You can rely on God

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I was just thinking about God’s faithfulness in my life. I went to my journal and read entries I had made and it was evident that God’s faithfulness guided me through all the times. We can all relate to the good times, bad times and other times. I had a person ask me if i was having a great day. I repsonded by saying that i dont have good days or bad days; I just have days. Some are harder than others. But my joy isn’ based upon the kind of day I am having. Psalm 73:23-24,”Yet I am always with you; you uphold me by my right hand. 24) You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.” 26) “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and portion forever.” In this world that moves on economies that are unstable we can rely on God. Look back at your life and see that the Holy Spirit actually walked with you on your right side holding your hand and making your crisis a little less than it could have been and he went through it with you. When it is all said and done; all we have is God. That is enough to get us through anything. I dont understand it all and I dont do it all perfectly and I still have a God that see’s me through it. When your heart fails, when your joy is unmeasureable; remember that God is still with you upholding you by your right hand.
Howard’s Helpful Hint: Centered people rely on God in all matters of life.

People Investors

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I love investing in people. In my book Excel at Living a Centered Life, I tell of people being God’s greatest investment. He gave his son Jesus for people. So i like it when I find people to invest in who actually will do what I recommend. I love to see the joy in their eyes as they are moving forward and having great things happen in their lives. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 states, ” Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: 10) If one falls down his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help them up.” There are many ways to look at this scripture, I want to focus on the positives. It’s so much easier to have mentors and those who will invest in us because we can learn from their mistakes and receive guidance and direction when no one else is willing to give it to us. The scripture states that two are better than one. If you are a Christian you also have a third person. You have the Holy Spirit. At times when you don’t have anyone helping you; you can rely on the Holy Spirit. He never leaves you nor forsakes you. Like the scripture in Ecclesiastes states, when we do stumble and fall we will have someone to help us up. Unleash your enthusiasm and allow your mentors to see your passion for them and what they are investing in your life. They can help you through the good and the bad times. Relationships like I describe are rare. Protect that relationship with everything you have. I have heard and agree with Dr Mike Murdock who states, “It only takes one right person to unleash your greatness.” Find that right person for you.
Howard’s Helpful Hint: Centered people are people investors.

The Holy Spirit is on your side!

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I have made my mind up to fellowship and walk with Holy Spirit in a continual presence sort of way. As I got to thinking about this I read Psalm 139:7-8 “Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” 8) if I go up to the heavens you are there; If I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” According to the scripture the Holy Spirit is everywhere. I can’t go anywhere and he not be there. The next thought that came to me was; “Can you imagine being in a room with someone all day and not speaking with them?” How would you like to be the other person in the room and be the one being ignored? We do that unknowingly to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit resides within us all day long and often times we don’t take the time to acknowledge his presence or even speak with him. He longs to have a relationship with God’s creation. He was there when everything was created. The times are hard and require us to hear and discern the voice of the Holy Spirit. Lets remove the distractions and make an appointment to enjoy the Holy Spirit’s presence. Let your prayer life become stronger and more stable. The Holy Spirit has the answers you are longing to know.
Howard’s Helpful Hint: Centered people break the inconsistencies so that the things that matter most become stronger and more stable.

Fight the voice of the Accuser

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I hear from so many people that they feel inferior because they may not have a job or ministry or life thats in view of many people or seems to matter. They consistently sell themselves short based upon anothers opinion or a fleeting thought. They compare where they are to where they think they would like to be. That would be like me comparing myself to Billy Graham. What I have found is that these thoughts don’t just originate with the person speaking with me. We have a spiritual enemy known as the ACCUSER. If you look through the books of Psalms, Zechariah, John, Acts, Revelation, you will see mentioned, the voice of the accuser, the accuser, and accusers. Zechariah 3:1 states,”The angel showed me Jeshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord. The ACCUSER, Satan, was there at the angels right hand making accusations against Jeshua.” Satan is continually accusing us and our brothers and sisters before the Father. He uses spiritual forces to accuse us in our minds that we aren’t good enough, we don’t measure up, or that our friends think less of us. Its an assault on our thoughts that try to steal away any part of what God’s word actually says about us. That’s why Ephesians 6:17 tells us to put on the helmet of salvation and take up the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. That’s the only way we can win the battle with the ACCUSER. I am working at getting to know the word more and more and learning what it says I can have and who I can be in the presence of God. Is that you? So the next time the ACCUSER comes roaring in making you feel less because you stumbled or bumbled; bring out the sword of the spirit and weild it like a true warrior in Christ.
Howard’s Helpful Hint: Centered people fight the fight of faith with the weapons Christ has forged for them.

