1.) Organize and clean out your closet. Go through all your clothes and shoes. Get rid of that one sweater from Christmas 2002 that you're never probably going to wear again and give away everything else you don't need.
2.) Sweep and mop all your floors and clean any dusty baseboards.
3.) Organize and clean out your refrigerator!
4.) Go through your phone and all electronic devices and clean out old photos and dated content.
5.) Delete your Ex's phone number, get rid of all the things that remind you of them and stop Instagram stalking them.
6.) Let the past go. Whatever happened last month or last week, LET IT GO! Your future is bright! May this new season bring you many blessings and good tidings!
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According to our friends over at Small Business Trends, these are the top ten reasons why businesses fail and recommendations on what you can do differently.
1. Starting for the Wrong Reason
According to Forbes, more than 500,000 businesses are started each month — many for the wrong reason. Case in point, an electrician who worked for a building contractor decided that he no longer needed to answer to an employer and could do better financially by stepping out on his own.
What he failed to realize, however, was that although he had the skills to do the electrical work, he lacked the acumen to manage a business successfully. Over time, his enthusiasm waned. He shut down his fledgling company and, happily, went back to work for his previous employer.
Unlike the unfortunate electrician, you stand a much better chance of success if you start your business for the right reasons. These include having a passion for what you’ll be doing, a positive mindset that keeps you going when others give up and a willingness to learn the skills needed to run a business.
2. Insufficient Capital
Starting a business without sufficient operating capital is almost certainly a death-knell. Not only that but many new business owners underestimate the perils of riding the cash flow roller coaster. In fact, according to Hiscox’s 2015 DNA of an Entrepreneur Report, 21 percent of US entrepreneurs have resorted to using their credit cards to fund their businesses.
Failure to manage cash flow is what caused one marketing consultant to lose his business. Used to a regular paycheck, he failed to realize that clients can take weeks or even months to pay. Being forced to take on expensive loans just to survive left him with no choice but to shutter his business and find a job with another firm. Protecting your capital before you start your business gives you a good buffer for the ebbs and flow in your business. In fact as per Hiscox Business Insurance, one third of small business owners don’t have insurance and one in three small business owners get sued even if they haven’t made a mistake and have to spend a chunk of their capital combating lawsuits. Getting the right liability insurance for your business is the first step to helping you manage your cash flow better.
Before starting a company, it is vital to ascertain how much money you will need to cover startup costs and to keep the business running for the first year or two. Use a startup calculator like this one from the Wall Street Journal. Also, sit down with a financial advisor or SCORE mentor to discuss your plans.
3. Improper Planning
Lack of proper planning is another common reason small companies fail and go out of business. All too often, entrepreneurs focused on achieving their dream of financial independence fail to take the painstaking but necessary step of creating a strategic business plan that factors in components such as workforce needs, analysis of competitors, sales and expense forecasts and marketing budgets.
One burgeoning entrepreneur, enthralled with the idea of becoming a salon owner, started her business without first conducting market research to see if the area could support such an endeavor. Try as she might, she was never able to build a customer base strong enough to keep her doors open. To better ensure success, take whatever time you need to create an effective business plan. Many companies have software to make the job easier and faster. It doesn’t have to be reams of pages long — some companies even offer one-page plans. Regardless of length, planning is critical.
4. Poor Management and Leadership
Effective management and leadership skills are essential to business-building success, and a lack of either can lead to confusion and conflict within the ranks, poor morale and reduced productivity. Make it a priority to acquire the skills needed to strengthen areas where you know you are weak. Read books on leadership from authors such as John Maxwell, Stephen Covey, Peter Drucker and Sheryl Sandberg; join peer advisory groups like Vistage or take an online course in leadership from Dale Carnegie. The bottom line: Your employees look to you for leadership — so lead!
5. Expanding Too Quickly
More than one company has experienced bankruptcy as a result of the business owner’s reach exceeding his grasp concerning expansion. Decide about expansion only after carefully reviewing, researching and analyzing what you will need regarding new employees, facilities and systems. While it may be feasible to do much of the work yourself early in the life of your business, that won’t be the case after your expand. Just keep in mind, slow and steady wins the race.
