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Under Whose Control?

Who has power over you? Who controls you? Who are you are afraid of? The one that says jump and you ask immediately how high?

I suspect a few men would softly say that one person is their wife.

No, that’s just a joke!

Without realizing it, many of us are in the power of something. For example: Without realizing it, our lifestyle often controls us. We’ve chosen to live according to a certain lifestyle and to maintain that lifestyle take a lot of hard work on my part.

Some have to put in extra hours, some even have to work weekends just to get enough money to maintain that lifestyle. Now we can no longer do what we want to. I can’t simply decide to go away for the weekend, because then there will be too little money at the end of the month to pay all the bills.

Our chosen lifestyle with its high expenses controls us. We’re no longer under our own control. Something else determines on what our time is spent.

Lifestyle can be replaced by many other things: reputation, work, money, luxury, dreams, desires and even happiness (do you have more to add?). In a way, any of these things can get such a hold of you that you are no longer free to make your own choices.

Some of my friends have taken a year-long sabbatical, leaving their jobs and touring with their families that whole year long. They’ve realized that other things are more important.

Immediately I can hear you agreeing with me: That’s if you can afford to do it! The sabbatical that is. But doesn’t such a reaction show that we’re under control of one or other power, in this case money?

Maybe it’s time again to sit down and reflect on your life a little. Look at what controls you. Find those things that have power over you, where you don’t have much of a choice. Ask yourself whether it is worth it to go on like this.

13… He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much…

Only Jesus should have power over us. He must be able to tell us what to do and those things are the only things we should do. And this is not power like bossing you around. No, Jesus wants to control us in love. Jesus is love through and through. In love He died for us on the cross. In love He only wants what is best for us. In love He wants to lead us to live right here on earth, for our own good.

Jesus must be head of all of our lives. When I make decisions, I must first go to Jesus to be led by Him in love. I wish I could get this right more often, because then the pain and hurt I cause will disappear like mist before the sun.

Scripture

Colossians 1:12-14

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How To Find Money In Your Budget For Charity

"I would love to give, but there are so many worthy charities out there that I can not decide." "The rich are able to afford to give to charity." I'm not rich. " "We should take care of those in need in our own country before we give to other countries." All are common excuses (or even reasons) for not giving up a little bit of what we have to help others who need. Most of us feel bad for those with less than us, and want to help, but can not see their way to finding funds within their budgets to reach out. Yet, each of us in North America, regardless of our incoming, have the capacity to "discover" methods by which we can assist those people who are less fortunate than we may be. Yes, even the poorest of us can do so, and definitely the wealthy can redirect money to others, if we choose.

Recently, I visited Ocho Rios, Jamaica. My wife and I took none of the guided tours, ate at none of the tourist attractions, bought nothing from cruise ship-sponsored kiosks. Instead, we walked two miles back through the town center, beyond the acceptable tourist spots, through the local farmers market, behind the preparation areas hidden behind the pallets of local foods, among the local garden and "plantation" areas, and into the residences Bordering the market. From there, we were able to see the contrast between the tarpaulin-roofed homes to the mansions of Mick Jagger and other "rich and famous" homeowners. It was overwhelming. But how could we, with only a hundred dollars or so, make any difference? And what right did I have to act so voyeuristically, peering into the desperate lives of these people as if they were zoo animals on display?

This private dissection served a purpose: it made me think, "how can I help?" I came up with several solutions.

First, I write for a living. That day, I began a new manuscript, calling on the images and experiences that day in Jamaica. I will be publishing it within the year, and every penny of revenues will be directed to Ocho Rios. If I were to simply hand over the cash to a relief agency, much of it might not make it into the hands of those in need. I expect to earn only a modest amount from this book. I know a couple from Jamaica who will take the money I earn each year, proceed to the farmers market, and discretely distribute money to several of the vendors. Every penny. What difference will it make? For a brief period, those families will benefit. And there is one solution, for each of us who cruise or take vacations in countries like Honduras, Belize, Jamaica, etc. Take half of the money that you had intended to spend on souvenirs, tours and local trips for yourself, and give it away discretely. Not willing to part with fifty percent? How about 10{4917788a0bd7aa7369c2a945027b4fe6c9853cda4150a24fe1255b18ce3083dc}? Any amount …

Original Ways to Make Money With No Money – Finding Gold Mines In a Junk Yard

There are millions of ways for you to make money. Some of the original ways also co-coincidently happened to become the most successful. They say there is nothing new under the sun. It has all been done, but that is not important. Original does not mean something before its time. It just means a small improvement that is original on an old concept.

