Refined Through The Fire

"Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you." 
(1 Peter 4:12 ESV)

Within the past three months I have had infections and pains in the only eye I can see out of (blind in the left one), horrible pains in my heart (physical not emotional), issues with my knees and shoulders, horrible pain in half of my teeth (I brush them I promise), flulike symptoms and this past weekend I lost my voice right before I was supposed to speak to raise funds for my outreach.

The reason I am writing all of this is because when you go against the world and seek to bring the Kingdom of God (Heaven) to Earth, their will be opposition. The enemy does not want to see people knowing they are loved for, cared for, etc. He wants people stuck in the fear of not being able to pay bills, feelings of being alone forever, often rekindling of past mistakes that bring shame. But the reality is YOU ARE:
LOVED
ADORED
TREASURED
FORGIVEN

All by our loving God and Father. Through Jesus Christ, we have been forgiven and set free from sin, shame, fear, worry, self doubt, etc. We have been given compassion, love, patience, peace, freedom, and so much more amazingness. The second part of this verse says: "But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed." So REJOICE!

I hope you know this and realize the fiery trials/struggles/obstacles you are facing are not for no reason. God is refining you through Fire. Keep running to Him and know how much our Heavenly Father loves you. In the name of Jesus Christ, YOU ARE SET FREE! AmenRefin

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A Time For Change Movement Newsletter September 2017
 

Every month I will be sending out updates, stories and plans for future endeavors in regards to the outreach. I seek to encourage and keep you informed on what I am doing each month.

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What Happened in September?

If you had been watching the news for the past few weeks, you know that we had a few hurricanes hit the east coast of the United States. Our house was okay but many houses and communities were damaged and destroyed by the hurricane.

> During this time, one thing that was a great highlight was getting together and collecting unused water bottles to hand out to houses and families that were in need. Also had a chance to do some cleanup on peoples properties and offer encouragement.

 
 


Meet Jung
 

Meet Jung from Japan. This mans story traveled a thousand miles to touch my heart. See that metal thing behind him? That's the steam vent he has been sitting by all winter to stay warm. It was with great pleasure that I got to meet him, give him some food and buy him some coffee; if anyone see's Jung, he likes a large coffee with sugar, not cream.

I wanted to sit and talk with him and in what I could tell, he seemed pretty excited. He told me that the city was messed up. That there was so much greed and desire for money. He had a job and once the job was gone, he couldn't find a new one. Whether he searched for a new job or not, the idea of cities being messed up because of the greed and wealth is sad. If you think about it, we could help out people like Jung for a monetary amount that we probably could not even tell affected our bank accounts.

This is not meant to be a Sarah Mclachlan save the animals commercial. Or even a Help Feed the World ad you see at 3am on your TV. Let this be a call for those who feel something tugging on their hearts the next time they walk by a homeless person. You don't have to give them money but maybe grab them a meal. I am telling you the positive response that you have on this one person creates a ripple effect. And if there are multiple ripples being created I believe we can start a tidal wave that will destroy the barriers and walls that society puts up.

We can learn to love everyone, regardless of race, religion, economic standing, It all starts with the decision to be selfless for just a moment. Stand up and be different. Love the indifferent and lets create a change in this world together.

I am looking to go full time into doing this ministry. Currently, I am in the process of sending out mailers and am praying for financial doors of support to open up to grow the ministry. If you would like to be a monthly donor you can do that by clicking below. A Time For Change Movement is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.


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News/Updates
 

September was a pretty interesting month. With all of the Hurricane threats, we missed a week doing outreach with the homeless. However we were able to go out and continue the week before and the two weeks after Irma hit us. Every time we have gone out, we have been blessed with a bag of donated clothes to hand out. This past week, we met two friends, Chris and Mike who were in need of pants and shorts and walking shoes. It just so happened, we had their size in both and earlier that morning, I saw a pair of running shoes I felt I was supposed to bring. Thank you Holy Spirit for the leading and direction! Woo!

Our hearts are growing as is our family. The past week I had another conversation with a friend who is going to join our group in 2 weeks to feed the homeless.

