5 Lessons Through Identity Theft

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I’ve experienced identity theft on more than one occasion. The first time it happened it was scary cause I didn’t know who and how the person was able to pretend to be me and get access to what money I did have. What else would they do with my private information? I don’t give my private information to people so how did this even happen?

Thankfully I got what they stole back and more. Not long after I got a blessing greater than what they took. Below are some highlighted lessons to consider on identity theft.

 

1) Satan is the chief thief behind identity theft. The devil is the deceiver that wants to take away everything valuable on the inside of us, bring to an end any form of life and destroy that which he can get access to. In whatever way he does it, he is seeking his way to gain entry.

2) Even the slightest information can leak online and offline for someone to use for corrupt reasons. Be extra careful in managing your private information. Keep alert of your online and offline activity.

3) We must practice to be led by the Holy Spirit in whatever we get involved with. When something seems not right, don’t be hasty and desperate to do it anyway.

4) Identity deception is rooted in insecurity and discontentment. Everyone has insecurities and have experienced dissatisfaction at some time, but  trying to steal a person’s identity is  one of the ways that show it has gotten out of control.

5) Our spiritual identity is secure in Christ. When we are in Christ, there’s nothing and no one that can take away who we are in Him.

 

Have you experienced identity theft? What lessons have you learned through or about identity theft?

 

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5 Lessons On Friendship

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Friendship is a form of love, acceptance and unity that most want to experience. Having real, close and meaningful friendships has never been easy or smooth for me, but there have been some lessons that I have learned from friendship. Below are a few highlights to consider.

1) Friendships are not limited to human connections. They can be developed with an animal(pet) or even a passion for something that matters to you.

2) It takes time, patience and effort to build healthy, close and meaningful friendships.

3) Sometimes friendships can come in unexpected circumstances with unexpected people.

4) Not all friendships are meant to be close, but through them can come messages of hope.

5) Good quality and real friendships are not perfect, they just learn to grow beyond the surface.

Greatest Lessons from Rejection

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Rejection..no one enjoys it. It’s like a rotten taste to the senses. The sting hurts and brings a feeling of being unwanted and not accepted. People often reject those who they don’t understand or are different. Rejection has more to do with the person rejecting than the person who is rejected. Sometimes it’s intentional and other times it’s unintentional. Either way it still hurts.In defense those rejected may reject someone else. Jesus was rejected often and intensely and He still loved and forgave unconditionally. In fact, the Son of God still gets rejected today by many, yet nothing can take away His love.  Below are a few reflections of lessons and thoughts from rejection.

Love brings healing and destroys the spirit of rejection. Rejection can sometimes be a form of hatred towards another. Love is the hate breaker.

The ability to love in such a way can only come from the Lord. When we try to love in our own ability we will mess up every time. It’s only the love of the Lord that transforms in such a way.

  Be open to differences. I didn’t say you have to agree with everything or do everything and anything. I’m saying just because someone is different doesn’t mean there’s nothing valuable that they have.

 Diversity is needed. If everything is the same then what’s the point? Variety spices things up and makes it more interesting and intriguing. It makes the world spin around!

Include others that are usually excluded. If you know what rejection is like, then maybe you are surrounded around the least likely person, the misfit or the underdog. Look out for those who are often turned away if you can.

Be or give a voice to the voiceless. There are many people who have the platform or opportunity to speak for the voiceless. Maybe you’re able to give someone a chance to speak what’s needed.

10 of My Favorite Quotes

Today I decided to do a quotes post. I’m a words person so I definitely love reading quotes and even reflecting on them. It’s something about words that speak what you’ve been thinking or experiencing. Words are like color on dark and gloomy days. They have the power to do amazingly wonderfully creative things. Words can speak life and they can be the warmth from the cold. Here they are!

1) We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou

2) The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” – Helen Keller

3) God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

4) The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you.” – Unknown

5) ” Life is like a book with many chapters we call seasons. Some chapters tell the story of love, drama, comedy, mystery, loss, adversity, growth, disappointment, triumph, etc. Some chapters are dull and ordinary, others intense and exciting. The key to enduring, persevering and being hopeful is to never stop on a difficult page, to never quit on a book or a chapter that seems too long. Some chapters may be sweet but too short. Your words, thoughts, actions, non – action and choices are the pens that write the pages in your book. Have the courage and faith to keep turning the pages, believing better chapters lie ahead. God is the author and finisher of your life. Trust. Listen. Believe. Grow in God’s word. Activate your gifts and talents. Be creative. Be kind. Be patient. Be faithful. Be grateful. Be fruitful.” – Diamond Taylor

6) When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” – Peter Marshall

7)  The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.” – Myles Munroe

8) You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus

 9) When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell

10) Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.” – Henry Van Dyke