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28 1-7 When the Sabbath was over, just as the first day of the week was dawning Mary from Magdala and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. At that moment there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from Heaven, went forward and rolled back the stone and took his seat upon it. His appearance was dazzling like lightning and his clothes were white as snow. The guards shook with terror at the sight of him and collapsed like dead men. But the angel spoke to the women, “Do not be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here—he is risen, just as he said he would. Come and look at the place where he was lying. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead. And, listen, he goes before you into Galilee! You will see him there! Now I have told you my message.”

Then the women went away quickly from the tomb, their hearts filled with awe and great joy, and ran to give the news to his disciples.

9-10 But quite suddenly, Jesus stood before them in their path, and said, “Peace be with you!” And they went forward to meet him and, clasping his feet, worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go now and tell my brothers to go into Galilee and they shall see me there”

11-15 And while they were on their way, some of the sentries went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. They got together with the elders, and after consultation gave the soldiers a considerable sum of money and told them, “Your story must be that his disciples came after dark, and stole him away while you were asleep. If by any chance this reaches the governor’s ears, we will put it right with him and see that you do not suffer for it.” So they took the money and obeyed their instructions. The story was spread and is current among the Jews to this day”

(Matthew 28:1-15, J. B. Phillips New Testament).

We are all familiar with the story recorded for us in the synoptic gospels of the miracle of Christ’s resurrection from death. In a world filled with so much hopelessness , the fact that the tomb could not hold our saviour gives us hope for a life filled with the joy of His salvation even in the darkest of circumstances.

But if we believe that Christ is divine then why should we be amazed that He was not in the tomb? Why were Mary and Mary Magdalene afraid of the sight of the angel announcing that Jesus had simply done as He had promised, in saying that He would rise from death to life? I think it was because their minds could not deal with the glorious sight they saw of that angel messenger who blazed like lightning.

Imagine for a moment that you are going about your day at work, home or at your school. Without warning, without any time to prepare for it, an angel appears before you shining with a radiant light. Wouldn’t you be frightened? Would you instead find yourself blessed that God should love you so much, that He sent an angel to listen to the cries from your heart?

What would you say to the angel? When you got over the initial shock of seeing such a sight of the demonstration of God’s love for you, would you not fall prostrate and cry tears of joy at such a spirit-lifting sight?

Sadly, those who choose not to believe in God would say surely their eyes were playing tricks on them. I am seeing an illusion. This awesome vision before my eyes cannot be real.

Now, imagine for a moment as you close your eyes that with the angel Christ appears. They both have a message that you must hear. Will you listen or seek to deny the miracle of love you see?

It would be far easier to deny the miraculous. Those responsible for the crucifixion and death of Christ could not have the story spread that Christ really was who He said He was, that He was both human and divine. These murderers would look like fools. Why? Because if they were wrong about denying Christ’s divinity, then it would be logical to conclude that nothing the chief priests and elders and the Romans said of the power in their gods should be believed.

The chief priests and the elders got together to concoct a story that the disciples must have collectively removed the boulder and taken Christ’s body out of the tomb. They bribed the soldiers to lie, because their reputations as learned men, who knew God’s Truth, hung in the balance.

We just can’t have the story spread that Christ conquered death. People would turn away from us. We would lose all the tithes people pay to come to the temple. The Christian church would flourish. Thousands of people would accept salvation and turn away from a religion they could no longer support. We read in the last sentence of this passage that this lie that the disciples removed Christ’s body from the tomb was spread among the Jewish people to this day.

In verse eight we read that Mary and Mary Magdalene transition from fear to awe and wonder at the sight of Christ. They accept the miracle of their saviour’s resurrection. It must have filled Christ’s mother, Mary, with an abounding joy that her son was not dead. He was alive! How that knowledge must have warmed the death she felt in her heart. My son, my beautiful son is not dead.

Mothers, think how you would feel if the miraculous happened for your sons. Listen to a mother’s heart as she tells the story of her son, Benjamin Breedlove.

 

One week before Christmas Benjamin’s heart stops for three minutes. Ben dies at a later date. As you watch these videos I don’t want you thinking so much about his death, but rather the messages he leaves as a legacy of love for all of us that every day we live is a miracle. We who know God will see Him one day as we transition from this earthly life to our joyful eternal life in Heaven, where there is no more sorrow and no more pain.

What Christ and Ben would want us to remember is that every breath we breathe is a miracle from God. We need to live each day thanking our Lord for those quiet miracles we can give to others. Call that person who needs you most. Be an instrument of positive change in someone’s life.