He said, "My work really believes in the balance of work life and personal life and I have been looking for an opportunity to serve and volunteer."

What an exciting thing to hear. In a few weeks, we will have a new addition to our team. One of our outreach volunteers also expressed a desire to start a chapter of A Time For Change Movement in Atlanta, Georgia. He was asked to help lead a college group in a church in Georgia and he loves reaching the homeless people for Jesus! He is so good, moving in hearts and lives all over!


High School Bible Study


We started our Bible study this past month and we had nine students that came out to enjoy pizza, worship and learn more about the Bible and how to live a life in a relationship with Jesus. It is such an amazing opportunity and this coming Wednesday, we will have our third get together.

Please be praying for the growth of the hearts and desires for these students to walk with Jesus. Some of the students have come and invited their friends which is always an amazing thing to see. They want to bring their friends to know Jesus, woo!

 

Won't you join us as we seek to change this world?


What we are asking for is prayers from you all! Please be praying for:
> The hearts of the people we are reaching, that they would come to know Jesus and receive His love, grace, mercy and forgiveness
> For nothing but the love of God and His compassion to be the driving force of this Movement
> Guidance from the Holy Spirit in all we do
> That we would always seek to remain and trust in Jesus for all of our needs
> For a continued increase in volunteers and workers
> The hearts of donors, as they help us in providing the finances to grow this outreach
> For the new mothers and those families who are expecting children, for their health and protection.
> Please be praying for those affected by all of the Hurricanes, especially living on the islands, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas.

 

**We will be sending out our next email at the end of October/beginning of November. We welcome all to the Movement and if you would like to get in touch, please visit us online at:
 

http://www.atimeforchangemovement.com/
 

You are all amazing and I just thank you all for your prayers and encouragements always. Just remember to be a light to this world and to talk to Jesus and let him know just how much you love him and are thankful for all we have been blessed with. I believe He is life and in Him is truth and love and fullness. I pray you all come to know His love as well. Blessings guys, thank you for everything!



Steve Meehan
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What an amazing year we have had! There not only are homeless people hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ, but people are desiring to come out more often and volunteer. What God is doing in peoples lives, the selflessness in this world is absolutely amazing! Seeing the hearts of these people together, connecting the homeless and the volunteers, is such a beautiful thing. No longer will we allow financial struggles, addictions, mental disorders or any other type of physical, mental or spiritual indifference stand in the way of the ways we will be loving one another. Jesus' love is the one uniting us. Thank you Jesus!!!

 
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"From Weak to Warrior"

Hi, my name is Jeri Hollingsworth, I'm 24 years and I'm from Saint Augustine, Florida. I've recently started my own fitness journey, where I've been transformed mentally and physically and I would love to share my story.

My story begins earlier than this, but a catalyst in the journey happens July 4th, 2017. I was invited to a party, and I was getting ready for the day and felt like breaking down. None of my clothes fit, and I was super embarassed. I didn't feel confident in anything and I almost didn't go to the party, but there was a purpose for me going and I didn't know there was one until a few days later. I had fun at the party but in the back of my mind, I was super uncomfortable. At the end of the party, I was hanging out with a friend and he mentioned his sister locked herself out of the house and she was going to have drive 45 minutes away to come get the key from him. I wanted to wait so I could see his sister, it had been a few years since I had seen her. She had previously been my health coach about 2.5 years ago for a short time. I got to see Maiya briefly, and it was great to see her.

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In today's society, when you want to see what's going on with someone you usually check their Facebook feed, right? Well the next day I went to check out her Facebook and Maiya had one motivational post after another, and I was super inspired. Next thing I know it's 1 am and I can't stop scrolling down her Facebook. Then, it hit me. If anyone can get me out of my dark times and help me lose weight, its her. Honestly, at the time I didn't understand why I had let myself go. After self reflecting, I was really depressed. I had a dream of joining the military and I was told because I have hypothyroidism it will never be a reality for me. Someone telling you that a dream of yours will never come true is soul crushing. Now, I realize I didn't know how to cope with that. There was nothing I could change about my situation so I let myself go down a sad, hopeless road. The road soon came to an end though.

