Friday, July 22, 2011

Creflo Dollar this Morning in Raleigh NC

The is a reprint of an email I received from Kent and
Sherry Braswell-they are dear friends and want the best for everyone they meet- I Trust this will open new paths for you and yours. Wilber and Margaret

WOW!!!  Kent & I just returned from seeing Pastor Creflo Dollar at the Raleigh Convention Center this morning!!!  What an incredible way to end the week!  I simply have NO words to describe the experience!  It was beyond AMAZING!!!  We are filled up the brim with hope, passion & belief!  Our cups are overflowing because faith looks upward and outward!  He has a session tonight @ 7pm…we strongly encourage YOU to go!  The message is SO incredibly powerful! 

We share this with you this am because we love you!  We know the foundation for all success, peace & prosperity in your business & personal relationships is based on YOUR relationship with God.  He is the solid & sustainable rock that we build our fortress of life upon.  Without Him, the storms of life will easily blow us down & wash us away.

His message is on The Law of Honor and how it works in YOUR life.  Yes!  There is a law that governs honor.  It says…if you honor God, God will honor you.  A law is an established principle that works the same way every time.  What is Honor?  Honor means to carry weight; to weigh in.  To honor God you must honor His word.  To honor God means that His word will carry more weight than any circumstances or opinion in your life.  Nothing else anyone says will influence you more than God’s word.  How much weight does God’s word carry in your life?  How heavy is the word of God in the daily activities of your life?  Life is a series of decisions.  How much weight is God’s word in the decisions YOU make?  

Creflo says to look at where YOU are right now in your life.  YOU are where you are for a reason…nothing just happens!  What images & words are you allowing into your mind?  These words & images produces the way you think, and the way you think determines the way you feel and the way you feel determines your actions and your actions determine your habits and your habits determine your character and your character determines your destination.  SO…if you don’t like where you are in life the GOOD NEWS is YOU can CHANGE IT!  You do so by changing what you read, what you watch & who you listen to. If you want your destination to change you MUST allow God’s word to carry weight in the decisions you make each day…this is honoring God!  You must allow God’s word to carry more weight than the pain, the betrayal, the hurt & the bitterness in your life.
You see… every obstacle you face is designed by Satan to keep you from God’s will for your life so you will stay poor, broke & depressed!  To achieve God’s will for your life you must read the Bible!  Think about it…every time you buy a new TV, a new cell phone, a new appliance there is an instruction manual enclosed.  The Bible is God’s instruction manual for living an abundant & joyful life.  I can’t tell you how many people have told Kent & I how much their life has changed by simply reading the Bible each day.  It’s time for this world to experience genuine authentic power that can only be found in the word of God.

If you honor God he will honor you with what?  In John 5:44 God calls this the “blessing.”  The “blessing” is an empowerment to have success in EVERY area of your life.  Honor is what keeps the blessing working in your life.  The blessing of God will produce physical manifestations of its working.
Creflo says…try it & invite people to watch as God blesses your life.  It has certainly for this great country we live in today.  The US became the greatest country the world has ever known in less than 200 short years because our forefathers practiced the Law of Honor.  MonaVie has become the #1 nutritional company in the world because they understand the Law of Honor.  Brig Hart is the #1 networker in the world because he understands the Law of Honor.  See a pattern here?
Some skeptics might say…so what does honoring God & reading the Bible have to do with my financial prosperity & the ability to pay my bills?  EVERYTHING!!!  Success and failure is based on honor & dishonor.  What happens to a person who only regards the world’s system and walks in dishonor to God?  Prayers are not answered & in Psalm 13:13 it says that “he who despises the word shall be destroyed.” 
In 1 Samuel 2:30 God promises “Those who honor Me I will honor them.  Those that despise me will be lightly esteemed.”

It is also important to understand this... when we do what God tells us only when its convenient for us or it doesn’t cost us anything there is NO honor in it.  We must be willing to pay a price to honor God.  Yes, it might mean getting up 15 minutes earlier in the am to read your Bible, it might mean forgiving someone who has hurt you, it might mean going out of your way to show kindness to someone.  Are you willing to pay the price to honor God?
Many people today pay God lip service but are not honoring God with their hearts.  Creflo says…show me your checkbook and your calendar & I will show you your heart! I will show you what you treasure. WOW!!!  Those words pierced the crowd like a sharp knife into melted butter!  “Show me your money and where you invest your time & I’ll show you what you value.”  Where do you spend your time?  Where do you spend your money? Once you answer those two questions you will find your HEART!  (Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is there will be your heart also.)
The bottom line is this…if God’s Words carries weight in your life and you carry them out and then you pray your words carry weight in Heaven and He will carry them out.

