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An Encouraging Word to you:


Thank you for spending your valuable time on my website.

 

My book, blog and websites represent my "Best Professional Work"...

But I want to share with you something far more meaningful to me than a splashy portfolio.

 

I created this page to encourage you to consider some things you might not have ever thought about before.

Finding and leveraging our individual gifts and talents (in their purest intended form) is a wonderful way to build a special life that will truly fulfill our heart, mind and soul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Personal Search for Fulfillment:

Living in one of the wealthiest beach towns in California does not guarantee "contentment".

On certain days I could make the argument that our beautiful town can be a bit boring, that perfection can numb the senses.

Like others focused on excellence- I am hopeful and engaged in the process of creating new things.

It's natural to be drawn to the next big idea, project or endeavor- but they can also be distractions from obtaining the BEST life.

 

 

 

 

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A few years ago, I started to realize I had been putting a lot of extra effort into trying to gain more happiness and contentment through "things", accomplishments, significance.

 

But as I reached certain goals and began to work on the projects I always dreamt of...

I started to realize that these external experiences were only providing temporal "hope"- with regard to the deeper inner satisfaction I was craving within my heart, mind and soul.


 

 

 

 

 

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. Maya Angelo 

 

My lovely and beautiful wife personifies this favorite quote, above. In 2010 I started noticing a change in her that was really appealing. I couldn't place my finger on it at the time... but that special feeling I have for her is intoxicating. Please read on.

 

A Seeking Heart can lead to real hope

Having an authentic sense of purpose brings more meaning into our life. Just buying or accomplishing goals often leaves me feeling dissatisfied. I wonder if my busyness is just a distraction to dealing with the true emptiness in my heart. I started to realize that each time I do it, I postpone the life-giving moments God has always intended for me to enjoy.

 

 

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King Solomon lived 3000 years ago and was considered the richest and wisest man in the world at that moment in history. Today, he would give the richest people alive a run for their money (no pun intended)

He is credited with writing much of Proverbs in the Bible, and the book of Ecclesiastes.

In Ecclesiastes chapter 2, he jots his memoirs, escapades, accomplishments.

King Solomon was also an architect and a botanist and with his impressive wealth, he undertook great projects and built magnificent homes, planted vineyards and made stunning gardens and parks.

 

 

 

rare beach photos in Santa Barbara California.  Copyright by Jeff DoubetBut at the end of his life:

Solomon admitted that everything he had invested in, and had physically and mentally toiled to achieve...

ended up "meaningless, and a chasing after the wind".

Solomon penned this verse to encourage us "strivers" to not make the same mistake- Rather... to focus on what truly matters in creating a great life:

"My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble..."

Proverbs 3:21-23

 

King Solomon also wrote:

My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.  Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.  Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 4:20-23

 

 

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Finding hope in God... wherever we live

 

Us "strivers" often pursue great achievements because our sense of worth is tied up in what we do, what we have, or our social status.

But that's what I appreciated most when learning about Solomon's life conclusions... those paths lead to dead ends.

 

It was then that I realized I needed to get to know God personally, and one of the best ways I have found is to study the promises He has already prepared for me...

if only I would accept them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seeking fullfillment in a beautiful, seaside hamlet such as Santa Barbara can be confusing- there are so many typical choices and distractions in beauty and wealth.

But I have experienced the same emptiness that Solomon wrote about 3000 years ago.

At a certain point I started to see that no amount of perfection in my surroundings or outward activities could fill the void in my heart.

The great new project, another exciting trip overseas, attaining a difficult goal, or finally possessing a long awaited purchase- that initial excitement always ends up falling flat.

This leads me back to wanting to nurture and develop something that is everlasting...

my relationship, and friendship with the great Designer- My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Long term, it has proven to be the only sustainable and consistently satisfying aspect of my inner life.

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him”.  Psalm 62:5

 

 

 

 

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I tend to have an “all or nothing” streak within my tenacious and driven personality.

At first, when I began to grow in my Christian faith, I thought I had to give up my bent towards excellence-

trading in my love of design and creating beautiful things for something more modest.

But the more I delved into the scriptures, the more I realize that this is how God has created me.