So, it was about 1 am and I texted Maiya. I told her I needed her and I was ready to get started, and if anyone can help me- it's her. Maiya was glad I reached out to her and invited me to Flagler Nutrition a few days later. We connected, and she asked me what my goals were. I told her I wanted to lose 40-50 pounds and I wanted to feel confident in my own skin. I was confident she would help me transform my physical being, but I had no idea she would give me the tools to become a happier me.

We got me started on a program, and next thing I know I'm showing up to the club every day to hang out and have a shake. I was down on myself, so my verbage was very self deprecating and negative and everyone was always lifting me up and next thing I know... when people ask me how I'm doing.. I wasn't saying "Okay" anymore. I was saying "GREAT!" I did feel great. I had insane energy, people even at work were noticing. I use to just get through the day so I could get back to bed.

So, two weeks went by of me staying consistent on the products and changing my eating habits and I had lost 8 pounds!!! I was amazed. I did that!! Soon after, I was seeing all the amazing positive responses I was getting on social media and Maiya encouraged me to become a coach. I was hesitant at first because I was still on my own personal journey and didn't think people would want help from me, but I decided it would be a positive thing and why not take on the challenge. 

Then, the gym became my best friend. I always dreaded going, I felt like I was going to be judged but I put those feelings aside and grew to love going to the gym. I couldn't wait to go now. So, I had been on my journey a month now. I weighed in and I had lost a total of 14 pounds! I was floored. Talk about a whole new level of inspiration! It was crazy how changing my daily habits, and putting in the effort in to go to the gym had drastically changed my life. I was addicted to seeing new results. So, in the gym I decided I was going to do more cardio. A person who could barely walk 10 minutes on the treadmill in the past was walking 30-40 minutes every day now. Little victories like that keep me inspired daily. I thought to myself one day in the car, "if I can do it, anyone can!" 

The 2 month mark of my journey came, and I got back on the scale. Who would have thought I would be excited to step on the scale?? I was once again shocked my own results. I had lost an additonal six pounds, making that a total of 20 pounds! I ON MY OWN HAD LOST 20 POUNDS IN TWO MONTHS? Talk about a proud moment. There are so many moments now where I just think about how different my life is. I use to sleep until 2pm on my days off from work, and now I get up before my alarm and go to the gym, walk the Vilano Bridge. It's so funny to think about that. Now, I want that for others. I know how horrible it is to feel unhappy in your own skin and I have a mission to help others like I was helped. No one should not want to leave their house because of how they feel. 

I'm still on my journey, but I am loving every step of the way these days. The beautiful part is I am just getting started. I would like to say thank you Steve Meehan for reaching out and giving me this opportunity. Thank you.

 

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The Groom Who Blesses Homeless People On His Wedding Day

This past weekend, I was absolutely blessed to be a part of one of my best friends from colleges' wedding. Throughout the years, I have seen Jesus changing his life in every way imaginable. His name is Spencer and over the past few years, we just bounce encouragements back and forth, of how we should be leaning our hearts more into loving Jesus and people. One afternoon, as we were moving things around in his car, I saw a bag of clothes, he said, "Steve, I would really like to help the homeless. I have a bunch of clothes and I have a gold and a silver watch that I want to bless someone with!"

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Spencer knows my life and what I do and it was beautiful hearing and seeing his heart for homeless people; we were of the same Spirit and it was amazing. On the morning of his Wedding Day, we took a drive to the local grocery store to get some coffee and bacon. I mean, who starts a Wedding Day off without these two? Crazy, I know. As we were driving home, we passed a man sitting on the side of the parking lot. He had a sign but was not waving it. We drove past him and Spencer stopped the car, looked at me and said, "Steve, we're gonna bless that guy today!" He turned the car around and we parked right next to the spot where he had been sitting.