Just as Christ could not be held by death’s grasp, neither could Ben. He has gone on to a life far better than this one of daily strife. He no longer has to fight to live. Where Ben is in Heaven all earthly things, including disease do not exist.

and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away” (Rev. 21:4, NASB).

Ben’s life touches ours with these inspiring thoughts. Live as if today was your last day. Help others  to see that life is a beautiful gift from God to be thankful for as we give the gift of our love to all we meet.

I too have what doctors think is an incurable rare auto immune condition called mastocytosis. I have been intubated eight times for attacks on my immune system. I have survived three bouts with pneumonia, one time which went into both lungs. I also have asthma.

I know what it is like to fight for every breath, to feel like I am breathing through a straw. I know that each breath I breathe is a gift from God.

I believe in miracles because my life is a living testament miracles still do happen. I survived the physical and emotional abuse of my schizo affective father.  If I had gone with my cousin, Paul, in a barrel boat made from an oil can, I would have drowned at age eight. Paul died. I lived. I overcame a flu at age 17 when my body temperature soared to 105 degrees farenheit.  In the year 2000 I nearly died from asthmatic bronchitis after collapsing in my apartment. I was working as an Assistant Professor of ESL at Kwandong University in the eastern seaboard city of Kangnung, South Korea. My peak flow was 150. That is the measurement of the maximum rate for expiration of your breath. Those who have asthma or other lung conditions can tell you just how serious such a low peak flow reading is. During one of my intubations I was asleep for three days before the doctors were able to wake me up.

While many have disputed it, during those three days I was given a brief glimpse of Heaven. I was only privileged to see the entrance. I saw God’s creation all around me. The trees and the clear blue sky were beautiful far beyond anything on this earth. The sun blazed through the entrance way I was in. I could hear the sweet sound of birds chirping.

My soul was at peace. Then, as quickly as I saw the image I felt medical angels taking my spirit back to earth.

I recall mixed feelings as I opened my eyes. I was glad to see my beautiful wife, Karen. I couldn’t speak as I still had my breathing tube in me. Yet, I also felt a crushing sadness that I was returned to earth to continue the struggles of this daily existence filled with ongoing health challenges.

I choose to live each day with hope. I will continue to pray for those who even when seeing miracles use science and logic to dispute their existence.

That first cry of life that comes from a baby is a miracle. Those who beat the odds and survive terminal conditions are a living miracle. Benjamin Breedlove through living his life with passion, joy and a boundless love for his family and a heart as big as the world to which he communicated his thoughts about his life and his faith, is a miracle.

Ben’s life inspires me to fight on for the quality life that I believe is the fundamental right of every human-being. Through the lives of leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, Mother Teresa and the teenager Malala Yousafzai, we are challenged to believe and dream that a world of equality and brotherly love for all is not a fantasy. It can be a living and active reality if we all work hard to create that kind of world.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my Lord and a few of the people who give me the hope to press on as I battle my illness. Karen, my wife, thanks for loving me on those difficult days when I show you  I am a man of God with faults, who is on a journey of being perfected in love. Know that I love you with all of my heart next to God.

La Vonne Earl, the day I met you on Linkedin is one of the greatest joys of my life. You as my coach and fellow warrior in the faith are fighting along with me. You have such a beautiful love for your saviour I feel in my heart as I talk with you. I would have never thought that meeting you on a Linkedin group for Christian writers and entrepreneurs would have led to meeting a loving and inspiring soul like you.

You are helping me transition from a victim of horrific child abuse from my schizo affective father to that of a victorious healer. I look forward to training with you to become a Certified Christian Life Coach for Your Kingdom Inheritance Coaching. La Vonne, you are encouraging and challenging me with the love of Christ to keep making healthy food and life choices.

I have known Jesus as my personal Lord and saviour for 31 years. That cold night in March, 1983, I  knelt at the altar at The Salvation Army North York Temple and asked Christ into my life. I ended my life of half commitment to my Lord. I said Christ could have all of me. While I have had my struggles, my mountain and valley experiences, the miracle of Christ’s hope in my heart continues to live within me.

Dr. Heyward Ewart, President of St. James the Elder Theological Seminary, who I affectionately call Father Paul, thank you for helping make my life of abuse one of an amazing story of overcoming. I count it a blessing from God to be in your M.A.-Ph.D. program in Clinical Christian Counselling. I am learning so much from you and growing as a man of God through your wise counsel.

To my dear friends who have supported Karen and me with their prayers and their undying love, thank you for being the beautiful people of God that you are.

