What Is The Dominant Focus Of Your Thinking Today?

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Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2: 5)

What is your life looking like today? Does it look the way you would like? Is it at least moving in the direction that you would like? Moving toward the fulfillment of all the things that would bring you happiness, joy and peace?

The thoughts that we have create our present moments and set the stage for our future.   Stop for a moment and think about each thought that you have. We know that thoughts create. We know that what we think about creates our next moment. We know that the thoughts we have today will create our tomorrows. It makes the need for our every thought to be very clear and specific and positive. We are called to be mindful of our thinking, for in our thinking we have the seeds of tiny, but powerful prayers. These prayers set the stage for those things we are open to experience and recognize and these tiny prayers are an indication of our outlook on life.

Imagine that each thought you have is like a bean. Positive thoughts are one color, say white, and negative thoughts are another, let’s say red. As you have each thought another bean is dropped in a large clear cylinder container. What do you suppose would be the dominant color of your container at the end of your typical day? Would it be crimson with negative and defeatist thoughts, or would it be white with thoughts of the healing, rejuvenating and uplifting power of God?

The prevailing belief is that if you want to improve the beauty of your home for resale you should renovate your kitchen and curb appeal. If you want to improve the beauty of your life experience how about renovating your thoughts and beliefs? Sounds simple, but it takes practice and persistence. God will help us as we begin with a simple prayer, “Lord, help me to begin to see a more positive, Christ-centered world in which I live. Help me to experience your presence and your grace in each thing I do and to affirm new possibility in all aspects of my life.” When we begin from a place of positive faith and trust, then, no matter what may happen throughout our day, we will be able to know we are in the presence of a powerful God, who loves us unconditionally.

Affirmation: “Today is a great day to release the past and experience a beautiful NOW. I begin by affirming the amazing presence of Spirit/God right here. Around me, through me, and as me at every moment.”

Rev. Jefferson Beeker

http://jefferson340.wix.com/index

We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.

Follow me on Twitter @jeffersonbeeker for daily affirmations of uplifting and positive faith.

 

Don’t Get Off the Prayer Highway One Exit Before Your Miracle

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If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given to you. But ask in faith, never doubting.” (James 1: 5-6)

Our scripture has much to teach us. God gives to each of us willingly, graciously and abundantly whenever we ask. But it also tells us something vitally important about our asking. It must be done in faith, without any reservation or any negativity.

In first reading this text one could think our prayers will be answered right away, that the answers we seek suddenly appear to us and that is that. Most of us know that doesn’t always happen and that our “never doubting faith” comes in to play here to sustain us as we experience God’s reply.

If your prayers don’t seem to be answered as soon as you would like, then what must we do? The answer? Keep the prayer going. Keep connecting with God in a reflective way and know that as you do so you are moving forward in the right direction. We don’t keep praying because we have not yet gotten the attention of God, but because we are seeking to gain greater clarity of the presence of God working and moving through our life. This is major. You don’t want to give up and get off the highway one exit before the destination. We need to keep that connection clear, never doubting. Author Richard Rohr has written so meaningfully that God doles out life and understanding to us in small doses. This is the good news, for too much information all at once would just overwhelm and confuse us. We are all trying to balance our human earthly self with our heavenly spiritual self and that takes time, dedication and perseverance. God will help us, so the journey is not impossible.

It is important to realize that who you are when you finish saying your prayer is a different you from the person you were when you began that prayer. You can’t help but be. You have changed. Not God, but you. You have changed. Your very words, feelings, thoughts and desires lifted up to God have moved you to a new understanding of God’s power acting in your life. You have been altered, transformed, remolded, brought into a new truth and reality of the presence of God always right where you are. You are changed. That is the joy of asking God, never doubting. We have declared our willingness to be changed. Our willingness to experience God in new and exciting ways.

Affirmation: “A heartfelt thank you to God is a powerful sign of belief in answered prayer.