He opened his trunk, grabbed the gold watch, the bag of clothes and walked over to the man. "Hey, my name is Spencer and today, we are going to bless you!" Before we knew it, the man was tearing up. He explained what he was doing and actually handed us a pamphlet to invite us to church. What an amazing thing. We thought we were going to be blessing this man, and he would receive it, but he was actually very concerned about us knowing the love of Jesus. What a beautiful, selfless person he was. We were of a kindred Spirit and the love and compassion he was showing us was amazing.

After talking for a few minutes, I introduced myself. The man shook our hands and said, "My name is Ted." Ted. The name for the man who was blessing us in a way he may have been unaware of. Spencer and Ted talked for a while about life and things that they were a part of. Work. Cities they lived in. Getting married in a few hours. There was talk of surfing, traveling and life yet the general theme of the talk was centered on the love of Jesus Christ and what He has done in all of our lives and how we can help others out! I do not think Spencer could have asked for a greater experience to happen a few hours before his wedding occurred.

One of the greatest things about this life is that we have the opportunity to love one another and in doing this, we come to know the love of Our Heavenly Father so much more! When I step out and learn about someones past and hear the current position of their heart, I am blown away by happens when we understand how loved we are. Jesus came to do this! Jesus did not walk this earth to point fingers! Jesus did not come to just walk the Earth, die and disappear. Jesus came to reveal the heart of the Father and true truth of our hearts. He helps us know our worth and seeks to restore the value back into our lives; to help us understand how our Creator and God sees us, loves us and seeks to know us. We can focus on the world and in what we do not have but the reality is that with Jesus we have everything!

May we learn to hold onto Jesus with all we have but not as consumers looking to be blessed but as people who sincerely love Him and worship and desire to talk with Him. That we would speak but more importantly that we would take the time to listen to the one who loves us with a love that words cannot even come close to describing!

I have always thought that by my blessing someone, there lives would be influenced. But what happens when you bless someone who wants to bless you as well? There is an explosion of love and a Heavenly experience occurs that I believe God wants us to see all over! This is why we are to encourage one another, serve one another and most of all, love one another. So go out, love and bless someone today. I guarantee it will affect your heart and your life and your spirit and soul in such amazing ways that only God truly knows! Love you!

 

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A TIME FOR CHANGE MOVEMENT NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2017
 

Every month I will be sending out updates, stories and plans for future endeavors in regards to the outreach. I seek to encourage and keep you informed on what I am doing each month.

 
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What Happened in July?

 

Wow! What an amazing summer we have had. This past month, we fed around 60 people but I was able to go over to El Salvador with a group of physical therapists, occupational therapists nurses and paramedics, and over 500 people were treated!

> During our time in El Salvador, we had a chance to see people with back problems, knee problems, rashes, burns, colds, coughs. Some even had issues of nonstop bleeding and issues with their sight. We had chances to pray with many!

 
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Meet J.R.

Meet JR. You can't see his face but most of the time you would not be able to. We met when he was sitting on the side of 52nd or 53rd and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. JR usually had his head down and it is stuffed in the hood of his coat. When I got to talking to him, I asked him how he got to where he was. He did not smell of alcohol or seem to be dealing with any addictions to drugs. "I was in a really bad marriage and I wanted to divorce my wife. I moved from California to Pennsylvania for her. All of my stuff was taken from me in the divorce." JR spoke about how he had started a painting business when he made the move but his ex-wife took everything from him.

I gave JR a sandwich but what occurred to me, pretty simply, was that he was not hungry as much as lonely and depressed. He was missing happiness and seemed to be missing life. If you ever come across JR, one of the things I came to know is that he really likes Arizona Iced Tea's, specifically the one with the grape flavor. There is a Duane Reade on practically every corner in Midtown Manhattan, it should not be hard to find one for him if you meet him. We talked for a bit and I said to JR, "I'll be back to see you tomorrow." The next day, I walked around to look for JR but I never found him. I used Duane Reade as my point of reference but I could not find him.