And to all of my readers, Marmar, and fellow co-authors, thanks for inspiring me through how you live your life.

Please ponder this thought from Albert Einstein.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Christ conquering death is a miracle. Benjamin Breedlove’s life is a miracle. You are a miracle.

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Sing a Song of New Hope

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Dear readers:

This song is dedicated to my Lord, all of you and the amazing people in my life! I thank you for always believing in me. Every day in all the challenges and struggles of your life, take time to say a prayer to your Lord, thanking Him for loving you and caring about every aspect of your life. 

Because Christ rose from the grave, we can sing a song of  hope in all our lives — the hope that comes in knowing and feeling His amazing love!

Please pray for God to send me His team to put all His song lyrics to music to touch so many wounded souls, who so much long to live, laugh and love. 

Should my Lord open the door to it, a large percentage of funds raised through this and the other song lyrics I have written and will write, will be donated to local and international missions work.

You are all amazing people!

Kevin

Sing a Song of New Hope

Verse one:

Lord, you lift me up when I fall down

New mercies every morning I see

Thank you for loving a wounded sinner like me

For being able to cast all my cares at Your feet

For allowing me to cry out my pain and heal my wounded soul

Chorus:

Because You died and rose again, there is a new hope for me

I can sing a new song of joy and heavenly victory

Though Satan should seek to call me away from loving You, he will never win

Because I have this burning flame of hope inside of me, Christ will always win

Verse two:

I will sing a song of love again

Of that victory won on the Cross for me

Though wounded, hurt and abused, I will smile every day

Because of the hope of Christ that is in me

This new-found hope that will never go away

Chorus:

Because You died and rose again, there is a new hope for me

I can sing a new song of joy and heavenly victory

Though Satan should seek to call me away from loving You, he will never win

Because I have this burning flame of hope inside of me, Christ will always win

Verse three:

From this day on into eternity I’ll sing my new song of victory

Hallelujah! You have conquered the death the Enemy seeks to speak into me

I have blessings manifold that are with me every day

Satan, you have no more power over me, because of the debt for sin did my saviour pay for me

Because He lives I can rise again to praise You every day into eternity!

Chorus: Sing twice

Because You died and rose again, there is a new hope for me

I can sing a new song of joy and heavenly victory

Though Satan should seek to call me away from loving You, he will never win

Because I have this burning flame of hope inside of me, Christ will always win

–Kevin James Osborne copyright 2014

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Sing a song of a new beginning!

If Susan Boyle at age 47 didn’t let her dream die, then let that be an encouragement to all of us to not let our dreams die.

The common refrain I hear from many people in middle or elderly age is Kevin, I’m too old to make a new beginning with my life. It can be difficult breaking down that protective emotional wall of resistance, that keeps people stuck living a half existence. For many years I lived with beating upon beating, with the punishing thoughts of my abuse from my schizo affective father. “Kevin, you’re clumsy, weak, lazy, and stupid. You will always be a failure. Your brother is smarter than you’ll ever be. I am disappointed in you. I wish you had never been born.”

My dear friends, lies like these can only come from the fiery pit of Hell.

I want to thank my Lord, my wife, Karen, counsellors, pastor, family, friends, Dr. Heyward Ewart, who is mentoring me in my M.A.-Ph.D. program in Clinical Christian Counselling through St. James the Elder Theological Seminary and Master Christian Life Coach, La Vonne Earl, for helping me defeat those lies with the truth. God bless you all abundantly for your faithfulness.

I never thought in my entire life that my Lord whom I love with all of my heart, mind and soul, would call me to be a co-author on Mind’s Seat. Father and Marmar, thank you for this honour, this awesome calling to bring hope and inspiration to people all around the world. You are amazing people! It is a joy to have this privilege of sharing with you what God lays upon my heart to say.

I pray that my Lord will open His doors for Karen and I to speak about His love for us, sinners saved by grace. Lord, open up every soul on this earth to the joy of your salvation and the assurance of Your abiding presence in their lives.

This cruel abusive programming can set up those who fall victim to it, for a life much less than God intended. After being told over and over again you are garbage and a waste of flesh, you begin to believe those terrible words of death to the spirit. These lies steal away your reason for existence; they are cancer to your soul. You feel there is no way you can make a positive change in affirming that you are a beautiful, intelligent, articulate, giving and creative person. Then, when people filled with love help you to believe in yourself, like Susan Boyle you begin to spread the wings of your inner beauty, and fly like God intended.