Rev. Jefferson Beeker

http://jefferson340.wix.com/index

We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.

Follow me on Twitter @jeffersonbeeker for daily affirmations of uplifting and positive faith.

Be All That You Were Created To Be

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“I am the Light of the world.”  “I came that they might have life and have it abundantly.”     (John 9:5, 10:10)

I know that we all have great ambitions and dreams. I know that I do and I continually pray for, and believe in, the desires I have that they may blossom and manifest into the fullest expression of life I can lead.

What I know and have come to believe through my years of prayer, meditation and contemplation about the presence of Spirit/God in my life is that we are each created to be more than we are currently experiencing. We see ourselves in a microcosm of being, both mentally and physically, but Spirit/God sees us in the fullness of all we have been created to be. I could find this frustrating as I try to be all that I desire to be and yet seem, through my limited physical mindset, to fall short time and time again, or I can know that as I continue in prayer and meditation to connect with Spirit that I am moving, even if it is slowly, toward all that I can be.

As I do my prayer and meditation practice daily I always begin by giving Spirit/God thanksgiving. Thanksgiving for what I have and who I am right now, as well as thanksgiving that I am moving forward to experiencing still more of God’s miracles in and through my experience. When we begin in gratitude and thanksgiving I believe we truly set the stage for God to enter the deepest parts of ourselves and open us to seeing more of what has been a part of us the whole time. Because we only can experience at the current level of our understanding and awareness starting in thanksgiving is a wonderful way for us to open up those inner channels to seeing more clearly, to feeling God’s presence more deeply, and to moving into a new elevated vibration of consciousness. Spirit/God will always reveal to us more of who we are if we are willing to connect and expand in our thinking, believing and vision.

There is a children’s story I love. It’s about some chickens and an Eagle. It seems this baby Eagle feel out of its nest one day and into a chicken coop. The chickens loved the little Eagle and took pity on it, so they raised it to be one of their own. They nurtured and treated the Eagle just as they did all the other little baby chicks. The Eagle started to walk around the chicken coop and copied completely the walk of the chickens. It walked like them, tried to cluck like them, did everything just the same way the chickens did.

Then, one day a full grown Eagle flew overhead and saw the little Eagle in the chicken coop, walking around like a chicken. This intrigued the big Eagle so it flew down and said to the little Eagle, “What’s up dude? Why are you walking around like a chicken? Don’t you know you are an Eagle? You were created to fly, to soar with the clouds, not walk around in a pen all day clucking like a chicken.” And so the big Eagle showed the little Eagle how to fly and soon the little Eagle became the beautiful creature of God he had always been created to be.

Spirit/God created us each to soar and prosper. Too often we have seen ourselves in a limited way when we need to see ourselves with the fullness of all we that we truly are.

Let Spirit/God reveal all that you are. Thank Spirit in advance for doing just that very thing and then know that more of who you are can blossom.   As you spread your wings to soar into the heavens of an abundant life a new vision and the real you will emerge. Remember Jesus said, “I came that they might have life and have it abundantly.” He came that we might recognize all that we are created to be.

Affirmation: “Each day I grow in the realization of all that I was created to be. Spirit/God is, as always, my guide.”  

Rev. Jefferson Beeker

http://jefferson340.wix.com/index

We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.

Follow me on Twitter @jeffersonbeeker for daily affirmations of uplifting and positive faith.

Good Nutrition For Our Souls

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But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you.”     (Romans 8: 9)

My brother sends me articles about nutrition and health via email just about every day. Not that he thinks I eat poorly, but eating well, and taking care of oneself, is something he is very passionate about.   Many of these articles speak about the fact that our physical bodies so often are suffering from inflammation. We may not even know it, but gone unchecked this inflammation soon affects us with sickness, decease and discomfort.

