Thursday, August 27, 2015

THE SKY's THE LIMIT! by guest author Janice Almond

(I am happy to introduce my first guest author Janice Almond; Janice is a gfted up and coming author. I had the previledge to read a pre production copy of her book Being Grateful. It is an excellent and practical book on developing the hearts and benifits of Being Grateful. I recommend that you get a copy Immediatly. Yours truley wrote the forward for this inspiring book.)



  
 
THE SKY's THE LIMIT!

How far can you go? Life is unlimited! You can go as far as your imagination will take you. What is the catalyst for movement? First of all, you must be grateful for what you have and where you are right now in your journey and second, you must be determined to get to where you need to go and where you need to be.

In my book, you will find and see the thirteen steps it takes to be grateful. The first step is to believe in yourself. This should be obvious, right? How are you even going to reach for the sky if you don't even think or believe you can. Doing or accomplishing anything will be an utter impossibility. Believing in yourself is the first catalyst.

Your perception is important because you receive what you believe. What are you thinking and believing about yourself and your life right now? What you believe you will act on, good or bad. All you have to do to change your life is to change what you are perceiving. 

It's time to literally take and keep track of your thoughts. Without belief in yourself you will have a lack of fulfillment and abundance. Even in not good circumstances, you must have a belief for a better outcome. Decide to stop putting limitations on yourself by your lack of belief. 

Here's a quote: "If your life looks cloudy, maybe the windows of your soul need washing!" Choose this week to be active in your decisions and break the cycle of non-belief by unclouding your mind. Then you will be able to reach for the sky!

 

BEING GRATEFUL: How to Open the Door to a More Fulfilled & Abundant Life in 13 Easy Steps

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

I Almost missed IT!



I almost missed it.


Recently I had a preaching assignment in Golita, CA. Golita is about a two hour drive north from Los Angeles.  It is just outside of the beautiful city of Santa Barbara California. The pastor of Light and Life Golita Church is a family friend. He and his wife invited me and my family to preach in his absence and to also stay in his lovely home for the weekend. My wife, children and I consider this trip a mini vacation. Pastor's house all the amenities on demand Cable vision, Wi Fi, a house full of toys and bikes for the children and a swimming pool. My children came prepared to swim and have a good time and they did. 

For me it was quit and ordeal for all of us to get packed and actually get on the road. We did finally get on the road with our normal frustrations.  In fact it was the "normal frustrations" that almost caused me to almost miss it. I was so busy focusing on the little distractions like the “excessive” bathroom breaks and the occasional flair up arguments between the siblings and my wife telling me to stay in my lane that I was gradually losing my ability to see the big picture, the work and hand of God.

For several years now I have been praying to God asking that he would allow me the blessed combination of traveling with my wife and children while also doing my spiritual life work and passion. In my minds eye I could see me teaching and preaching by day in foreign lands like Egypt. By night the family and I would be, riding on camel backs with the Great pyramids in the back ground. I could see us as a family walking six deep on top of the Great Wall of China after a wonder-filled day of lecturing and spiritual workshops.

So it caught me by surprise when God opened my open my eyes while driving back home after a great day of Ministry and service in Golita. We were driving along on the famous 1 freeway know as the Pacific Coast Highway. It was a beautiful scene; majestic mountains piled high on my left hand, the alluring Pacific Ocean on my right hand along with its sun worshippers; and before me Big Open Sky and road. Our children were content as they had taken over the AUX cord to my car radio and were taking turns playing their favorite EDM play list. In the midst this noise and haste the presence of God visited me.

I could hear the subtle small voice of God saying. This is it, this is what you have been asking me to give you. You said you wanted to travel with your family and fulfill your life calling this is what you have been doing the past couple of days. You have been so busy complaining in your spirit about the little frustrations, that you almost missed the blessing of answered prayer. I have given you what you asked for and if you do not wake up from the delusion and distraction you will miss it. Thankfully I did wake up an embraced it. I thanked God for giving me what I prayed for. I declared to whoever would listen that I almost missed IT; but I woke up just in time to appreciate the fulfillment of my prayers.


What is it that you almost missed? What blessing and answer to prayer are you about to miss because you are majoring on the minor stuff of life? I believe you like me are just at the beginning of a major breakthrough in our life. Your and my lofty visions will be our reality soon.  Perhaps it’s already begun but it begun like it recently did for me…like a small humble family road trip. Please don't miss your blessing. Despise not small beginnings. Be Thankful in all things. Keep Going....                    

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Short Cut to Success or Not...




Have you ever wondered what the term belly up or swimming with the fishes really mean? They both have to do with fish.

