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street-graffitiAs I approached the other gentlemen to the left of her, she sat still as if she was trying to figure me out. I invited the men to our annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. That day, our team was hitting the streets letting neighbors know about the delicious hot food that would be available on Thanksgiving Day.  One of them said they were already aware because the church does this every year. We all talked a bit as I stepped over to the woman with the veiled face and head. She was wearing a hijab. I had not seen her in the neighborhood before, so I personally invited her to come to the dinner. Her next step blessed my heart. She asked…”Do you take donations?” I answered with a shocking, “Yes. We do!” She asked me to give her moment to go and get them from here storage unit. I told her I needed to go to the pharmacy but would come back for the donation.

When I got back to my new friend, she had removed the veil from her face. With a big beautiful smile and a pep in her step, she approached my car. I got out and watched as she meticulously showed me the expirations on each box of stove top, etc. She had received a holiday basket from an organization but didn’t have anywhere to cook the food. My friend was homeless. In fact, she admitted that she had been sleeping in the storage unit. I was so moved by her passion to give. She even gave us a bowl for mixing and a plastic container to store food.

My eyes welled as I thought about how she was giving in spite of her own need. In fact, she said she wasn’t sure if she could come but wanted to do something. I assured her that her gift was so appreciated. This week, she has not left my mind for long. Just thinking about how many of us take for granted all the overflow God has given us. This woman willingly gave what she had. She didn’t have money. She didn’t have a stove to donate a hot meal. BUT… She had a heart. Giving is a heart matter not a money matter. In this season, ask God to open your heart to others. We all have something to give. Use what you have. Your gift may very well be an answered prayer for someone else.

© 2016 Tara Alexander … All Rights Reserved

Tara Alexander

Tara Alexander is committed to empowering lives and building community. She believes that the talents we have must serve for a greater purpose and intends to use her life helping people embrace that truth. For more articles and info go to www.taraalexander.com or www.withGODweWin.com For inspiring music by  Tara Alexander go to iTunes and/or Amazon.

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The Reformed Marriage

By Tara Alexander
molding pottery clayAfter 23 years of marriage, I can tell you that marriage is a beautiful and powerful tool in the hands of a Divine Potter. Through life’s experiences the two becoming one is a place where we grow, glean and benefit from one another. It is also a place where our deepest held beliefs are challenged and our imperfections become obvious. It is the place where our impurities often surface and the place where our inner traits are uncovered. Simultaneously, marriage is the place where our beauty is marveled, our talents are cheered, our tears are wiped and our head can rest well. Marriage done God’s way, reforms our hearts, our ways and our thoughts into what God desires them to be. My prayer for my marriage and all other married couples today is that the Master Potter would continue to shape us into people that look more and more like Jesus and less like the selfish little kids we used to be. (Take time today to read Jeremiah 18:1-6)
Here’s are some keys to a Reformed Marriage:
(1) Ask and allow God to show you areas that need reshaping.
(2) Remember you marriage is a reflection of Jesus’ love for the church. Get a biblical understanding of what marriage was intended to be.
(3) Be willing to be reformed individually before collectively. Remember “a better me makes a better us.”
(4) Pray continually for your spouse. Ask God to let you see each other through His eyes. A godly view is always a more precise view.
(5) Start celebrating and documenting every victory. Every hurdle you cross over together is a place where you can relish in God’s wisdom to give you exactly who you needed.
(6) Let change take its course. You can’t force it upon each other. You can only do your part to be different to get different.
(7) Find accountability partners. Fertilize the soil of your marriage by being around others who honor marriage and are transparent enough to hold each other accountable.
(Excerpt from Teaching by Tara Alexander For More Resources go to: http://www.taraalexander.com You can also purchase her latest music on iTunes or Amazon.)

 

By Tara Alexander

In today’s society, you have to make a clear and consistent effort to stay on course. Everywhere we go, there are billboards, advertisements and things that will try to make you come its way or buy into it. 24 hours a day, there is someone wanting your attention and your money. Our job is to identify distractions and stay focused on what we are supposed to be doing. We need focus in order to enjoy this life and to live it to the full. Your rest days even need focus. You need to be present in the moment so that you don’t lose the moment.