Regardless of what’s happening in our country right now with our struggling economy the GOOD NEWS is this… God will honor those who honor Him!  God will give to YOU what He can trust to work THROUGH YOU!  Selfishness to self must first die and you must look outward & not inward.  God’s blessings are about to pour out to all those who honor Him. 

Kent & I have believed from the beginning of our MonaVie journey that God had placed us here for a reason…a divine reason.  That has not changed!  We also knew that our journey would come with  a price…obstacles, failures & disappointments that would refine us as gold is refined in the fire.  But we also knew that if we continued to keep our vision in front of us, climbed the mountain with faith & steadfastness & were obedient to God’s word & his assignment for us that He would reward our diligence.  And rewarded us HE HAS!  We have made some of the best friendships in the world through this business…we have incredible people like YOU in our lives for which we are SO thankful for!  Doors of opportunity & prosperity are being opened for YOU and this team!  And the incredible blessing that the Women of MonaVie Bible Study has been in our lives I cannot express in mere words!  Lives are being renewed, transformed & changed!  These faithful women are praying for YOU each day & I am in awe of what God is doing on this team & in the lives of so many of you!

We love you!  We will see you very soon!


(FYI…spoke with David yesterday...he’s back from Hong Kong & SO excited!  He is giving me a date to put on the calendar for our August meeting this evening).

UpWords: Max Lucado

Week of July 22
Thump-Thud, Thump-Thud
When a potter bakes a pot, he checks its solidity by pulling it out of the oven and thumping it. If it “sings,” it’s ready. If it “thuds,” it’s placed back in the oven.
The character of a person is also checked by thumping. Been thumped lately?
Late-night phone calls. Grouchy teacher. Grumpy moms. Burnt meals. Flat tires. You’ve-got-to-be-kidding deadlines. Those are thumps. Thumps are those irritating inconveniences that trigger the worst in us. They catch us off guard. Flat-footed. They aren’t big enough to be crises, but if you get enough of them, watch out! Traffic jams. Long lines. Empty mailboxes. Dirty clothes on the floor. Even as I write this, I’m being thumped. Because of interruptions, it has taken me almost two hours to write these two paragraphs. Thump. Thump. Thump.
How do I respond? Do I sing? Or do I thud?
Jesus said that out of the nature of the heart a man speaks (Luke 6:45). There’s nothing like a good thump to reveal the nature of a heart. The true character of a person is seen not in momentary heroics but in the thump-packed humdrum of day-to-day living.
If you have a tendency to thud more than you sing, take heart.
The true character of a person is seen not in momentary heroics but in the thump-packed humdrum of day-to day living.
There is hope for us “thudders”:
1.     Begin by thanking God for thumps. I don’t mean a half-hearted thank-you. I mean a rejoicing, jumping-for-joy thank-you from the bottom of your heart (James 1:2). Chances are that God is doing the thumping. And he’s doing it for your own good. So every thump is a reminder that God is molding you (Heb. 12:5–8).
2.     Learn from each thump. Face up to the fact that you are not “thump-proof.” You are going to be tested from now on. You might as well learn from the thumps—you can’t avoid them. Look upon each inconvenience as an opportunity to develop patience and persistence. Each thump will help you or hurt you, depending on how you use it.
3.     Be aware of “thump-slump” times. Know your pressure periods. For me Mondays are infamous for causing thump-slumps. Fridays can be just as bad. For all of us, there are times during the week when we can anticipate an unusual amount of thumping. The best way to handle thump-slump times? Head on. Bolster yourself with extra prayer, and don’t give up.Shaped by God
Remember, no thump is disastrous. All thumps work for good if we are loving and obeying God.

From Shaped by God (original title: On the Anvil)
Copyright (Tyndale House, 1985, 2002) Max Lucado

I hope that you enjoy this as much as I do and that it speaks to your heart too.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

MonaVie Family by Sherry Braswell

 Kent and Sherry are our good friends from NC, I want to share Sherry's thoughts on business and Her walk with Christ.

Good Morning MonaVie Family!

Kent & I hope you are having a wonderful summer with your friends & families!  Time invested with those you love is what makes gives true meaning!  Summer is the idea time to reconnect & reunite with friends & family that we lose contact with throughout the busy work/school year.  Relationships are the key to happiness, success & prosperity and the investment you make in people’s lives pay eternal rewards. 

