Beverley Benskin

About the Author Beverley Benskin


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Focus! Focus! Focus!

What you decide to focus on will determine your present reality. So, my questions are: What are you focusing on? Where are you placing all of your energy? Does your focus promote positivity or negativity in your life? Peter McWilliams said, “Our thoughts create our reality, where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go.” When I think of the word “focus”, I think of driving a car. When you’re driving, you look straight ahead and you usually know where you’re going. You are aware that there may be a few obstacles along the way like stop …

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Tidying Up Your Life!

There is freedom and peace in letting go. It’s time to simplify. It’s time to think about tidying up your life. It’s time to get rid of all of the excess baggage that’s been holding you back mentally, emotionally and physically. I know that I’ve previously talked about the importance of releasing those things that are not helping you to move forward and grow as a person; that’s because it’s important to remember excess baggage doesn’t just affect what’s going on around you, it also affects what’s going on inside of you. We surround ourselves with so much stuff and …

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What’s New?

Happy and Blessed New Year 2019! Two thousand nineteen is here! A year that will be filled with new adventures, goals, challenges, obstacles and new beginnings with renewed strength and hope. We have an opportunity to begin a new chapter or complete or restore an old one, but nothing will change unless our attitudes, actions and mindsets change. It’s time to decide to let go or hold on, to move forward or be still, to challenge yourself, to look within, to love, to heal, to seek God as He shows you His truth and purpose for your life. It’s important …

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Celebrating The Prince of Peace

Merry Christmas Everyone! For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  [Isaiah 9:6] May God’s peace and blessings be with you this holiday season! As you prepare for the Christmas holiday, take time to stop, take a deep breath; reflect and R.E.L.A.X. Remember what Christmas is all about… Celebrating the birth of our Savior and all that He has done for you and just being grateful for your many blessings that you may …

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What Do You Expect?

Can you believe that the holiday season is right around the corner? I’m sure that you have some expectations about what your holiday should be like. Many of you will be getting together with family and friends for a time of celebration and for some people that’s great; but for others it will be a real challenge. It’s important to remember that… Sometimes we have unrealistic expectations, especially around this time of the year, about what the holiday season should look like. Sometimes it works out the way that you envisioned, other times the reality is that it may not …

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Thank-You!

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. [Charles Dickens] It’s US Thanksgiving week, so I wanted to talk about gratitude. Gratitude is an everyday practice it’s not just something centered around a particular holiday. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. Remember: Riches don’t come from your abundance of worldly goods, but from a contented mind. Acknowledging your blessings is key to victorious living. We have so much to be grateful for and when we don’t …

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Goals? But It’s Only November

You’re probably wondering why I’m talking about goals in November. We are all a work in progress, and it’s never too early to begin changing the things in your life that aren’t working for you. If you don’t want the next year to be the same as this year, you’re going to have to do something different. There are so many ways that you can make subtle changes in your life but it starts with a decision and a plan. Don’t wait until January 1st to think about what you would like your next year to look like; you have …

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Perfectly Happy

Are you waiting for the perfect time to be happy? Don’t wait for everything to be perfect to start enjoying your life. Sometimes we choose to postpone our happiness until certain things happen in our lives. We’re not present in the now because we’re focusing on the belief that we will be happy when… (You fill in the blank.) The problem with this strategy is that you miss out on so many blessings along the way. Maya Angelou once said, “Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” It’s important to enjoy all of the blessings surrounding you …

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Stormy Weather

Sometimes life can be full of frustrations, losses, heartbreaks, disappointments, and challenges. We all go through stormy seasons in life and we wait expectantly for the sun to begin shining again. We know that rain helps things to grow; it nurtures and replenishes dry places. We need water to live. But sometimes it feels like when it rains it pours. It feels like everything is going wrong in our lives. It may feel scary and hopeless, like you’re drowning. Know that… Better days are ahead, but in the meantime we have to learn to dance in the rain, or at …

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An Exercise In Self-Reflection

How many times has someone asked you how you’re doing and your response was I’m okay? But were you really doing okay? Were you telling them the truth? Were you telling yourself the truth? It is important to be honest with others in an appropriate manner and setting; but it’s just as important if not more important to be honest with yourself. Self-reflection is looking into the mirror of your soul. It’s acknowledging your truth and then finding a way to work towards any necessary change. Lamentations 3:40 states: let us examine our ways. Owning your truth is imperative to …

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