How To Deal With Doubt And Embrace Faith

On Today’s Series we will be talking about How to Deal with Doubt and Embrace faith. This article has taught me a lot on how to embrace faith because I lost count in faith until i finally Embraced it. Join me as I share this article.

In times of doubt, difficulty, and trials, our fundamental beliefs about God and our faith are revealed. So how can Christians find faith in the midst of doubt? How can they trust God’s plan when their lives seem out of His control, and prayers seem to go unanswered or, as it sometimes feels, even unheard?

If you or someone you love has been there, these questions may be far more personal than theoretical. You might ask questions like these: Is God good? Is He sovereign? Does He care?

When we’re assailed by trials, we need perspective for our minds and relief for our hearts. It’s essential that we realign our worldview by God’s inspired Word: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 tim3:16).

The Foundation of Our Faith: The sovereignty of God is a solid foundation for our faith. God’s sovereignty is the biblical teaching that all things remain under God’s rule and nothing happens without either His direction or permission. God works in all things for the good of His children (Rom 8.28), including evil and suffering. He doesn’t commit moral evil, but He can use any evil for good purposes.

Paul wrote, “In [Christ] we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will” ( Eph 1:11). “Everything” is comprehensive—no exceptions. God works even in those things done against His moral will, to bring about His purpose and plan. We can follow Scripture’s lead and embrace the belief that a sovereign God is accomplishing eternal purposes in the midst of painful and even tragic events.

The Nurturing of Our Faith: In our times of doubt, God promises never to leave us. Paul Tournier said, “Where there is no longer any opportunity for doubt, there is no longer any opportunity for faith.”

Trusting God is a matter of faith. “So faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ” (Rom 10:17). We must immerse ourselves in God’s Word. As a solar panel stores energy from sunlight, faith is established only by regular exposure to the truth and application of that truth to the events we confront in our lives.

The Hope of Our Faith: We should ask God to deliver us from Satan’s attacks of unbelief and discouragement. We should learn to resist them in the power of Christ (James 4:7). Trusting God for the grace to endure adversity is as much an act of faith as trusting Him for deliverance from it.
Let me leave you with this God promises in Hebrews 13:5 (NIV), “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” This unusual Greek sentence contains five negatives.

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HOW TO OVERCOME SEXUAL HARASSMENT AROUND YOU.

Hello and Welcome to another exciting series of D’Circle of life series, On Today’s series I will talking about;

HOW TO OVERCOME SEXUAL HARASSMENT AROUND YOU.

It is important to understand that if someone touches you sexually at work or anywhere , even over your clothing, it is not just sexual harassment – it is also sexual assault and should be taken seriously. Let share a story with you, Consequently, I have had many guys flirt with me at work thou I don’t have a problem with flirting personally but the issue for me is when the flirting becomes so overbearing that it constitutes sexual harassment. I remembered that there was a time one of my Superior at work had been making sexual advances at me, telling me how he would like to get down with me. There were so many wrong and good advice from Friends concerning the issue but I was fed up with the whole situation. Finally I got braved and resorted to shouting and disrespecting the fellow at work before people until the harassment stopped completely.

So my point is should you let “harmless” go crude remarks and sexual innuendos go? No! If something is making you feel uncomfortable you should stop it right then and there before it escalates.

Here are steps to help you protect yourself and your civil rights if you have been or are being sexually harassed at work or anywhere .

Confront the Harasser: Confront the person sexually harassing you. Look them in the eye and tell them what they did was inappropriate. Be specific and blunt – do not worry about being rude: you have a right to be.
Tell Them to Stop!: The first time someone does something you object to, tell them “stop!” Say it loud enough for others to hear for extra emphasis. Never apologize or make excuses for the offender.

Document It Or Report It Immediately: Sexual harassment is wrong, illegal and deserves to be addressed. But if you feel in your best judgment you have handled things in steps one and two above at least document the date, time, place, what happened, your action, and the harasser’s response. If it ever happens again to you, or to someone else at work, you will have a history to refer to.

Report It Immediately If Touching Is Involved: Never let sexual touches or demands for sex go unreported. Touching in a sexual manner is sexual assault. Document the incident and immediately report it to management.

Get Help – Find Support

One of the reasons that held me back from reporting my superior initially was the fear of being fired from workplace and I do understand that it can become a difficult decision whether or not to report that. However my question is what is your fear – losing your job or dignity? Ask yourself that….

One last word, if you are not comfortable with a person flirting with you in school, at work or anywhere else, let them know and if they incessantly continue after you have told them otherwise, that might just be sexual harassment and is punishable under law

Victims often blame themselves in some way, or others may say a victim was “asking for it.” If you have been traumatized, consider joining a support group or get professional counseling. It helps some victims feel empowered again if they become proactive in an organization that seeks to end discrimination.