So, it made me think. What about our spirits? I think so often our spirits are suffering from an inflammation caused by separateness from God. (Or Spirit, or Higher Power, whatever is comfortable for you in terms of language). Certainly this is not separateness on God’s part, but on ours. We too often become lethargic and lackluster about our relationship with the flow of God’s perfect energy and vibration within and around us and we cut off this beautiful life affirming presence from fully nurturing us. Left unchecked, this inflammation of spirit soon causes our lives to spin out of control. When this happens we often wonder what went wrong and why. So, how do we treat this inflammation?

We need to treat this inflammation by continually affirming the presence of God in our lives. To connect with God even when things are going as we would like in our lives, not just when things go array. When things are going well a simple, “thank you, God,” will remind us that God is working and moving in our lives and our connection is strong. Taking some time for mindful quiet meditation can help us re-connect and remember that there is a power, energy, a Divine vibration moving through us that is longing for expression. This energy and vibration seeks to surround us with comfort, peace, joy and happiness and to project that out into the world not only for us to experience, but to invite others in experience that along with us. It is all too easy to forget who we really are, and what we are really made from, as Spirit’s creation, and in the process we spin out and live those lives of “quiet desperation” that cause us pain and sorrow.

Healthy eating habits keep our bodies well and energetic. Keeping our connection, our prayer life, our worship time, our quiet meditation experience, our service for God focused keeps our spirits strong. A shift in our thinking toward those things we wish to experience, and our acceptance that Spirit is always on our side, can begin to move us in the right direction toward living the abundant life we desire. When our spirit is healthy all of our life’s experience can fall into place in a beautiful and life affirming way.

Affirmation: “Recognizing God’s presence always right where I am my life flows with renewed peace, joy and possibility.”

Rev. Jefferson Beeker

http://jefferson340.wix.com/index

We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.

Follow me on Twitter @jeffersonbeeker for daily affirmations of uplifting and positive faith.

Where would you say is the level of trust you have in Spirit/God today?

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“Blessed are those who trust is in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.”   (Jeremiah 17: 7)

I have always loved the above scripture. Throughout my life when I have been waiting for some important occurrence I have stopped to reflect upon these words.   They bring comfort and peace to me in the face of uncertainty as I wait upon the Lord for the fulfillment of a dream.

The scripture has two thoughts for me. One, we are to trust IN the Lord, and secondly, that our trust IS the Lord. To experience the new life and grace available to us IN the Lord we most certainly need to connect with all the power and possibility that IS the Lord. It may be a subtle distinction, but one that is so powerful.

We all have times of uncertainty, and maybe even discord, as we seek to make decisions about our lives and our futures. Which choice should we make, what road do we take as we reach that fork in the highway, where will we find that place that will ultimately bring us the most fulfilling outcome?

We will always have decisions to make. We will always have before us a future that is not always crystal clear. Our scripture reminds us that our trust is IN the Lord and that our trust IS the Lord. We can rely on the presence and power of God to direct us in our decision-making and we can do so knowing that God has placed us on an exciting new journey of discovery that will always be for our highest good. Our trust is further multi-faceted for we must seek to understand the gift of God when it is presented to us. Yes, we prayed for a particular outcome and we were probably very specific about that. However, the answer we receive may be somewhat different than we expected and we must seek, in our trusting of the Lord, to recognize our answers to prayers as we receive them.

Example: I remember praying that I would receive a certain position, a job. I really wanted that, I could see it in my mind and I knew I would be good at it. Yes, hopefully in my praying and visualizing that job I would receive it as a reality in my life and it would bring me all that I desire. But what if ultimately that particular job is not the best for me? Suppose God, in infinite wisdom and knowing, understands that I would be miserable in that job and so another job is presented to me? Was my prayer not answered? Well, I suppose one could say yes, and no. No, it was not answered in the way I expected and thought I wanted it to be, but yes in that what I truly wanted was presented in my desiring a position that brought me fulfilling work, wonderful people with whom to work, a pleasant environment, minimal commute and good salary. Get the difference? Yes, the prayer was indeed answered and in a beautiful and exciting way.  Recognizing the answers to our prayers, and giving Spirit/God thanksgiving for those answers, is a powerful declaration of our trust, faith and belief in the power of God.

