Be kind to one another (Podcast)

There is no short supply of kindness, so why is there a decrease of it in circulation? People need to experience unexpected acts of kindness now more than ever. Sadly, many are not visiting the storehouse of kindness to reach in and send out their supply. Kindness benefits the giver as well as the receiver. This all sounds like common sense, so why is there still an unleveraged act?

Come find out, and then grab your supply from the Breakthrough Land Storehouse! The OWB will be closed for the season, and will resume hours after January 20th. In the meantime, start sowing kindness. Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season and a spectacular New Year. Be safe, be well, and be kind to one another.

With warmest regards,
Matthew
https://supernaturallifecoach.com/

The Hating of a President

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. profoundly penned: “Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.”  This is a grave warning of sorts. Hate does terrible things to people, and causes people to do terrible things. It attacks, degrades, compromises, and ultimately destroys communities, neighborhoods, societies, and civilizations.  Hate causes people to be less than who they were created to be and what they are called to do. Hate devalues all of us. 

I am grieved to my core at the collective low where this nation has been pulled. Let me be crystal clear: my purpose in writing this reflection is not to take a position for or against this or any other president; but rather to urge each of us to do our part to help raise us to higher, healthier, and more fertile ground. Individually, we can do our part to dispel this toxicity by refusing to engage in hate, which includes hateful words, actions, deeds, or mindsets.  Let us employ reason, civility, grace, and mercy, for the greater good. Liking or not liking a person is not and should not be a pre-requisite to treating them kindly and speaking well of them.

So why not just write an article on hate and leave the president out of it? A good question deserving of an answer. Because hate is bombarding the highest representation of what embodies us as a nation. When the head is attacked, the body is affected, impaired, altered, and in danger of losing its way.  This should not be. I say this regardless of whether the head of this nation is a republican, democrat, independent, or otherwise.  And we are the body of this nation. Mark 3:25 warns “And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”

Webster defines hate as “extreme dislike or disgust,” and the online entomology dictionary adds: “abominable, deserving of curses, regard with extreme ill-will, have a passionate aversion to.” Some synonyms for hate include abhorrence, abomination, detestation, execration, hatred, loathing.”

The insidious thing about hate is that it destroys the very person who employs it, operates in it, and launches it.  Hate has a boomerang effect, much like deception. The one who operates in deceiving others will eventually fall victim to the very tactic they employed. And just like deception, hate becomes the employer of those who desire to employ it. Hate and deception work hand-in-hand. When you open the door to one, you eventually get the other. They feed off each other, eventually destroying their host, and then moving on to the next.

Consider the following fable (unattributed): Once upon a time there were two men who hated each other.  They did all they could to manifest their utter detestation.  When one failed or was hurt, the other celebrated.  One night, an angel appeared to one of the men and said, ‘I will give you anything you ask, but whatever you receive, the one you hate will receive twice as much. Do you long to be rich? You can be very rich, but the other will be twice as wealthy. Do you want a long and healthy life? You can, but the other will be longer and healthier. What is your desire?”  The man thought for a moment, then responded, “Blind me in one eye!”

This is what hate does to an individual. This is what hate does to the body. When one invites this deceiver in, hate makes itself right at home, and then propagates itself over and over and over again until a society or a nation is destroyed; unless it is countered with civility. Civility is the compass that tethers us to righteousness and objectivity, and keeps us out of the weeds. Civility takes us to and keeps us on that higher ground. Civility prevents us from hating the other so much, that we would rather hurt ourselves than see the one we hate get a blessing.

If anyone had a reason to hate, it was Dr. King. But he knew the blinding effects that hate leaves in its path—the carnage it creates. And he knew that was not a legacy worth seeing.

With warmest regards,
Matthew
https://supernaturallifecoach.com/

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How to cultivate strategically

How are things budding and blooming for you? Many are struggling with finding and experiencing bountiful outcomes, especially over these past several months of dormancy and latency. Whether we realize it or not, cultivation is occurring in us and in our lives–for the better or worse. So why not control your cultivation so you can bring forth the fruitful fruition you desire? Meet me in breakthrough land to gather your tools for some serious and strategic cultivation of good things to come!

With warmest regards,
Matthew
https://supernaturallifecoach.com/

Give people the grace to grow (Podcast)

Webster’s Dictionary defines grace as a “disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency; a temporary exemption.” There is too much spewing of vinegar (bitterness, wrong intentions, cruelty, wrong-doing, public shaming),and not enough releasing of honey (grace, good will, covering shame). Whereas withholding grace stunts and sidetracks our individual and collective growth, operating in and giving ourselves and each other grace causes us all to grow. We, as human beings, are messy. So it’s time we look past the mess in each other, and illuminate the treasure with the galore of grace. I know where there is a great gusher of grace; so come on, Let’s go! We are heading to Breakthrough Land!

With warmest regards,
Matthew
https://supernaturallifecoach.com/

Rosh Hashanah 5781: The Year of the Plumb Line

Many of us, both Jew and Gentile, will prepare to celebrate and step into this New Year, beginning sundown on September 18th.  As has become my custom, I sought The Lord on what He wanted to say about this coming High Holy Time. Immediately, what came before my spiritual eyes was a plumb line.

Last year, we entered the Decade of Peh (pronounced Pay), as represented by the number 80 (5780). Peh means “mouth, speech” (Jewish Dictionary). We moved from a decade of seeing (closing on two years ago, 5779) to a decade of saying, as of last September (5780). Looking at this month, the ‘81’ of this New Year (5781) resembles to me our very selves as a building next to a plumb line; where the ‘8’ represents us as individuals and what we say, and the ‘1’ resembling God’s plumb line that is coming along side us to measure what we say, what we stand for, how we stand, and our corresponding actions.