The next day, I decided to search for him one more time. Being very sure of the corner he was sitting at, I went back. Woo! There was JR! Sitting on his crate, holding this sign. When I approached him, I shouted, "JR!" He looked up, as if no one had said his name in years. He said, "I have been out here for three years and you are the only person who said they would come back and ever did!" Honestly, as I rewrite this story, I am almost in tears. It touched my heart but it also is heart breaking knowing some people truly feel alone in their life. In a world of 7.5 billion people, many may still feel alone!

Please be praying for JR that he would believe in himself again and walk into a new life. A lot of times, we need to have hope restored into our lives and minds. He has been so broken and I believe that Jesus is the only one who will reach far enough into his life to restore everything! Lord, please restore life to JR and I pray for anyone out there who is alone and lonely, that you would send more people to surround them and show them how loved they truly are!" Amen.

I am looking to go full time into doing this ministry. Currently, I am in the process of sending out mailers and am praying for financial doors of support to open up to grow the ministry. If you would like to be a monthly donor you can do that by clicking below. A Time For Change Movement is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.


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News/Updates

August was another amazing month! The Movement of love is growing and lives are being touched in coming to know Jesus and by coming in contact with other people who want to serve and show compassion.

There are a few leaders that may be starting a once a month outreach in their areas in September, please be praying for the following areas and their leaders:
> Brazil (Rio, Brasilia and Sao Paulo)
> Orlando, Florida
> Jacksonville, Florida
> Johnson City, Tennessee
> Long Island, New York
> Manhattan, New York

WE ARE STARTING A YOUTH GROUP NEXT WEEK!

My friend Heather and I are starting a Youth Group this week. Every other Wednesday, we will be doing a Bible study to help High School students in the Jacksonville, Florida area grow closer and to know the love of Jesus through a relationship with Him. As of now, we have around 12 students who will be in attendance. Last night, I spoke to one student and he said, "Me and So-And-So were taking about how we both think we need to start a Bible club with Steve and grow closer with God again!!!! (exclamation points added for extreme awesomeness)" Wow!

Please be praying for Bartram High School as that is the school we are reaching out to. Please be praying for the students, the parents and the staff at the school. Last year when I joined up, we started doing Young Life Youth Group there, and during this time students were asking to be baptized but at the same time, there were over 5 bomb threats within the first semester. Amazing things are happening but we do at times see opposition. However, Jesus is alive! And we are so excited to share that. Prayers for protection and for the students to keep pushing forward in their faith!
 

Won't you join us as we seek to change this world?

 

What we are asking for is prayers from you all! Please be praying for:
> The hearts of the people we are reaching, that they would come to know Jesus and receive His love, grace, mercy and forgiveness
> For nothing but the love of God and His compassion to be the driving force of this Movement
> Guidance from the Holy Spirit in all we do
> That we would always seek to remain and trust in Jesus for all of our needs
> For a continued increase in volunteers and workers
> The hearts of donors, as they help us in providing the finances to grow this outreach
> Doors to open. The past month we have applied to a few grants. I am believing for opportunity to arise with the increase in support
> For the locals in El Salvador (who we were able to treat) for healing and deliverance from the sickness and oppression they deal with.
> For the new mothers and those families who are expecting children, for their health and protection.
> Please be praying for those affected by all of the Hurricanes, especially those in Houston, Texas.

 

**We will be sending out our next email at the end of September/beginning of October. We welcome all to the Movement and if you would like to get in touch, please visit us online at:
 

http://www.atimeforchangemovement.com/
 

As this month has gone on, I have come to realize how busy I have made myself and have not allowed as much time as in the past to just spend talking with Jesus. I pray that we all can do this daily! That we would come to Him, speak and learn to listen to His loving words. May we all drink from His eternal living water.  That we, like the Samaritan woman at the well, would seek to daily drink from the Everlasting Water Jesus provides and we will never be thirsty again! Bless you all!



Steve Meehan
Founder & President
 

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What an amazing year we have had! There not only are homeless people hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ, but people are desiring to come out more often and volunteer. What God is doing in peoples lives, the selflessness in this world is absolutely amazing! Seeing the hearts of these people together, connecting the homeless and the volunteers, is such a beautiful thing. No longer will we allow financial struggles, addictions, mental disorders or any other type of physical, mental or spiritual indifference stand in the way of the ways we will be loving one another. Jesus' love is the one uniting us. Thank you Jesus!!!