You can stop workplace harassment by developing policies and training your work force on respectful interaction with others…..
Let stop sexual Harassment by speaking out and taking actions where necessary………..

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IF YOU ’RE NOT PROUD , YOU ’RE NOT DONE..

Hello and welcome to another exciting series on D’Circle of Life, Building life together. On Today’s Series we will talking about,

IF YOU ’RE NOT PROUD , YOU ’RE NOT DONE..

Now take a look at this, when we were young, we sought approval from our parents. As we grew older, we tried to impress our teacher, show off to our girlfriend or boyfriend, and suck up to our boss. Maybe it’s time to impress the most important person in life . . . Yourself. Unfortunately, some people can’t say that they’re proud of what they do.

The truth is, if you’re not proud of what you do, you’re not done. This doesn’t mean that you have to win the race, secure every promotion, or be named Parent of the Year, but at least you’ll know, in your heart, that you’ve done your best.

What Makes People Proud?
There are many things that make us proud — getting a promotion, making a difference in someone’s life, buying a dream house, being recognized as the best in a particular line of work, knowing that you’re raising your kids to be well-adjusted human beings, being viewed as a wonderful role model, or overcoming a serious challenge in life — to name just a few. These accomplishments are especially meaningful when they’re the result of hard work, perseverance, and knowing that you’ve done your best.

But not everyone gets it. They sabotage their ability to be proud of what they do. The reasons are numerous:

You owe it to yourself to do your best in life. Don’t wait to apply this principle to BIG things. It also applies to simple tasks such as writing a letter to a friend, working out at the gym, or spending quality time with your family. It doesn’t mean that you’ll always be successful. You won’t. But at least you can take pride in knowing that you gave it your all. Plus, when you embrace this way of thinking, you’ll end up raising your game by continually trying to better your best.

A To-do List to Make Yourself Proud:
Follow your passion. If you love what you do, you’ll never view your job as work. You’ll be excited to wake up each morning and give everything your best.

The only thing we have to fear. You won’t regret failing, but you may regret not having tried.

Compete with yourself. Forget about competing with others. It only breeds animosity. Instead, compete with yourself and find ways to improve your game every day.

Know your capabilities. Just because you’re an expert in one area doesn’t make you an expert in everything. Don’t let your ego influence you to claim an expertise completely outside your areas of knowledge.

Focus is key. Know your limits. Don’t spread yourself too thin by biting off more than you can chew.

Be prepared to leave your comfort zone. Set stretch goals that motivate you to challenge your best efforts. As Les Brown said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

Learn from the best. Identify role models from whom you can learn. Ask for feedback on ways to raise your game.

Practice, practice, practice. Excellence comes from practice.

Give yourself a report card. Learn from the past. After every activity, ask yourself, “How can I make it better next time?”

Yes, you can. Don’t quit. As Thomas Edison said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Don’t let success go to your head. Celebrate success, but don’t let it change you as a person. One of the most difficult challenges is to remain grounded after achieving success. Humility is a sign of strength, not weakness. People with humility are modest about their achievements, grounded in their values, and quietly proud.

Define happiness for yourself. Any article about doing your best and being proud of what you do wouldn’t be complete without a discussion about living with a purpose. Success in life begins and ends with purpose.

Do Yourself Proud
Why do anything half-hearted if you have the ability to do it well? If you don’t do your best, you’re only developing bad habits, damaging your reputation, and letting your team down. Plus, you’re robbing yourself of the rewards that you truly deserve.

You have what it takes to be a star, but it’ll still take hard work to become a success. That means setting high goals, following ethical standards, focusing attention on your priorities, and sticking with it until you can be proud of your effort. So, always give everything 110 percent. It’s the extra 10 percent that everyone remembers. As Abraham Lincoln said, “Whatever you are, be a good one.” And remember, if you’re not proud, you’re not done.

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Self Love; How am i still Single at the end of another Year.

As the Year 2017 is about rounding up, on Today’s D’Circle of Life Series will be talking about SELF LOVE

You’ll find it helpful and it’s a good reminder of some things you might have overlooked.

I truly believe that God writes the BEST love stories so if you’re still single – no matter the reason why – I believe it’s all part of your unique and beautiful story.

Here’s the article. Enjoy!

Have you asked yourself this question over the past few days in the midst of all the festive Season?

Did you start the year off believing and hoping that this would be The Year of The Rock a.k.a the engagement ring? And yet it hasn’t happened?

