stories we find in the Bible.

The Bible verses on stress specifically addresses worry that represents a lack of trust in God. God’s design for anxiety was that it would be a “short-lived” response to a threat. Anxiety becomes problematic when it is not related to realistic fears, becomes a chronic pattern when it interferes with normal body functioning. Here are 34 bible verses on stress to help combat it.

WHAT IS STRESS?

A Webster:

  1. “Strain, pressure. Force exerted upon the body that tends to strain or deform its shape.
  2. Urgency, importance.
  3. Tension, strained exertion: as the stress of war.”

Stress is the result of demands made upon the body. Events or experiences cause mental tension or when our bodies strain to function normally. Stress is reflected as accelerated heartbeat, a rise in blood pressure, headache or other localized pain, cramped muscles or skin eruptions. It can also affect one’s ability to think or behave rationally or appropriately. When mental or emotional stress results in changes in the body’s normal physiological pattern or functions the condition is frequently described as psychosomatic in origin (psyche: mind . . . soma/somatic: body.”

In simple terms stress is the wear and tear of life.  Some stress can be good for us. The key, however, is in how we adjust to it, and in its duration. It is long term stress that may kill us. The damage comes when the adrenal flow is too long.

Prolonged stress can create disease and emotional problems. Short-term stress is a normal function which is normally handled by glands and organs without any problem. In essence, stress can be considered anything that tends to change the control that one would ordinarily have over their body and emotions.

Bible Verses On Stress And For Times Of UncertaintyThe Bible verses on stress specifically addresses worry that represents a lack of trust and God designed anxiety to be “short-lived” not long-term.

Bible Verses On Stress: Comfort!

1 “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8

(MSG)_ God is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t worry.”

2 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

(MSG)_ Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”

3“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

(MSG)_ Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.

4 “The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
(MSG)_ Light, space, zest— that’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing.

5 “May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.” Psalm 119:76
(MSG)_ Oh, love me—and right now!— hold me tight! just the way you promised.

6 “The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” Psalm 9:9
(MSG)_ God’s a safe-house for the battered, a sanctuary during bad times.

7 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
(MSG)_ God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him.

8 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

(MSG)_ I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.

Bible Verses On Stress:Worrying?

9 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and selfdiscipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

(MSG)_ God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.

10 “…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;    they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
(MSG)_ But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.

11 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

12 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14:1

13 “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4

14 “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” Psalm 94:19

Bible Verses On Stress: Trust God

15 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

16 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

17 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

18 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

19 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Bible Verses On Stress:Peace

20 “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15

21 “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16

22 “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22

23 “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” Proverbs 12:25

24 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

Bible Verses On Stress: Fear

25 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3

26 Matthew 6:25-34 “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?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

27 ” Luke 12:24-34 “Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin.

Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

28 Psalm 4:8 – “I will both lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, LORD, make me live in safety.”

29 Psalm 119:97 – “How I love Your teaching! It is my meditation all day long.”

30 Psalm 147:143 – “Trouble and distress have overtaken me, but Your commands are my delight.”

31 Jesus, in the midst of busy activities, said to His apostles: “He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a remote place and rest a while.” For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.” Mark 6:31

Powerful Bible Verses On Stress

32 John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.”

33 John 16:33 – “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

34 1 Peter 5:7 – “Casting all your care upon Him, because He cares about you.”

Stress is an individual thing . . . No two persons react the same way to the pressures and tensions of life.  Be careful about creating stress for others . . . . . . Be aware of others who create stress for you. Jesus Christ is the answer to all our needs. Peace is ours to possess . . . The challenge is to claim it. Work with Jesus to slow down . . . Work with Jesus to calm down . . . Work with Jesus to know His true peace.

 

 

Bible Verses About Faith Over FearLearn exactly how these 26 Bible verses about faith over fear will change your mindset completely making you free from a fear-filled-life!

1 2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].

2 Psalms 56:1-4 (AMP)
When I am afraid, I will put my trust and faith in You.

3 Psalms 34:4&6 (AMP)
I sought the Lord [on the authority of His word], and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him And saved him from all his troubles.
(MSG)- God met me more than halfway, he freed me from my anxious fears. When I was desperate, I called out, and God got me out of a tight spot.

4 Deuteronomy 31:6&8 (MSG)
“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”

God is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t worry.”
(AMP)- Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.”

It is the Lord who goes before you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

5 Matthew 6:34 (MSG)
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.(AMP)- “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

6  Psalms 118:6 (AMP)
God’s now at my side and I’m not afraid; who would dare lay a hand on me?
(MSG)- God’s now at my side and I’m not afraid; who would dare lay a hand on me?

7 Romans 8:31 (AMP)
What then shall we say to all these things? If God is for us, who can be [successful] against us?

Romans 8:31-35 (MSG)
So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us.

8 Psalms 27:1&3 (MSG)
Light, space, zest—that’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing.When besieged, I’m calm as a baby. When all hell breaks loose, I’m collected and cool.
(AMP)-The Lord is my light and my salvation—Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the refuge and fortress of my life— Whom shall I dread? Though an army encamp against me, My heart will not fear; Though war arise against me, Even in this I am confident.

9 Proverbs 29:25 (MSG)
The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that.
(AMP)- The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that.

10 Isaiah 41:13 (AMP)
For I the Lord your God keep hold of your right hand; [I am the Lord], Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’
(MSG)- That’s right. Because I, your God, have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go. I’m telling you, ‘Don’t panic. I’m right here to help you.’

11 John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]

(MSG)- I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.

12 Hebrews 13:6 (MSG)
Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?
(AMP)- So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently say, “The Lord is my Helper [in time of need], I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?”

13 Isaiah 43:1 (AMP)
Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?
(MSG)- “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.

When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end— Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior.

14  Romans 8:15 (MSG)
This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?”
(AMP)- For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading again to fear [of God’s judgment], but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons [the Spirit producing sonship] by which we [joyfully] cry, Abba! Father!”

15 Psalms 46: 1-3 (MSG)
God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in seastorm and earthquake, Before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains. Jacob-wrestling God fights for us, God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.

(AMP)- God is our refuge and strength [mighty and impenetrable], A very present and well-proved help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains be shaken and slip into the heart of the seas, Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains tremble at its roaring. Selah.

16 Isaiah 12:2 (MSG)
“Yes, indeed—God is my salvation. I trust, I won’t be afraid. God—yes God!—is my strength and song, best of all, my salvation!”

17 Psalms 91:1,5&11(AMP)
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand]. You will not be afraid of the terror of night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, For He will command His angels in regard to you, To protect and defend and guard you in all your ways [of obedience and service].

(MSG)- You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!” Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, Not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon. He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they’ll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling.

18 Exodus 14:13-14 (AMP)
Then Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid! Take your stand [be firm and confident and undismayed] and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for those Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you while you [only need to] keep silent and remain calm.”

(MSG)- Moses spoke to the people: “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and watch God do his work of salvation for you today. Take a good look at the Egyptians today for you’re never going to see them again. God will fight the battle for you. And you? You keep your mouths shut.

19  Zephaniah 3:16-17 (AMP)
The Lord your God is in your midst, A Warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with joy; He will be quiet in His love [making no mention of your past sins], He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. The Lord your God is in your midst, A Warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with joy; He will be quiet in His love [making no mention of your past sins], He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

(MSG)- Jerusalem will be told: “Don’t be afraid. Dear Zion, don’t despair. Your God is present among you, a strong Warrior there to save you. Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love and delight you with his songs.

20 John 16:33 (AMP)
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]

(MSG)-  I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”

21 1 Peter 3: 14 (AMP)
But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness [though it is not certain that you will], you are still blessed [happy, to be admired and favored by God]. Do not be afraid of their intimidating threats, nor be troubled or disturbed [by their opposition].

22 Lamentations 3:55&57 (AMP)
You drew near on the day I called to You; You said, “Do not fear.” You drew near on the day I called to You; You said, “Do not fear.”
(MSG)- “I called out your name, O God, called from the bottom of the pit. You listened when I called out, ‘Don’t shut your ears! Get me out of here! Save me!’ You came close when I called out. You said, ‘It’s going to be all right.’

23 Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP)
For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
(MSG)-  I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

24 Psalms 42: 11 (MSG)
Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues? Fix my eyes on God— soon I’ll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God.

(AMP)- Why are you in despair, O my soul? Why have you become restless and disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.

25  Lamentations 3:22-24 (MSG)
God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.

(AMP)_ It is because of the Lord’s loving-kindnesses that we are not consumed, Because His [tender] compassion never fail. They are new every morning; Great and beyond measure is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion and my inheritance,” says my soul; “Therefore I have hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.”

26 Ephesians 6:10-12(MSG)
And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no weekend war that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.

(AMP)- In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.

 

 

 

 

 

What does the bible say about perseverance in faith and courage?  Standing firm is one of the hardest things to do, but it is one of the most effective ways to show people what being a Christian is all about. Satan knows that if we stand firm in what we believe, we will see the power of God because we are pleasing God!

 28 Bible Verses On Courage And Perseverance In FaithWhat does the bible say about perseverance in faith? Top 28 encouraging and uplifting bible verses on courage and perseverance!

18 Bible Verses On Courage

1 Joshua 1:9 (MSG)
Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”
Joshua 1:7 (AMP)
Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do [everything] in accordance with the entire law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may prosper and be successful wherever you go.

2 Deuteronomy 31:6&8 (AMP)
Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.” It is the Lord who goes before you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

3 Isaiah 41:10 (AMP)
Do not fear [anything], for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you; I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].’

4 Psalms 27:14 (AMP)
Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.

5   2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].

6 Psalms 31:24 (TPT)
So cheer up! Take courage, all you who love him. Wait for him to break through for you, all who trust in him!

7 Isaiah 43:4 (MSG)
Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in! That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love you! I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.

8  Exodus 14:13 (AMP)
Moses spoke to the people: “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and watch God do his work of salvation for you today. Take a good look at the Egyptians today for you’re never going to see them again.

9 Psalms 56:10 (TPT)
I trust in the Lord. And I praise him! I trust in the Word of God. And I praise him!

10 John 14:27 (TPT)
“I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!

11  1 John 4:18 (TPT)
Love never brings fear, for fear is always related to punishment. But love’s perfection drives the fear of punishment far from our hearts. Whoever walks constantly afraid of punishment has not reached love’s perfection.