As I mentioned in my email on Friday we will have 2 more events before the BIG arrival of MonaVie’s Vice President Jeff Graham in Raleigh on Oct. 4th.  We will have an Open Meeting in August and September.  Hawaiian Blue Diamond David Warden will be the presenter at our August meeting.  As you know MonaVie will be opening up India & China soon and David is currently in Hong Kong. He will return next week and we will confirm the date with him for our August meeting. 

There is another event that Kent & I want to warmly invite you to that is coming up on Friday, July 22th. Pastor Creflo Dollar is coming to the Raleigh Convention Center.  The event is FREE but you must register to secure a seat.  The link is:
Kent has been listening to Creflo for several years now and introduced me to him last year!  WOW!!!  We start our day with him every am!  Creflo is an incredibly wise & passionate man of God and we know that you will be inspired and motivated by his message. He has been studying God’s word for many years and the wisdom he will impart to you in a day will be life changing for you!  Kent & I truly believe that the foundation for a successful business, a successful marriage, a successful life period is a result of having a personal relationship with Christ.
Believe me…I’ve tried life both ways my friends…with Him and without Him… & WITH Him is SO, SO much better!!!  Recently Creflo has been teaching on the anointing & how God will put His “super” on your “natural” to achieve results in your life. Kent & I experienced a real life example of that very thing yesterday.  We had a call yesterday out of the blue from a person we had worked on for over a year and had “0” progress!  God’s hand was ALL over that call!   God can & WILL do in a second what will take you a lifetime to accomplish!  And He does this WHEN we choose to be obedient to Him and put Him first.  We must learn to GLANCE at our circumstances & STARE at Jesus!  Unfortunately, most people are not achieving results in their lives because they are doing the opposite…they are staring at their circumstances and glancing at Jesus.  This is WHY they are so frustrated & depressed with their lives! 
So many people think Brig Hart is a network marketing enigma.  HOW could Brig have achieved such great success with no formal education?  For Kent & I the answer is SO very simple…Brig is anointed by God to do what he is doing.  Brig figured out a long time ago that without Christ he was nothing but WITH Christ he could achieve ANYTHING & EVERYTHING! Brig STARES at Jesus!  He doesn’t stare at the world & his circumstances!  If you stare at the world, stare at the news, listen to the negative nellies of the world everyday you won’t make it to lunch without wanting to slit your wrists!  Think about it…when you go to a Brig conference WHAT is the message Brig is most excited to deliver to you?  Is it MonaVie?  Is it the 10 step pattern for success?  NO!  It’s the message of Jesus Christ!
He knows that if YOU ever truly GET this you will have the foundation for a successful business & life! It’s simple my friends…the message the world sends is a “can’t message”, a push you down into the ground message that says you’re not worthy or capable of achieving great things.  God’s message is one of hope, love, inspiration…one that builds you up & inspires you to go above and beyond!
This is WHY we are inviting you to this conference!  WE LOVE YOU!  We want God’s very best for your life!  We encourage you to get on the phones today & invite your team!  Invite your neighbor!
Invite EVERYONE you know!  I promise you this, my friends…when you honor God with your time He will honor you with his favor & blessings!  There is no greater gift you will give to your business and to yourself than by attending this conference!

THANK YOU for allowing Kent & I to be a part of your lives!  YOU are so very special!  God wants to do great things in your life my friends!  Invest this time with him & watch Him show up in your business, your personal relationships & your everyday life!

Have a great day! 


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Word to Live by for 7-13-2011

This is from Sherry Braswell-

Believe in Yourself…

Before you can achieve your full potential in life and before you can discover what the vision God has for your life you have to find a firm foundation on which to build your self-worth.  Your self worth cannot be determined by what you do, what you possess, your education, your socioeconomic status…it can be none of that.  Your self worth has to be determined by what God says about you.  Just as your beliefs can move you forward in life your “shadow beliefs” can hold you back.  What are “shadow beliefs”?   That’s the little voice in your head whispering to you that you’re not worthy, not able, and that you’ll never make it.  What are your “shadow beliefs”?  Today, I challenge you to bring them out into the open and expose them to God’s Word.  They are NOT true!  Do not allow them to determine your future and control your life.  Refuse to speak them out loud if they contradict what God says about you.  When you speak these shadow beliefs you speak death over your dreams and they will not come to life.