One of my hobbies is to raise aquarium fish. I buy little ones and grow them up until they are large beautiful and marketable. I love raising fish it is a Muhammad family hobby. We caught the hobby from my father he always had at least one fishing tank in our house as a child. 

For me whenever I was settled into a new space I would set up a fish tank. But in the last few family moves in my life we had to leave my fish tanks and settle for an infrequent trip to the local fish store. 

So during our search to downsize and a new home I played little attention to green water cesspool in the back yard of our new dwelling. It was a painful enough squeeze from our two story five bed room, three bath house to our three bed room, three bath house. But in the midst of the painful transition, it was there, God's special gift to me, my very first outdoor pond, His gift to me for all my troubles. 

After we settled in noticed the gift, at that time, it was cesspool a 450 gallon pool of green stagnate water. One day I thought to my self, I'm going to clean it up and turn it in to an Oasis.  Once that idea came to me I had a "project" of turning this cesspool into a water garden with fish. 

I got busy emptying out the old water and putting in clean water.  I discovered a filter in the pond,so I got the pond clean I put some of my first fish in the pond and everything was good for about three days.

Then the water turned green again and i could not see fish any more. I was frustrated and felt defeated. What could I do? I was becoming impatient. I wanted the pond to be fully functioning now.  

So a big idea came to me. If I put enough clean water in it would push out the green water. I ran to get some clean water into the pond until the green water water was clear again. 

By now I am inpatient and  frustrated so I thought to rush the process. I did not follow any of the slow, step by step procedures I needed to get some  progress toward the ole long tried and true ways of cleaning the green water. The process includes waiting until  i had everything in place like a large filter, UV lighting and the proper amount of de chlorinating water conditioner.        

My immature need to have things my way NOW,led me to push pass precaution, reason and experience. I had to get what I wanted when I wanted how I wanted it. And I got it,I got just what I wanted clean water.

I could finally see the fish. The water was clear and I could see the fish. They were beautiful hand picked and carefully selected for their rare colors and perfect form. I could finally see them and they were beautiful.  

I went to sleep that night with  with a sense of accomplishment i beat the odds. I accomplished what many wanted to do in much less time. Can you imagine how felt when I went to sleep that night. Yess!

The next morning I got up early as usually to worship God. I could hardly wait to finish my worship time and get ready for work and to feed my fish before going. Early morning, On my bed I imagined and reasoned what the pond looked like I could hardly wait to a take my fire look at my pristine master piece before I went to work. When i got to the the pond my face went from expectant joy to incomprehensible bewilderment for to my shock and chagrin I learned that hard way the origin of the term belly up. Because all my prized fish had going belly up... they were swimming with the fishes, But that is a cute euphemism for being dead.  They were not swimming at all they were like all dead things life less and not moving. All of my prized hand chosen fish we DEAD. How could this happen? To me of all people didn't God see me pick them out, didn't He guide me to the great deals and didn't he know how badly I wanted almost needed to have the fish in order to reduce my stress.     

Why, why did this happen? Yet Without voice i heard the word patience. 

Patience my son you need to learn patience. I know that you are not foolish enough to ask me for patience. So I had to allow you to set up the lesson your self. I had to allow you to learn this lesson in the minimized context. Where the cost is real but not human lost. You my son have to learn patience. 

Oh I was hot and hurt. I became mad at God but really even angrier at me. God did not make me rush the process. I did that. So i had to regroup and start again but not from the beginning of not knowing but from the New  the lessons learned. It takes time to get somethings right.  Please take it from me. Patience is a virtue because it saves us from having to suffer unnecessary lost.  

We must do our necessary duty and due diligence and research. And have the long suffering and forbearance to wait until all things come together because.. there are no short cut to success. Be encouraged for they who hold out until the end will reap a might harvest.  

What we want is not always what we need…

Monday, February 16, 2015

God Rocks & Rolls with Us

God is always with me because God rocks & rolls with Us-- Omar A. Muhammad, Th.M

The darkness and the Light are both alike to thee… Psalms 139:11
I remember the African sky was so huge to me while serving as a missionary in Kenya East Africa. The stars were innumerable and the night was the darkest dark I had ever known. Yet in fullness of the moon one could see in the dark as though it was day.

In Psalm 139 we discover that God proactively rocks and rolls with us whenever, wherever and whatever we’re going through in life. There is no place where God’s all-knowing, powerful presence is not.

In every situation God’s Love reigns supreme and is proactively setting the parameters of our exposure to danger. God takes the lead in all our adventures, and undergirds all our risky exploits. God is our safety net in every place and is our ultimate risk manager.