Most often I find that the clearest way to making new decisions and choices is found in entering the silence, that beautiful, wondrous place within where God dwells in all of Spirit’s fullness and glory. From that place of peace God can be revealed to us, through us and as us. Our eyes are opened to new and exciting possibilities and we can move forward with confidence and peace. Our trust IS the Lord now and always.

Affirmation: “I place my trust in the divine presence of the Lord and clarity, peace and right outcomes are revealed.”

Rev. Jefferson Beeker

http://jefferson340.wix.com/index

We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.

Follow me on Twitter @jeffersonbeeker for daily affirmations of uplifting and positive faith.

Think About What You Think About All Day Long

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Stop for a moment and do something for me. Think about, what you think about, all day long.

Is the dominant focus of your mind defeatist thinking, feeling separate from the truth of God’s presence, seeing others as “less-than,” gossiping, dishing others behind their back, any of those things that fail to acknowledge the spiritual presence and being of others?

Think about what you think about all day and stop at the end of the day and look around at what has been created in your life. Is it more stress, thoughts spinning around inside of you of distrust, fear and maybe even physical discomfort? Or do you get to the end of your day and find that you are surrounded by the presence of God and that your life is unfolding beautifully – toward a greater expression of Spirit’s presence and goodness, filling you with renewed hope and possibility?

We have each been given everything we need for life by a God who loves us unconditionally, but we must be mindful of that, affirm that, and live from that place of truth. When we live from that place we are living in a very affirmative atmosphere, one that will draw to us still more of the same. Nothing in our humanness becomes a limitation because we live and breathe in the midst of God/Spirit. In that atmosphere and presence we always will get through whatever life may throw our way. Think about what you think about all day long.

Too often we make it way too difficult. We fall into default mode of old thinking that is stale and produces those things we don’t wish to experience.  We can spin in this negative place, or we can recognize our error and begin again.  This is our cue to stop, take a breath, several breaths, mindfully and with intention. Now we are able to change the direction of our thoughts, our experience and our focus.  Affirming we are surrounded by God’s beautiful presence our trust and faith then becomes a powerful inner knowing that allows us to relax and melt into the Holy presence.

What you think about all day long is what you will experience. So, what are you thinking about? It might be time to make some changes.

Affirmation: “It is amazing how a change in my thinking, from looking at the negative, to seeing the positive, can change the outlook of my entire day.”

Rev. Jefferson Beeker

http://jefferson340.wix.com/index

We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.

Follow me on Twitter @jeffersonbeeker for daily affirmations of uplifting and positive faith.

Your life is completely lived within Spirit. It can’t get any better than that.

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“It is the Spirit that gives life.”   (John 6: 63)

We have all watched with wonder and fascination fish swimming freely and effortlessly in the water. They have such grace of movement. That which surrounds them, the water, supports and nurtures them, gives them life and provides a sustaining atmosphere in which they are able to thrive. One can imagine that the fish never question this presence of the water, that they never doubt its sustaining power and that they never stop at times and think, “we must seek that which will give us life. We must beseech the water to come to us because it has abandoned us in our most urgent hour of need.” No, that which is all around them is accepted without question. It is just the natural way their life is lived.

The same can be said for the Spirit of God that surrounds and blesses each one of us. We are now, have been, and will forever be surrounded by the very essence of all that is Spirit. We do not need to hope that it will be with us, we need only recognize that it is with us always. It gives us life, blesses us and is the sustaining power that provides for our living abundant and fruitful lives. We do not have to beg God to give us the Spirit, for we have never been without it. It was created “in the beginning,” and it is with us still.