12 Philippians 4:6-7 (MSG)
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

(TPT)- Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will guard your heart and mind through Jesus Christ.

13 1 Peter 5:7 (TPT)
Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you.

(AMP)- casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].

14  John 16:33 (TPT)
And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have conquered the world!”

(AMP)- I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]

15 Hebrews 13:5 (AMP)
Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed—be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!”

(TPT)- Don’t be obsessed with money but live content with what you have, for you always have God’s presence. For hasn’t he promised you, “I will never leave you, never! And I will not loosen my grip on your life!”

16 Psalms 56:3 (TPT)
But in the day that I’m afraid, I lay all my fears before you and trust in you with all my heart.
(MSG)- When I get really afraid I come to you in trust. I’m proud to praise God; fearless now, I trust in God. What can mere mortals do?

17  Proverbs 29:25 (TPT)
Fear and intimidation is a trap that holds you back. But when you place your confidence in the Lord, you will be seated in the high place.
(MSG)- The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that.

18 Psalms 27:5 (TPT)
In the day of trouble, he will treasure me in his shelter, under the cover of his tent. He will lift me high upon a rock, out of reach from all my enemies who surround me.
(MSG)- That’s the only quiet, secure place in a noisy world, The perfect getaway, far from the buzz of traffic.
(AMP)-  For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.

 

10 Bible Verses On Perseverance In Faith

1 Daniel 6:10 (MSG)
When Daniel learned that the decree had been signed and posted, he continued to pray just as he had always done. His house had windows in the upstairs that opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he knelt there in prayer, thanking and praising his God.

2  James 1:2-4  (TPT)
My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up in you the power of endurance. And then as your endurance grows even stronger, it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.

(MSG)- When Daniel learned that the decree had been signed and posted, he continued to pray just as he had always done. His house had windows in the upstairs that opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he knelt there in prayer, thanking and praising his God.

3 Romans 5:3-5 (TPT)
But that’s not all! Even in times of trouble we have a joyful confidence, knowing that our pressures will develop in us patient endurance. And patient endurance will refine our character, and proven character leads us back to hope. And this hope is not a disappointing fantasy,

(MSG)- There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

4  Galatians 6: 9-10 (TPT)
And don’t allow yourselves to be weary in planting good seeds, for the season of reaping the wonderful harvest you’ve planted is coming! Take advantage of every opportunity to be a blessing to others, especially to our brothers and sisters in the family of faith!

(MSG)- ‘So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.

5 Hebrews 10:36-39  (TPT)
You need the strength of endurance to reveal the poetry of God’s will and then you receive the promise in full. For soon and very soon, “The One who is appearing will come without delay!” And he also says, “My righteous ones will live from my faith. But if fear holds them back, my soul is not content with them!” But we are certainly not those who are held back by fear and perish; we are among those who have faith and experience true life!

(MSG)- Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back. So don’t throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It’s still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion.

It won’t be long now, he’s on the way; he’ll show up most any minute. But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust; if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy. But we’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.

6 Hebrews 12:1-3 (TPT)
‘As for us, we have all of these great witnesses who encircle us like clouds. So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us. ‘ ‘We look away from the natural realm and we focus our attention and expectation onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection.

His example is this: Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!’ ‘So consider carefully how Jesus faced such intense opposition from sinners who opposed their own souls, so that you won’t become worn down and cave in under life’s pressures. ‘

(MSG)- Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it.

Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

7 Philippians 3:12-14 (TPT)
‘I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose for which Christ Jesus laid hold of me to make me his own. ”I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. ‘ ‘I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus. ‘

(MSG)- I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

8 Hebrews 10:34-35 (TPT)
‘You sympathized with those in prison and when all your belongings were confiscated you accepted that violation with joy; convinced that you possess a treasure growing in heaven that could never be taken from you. ‘ ‘So don’t lose your bold, courageous faith, for you are destined for a great reward! ‘

(MSG)- Remember those early days after you first saw the light? Those were the hard times! Kicked around in public, targets of every kind of abuse—some days it was you, other days your friends. If some friends went to prison, you stuck by them. If some enemies broke in and seized your goods, you let them go with a smile, knowing they couldn’t touch your real treasure.

9  2 Corinthians 4:16-18  (MSG)
So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.

(TPT)- ‘So no wonder we don’t give up. For even though our outer person gradually wears out, our inner being is renewed every single day. We view our slight, short-lived troubles in the light of eternity. We see our difficulties as the substance that produces for us an eternal, weighty glory far beyond all comparison, because we don’t focus our attention on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but the unseen realm is eternal.’

10  2 Corinthians 4:9  (MSG)

You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken.
(TPT)- ‘We are persecuted by others, but God has not forsaken us. We may be knocked down, but not out. ‘

 

 

 

 Procrastination Is The Thief Of Time

Procrastination is the enemy of success. The Latin origin of the word procrastination is pro (forward) plus crastinus (belonging to tomorrow)? However, procrastination is much more than postponing something; It is an automatic problem habit of putting off an important and timely activity until another time. Procrastination is the thief of time; In a nutshell, you procrastinate when you put off things that you should be focusing on right now, usually in favor of doing something more enjoyable or that you’re more comfortable doing.

According to psychologist Professor Clarry Lay, a prominent writer on procrastination, procrastination occurs when there’s “a temporal gap between intended behavior and enacted behavior.” That is, procrastination is occurring when there’s a significant time period between when people intend to do a job, and when they actually do it. Procrastination is self-perpetuating as procrastinators will often focus on emotional coping strategies, putting off dealing with the source of their delays.

 

Procrastination Is The Thief Of Time: Why Do So Many People Procrastinate?The Ugly truth about why procrastination is the thief of time. Procrastination stops us from accomplishing the great things God has called us to do.

Without a doubt, procrastinating is a prevalent scenario that many of us have experienced at one time or another. So why does it happen? Why do I waste so much time doing nothing? Why do we procrastinate? Why do I waste so much time on unproductive, frivolous activities when I know there’s work to be done? Why can’t many of us resist the urge to procrastinate? What separates those of us who do from those who diligently complete all their work early or in a timely fashion?

Many will conclude that they just have “no willpower.” And yet, in those final moments right before the deadline, the “willpower” we call up to do it is nothing short of incredible. At those times, we may feel that we would be capable of anything if only we could harness that motivation.

But no one would wish onto themselves the constant, feverish pressure of continuously completing a task under this type of hard deadline. And those whose jobs put them in these kinds of conditions most often greatly resent it. There can, of course, be many negative physical and psychological side-effects as well. It is, however, possible to have the best of both worlds: to be productive and proactive without the stress and strain that comes with having to meet a deadline. And it has little to do with willpower and a lot to do with motivation.

Procrastination interferes with a person’s productivity. Different people procrastinate for various reasons and in different ways. Some postpone decisions with no guarantee for success; others find creative ways to delay and put off unpleasant tasks. Persistent forms of procrastination are severe problems for people. Most especially those who tie their self-worth to their performance and whose procrastination may also contribute to stress-related health problems.

For most people, procrastination is NOT about being lazy, irrespective of what they say. In fact, when we procrastinate, we often work intensely for long stretches just before our deadlines. Working long and hard is the opposite of being lazy, so that can’t be why we do it. So, why do we procrastinate and, more importantly, what can we do about it? As suggested above, some say they procrastinate because they are lazy. Others claim they “do better” when procrastinating and “work best” under pressure. Procrastination is not solely a matter of poor time management skills, either, but instead can be traced to underlying and more complex psychological reasons.

In reality, procrastination is often a self-protection strategy. For example, if you procrastinate, you will always have the excuse of “not having enough” time if you fail, so your sense of your ability is never threatened. For the most part, our reasons for delaying and avoiding are rooted in our deep fear and anxiety about doing poorly, doing too well, losing control, looking stupid, and having one’s sense of self or self-concept challenged. We avoid doing work to prevent our abilities from being judged. And, if we happen to succeed, we feel that much “smarter.” So, what can we do to overcome our tendencies to procrastinate?

John Grohol, a psychologist, and founder of Psych Central says that there are three main reasons people procrastinate:

⦁     A person overestimates the amount of time left to perform a task and underestimates the amount of time required to complete it.

⦁     A person overestimates the amount of motivation they’ll have in the future (often believing they will be more motivated to do the task in the future).

⦁     A person believes that they need to be in the right mood to be successful in completing the task and that, if they’re not in the right mood, they won’t be very successful at the task.

  • And he goes even further to say that the main roots of people procrastinating is because they are perfectionists, are fearful of not completing the task successfully, or are simply too disorganized with their time and resources.

 

What Does The Bible Say About Time Management?

1 Ecclesiastes 11:3-4 (MSG)
When the clouds are full of water, it rains. When the wind blows down a tree, it lies where it falls. Don’t sit there watching the wind. Do your own work. Don’t stare at the clouds. Get on with your life.

2 James 4:13-15 MSG
And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, “Today—at the latest, tomorrow—we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.” You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.”

3 James 4:17 (TPT)
So if you know of an opportunity to do the right thing today, yet you refrain from doing it, you’re guilty of sin.

Procrastination is a universal problem. Most of us know what we need to do; we just put it off. The problem with procrastination is that it becomes a way of life. The Bible says a lot about procrastination. What are the things that you know God wants you to do, but you keep procrastinating, and they never get done? If you want to see your life change, you need to hand over all your worries, pain, and heartache, casting all your cares on God, for He cares for you.

“Procrastination is my sin. It brings me naught but sorrow. I know that I should stop it. In fact, I will–tomorrow” – Gloria Pitzer

 

 Procrastination Is The Thief Of Time: What Causes It?

1  James 1:5-8 (TPT)
And if anyone longs to be wise, ask God for wisdom, and he will give it! He won’t see your lack of wisdom as an opportunity to scold you over your failures but he will overwhelm your failures with his generous grace. Just make sure you ask empowered by confident faith without doubting that you will receive. For the ambivalent person believes one minute and doubts the next.

Being undecided makes you become like the rough seas driven and tossed by the wind. You’re up one minute and tossed down the next. When you are half-hearted and wavering it leaves you unstable. Can you really expect to receive anything from the Lord when you’re in that condition? You need to pray in faith, asking God for wisdom. Trust God to guide you and clear your mind of any form of doubts or negative thinking.