God exerts enormous thought energy towards us; we are forever on God’s mind even when no one else cares, God continuously thinks of us, especially when don’t realize it. Pause and think about that!

God is our ultimate security blanket forever covering our back, front and all things in between. We can be confident in every circumstance neither darkness, nor disappointment or despair can keep God from seeing us and compassionately being all that we need.
Now Meditate on this truth, regularly rehearse it in your mind, store it in the safe place of your heart and draw on it when the dark of night comes; Know as sure as there is day, darkness will come, but you are eternally sheltered.
When your soul’s eye is blinded by obstacles, fears and insecurities, let this thought comfort you, repeating:
God is with me always, because, GOD Rocks & Rolls with us.  


Trust God in the dark until the light returns-A.W. Tozer

Monday, July 14, 2014

Death vs Life after Life


Why do we cry when our love ones die? Are we in sorrow for our own loss. Maybe, we should rejoice rather than be selfishly sad. Life 2 Life!

I remember that it happened, My Father made his transition from this life to Life after life. At the time i had resentment toward God. Why oh Why did He have to take my father? Didn't He know that I we needed him. At least thats what we thought, I know intellectually that my father was in a better place with no worries of how to pay the bills and how to keep the doctors from cutting on his body.

I miss my father so much. We were friends by the time he made his transition. Who am I going to go to for wise council now? Who?

I  guess you can tell that I too am still working through the transition of my biological Father. During the past several  years have moments of clarity about when it happened. And i have waves of sorrow for his transition. I used to find my face wet with tears but not so much now. I know that there's still healing to be experienced for me.

Yet I have been enjoying the new abilities that my father has in his new role as Ancestor. He can be in multiple places without pain and disease. I have heard from my wife and siblings of his visits in dreams and in person.  Now he is able to visit more with me and my family. He comes to me at different times and be present with me. At times i sense that he is  riding in the car with me, protecting and aiding me and my family. He could not do all these things while he was alive in the body.      

How we handle our parents and loved ones transition is a highly personal thing. Some of us change our facebook profile photo during their birthday, anniversary of  transition day and Father's day. I still haven't changed mine back since Father's day. I guess i like seeing him around. Some of us visit grave sites and burn candles at altars. During this writing I realized that I have to address the issues my inability to tell you when my father made his transition i have to address it because it began to bother me. I really can't remember when it happened with out looking it up.  I knew this inability was a sign that i too needed healing in this area.

Some times I feel like one of my young friend shared with me feeling like I will never get over it (his transition), That may be true. But I also felt like  I needed a different perspective on my father's transition. As long as I though of my father as being dead. (separated from life) as I know it then. I suffered depression and deep sorrow and sadness. But when I was introduced to the concept of Life after life, then I began to have hope again.I realized that this subtle shift in my perspective gave me a whole new outlook on my father's transition. This shift in my thinking along  the visits by my father slowly shifted my relationship and understanding with death and dying.

So in my humble opinion our perspective on death and dying has a lot to do with how we handle the death of our beloved.  I believe it is all about perspective. How we see a thing in our spirit has a lot to do with how we cope, survive and or thrive after the transition of our beloved.  This  is why i ended my recent social media post concerning an observation around death with the positive thought Life unto Life.

The Positive thought of life unto Life is inviting and full of faith, hope and Love. Death, dead and dying sounds so cold and is so separating. In "Life on earth"  this subtle shift from believing in death as separation to death as a door way to Life after life is refreshing. Death which equate with separation from life, to a concept of Life after life has been good for me. In this world view, our loved ones move from one form a life into another form of Life. Life without restriction and limitations of a physical body.

With this shift in perspective concerning Death I am  now able to accept my Father promotion to the ranks of Ancestor. Now,  i look forward to my own promotion to the rank of Ancestor, when my work in earth school is over. I hope you find my word helpful at least and comforting at most. Then i hope that you will consider giving  your loved one permission to speak, visit and or guide you where allowed by God. I believe that they are waiting for us to make the first move. They do not want to be considered ghost frightening us but they want to assist our love ones in a new dimension of life with new properties. Can you embrace this? Write me and tell me what you think. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Joy in the Flow Life

Here’s a tip for you: Live simply. Don’t get caught up in the foofaraw of the world---it is too exacting. By the time we get what we’er looking for our nerves are fried and our hearts are damaged. Let's resolve today to develop  spiritual strength from now on. Let's practice the art of living right. The natural byproduct of right living will be joy unspeakable. Remembering that when we have joy we have it all. So today let's be content. Let's augh at the world and have happiness now. Peace and Blessings.