God can use your wounded past to put a new song in your heart. He can use your pain to be a victorious healer in the lives of others. You can tell the Enemy that robs and steals away dreams, who vanquishes hope, that you refuse to be his victim any longer. You are going to choose to live the life that is the fundamental right of everyone. You just have to come to your Lord as you are and pour out your heart to Him.

The Scripture in a sermon my wife, Karen, gave at The Salvation Army Simcoe Community Church comes to mind. “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” (Deut. 30:19, New Living Translation). Will you choose a life with death or joy?

Shout out loud and clear so the Enemy will know in no uncertain terms, that today you are going to choose life. You refuse these chains of doubt and imprisonment of the child within you, who wants to soar. Tell that Prince of Liars you will stand on these truths. I am a beautiful child of God. My Lord loves me with an everlasting love. He loves me so much that He died for me. He died to set me free from the bonds of lies, sin and death, so I could live a life of joy. My Lord has an awesome plan for my life. I will no longer play that disgusting role of victim. I will live the victorious life my Lord wants me to have. I will choose life, God’s life that can light a holy fire of love and victory in me.

Say this prayer until it becomes a living part of you.  I am the child of a King. Christ died for all the wrong things I have done in my life. I turn away from a life of defeat and embrace a life as a victorious conqueror in Christ. Satan, flee from my life now! I know who I am. I choose life today, that beautiful and glorious life that flows from the blood my saviour shed on the Cross for me. Thank you for giving me the blessing of a victorious life from now and into eternity. Amen.

If you think you are too old to heal and make a new start, think these thoughts. I am not the lies I have been told. I can make a new beginning. If an 80 year-old can go back to school and get a degree from the University of Toronto, it’s never too late for me. If a 74 year-old can start a career as a history professor after graduating from York University, I can too. If a woman I know can become an Anglican priest in her mid sixties, I can too. If my wife, Karen, can be accepted for Master of Divinity studies at the University of Toronto at age 56, you can too. If I can continue with my graduate studies in counselling, missions and theology at age 51, you can too. Say I can be anything God wants me to be because He loves me. My Lord wants only the best for me.

You are never too old to begin again. You are never too old to heal from your abusive past and say, “I am more than a conqueror through Christ, who loves me and gave His life for me. I will sing a new song as a victorious healer, reaching my goals and spurring others on to accomplish theirs.”

Today, sing your own song of a new beginning with your Lord.

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Thank God for divergent pathways

Dear readers: I thought I was going to have a quiet day resting as I recover from several weeks of having bronchitis from a respiratory bug that decided to have a neighbourhood block party in my body. Then, a letter came from a dear friend, author and sister in Christ. She asked for guidance on the switching of majors from science to literature and the arts. I felt in my spirit that there was an urgency in giving my response. From my letter to her the Lord reaffirmed in my spirit that divergent pathways He puts me and all of us on are His perfect plan for us.

Here is my response to her, which I have expanded so you will learn more about the divergent pathway God put me on and lessons learned from it.

When I took Science in high school, I often wondered how as a student who possessed a passion for writing that such knowledge could be useful to me. I never got high marks in Science, but I came out of it with a B. Yet, in reflection, I’m glad I studied Science, because it gave me a far greater understanding of how delicate life is not just for animals, but for all of us. Science gave me a deeper and more profound appreciation for how we are all mortal. Death will come to all of us. I find because I didn’t take the easier road of dropping some of my Science courses, that I see even more the beauty, the fine tapestry of God’s creation that is all around us.

 

When I took studies in Law in Grade 13 ( which was considered by many schools as the equivalent of first year university), I honestly thought God was preparing for a career in Law. My grandmother, a beautiful Christian woman with deep faith, thought that because God had gifted me in the ability of debate and forming an argument, that He was calling me to become a lawyer.

 

I thought that a career in law was a possibility. Yet, I believed I was going to be a journalist. Meanwhile, God showed me in His time that both my passion for law and journalism would be used for His glory.

was accepted into Ryerson University’s journalism program. The funding that I thought I would get from the government fell through. In fact, God closed every single door for full funding then of the continuation of my university education.

 

couldn’t in all good conscience have my parents continue to support me, since their income was not sufficient enough to do so. I also felt I needed to be doing something, anything with my life.

 

I recall as if it was yesterday the pain and humiliation I felt when my guidance counsellor announced at my high school graduation in front of my parents, that all of my other classmates were going on to further post secondary education except me. He said with ridicule in his voice,”This is Kevin Osborne. He doesn’t know where he is going.”