6. Failure to Advertise and Market
An adage says, “When business is good, it pays to advertise; when business is bad, you have to advertise.” Many companies go out of business purely because the owner failed to promote and market. The “if you build it, they will come” mentality doesn’t work in an age when consumers can choose from among a multiplicity of options. You have to get your message seen and heard.
While traditional methods of advertising are still useful, one of the best ways to market your business is with a website. Even in 2016, nearly half (46 percent) of all small businesses do not have one, according to a report from the research firm Clutch. So just by creating a site, which you can do using any number of self-service platforms, you put yourself ahead of many of your competitors.
While you’re at it, set up profiles on social networks where your customers gather. Also, start an email newsletter and advertise on Google and Facebook — both of which are inexpensive ways to build a presence online.
7. Lack of Differentiation
You’ve heard of the term, “Unique Value Proposition” (UVP, for short). That describes the qualities, characteristics, products or services that differentiate a business from its competitors. The problem is, too few businesses actually have a UVP, or they fail to make it clear what theirs is — probably because they don’t know themselves. To determine your value proposition, use a tool like the Value Proposition Canvas, which makes it explicit how you create value for your customers and even helps you to design products and services your customers want. Once you know the UVP, communicate it clearly, to customers and staff.
8. Unwillingness to Delegate
Entrepreneurs can often be their own worst enemies in that they seek to do everything themselves. One extreme example comes from a CEO of a small but growing engineering firm who, after 10 years was still emptying the dishwasher in the employee break room.
As an entrepreneur, you may think, “No one can do it better than me.” Or, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Or, “I can’t trust anyone else with this responsibility.” That attitude can lead to a sense of overwhelm and burnout.
The remedy: Learn to delegate busywork (emptying a dishwasher certainly qualifies) to others while concentrating on the tasks that contribute to the growth of the company, like casting vision and grooming others for positions of leadership.
9. Unprofitable Business Model
Just because you have a business idea about which you’re excited doesn’t mean it’s a good one. That’s where creating a business plan, conducting marketing research and seeking the advice of others can be a lifesaver.
Also, it pays to ask yourself questions like: Is there a customer base for this product or service? Is there a proven revenue model? How long would it take to bring the business to market and at what cost?
10. Underestimating the Competition
A final reason worth mentioning for why companies go out of business is underestimating the competition. Even if you have a sound business model, plenty of funds to operate and the necessary management skills to be successful, you still face one daunting challenge: the competition.
You may be a David surrounded by several Goliaths; that’s particularly true if you’re in the retail trade, located where there is an abundance of big box stores.
Also, you have to consider disruptive startups who may be building a better, cheaper, faster, more convenient, higher-quality mousetrap.
To increase your chance of success, conduct a competitive analysis as part of your overall market analysis. Assess your competitor’s strengths and weaknesses and implement strategies to improve your competitive advantage.
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Switch up the color scheme. Pastels, nudes and solids like black and white are always in style. Throw in a splash of color and you're in a whole new office !
Organize and clean out your filing cabinet. Your old biology paper from 2011 is most likely irrelevant.
Get a new mouse pad. Make sure it's inspirational.
Update desk supplies and throw the junk away.
If you are having back pains, get a new and comfortable chair. Check out these modern chairs at Ikea.
Add more creative artwork and inspirational qoutes.
If the lighting is poor, get a new desk lamp. If the lighting is good, get a new desk lamp. Throw the old dusty black lamp that you got in college away and invest in a new one with bright bulbs.
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Truth is, by this time of the year your life is full of distractions. There's work, there's school, there's kids, there's bills and endless Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat timelines. Now is the time to take a moment, clear your mind and consider what areas of your life need renovation and reconstruction. This is crucial to your success for the remainder of this year. No longer give out your 'yes' easily, make them work for it. Only do and involve yourself in things that will enhance your growth, not stunt it. Cut out all the weeds in your life and focus on nurturing the things that are most pregnant with potential in your life.