It is our recognition and grateful acceptance of this Spiritual presence that allows us to see God’s blessings, as well as our experience of God’s grace, in a more powerful and meaningful way.  As you meditate and concentrate on the flow of your breathing, in and out, over and over, know that you are breathing in this Spirit.  It nurtures you, blesses you, heals you, comforts you and opens your consciousness to a greater awareness of Its presence.  This Spirit that surrounds you is also within you.  It is the makeup of every cell and atom of your being.  The renewing and constant rebirth of each of these cells and atoms sustains you and revitalizes you.  With each breath, with your every conscious thought and affirmation, know that Spirit God is molding and re-molding you to be an even greater expression of life than you are now.  The change that is inevitable in our life becomes a change for the better as we allow Spirit to bless and guide us, and to being the energy and the vibration of all that we are.

The fish is in the water – you are in Spirit.

So, know that you are surrounded by a presence that loves you, welcomes you, sustains you and provides all that you need, as you need it. That which you have been seeking has been seeking your awareness all the time.  It’s right where you are.  You are living in it now and always.

 Affirmation: “I am now, and always, surrounded by the perfect presence of an unconditionally loving God.  I live in Spirit and it is my true home.”

Rev. Jefferson Beeker

http://jefferson340.wix.com/index

We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.

Follow me on Twitter @jeffersonbeeker

Your very next thought can be a great game changer for you

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But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you.” (Romans 8: 9)

My brother sends me articles about nutrition and health via email just about every day. Eating well, and taking care of oneself, is something he is very passionate about.   Many of these articles speak about the fact that our physical bodies so often are suffering from inflammation. We may not even know it, but gone unchecked this inflammation soon affects us with sickness, decease and discomfort.

So, it made me think. What about our spirits? I think so often our spirits are suffering from an inflammation caused by fear and feelings of separateness from God. Certainly not a separateness on God’s part, but on ours. We too often go on auto-pilot and become lethargic and lackluster about our relationship with the flow of God’s perfect energy within and around us. We cut off this beautiful life affirming presence from fully blessing us. Left unchecked, this inflammation of our spirit soon causes our lives to spin out of control. When this happens we often wonder what went wrong and why. So, how do we treat this inflammation?

Life gets busy and there are a million and one things to do. Sometimes we stand in the middle of the room and spin around wondering which thing to do first and which direction to move. I know when I find myself in this state there is only one thing to do. Stop, be still, and take some time, even if it is only five minutes, two minutes, one minute, to do some mindfulness meditation and reboot. Just a few minutes will do the trick, but I also find that if I really allow myself the gift of even more time, my life seems even more blessed.

We can to treat this inflammation of our spirit by affirming the presence of God in our lives. Say some affirmations of Spirit God’s presence and power moving in your life. Say a prayer of gratitude and thanksgiving for even one small thing in your life. Take some deep breaths and know that you are breathing in rhythm with the pulse and vibration of Perfect Spirit right where you are. In this quiet time, ask Spirit God to reveal whatever is going on in your life that is causing you to feel worry, fear and exile from experiencing your true spiritual nature. When we connect with God circumstances and attitudes can begin to change.  Even when things are going well in our lives a simple, “thank you, God,” will remind us that God is working and moving in our lives and our connection is strong.

Preventative medicine keeps our bodies well and healthy. Keeping our connection, our prayer life, our worship time, our service for God going keeps our spirits strong. Your very next thought can be the great game changer for you as you live on the affirmative side of life abundant. When our spirit is healthy all of our life’s experience can fall into place in a beautiful and life affirming way.

Affirmation: “Recognizing God’s presence always right where I am my life flows with renewed peace, joy and possibility.”        

Rev. Jefferson Beeker

http://jefferson340.wix.com/index

We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.

Follow me on Twitter @jeffersonbeeker for daily affirmations of uplifting and positive faith.