 

applied to 13 different government ministries and one of them was the Ministry of the Attorney General. I thought I would work my way up and go to school part-time at night to get more university education and then my law degree. God  firmly closed that door. The Ministry of the Attorney General did not want me.

 

The only government ministry that expressed interest in me working for them was the Ministry of Corrections. I wanted nothing to do with working with criminals, other than in a law career. The Lord used the studies I had taken in criminal law to open the door for me to be a provincial rehabilitation counsellor trainee.

 

When I deliberately tried at every opportunity to ruin any chance of working at The Salvation Army Bunton Lodge half way house for provincial offenders, the Holy Spirit had me saying things that pleased the person interviewing me.

 

These were some of my interview questions.

1. Have you ever worked with people who have been in trouble with the lawI could have just said “No.” Instead, the Holy Spirit got a hold of my tongue as I said, “No, but I’m willing to learn.”
2. Are you afraid of working with criminalsI thought, “Here’s a way I can spoil any chance of being hired. I would say, “Yes, I’m really scared of working with people like that.” Instead, I said to my surprise something like this. “They are people who have made a wrong turn. They could be any one of us. I admit to being afraid of them, but I know God will teach me as I work with them.”

3.CanyoustartMondayHere was my opportunity to turn down this government winter experience job offer,whichwas being subsidized by the government. No way could this be God’s direction!  Instead, I said, “Yes, I can!” Where was this enthusiasm coming from? In reflection,ithadto be coming from my Lord.I still thought this was totally not the direction God wanted for me. I had a rough time at first. Yet, as time went on I saw that this really was my Lord’s direction for me.I was onlysupposedto beatBunton Lodge three months,whichwas extended to five. My Lord helped me to see that all my beliefs about people who have broken the law were wrong. I began to see them as hurting people  longingto be forgiven, loved and accepted.Near the end of my work experience program the Director came to me. He told me that all the staff thought highly of me. He was very pleased with how in a short time I had risen in my responsibilities from writing a job search manual, to giving my recommendations on who should get paroled, and who should receive community leisure passes. He presented me with a full-time job opportunity. Was I interested? I smiled as I said, “Yes!”

 

Three months of employment turned into a three year job.

 

I joked at my farewell party before I was to begin ministerial studies with The Salvation Army at The William and Catherine Booth Memorial College for Officers in Toronto, that I had done federal time at a provincial institution. Provincial offences are two years less a day. Federal sentences are two years or more.

 

God even took care of my dream of further education. I would begin my studies for the ministry through correspondence studies and getting practical experience at singing, preaching, pastoral visitation, evangelism etc. For three years from 1982-1985 David Sears, who was a Master of Divinity graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, would spend several hours each week mentoring me. I learned a great deal from him about all that is involved in pastoral ministry as I assisted him as a volunteer in a ministry outreach project, in inner city missions in Toronto. From 1984-1985 I took eleven courses in religious studies at then Ontario Bible College, which is now Tyndale University in Toronto.

 

God provided funding through working for me to take Christian Journalism and Psychology through The Salvation Army Territorial Education Department. I took a complete Diploma in Biblical Studies for which I received Honours distinction.

 

After my ministerial studies from 1985-1987 I went on to work one year in federal corrections as a front desk worker at The Salvation Army W.P. Archibald Centre.

 

God would then after seven years working as a security administrator, call me to be a missionary in South Korea. He firmly closed the door for my continued employment in security at a luxury condominium. Two of my friends from The Salvation Army North York Temple, Sharon Greer and Cathy Dodds, asked me to prayerfully consider joining them to be an ESL teacher at the International English School in the city of Kangnung, South Korea.  After much prayer and consultation with friends and family, I felt that the Lord was moving me out of my comfort zone, to take on the challenge of being a missionary.

 

It was a stretching experience for me. I taught ESL to students from primary to adult level.  I preached and led worship on a rotational schedule with other teachers. I learned the importance in missionary work of having a dependable team to work with. There were really tough times, but through them we all matured more in our faith.

 

The Lord taught me as we worked together as a team the value of laughter when you are doing tough missions work. All you want to do at the end of a long day is collapse in your bed. I thank God for all of the missionaries there and a toddler at the time, Yarimi, who lived in the condominium unit along with the Vice-Principal and his wife, where I stayed part of the time I taught at International English School. Yarimi always pulled on my arm or played her toy violin. I would be busy reading, watching TV or preparing my lessons. Yarimi taught me that in heavy missions work or any work you need to take time out to be a kid again.