God’s timings are for ALL of His creation, whether we operate in them or not. While initially given to the Jews, they have since long ago, been released for everyone to align with so that we can step into the fullness of every plan, purpose, and blessing that God has for each and every one of us. God wants us to win! Whether we win or not is up to each one of us.  Our Creator provides the plan, the equipping and the equipment, road map, and provision for us to go where we need to be; but again, it is up to us whether we want to endeavor in God’s best by showing up.

God’s Sacred and highly appointed Times and seasons are destination spots for those who follow the compass of His Word, and arrive on time, in place, and in position to these oases of revelation, refreshing, restoration, intimacy, and blessings abounding! Rosh Hashanah is one such Pocket of Provision, serving as a greater Haven of Intimacy with the One Who cares most about us, and loves us with an everlasting love.

According to the Oxford Dictionary, Rosh Hashanah is “the Jewish New Year festival, held on the first (also sometimes the second) day of Tishri (in September).” Hebcal.com further explains: “It is marked by the blowing of the shofar, and begins the ten days of penitence culminating in Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah, literally meaning ‘head [of] the year’, is the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days.”

Isaiah 28:17 measures up as it stands tall proclaiming “I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place.” And Zechariah 4:10 lines up with “For who has despised the day of small things? But these seven will be glad when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel—these are the eyes of the Lord which range to and fro throughout the earth.”

Webster’s Dictionary straightens things out in bringing the plumb line into perspective: “a cord (as connecting), especially for measuring; measuring-line; a line (as of cord) that has at one end a weight (such as a plumb bob) and is used especially to determine verticality; a tool that consists of a small, heavy object attached to a string or rope and that is used especially to see if something (such as a wall) is perfectly vertical.”

These next few days require of us deep individual reflection and introspection, sometimes painful internal searching, and a humbling of and dying to self to determine and choose how we each, personally, will align, measure up, and be measured. Will you choose to align with the ways of the world, or take the higher place by traveling on the road of righteousness? Will you situate yourself in remaining steadfast in what is right; or choose to forsake and lay aside righteousness by waning and wandering to worship at the altar of what is considered popular, or politically correct? Will you choose to betray what you truly know deep down inside to be who you are called to be, and do what you are called to do; or will you determine in your heart and purpose in your mind to follow God’s Golden Compass of His Word, and travel on His Holy Highway, rounding the Bend of Blessings and arriving at the place where “the grain and grapes grow faster than they can be harvested.  Where new wine drips from the mountains and flow from all the hills, where you will be among those who will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them, planting vineyards, drinking wine; making gardens and eating their fruit” (Amos 9:13-14).

The alignment you choose will determine the way you travel, and the places you arrive. You can either embark on straight and smooth paths leading to delightful destinations abounding with abundance; or traverse upon roads riddled with rough and crooked terrain, leading to deserts of desolation and despair.  The choice is yours. And God will not love you any less. I pray you choose to properly align with the strongest, purest, most profoundly transformational, and most reliable Strong Tower ever built—The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Eternal One who never changes, and is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The Faithful Father who is fiercely for you and me and wants us to win.

With warmest regards,
Matthew
https://supernaturallifecoach.com/

Seek the need over the noise (Podcast)

There is a lot of noise right now in our collective community of humanity, which serves to impede our ability to identify, see, hear, and meet the need. When we are unwilling or unable to see and meet the need because we are so clouded or focused on the noise, we continue to perpetuate and contribute to a toxic cycle of unmet needs, unresolved issues, and unhealed hurts, which diminishes all of us.

The current noise generated from the echo chamber of misunderstanding, offense, and unreconciled differences that is resulting from the chasms of black lives matter and all lives matter is deafening. So, how do we look past the noise in order to identify, meet, and reconcile the need? Meet me in Breakthough Land to find out! Come on, let’s go!

With warmest regards,
Matthew
https://supernaturallifecoach.com/

Strive to be productive over busy (Podcast)

Too many people wear “busy” as a badge of honor; thus, missing the mark on making a dent and making a difference in their day–and of more profound importance: their destiny. I don’t know about you, but I desire and strive to be productive over busy. If you feel like you are just spinning your wheels, or need to be better positioned to be productive, then join me today in breakthrough land. Come on now, don’t put it off any longer. Put down your busy so you can pick up your productive!

YOU GOT THIS!

With warmest regards,
Matthew
https://supernaturallifecoach.com/

Developing consistency creates much-needed harmony

While consistency should not be situational, we need it now more than ever. We must resist the urge to tether this constitution of constancy to specific events, situations, circumstances, episodes, and seasons.

Consistency is an important stand-alone substance used to build an internal house of harmony and peace, providing a stable wrap-around fence to combat the emotional and mental waves of turmoil swirling all around us. Come with me, as we journey to breakthrough land and pick up some much-needed consistency!

With warmest regards,
Matthew
https://supernaturallifecoach.com/

Enlarge your territory by increasing your capacity

It’s time to cover new ground, Family! It is time to enlarge your territory. Especially during these times, when circumstances have caused us to lose ground, surrender territory, feel confined, hemmed in, and not much going on. Now it is the PERFECT time for capacity-building and gaining new ground. Start your expansion today by making a trip to breakthrough land.

Now get going and be even greater!

With warmest regards,
Matthew
https://supernaturallifecoach.com/