For some of you, it is almost unbelievable that you are STILL single. Like, how could this happen again? And you ask yourself how the year could have gone by so quickly and you didn’t even have a toaster on your case this year?

It’s crazy, right? And this festive season doesn’t help because there are parties, particularly weddings, to attend where you’ll see lots of lovebirds and you’ll ask yourself how they were able to find love?

Let’s talk about this in a bit of detail. I have a few questions to consider if you were going to do a “Year in Review” to figure out why you’re still single at the end of yet another year:

1. Did you meet any new people this year?
Think about it. Think about it some more. Did you actually pause to think about it? If not, think about it again. The year went by so quickly but when you consider everything social you did this year, can you honestly say you met new people that you connected with but more importantly that you’ve stayed in touch with? No? Hmm. Has your network and circle of friends stayed the same this year? If your circle has stayed the same and you still haven’t found love, then it might be safe to say that that might be the reason why you are still single at the end of another year? Think about it. If you haven’t found love in your current circle over the past few years, why did you think things would be different this year?

2. Have you been fearful and afraid this year?
Afraid of relationships because you’ve been burned in the past. Afraid because of all the
unpleasant stories you’ve been hearing about failed relationships particularly failed marriages. Like a friend of mine said “fear has never produced anything good.” If you’ve been walking in fear and paranoia, then believe it or not, you have most likely been giving off a vibe that has probably kept people away.Yes, agreed, there is a lot to be concerned about because of everything we see and hear about in the media but you can’t dwell on the negatives because there are positives out there as well. Fear will hold you back from meeting new people and letting them into your space. Fear will tell you that #nonewfriends is the way to go. But fear is no good. Going forward, pray about the fear you feel and let it go and make sure you flood (like FLOOD) your mind with positive stuff. Read positive books and blogs and expose yourself to more positive content that will fill you with hope and help you open you up to the wonderful possibilities out there.

3. Did you focus on yourself this year?
And I don’t mean in a self-centered way. Did you take care of yourself? Did you love yourself
wholeheartedly? By the way, this applies to both men and women (everything in this article does). I say that because for some reason, someone might think that self-love is a female thing but quite the contrary. Gentlemen, if you don’t love yourself, women can pick up on it and it is unattractive. And what is self-love? It is many things. It is taking care of yourself physically – eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep, etc. It is also doing what you need to do to be an all-round better person. This will make you pretty attractive. So think about it. Did you neglect yourself this year? How well did you do with self-love? And also, what kind of conversations have you been having with yourself? Have you been thinking happy thoughts about yourself? Do you consider yourself worthy of love? Or do you tell yourself that you are not worthy and no one will like you or find you attractive? What was your self-talk like this year? All of these kinds of thoughts show up on the outside, in your outward appearance, which then contributes to your self-confidence and how attractive and approachable you are.

4. Did you hide your single status this year?
Did you do everything in your power to pretend like you were in a relationship this year? When friends tried to put your relationship status on blast (out of the goodness of their hearts. Lol), did you stop them? People won’t know your status unless you tell them. And gentlemen, did you make assumptions about a woman’s relationship status and didn’t bother to find out for sure? For all you know, that lady you were checking out from a distance all year long has been single all this time but because you assumed she wasn’t, you didn’t find out. Of course there are no guarantees that she would have agreed to date you but you’ll never know until you try. So men, stop making assumptions. And ladies, did you let people around you know that not only are you single but you are interested in being in a relationship? You’ll be amazed how many people think you can’t be bothered. Don’t assume people know you want to be in a relationship. Tell them!! Because who know, maybe they can play cupid!

5. Did you actively pray about finding love this year?
Many people have decided, out of anger at God, to no longer pray about their single status.
That’s not a great idea at all. Yes, as you get older, and the longer you stay single, the more frustrating it can get but if you consider how far you’ve come and God’s faithfulness, the last thing you should be doing right now is vexing for God. He STILL writes the best love stories if you just let Him and trust Him. You know what they say that the night is darkest just before dawn and while that is usually used to refer to really tough life challenges, it applies here as well. You might be on the verge of finding the love of your life so don’t give up now on trusting the One who knows and sees all. And if you don’t know what else pray, just thank Him for what he has planned for and promised you.

6. Did you stay true to yourself this year?
It is seemingly so much easier to compromise on your values these days and get involved with people you have no business being involved with. But we all have internal gauges so I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about. Did you compromise in ways you know you shouldn’t have this year? Be true to yourself in your answers and determine in your heart not to slip up in that regard anymore. Moving away from your values and your core guiding principles only leads to deceit, heartbreak, heartache, depression, and frustration. If finding love isn’t happening fast enough and you thought the best way was to take matters into your own hands and you found out it was not worth it. Let me echo it for you: It can never be worth it. Ditching your principles and values to find love never yields desirable results and that might have contributed to why you’re still single.