2.) CREATE A NEW VISION BOARD
I usually create a vision board at the beginning of every new year. However over the first six months of the year, some of our goals and plans evolve. Our ideas change and our plans change. Moreover, on the flip side, maybe you you've already accomplished a lot of things on the board and simply need to add to. Whichever way, create a physical board. Yes Pinterest and other online vision boards are great, but there is nothing like having an actual physical board you can have in your living space and look at every morning. Here's mine from earlier this year.
3.) UPDATE YOUR RESUME
If you're unemployed and searching for work and still haven't got an interview, chances are you need to update your resume. If your not feeling confident about putting one together on your own, have someone review it and critique it. Sometimes the slightest adjustment can make the difference between you getting a job and transitioning into the next level of your career and you not.
4.) CLEAN OFF YOUR COMPUTER AND ORGANIZE YOUR FILES
If your computer is filled with junk and your folders are unorganized, you need to clean up your computer files. Delete programs and apps that you aren't using and clear your storage space. Do this for all your electronic devices including your phones and tablets. Your mind will be a lot clearer and things will be a lot easier to find.
5.) CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET
Contemplating on keeping that pair of jeans that look dingy and with don't fit well or that old t-shirt your grandma gave you on Christmas in 2006 with the holes in it? Three words. THROW. IT. AWAY. You want your closet to be full of QUALITY items, not just a quantity of junk.
To find the nearest Salvation Army to donate your things, click here.
6.) ADJUST YOUR FINANCIAL BUDGET
Redo your monthly financial budget. See what areas that you can can cut spending and lower your bills. You'll be surprised at how much you will be able to save!
7.) EXPLORE NEW WAYS TO ADVANCE YOUR CAREER
Research the latest trends in your field and make sure you are up to date. In this world that is so rapidly evolving because of technology, it is very easy to fall behind the curve and get stuck in old models. Stay ahead of the curve. Every morning you should be doing research and seeing what new strategies are out there for you to implement into your work routine so you can continue to blossom in your success.
8.) PAY OFF YOUR DEBT
Be intentional about paying off the debt your accumulated in the first part of the year. This includes your credit cards, bills, and even $50 you've been owing your cousin Ray Ray since February. Once you make a conscious effort to get and stay on the road to financial freedom, you will have a lot more peace of mind. If you work hard and focus now on paying off these debts, you could possibly go into 2017 debt free!
9.) CREATE A SAVINGS PLAN
Americans are living right on the edge — at least when it comes to financial planning.
Approximately 62% of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings accounts and 21% don’t even have a savings account, according to a new survey of more than 5,000 adults conducted by Google Consumer Survey according to Market Watch.
Start saving today. The money that you preserve and put aside today, will be treasure and luxury you enjoy tomorrow.
10.) INVEST IN YOURSELF
Last but surely not least, invest in yourself. It's the smartest investment you can make in life. Start taking classes on things you've been desiring to become more knowledgable about and learn as much as you can. The more you learn, the more value you pour into yourself thus making you more valuable to the world overall. Moreover, other ways to invest in yourself are investing in your self image. This includes whitening your teeth, adding more quality items to your wardrobe to polish your appearance, reading new books, eating healthier and just taking better care of yourself overall.
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The evidence of your trust in God is in your ability and willingness to wait on Him. One of the toughest challenges many believers face in their walk in faith is waiting on God. We want everything instantly. However the fact is, the things we get quick often do not last and lead us into doing things that later fill us with regret and shame.
"For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay." Habakkuk 2:3
Everyday you are faced with a series of choices to make. These questions may range from the simplest things like 'Should I go to the grocery store today?" to more important things like "Is this person a healthy addition to my life?" We have to make choice after choice and sometimes it can just get simply overwhelming.
The single most important thing however, in the midst of all these choices, is being able to drown out the noise of this world and actively position yourself to quiet down, listen and obey the voice of God.