“He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world.” (Eph 1:4).  That scripture right there sums it up!  Even if nobody on this planet has ever valued you or showed you love in any way, this verse shatters this myth of rejection and unworthiness…God chose YOU!  You are not a mistake, you were hand-crafted by God and called for a very special purpose on this earth!  He only made ONE of YOU!  Look at your fingerprint…there are 6.7 billion people on this planet and no one has this one but YOU!  God has precut you to fill a particular purpose on this planet that no one else could fill!  YOU ARE SO SPECIAL! YOU WERE SELECTED! That is the TRUTH!  Not those lies that are being whispered in your ear!  I always tell my daughters to listen to their heart…that is where God lives.

Don’t try to be like somebody else…be yourself!  Be the YOU that God designed YOU to be!  Think about it this way…regardless of what you like or dislike about yourself, you must be okay because God chose you…he doesn’t make mistakes!  Stop doubting yourself and competing with other people.  Nobody can take or stop what God has planned for you.  You have a choice today…you can let other people determine your self worth or you can let God.
God planned you, he saw you, he counted every hair on your head, he knew the specific purpose you were designed to fulfill and he gave you the gifts you would need.  He is so proud of YOU!  
Can you say these things about yourself?  You need to!  You need to get in agreement with your Father, because other people treat you according to how you treat yourself.  If you don’t like the way people respond to you, stop and ask yourself…”what message am I sending to others?  If you want to be treated well, you have to send a positive message that says…”I’m somebody because God made me somebody and I feel good about me.”
It’s that inner strength that makes you attractive when you walk into a room and causes others to say…”Who is that”…”There’s something different about that person.”  It’s not because of how you look but because of the way you carry yourself…your presence has an impact. It’s not pride, it’s just healthy self-esteem based on God’s opinion of you.  Jentezen Franklin calls it “God-esteem.”  When you have it, it affects how you talk to people, how you pray, how you run your business, and how you live your day to day life.  With health God-esteem you can take the rejection, you can take the “no’s”, you can press on with a positive outlook each day because you know that you value does not come from people…it comes from God. 

Sometimes God has to reduce us to deliver us…he has to diminish us to elevate us.  Our struggling economy is a great example of this.  When an individual or a country is being diminished numerically, it’s because God is driving us back to our source.  It may seem like you’re being diminished in some way in your life right now.  If you are… consider it a blessing because there is no greater or safer place than to be in God’s arms…in the center of His will for your life…even if it is an uncomfortable place.   “That place is called the place of Blessed Subtractions.”  That’s when he diminishes us so he can build our faith up in Him.  Many people in the roaring 80’s & 90’s placed their faith in their finances.  Although it was great to have a booming economy that was never where our strength was in the first place.
God has always been the strength of the US.  Many folks now realize that and will rebuild their finances but this time will build their financial house on a solid and firm foundation.  When you build your life and your business on the rock of God no man can ever tear it down!  How awesome is that!!!!  Look at Brig Hart’s business!  He promoted to Double Crowne Black Diamond last year…worst year in the economy since the Great Depression!  He’s not working in man’s economy but God’s economy!!! 

Get rid of that “stinkin thinking” today…this small minded thinking that says…”Who am I to do anything great…”I’m just a nobody in life, I’m defeated, nobody wants to talk to me, I’m not supertalented, I’m just average…blah, blah, blah!!!  Stop speaking that rubbish!!!  That’s a self-defeating attitude!  The devil’s only hope is that you stay stuck in this land of negative talk so you will NOT respond to God’s calling for you life.  YOU ARE IMPORTANT & YOU ARE HERE TO DO IMPORTANT THINGS!  Believe that you can!  Build that business, birth that dream!  If you can believe it, you can do it!  And don’t ever quit!  This is no time to have a pity party and get discouraged…you don’t have time for that!  This is a time to ask God to show you who you really are and what you’re capable of & then go & DO IT!

If you’ve gone through a setback like so many of us today and you feel broken…you need to trust God, pick yourself back up and praise Him.  When you go though a breaking experience… a divorce, a sickness, a job loss, a financial setback and you still maintain your vision and your faith WATCH OUT…you are getting ready to be blessed!  It is then that you will take hold of your POWER and the blessings will be poured out of Heaven for you!
I know this is true team because for years and years I put my faith in all the wrong things…I built my house on a sandy foundation and when tested it was blown away.  Today, we have built our house on solid ground and through YOU we will change millions of lives.  Start building your God-esteem today!  He has a great life planned for YOU!!!

We love you!  Have a great day!