There could be other things you did or didn’t do this year but these are just a few to consider. Be objective and honest in your responses so you can figure out how to look ahead.

Yes, it’s the end of the year and you’re still single but as you reflect over the year, think about what you could have done differently. Many times when things aren’t going as we planned, we like to attribute it to external factors but many times, the real issue is us – our behavior, attitude,and mindset. And if we can change some of these things, we might start to see the kind of results we’ve been looking for. Many people think that finding love is not their responsibility and that all they need to do is sit pretty and love will just show up. It turns out that that has supposedly been some people’s story but if truth be told, you might find that just before love just showed up for them in a surprising way, they had a mindset shift or change in behavior or attitude that helped usher in the love that had been waiting for.

Remember what they say “Madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”. I’m not saying anyone is mad (lol) but you get the point!

Happy New Year in advance as we are about to round up Year 2017, The good news is love awaits you in 2018, we are anticipating into something new………..

Concept of Tithes and Offerings

Today on D’Circle of Life series, we will talking about the controversy about Tithes and Offerings.

It baffles me why people talk about Tithes in a controversy way, because to me it brings alot of blessings when you have faith in it. It opens doors of blessings to anyone who believes in it. let take a look at the Concept of Tithes and Offerings.

Many Christians struggle with the issue of tithing. In some churches giving is over-emphasized. At the same time, many Christians refuse to submit to the biblical exhortations about making offerings to the Lord. Tithing/giving is intended to be a joy and a blessing. Sadly, that is sometimes not the case in the church today.

But is there a difference between tithes and offerings? Yep! And as the giver of those tithes and offerings, you should know how to tell them apart.

The tithe is the first 10 percent of your income that God calls you to give to your local church each month.
An offering is any money you choose to give above and beyond the tithe.
“Tithing is really a form of worship.” So the tithe, which means “tenth,” is a baseline for giving—the bare minimum. It’s a tenth of your monthly income, and it goes specifically to your local church (Malachi 3:10). It’s the first thing you do when you budget your money—before you pay down debt.
Tithing is really a form of worship, because it shows God we trust Him (not money) to provide for us.
Offerings are different. They’re given above and beyond the tithe. The Bible doesn’t command us to give offerings, but it does encourage us to give generously, and offerings—since they aren’t required—reflect the generosity in our hearts.
Here’s the thing about offerings: Unlike tithes, which come out of your budget before anything else, offerings should be given only when you have the financial margin to do so. That means you tithe first and then take care of your own household: your bills, your debt payments, your housing costs, groceries, transportation, and clothing.
After all that is done, and you feel called to give an offering beyond the tithe, feel free! “God loves a cheerful giver.”

In fact, 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV) says, “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Tithes and offerings are different, but they do have one big thing in common: They both work to build your trust in God as your ultimate Provider and decrease your dependence on money. After all, Matthew 6:24 (ESV) tells us, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Above all, all tithes and offerings should be given with pure motives and an attitude of worship to God and service to the body of Christ. “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Tithing is a concept that has created great controversy inside and outside the church. Some people feel like tithing is a slick way for pastors and ministers to get rich. Others feel like tithing is a problem because they don’t know what their church is doing with the money. However, both arguments are false. Tithing has nothing to do with your pastor or your church… tithing is between you and God. Tithing is a way for us to show God that we believe and trust in him. Also, every man of God who is not a good steward with God’s provision will answer too God. anyone but you and God.

Just like Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of the most-high God… we must pay our tithes to the King of kings and Priest forever; the Lord Jesus Christ. I challenge you to give God your tithes and offerings in faith. If you do, he will bless you beyond measure. Please try it out.

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How to prevent Harassment in the Workplace

You can stop workplace harassment by developing policies and training your work force on respectful interaction with others.

Workplace harassment is behavior, conduct, actions and statements made to or about an individual or a group of individuals, which creates an uncomfortable work environment for the targeted persons and those offended but not directly targeted.

Anti-discrimination laws address harassment in regulations that prohibit discriminatory employment practices. A hostile work environment is a tandem allegation usually claimed when an employee complains of harassment. Through effective and comprehensive training methods, employers can eliminate and prevent harassment.

Companies that invest in training to prevent harassment demonstrate their concern for providing a safe working environment for their employees.

How to prevent Harrassment in a Workplace.