 

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”.  Ephesians 2:10

 

I smile every time I think about this.  We are each created uniquely, and for His good pleasure.

By establishing an authentic perspective, we can enjoy our special gifts and talents and we will achieve the greatest purposes for which we were created.

 

 

 

It was this “Aha moment” that I began to understand the real benefits of nurturing a friendship with my Creator- a deeper relationship with God, and an authentic path toward true contentment.  

 

 

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"The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet."

Frederick Buechner

 

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  James 1:17

 

 

 

 

 

iamsecond.com direct link to short films and testimonies like Chip and Joanna Gaines

Iamsecond.com is a wonderful website of short (2 and 3 minute clips) -

Testimonies by a wide variety of celebrities sharing their life journey, and the beauty they have found in learning of the love Jesus has for each of us.

Click to view testimonies by Chip + Joanna Gaines of the HGTV hit series Fixer Upper.

My wife Lori and I are 2 fans:)

 

 

If you want to view a clip from a local Santa Barbara celebrity watch Kathy Ireland's inspiring story.

 

I am beginning to learn that if we make an effort to find God, we can expect to receive His favor:

 

"Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord."

Proverbs 8:34-35

 

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You Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. 

Psalm 86:15

 

For I know the plans I have for you "declares the Lord," plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

 

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.

Jeremiah 29:13

 

Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness... For great is your love toward me…

 

Psalm 86:11-13

 

 

Finding true contentment in life

 

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In beautiful Santa Barbara, we often get distracted by "things" and new experiences as we try to buy the happiness we seek.

 

But when seeking authentic and lasting contentment within- those material things will eventually let us down.

 

God has a wonderful life designed for you and I- so much better than anything we can purchase or dream.

 

 

 

The Secret towards finding contentment, no matter what our circumstances:

 

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So what is it that my beautiful wife had tapped in to that is so intoxicating?

She had begun to study the Bible in depth... finding authentic nuggets of real Truth. She quietly began to put into practice the promises she was finding hidden within it- things available for all of us to discover.

This has had a profound impact on my life- and her sweet disposition during difficult times got me very intrigued. I want to have a chance at that same genuine peace, joy and contentment.

 

 

 

 

 

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I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:11-13

 

 

 

 

 

 

The majority of my life I have strived for material goals and ways to improve my outward appearance to the world.

To be honest, these efforts have provided a thrill to some extent- but eventually I start looking for my next “fix”.

The scripture verses I have collected on this page are a friendly reminder to focus on the things that will truly satisfy my heart and mind for a lifetime…

 

 

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"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well". Psalm 139:13-14

As it is written: "What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him—these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God".  1 Corinthians 2:9-10

 

 

 

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For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith— and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. 

Ephesians 2:8-10

 

 

 

 

Finding positive messages like this (above), is always very encouraging to me. I have started to ask God for a more discerning mind. It is an intriguing thought: What inner treasures are awaiting us... if we only asked?

 

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for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?”… 1 Corinthians 2:16

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking".

Albert Einstein

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quotes and Scriptures: A random mix of popular and inspirational writings to ponder

 

 

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The Bible is full of scriptures that will delight those who find them... a "perfect match" for those seeking authentic meaning to individual talents, gifts and the special abilities we each have been given.

For me, as an artist and designer-

I have collected the various popular quotes on this page, mixing them with God's Word in a unique order, as an inspirational collection of what I have found in my own search for truth.


"He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers".

Exodus 35:35

 

 

 

 

 

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Are you a teacher, engineer, musician, doctor, builder, artisan, stay at home mom, accountant or a kid?

I can assure that you too, will find wonderful verses that will speak directly to you...

they will be a sweet nudge by your Heavenly Father- as He encourages you to seek out His perfect will for your life.

 

 

 

Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.  Ephesians 5:19

 

 

 

 

 

 

A FRESH, RENEWING OF OUR MINDS:

 

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Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4


I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8

 

"Don’t aim for success if you want it: just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally".  David Frost.

 

Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt… If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”  Matthew 21:21-22

 

 

 

 

 

I am learning that the only way I will have the "Best" life is to take the difficult steps to surrender all my hopes and dreams to my Creator. As a selfish person, I generally think that I know what will make me the most contented and fulfilled.