2 Proverbs 29: 25 (TPT)
Fear and intimidation is a trap that holds you back. But when you place your confidence in the Lord, you will be seated in the high place. Fear of failure paralyzes us and keeps us from accomplishing the great things God has called us to do.

3  Romans 15:7(TPT)
You will bring God glory when you accept and welcome one another as partners, just as the Anointed One has fully accepted you and received you as his partner.

Christ accepts you as is, flaws and all. He doesn’t require your perfection, because he is the only one who can be completely without sin. His acceptance of you can help you accept others with their flaws as well.

4 Ecclesiastes 11: 4 (MSG)
When the clouds are full of water, it rains. When the wind blows down a tree, it lies where it falls. Don’t sit there watching the wind. Do your own work. Don’t stare at the clouds. Get on with your life. Waiting for things to be perfect is just going to hold you back and stop you from fulfilling your purpose.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines procrastination: “To put off usually habitually the doing of something that should be done.” While some procrastinate more than others, few of us (if we are honest) can say we never procrastinate. We put off doing things for many reasons—especially getting words in our head written. It’s no wonder God seems to call many people to do similar things. He knows how few will actually finish what they start.

“O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me,” I read in Psalm 139:1. I cannot hide my problem of procrastinating from him, but I can go to him for help to overcome it. The first step to victory comes by facing the reasons why I  procrastinate. Sometimes, to be honest, it’s laziness. Writing is hard work! It’s easier to talk about it than to do it. But since I know writing is the work God has called me to do, I need to do it.

Procrastination is an enemy of time. Sometimes I procrastinate because I’m overextended. I have difficulty saying no. All too often, my time and energy are drained as I allow my priorities to get out of order. And then there’s the “tyranny of the urgent.” I’m ruled by my never-ending to-do list filled with things that seem to demand my attention but have no eternal significance.

Other times, I procrastinate because of a problem with my will. I know what God has called me to do, but I choose to do what I want. The biggest reason people procrastinate is fear of failure. Facing the reasons I procrastinate doesn’t make me feel good, but it is a prerequisite to the second step to victory—confession. My good intentions are not enough but they do not get me off the hook.

Jesus told a parable about a man with two sons (Matt. 21:28-32). He asked both of them to go and work in the vineyard. The first son said he wouldn’t, but later, he changed his mind and did what his father asked. The second son said he would, but he didn’t. Did he deliberately break his word or simply procrastinate?

When God calls something to my attention, it’s not what I say I will do that count—it’s what I actually do. “Knowing what is right to do and then not doing it is a sin” (James 4:17). It is only as I confess this sin and realize my worthlessness before the Lord that he lifts me up, encourages, and helps me (James 4:8-10). While some opportunities may be gone forever, God does not leave me in the land of regrets. He redeems the time I’ve lost and gives me another chance (Prov. 28:13).

Procrastination is a thief of time, continually robbing me of those wonderfully rewarding words, “Job well done!” Of course, others are continuously denied of receiving my work on time. Procrastination has stolen my confidence, integrity, and my peace. Now, the cry of my heart is, “Lord, please show me how to prevent this destructive decay of delay. Oh, Master, teach me how to faithfully manage my time!”

Luke 12:42-43 (MSG)
The Master said, “Let me ask you: Who is the dependable manager, full of common sense, that the master puts in charge of his staff to feed them well and on time? He is a blessed man if when the master shows up he’s doing his job.

Many people assume that procrastinators are always lazy; however, laziness is just one of the causes of procrastination. If you are lazy, you are negligent in handling your responsibilities because of your not choosing to do what you need to do. On the other hand, you may be highly productive and in no way lazy but still procrastinate by simply failing to start a task on time. One procrastinator desires to work and yet delays- the other lacks the willingness to work and then refuses.

Proverbs 21:25 (MSG)
Lazy people finally die of hunger because they won’t get up and go to work.
(TPT) Taking the easy way out is the habit of a lazy man, and it will be his downfall.

 

WHY Procrastination Is The Thief Of Time?

Do you tend to procrastinate? Procrastination keeps you from starting, working on, or finishing essential tasks. But why do you procrastinate? By looking at the reasons you put things off, you will make valuable discoveries about yourself that can help you end procrastination.

Dr. Burns in The Feeling Good Handbook (1989) gives 10 Reasons Why People Procrastinate:

  1. Putting the cart before the horse. Most procrastinators believe that you must feel motivated in order to begin a task. If you wait until you feel motivated or “in the mood,” you may never start the task, especially if it is boring or unpleasant. Action comes first before motivation.
  2. The mastery model. Do not assume that successful people easily achieve their goals. Most people endure frustration, self-doubt and overcome obstacles to achieve their personal goals. If you think that it should be easy without setbacks and struggles, you could conclude that something is wrong and give up.
  3. The fear of failure. Procrastinators might believe that trying hard and failing is worse than not trying. They can rationalize it by saying, “I really did not try, so I truly did not fail.” Or, “I could have done better if I had had more time.” Procrastination is a way to protect them from the possibility of perceived “real failure”. For some people, their self-esteem is based on the success of their accomplishments.

Or, for others, family expectations and standards set by parents may be so high that no one could actually live up to them. Their fear may be so great that they would rather do nothing than risk failure. Consider that the problem is actually the unrealistic standards that have been set, not the failure to meet them.

  1. Perfectionism. Trying to do things perfectly can put pressure on people and cause them to feel so stressed that they procrastinate. Instead of doing nothing at all, try to relax and just do your best. If you at least get started on the task, you can always go back later to work on improving the quality.
  2. Lack of rewards. Procrastinators tend to put themselves down and not give themselves credit for what they do. Feeling rewarded for your efforts is a great motivator.
  3. “Should statements.” Procrastination is often associated with an obligation – feeling pulled between what you “should do” and what you want to do. Saying that you should or ought to do something could make the task seem unimportant or not urgent.
  4. Passive aggressiveness. Procrastination can be a tool for passive aggressiveness – not expressing negative feelings openly and directly. Your true feelings may come out indirectly through procrastinating on things that others will find frustrating. Example: Chronically showing up late for group projects because you are annoyed with your project leader.
  5. Unassertiveness. Be assertive and don’t agree to do things that you don’t really want to do, and don’t give in to unreasonable demands from others. Otherwise, you may get overcommitted and procrastinate.
  6. Coercion sensitivity. Procrastination may be a form of rebelling against people making unreasonable demands or coercing you into doing a task. Delaying tactics can be a rebellion against imposed schedules, standards, and expectations. This strategy hurts you more than whatever or whomever you are rebelling or resisting (i.e., getting a bad grade, loss of self-respect, etc.).
  7. The lack of desire. This is probably the most common cause of procrastination. You procrastinate simply because you don’t want to do the task. This could be because of a lack of interest. There are times in life when you will have to do things that you don’t like or want to do. If your natural interests are not stimulated, one solution to procrastinating might be to “just do it .”This will give you more “guilt-free” time to do those things that are more interesting to you.

Understanding why you procrastinate can help you put the problem into a different perspective. Perhaps your reasons are good ones. Maybe the task is not a high priority. Or, you realize that your family and friends are encouraging you to pursue a goal that you are not committed to or isn’t quite right for you. Once you have analyzed the situation, you may discover that you never want to do the task you’ve been putting off. However, if the analysis shows that it is to your benefit to get started on the task, develop a plan.

 

TIPS TO OVERCOMING PROCRASTINATION

  1. Identify the reasons why you are procrastinating on completing a task.
  2. Seek help to overcome self-defeating problems such as fear and anxiety or perfectionism.
  3. Identify your own goals, values, and priorities.
  4. Ask yourself if your goals are realistic? Are your actions consistent with your goals, values, etc.?
  5. Develop a plan for completing goals/projects. Outline the smaller steps needed to complete the project or reach your goal.
  6. Discipline yourself to use time wisely. Set priorities. Give yourself deadlines for completing tasks.
  7. Reward yourself after completing a task. The bigger the accomplishment, the bigger the reward should be.

Burns, D. D. (1989). The Feeling Good Handbook. New York: Plume.

 

 

 

What does the bible say about procrastination? Procrastination in the bible is about learning to use your time wisely for a productive cause.

40 Scriptures About Procrastination In The BibleWhat does the bible say about procrastination? Procrastination in the bible is about learning to use your time wisely for a productive cause.

1 Hebrews 3:8 (NIV)
do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness,
(GNT)- do not be stubborn, as your ancestors were when they rebelled against God, as they were that day in the desert when they put him to the test.

2 Esther 5:8 (NIV)
If the king regards me with favor and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, let the king and Haman come tomorrow to the banquet I will prepare for them. Then I will answer the king’s question.”
(GNT)- “If Your Majesty is kind enough to grant my request, I would like you and Haman to be my guests tomorrow at another banquet that I will prepare for you. At that time I will tell you what I want.”

3  Psalms 119:60 (NIV)
I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands
(TPT)-I give my all to follow your revelation-light; I will not delay to obey.
(MSG)-When I took a long, careful look at your ways, I got my feet back on the trail you blazed. I was up at once, didn’t drag my feet, was quick to follow your orders.

4 Ecclesiastes 5:4 (NIV)
When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.
(MSG)-When you tell God you’ll do something, do it—now. God takes no pleasure in foolish drivel. Vow it, then do it. Far better not to vow in the first place than to vow and not pay up.
(AMP)When you make a vow or a pledge to God, do not put off paying it; for God takes no pleasure in fools [who thoughtlessly mock Him]. Pay what you vow.

5 Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
(GNT) Ask the Lord to bless your plans, and you will be successful in carrying them out.
(MSG) Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place.
(TPT) Before you do anything, put your trust totally in God and not in yourself. Then every plan you make will succeed.

6 Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
(TPT) Within your heart you can make plans for your future, but the Lord chooses the steps you take to get there.
(MSG) We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it.

7 Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
(MSG) Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.
(TPT)So above all, guard the affections of your heart, for they affect all that you are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring  of life.

8 Proverbs 3:6 (NIV)
In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
(TPT) Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go.
(MSG) Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.