If you want to make money, you are going to have to devise a solution to someones problem in the form of a product or service and deliver it. If there is one person with the problem there is probably many more. This all comes back to coming up with ideas and then doing official feasibility studies in the form of face to face interviews with possible customers. This type of activity will remember a lot of information which, when collated and brought together will give you a picture of what that particular business idea can do and if it is worth pursuing.

The advantage of this type of feasibility study is that it costs nothing or very little. It is all idea and mind work. The next step is once you do have an original idea, to approach venture capitalists with your feasibility study. There are many business organizations that love to invest in start up ideas. This is usually private money and can be accessed for the purpose of setting up your business idea. So far it has cost you absolutely nothing.

Ultimately to make money in original ways, you need good ideas first, but then they must be tested on real live customers in an effort to establish how feasible it sounds to them in the bright light of day. Get that right and securing venture capital is a foregone conclusion. …

Taking An Online Survey For Cash – Make Money Without Scams

Taking an online survey for cash is a great way to make money. If you want to make money without scams, though, you will need to know where to start and what to look for. Here's what you will need to know.

Some surfers just do not know where to start, while others are just in such a hurry to get some money that they pick the first site they see, not even knowing if it is legit or a scam. First of all, you should never have to pay money to become a member of a survey site. Every single survey site that I have joined over the last three years has been absolutely free. If you run into an online survey site that wants cash from you, walk away quickly. A lot of survey sites will even give you up to a five dollar bonus just for becoming a free member.

Secondly, if you plan on taking an online survey for cash, joining a survey site that has a member's forum is a huge plus. This is where survey takers from all over the world share their tips and tricks of how to make the most cash possible from taking surveys online. You will even find sections where other members post scanned copies of the checks that they have received, which should get you really motivated.

Posting and reading these forums will help you with learning the most for your time, as the long time members are always posting ideas, tips and tricks for you to fever on. By checking these forums, you can also see if the majority of the members are happy. If they are, then you can feel assured that you will be able to make some decent income.

Taking an online survey for cash is easy, but you need to watch out for the scams. If a site claims that you can make money doing nothing, then you should know that it is not true. The real money comes with being a member of only the top survey sites. If you are a member of four to five of them, you can be assured that you will have a steady stream of surveys to take. Taking an online survey for cash can be your way to earning extra income that will pay off some of your huge bills, like the big car payment you have and that electric bill that is so high during the summer.

You may or may not have known all of this information, but it should not be forgotten. Taking an online survey for cash is easy and quick and now you know how to make money without scams. …

Can You Really Attract Money?

What would you do if you could immediately attract money, perhaps as much as a million dollars your way? Have you ever thought of it? Have you sat and dreamed about the things you would buy, the good deeds you could do, the favors you could pay back?

Studies show that people who are successful have always believed, deep in their heart and without exception, that they would be. They expected to be successful. They had dreams of buying big cars, having big bank accounts, and having the job of their dreams, or even their own company. They dreamed the money and were able to attract money because of their subconscious beliefs.

On the other hand, people who are debt or suffering from hard times generally have a poor view of money. They think of rich people as evil and greedy, they think of money only in terms of getting enough to pay off the bills, and they do not think big.

In order to attract money, whether it is one dollar or a million, you have to change the way that you think and your relationship with money. People with money are not greedy or mean or lucky, they are just people who have used the Law of Attraction to attract money to themselves, and you can use that same theory to work for you, too.

Being able to change your mindset and attract anything in a proactive and intentional way takes more than just reading a book. You will find that you have to work consistently, both in terms of how you consciously think about money, and how you train yourself to think subconsciously. By using the Law of Attraction to get what you want, what you deserve, and what you need in terms of money, you will then be able to use it to attract even more of the good things in life. …

Wholesale on eBay – Making Money From Home Using eBay

eBay is one of the greatest successes in the internet history; in fact it is still growing in the present. Not only because it let individuals to come to its online site and bid in the items that they wanted but also because of the fact that it also lets individuals to open their own eBay business and make use of online auctions to generate money. Therefore wholesale drop shipping is absolutely a great way to sell on eBay, in fact it's almost risk free. Having business through eBay, you just have to sell the listed products that you are selling on the pages of the wholesale drop shippers' site to know their charge and you will get your profit.

Wholesalers and drop shippers are a precious resource for all owners of eBay stores. They can give revenue of simplifying the entire ordering process and allow entrepreneurs to have more profit. A customer does not know that there is a third party since drop shippers use the eBay business owners labeling when they package the products. This way the eBay store owner generates profit by means of the difference between that price and the winning bid amount. The drop shippers then will be able to deal with everything else and you are assured that there will be no problem with your sale.

