5K Donation In 2019

This year looking for sponsors to help us donate 5K (Five Thousand dollars) to St. Jude when I participate in the 5K run this September.

We participated last year and had a blast, this year will only be better. We even have a team ready to run with us.

All proceeds from the book sales will be used towards reaching our goal.

This is a great resource that so many people need to assist them with navigating through the emotional side of any type of diagnosis. So if not for you, grab a few for friends.

Click on the link and purchase your copy today. We will even deliver it to the charity/person of your choice, just provide the address.

Thank you in advance for your support!

CONSUMED

 I Just wanted to have a quick and candid Saturday conversation with you about how being so “consumed” can really mess with your goals. 
I remember in November/December of 2014, I had set some personal goals to have accomplished by close of 2015. As a read over my list of goals, I realized that I had only accomplished one and that was not even to its fullest potential. I remember saying that I would weigh about 180 pounds, I would complete my property manager certification, complete at least two of the books that I had already written for print and publishing, enroll in the Masters in Divinity program again (2nd time) and upgrade all of my private family stuff. 
Well, you might say “at least you are still here” and to that I must agree and say “only by the grace of God”. 
As I reflect and prepare for my 2015 end of year consecration, my prayer is now “Lord, help me not to be consumed again!.” 

I had gotten so consumed with my workplace advancement (1goal) and advancement in the marketplace, that I completely neglected to keep pursuing those other goals that would have secured and solidified me on another level. 
While this has been an amazing year, it has also been an eye opening year. 
Let’s see…… I began the year with a very interesting workplace dynamic which included extremely long days and multi tasking upper management task in their absence for a couple of months, had the flu and pneumonia for the first time ever, then was injured after the recovery from the flu, completed the property manager course and then was full of heavy medication the day of the exam due to injury (so you know how that ended up), had the challenge of learning how to live on disability pay for 3 months, suffered major family loss during the summer only to return to work to be laid off within 60 days. 
The problem is not the events, that’s just life happening. The problem was that the thing that consumed me the most actually got rid of me when there was no longer a need or use. I was so busy with one goal that I totally neglected the others. 
As you come to a close of 2015, take a look at your journal or personal notes from January 2015 and compare them to your now. If you have accomplished all of them, then challenge yourself more for 2016. If you are like me and have not, then map it out! Be more intentional about everything and not just one thing.
It’s okay to pursue goals, but please don’t allow just one to consume you so much that you neglect all the others! 
Both of us will have an amazing and goal accomplishing 2016 because we are vowing today not to be consumed by any one thing! 

Join the conversation and leave me a note or comment. Talk soon. Have a great weekend my friend! 

The Health Benefits Of Having A Thankful Outlook

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What is today? “Hump Day” We are almost to the weekend! I pray that you have been enjoying the blog post so far. Check out my third installment on why we should be thankFULL.

3) The Health Benefits Of Having A Thankful Outlook

What would happen if you stretched out your tradition of thanksgiving beyond the holiday season? Studies show that you would be rewarded with better health! Research shows that the positive emotion of thanksgiving promotes a healthy mind, body and spirit, in the following ways:

Bolsters self-esteem and self-worth; boosts the immune system; maintains a healthy heart by reducing stress and high blood pressure; cope better with stress and daily challenges; feel happier and more optimistic; have improved mental alertness; diminishes negative feelings; better sleep

You Have All the Power You Need

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As you all may know I like to do a sermon series every month. The October Sermon Series is called, “Power” Our culture is obsessed with the ideal of having power. We kill, slander, and will risk our closes relationships to gain more power. The travesty is the one area that we lack power in, is the most important area- that is personal power. We are public successes and private failures, as our pockets are full, but our souls are bankrupt. I want to spend a little time today discussing the empowerment of the soul.
Here are five reasons why self-empowerment is the greatest power.