Walking in His Presence

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This year I had set my face to be more focused on God and his plan; not just my own. I have spoken with several people who agreed with me that its hard to walk in his presence and fellowship when our minds are focused on entertainment or have a lack of focus that allows anything and everything to come into our minds unfiltered. PS 89:15 states, ” Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, OLord.” For me to have the success I’m looking for this year in my walk with the Lord, I had to make some decisions that were hard for me. For instance I removed all secular music from my IPOD. When I inquired of the Lord about my daily love for secular music and then turning it off and turning on the “praise” music switch; the Lord showed me James 3:11, “Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?” So for me it can’t. I’m not under the “law.” I don’t think God hates secular music or those who sing it. But when I read in Revelations whats happening around the throne of God in his presence; it doesn’t seem to be salt water. It’s fresh praise. Has God asked you to do something similar that requires a different direction and or passion that’s different than what you are used to? I may not be able to accomplish what God wants me to accomplish if I keep walking the same way that I always have. If I desire something different then God will require me to do something different. I’m excited to see where this path takes me.
Howard’s Helpful Hint: Centered people learn to walk in God’s presence daily not just when its suits them.

ASK; Ask, Seek, Knock

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Once again you get to see me work with acronyms. This isn’t original with me but I heard a man say that “ASK” means to Ask, Seek, and Knock. He based this off of Matthew 7:7-8 ” Keep on asking and you will receive what you ask for, keep on seeking and you will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.” 8) For everyone who asks receives, everyone who seeks finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” Have you ever experienced asking seeking, knocking and NOT receiving your answer? Well, God is not a liar but I have. I have found that persistence is the huge key to this verse. Another perspective I want us to consider is that I have also found that the right answer I seek is very much dependent upon me asking the right question. Often times I’m quick to ask, seek , knock before I have fully thought out what it is I’m “TRULY” seeking for. I need to better define my question so that i can receive the very thing I’m truly looking for. When consulting I have heard people say that they “don’t know what it is they are looking for but will know it when they see it” (bologne!) Perhaps persistence in asking the right question will define what they are seeking and what door they really need to knock on.
Howard’s Helpful Hint: Centered people place just as much importance on the question as they do the answer.

Helpful Hints

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I have been asked where Howard’s Helpful Hints came from. The quick answer is that I dispersed them throughout my book “Excel at Living a Centered Life.” The longer story is that I have always desired to invest in people. I like learning and I like helping people learn. Proverbs 4:7 NIV states, “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” The Bible tells us to pay whatever price necessary to get wisdom. As you see with my website and blog, I have added links and links to help you get wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. I encourage us all to pay the price to get wisdom. Have you ever noticed that the more you pay for something the better you take care of it? I certainly have. Today’s economy and tomorrow’s dreams require it. I have had to shut off my TV and the naysayers and learn the word and what God says about my economy. I look at Malachi 3 and I’m trusting God to keep me in his economy as I tithe and seek first his kingdom and his righteousness. Wisdom is indeed the principle thing.
Howard’s Helpful Hint: Centered people pay the price to find and get wisdom!

Edging God Out

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I have been reading a book by an author i will name later. But she was writing about having temptations in our lives and actually choosing the temptation. My readers know I love acronyms and my acronym for sin is that it is a “Sickness In Nature.” She has a different but similar slant. She mentions when we choose sin we are feeding our ego by “Edging God Out.”
Can you relate to that?
In James 1:13-15 its states:
13When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
We all sin and fall short. It comes with having human DNA. However we have a choice. When you stumble turn in your bible and pray I John 1:9-I John 2:2. Our Father is a wonderful forgiving Father! He will not edge you out!
Howard’s Helpful Hint: Centered people run to God; not from God