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With God's help, I Provide hope and encouragement to women of faith through practical advice and tools. I blog about my personal experiences in overcoming trials, and I use my background in counseling to give tips and techniques to live a victorious life.
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Choose- means to
make a choice. You have to make a choice to be thankful.
What have you given thanks for today?
We have to sometimes CHOOSE
to be thankful. Being thankful does not come as easy when we are heart-broken,
despaired, overwhelmed or rejected. We have to CHOOSE
our attitudes otherwise we can slip into complaining, discouragement, and
eventually even depression. You might not
feel like giving thanks, but remember it’s a CHOICE!
Instead of giving thanks you may instead feel like calling your friends and
talking about all what is wrong in your life. Let me encourage you not to
complain about your circumstances, first it will overwhelm you, then exhaust
you and then cause you to feel sorry for yourself (self-pity). I am not telling
you anything I have not told myself countless times, and that I have to
practice continually; CHOOSING
to be thankful.
Being thankful is a choice. You can CHOOSE to be thankful or you can CHOOSE to be ungrateful. You may
not have the spouse you desire, children, a prodigal child, or you may even be
going through some sickness, but whatever season you are in you can be thankful
for the many blessings that you do have. It is really a conscious decision to
focus on what is a blessing verses focusing on what are your hardships and
trials. There is always something to be thankful for. Don’t get bitter by your
life’s challenges and struggles, but see the silver lining in each
circumstance. Being thankful and grateful will cause you to live with passion
and zest for life. When we CHOOSE
an attitude of gratitude our lives can be transformed and we can begin to have
renewed purpose. If you are grateful and thankful it is very likely you then
will be content. When you are content, you are then at peace with yourself and
with others. Having the ability to be thankful is life-changing.
I challenge you if you have struggled with being thankful to
say out loud everyday (5) things that you are thankful for. This task will
increase your gratitude and then your attitude. Don’t look at what you don’t
have, what you have not accomplished, your fears and failures, and all your
unmet desires. That type of thinking will weigh you down and cause you to have
an unthankful heart.
This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms 118:24
I will give thanks due His
righteousness, and I will sing praises to the name of the Lord, the most high.
In everything give thanks; for
this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things He does for me. Psalm 103:2
BLESSINGS, name them one by one,
BLESSINGS, see what God has done!
BE THANKFUL AND GRATEFUL this holiday season and COUNT
YOUR MANY BLESSINGS, ONE BY ONE!
If you have been married for any length of time you
know that marriage is hard work. As with anything successful in your life
putting time and effort are keys to how fruitful those things will be.
you did not have the proper role models growing up to show you how to have a
successful marriage, but you desire to have a healthy marriage.
God has brought you together with your spouse the greatest investment that you
can make besides your relationship with God is your marriage.
Anyone can have a dull, lifeless marriage, but a marriage
that is thriving takes certain elements to help it succeed. If you planted some
flowers but forgot to fertilize and water those plants they would eventually
become lifeless and die. Healthy marriages take the time to nurture and weed
out anything hindering their relationship.
Couples striving for a healthy marriage should first
ask God to cleanse their hearts of any unforgiveness, anger, resentment or
offenses of their spouse. Staying angry or rese…
you focus on the most will grow. The enemy will try to get
you to focus on what is wrong, what is not working, and what is worrisome to
you. When you lose your focus on what is
true, what is right, what is lovely and what is a good report (Philippians
4:6), you will begin to focus on the opposite of these.
to focus on the good will be a daily decision. When the enemy shows
you something that is causing fear, worry or frustration, turn away and CHOOSE to focus on the good.
→If your focus has been more on the negative lately
check to see who you have been hanging out with, what you have been reading or
watching on TV, and giving your attention to the most.
→An unthankful heart can cause you to focus on your
wants, but a heart of gratitude will cause you to focus on your blessings.
Distractions come to sidetrack you and get you to
focus on what the enemy has brought in front of you. Keeping focus on Jesus means deliberately
fading out everything that pulls you away from the…