Being single and content can sometimes just be straight hard. You scroll through Facebook and Instagram and everyones status is popping up reading "engaged" or "just married". You think to yourself, "God what about me?" You see people in relationships that appear to be having the time of their LIFE while you consider your life and find yourself straight bored and lonely. You may have somedays you just want to cry out and say God, "When are you going to send me that man/woman?!"
Well to encourage you, I will share my journey in singleness.
This past Wednesday I volunteered at WOW JAM here in Los Angeles on Skid Row. WOW JAM is a traveling urban evangelical ministry. It's set up like a block party. There, we fixed bikes, cooked hot meals for people, rocked babies, cut hair, gave away groceries and took family photos. Then, after demonstrating the love and compassion of Christ to the people, they offer everyone a chance to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and be baptized in Jesus name.
Yesterday however, I was in the makeup booth giving out makeovers to women. The first woman that came and sat in my chair was Linda. In her younger days she was a dancer and singer and shared with me all these memories of her on stage and how she misses it. She told me about her life and how most of her family had abandoned her.
While I was doing her makeup I began to tell her how beautiful she was and how much God loved her. She then looked up at me with a big smile.
Once her makeup was finished I handed her the mirror. She looked in it and began to break down and cry.
She was overwhelmed and told me that this was exactly how she did her makeup when she would go and perform on stage when she was young. Yet in this moment, it was no longer about the makeup, it was about the work God was doing on the inside of her.
After giving her some time to look herself in the mirror, me and another women began to pray with her. Within a moment, she began to experience Jesus in a way that can only be described by her.
I continued to pray over her.
Minutes later, she looks at me and tells me that she had injured her shoulder and how it had been in pain for three years. With tears rolling down her face she began to rejoice because the pain that had been there for three years, was no longer there. She began to lift her shoulders and move them around and began to give glory to God for healing her.
It doesn't end there. She had a wheelchair when she came up and asked me to do her makeup. She told me she also had pain in her ankle and couldn't walk with her full strength for a long time resulting in her being in a wheelchair for many years. After I prayed with her, I asked her to stand up and we walked across the street. Once we made it to the other side, she looked me in the eye, then looked down at her wheelchair. "I don't think I need my wheelchair any more," she said.
That day, Jesus healed Lisa from EVERY pain in her body, even at her mature age.
There is no sicknesses or pain Jesus cannot heal.
The Bible talks about this in Matthew 4:23 where Jesus goes to Galilee healing the sick.
"And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. 24 So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them all."
If you need healing from any sickness, pain (emotional or physical) or disease, and/or know anyone who does, say this prayer with a genuine heart in faith:
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for your love and grace that has been showered upon my life even when I didn't deserve it. Today, I sincerely repent of all my sins (name them) and I will turn from them. Everyone who hurt me and that has spoken a negative word against me, I forgive them (name them). I ask you to transform my weakness into strength, suffering into compassion, sorrow into joy, and pain into comfort not just for myself but for others to come to know You. I will put my trust in You and rest in Your promise. Lord, may the blood of Jesus Christ make me whole and new.
Lord, may your Holy Spirit come upon me and deliver and heal me. There is no sickness you can't heal and no broken heart you can't mend. Lord I receive full healing over my body for your names sake so that you may be glorified.
All of this I pray in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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It's my anniversary! I can't believe its been three whole years! I have shared my testimony on my blog before but here it goes again!
Three years ago on this very day I was on my knees crying out to God at a Sunday morning service at Greater Mount Calvary Church in Washington D.C. I stumbled in the sanctuary with tears welling up from my eyes totally broken, lost and hopeless.
June 19th 2011, I made a decision that would forever change my life. I was in college working as an entertainment journalist, hosting my nightly radio show, working two jobs, and going to school. Yet with all that going on, something was missing. Although I was doing really well in school, I was at a point in life where I felt so empty, so broken, and so far from God's love. By this time, I had lost my grandfather, my grandmother, my mother, and had recently found out who I thought was the "love of my life" had cheated on me with a girl whom he was dating for a whole year out of the two we were together.