The advantage of drop shipping is that it is practically free from hazards and risks. Any business that fails to make use of a wholesale drop shipping company should bear the expense of purchasing the inventory and awaiting a sale made ahead of recuperating an investment. By making use of drop shippers, nothing is paid out not unless the customer's payment is paid. It is a great arrangement for individuals with a small amount of capital for a start. Usually time is the only thing that an eBay business owner should invest once using the drop shipping, and almost all the time is being spent on research with an aim of finding great wholesale drop shippers to supply the quality products that they wants to sell.

Being in an online wholesale business is quite hard especially if you lack managing skills at the same time as you lack skills in computer. So, if you have any plans on being into this business, you have to make sure that you have the enough knowledge and skills that are essential so that you can be able to avoid finding yourself being a looser in the field where you choose to be into. …

Making Money Using the Computer

There is a saying that goes, "money does not come trees". Everybody knows that and if there is not enough, the person has to do something about it. An employee can ask for a raise, the individual can get a second job or even transfer to one that pays more.

If the employee has a family, it will be hard to just quit and hope that tomorrow there is a new company to report to. It would not hurt to look around first before leaving but since an application takes months to process, there are some ways to make a few extra bucks.

Studies show that most American homes have a computer. Instead of playing games, the person can use this to make some money by selling some items through eBay and make some money.

Instead of coursing through another website who gets a certain percentage for every item sold or bought, those who are good with computers can even make one to get more profit. Someone skilled can put up the website or hire someone to do it then just learn how to keep it running.

Another will be to participate in online surveys. More than a hundred companies need the opinion of the consumer before launching a product into the market. The person will not become a millionaire doing this but at least there is additional money for other expenses.

Blogging is another great way to make money. The individual is able to express one's opinion regarding certain issues and if there is a lot of traffic, people will want to advertise in the blog site. A portion of the revenue will be used to maintain and upgrade the site while the rest can be used for other things.

Those who love to get paid can also get money by writing about certain topics. There are companies who need talented professionals to do some research and get paid for each assignment. The more the person does, the more money is made.

Networking is another great idea. The entrepreneur may sell a few items at first but when there are people who are already under one's umbrella, it is time to kick back and relax because money will come in the form of sales commissions.

Another way to make money is to offer computer repair services to friends and neighbors. The customer will be able to save money by hiring someone that the person knows instead of the word of someone from the shop.

There was a time that an individual who wanted to invest in stocks or in foreign exchange had to deal with a broker. Since it is hard to call the specialist, those who want to play in the money market can still do it by creating an account online for faster results.

The person should just be updated on the current market trends to make good decisions especially when the best time to buy and sell.

The amount of money made by using the computer …

Resist Influence and Development of Bad Habits For Personal Relationships and Relationships at Work

There are reasons you should resist the influence for developing bad habits, among which are: Enhancement of your personal relationships, and better rapport with fellow employees where you work. Plus, you could save money by being strong.

None of us are immune to the influence of bad habits, although you may feel as if you can resist it. That is, you might feel that way until you catch yourself falling victim to developing bad habits yourself by associating with others around you. It could be personal relationships or your relationships at work, but it’s hard to resist the influence of people around you.

It’s uncomplicated to go to one restaurant instead of stopping at two. If that restaurant happens to have only greasy foods, it could be hard to resist eating things that you’d rather not eat. You’re vulnerable to the influence of bad habit because of your personal relationships; and thus you’re at risk for developing bad habits like overeating.

The influence of smoking cigarettes is additionally a bad habit, which you should resist. You might succumb to the influence of peer pressure. Just sitting in the same room with companions during the evening, while they smoke cigarettes, puts you at risk for developing a bad habit like smoking.

You might get sick from secondhand cigarette smoke at first, but then you could gradually get used to it. But what if you became accustomed to it? You might even start to like it. You could even get addicted to tobacco because of the effects of the cast-off cigarette smoke.

Influence of fighting is a bad habit that you may never have even considered. Many couples fight each other in their personal relationships. It could be your spouse who picks a fight with you. You might not want to fight or argue with your spouse, but emotions make it difficult to resist the temptation to retaliate.

You could get up and walk away from the abusive spouse. But your spouse could egg-you-on and refuse to let you leave. A fight might ensue; and pretty soon you are both in a fight. You might continually fight with each other–until fighting becomes inured in your relationship.

