New Music by @itselwoodmusic “Story of My Life”

 

#SoGoneChallenge

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So.. apparently the new “challenge” is doing a remix of Monica’s track “So Gone” from her “After the Storm” album (which by the way was originally released on my Birthday June 17th in 2003). Absolutely one of those timeless albums that if you played it today 13 years later it would still be good.

So what I’m sharing is in my opinion one of the best (if not thee best) #SoGoneChallenge attempts I’ve seen by Elwood (Elwood Music).

You can check Elwood out on Facebook & Twitter:

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#WednesdayWisdom Are you prepared?

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Are you prepared or are you a bang & fizzle? A bang & fizzle person is someone who has a million ideas, starts with a bang but ends with a fizzle. They never really see anything through to the end and eventually just have a million ideas that have all started with a bang but all ended with a fizzle. I’ve done it myself especially when I was a brand new entrepreneur. I have learned through my years of experience (both successes and failures) that a lot of the time the reason for the fizzle is unpreparedness.

This doesn’t relate to only business though, often times we are not even prepared for the things we desire or are praying for. Sometimes we even can find ourselves frustrated when we have an idea or vision that we feel in our heart is the right thing to do or something God gave us but then it doesn’t quite fall into place like we expect or as quickly as we thought it would. We can’t receive new blessings with an old mindset. People pray for a spouse without making any preparation to actually be a spouse . People want to start a business but never actually sit down and write a business plan. People want to go back to school but never figure out how they’re going to re-arrange their schedule to fit in time for class and homework. People think they’re ready for a promotion but lack the ability to control their own emotions which directly impacts your ability to lead anything. So many people want to break into the music game but never research how much of their own money they’ll have to invest in order to generate a buzz. There’s a whole lot of folks praying for the winning power ball numbers and think all of their problems in life will be solved with millions of dollars but they can’t even wisely manage a tax refund. The list goes on and on.

If you ever sit down with a successful person and ask them how they became so successful, the first thing they’ll normally tell you is about is all the time they were unsuccessful. Don’t compare your journey to someone else’s or envy what someone else has because you have no idea what they went through or sacrificed to get there. If you believe in the vision you have, take the time to prepare for it properly. Do your research, date yourself, learn how to budget, and do whatever else is necessary to help you be in the best position to receive what you’re asking for or working towards.

Who’s side are you on?

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Nowadays everyone’s offended. It’s frowned upon to say anything or do anything that might potentially be offensive to anyone at anytime for any reason, except God of course. Most people are more worried about being politically correct instead of biblically correct.

“No one can serve two masters, for you will love one and hate the other, or you will be devoted to one and despise the other.” (Matthew 6:24)

There is no middle of the road. If you serve God you absolutely will offend man and if you live your life serving man and the opinions of others you absolutely offend God. In fact, He even warns that if you are lukewarm he will spit you out of His mouth (Revelation 3:16).

So this leaves each of us with a personal decision that nobody else can make for us or help us with. If we ignore the choice then the choice is made for us. The time to make that choice shortens each day as none of us know what day will be our last.

“And if it seems evil to you to serve The Lord, choose for yourselves this day in whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15)

Something to think about

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You will ALWAYS be able to find more people to help you mess up then get up. #ThinkAboutIt #QueenTheProphet #Quote

Self-Deception

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One of the most dangerous things in this world yet so often under discussed is the mindset of self-deception. The inability to recognize yourself as you truly are will prevent you from ever really growing or changing. Too many times people fall into a place where they think they have it all figured out and they don’t. Nobody ever has it all figured out and you can’t ever be wise until you first realize you’re stupid. Don’t you know when a man thinks he’s able to stand he falls? (1 Corinthians 10:12) or that any man who is wise in his own eyes is a fool? (Isaiah 5:21, Proverbs 26:12) If you TRULY desire to live a Christ-like lifestyle? Your life is going to be a series of death & resurrection and it should be progressive (old things dying to be more like Him) not digressing (becoming more like the very things He set you free from in the first place). Perfection isn’t required but at some point common sense and maturity should be developing & if it’s not? GetChoMindRight How sad would it be to live your life deceiving yourself and then stand before the throne and He says “depart from me, I know you not”? (Matthew 7:21-23)

#WednesdayWisdom

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Reaping & sowing actually means working and working. Some folks are under the impression that “reaping” or success means sitting back with your feet up while good things happen or the money rolls in and nothing could be further from the truth. “Success” or “elevation” is never going to look like how you pictured it. You can’t have more of one thing without the other (hence why wheat and weeds grow together until harvest time). If you have more money you have more expenses, more influence more people that don’t like you, etc. You can’t have one thing without getting the other. If you desire to make an impact? Best believe it’s not going to unfold like how you pictured it but you’ll know it’s happening the moment it appears like all hell has broken loose around you. A lot of people say they want things but have no idea the price tag they actually come with nor are they equipped to even handle what they’re asking for, not to mention don’t have the work ethic. You want God to give you a million but you act like a fool with a tax return, you want a million dollars but you’re the laziest employee at your job. Some folks would actually kill themselves if they got exactly what they’re asking for right now and the other half are sitting around right now complaining because they got exactly what they asked for.

Video Taping Yourself While Driving?

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Let this marinate for a second…. lots of people have been video taping themselves while driving a car lately. They have an insight they want to share or something they need to get off their chest. So, you want to impart your knowledge while you are video taping yourself driving and posting it obviously so we can all hear how smart you are while watching you do something completely stupid (and not to mention selfish) that actually may kill you or another person? Or how about It’s all fun & games until the worse case consequence impacts you directly or someone you love, then you’d be the first one ready to tear somebody’s head off & sue them for exactly what you just did.Don’t misunderstand the point of this, I’m not trying to hurt your feelings, I’m trying to get you to use a little wisdom with that knowledge. 

Seeking Success

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God wants you to be successful. But success takes sacrifice. Most people are not willing to suffer what it actually takes to be successful & just desire the end result. Those that are willing often don’t achieve success (only about 1% of people actually do) because they’ve failed to realize God allows you to be successful so that you can be a servant with that success. Whatever gifts & talents you’ve been blessed with are never for your own personal gain. If more of us would learn to bless with what we have off the rip instead of only being moved when we see what’s in it for us and instead just be exceedingly glad we’re in a position to meet a need, we’d see a lot more success among us.

Pray for your City

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Pray for your City
God please bless the city of ______________ (fill in your city name) and make it a safe & prosperous place for families to live, grow, worship and serve you. Open the eyes of believers with love and compassion for the lost, raise up and unite strong local spiritual leaders to pray for one another and revival, give them guidance and understanding, help them fear you rather than man. Replace corrupt government leaders and law enforcement with strong, godly ones who will honor you and serve the people wisely, justly, and unselfishly. Shut down corrupt businesses and organizations that are destroying the city and bring in healthy businesses that will benefit the families and the city. Rebuke satanic influences and control over the city and overcome any strongholds of the enemy with the gospel, prayer, and the blood of Jesus. Replace corrupt laws and standards with godly ones. Strengthen and bless marriages, families, schools, teachers in the city. Pour out your spirit and bring revival to the church and a spiritual awakening in the city. Help us be found faithful when we stand before you, in the name of your son Jesus Christ we pray, amen. 
You may copy & paste this into your blogs & social media feeds.
(The Battle Plan for Prayer, Stephen & Alex Kendrick)
2nd Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
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