9 Proverbs 3:7 (NIV)
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.
(MSG) Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil!
(TPT) Don’t think for a moment that you know it all, for wisdom comes when you adore him with undivided devotion and avoid everything that’s wrong.

10 Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
(TPT) We cross the threshold of true knowledge when we live in obedient devotion to God. Stubborn know-it-alls  will never stop to do this, for they scorn true wisdom and knowledge.
(MSG) Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.

11 Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
(MSG) Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
(TPT) Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make.

12 Exodus 8:10 (NIV)
“Tomorrow,” Pharaoh said. Moses replied, “It will be as you say, so that you may know there is no one like the Lord our God.
(MSG) “Make it tomorrow.” Moses said, “Tomorrow it is—so you’ll realize that there is no God like our God. The frogs will be gone. You and your houses and your servants and your people, free of frogs. The only frogs left will be the ones in the Nile.”

13 Deuteronomy 23:21 (NIV)
If you make a vow to the Lord your God, do not be slow to pay it, for the Lord your God will certainly demand it of you and you will be guilty of sin.
(MSG) When you make a vow to God, your God, don’t put off keeping it; God, your God, expects you to keep it and if you don’t you’re guilty.

14 1 Kings 19:21 (NIV)
So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.

(MSG) So Elisha left; he took his yoke of oxen and butchered them. He made a fire with the plow and tackle and then boiled the meat—a true farewell meal for the family. Then he left and followed Elijah, becoming his right-hand man.

15 Proverbs 12:24 (NIV)
Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.
(MSG) The diligent find freedom in their work; the lazy are oppressed by work.
(TPT) If you want to reign in life, don’t sit on your hands. Instead, work hard at doing what’s right, for the slacker will end up working to make someone else succeed.

16 Jeremiah 13:16 (NIV)
Give glory to the Lord your God before he brings the darkness, before your feet stumble on the darkening hills. You hope for light, but he will turn it to utter darkness and change it to deep gloom.
(MSG) Let your lives glow bright before God before he turns out the lights, Before you trip and fall on the dark mountain paths. The light you always took for granted will go out and the world will turn black.

17 Luke 9:59-62 (MSG)
He said, “Certainly, but first excuse me for a couple of days, please. I have to make arrangements for my father’s funeral.” Jesus refused. “First things first. Your business is life, not death. And life is urgent: Announce God’s kingdom!” Then another said, “I’m ready to follow you, Master, but first excuse me while I get things straightened out at home.” Jesus said, “No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day.”

(TPT)Jesus then turned to another and said, “Come be my disciple.” He replied, “Someday I will, Lord, but allow me first to fulfill my duty as a good son  and wait until my father passes away.” Jesus told him, “Don’t wait for your father’s burial. Let those who are already dead wait for death. As for you, go and proclaim everywhere that God’s kingdom has arrived.”

Still another said to him, “Lord, I want to follow you too. But first let me go home and say good-bye to my entire family.” Jesus responded, “Why do you keep looking back to your past and have second thoughts about following me? If you turn back you are not fit for God’s kingdom.”

18 Luke 13:25 (NIV)
Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’
(MSG)  Well, one day you’re going to be banging on the door, wanting to get in, but you’ll find the door locked and the Master saying, ‘Sorry, you’re not on my guest list.’

(TPT) Once the head of the house has shut and locked the door, it will be too late. Even if you stand outside knocking, begging to enter, and saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us,’ he will say to you, ‘I don’t know who you are. You are not a part of my family.’

19 Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
(TPT) “So above all, constantly seek God’s kingdom  and his righteousness, then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly.
(MSG) Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

20 Psalms 95:7 (NIV)
For he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if only you would hear his voice,
(MSG) Oh yes, he’s our God, and we’re the people he pastures, the flock he feeds. Drop everything and listen, listen as he speaks:
(TPT) For we are those he cares for, and he is the God we worship. So drop everything else and listen to his voice! For this is what he’s saying: “Today, when I speak, don’t even think about turning a deaf ear to me.

21 Psalms 95:8 (NIV)
“Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,
(TPT) Your ancestors challenged me over and over with their complaining, even though I had convinced them of my power and love. They still doubted my care for them.
(MSG) For forty years they watched me at work among them, as over and over they tried my patience. And I was provoked—oh, was I provoked! ‘Can’t they keep their minds on God for five minutes? Do they simply refuse to walk down my road?’ Exasperated, I exploded, ‘They’ll never get where they’re headed, never be able to sit down and rest.’”

22 Isaiah 55:6 (NIV)
Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
(TPT) But how different it is for the righteous! The Lord embraces their paths as they move forward while the way of the wicked leads only to doom.
(MSG) Seek God while he’s here to be found, pray to him while he’s close at hand.

23 2 Corinthians 6:2 (NIV)
For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
(TPT) For he says, I listened to you at the time of my favor. And the day when you needed salvation, I came to your aid. So can’t you see? Now is the time to respond to his favor! Now is the day of salvation!

(MSG) I heard your call in the nick of time; The day you needed me, I was there to help. Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. Don’t put it off; don’t frustrate God’s work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we’re doing.

24 Genesis 19:16 (NIV)
When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them.
(MSG) Lot was dragging his feet. The men grabbed Lot’s arm, and the arms of his wife and daughters—God was so merciful to them!—and dragged them to safety outside the city. When they had them outside, Lot was told, “Now run for your life! Don’t look back! Don’t stop anywhere on the plain—run for the hills or you’ll be swept away.”

25 1 Kings 19:20-21  (NIV)
Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,” he said, “and then I will come with you.” “Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?” So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.

(MSG) Elisha deserted the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, “Please! Let me kiss my father and mother good-bye—then I’ll follow you.” “Go ahead,” said Elijah, “but, mind you, don’t forget what I’ve just done to you.” So Elisha left; he took his yoke of oxen and butchered them. He made a fire with the plow and tackle and then boiled the meat—a true farewell meal for the family. Then he left and followed Elijah, becoming his right-hand man.

26 Psalms 27:8 (NIV)
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.
(MSG) Listen, God, I’m calling at the top of my lungs: “Be good to me! Answer me!” When my heart whispered, “Seek God,” my whole being replied, “I’m seeking him!” Don’t hide from me now!
(TPT) I heard your voice in my heart say, “Come, seek my face;” my inner being responded, “Yahweh, I’m seeking your face with all my heart.”

27 Proverbs 13:4 (NIV)
A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
(TPT) The slacker wants it all and ends up with nothing, but the hard worker ends up with all that he longed for.
(MSG) Indolence wants it all and gets nothing; the energetic have something to show for their lives.

28 Proverbs 20:4 (NIV)
Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
(MSG) A farmer too lazy to plant in the spring has nothing to harvest in the fall.
(TPT) If you’re too lazy to plant seed, it’s too bad when you have no harvest on which to feed.

29 Proverbs 27:1 (NIV)
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
(TPT) Never brag about the plans you have for tomorrow, for you don’t have a clue what tomorrow may bring to you.
(MSG) Don’t brashly announce what you’re going to do tomorrow; you don’t know the first thing about tomorrow.

30 Ecclesiastes 12:1 (NIV)
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”—
(MSG)Honor and enjoy your Creator while you’re still young, Before the years take their toll and your vigor wanes,  Before your vision dims and the world blurs And the winter years keep you close to the fire.

31 Matthew 5:25 (NIV)
“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.
(TPT) It is always better to come to terms with the one who wants to sue you before you go to trial, or you may be found guilty by the judge, and he will hand you over to the officers, who will throw you into prison.

(MSG) “Or say you’re out on the street and an old enemy accosts you. Don’t lose a minute. Make the first move; make things right with him. After all, if you leave the first move to him, knowing his track record, you’re likely to end up in court, maybe even jail. If that happens, you won’t get out without a stiff fine.

32 1 Corinthians 14:40 (NIV)
But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.
(MSG)Three things, then, to sum this up: When you speak forth God’s truth, speak your heart out. Don’t tell people how they should or shouldn’t pray when they’re praying in tongues that you don’t understand. Be courteous and considerate in everything.
(TPT) doing all things in a beautiful and orderly way.

33 Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NIV)
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.
(MSG) Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange For the hard work of staying alive. Make the most of each one! Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily! This is your last and only chance at it, For there’s neither work to do nor thoughts to think In the company of the dead, where you’re most certainly headed.

34 Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
(MSG) So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.
(TPT) And don’t allow yourselves to be weary in planting good seeds, for the season of reaping the wonderful harvest you’ve planted is coming!

35  Hosea 10:12 (NIV)
Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.
(MSG) Sow righteousness, reap love. It’s time to till the ready earth, it’s time to dig in with God, Until he arrives with righteousness ripe for harvest.

36 John 9:4 (NIV)
As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.
(MSG) We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over.
(TPT) While I am with you, it is daytime and we must do the works of God who sent me while the light shines.  For there is coming a dark night when no one will be able to work.

37  Luke 12:35 (NIV)
“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning,
(TPT) “Be prepared for action  at a moment’s notice.
(MSG) “Keep your shirts on; keep the lights on! Be like house servants waiting for their master to come back from his honeymoon, awake and ready to open the door when he arrives and knocks.

38  Luke 12:40 (NIV)
You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
(TPT) So keep being alert and ready at all times. For I promise you that the Son of Man will surprise you and appear  when you don’t expect him.
(MSG) So don’t you be lazy and careless. Just when you don’t expect him, the Son of Man will show up.”

39 Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV)
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

(MSG) Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.

(TPT) I know what it means to lack,  and I know what it means to experience overwhelming abundance. For I’m trained in the secret of overcoming all things, whether in fullness or in hunger. And I find that the strength of Christ’s explosive power infuses me to conquer every difficulty.

40  Proverbs 24:30-34 (TPT)
One day I passed by the field of a lazy man, and I noticed the vineyards of a slacker. I observed nothing but thorns, weeds, and broken-down walls. So I considered their lack of wisdom,and I pondered the lessons I could learn from this: Professional work habits prevent poverty from becoming your permanent business partner. And: If you put off until tomorrow the work you could do today, tomorrow never seems to come.

(NIV)- I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.

(MSG) One day I walked by the field of an old lazybones, and then passed the vineyard of a slob; They were overgrown with weeds, thick with thistles, all the fences broken down. I took a long look and pondered what I saw; the fields preached me a sermon and I listened: “A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next? Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, with poverty as your permanent houseguest!”

