I want to congratulate all the men out there who are working diligently to be good fathers whether they are stepfathers, or biological fathers or just spiritual fathers.
We think that forgiveness is weakness, but it's absolutely not; it takes a very strong person to forgive.
We cannot embrace God's forgiveness if we are so busy clinging to past wounds and nursing old grudges.
I like to see myself as a bridge builder, that is me building bridges between people, between races, between cultures, between politics, trying to find common ground.
If you learn how to forgive others for not being strong, then people can learn how to forgive you for your own issues.
Resist your fear; fear will never lead to you a positive end. Go for your faith and what you believe.
I think the first step is to understand that forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator. Forgiveness liberates the victim. It's a gift you give yourself.
So though there are many things I would have done differently, I submit to God's sovereignty and His purpose in my life and I thank Him that He brought me the way He brought me and gave me what He gave me when He thought I could handle it.
But I think my mistakes became the chemistry for my miracles. I think that my tests became my testimonies.
There are no college courses to build up self-esteem or high school or elementary school. If you don't get those values at a early age, nurtured in your home, you don't get them.
I don't think that you can let the storms of life overwhelm you. When you do that, you are no better than the craziness that caused you to be under attack.
It is your passion that empowers you to be able to do that thing you were created to do.
Forgiveness is about empowering yourself, rather than empowering your past.
There is nothing I'm any more passionate than empowering the next generation.
Here is the amazing thing about Easter; the Resurrection Sunday for Christians is this, that Christ in the dying moments on the cross gives us the greatest illustration of forgiveness possible.
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