My world literally felt like it came crashing down. This life I was trying to build for myself totally meant nothing. I was empty, I was lost and I was broken.
This left me in critical condition and in desperate need of God's love that I had been longing to feel for so long.
Growing up in the church in Chicago meant absolutely nothing at this moment. I could no longer rely on my grandmothers prayers. I had to make a decision and ask myself, "Who and what do I really believe?" Although I was baptized when I was nine, it seemed like it meant nothing. Yet in time, I realized how it was connected to everything.
It was a Sunday and I found myself at a church on my knees with tears pouring out my eyes before God, praying, "God, today, I surrender and commit my ENTIRE life to you!" I no longer wanted to have one foot in and one foot out. I no longer just wanted to go to church on Sunday, and live how I wanted to live the other six days of the week. I no longer wanted to try and make sense out of my life and I allowed myself to be totally broken before His feet.
Nevertheless, over the course of three months, my life began to radically change from the inside out and God flipped my life upside down. I had an encounter with God like no other. I knew God had been calling me deeper and into a more intimate relationship with Him, but for so long I was confused on how to get there.
That night, June 19th 2011, I went home and I was cleaning out my desk. In the middle of doing this, I found this beautiful bible with pink flowers on it. I was totally baffled. I had never seen this bible in my life! I opened it up and looked at who it was from. I realized it was a gift from my friends mother four years prior and yet the whole time, I didn't even realize it was there.
I sat there and cried. God was not slow to answer my prayer. I knew in that moment, my life was getting ready to change forever.
I opened it up and began to read it. Aside from reading it in church on Sundays, I never really read the Bible on my alone time. My mentality was, "Ain't nobody got time for that!" I never studied it for myself. Prior to this, all the Bibles I had would sit up on the shelf and collect dust! I was afraid of what it had to tell me about my life because I didn't want to change my life. However when I opened it this time, it was different. I felt a sense of peace, love and hope. In this moment, the Word of God became alive to me for the first time.
"For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." (NIV) Hebrews 4:12
From that day on, I could not get my head out of the Bible. I realized I had been so dead on the inside for so long, my soul was thirsty for this LIFE I never experienced the fullness of. It was the first time in my life that it all made sense. There were no unanswered questions. There was no error in His Word. God showed out in mighty way using people, events, signs, miracles and wonders.
I studied and prayed, day and night. Whenever I was not in His presence I would be a hot mess! Yet, I felt the joy of the Lord expanding inside of me. I was able to taste His goodness and the Light of the Kingdom of God began to manifest inside of me like never before. This was both scary, yet exciting.
To say the least, God swept me off my feet by His unconditional, unwavering, and steadfast love for me. I was enamored by the beauty of Christ and gained a mind blowing understanding of the width, height and depth of the Cross. I was enthralled by my heavenly Father and realized that He was more than enough for me.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" (NIV) 2 Corinthians 5:17.
By the time school started back in August, I was a total new creation in Christ and everyone could see it. He had made all my broken pieces a beautiful masterpiece that only the Master can make. It was a fire shut up in my bones for God and I couldn't hide it. It was the first time in my life where I felt like the real me was finally coming out!
Now here I am, three years later, with an even more desire to know and share God, and carrying even greater joy. I have a ministry called Cookies, Cappuccino and Christ, do many speaking engagements and am dedicated to doing the work of the Lord. Now to be honest, there is much more to my testimony, however this is all the information the Lord has allowed me to release at this time. However, my book, whenever God releases me to publish it, will contain it all.
If you have not received Jesus as your Savior and after reading this you would like to, say this prayer:
I here and now repent for my sins, and believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
I believe that Christ died for me, as my substitute, and rose from the dead according to the Scriptures.
Thank you God, for sending Your Son, and paying my debt in full.
Even though I was separated from You by my sins, You saw me helpless, and fallen, and loved me enough to die for me.