 

 

Grace for purpose prayers you need for divine inspirations and prayers for every area of your life and for each seasons of life’s journey you undertake.

35 Grace for purpose prayersGrace for purpose prayers you need for divine inspirations and prayers for every seasons of life's journey you undertake.

1 Father God, I thank you for the seasons of my journey- for the times of sorrow and the days of joy. Thank you that you are with me through it all, drawing me ever more deeply into your reality, meeting my needs, and using every conflict to teach me new things, Father, increase my thirst for you. May I never be content with where I am, but may I ever desire to know you more. In Jesus’ name, amen.

2 Father God, I want your will because I know that nothing else on earth will truly fulfill me. Forgive me for trying to satisfy myself with the bland food of my self-will when you are waiting with the banquet of your perfect will for me. Amen.

3 Oh, Father, make my life a testimony of the grace for purpose prayers I declare over my life. Thank you for the ultimate gift of grace that continually flows into my life through the shed blood of your Son. I pray this prayer in his name, amen.

4 Father, I thank you for the prayers of your Son. Thank you for the unity we enjoy with him when we realize that we are in him and he is in you. Amen.

5 O Lord, thank you for inviting us to pray. Thank you for calling us back to you: out of our weariness into your rest, out of our need into your abundance, out of our loneliness into your friendship. Continue to draw us to you. Teach us to pray. Amen.

6 Our father, the God who loves us, the one whom we can trust and turn to-our Father, your home is in Heaven, but it is also in our hearts. Your name and your character are holy and righteous and without flaw. Bless me with divine inspirations and prayers that will change and transform my life around. Amen.

7 Father, I thank you that you desire to feed me with the “true bread” of your Son, for he is the “food” that endures. I receive the bread of his presence into myself-body, soul, and spirit-with joy and gratitude. Amen.

8 Lord Jesus, thank you for your sacrifice on Calvary, making a way for us to be forgiven and teaching us how to forgive. We choose forgiveness because it is what you have prescribed for us. Work through us, empowering us to be instruments of your forgiveness. Amen.

9 Oh, Lord, how good you are to us, your children. We let you down, and still, you love us. We fall, and you lift us up. Forgive our sins today, Father, and deliver us from the evil one. Amen.

10 Jesus, I have seen the face of your mercy. You are my Savior and my Friend. Lead me ever deeper into this life of faith. Amen.

11 Lord God, thank you that we cannot separate ourselves from you. You will always be near us and near our loved ones, caring for us and keeping us no matter what may come. Amen.

12 Lord, I thank you that you are pleased with me and love me. Thank you for David and Zephaniah’s words in Psalm 41:11-12 and Zephaniah 3:17 that let me know how you feel about me. I choose to live my life in the reality of those truths. I love you, Lord. Amen.

13 Oh, Father, what a tremendous comfort to know that you know everything; you never change. You have been here from before the foundations of the earth, and you will never leave us nor forsake us. I worship you, O Lord. Amen.

14 Lord God, we thank you for the gift of prayer. Thank you for our homes and your willingness to dwell with us. Stir up in our hearts a desire to invite you daily into the rooms of our homes and hearts. In Jesus’ name, amen.

15 Lord Jesus, I trust you to pray with power in and through me. Help me not to worry about what words I will say to you, but teach me simply to allow you to have your way in me. I trust you, and I yield to your Spirit. Amen.

16 Father God, I worship you. Keep me close to you today. Call my attention to you and help me recognize the many opportunities I have to pray without ceasing. I choose to lift my heart to you in every small thing. Amen.

17  Lord, I am so thankful that You chose me! Even though the devil has tried to use people to tell me that I would never be worth anything, You wanted me and sought me out until I finally heard Your voice and surrendered to your call. I  am so grateful that the world’s opinion about me wasn’t true. I’m happy that You pursued me with such a mighty love, and you refused to give up on me. What else can I say to express my heart to You? I can only say, “Thank You, Jesus!” I pray this in Jesus’ name! Amen.

 

18  Lord, I thank You for the victory You obtained by Your resurrection from the dead. No one else could have done what You did for us. You invaded hell, broke the power of its demonic forces: seized their artillery, and bound the devil. And because You did all this, You set us free! You are our great Victor, our great Champion, and You are the Lord of all lords. Thank You for cleansing me with Your blood and granting me the honor to be called a son of God and a joint-heir with You. I pray this in Jesus’ name! Amen.

 

19 Lord, how can I ever thank You enough for the power of Your Word? I am so honored that You would place such a gift in my life. Help me to appreciate it, value it, and give it the kind of reception it deserves. I want to make Your Word a top priority in my life; I want it to feel welcomed, wanted, and deeply loved. Starting today, I open my heart wider than ever before and ask that your Word come to richly dwell inside me. I pray this in Jesus’ name! Amen.

20 Lord, I thank You for coming into my life and for breaking the power of sin that used to hold me captive. I remember the futility I felt as I tried to change myself but couldn’t do it. But when You came into my life, everything changed! I praise You for loving me so much that You left Heaven and descended into a world filled with sin and depravity. You did that for me, and I thank You so much! I pray this in Jesus’ name! Amen.

21 Lord, I want to thank You for loving me so much that You gave Your precious blood on the Cross for me. I was so lost and so hopeless, but You came for me- and when You came into my life, everything in me changed. Hope, joy, and peace came into my heart, and today I am completely different from the person I used to be. All this happened because of Your shed blood, Jesus, so today, I want to take this moment to thank You for doing what no one else could do for me. I pray this in Jesus’ name! Amen.

22 Lord, I ask You to forgive me for the times I have allowed strife to get into my heart. Also, please forgive me for those occasions when I have been the origin of conflict and fighting. Help me grow in discernment to quickly recognize when the devil is trying to create division. Show me how to be a peacekeeper and a source of harmony rather than a player in the midst of others’ wrong attitudes. I pray this in Jesus’ name! Amen.

23 Lord, now I understand that I’ve been trying to find answers I’ll never discover by myself. The things I long to know can only be revealed by You, so today, I ask You to pull back the veil that has concealed those things I long to understand. I know that when You get involved, my eyes will be opened, and my ignorance will evaporate. I sincerely ask You in faith to speak to me and to show me those things I need to know. I pray this in Jesus’ name! Amen.

24 Lord, I want You to be so real in my life. I know that You are willing to make Yourself known and felt in every part of my life. I will surrender more of me to experience all of You in every sphere of my existence. Jesus, please have Your way in my life. Do whatever You deem necessary to make me the kind of person I need to be. Help me know and experience You better. I pray this in Jesus’ name! Amen.

25  Lord, I’ve been asking You for power and strength, not realizing that I have the source of Your power and strength sitting right in my house. Forgive me for not spending enough time in my Bible to tap into the power held within it. Starting today, I want to make Your Word a priority in my life.

When I am tempted to be lazy and to put off reading my Bible, please help me say no to my flesh. Help me choose to pick up my Bible and read it whether I feel like it or not, taking it deep into my heart and letting the power inside the Word begin to work in me and in my situation. I pray this in Jesus’ name! Amen.

26 Oh, Lord, I choose you and our relationship. I want to draw near to you, to sit at your feet and hear your words. They are the treasures of my heart. I love you, Lord. Amen.

27 Father God, equip us and teach us to pray as intercessors. Strap on us the full armor of your kingdom and lead us forth into battle. We choose to follow you. Amen.

28 Oh, Father, you see our trouble and grief, and you don’t ignore it. You enter into our problems. You truly are the Father of the fatherless. Forgive me when I allow anything to keep me from ministering to the people for whom Jesus died. Teach me the beauty of his humility and how to walk in it. Amen.

29 Lord, God, I rejoice in your greatness. I celebrate your grace, your mercy, your righteousness, your holiness, and your love. Reveal to me every day new ways to honor you with my prayer, my praise, and my life. I love you, Lord. Amen.

30 Oh, Father, my heart rejoices in you. Thank you for your answers to my prayers. Help me to release my grasp on the gifts you give me and place them back in your hands. And, like Hannah, give me the patience to wait for your will. Amen.

31 Father God, you are the great and glorious God in whom there is no beginning and no end. You were, you are, and you are to come. Thank you for the salvation that is ours because of what Jesus has done on our behalf. We wait with joy for the day when we enter your gates with thanksgiving and praise. Then we will worship you face-to-face. In Jesus’ name, amen.

32 Oh, Father, I echo David’s desire, saying, “My soul yearns, even faints/ for the courts of the Lord.” I long to know you more and more. And yet I know that many times I am an unfit dwelling place for you. Come and clean the tabernacle of my Spirit so that you may be at home here. Forgive my sin so that you may say of me, ” How lovely is my dwelling place within this, my child.” Amen.

33 Father, turn us from our materialism. Slow us down. We want to spend more time with you. We want to know your Word more fully, to experience your love more deeply, to travel the roads that lead us to the heart of your heart. Draw us to you. Amen.

34 Father God, thank you for hearing our prayers. Keep our hearts tender that we may listen to your healing words, and may we always return to you in gratitude. Amen.

35 Help me, Father, not to keep an account of the wrongs done to me, but to forgive as Jesus and Stephen did, always praying that those who have hurt me will come to know you in a saving relationship. Amen.

 

A focused or clear mind is one with intention, awareness, and sharpness. To cultivate a clear or focused mind, try meditation, mindfulness practice, yoga, deep breathing, or physical exercise. Here are some inspirational clear mind quotes for you.

92 Tips For A Clear Mind QuotesHaving a clear mind is essential for one's mental and emotional health. Here are 92 inspirational tips for a clear mind quotes for you.

