Jesus, having become man,
humbled himself by living a life of utter obedience,

even to the extent of dying,
and the death he died was the death of a common criminal.

That is why God has now lifted him so high,
and has given him the name beyond all names,

so that at the name of Jesus “every knee shall bow”,
whether in Heaven or earth or under the earth.
And that is why, in the end, “every tongue shall shall confess”
that Jesus Christ” is the Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Phillippians 2:8-10



 You were the Word at the beginning
One With God the Lord Most High
Your hidden glory in creation
Now revealed in You our Christ
What a beautiful Name it is
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a beautiful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
You didn’t want heaven without us
So Jesus, You brought heaven down
My sin was great, Your love was greater
What could separate us now
How sweet is your name, Lord, how good You are
Love to


Mental Health Monday – Why You Procrastinate (and How to Conquer It Once and For All)


Be wise in your behaviour towards non-Christians, and make the best possible use of your time.
Colossians 4:5



Procrastination is the tendency to put things off – often to the point where they’re no longer manageable. It’s the disconnect between your intention and action

And it usually makes hard things even harder.

When you look at most people’s list of bad habits they want to break, procrastination is usually one of them. If you struggle with procrastination, consider which of these 12 reasons have you spinning your wheels:*

  • Lack of discipline.“I’ll do this later.”
  • Fear of failure.“I don’t think I can do this, so why bother trying.”
  • Wishful thinking.“If I ignore it, maybe it’ll go away.”
  • Unreasonable expectations.“If I can’t do it perfectly, I won’t even attempt it.”
  • Feeling overwhelmed.“This project seems complicated. I don’t have the energy to tackle it right now.  Let me think about it some more…tomorrow.”
  • Fear of complexity.“I don’t even know where to start.”
  • Lack of motivation.“I’m just not in the mood right now.”
  • Fear of accountability.“What if I fail?”
  • Feeling bored.“I’d rather be having fun.”
  • Lack of urgency.“I have plenty of time to do this later. It’s not due for days.”
  • Fear of making a decision.“I need more information before I can start.”
  • Working under pressure. “I love the adrenaline rush that I get when I’m up against a deadline.”

Procrastination often happens when you have some anxiety about the important task ahead of you. To get rid of this negative feeling, you procrastinate — by opening up Facebook or watching Netflix instead. This makes you feel better temporarily, but unfortunately, reality comes back to bite you in the end.

When you procrastinate, it’s easy for things to snowball out of control. In some cases, it can lead to outright panic, freezing you in your tracks and preventing you from getting anything done.

What’s the solution?

We all have the same 24 hours in a day. The most successful people have learned how to plan and prioritize effectively. 

If you don’t have a plan, your brain stalls. And that’s when you procrastinate.

Instead of considering procrastination as a habit you need to break, or a hardwired part of your personality, think of it as an alarm, or a red flag—a sign that something is missing. Something is preventing you from getting things done.

Start with priorities. Remember, everything on your plate is not an immediate priority. Force yourself to pick the 1-2 most important tasks on your to-do list and set your agenda for the day/week. Mark Twain said, “If your job is to eat a frog, eat it first thing in the morning, and if your job is to eat two frogs, eat the big one first.”

Next, identify a specific short-term goal.  A goal will force you to focus on one thing (and one thing only). 

Finally, identify the steps required to achieve that goal.  Break big activities down into smaller pieces (i.e., the divide and conquer approach). Don’t get overwhelmed by the magnitude of the whole task. Big problems are best solved in small bites.

Recognize that you don’t have to be “in the mood” to do a certain task — just ignore how you feel and get started. Instead of focusing on feelings, think about what your next action step will be. Even if it’s an extremely small action, a little progress will typically make you feel better about the task and increase your confidence. 

Your time on earth is limited. Procrastinators act as if they have all the time in the world. But deep down, they know they’re wasting their life by sitting in their comfort zone. Don’t squander another second – dive in today!

Dr Stephani Yorges is an educator, consultant, and coach, helping people to connect with their personal potential to peak performance. She has expertise in a variety of leadership models and assessment tools. Her formal education is in the behavioral sciences, receiving her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Purdue University in 1996. She has been teaching graduate courses at West Chester University in Pennsylvania for more than 20 years.

Check out her site at: It has a wealth of wisdom about living successfully!




O God, you are my God;
    I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
    my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
    where there is no water.
I have seen you in your sanctuary
    and gazed upon your power and glory.
Psalm 63:1-2


Jesus I Need You

Hope be my anthem
Lord when the world has fallen quiet
You stand beside me
Give me a song in the night
And Jesus I need You

Every moment I need You
Hear now this grace bought heart sing out
Your praise forever
Beauty for ashes

You find the weak and contrite heart
Shoulder its burdens
You carry it into the light
And Jesus I need You

Every moment I need You
Hear now this grace bought heart sing out
Your praise forever And Jesus I need You
Every moment I need You
Hear now this grace bought heart sing out
Your praise forever Remember love
Remember mercy
Christ before me
Christ behind me
Your loving kindness
Has never failed me
Christ before me
Christ behind me 


Mental Health Monday – Tips for Embracing Change





The year has just changed. Without exception CHANGE is an essential ingredient of life! Change produces a variety of new things: e.g. size. My favorite example is the butterfly because the transition is so vivid. A funny story goes like this. Two caterpillars, hanging out on a branch, are chattering. Suddenly a butterfly swoops by them. One caterpillar says to the other: “You’d never get me up in one of those things!” 

However, that which is so self-evident about life is what we most resist! The Bible exposes the bedrock of such fear.

Prior to their fall the Creator had given this injunction to Adam and Eve: Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!” (Genesis 1:28)

However, the couple rejected the Creator’s plan.

‘The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they HID from the Lord God among the trees. Then the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’ He replied, ‘I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.‘ The Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.’ (Genesis 3:6-10, 21)

It is not my intention to explore the depths of this section. However, note three things:1) The Creator designed human life for change that would produce expanding success! 2) Fear is the result of man’s rejection of the Creator’s design for successful living. 3) Fear, rather than conquering faith, is woven into the fabric of the human spirit. In other words it is the new norm. Change is automatically resisted.


Here are a few tips for successfully moving forward through the portals of change in 2018. Remember! A valuable diamond is fabricated under great pressure!



*Be flexible: It will enable you to better adapt to new people, environments and situations.

*Don’t allow fear to stymie productive change.

*Consider change as an opportunity for improvement: Without change, nothing improves by itself.

* See change as a new beginning: It makes life more exciting.

* Look for opportunities: When you adapt to change, you will find that different opportunities and choices present themselves.

* Seek learning and growth: Every time a change occurs, you have a new opportunity to grow.

* Move forward: Change has a funny way of triggering progress.

* Get out of your routine: Without change, life would be dull and predictable.

* Grow stronger: Change can be difficult, but when we overcome the challenges, we come out stronger.





I believe in …  in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell;
The third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
And sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.


“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
    make known among the nations what he has done,
    and proclaim that his name is exalted.
  Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things;
    let this be known to all the world.”
Isaiah 12:4

“I’ll take up the lute and thank you
    to the tune of your faithfulness, God.
I’ll make music for you on a harp.    
When I open up in song to you,
    I let out lungsful of praise,
    my rescued life a song.
All day long I’m chanting
    about you and your righteous ways.”
Psalm 71:18-24