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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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What a hectic week I had. I was running from this
event, to this activity, and still squeezing in time to minister to others.
However, at the end of the week I was tired, stressed, and a bit irritable. Can
anyone relate to this madness of keeping up with the demands and fast pace life
we can have? Did I mention trying to keep up my social media accounts for work,
balancing family obligations, and making time for my husband? By the weekend, I
realized I made everything and everyone a priority over placing my time with
God first. We will suffer either mentally, physically, or spiritually when we
put things ahead of God.
Do you ever feel this way?
Why do we get frazzled?
take on too much responsibility.
do things out of obligation rather than God directing us.
fear saying, “No,” to others and letting people down.
women, we seriously think we can do it all.
enemy sends distractions (even things that seem like a good thing).
If you have felt this way, run to the feet of Jesus immediately.
Tell someone, “No, I can’t today,” or shut off your phone, stop obsessively
checking your emails and social media, and shut the TV off. If you can carve
out a day or half a day to replenish with God. Things can wait, and God will
send someone else to help whoever you believe needs your help.
When you feel your “cup is empty” you will exhibit
lack of peace, joy, and contentment
It is not God’s will for you to feel burned-out and
exhausted. Stop comparing yourself to others. Some people can do more and go
more, and some have not learned how to place boundaries on their lives. Copying
what others do is a sure recipe for disaster. God did not create you to be like
others, and to follow what someone else does. Be your own person, and be
comfortable that you are not built like anyone else.
Reprioritize your schedule, and leave only the
things you must do. You will feel different for doing this. Few people,
including Christians and sometimes especially Christians, have difficulty
balancing and prioritizing their lives; that is why you cannot follow after
others. Even if you are the only one who has balance in their lives, then be a
leader. As things come your way, ask God, “Is this what you have planned for
me?” So many people never do this, and wind-up doing just whatever falls into
their path. Do what God is leading you to do. This will require you to not be a
people-pleaser, and to be obedient to God.
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…