1  “The biggest wall you have to climb is the one you build in your mind: Never let your mind talk you out of your dreams, trick you into giving up. Never let your mind become the greatest obstacle to success. To get your mind on the right track, the rest will follow.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

2  “Your mind shines brightest when you enlighten others; your heart, when you encourage others; your soul, when you elevate others; and your life, when you empower others.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo

3 “A strong mind is greater than a strong fist.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo

 “You are no richer than what you carry in your mind, no stronger than what you hold in your heart, and no purer than what you harbor in your soul.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo

 “When a million minds are one, they understand each other, even in silence.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo

 “… a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

7  “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

8  “More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

9  “I think… if it is true that
there are as many minds as there
are heads, then there are as many
kinds of love as there are hearts.”
― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

10  “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
― mahatma Gandhi

 11  “You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.”
― Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes

12  “Biology gives you a brain. Life turns it into a mind.”
― Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

13  “The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

14  “When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.”
― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

15  “Stories you read when you’re the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you’ll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.”
― Neil Gaiman, M Is for Magic

16  “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”
― Plutarch

 17  “I’ll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there’s evidence of any thinking going on inside it.”
― Terry Pratchett

 18  “Happiness depends on your mindset and attitude.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

19  “I am not absentminded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else.”
― G.K. Chesterton

 20  “The biggest wall you have to climb is the one you build in your mind: Never let your mind talk you out of your dreams, trick you into giving up. Never let your mind become the greatest obstacle to success. To get your mind on the right track, the rest will follow.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

21  “A man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.”
― Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

22  “Stop giving other people the power to control your happiness, your mind, and your life. If you don’t take control of yourself and your own life, someone else is bound to try.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

23  “Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.”
― George Orwell, 1984

24  “The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter – often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

25  “I must have a prodigious amount of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up!”
― Mark Twain

 26  “I do my best thinking at night when everyone else is sleeping. No interruptions. No noise. I like the feeling of being awake when no one else is.”
― Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places

27  “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
― Joseph Addison

 28  “Your mind is working at its best when you’re being paranoid.
You explore every avenue and possibility of your situation
at high speed with total clarity.”
― Banksy, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall

29  “My mind,” he said, “rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense them with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four

30  “People tend to be generous when sharing their nonsense, fear, and ignorance. And while they seem quite eager to feed you their negativity, please remember that sometimes the diet we need to be on is a spiritual and emotional one. Be cautious with what you feed your mind and soul. Fuel yourself with positivity and let that fuel propel you into positive action.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

31  “Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

32  “It’s all in the mind.”
― George Harrison

 33  “It’s important that what thoughts you are feeding into your mind because your thoughts create your belief and experiences. You have positive thoughts and you have negative ones too. Nurture your mind with positive thoughts: kindness, empathy, compassion, peace, love, joy, humility, generosity, etc. The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

34   “It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.”
― Seneca, The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca: Essays and Letters

35  “Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.”
― Amit Ray, Meditation: Insights and Inspirations

36  “The boldness of his mind was sheathed in a scabbard of politeness.”
― Dumas Malone, Jefferson the Virginian

37  “The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh

 38  “Your battles inspired me – not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.”
― James Joyce

 39  “A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.”
― James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

40  “Each thinking mind is a political mind.”― Zaman Ali, HUMANITY Understanding Reality and Inquiring Good

41  “The energy of the mind is the essence of life.”
― Aristotle, The Philosophy of Aristotle

42  “Life is like a game of chess.
To win you have to make a move.
Knowing which move to make comes with IN-SIGHT
and knowledge, and by learning the lessons that are
accumulated along the way.
We become each and every piece within the game called life!”
― Allan Rufus, The Master’s Sacred Knowledge

43  “I haven’t been very impressed lately.
By people,
or places,
or the way someone said he loved me and then slowly changed his mind.”
― Charlotte Eriksson

 44  “The mind is just like a muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand.”
― Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability

45  “I mean, I have the feeling that something in my mind is poisoning everything else.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

 46 “Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. In their gray visions they obtain glimpses of eternity, and thrill, in waking, to find that they have been upon the verge of the great secret. In snatches, they learn something of the wisdom which is of good, and more of the mere knowledge which is of evil.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, Complete Tales and Poems

47  “To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.”
― Jiddu Krishnamurti

 48   “At that moment I had no mind to change, or not change, or throw against the nearest wall.”
― James Patterson

 49  “Most people believe the mind to be a mirror, more or less accurately reflecting the world outside them, not realizing on the contrary that the mind is itself the principal element of creation.”
― rabindranath tagore

 50  “A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value

51 “There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind – you are the one who hears it.”
― Michael A. Singer, The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

52  “The mind of man is capable of anything.”
― Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

53 “The mind has a powerful way of attracting things that are in harmony with it, good and bad.”
― Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability

54  “All problems are illusions of the mind.”
― Eckhart Tolle, Practicing the Power of Now: Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises from the Power of Now

55  “What’s the point in having a mind if you don’t use it to make judgements?”
― Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

56  “It is foolish to wish for beauty. Sensible people never either desire it for themselves or care about it in others. If the mind be but well cultivated, and the heart well disposed, no one ever cares for the exterior.”
― Anne Brontë, Agnes Grey

57  “The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

 58  “Never say that you can’t do something, or that something seems impossible, or that something can’t be done, no matter how discouraging or harrowing it may be; human beings are limited only by what we allow ourselves to be limited by: our own minds. We are each the masters of our own reality; when we become self-aware to this: absolutely anything in the world is possible.

Master yourself, and become king of the world around you. Let no odds, chastisement, exile, doubt, fear, or ANY mental virii prevent you from accomplishing your dreams. Never be a victim of life; be it’s conqueror.”
― Mike Norton

 59  “The mind can calculate, but the spirit yearns, and the heart knows what the heart knows”
― Stephen King

 60  “Mathematics expresses values that reflect the cosmos, including orderliness, balance, harmony, logic, and abstract beauty.”
― Deepak Chopra

 61 “Where to look if you’ve lost your mind?”
― Bernard Malamud, The Fixer

62  “Pity me that the heart is slow to learn
What the swift mind beholds at every turn.”
― Edna St. Vincent Millay, The Harp-Weaver and Other Poems

63 “You must read, you must persevere, you must sit up nights, you must inquire, and exert the utmost power of your mind. If one way does not lead to the desired meaning, take another; if obstacles arise, then still another; until, if your strength holds out, you will find that clear which at first looked dark.”
― Giovanni Boccaccio

 64  “Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world.”
― Amit Ray, Mindfulness Living in the Moment – Living in the Breath

65  “The things you think about determine the quality of your mind.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

66  “Create with the heart; build with the mind.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

67  “Keep your mind open. The meaning of things lies in how people perceive them. The same thing could mean different meanings to the same people at different times.”
― Roy T. Bennett

 68  “There never can be a man so lost as one who is lost in the vast and intricate corridors of his own lonely mind, where none may reach and none may save.”
― Isaac Asimov, Pebble in the Sky

69  “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.”
― Albert Einstein

 70  “Open your eyes, train your ears, use your head. If a mind you have, then use it while you can.”
― Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

71 But people of the deepest understanding look within, distracted by nothing. Since a clear mind is the Buddha, they attain the understanding of a Buddha without using the mind. Bodhidharma

72 I’m looking forward to going out at the concert with a clear head, with a clear mind, with a clear spirit and experiencing whatever it is. It’s great. Lenny Kravitz

73 People first feel things without noticing them, then notice them with inner distress and disturbance, and finally reflect on them with a clear mind. Giambattista Vico

74 Like life, basketball is messy and unpredictable. It has its way with you, no matter how hard you try to control it. The trick is to experience each moment with a clear mind and open heart. When you do that, the game – and life – will take care of itself. Phil Jackson

75 The world is perfect. As you question your mind, this becomes more and more obvious. Mind changes, and as a result, the world changes. A clear mind heals everything that needs to be healed. It can never be fooled into believing that there is one speck out of order. Byron Katie

76 Running is one the best solutions to a clear mind. Sasha Azevedo

77 In the clear mind of virtue treason can find no hiding-place. Philip Sidney

78 Hungry people have especially clear minds. Terry Gou

79 Just keep clear mind, go straight ahead, try, try, try for ten thousand years. Seungsahn

80 To appropriately respond to an emergency requires a very clear mind, to cooly analyze what the observations are and how to fix it. Buzz Aldrin

81 The hard things in life, the things you really learn from, happen with a clear mind. Caroline Knapp

82 I would rather be of clear mind and decision with the wrong club than with an unclear mind and the right club. Walter Hagen

83 With a clear mind that is reinforcing positivity back into myself and my craft, I am able to focus my energy on the task at hand and enjoy my experiences and day. Allison Holker

84 I been silent so long now it’s gonna roar out of me like floodwaters and you think the guy telling this is ranting and raving my God; you think this is too horrible to have really happened, this is too awful to be the truth! But, please. It’s still hard for me to have a clear mind thinking on it. But it’s the truth even if it didn’t happen. Ken Kesey

85 Love is to be nurtured, protected, and respected, and entered into with a clear mind and a sound heart. Denene Millner

89 If you have a clear mind . . . you won’t have to search for direction. Direction will come to you. Phil Jackson

90 “Sometimes answers come to you in ways that only you can understand. That is why it is so important to have a clear mind to receive and understand the message.”
― Sheila M Burke

91 “NO DUST SHALL SETTLE ON A CLEAR MIND RATHER A CLEVER MIND”
― J. Nedumaan

92 “The most fundamental exercise is self-observation, which is the catalyst for inner change, it will give self-knowledge and a clear mind and perception. Without it, the attempt to reach enlightenment and awaken consciousness is destined to fail.” — Belsebuub.

 

Envy is an emotion that occurs when a person lacks another’s superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it. Aristotle defined envy as pain at the sight of another’s good fortune, stirred by “those who have what we ought to have”.  A feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck.

Jealousy generally refers to the thoughts or feelings of insecurity, fear, and concern over a relative lack of possessions or safety. Jealousy can consist of one or more emotions such as anger, resentment, inadequacy, helplessness or disgust. The state or feeling of being jealous.

The main difference between envy and jealousy is that envy is the emotion of coveting what someone else has, while jealousy is the emotion related to fear that something you have will be taken away by someone else.

What is the difference between envy and jealousy?Looking to overcome envy and jealousy!!! Here are 70 best envy and jealousy quotes to pratice contentment and live a life of gratitude at all times.

Both envy and jealousy can involve tangible things (like a possession) and intangible ones (like a certain status, position, skill, trait, or relationship). Although envy and jealousy are sometimes used interchangeably, a distinction is often made relating to the amount of negativity.

Here are 70 of the best envy and jealousy quotes to be contented with what you have and appreciate yourself more.

