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You flaunt all you have but in the end you’ve always been empty

You search for true love, but really, you’ve never loved anyone but yourself

You search high and low, only to find, that you were always the problem

All is lost and you continue to live in defeat, believing that this is all you know

You’ve lost. You gave up. You gave up on love.

And so, the cycle continues and you’re still searching for true love

But it will never come because you lost yourself long ago…

~photo is not mine.

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That’s it, I’m done.

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My thoughts are not your thoughts,

My hope and your hope are totally different,

So why are we together?

Let’s end it now before the hurt deepens any further,

I don’t want to see you cry,

Likewise, you wouldn’t want to see my cry,

Let this ending be a life learning lesson,

Don’t make promises you can’t deliver,

Don’t borrow what you can’t return,

It’s tricky the way love works,

You can’t nurture what doesn’t want to be fed,

You can’t water what’s already dead,

Stop it, just stop it,

This is it, it’s too painful,

You’re breaking my heart,

That’s it, I’m out, and I’m gone,

I’m done. I can’t handle this.

~It’s easy to walk away from our hurt, and that my friend, is how the world operates. Our attitude is, “If this person can’t give me what I need or deserve and can’t make me happy, then I’m ditching him or her.” But why were you in the relationship in the first place? Doesn’t that make you selfish brat? You better be careful what you say or do to someone, because I guarantee you, it will bite you back so hard that it hurts emotionally and physically.

~photo is not mine.

Living for the world

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~Picture is not mine.

Not willing to admit that sometimes I let the world dictate who I should be

When really, I already know who I am, and that is, Jesus Christ lives in me

I allowed the sadness of this world trickle through the cracks I allowed opened

Forgive me Lord, when I spend countless hours trying to fit into this world so often

When the world catches my eyes and I’m tempted to walk away from You,

Yell in my dreams so that I can wake up from this deadly trap, I’m blindly walking through

Oh Father in Heaven, catch this girl who is easily tempted by the desires and beauty of this world

Slap my spirit awake, so that I will choose to walk in freedom and live  instead for what You promised me O Lord

By Sue

~It’s been a while since I wrote a poem. This poem is written from the bottom of my broken heart, a heart that I allowed broken because I chose to shift my eyes from Jesus and instead allowed it to linger into the desires of this world.  May  you all be awaken from your misplaced desires and choose again, to walk with the One and only true thing in our life which our beloved Lord Jesus Christ.

7 Characteristics of Debt-Free People :)

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                                                ~picture is not mine

Hebrews 13:5 – “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Titus 1:7-9 “For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”

Not only are we called to do great things for Christ, but being a good steward is also what God wants from us. 🙂

By Dave Ramsey :

Family #1 manages to pay off $40,000 in debt in two years on $35,000 annual income. Family #2 makes $100,000 a year but can’t seem to make the slightest dent in the same amount of debt.

Why is that?

Obviously, the second family has a spending problem. They make plenty of money—more than enough to pay off that debt in two years. But they have so much money going out, they can’t keep their head above water. Whether it’s in the form of an overbearing mortgage, credit cards, a hefty car payment or just making poor choices like eating out every night, their debt keeps them from making progress.

So all of their income gets sucked up by other stuff, which leaves them making minimum payments on their debts and never gathering any momentum. It’s a difficult, stressful way to live.

At some point, people who become debt-free decide that enough is enough. Their old lifestyle wasn’t working, and they’re ready to make some serious changes. It’s like they have a personality change, but that’s not what really happens. All they are doing is rediscovering aspects of their personality that have always been there.

So what are some of these traits of people who get debt-free? :

1) They are wise.

People who decide to ditch debt for good realize that debt isn’t a tool. While their FICO score may go down, their net worth goes up. They treat debt like it’s a skin disease—which isn’t a bad idea. Don’t you wish you could wipe away debt with a little Benadryl cream?

2) They are patient.

Someone who really wants out of debt can walk right past the shoe aisle or the flat-screen TV aisle without blinking. Why? Because they know all of that stuff can wait.Impulsive, impatient purchases are debt’s best friend.

3) They are confident.

People who are getting out of debt don’t care what others think. You know you’re on the right track when your broke friends are making fun of you. Getting out of debt can require drastic lifestyle changes, which means you’ll never succeed if you aren’t mentally prepared and confident in your decision to find financial peace.

4) They are goal-driven.

No-brainer, right? Getting out of debt is a goal in itself, so of course people who want to get out of debt are goal-oriented. But the catch here is that these people do more than just set goals—they map out how they plan to get there. That’s what Dave’s Baby Steps are all about—small goals that lead to the one giant goal of being debt-free!

5) They are responsible.

Getting out of debt takes a sense of responsibility and maturity—two traits that match up well with patience. And maturity has nothing to do with age. Some 50 year olds still treat money the same way they did when they were 20. They just have more of it now. When you’re responsible, you want to get out of debt as fast as possible so you can begin saving, putting money into a college fund, investing, and paying off the mortgage early.

6) They are not materialistic.

Becoming debt-free isn’t about stocking a garage full of cars and living in an eight-bedroom house. The purpose is to change your family tree for generations to come, helping others along the way. Materialism can affect any of us—rich or poor. It’s all about how much importance we place on stuff.

7)They are willing to make sacrifices.

Eating out. Cable. Going to movies every week. These are the types of things that might have to go while you’re getting out of debt. But keep in mind: Budget cuts are just temporary. When you’re debt-free, you can begin slowly adding those things back into your lifestyle.

The bottom line? You have to be motivated and do something about it over time.

If you want to get out of debt, you can get out of debt—no matter how much money you owe. Even if you don’t think you’re particularly strong in all of these characteristics, you’ll be amazed at how your perception of “wants” and “needs” will change once you start the Baby Steps.

When you’re motivated, passionate and even a little angry, you’re more than willing to do whatever is needed to find financial peace. Everything else will take care of itself.

What are characteristics you’ve noticed in debt-free people that you’d like to mimic?Leave a comment to share your insight.

-Credit to http://www.daveramsey.com/home/