I believe that Jesus suffered the penalty of my sins, and paid the full price to clear my debt.
No sin remains to condemn me. I'm no longer guilty before You.
I believe the good news of the Cross, and Your promise that
"Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Acts 2:21)
I ask Your forgiveness, and I now receive Jesus Christ into my life as my Savior.
Today, I accept Your gift of love, mercy, peace and eternal life.
I declare by faith that Jesus Christ now lives in me.
I am a new creation in Christ, born of God with the life of Jesus in me.
I trust the blood of Christ blots out every sin from my life. My record is clean by Your mercy.
According to Your Word, I am now forgiven, I am now saved.
I pray the Lord heals, delivers and sets you free from every stronghold in your life so you can walk in the liberty Christ died for us to have. If you are saying this prayer for the first time, please write and tell me your experience. May the peace and joy of the Lord be with you!
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Love you all dearly!
I want to share how I spend time with God daily. Spending time with God daily is crucial in your walk in faith. When you are connected and in alignment with God, your life begins to flourish in ways you never imagined! You have more peace, more joy, and essentially become fulfilled in every way. It's not about developing a "religious" routine but about truly having an intimate, up close and personal, relationship with your Creator. Matthew 4:4 says "Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" Just like you eat food every day, you should be eating and meditating on Word of God daily. When you don't, you become spiritually fatigued which leaves you subject to endless attacks from the enemy.
You are precious in God's eyes and He desires to be communication with His sons and daughters every moment of every day. So let's take a look at the basic routine.
1.) When you wake up in the mornings, before you check your phone, return those missed calls from the previous night, or do anything, pray. God should be the first one you talk to in the morning. It's an insult to God when we wake up and don't acknowledge Him and go about our "busy" day. He's the One that woke you up in the first place! In the past I would text my boyfriends first thing in the morning and barely say a word to God. No wonder why my life was a hot mess! Haha! Don't do this.
Moreover, you should never be too busy for God. Carve out time before you are actually supposed to get up. For instance, when I first started truly seeking God, I would set my alarm thirty minutes to an hour earlier than the time I planned to wake up and spend it with God and I would commit to it.
"But seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." Matthew 6:33
2.) Set the atmosphere. Put on your favorite worship music. Light candles. Open the curtains and let the sun light come through. Do whatever you need to do to set the atmosphere for your quiet time with God. If your place is too crowded try having this time in the bathroom. I know it may sound weird but I had plenty of days where I had no privacy and had to spend this time in my bathroom. If this is not an option, take a walk. I love getting up and walking in the mornings with God. I bring my headphones and bring my bible and try to find a quiet place to sit like a park or bench. I especially love going to the lakefront/beach with God when it's warm.
3.) Open your bible. This is a MUST. Prior to 2011, I would never read the bible. It would sit on the shelf and collect dust! My life was a hot mess and I knew it so I didn't want to be corrected by the Word of God. I didn't want to be convicted by my sin because I wasn't ready to give it up. However it wasn't until June, 19, 2011 that I fully surrendered my life to Christ that I began to read and study His Word and my life has never been the same since. I instantly gained clarity, peace, wisdom, insight on the true power of God and began to receive glorious revelation after revelation. The Word of God wrecked me in the best way possible.
The Word of your God is your sword and is your ONLY weapon to fight in this world with.
"For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
When you begin reading, set certain Scriptures apart that you can meditate on for the day. Murmur them to yourself throughout the day. I personally love to make note cards and write on sticky notes to meditate on His Word. I also always carry my bible with me in my purse. Your bible app is cool, but you need an actual bible. If you need to purchase one, shop here. We will also be adding some to our online store soon!
"How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers." Psalm 1:1-3
4.) Be still. Digest what you just read and continue in prayer. After settling, you should be fulfilled enough to go and conquer the day!
5.) Do this before bed as well. This not only goes for when I wake up in the morning, but before I go to bed as well and throughout the day.
Happy quiet time with God. Love you dearly!