Morning Cup of Joe – Waiting on God

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I am convinced that I am not the only one who can testify to the following statement; “He may not come when you call Him but He’s always on time”. I am certain that you too can share countless personal stories of how God came through in the clutch; surely you have the miracles to prove it. At the time of your prayer, it seems as if it may have fallen on deaf ears and may never be answered and as soon as He does, it’s always at the right time; His time. Isn’t it interesting how that happens?

At all times remain diligent in your quest for an answer from God. He will always make a way out of seemingly no way. I have learned that one of the most important aspects of inevitably witnessing your miracle is maintaining the unequivocal belief that your miracle will happen. The second aspect I had to learn, which completes the cycle, is patience. You must be patient if you are expecting a miracle. And since you are expecting a miracle, you truly never know when it will happen; be still.

We are all living proof that God answers prayers. Why would you think the results for this particular prayer will be any different? Guess what? It does not have to be and it most likely will not be. He is working on answering so many prayers and at the right time yours too will be answered. Seek and ye shall find but only if you continue to seek and be patient when you do not find what you are looking for in the time that you expect it to arrive. Trust that it is on the way.

Be patient, God is at work. Be faithful, God is at work. Continue to expect and that your miracle will happen and it shall be so. I am living proof to that claim and so are you. Don’t stop believing that God will make a way. He will come through like He’s always done.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – A Lesson in Patience

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If you truly want to learn the importance of patience, emulate a teacher. Most educators have mastered the art of patience. It takes patience to teach lessons to a class with various students who learn at different paces. The best way to master something is to attempt to teach it to someone else. It’s an interesting phenomenon, when we teach, we also learn. You ever notice how while you are explaining something to someone it starts to make even more sense to you? That’s not an accident.

I’m certain you’ve heard the phrase “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. Simply put, anything that is destined to be great takes time to build. You are destined for greatness and it is going to take you building a strong foundation brick-by-brick. It is going to take you reaching deep down inside and pulling out every ounce of endurance from your being. It is going to take patience. The end result will be similar. Much like Rome, you too will stand atop a mountain of your issues, obstacles, trials and tribulations proclaiming victory as the conqueror. Stand up and claim victory, it’s already yours.

Understand this, you have come too far to stop now. You must know that being successful doesn’t happen overnight. Even when it seems like it does for some people, it truly doesn’t. Their day simply came before yours and that’s ok because your day is right around the corner. As you read my words, I want you to accept the fact that your life will and must improve. Know that your dreams are not impossible. If that is your desire then it shall and will come to pass.

Continue to chase your dreams, work diligently towards the attainment of them and be patient while they show up at the exact time they were meant to be there. Patience is not only a virtue; it is a requirement for success.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – The Seven P’s

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During my undergraduate studies, I allowed my young impressionable mind to soak up lessons and words of wisdom from almost everyone I heard speak and nearly every book I read. I am a sponge; my daily goal is to try to soak up as much knowledge as I can. As for my collegiate years, one of the messages that stood out the most was “The 7 P’s”. The 7 P’s stand for “Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance”.

Let’s break this down a bit. The “proper” in this phrase simply means that the plan you are enacting has been vetted thoroughly through a fail-proof process. Basically, have you thought this plan through? The “proper” ensures that there are very few possibilities for failure. The “prior” obviously deals with being sure to have a plan of action before going into action. The level of your performance is contingent upon the execution of your plan. Your “planning” must not only focus on the big picture. The best plans are ones that are detail oriented. It’s not enough to have a bird’s eye view of your plan; you must learn to drill down to the core of the plan in order to highlight its details. The devil is in the details.

In order to prevent piss poor performances, it is important that you remember to prior plan. We create many of the inevitable pitfalls we encounter by not being prepared. You don’t have to get ready if you stay ready. All plans are similar to roadmaps; while there may be traffic and unforeseen delays, if you don’t have directions, you may or may not get there.

If you don’t have a solid plan on where you are going, it will be impossible to get there.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Results May Vary

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He stands in front of the mirror wondering if anything has changed or improved. Staring at himself intently, he starts to imagine what the final results will look like. He wishes there was some magic button he could press that would magically place the muscles where they perfectly fit but unfortunately that button hasn’t yet been invented. The actual twenty minutes felt like a twenty days as he wondered why he wasn’t seeing any immediate results.

We have all been down this road before; you’re doing the right things, working as hard as you can and feel as if you should be seeing results sooner than you actually have. It is critically imperative that you learn to develop the patience of a turtle and the determination of a starving lion hunting for prey in order to be successful. This combination will undoubtably produce immaculate results. In addition to patience and determination, you must learn to develop the work ethic of a champion. If you ask any world class athlete or Olympian what it takes to be great, they will tell you practice and discipline. While some Olympians are born with natural gifts, the other 99% practices until it is perfect then they practice some more.

What the man in the mirror is not considering is the immense amount of time, effort, discipline and dedication it takes to produce incredible results. Some things can happen overnight but the only thing that comes to my mind is sleep. It is important that you set realistic expectations that you are able to exceed. It will take hard work, dedication, persistence, patience and patience. Yes, you need that much patience. Take it from me, the breakthrough and/or goal you are attempting to reach will come to fruition in due time; you cannot rush success. Remain steadfast and committed to accomplishing your goals, whatever they may be.

Remember to appreciate the journey, especially since you already know the final destination. The only thing you can do is take it one day at a time. Sooner than later, you will win. It may not be tomorrow but it will happen if you stay committed.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – God Has A Plan

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There is a clear difference between your timing and God’s timing. Your timing deals with hours, minutes and seconds while God’s timing specifically deals with what I like to call “blessing readiness”. Basically, blessing readiness is when you have worked tirelessly towards accomplishing a goal while trusting God to meet you half-way and help create the miracle. Be ready to receive the blessing when God is ready for you to have it, not necessarily when you feel you are ready. This is when your patience is most tested. This is when most people give up, usually three seconds before the miracle happens. I have learned that miracles happens right after the storm. You have to make it through the storm to see the sunshine. Keep pushing.

A common problem some people have is when they try to force a particular desired outcome. If it isn’t meant to be, it just simply won’t be. Learn to accept the things you cannot change. You cannot force something that is not destined to happen. That is like trying to force a square peg through a round hole; it simply won’t work.

God has a plan and his plan trumps yours. If it isn’t in his plan, then it simply will not be. While you are feverishly working towards achieving your goals, maintain the understanding that you may not reach them when you think you will reach them. In fact, it may be sooner and in some cases later. What matters most is that you reach them eventually. Don’t rush to get what you are seeking and don’t expect to get it overnight.

Nothing worth having ever came easily; it takes an exceptional amount of effort and a significant amount of patience.

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Joe Paul