I was reading a study about phone cameras. I was amazed to find out (I didn’t notice it before) that many times people can’t truly enjoy the moment because they’re taking a picture of the moment. Just think about it… you can’t scream at the graduation because you’re the one with the camera. You can’t sing along at the concert because you’re trying to record it. You can’t enjoy the dinner for two because you’re too busy taking pictures of it. I must admit I am so guilty. Although there are times that we can savor things by taking a picture. There must be times that we forget about the phone, ignore the text and let things wait until later. Unplug from outside forces so you can plug into your family, your business, your life, your dream!

Distractions are like weeds. When you find weeds in your garden, you must pluck them out. When you find weeds in your life, you must do the same thing. You have to find ways to get yourself back on track to success. You have to say no to what is getting you off course.

If you want to Overcome Distractions & Stay Focused, here are a few things to remember:

(1) Pray Daily

When we take time to talk to the manufacturer, He will show us how to function properly. Who knows us better than the one who made us?

(2) Plan Your Work & Work Your Plan

Give yourself a schedule and stick to it because other than that, you’ll be yanked around all day.

(3) Everybody’s emergency is not yours

There are real needs in the world but don’t get caught up with thinking that you are the fixer of all things. Your friends can wait sometimes. Though we care and act to help others, you don’t need to drop everything every time. (This is hard for me too.) Pray and ask God how to best help in the situation. He’ll show you when to run in and when to wait.

(4) Don’t scroll your day away

Schedule a time for social sites rather than check it all day. If you like it, include it in your schedule but don’t keep checking all day. Just schedule a time for it. The extra time you save may help you get that chore done, write a new song, finish a chapter, etc..

(5) De-clutter  Your Life

Determine to get organized. Find some help if necessary. There are people anointed to help in this area. There are people that can help you get your office, your home, your finances together. Find them and take their advice. When you know where things are, you can get more accomplished. (Ouch!)

(6) Be Honest with Yourself

If you know there’s more you can be doing with your day, more you can be doing with your life, face the truth and change directions. You have to be willing to be honest with yourself.  This also a part of the spiritual healing process. Ask God for the grace to get things done. When you use your natural ability and ask God for His supernatural strength, He can empower you to do anything. He’ll give you the grace for the race!

(7) Keep Looking at the Vision

If the bible says that without a vision, people perish… I believe it is also indicating to us that with a vision, people live. When you have a vision, it brings life to your day. When you are working on something and it is before you all the time, you can get it done. Keep the dream, vision board, sales target, etc. in front of you. Hang it up where you can see it. Talk about it. Pray over it. Prophesy to it. Work on It! Keep the vision before you and you won’t have time to get off course. You’ll be constantly reminded that there is so much work to do.  You’ll be reminded that there are people (including your family, your customers, your community) who absolutely need you to stay on track.

© 2016 Tara Alexander … All Rights Reserved

Tara Alexander

Tara Alexander is committed to empowering lives and building community. She believes that the talents we have must serve for a greater purpose and intends to use her life helping people embrace that truth. For more articles and info go to www.taraalexander.com or www.withGODweWin.com For inspiring music by  Tara Alexander go to iTunes and/or Amazon.

Tune in to  Daily Inspiration w/ Tara Alexander…Mon-Fri at 12noon (cst) Listen Live at 641.715.3865 Access 771685#

 

 

 

 

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Collaboration is a powerful tool in the hands of people who understand that their gifts and talents can be combined for a greater good. When we come together as Christians we are not losing a piece of ourselves but we are gaining more of Him! People sharpen us to become more like Jesus. Your strength combined with mine may be just what the community needs. Collaboration often precedes powerful work in any community. We can join forces to create a space where lives are changed, communities are healed, people are helped and God’s purposes are truly fulfilled.