Carelessness could become infectious because of workplace relationships. One worker’s attitude might contaminate attitudes of fellow workers. A crew member, for instances, might be irresponsible while operating heavy equipment; then everyone starts neglecting worksite safety because of the influential bad habit of one worker.

Gossip is another thing, which might have an effect on you in your workplace relationships. Gossip can spread like a viral infection. One employee might disclose information about compensation, which is against the rules at most worksites.

Before you know it; everyone is either demanding to make more money for doing the same job, or boasting about how much money they earn. If an individual discloses private company business, the gossip mill could begin to churn. Gossip might get out of control because co-workers might take it as a personally that they …

Mindset of Millionaires

Millionaire Mindset and Abundance is not just about money. Abundance represents the success and happiness in all of the various areas of our lives. Financial prosperity is just one aspect of abundance. You can have unimaginable wealth, but if there is lack or suffering in other areas of your life, you may not equate having money with having peace of mind and satisfaction.

Perhaps the only area of ​​your life where you are experiencing lack is in the money sector. You may feel that the American Dream is passing you by. The only abundance you seem to be manifesting is debt, college loans, credit cards, mortgage and car payments. There never seems to be an extra dollar, left over at the end of the month. At times, you feel beaten. You wonder if you'll ever get ahead. What you might be doing is blocking the flow of money into your life by your worries about your indebtedness.

The Importance of Developing a Mindset of Millionaires:

Why It Works

Many people wonder why this works, and there are more than one explanation.

The Spiritual Explanation:

Many people believe that the Law of Attraction works by aligning God or the Universe with our wishes. We are all made of energy, and our energy operates at different frequencies. We can change our frequency of energy with positive thoughts, especially gratitude for what we already have. By using grateful, positive thoughts and feelings and by focusing on our dreams (rather than our frustrations), we can change the frequency of our energy, and the law of attraction brings positive things (things of that frequency) into our lives. What we attract depends on where and how we focus our attention, but we must believe that it is already ours, or soon will be so we can vibrate at that frequency!

The Traditionally Scientific Explanation:

If you are one who needs things to be a little easier to prove, there is also a different explanation for how the law of attraction works. By focusing on attaining a new reality, and by believing it is possible, we tend to take more risks, notice more opportunities, and open ourselves up to new possibilities. Conversely, when we do not believe that something is in the realm of possibilities for us, we tend to let opportunities pass by unnoticed. When we believe we do not deserve good things, we have in ways that sabotage our chances at happiness. By changing our self talk and feelings about life, we reverse the negative patterns in our lives and create more positive, productive and healthy ones. One good thing leads to another, and the direction of a life can shift from a downward spiral to an upward ascent.

"Surround Yourself With Only People Who Are Going To Lift You Higher" – Oprah Winfrey

What Thieves Do With Your Identity

Identity theft occurs when someone steals the social security number, credit card numbers, bank statements or other sensitive financial documents and uses the information to commit fraud. Thieves can either run up your existing credit cards or open new accounts in your name, causing extensive damage to your credit score.

Identity thieves have a wide variety of methods for getting people's personal financial information. This can be done by stealing documents from the mail or garbage, stealing the individual's purse or wallet. It can also be done through the use of fraudulent emails, known as phishing or swiping the card into a small storage device that records the credit card account information for future use.

Once they get the information, what thief do with your identity? There are many things the identity thief can do with your personal information. The simplest is to make purchases with your credit cards and leave you stuck with massive bills. Only when you get your credit card statement in the mail will you learn the full amount of the damage to your credit rating.

Thieves often change the billing address on your credit card statements by stealing the statement and completing the change of address portion on the back of the statement. They request the change of address, so you do not get your bills in the mail. This buys the thief more time to run up your cards before you notice the damage.

Identity thieves also open new accounts using your social security number and personal information. If they are able to steal a preapproved credit offer from the mail, your purse, car or home, this job is even easier. The new card is sent to another address and the victim often has no idea that the theft has occurred until they are turned down for a car loan or mortgage.

Credit cards are only part of what can be done with personal information, once it is stolen. The identity thief can open a new telephone account, purchase a cell phone plan, electric service, satellite or cable television or other services and products, using your social security number and personal information.

Thieves can open new bank accounts, as well as new credit card accounts. They can also send for new checks with your name and account number and forge the checks to steal money from your account. The same can be done electronically, using your ATM card or cloning your card with a special electronic reader and storage device.

Victims of identity theft have even had the person take out loans in their name. This can be done with vehicle loans and personal loans. Again, since the thief has changed the address, you may have no way of knowing you are a victim until you check your credit report or bill collectors track you down and begin demanding payment for the items purchased with stolen cards. …