1. Write a policy that describes different forms of harassment and, if possible, provide scenarios to further explain what happens when unwelcome conduct becomes harassment. Many employers purchase videos that depict workplace harassment; however, you can construct a policy statement that conveys the same message contained in a training film. If you decide to use a training film, ask for sample videos that are up-to-date and relevant to your business or industry.

2. Call your company’s attorney for professional legal advice on your written policy; ask her to review the policy for completeness and to ensure the policy clearly defines harassment in accordance with federal, state and local employment laws. You may also contact your regional or district office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for technical guidance on preparing anti-harassment policy statements. The EEOC enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is one of the laws that prohibit discriminatory employment practices.

3. Speak to your human resources department training specialist about developing a training session that specifically addresses workplace harassment. The training should be appropriate for all levels of employees from hourly to salary, and from frontline workers to executive leadership. Take-aways or written policy statements impact how much information is retained; distribute copies of your company’s anti-harassment policy.

4. Include in the training session your company procedure for reporting, investigating and resolving harassment complaints. The typical process is for the employee to first address the issue with his supervisor, then his manager. If he is uncomfortable discussing the subject with his supervisor or manager, the employee should then visit your company’s employee relations specialist or another human resources specialist.

5. Act immediately to investigate complaints of harassment. These matters are within the purview of your employee relations specialist. Several litigated harassment claims include allegations that the employer sat on a complaint without fully investigating it. Remind all training session attendees that investigations require full cooperation from the employee, the alleged harasser and any witnesses to the alleged harassment.

6. Announce schedules for mandatory attendance at these training sessions. If you have employees who work varied shifts or outside normal business hours, arrange training sessions to accommodate their schedules. If employees who fall into this category attend training during non-work hours, remind them that it is mandatory, paid training.

7. Revise your employee handbook to include your company’s position on workplace harassment. Best practices in the human resources professional community suggest that policy statements be revised periodically. Ensure the policy is always consistent with employment laws and applicable legislative changes. If your anti-harassment policy statement was not previously a part of your employee handbook, produce new handbooks and distribute them to your entire work force.

8. Make your human resources department available to answer any questions employees have about the training or incidents of harassment. Update and reissue the policy statement every year, and provide training every year. Obtain a signed acknowledgment form from every attendee indicating she understands the company policy against harassment and file signed acknowledgments in employment files stored in the human resources department.

Inform employees that if they fail to attend mandatory training that they are subject to discipline, up to and including, termination.

Stop the Harrassment.

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Sometimes You need Character, Not Prayer.

By Aderinto Adenike

No matter how we pray, attitude has its place. This is the strong truth a lot of Christians fail to understand. Prayer is good, but prayer isn’t the answer to everything.

Somewhere in the scriptures, the Bible says that before we pray, he will answer. You know why? It is because we have exhibited attitudes that will attract miracles.

People, sometimes pray for miracles to happen, what you need is character, not prayer, not speaking in tongues. God is a spirit, and for him to bless you, he needs to pass through a man.

If you lack good relationships with men, you’ll hardly be blessed. God works with relationship. You must learn to treat people with courtesy.
The Shunammite woman must have been praying for a child all through her life. I’m sure. She was a prominent woman and surely she had money but couldn’t buy a child.
You know what made her have a child? She took care of Elisha, a man of God. She respected him, she was hospitable, she was kind, and she had character!

Elisha spoke into her womb and in a year, she had a child.

Assuming she wasn’t hospitable, Polite and kind? She would’ve still been praying and fasting, binding and casting demons that don’t exist.

Sometimes, we are our demons. Our attitudes are our destiny killers. Some of you have insulted people that were divinely orchestrated to help you. Some of you are keeping malice with your destiny helper. Some of you are still suffering, not because you lack talent but because you lack character.

Talent is attractive. Anyone can be talented, but character is a proof of discipline, a proof of responsibility. Character sustains the attraction talent gives you.

Character is a virtue, and sometimes what we call FAVOR is triggered by virtue.

Mary was a Virgin. She had virtue! This attracted the favor of being the mother of the Saviour of the world!! In all thy getting, get character. Respect people.

Your Angel won’t always come like an Angel. Look down on nobody; anyone can change your life.

It was the maid of Naaman that told him where to get healing. Naaman was a great man but had leprosy. He must have visited the greatest hospital in the world as of that time. Who would’ve ever thought that the solution to his problem was in the mouth of his maid?

Sometimes the solutions to our problems are trapped in the mouths of mere people, but many of us are not humble enough to see it.

Prayer is not all. Build relationships. God will use man. Respect people. Get character and don’t relent on prayers also. Our character is the ultimate key to the solution of our prayers.

Let work on our character, it helps us grow in God’s presence.

D’Circle of Life Desk…………..