Your Promise For An Abundant Tomorrow Begins With The Thoughts You Have Today

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I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. They shall be my people, and I will be their God. (Ezekiel 11:19-20)

Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”  (John 11: 40)

In John 11 we have a powerful story of Jesus raising his friend Lazarus from the dead and in the Hebrew Scriptures book of Ezekiel the prophet has an amazing vision of dry bones being revived to new life. Both of these stories give us examples of God’s abundant love for each and every one of us. We are reminded here that resurrection can change our life today through our ongoing relationship with Spirit/God. This wonderful Spirit is now and forever right where we are at every moment.

Spirit/God knows each of us intimately and loves us with an unconditional love that reaches out to bless to us this day and always. Our hope for experiencing this wonderful new life is found in our willingness to accept this love. Resurrection is our promise of God for our life today. Not on some unknown date at a later time if we do all the right things, live a life by some dogmatic doctrine created by humans, tic all the right boxes on some fictional book of life, but for our life as it is lived today, right now. God longs to bless us, to bless you. Just as you are and just as you are not. The spiritual journey that we are each walking is anointed at every moment, through our successes and through our failures. It is blessed even in our times of doubt when fear can overcome us and we have momentary feelings of being forsaken. This Resurrection Spirit of God is always with us to remind us we are never alone. It is there to remind us that it is always reaching out to bring us back to the truth of our citizenship in God’s kingdom found right here on earth.

God has given us with a powerful gift of free choice, one that will always produce for us the direction of our thinking and the direction of our belief in tomorrow. This gift of Spirit is continually available to us and when we make those decisions and choices that lead us to places we would rather not experience we can always make another choice. We can always choose again and again, each time allowing our awareness of Spirit to grow within us.   There is never any condemnation in God, but rather a gentle offering to us of an opportunity to begin again. At every moment we are being offered the gift, offered an opportunity to experience that loving shift in our recognition of Spirit’s presence that brings us back into seeing a new and better truth.

As you reach out to connect with Spirit/God know that Spirit/God is reaching out to connect with you. In this beautiful relationship we are changed, our surroundings are changed, our community is changed and our world can be changed. What may have seemed dormant and lost is revived to live again.

Affirmation: “Thank you Spirit/God for the resurrection Spirit and lives, moves, breaths and thrives with me today and always. Thank you for new choices, new opportunities and for new life.”                    

Rev. Jefferson Beeker

http://jefferson340.wix.com/index

We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.

Follow me on Twitter @jeffersonbeeker for daily affirmations of uplifting and positive faith.

Your next positive thought can be a new beginning to changing your life

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“I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”  (Matthew 28: 20)

It has been written that, “Wherever you are is the entry point.” What I like about this statement is that it affirms that we can always begin anew to strengthen our faith, start something new, or just feel that we are where we are meant to be.

Every day things are changing and every day we are at a new entry point. What we do with this new entry point, the decisions we make and the attitude we bring into this new NOW moment can be the difference between thriving, or crashing. This new entry point is the place from where our experience can build, and reveal to us the life that we wish to lead, filled with amazing possibility.

Feeling down, or hurtful? Today’s entry point can be a new beginning to feeling the healing power of God moving through our bodies and affairs. Feeling lost, or “tapped out?” Today’s entry point can be a new beginning to feeling the joy of new discovery and strength for what is next.

Our every positive thought is a new entry point in discovering more of how God works in our lives. It is a beginning to seeing our prayers being answered, our relationships being healed and our joy in living finding new blessings for which we can be grateful.

Celebrate your new beginnings today. New beginnings that are divinely blessed because of where you are at this very moment. Give thanks to God that new adventures and discoveries await you now and always.

Your entry point is blessed, and so is your continuing journey with each and every step you take, and each and every thought you have.

Affirmation: “Where I am is my new starting point. God is with me here and blesses my decisions. From this place I find the perfect guidance to move forward toward all that I wish to experience.”      

Rev. Jefferson Beeker

http://jefferson340.wix.com/index

We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.

Follow me on Twitter @jeffersonbeeker for daily affirmations of uplifting and positive faith.