Find Joy


Joy is a feeling that we all long for in our lives. It's not just about being happy or having a positive outlook on life, but it's about finding contentment and satisfaction in everything we do. Joy is a gift that comes from within, and it's not dependent on external circumstances. In this blog, we will explore some key points on finding joy in our lives, including biblical examples of characters who found joy in difficult circumstances.

Firstly, joy is a choice that we make. It's not something that just happens to us. We have to choose to look for joy in our daily lives and keep choosing it every day. As Henri Nouwen said, "Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day." We can choose to focus on the positive aspects of our lives, be grateful for what we have, and find joy in the little things.

Secondly, finding joy requires us to cultivate a grateful heart. We need to learn to appreciate what we have and be content with it. Gratitude can...

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Law of Addition


The Law of Addition is one of the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, as outlined by John C. Maxwell. This law states that leaders add value by serving others. In other words, a leader's true worth is determined by how much they contribute to others, rather than their personal achievements or success. This principle is supported by many biblical teachings, which emphasize the importance of serving others and putting their needs before our own.

In Proverbs 27:2, Let someone praise you and not your own mouth an outsider and not your own lips.
It talks about us not being boastful. As a leader, be conversational and find interest in your people. If you will take care of your team, they will take care of you too.

One of the most notable examples of this principle in action is the story of Jesus washing his disciples' feet. In John 13:1-17, Jesus demonstrates the value of serving others by taking on the role of a servant and washing his disciples' feet. Despite being their leader and...

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Tina Rains | Forgiveness is a Gift to Yourself


"Forgiveness: Not a Feeling but a choice"

Give yourself the gift of forgiveness not only to yourself but to others. Choose to be the victor, not the victim. The victim mentality will hold you back from thriving and authenticity. 

We should forgive just as God forgave us. 

We all have been hurt. Sharing your story and pain can free you and heal your soul. Forgiveness is a gift to yourself, not the predator. 

The anger that comes with past pain can transpire into physical manifestation. Constantly sick with diseases and body aches can be due to your psychological well-being and emotional strongholds. 

Forgiveness is not condoning or excusing the offense. It's more about your inner healing and freedom.  Giving grace and mercy as God extends it to us, we should also give it to others. 

You can forgive others and live in freedom and victory. It's a path to release our souls to live in peace.

Forgiveness takes time to catch up with your emotions when you make...

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Tina Rains | Goals


Have you set your goals for 2023? When is the best time to set your goals?

Writing your goals down gives you a 50% better chance to achieve them. If you write it down for 21 days straight it helps improve and create a habit. Your goals have to be specific! It needs to be measurable and realistic.
By making goals each week that is specific, measurable, and on time, you will see results. Make smart goals including a vision board to visualize them.
Think of goals as personal. Examples are I, I will, I am, then you own it.
Look at your planner for the new year and plan first what are the most important things for you and your family. Intentional goals! Like family vacations, gatherings, and special events.

Also, Journaling will help with time management. Create a list of your goals for the day. It takes 11-16 minutes to get back to your frame of mind when interrupted or distracted. Don't allow distractions to pull you away from your goals. Accountability helps achieve goals too. You...

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Denise Smith and Tina Rains | Peace of Thread


Denise was a country girl raised in Ohio. At about 11 years old, she read an article about Mother Theresa. God pierced her heart at an early age with a dream after reading the article. After graduating high school she moved to Miami Florida and started Bible College. Later, she got married and has been married for 46 years and had 3 children. After she married she moved to Denver with her small children not knowing anyone. It was time to dig deep for Denise about who she was. Then she moved to Orlando Florida. In Orlando, she started sewing for skaters as her daughter was part of the skating team. She then moved to Atlanta, Georgia and 6 months later her youngest son was diagnosed with cancer and spent a lot of time in the hospital with her son. Feeling lost and scared, her son fought cancer for 4 years. Her son won his battle and is now residing in Heaven.

October 5, 1997, became a defining line for her. Everything is relative to that moment, burying her son. Denise moved to...

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