3 Day Quote Challenge Day 1

Day 1

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First, I would like to thank Tamara, over at The Purple Almond for nominating me for this fun 3 day, 3 quote challenge.  I guess somehow she knew how much I love quotes!

Thank you Tamara for nominating me!

 

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.

  2. Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).

  3.  Nominate three bloggers each day

My Nominees:

  1.  Mama’s Empty Nest

  2. Grace Over Pain

  3.  Dreaming of Guatemala

 

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What We Think, We Become

 

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I once thought that the mind was separate from the body and vice versa.

But . . . There was nothing farther from the truth!

Our body and mind connection is a very real and strong force!

What we believe in our minds, our bodies follow.

With that said, I leave you with this very powerful message in hopes that we begin to pay closer attention to our thoughts.  Let’s begin today to feed our minds positive, whole and pure thoughts.  For it is by our thoughts that our bodies react.

Healing of the physical without the change in the mental and spiritual aspects brings little really help to the individual in the end.

How true?

Because the mind and the body imprint and imitate each other.

What we think, we become. What we become, we think.

Its an insidious process that can predispose us to illness or it can lead us to health.

 

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”

Philippians 4:8

 

My “Spiritual Breakfast”

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Breakfast. Nutritionists recommend that we start each morning with a well-balanced meal. Our mornings set the tone for the rest of the day. We all know that! In fact, we have all experienced this whether in a positive or negative manner. But what if we think about our mornings a little differently by adding something extra. What if we add a “spiritual breakfast” to our morning routine by feeding not only our bodies, but our spirit. I can tell you in my own life this has had a tremendous impact. In fact I have found that I can have something simple to eat, such as coffee and a piece of toast and feel good. However, if I go without my spiritual breakfast, I feel empty, like something is missing. After all, we are spiritual beings having a human experience, not human beings having a spiritual experience.

My “spiritual breakfast” consists of reading 7 simple, but powerful spiritual disciplines. Whether I’m going to work, or just sitting on my couch in my pajamas on a Saturday morning, this list gets my day started with a fresh and peaceful perspective.

Here are the 7 spiritual disciplines and a short description of what they mean to me personally:

  1. Celebrate everyday – you woke up this morning, let’s start there. You have food on the table, a place to call home. Celebrate! Life is short!
  2. Be steady on the inside – no matter how crazy the world seems, do not allow that craziness to get inside of you. Breathe!
  3. Be anxious for nothing – anxiety is “fear of the future”. The past is gone and the future is still not here. Learn to live in the here and now. Worry robs our joy. Remember the present is the only moment we truly have.
  4. Pray with gratitude – Start by thinking about 1 or 2 things in your life you can be grateful for and give thanks for that. With practice you can add to your list.
  5. Think about what you think about – this is a BIG one for me! The mind is a powerful thing. Think about positive and good things. And when the bad thoughts start creeping in, just like a T.V., change the channel in your mind. This takes practice and a lot of will power, but the more you do it, the better you will get.
  6. Follow good examples – remember that we learn and teach others not by what we say, but by what we do. Try to do good always and with good intentions. And if you fall short, don’t be too hard on yourself.
  7. Learn to be content – stress happens when we wish our current situation to be different than what it is. Be accepting of your life, your current situation, and what you have or don’t have. Remember things always change!

For me, these spiritual disciplines have been life changing.  Today, my hope is that you can begin to practice saying these spiritual disciplines on a daily basis.  I can assure you little by little these mantras will become a huge part of who you are and will change the way you begin to view your world and those around you.

Same God, Different Day

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When you’re in trouble He is your refuge.

When you are crying He dries your tears.

When you are lonely He is your comfort.

When you are fearful He is your peace.

Though days are different,

And seasons change,

He still walks beside you,

He’s the same God, just a different day.

 

 

The Best Advice I Ever Got . . .

For the times I’ve failed . . .

The best advice I ever got was a Hug.

 

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For the times I’ve lost my way . . .

The best advice I ever got was a gentle nudge.

For the times I’ve misunderstood others . . .

The best advice I ever got was an open heart.

For the times I’ve been upset, angry or irrational . . .

The best advice I ever got was unconditional love.

For the times I wasn’t the best friend, sister, mom, or daughter I could be . . .

The best advice I ever got was forgiveness.

Sometimes the best advice you can give someone doesn’t involve using words.

5 Things I “LOST” When I Disconnected From Social Media

 

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It has been 10 days that I made the decision to give myself a break from social media.  A “fasting” period if you will.  And let me tell you, it has been quite the experience!

Although there were several motivating factors for my “social media fasting,” one of the primary reasons for this journey was my need for daily “social media check-ins.”   My “check-ins,” if I’m being honest, have evolved from approximately twice a week, to anywhere from 2 to 6 times a day! And that just didn’t sit well with me!

Today I am at the end of my 10 day fast.  And in these past 10 days I have gained perspective, and learned new things about myself.

But what I’d like to share with you all are the 5 things I lost that stood out to me the most.

  1. I lost the need to compare myself to others.

Let me explain. Although they say, “a picture says a thousand words”, it does not!  A picture is simply capturing a moment in time, a second of our lives.  We post tons of pictures on social media and the majority are happy, beautiful ones.  However, it does not say the whole story.  We often look at a picture on social media and silently “wish” we could have THAT life.  But what we need to remember is that this is only one moment in their life and it doesn’t tell their entire story.  Each of our lives consist of ups and downs, happy, positive seasons and seasons of trials and sadness. There is no one exempt!  Remember this when viewing others pictures on social media and comparing your life to theirs.

  1. I lost the need for others to know what I am doing.

While there is nothing wrong with posting a small blurb of where you’ve been, I no longer feel it is necessary to let everyone know what I am doing on a daily, weekly basis.  It is okay to go somewhere and not have to let everyone else in on it.

  1. I lost my lack of focus.

I’d like to believe that I’ve always been a pretty focused person.  Sure, in the past I would lose some focus from time to time, but social media derailed it!  And so, these past 10 days I have given my full attention to the things that truly matter in my life.  I have more time now for the things that fill my soul with meaning and purpose.

  1. I lost my need to impress others.

I have never been the type of person to feel the need to impress others, however after a period of time, social media can do just that.  I no longer feel the need to post anything that doesn’t serve me or others at a deeper level. I am at peace with what others might think, simply because as long as I am pleasing God and being true to myself, nothing else matters.

  1. I lost my fear of “disconnecting.”

We live in a world where we are digitally connected 24/7 and when we aren’t, we don’t know what to do!  These last 10 days have given me freedom!  Freedom to use my “free” time in a more productive manner.  I no longer feel I’m a slave to checking in on something that brings zero benefit to my personal life. So now, I’ve had more time to read books that inspire me.  I’ve had more time to have meaningful conversations with others, so that I can learn from them or help them in any way I can. And last but certainly not least, I’ve had more time to simply “be still.”  For in my stillness, I find the answers I am searching for.

In closing, I will leave you with this thought . . .

Sometimes by losing, you win.  And, by giving up something, you gain so much more.