1. You can’t Control Life

Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. That is one of the famous quotes from the movie Forest Gump. In other words, life is so unpredictable, there is no telling from moment to moment what will come next. I’ve had days that started off great and ended horribly. As well, I’ve had days that started of horribly and ended great. What I’ve learned from both type of days, is that life I can’t control, but me I can. I’ve spent years trying to forecast life, wondering will this happen, asking myself why that doesn’t happen, till I realized I can’t control the this and the that, but what I can control is myself. Empowering myself means that I wear life experiences like a loose shirt. Easy on and easy off. I stopped focusing on the experience and started focusing on the lessons that the experiences was trying to teach me. I discovered my personal temperament and dedicated myself to stay at that level whether things are good or bad. This is what the Apostle Paul says, I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:12,13) Today make a commitment to never follow the unpredictability of life, but focus on empowering yourself to handle each experience with the purpose of learning lessons that will make you better.

2. You can’t control people

Even more fickle then life is PEOPLE. Some days they are for you, other days they are against you. I’m reminded of the Apostle Peter, how he very adamantly replied to the Lord that he will not deny him, as Jesus was preparing them for what was to come. He was even the brave one, that drew his sword and cut the soldiers ear off as they reached to apprehend Jesus. It was also that same Peter who denied Jesus 3 times on the exact same night. We often give people too much of our power, no one person’s words, money, support, love or the lack thereof should make or break your strive to your purpose. We are so empty, that we live for the validation of man, even if we know that means the risk of being hurt or mistreated we continue to fall into that vicious cycle anyway. What you should focus on doing is learning to give yourself, what you would like from others. No one, and I mean no one, can lift you up like you can. Are you void of support and validation? Look in the mirror and give it to yourself. Void of Love? Love yourself! This will create a healing and a wholeness that we transmigrate to every part of your life. You will then start attracting people to you, that don’t want your power, but instead want to assist you in empowering yourself.

3. You can’t change what has happened

One of the greatest drainers of power is the past. Sometimes it seems that people would rather live miserable in their present, then release themselves of their past. Here is the key: THE PAST IS THE PAST. You can’t re-write, change, edit, manipulate, or re-do what has already happened. With that being said, we spend a lot of our energy (power) trying to do that. We hold loved ones hostage, wanting them to say or do something to ease the miserableness of what they did many years ago. Not realizing the more power you give your past, the less you have to use to create a great present and future. I want to challenge you today, LET IT GO. Forgive them, release it, pardon yourself- LET IT GO.

4. You can’t predict the future

Just like you can’t change the past, you can’t predict the future. Matthew 6:34 states, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” We spend a lot of time worrying about what is going to happen tomorrow. Here is the way I like to put it: The what ifs will ruin your what is. You can put so much focus on what could happen that you let slip out of your hands what is happening. If you’re like me, you have spent countless hours worrying about something that will or will not happen in the future, when in fact everything always works out for the good anyway. Yes did you hear me? Whatever you are worrying about will work out for your good. So don’t spend your power trying to fix things that haven’t even broke yet. Focus on your now.

5. You are your greatest asset.

You. Yes you. You are your greatest asset. Nothing can compare to you. Psalms 139:14 says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” You have everything you need to succeed already inside of you. You don’t need anyone or anybody to add or take away from your excellence. Don’t ever put yourself in second string, while promoting something or someone outside of yourself. No one can beat you being who you were meant to be. My challenge to you is to realize that you have the power. Whether it is losing weight, starting a business, getting out of debt – whatever it is, you already have it in you to do it. Outside sources are meant to be encouragement, coaches and/or mentors, but the one that has to do the work is you.

HELP HIM

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This weekend I had the awesome opportunity to kick off my new sermon series called “Flip Flops”. This series is all about the flip flops that are associated with all types of relationships.

The first sermon was all about “HIM”. This sermon was designed to assist men that are seeking to enhance their relationships and could use a few pointers.

Here are 6 things that we as men can do to pick up the pace at home.

1-Be Self-LESS instead of selfish.
-Give more and expect less.

2-Be in love with her like you are with your own body.
-Treat her like your muscles and give constant attention to her.

3-Be considerate and put her first.
-Delayed gratification is a sign of maturity. (you will benefit)

4- Be Kind and watch that tone
– A soft answer turns away wrath- it softens her heart.

5- Be aware! Meet those emotional needs
-Make sure your praise and compliments are the loudest in her ears!

6- Be captivated!
– Constantly let her know that “SHE ROCKS” and that her beauty knocks you off your feet.

You can find all of this in Ephesians 5:25-28.

Did I miss anything that you may have tried? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment or even email me at pastortyrus@gmail.com