 

In 1994 I began working on completing my studies for my Bachelor of Theology degree. I graduated from Canada Christian College in 1997 with my degree. While studying Christian Journalism I was selected by my professor, Rev.Will Rooen, for a journalism internship. I received several months of mentoring from him in all aspects of print and broadcast media.

 

Since that time my Lord has shown me that my graduate studies will likely focus on counselling, missions, philosophy, writing and theology.

 

I have taken a rather divergent pathway to being in the ministry.

 

Rev. Dr. Peter Marshall wondered how working in a Scottish factory and digging ditches across the state of Georgia, was leading him to the ministry. It would be said of him that he was a man who having worked at manual labour,  understood the concerns of the common every day person.

 

I know this has been a rather lengthy response, but I felt in my spirit you needed that extent of direction.

 

In the final analysis, you must do as your Lord leads. My goodness, our Lord works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform. He wants me to write a piece on divergent pathways!

Thank God for divergent pathways. They are His way of working out His perfect plan.

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Our greatest wealth is in helping others

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Almighty God, help us in our struggles. Give us eyes to see that often in our greatest difficulties lies the seeds of our most bountiful blessings. Help us, oh God, to see that our success is not measured merely by the wealth we obtain in life. Give us that clarity in our minds and hearts that the far greater richness of our lives is in helping others, in changing our community and our world one life at a time. We are not all called to be an evangelist like Billy Graham or a theologian like John Stott. We are all called though to listen and learn from others, and have teachable spirits. Amen.

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What is your J-Factor?

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Kevin’s inspiration minute: This is a new blog series I have been inspired to start. Let me know the issues or thoughts you would like me to write about. My challenge will be to put together an inspirational  piece about that you can read in one minute.   If I choose your idea, with your permission I will mention your name.  I will say the idea for this piece comes from ……..

Tell your kids and teenagers this is their opportunity to have me write about topics that will inspire others in their day, including them. There are so many inspirational pieces for adults, but I don’t see many for youth. Kids, if I use your idea I will say your name and the school and/or church you go to.

Ideas for submissions can come from a program you saw on TV, a key thought from a sermon or devotional message, anecdote, a prayer you read or wrote, a story about someone doing something inspirational in your community, business, church or school, an article you read, a story you wrote, a thought that came to you about life, a humorous inspirational joke, a movie you saw, an inspirational quote etc.  All I ask that whatever you share has an inspiring message.

There is far too much emphasis in the media on bad news.  While it is important to keep informed, we all need to hear far more about the things that inspire us and put some much-needed joy back into our lives.

This is an opportunity for children and adults also to send me their pictures if you want as file I can upload. Then, the world will get an opportunity to see you.

My email address is osborne2029@gmail.com

Write a one paragraph blurb about yourself. I will edit content for length, so please keep it short. The blurb will be featured under your picture.

Welcome to Kevin’s inspirational minute. I hope it gives you the needed lift to your busy day.

What is your J – Factor?

We’re all familiar with the show X-Factor. There is a far more important factor that that. It is the J- factor. It is the joy that we can have as we realize our purpose. What is it in your life that gives you your joy factor? Are you having challenges that are robbing you of your J factor? Is your business struggling?  Are you having friction with a colleague, family member or friend? Are you stressed out? Are you battling a disease that is robbing you of your zest for living? In those times think of what gives you your joy factor. Give yourself permission to be a child again. Your life and the lives of others you touch with your joy will be richer, as you re-awaken that child, who so much needs to laugh again.

Have a beautiful day as you re-discover the child within you!

Kevin

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Kape sa tasa at kwentuhan sa mesa

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faith, hope, and all things art and craft.

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Learning leadership from those who led in the Bible

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Writer, researcher, perpetual student...

The Meekonomics Project

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keeness to intellect...the world through new eyes. Understanding personal freedom...apply sound to sight.

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The New Roald Dahl

Stories for children and adults by the NEW Roald Dahl

Fiction Favorites

with John W. Howell

Nancy Loderick's Blog

Musings on technology, marketing and life.

Where to next?

Riding in cars with dogs

Let me tell U a story

A short story and article blog for the author Chris Wilson, and a site for all those who either love to think differently, or who love the English language

Positive Scribbles

Newsy events and updates of interest, for anyone, anywhere.

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A little bit of this and a little bit of that

God's Enduring Love

Words of Encouragement from the Bible and Liz's Journal

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This WordPress.com site is about my daily struggle with pelvic and abdominal adhesions, and chronic pain.

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