SELF CHECK-UP
Here are things to ask yourself as you contemplate collaboration:
  1. What specifically are we aiming to do?
  2. Does the collaboration/project/idea reflect my spiritual beliefs?
  3. Am I the person that God called to lead this venture or am I the person who will support it being done?
  4. What gifts do I have that can support the project/idea?
  5. What gifts am I “willing” to share?
  6. What am I “not willing” to share? Why?
  7. How much time can I invest in this collaboration?
  8. What am I expecting as a return on my investment of time?
  9. Do I want to be paid for my skills? If so, how much, why & when?
  10. Am I willing to pray continually for the success of this collaboration?
  11. Are my motives to see its success even without me involved?
  12. Can I serve even if I am not chosen to lead?
  13. Do I have the maturity to stay as we work out the kinks of working together?
  14. Do I have the interpersonal skills to work as a team member?
  15. Do I need training in order to work more effectively with others?
  16. Who will take responsibility for this work if it is not what we expected?
  17. Who do I want to get the credit for this work if it is successful?

© 2016 Tara Alexander … All Rights Reserved

Tara Alexander

Tara Alexander is committed to empowering lives through community outreach, teambuilding, entrepreneurship and the arts. She believes that the talents we have must serve for a greater purpose and intends to use her life helping people embrace that truth. For more articles and information about Tara Alexander go to http://www.taraalexander.com or http://www.withGODweWin.com

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Kings in the Cave

This week, I have been teaching from Joshua Chapter 10. In this account, Joshua is continuing to take territory, however, as they are in the midst of battle a group of 5 enemy kings retreat by hiding in a cave. Joshua instructs some of his men to place a rock over the entry to the cave where the enemy kings are hiding and to then continue annihilating the rest of the people in the land. After they have whipped the other citizens of the these lands, Joshua orders his soldiers to get the kings out of the cave and step on their necks. This, he promised, is what the Lord will do to anybody that would come against the children of Israel.

As I read this, the Lord has made it clear to me that we are in a season where the kings (demonic forces) that have been in hiding are now manifesting through prayer. As we drag the kings out of their hiding places, we must not put up with them but we must step on their necks in the spirit. Every enemy king must die. Everything that’s been coming against you must be stopped. Enemies of poverty, division, discord, strife are sent to conjure up plans to try to stop our progress in God. The Lord is God and He has given us the power over all the works of the enemy. Walk in your spiritual authority and step on the neck of every demonic assignment that has been railed against you. Your God will fight for you and rain hailstones of judgement on every force risen against. No weapon (or king) formed against us will prosper and every tongue (negative word, lie and word curse) we condemn and refute in the Name of Jesus. Please note, we do not fight to get the victory but we fight from a place of victory. God has given us the territory or land but we must possess it by running out anything on the territory He has already given us. It is through obeying the statutes of God that we step on the enemy’s neck. Our obedience is a weapon of war. Obey the word and step on the enemy kings in your life. Your God is on your side. With Him we always Win! (Read Joshua 10) Join me today for more teaching on this– Daily Inspiration at 12noon (c) Listen LIVE at 530.881.1300 Access 771685# Replay ALL Day at 530.881.1399

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It’s Already Done

As we’ve been studying Ephesians 1, I am truly pumped up. It is clear from the scripture that some things are settled. The blood of Jesus has paid the price for us to be already (1) Blessed (2) Chosen (3) Predestined (4) Accepted (5) Forgiven. I pray this excites you as it excites me. The Lord wants us to live in a place of peace with fact that the Lord has ALREADY provided. Woohooo! If you are saved, you are not striving in Christ to be forgiven, you are already forgiven. Because of this, we want to obey Him. You cannot bump into this kind of love and leave wanting to disobey. This depth of love makes a believer want to obey God!! I want to live right but I also want to share this revelation. There is no condemnation to us who are in Christ (Romans 8:1). The key is being “in Christ”. If we are in Him and He is in us, we want to live for Him. I pray as you go through your day, that you remember what has already been provided. There is so much hope in a live that is settled in the finished work of Christ. Read Ephesians 1:1-7. Join us today at 12noon (c) on Daily Inspiration 530.881.1300 Access 771685# Replay 530.881.1399

-Tara Alexander

It’s time to pray for our youth!!! See you at Youth Prayer Day!
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