The Best Envy And Jealousy Quotes

1 “They’ll either want to kill you, kiss you, or be you.”
― Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

2 “Welcome to the wonderful world of jealousy, he thought. For the price of admission, you get a splitting headache, a nearly irresistable urge to commit murder, and an inferiority complex. Yippee.”
― R. Ward, Dark Lover

3 “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

4 “Anger, resentment and jealousy doesn’t change the heart of others– it only changes yours.”
― Shannon Alder, 300 Questions to Ask Your Parents Before It’s Too Late

5 “Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. ”
― Carrie Fisher

6 “Manifest plainness,
Embrace simplicity,
Reduce selfishness,
Have few desires.”
― Lao Tzu

7 “I envy people that know love. That have someone who takes them as they are.”
― Jess C Scott, The Devilin Fey

8 “The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.”
― Bette Midler

9 “Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.”
― G. Wells, The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman

10 “Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy – in fact, they are almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other.”
― Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

11 “Isn’t it kind of silly to think that tearing someone else down builds you up?”
― Sean Covey, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens

Deep Envy And Jealousy Quotes

12 “You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.”
― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

13 “Often those that criticize others reveal what he himself lacks.”
― Shannon L. Alder

14 “There will always be someone willing to hurt you, put you down, gossip about you, belittle your accomplishments and judge your soul. It is a fact that we all must face. However, if you realize that God is a best friend that stands beside you when others cast stones you will never be afraid, never feel worthless and never feel alone.”
― Shannon Alder

15 “Gossip is just a tool to distract people who have nothing better to do from feeling jealous of those few of us still remaining with noble hearts.”
― Anna Godbersen, Splendor

16 “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.”
― William Shakespeare, Othello

17  “And yes, I’ll admit, I am jealous. I’m jealous of every minute you spend with him, of every concerned expression you send his way, of every tear shed, of every glance, every touch, and every thought. I want to rip him to pieces and purge him from your mind and from your heart. But I can’t.”
― Colleen Houck

18 “A lot of people get so hung up on what they can’t have that they don’t think for a second about whether they really want it.”
― Lionel Shriver, Checker and the Derailleurs

19 “I am convinced that the jealous, the angry, the bitter and the egotistical are the first to race to the top of mountains. A confident person enjoys the journey, the people they meet along the way and sees life not as a competition. They reach the summit last because they know God isn’t at the top waiting for them. He is down below helping his followers to understand that the view is glorious where ever you stand.”
― Shannon Alder

20 “The more you love,the more love you have to give.It’s the only feeling we have which is infinite…”
― Christina Westover, Precipice

Motivational Envy And Jealousy Quotes

21 “So full of artless jealousy is guilt,
It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet

22 “Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.”
― François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

23 “Famous Harry Potter,” said Malfoy. “Can’t even go to a bookshop without making the front page.”
― K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

24 “You’re just jealous.”

25 “Hardly. Been there, done you. Adequate, but unremarkable.”
― Jennifer Estep, Spider’s Bite

26 “Insecure people only eclipse your sun because they’re jealous of your daylight and tired of their dark, starless nights.”
― Shannon L. Alder

27 “Beauty is not who you are on the outside, it is the wisdom and time you gave away to save another struggling soul like you.”
― Shannon L. Alder

28 “A coward talks to everyone but YOU.”
― Shannon L. Alder

29 “Men are jealous of every woman, even when they don’t have the slightest interest in her themselves.”
― Jan Neruda, Prague Tales

30 “Most haters are stuck in a poisonous mental prison of jealousy and self-doubt that blinds them to their own potentiality.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Touching Envy And Jealousy Quotes

31 “The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.”
― Salvador Dali

32 “Cruel people offer pity when they no longer feel threatened. However, kind people offer compassion and understanding regardless.”
― Shannon L. Alder

33 “Dear Child,

Sometimes on your travel through hell, you meet people that think they are in heaven because of their cleverness and ability to get away with things. Travel past them because they don’t understand who they have become and never will. These types of people feel justified in revenge and will never learn mercy or forgiveness because they live by comparison. They are the people that don’t care about anyone, other than who is making them feel confident. They don’t understand that their deity is not rejoicing with them because of their actions, rather he is trying to free them from their insecurities, by softening their heart.

They rather put out your light than find their own. They don’t have the ability to see beyond the false sense of happiness they get from destroying others. You know what happiness is and it isn’t this. Don’t see their success as their deliverance. It is a mask of vindication which has no audience, other than their own kind.

They have joined countless others that call themselves “survivors”. They believe that they are entitled to win because life didn’t go as planned for them. You are not like them. You were not meant to stay in hell and follow their belief system. You were bound for greatness.

You were born to help them by leading. Rise up and be the light home. You were given the gift to see the truth. They will have an army of people that are like them and you are going to feel alone. However, your family in heaven stands beside you now.

They are your strength and as countless as the stars. It is time to let go! Love,
Your Guardian Angel”
― Shannon L. Alder

34 “Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive. ”
― Havelock Ellis

35 “If you swim effortlessly in the deep oceans, ride the waves to and from the shore, if you can breathe under water and dine on the deep treasures of the seas; mark my words, those who dwell on the rocks carrying nets will try to reel you into their catch. The last thing they want is for you to thrive in your habitat because they stand in their atmosphere where they beg and gasp for some air.”
―  JoyBell C.

36 “Jealousy isn’t a pleasant quality, but if it isn’t overdone (and if it’s combined with modesty), apart from its inconvenience there’s even something touching about it.”
― Milan Kundera, Laughable Loves

37 “When emerging from humble beginnings, those around you tend to underestimate your authenticity because they knew you before you were ‘somebody’.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

38 “The way you think about yourself determines your reality. You are not being hurt by the way people think about you. Many of those people are a reflection of how you think about yourself.”
― Shannon L. Alder

39 “I don’t understand women that call themselves a “bitch”. It doesn’t empower a woman. Rather, it reveals to everyone that you were deeply hurt at one time. Because of the pain your still carrying, you will continue to hurt anyone that reminds you of those moments when you let your guard down and were fooled. Sadly, it sends a clear message to the observant that you are still hurt. If only women would realize that “we all” have moments of stupidity then they would stop comparing themselves to the masses.”
― Shannon L. Alder

 40 “Jealousy’s a weak emotion.”
― Jay-Z

 41 “A person shows signs of clutching on too fast, of being needy, of not hearing the word “no,” of jealousy, of guarding you and your freedom. But the signs can be so small they skitter right past you. Sometimes they dance past, looking satiny, something you should applaud. Someone’s jealousy can make you feel good. Special. But it’s not even about you. It’s about a hand that is already gripping. It’s about their need, circling around your throat”
― Deb Caletti, Stay

 42 “I love being in love, but I also love other things, like not being jealous, overly sensitive, or needy.
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― Dark Jar Tin Zoo, Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91.

 43 “What sort of love is permeated by jealousy? You are jealous because you are unaware that everything you need is inside you.”
― Peter Deunov

 44 “I am jealous of anyone who can make other people care so much.”
― David Levithan, Every Day

 45 “I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die. I am jealous of the portrait you have painted of me. Why should it keep what I must lose? Every moment that passes takes something from me and gives something to it. Oh, if it were only the other way! If the picture could change, and I could be always what I am now! Why did you paint it? It will mock me some day—mock me horribly!”
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

 46 “What is jealousy but a reflection of your own failures?”
― Michael Connelly, The Last Coyote

 47 “Yet he was jealous, though he did not show it, For jealousy dislikes the world to know it.”
― Lord Byron

 48 “Love” is a that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own…Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy”
― Robert Heinlein

 49 “You can’t be yourself within jealousy.”
― Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

 50 “[M]en, though they know full well how much women are worth and how great the benefits we bring them, nonetheless seek to destroy us out of envy for our merits. It’s just like the crow, when it produces white nestlings: it is so stricken by envy, knowing how black it is itself, that it kills its own offspring out of pique.”
― Moderata Fonte, The Worth of Women: Wherein Is Clearly Revealed Their Nobility and Their Superiority to Men

 51 “Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.”
― George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss

 52 “There’s always this one girl. She’s desperate and she’s weird and she’s jealous, and you’re stuck with her, no matter how hard you try to get her off your back. Just throw some really fucked-up self-esteem issues into the mix and you have Kara.”
― Courtney Summers, Some Girls Are

 53 “The moment you have to recruit people to put another person down, in order to convince someone of your value is the day you dishonor your children, your parents and your God. If someone doesn’t see your worth the problem is them, not people outside your relationship.”
― Shannon L. Alder

 54 “Jealousy appears to be a redoubtable pitfall for love, on the toll road of self-absorption and unshareability. When love has to remain cloistered and ostentatiously exclusionary, envy may show its pernicious power, cause wounding harms and unchain emotional twisters. (“Why has Shé got stars in the sky?”)”
― Erik Pevernagie

 55 “Jealousy is that pain which a man feels from the apprehension that he is not equally beloved by the person whom he entirely loves.”
― Joseph Addison

 56 “I refused to believe that love could take any other form than mine: I measured love by the extent of my jealousy, and by that standard of course she could not love me at all.”
― Graham Greene, The End of the Affair

 57 “Jealousy is love in competition.”
― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

58 “Instead of playing to win, I was playing not to lose. It reminds me of the story I once heard about two friends being chased by a bear, when one turned to the other and said, “I just realized that I don’t need to outrun the bear; I only need to outrun you.”
― Sean Covey, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens

59 “Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.” – Harold Coffin

Inspirational Envy And Jealousy Quotes

60 “Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority: envy our uneasiness under it.” – William Shenstone

61 “Envy slays itself by its own arrows.”- Author Unknown

62 “The truest mark of being born with great qualities is being born without envy.” – François de la Rochefoucauld

63 “Envy is a littleness of soul, which cannot see beyond a certain point, and if it does not occupy the whole space feels itself excluded.” – William Hazlitt, Characteristics, 1823

64  “A show of envy is an insult to oneself.” – Yevgeny Alexandrovich Yevtushenko

65 “Envy is a symptom of lack of appreciation of our own uniqueness and self worth. Each of us has something to give that no one else has.” – Elizabeth O’Connor

66 “Envy assails the noblest: the winds howl around the highest peaks.” – Ovid

67 “It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.” – Aeschylus

68 “Pity is for the living, envy is for the dead.” – Mark Twain

69 “Every other sin hath some pleasure annexed to it, or will admit of an excuse: envy alone wants both.” – Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy

70 “Envy lurks at the bottom of the human heart like a viper in its hole.” – Honoré de Balzac

 

 

 

 

What Is Anxiety?

