Simone R. Leon, Author at Activate Your Faith
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Author:Simone R. Leon

The Den Isn’t Always filled with Lions

Many times in our lives, we may feel that all is lost. However, the story of Daniel in the lion's den tells us about the fulfillment of God's promises and the rewards to be received through faithfulness.   King Darius was the ruler of Babylon and had appointed several men to assist him in the governing of the kingdom. Daniel, who was appointed to be the leader of the advisors, was a man who believed in the God of Israel and followed His commandments. For this, the other men despised Daniel and wanted to destroy him.   The men plotted against Daniel. They told King Darius to make a new law that would put to death anyone who worshiped or prayed to other gods other than the king. If someone was caught doing this,...

Stop Crying to God and Start Moving

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on (Exodus 14:15)   We are all familiar with the movie the Ten Commandments. The movie depicts an abridged version of the movement of the Israelites out of Egypt and into the promised land.  Pharaoh freed the  Israelites after a series of plagues; however, he changed his mind and Pharaoh ordered over 600 of this soldiers and chariots to pursue the Isrealites. When the people of Israel saw the soldiers and their chariots approaching, they cried out to Moses. They accused Moses for bringing them into the desert to die. They had preferred to have remained in slavery rather than dying by the hands of Pharaoh in the desert. When the Lord heard these cries, He responded:   15 Then...

When You can’t Pray…..JUST PRAISE

We are all sinners and we face many struggles and trials in our lifetime. Our struggles are packaged differently. There are people with broken relationships, family turmoil, insolvent debts and incurable diseases. There are dark moments in our lives where we cannot even see the light. Darkness surrounds us and our faith weakens. There are times where we may even doubt our existence and purpose in life. But God's love is always here and He would never forsake us.  Nehemiah 8:10 states, "Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength". PICK UP yourself and thank God because you are STILL HERE. You didn't happen by chance and the unfortunate circumstances that are in your life is God's way of teaching and preparing you for the blessings that are...

Test the Waters

I have read and heard about people leaving their day job and following their passion. Many times I wonder how those persons could do such a thing. How could "passion" pay the mortgage? How could "passion" buy food in the supermarket? Are these people crazy? Good luck with your "passion". But as I got older and matured in my work life, I got to understand what they meant and why they needed to do it. At times in our lives we may feel stagnant. You know you are capable of doing more and you so badly want to achieve the things you always thought you would have already accomplished. However, life's circumstances get in the way and often divert the plans and intended dreams. We put so much stress on staying...

Bless and Encourage

It is disheartening to always hear parents focus on the negative their children are doing: "David! Why are you talking so loud ", "Cindy! This room is very nasty", "Sam! You lazy child". Have you ever noticed that parents keep on repeating these words over and over. It seems that over the years they keep on saying the same thing. Do you know why? It is because these children have morphed into the very same words that were being said to them over the years. The only difference from then and now is that the children are older and are very good at being loud, nasty or lazy.   I usually conduct classes at a Children's Vacation Bible Camp during the July/August school vacation. When asking the children questions, for me, there...

Dress for Success

I work in an environment where employees are given standard uniforms. However, some employees have the option to wear other appropriate business attire. There are times when I opt to dress in another form of business attire other than my uniform. Having done this, I have been stopped in the hallway many times by co-workers and asked, "Why are you so dressed up".   If you believe that you are successful it must transcend outwardly AT ALL TIMES. How you feel must reflect in the way you look. No matter what is your status or situation, once you believe that you are successful ...

“If” May Never Come

There is one word that can prevent us from ever achieving any of our dreams and desires. It may throw a gray blanket over our goals and aspirations. What we think about achieving may not even see the light of day only because we utter this one word. It is a very small word—but there is an adage we say in the Caribbean,  "small axe does cut down big tree"; in this case this small word can end big dreams. That word is the word "if".   If...

Listen to the Inner Voice

I have read and heard about many people leaving their day job and following their passion—and every day I would go to work and really understand what they meant. We put so much stress on staying in a job to satisfy our EXTERNAL needs, but not doing what we want to do in order to satisfy our INTERNAL needs. Often, when we believe our external needs are met and its time to satisfy our internal needs, we are OLD.   In the quiet moment we hear a voice that tells us that we can do better, achieve greater and move faster. If we do not physically hear that word of encouragement from another person, that quiet voice within us validates what we can do. If it can be conceived and we believe—we...