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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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Quiet Your Spirit
Quiet your spirit and allow God to take your burdens. Rest in Him.
There are many distractions that compete for our
time, such as, family responsibilities, work, ministry, friends, and even time
on social media and other electronic devices. If we truly want to hear God’s
voice, we must unplug from all these sources at times. You may not think that
is possible, but there can be a balance, with God the Father getting first
In God’s presence our spirit gets a rest, and we are
quieted from the hustle and bustle of life. God gives each one of us the same
amount of time every day, however, not all of us use our time wisely. We spend
our time on frivolous things or waste it away on countless hours on Facebook,
tweeting, checking emails, texts, and other social media accounts.
If your mind has been cluttered, and your living
life in a hurry, it’s time to step away and get into the presence of God. Our
brains are on overload, and if we do not stop and take the time to unplug from
distractions, we can end up overwhelmed and fatigued. We are not meant to go
non-stop, and never pull away from our activities. Even Jesus pulled away from
the crowds to be alone with the Father. Distractions, are just that, they
distract us from keeping our full focus on Jesus. Some distractions like work
and family responsibilities cannot always be avoided, but there can be a
balance with these responsibilities. If we are feeling anxious, worried,
defeated, overwhelmed, or fearful, our spirit needs to be calmed. This cannot
come from the world, but only through time with the Lord. There is no
substitute for this kind of time.
You can have tranquility in your spirit by listening
to praise music, sitting quietly before God, reading the Word of God,
journaling what God speaks to you, reading the book of Psalms, and unplugging
from sources of interferences. You may need to do this for a half day, whole
day, or however long it takes to be at peace. It is okay not to be at every
activity, every event, meet everyone’s needs all the time, check your email and
social media, and even to turn your phone off when you can. There was a time
when we lived without cellphones and a time we did not have computers or the internet.
Live uncluttered as much as possible.
maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me besides the still
waters.” Psalm 16:9
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…