The processes of learning how to stop shaking from anxiety starts from within you. Anxiety is frequently confused with other feelings, especially fear. You may call anxiety “nerves” or “nervousness.” Anxiety comes from the Latin word anxius, which means worry about an unknown event. Fear then leads to a state of apprehension and uncertainty, resulting in both physical and psychological effects.

Although you may not know the difference between anxiety and fear, the two terms refer to entirely different feelings. Fear is usually directed at an external danger. The event you fear is identifiable. You may fear stepping off a curb when a car is speeding by at sixty miles an hour or when a neighbor’s dog suddenly jumps out at you.

Everyone experiences anxiety. It is what makes us human. Anxiety has no easily recognizable source and is often called an unexplained discomfort. You may have a sense of danger when experiencing stress, but the feeling is vague, and if asked, you may say your feeling is related to “something bad happening” or “losing control.

“Fear has physical, emotional, mental, and even spiritual effects. Physical effects include shortness of breath, heart palpitations, trembling or shaking, sweating, choking, nausea or abdominal distress, hot flashes or chills, dizziness, or unsteadiness. Because anxiety is so uncomfortable, you may convert your fear into anger or other feelings. Emotional effects include worrying, anger, panic, and terror. Mental effects include thinking you’re going to die or that you’re going crazy or are out of control.

Spiritual effects include alienation and feeling detached and out of touch with yourself and others. Tremor and shaking become more pronounced during muscular fatigue, anxiety, emotional stress, and fear or excitement. This interferes with activities requiring extreme precision.

 

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Anxiety is a fundamental physiologic response to stress. Symptoms may include a feeling of worry, rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, a brief period of tingling sensations, as well as tremor. Virtually all types of tremors are aggravated by stress and anxiety. Adrenaline is our response to a “stressor.” Stressors can be anything; a sudden scare, playing sports, skydiving, or even performing in a play, or talking to a crush.

After it’s secreted by the adrenal glands, adrenaline kicks your body into high gear, increasing blood circulation, breathing, and metabolism rates; and gets the muscles ready for action. All this activity can have some strange side effects on your body, like causing your hands to shake when you’re nervous. Anxiety can appear in different forms and at varying levels of intensity. It can range in severity from a mere twinge of uneasiness to a full-blown panic attack.

When you are stressed, your body will go to a fight or flight mode. The fight and flight mode your body goes into, making you shake and sweat is entirely normal. Increases in stress hormones will speed your heart rate and blood pressure. Your body prepares itself to deal with these sudden changes causing your muscles to act, leading to a trembling sensation is shaking in your hands.

 

Symptoms

  • Shaking hands.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Increase heartbeats.
  • Tense feeling.
  • Surge of overwhelming panic.
  • Feeling of losing control or going crazy.
  • Heart palpitations or chest pain.
  • Feeling like you’re going to pass out.

 

Emotional Symptoms Of Anxiety

In addition to the primary symptoms of irrational and excessive fear and worry, other common emotional symptoms include:

  • Feelings of apprehension or dread, watching for signs of danger, anticipating the worst
  • Restlessness, trouble concentrating
  • Feeling tense and jumpy, or irritable
  • Feeling like your mind’s gone blank

 

Physical Symptoms Of Anxiety

Anxiety is more than just a feeling. As a product of the body’s fight-or-flight response, fear involves a wide range of physical symptoms. Because of the numerous physical symptoms, anxiety sufferers often mistake their disorder for a medical illness. They may visit many doctors and make multiple trips to the hospital before their anxiety disorder is discovered.

 

Common Physical Symptoms Of Anxiety Include:

  • Pounding heart, sweating
  • Headaches, stomach upset, or dizziness
  • Frequent urination or diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle tension, tremors, and twitches
  • Fatigue or insomnia
  • Anxiety attacks and their symptoms

 

What’s The Difference Between Everyday Stress And Anxiety?

Anxiety is the body’s natural response to danger, an automatic alarm that goes off when you face a stressful situation, feel threatened, under pressure. In moderation, anxiety isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, anxiety can help you stay alert and focused, spur you to action, and motivate you to solve problems. But when anxiety is constant or overwhelming, when it interferes with your relationships and activities, it stops being functional—that’s when you’ve crossed the line from normal, productive anxiety into the territory of anxiety disorders.

 

What Are Anxiety Attacks

Anxiety attacks, also known as panic attacks, are intense panic or fear episodes. Anxiety attacks usually occur suddenly and without warning. Sometimes there’s an obvious trigger—getting stuck in an elevator, for example, or thinking about the big speech you have to give—but in other cases, the attacks come out of the blue. Anxiety attacks usually peak within 10 minutes, and they rarely last more than 30 minutes. But during that short time, the terror can be so severe that you feel as if you’re about to die or totally lose control.

The physical symptoms of anxiety attacks are so frightening that many people believe they have a heart attack. After an anxiety attack is over, you may be worried about having another one, particularly in a public place where help isn’t available, or you can’t easily escape.

 

Symptoms Of Anxiety Attacks

  • A surge of overwhelming panic
  • The feeling of losing control or going crazy
  • Heart palpitations or chest pain
  • Feeling like you’re going to pass out.
  • Trouble breathing or choking sensation
  • Hyperventilation
  • Hot flashes or chills
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Nausea or stomach cramps
  • Feeling detached or unreal.

 

Do Your Symptoms Indicate An Anxiety Disorder?

If you identify with several of the following 7 signs and symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder:

  • Are you constantly tense, worried, or on edge?
  • Does your anxiety interfere with your work, school, or family responsibilities?
  • Are you plagued by fears that you know are irrational but can’t shake off?
  • Do you believe that something terrible will happen if certain things aren’t done a certain way?
  • Do you avoid everyday situations or activities because they cause you anxiety?
  • Do you experience sudden, unexpected attacks of heart-pounding panic?
  • Do you feel like danger and catastrophe are around every corner?

 

Signs And Symptoms Of Anxiety Disorders

Because anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions rather than a single disorder, they can look very different from person to person. One individual may suffer from intense anxiety attacks that strike without warning, while another gets panicky at the thought of mingling at a party. Someone else may struggle with a disabling fear of driving or uncontrollable, intrusive thoughts. Yet another may live in a constant state of tension, worrying about anything and everything. Despite their different forms, all anxiety disorders share one primary symptom: persistent or severe fear or worry in situations where most people wouldn’t feel threatened.

It’s human nature to get nervous during public speaking. So, don’t beat yourself up when that happens. Also, when communicating with people for the first time, it’s not uncommon for your hands to start shaking . Here are 7 tips to teach you how to stop shaking hands from anxiety.

 

How To Stop Shaking From Anxiety

1 Stay calm: It already takes a whole lot of guts to stand before an audience to give a speech, and you nailed it. So any form of apprehension isn’t required. You need to learn to calm your nerves and practice breathing in and out to ease those nerves.

2 Relax your gaze: This is something that helps a lot. Always remember that not everyone in the room has a body language or facial expression that’s a complete turnoff and nerves or anxiety build-up. As you speak, slowly search them out in the crowd, and I promise you this works like magic. Although you’re going to have to be discreet about it since you are being watched like a hawk. You wouldn’t want to end up feeling much worse than you already do. You’ll find that one or two persons sitting in the audience that just makes you feel calm and forget your worries.

3 You rock big time! Quit being overly critical of yourself before you give a speech or even while giving one. Avoid overanalyzing things. Don’t worry about how good your voice sounds. Or maybe even how tall those heels make you tower over your audience. Girl! You look terrific; you’ve got an incredible voice. Your presentation is lit! So just get up there and shine like the star you are. There’s no room for self-doubt.

4 Take the focus off yourself. This is how to stop shaking from anxiety. The fact that you’re on stage already makes you the center of attention. So can you do yourself a huge favor and focus on your audience. Give them back the same attention you’re getting.

Don’t be so self-absorbed that you forget your audience exists. The only way to overcome that crippling fear and anxiety is to get out of your head. Try not to think about yourself for the whole duration of your presentation. Take a look at each one of your audience. All eyes are on you!

Your audience is hungry for information and knowledge, not about you. The world stops revolving around you once you step on that stage. So please give them what they’re looking for. You’ll always matter, but for now, your audience matters the most. They are a top priority. So will you please kindly get your head into the game? Nail it like the genius you are!

5 Be yourself. This is very important when giving a speech. Stick to the plan, and don’t try to change a thing about your already carefully organized and prepared speech. I know I said you need to focus on your audience instead of yourself while on stage. But you’re not going to be able to pull that off if it ends up making you a completely different person you’re not.

Sometimes while giving a speech, you may feel that you are not giving it your best. But that’s fine because we all make mistakes. So don’t dwell on the way you mispronounced a word. Girl! You’re already on stage, so your audience is going to have to bite their tongue and keep their opinions to themselves.

Your aura can’t help but commands respect and compels obedience from people. Your audience is the reason why you’re giving the speech in the first place. But you were chosen out of many others because of your authenticity. Don’t ever let that change.

6 Something I also do is to zone people out. Think about the one person you can speak in front of with no fear or anxiety in the way. Now imagine that person is in the front or back seat. Your number 1 fan giving you all the support in the world, cheering you on, telling you how awesome you are, how mind-blowing your speech is.

Imagine the person being blunt with you saying things like ‘that kinda sucks a bit,’ but I like the fact that you’re being honest and authentic. Telling you how you don’t even have to try so hard to be perfect because just being you equals perfection. You’ll see how great and excited you’ll feel in the long run.

7 Finally, you need to be strong. Mentally prepare yourself while on stage, brace yourself up for all forms of confrontations, blunt and over-the-top remarks from your audience. It’s already nerve-wracking to stand on stage while you’re being thoroughly scrutinized from head to toe. Expect comments and questions that will surprise and throw you off the track and even incite some nerves and anxiety. You need to stay strong, unwavering, unmoved, and accept it all in good faith.

Let this 7 principles serve as a guide in learning how to stop shaking from anxiety and remember you’re not the only one feeling nervous, I also do feel shaky from fear some times.