 
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"Yes, You Can Overcome Anything!" By Sam Eaton

The sweet aroma of fresh vomit wafted throughout the already pungent gym air as I sat huddled over a small black office trash can. It was 2011 and I had just joined my local Lifetime Fitness and barely survived my “not mandatory but I’ll put you down for Monday” free personal training session.

Throughout my four years of college, I, like many people, started about fifteen different workout routines and stuck to one… two… none of them. Looking back I can see one big underlying problem with my poorly executed workout fads: a deep-rooted belief that I couldn’t do it.

As I sat back up and wiped the lingering throw-up liquid from my face, several steroid junkies sneered in my direction. I HAD to stick to this. I HAD to change. I had spent too many years attempting to move the mountain with no success. Now, equipped with the proper workout routine and my new fitness navigator “Chad,” I was sure to succeed.

“I had spent too many years attempting to move the mountain with no success.”

Spoiler alert: I failed. I did great for a few weeks and then stopped. And failed again. I started a great running routine and then stopped.

Fail, fail, fail, fail, fail, fail, fail.

Fail.

Yet, one thing had drastically changed since college – my attitude. This time I was insanely resolved to keep getting up every time I dropped a barbell on my foot or loudly slipped off the pull-up bar (two things that definitely never happened to me). This time, I stared up at the mountain and, while majorly out of breath, sprinted past my fear.

Within five minutes of turning on any Christian radio station, you’re almost guaranteed to hear a cliché hook over a happy I, IV, V progression about those “mountains you can move”.  But have you ever thought about what it would actually take to move a freakin’ mountain? Jesus told his closest friends:

“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew17:20

A mustard seed of faith isn’t actually much faith at all. According to Barnes notes on the bible, at this time a mustard seed was widely known as one of the smallest of all seeds.

Like poppy-seed sized.

Like a miniscule black speck.

Yet, Jesus doesn’t say your faith must be larger than the mountain to move it (which mathematically might make more sense). He sayssomething 1 gazillionth the size has a greater force than the enormous mass of the mountain. The secret to moving the mountain?

Believing it is possible.

You have to decide that whatever you’re up against “ain’t no thang” to a God who created the earth and raised Jesus from the dead.  Adopt an attitude that says I might not understand this struggle, but I trust in my savior to help me every step of the way. With that belief and the tiniest leap of faith, truly “nothing will be impossible for you.”

“Adopt an attitude that says I might not understand why things happen, but I trust in my savior to help me every step of the way.”

What mountain are you staring up at this week? A mountain of debt? An addiction you can’t shake? A circumstance you feel will never change?

Resolve to never give up. Decide to believe that you can do it despite what anyone says. Wipe the vomit of failure from your mouth and set small, obtainable goals that will help you on your journey. Never stop believing that God iswith you at base camp and he will be there celebrating with you at the peak.

Despite my years and years of fitness failure, I finished my first marathon in October. At mile 21, I was in crazy amounts of pain from a foot injury and I could barely move my legs due to the cold. A medic put her arm around me and asked if I wanted to stop. “Do you want us to take you on the golf cart to the medic tent?”

I looked at her, almost crying. I thought for a moment and said, “No way. I’m not giving up.”

Yes, you can overcome anything!

It’s only a mountain. Tell it to move.

 

By Sam Eaton. "I am a 28-year-old goofball who is in love with all things Jesus, writing, music, adventure, youth ministry, laughter, and friendship. I pay my bills by teaching elementary school music to over 600 kids from grades K-5. My “free time” is mostly spent investing in the next generation through mentoring, teaching a high school small group, and playing on a worship team. I also love a good sweat, a moderately challenging house project, a cup of green tea, and as much time as I can get with my friends and family." (Borrowed from RecklesslyAlive.com).