 

 

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Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.  Psalm 34:8


Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  James 1:17

 

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10


And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.  2 Corinthians 9:8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him.

Colossians 1:16


*My beautiful wife loves this verse. She points out that only recently has "man" invented photography and captured the depth and meaning in this ancient scripture.

Life in the depths of sea, millions of years!

 

 

 

"A vivid image compels the whole body to follow".  Aristotle

 

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Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1

 


The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light.

Matthew 6:22

 

 

 

 

"A picture is worth a thousand words".  Napoleon Bonaparte

 


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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  Matthew 11:28-29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Bible Verses in Santa Barbara California photos

All of the scriptures I share with you here, were discovered in my Life Application Study Bible... the New International Version (NIV).

You can find it on Amazon. Even though I am an Amazon Affiliate and could receive a small store credit for your purchase, I don't want to offer a direct link.

This page isn't about making some gas money, it is about providing you a real source of encouragement.

I recommend:

NIV Life Application Study Bible,

Large Print, Red Letter Edition, Thumb Indexed

Bonded Leather

*If you type the above description into Amazon you will find cover color options etc.

I have learned the NIV Bible is the most popular Modern English Bible out there.

I have underlined My "Life Verse": Proverbs 3: 5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight".

**If you pick up a copy, let me know. That will be so cool!

 

 

 

"God is in the details". Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

 

 

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So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  Genesis 1:21

You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.   Revelation 4:11

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.  Hebrews 11:3

 

 

 

Meaningful success:

 

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May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

Psalm 20:4


And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:8

 

 

 

 


He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.  Proverbs 2:7-8

These Bible verses teach us that Our greatest talents and abilities are not fully realized until we tap our Maker's intent for them. In other words, we will be most successful when we seek His purpose for our gifts.

 

 

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BREAKING FREE:

 

"Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future".  Charles F. Kettering

 

"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right".  Henry Ford

 

 

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  Hebrews 11:6

 

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  Psalm 23:6

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Are you open-minded to explore all of this on your own?

 

Bible Gateway is a world renowned, online resource to look up anything in the Bible that you wish.

Click on the link above, then type in a question you have, and you will find answers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Learning how we are individually made (and in the very special way that God sees us)... is really refreshing!

 

 

 

 

 

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Seeking Him for guidance on what we should do next with our individual gifts, talents and interests is the solid path toward an interesting and rewarding life.

 

 

If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artful image of stained leaded glass in Santa Barbara, California

 

 

Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to seperate us from the Love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:39

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How do I know God, what scripture in the Bible

 

Keith Urban has a catchy tune out there right now: John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 viewed 13 Million+ times! John 3:16 is the ultimate, quintessential Bible Verse...

 

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

 

 

 

 

 

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Jesus once said:

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, the door will be opened".

Matthew 7:7-8

 

 

 

 

 

Rare Santa Barbara beach photos and images.  Copyright by Jeff DoubetDid you know you can find internal peace and eternal life with your Maker?

You don't have to join a church or do anything but pray a simple prayer like this:

"Lord Jesus, please reveal yourself to me. I want to know you. Thank you for dying on the cross as a sacrifice for me so that I can let go of the regrets in my life. I accept you Jesus as my personal Saviour. Amen"

It is as simple as that. If you prayed that prayer, God will now begin to reveal Himself in ways you have never imagined.

 

 

 

 

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So why be so bold with my Faith?

Readers from all over the world visit my websites each month.

I want this chance to encourage you to develop your relationship with our Maker.

There is an everlasting contentment and peace that is available to each of us when we accept ourselves for who God created us to be.

 

Sincerely,

Jeff Doubet Santa Barbara, CA

 

 

 

 

 

Bible Scriptures Credits

 All Scripture quotations above are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.
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Also, a very special Thank you to FLICKR, and PHOTO CREDITS on this page: (click photo images or names below, to go directly to their Flickr credit page). *Some Photos are by Jeff Doubet.

Carmen Rodriguez NSP , Island Amiga - Sally Auman , Boris Lu , Austin Kirk , Ben Sutherland , Flowcomm , Adam Gerritsma , Swift Benjamin , Ana Sofia Guerrerierinho , Ell Brown , Somma , Keith Laverack , John Mayer