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"How To Be As Happy As A Billionaire" By Jen Saviano

Let me guess… you didn’t win the Powerball last night? Plenty of us have a crumpled up ticket in the trash right now, too.

Yesterday my friend and I sat outside with our coffees, snuggled up in blankets (it was 60 degrees out y’all, practically snowing for us Floridians) and chatted for an hour or so about what we’d do if we won the lotto: take care of family, find more charities we’re passionate about, travel the world, help out friends and strangers, buy a 4 story penthouse in the Upper East Side, purchase that Valentino bag I’ve been drooling over, oh boy could I go ON with this list but it’s starting to sting a little bit…

We were talking so in depth as if we were actually making done-deal plans, that I absorbed myself in the fantasy of it and felt a wave of euphoria… if only I could feel like this every day…

Then I had a thought… that amount of money certainly won’t be in my bank any time soon, *bitter* but that happiness should always be with me and should be available to anyone that wants it.

At a point during our unrealistic planning, we caught ourselves complaining about something… My friend stopped me, looked around and jokingly teased “yea because we’re really slumming it these days.”

Reality check right there…

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the what if's and what could be’s if we had this or that, that we sometimes forget how ridiculously, stupid blessed we already are.  Sometimes a teasing reminder *or a Miss Lifestyler blog post * is all you need to snap you back to the real reality: If you have a roof over your head, food on the table and access to read this post, I’d say you’re doing pretty damn well, too.

As much as we’d all welcome a few mill in the bank with loving arms, it doesn’t change the fact that you can be billionaire happy right now.

How? It's as simple as appreciating what you already have...

As I typed that last sentence, my favorite quote popped into my head: ‘the things you take for granted, someone else is praying for.”

I guarantee you that some of the happiest kids in the world right now are playing in the dirt in a third world country and some of the most miserable are sitting in their multimillion dollar homes in LA, depressed and wanting more out of their lives.

Happiness is a state of mind, and if you don’t learn to accept and appreciate who you are and where you’re at in your life, nothing from the external world is going to really change that.

So today: take a moment to look around and count your blessings… write them down or scribble a mental note… Reflect, appreciate and absorb yourself in every second of today.

All stress factors and struggles will dissolve in that moment of gratitude… keep it going whenever you feel down and you’ll soon see that this is one of the healthiest habits you can learn to do.

Sorry you didn’t win the Powerball… and you probs won’t win the next one either... but life goes on, don’t spend it any other way then ridiculously happy and grateful.

 

By Jen Saviano. Jen has been on the reality TV show The Bachelor, played Tennis for her college and is the Founder of Miss Lifestyler.com. Jen is well know however she does not allow this attention to drown out her heart and desire to love and encourage people in this world. 

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"What Does A Selfless Life Look Like?"

When you were younger or even now, did you ever have a friend who was just selfless? One who would always step in when you were in trouble to take the blame, maybe took on a punishment, just so you wouldn't have to?  Or a friend who, even though you never called to hangout with him, was more than happy to hang with you when you were without friends? Someone who would stand by you even when things got tough, to help you through the difficult times? I bet if we had the power to we would have every friend be this way. Wouldn't you?

So then why does our world have such a horrible taste towards Jesus? Jesus said, "I came that they may have life and have it to the full." He has offered to be the best person we will ever come to know. I know its a weird idea having a friend that isn't physically there. But don't pass on the fact.
 

If you were on the other side of the world and called your parents, you could feel the love just through the phone, physicality is just something we are used to. I am not telling you to go have invisible friends but love is bigger than we give it credit for. Just as love is not something able to be controlled, contained or held down, so is to who Jesus is. He is everywhere. God is love. Love is God. 
 

I pray that anyone who sees this will take a leap of faith and see what God is all about. He is not one to yell at you, to push you down, make you feel insecure; we already have the rest of the world for that. I guarantee if you do come to Him and trust in the life Jesus came and sacrifice His life for, your life will not be the same.
 

At times your life will feel like the records on a DJ's turntable
 

I promise, once you let God take control of you, the music that comes forth will be more beautiful that you could ever imagine. 

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