Your Emotions Will Betray You Every Time

If you’re anything like me then oftentimes you are allowing your emotions to take the lead. I believe at times both men and women do this. In the face of a difficult situation, we become blinded by our emotions. And so, logic, common sense, and our inner peace immediately go out the window.

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The unfortunate thing is that many of us don’t even realize this is going on. I know for me, there have been far too many instances I have handled things while my emotions are in full swing.  I’ve wanted to fix things asap, and so instead of sitting down, thinking things thru and praying for guidance, I act, in hopes that it will just go away.

If I’m being honest, I have allowed my emotions to take the lead far too many times.  And I can tell you that my emotions have betrayed me each time!

Remember that emotions are temporary.  Like the tide, emotions ebb and flow.  They are with us one minute and the next they leave.  So how can we possibly make wise decisions based on something so temporary?

Although it’s inevitable that life will continue to throw curveballs our way, we ultimately have the power to control how we act.

Today, when I am emotional about a circumstance, I handle it quite differently.  First, I have learned to acknowledge my feelings without allowing them to take over.  I take time out to think about things logically and pray for guidance, knowing I always have full access to my father in heaven.  And since now I realize my emotions will subside in time, I am patient with myself and wait.  This allows me to see things clearer without my emotions clouding my thoughts.

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And lastly, I remember that like my emotions, circumstances are temporary and they will pass.  After all, everything eventually does.

 

 

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A Makeover Without Makeup

To me remodeling a home feels much like getting a tooth pulled without Novocain, it’s painful!  During this past week, we have been chipping away at our tile throughout our house replacing it with new and improved floors.  Sounds exciting I know, but it’s a messy business.  We’re still living in our home during the renovations, along with the dust and disorganization that comes with it.

Last night as I walked through my disheveled home, I looked in rooms that still had remnants of old flooring, broken up into little pieces, while other rooms had shiny, new floors installed just hours before.  But my house is a continual work in progress.

This morning while having my cup of coffee I was thinking that much like this renovation, our lives are also a continual work in progress. At times our lives must go through a rebuilding because let’s face it, some changes were necessary.  And no doubt this may feel like we’re being chipped at by someone using a well-tuned chisel causing much pain. Other times we may look and feel disheveled and wonder how we are ever going to get ourselves back up again.

But when our lives go through a makeover, be certain that God is busy at work making us a masterpiece.  We are his work in progress because he wants to make us shiny and new.

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And yes, the changes might be messy and painful, but be strong and courageous. Allow God to continue His work, so that you can become all that he created you to be.

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Consider it All Joy

Sometimes it’s not about the answer.

Sometimes it’s about what we learn while waiting for the answer.

CONSIDER IT ALL JOY!

pexels-photo-724825.jpgOur trials can become roadblocks in our life, or expressways to learning and growth.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever we face trials of many kinds.”

James 1:2

 

 

The “New” Job Search

 

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Earlier this year, after much consideration, I decided to make a career change.  To give you some background knowledge, I have been working in my same job for the past 15 years and have loved the experience!  Last year however, I was forced to take a leave of absence.  Today, the leave has served its purpose and so I felt ready and able to return to work.

In the past, I have searched for new positions through the same channels we typically use nowadays (job search engines, networking, etc.).  But this time, for reasons I don’t fully understand, I felt compelled to do things differently.  This time, instead of doing the pursuing, I decided instead to let it come to me.  And when I tell you I did nothing, I really did nothing, except pray!

So, I began to pray about it, every day! I prayed with detail and with complete surrender and assurance that what I was asking for, in time would come to pass.  As an extra measure, I also shared my request with a few close friends, since I have always believed our words, once spoken, have immense power.

Several months later, while on vacation with my family, I received a phone call from an old friend I used to work with years ago.  She called saying she had been thinking about me and shared about a “new position” at her new workplace stating she felt I would be a perfect fit.  After I picked up my jaw from the floor, she proceeds to describe exactly what I had asked for with every single detail, down to the same schedule!  It was as though she was repeating my words to a tee, No Joke!

My first reaction was complete awe!  But then again that is our God!  He always wants to give us our heart’s desires and is ready to do so, if we only ASK and BELIEVE it will be given to us. .

And I am so glad I did!

“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith”

 Matthew 21:22

Think Yourself Happy

 

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You can’t live a positive life thinking negative thoughts.

Think yourself happy.

Think yourself prosperous.

Think yourself victorious.

Think yourself blessed.

Think yourself healed.

Think yourself favored.

When you fill your mind with God’s promises, in time you will see those promises come to pass.

Stop going around feeling depressed, anxious, and defeated.

Let’s begin today thinking our way into a better tomorrow!

“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

Gone Too Soon

 

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Earlier this week we lost an angelic friend.  Elizabeth was a beautiful soul, gone too soon.  She was a caretaker and a nurturer.  A great listener and a person whose kindness, generosity, and gentleness exuded from her.

During her time in the hospital, we had the privilege of spending time at her bedside praying for her. We were hopeful that as we read God’s healing promises, she was listening.  But most importantly, we were pleading with God for a miracle.

This past Monday however, Elizabeth lost her fight and passed away.

Today, in honor of her life, I want to share some of God’s healing bible promises that were read over her during her time in the hospital.  And although God had other plans for her and our hearts are broken, I continue to live with hope and trust in God’s faithfulness and unshaken promises.

Elizabeth this is for you, for your strong spirit, and for fighting like a true warrior.

 

God’s Healing Promises

For Elizabeth

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)

But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins.  He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.                       (Isaiah 53:5)

Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.                           (Psalm 103:2-3)

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”           (Matthew 11:28-29)

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right.  By his wounds you are healed.             (1 Peter 2:24)

O Lord, if you heal me, I will be truly healed; if you save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for you alone!                                                           (Jeremiah 17:14)

 

 

 

 

 

The Secret to Contentment

 

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Contentment is feeling or showing satisfaction with one’s possessions, status, or situation.

But contentment can be an elusive pursuit.  We go after things we think will make us happy only to find out it didn’t work.  These days contentment is hard to come by.  Many of us are in a continual race, chasing after bigger and better material possessions.  For some, nothing is ever good enough, living under the assumption that when they attain that thing they want, they will be happy.

But happiness doesn’t come from things. True contentment is an inner sense of peace that comes from being right with God and knowing that He is in control of ALL that happens to us. It means looking up with every situation.

Paul’s words in the bible teaches it best.  While sitting in a prison cell with nothing to call his own he knew the secret to being content.

“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.”

 Philippians 4:11-12

Let’s strive to know God in the ways Paul did, then we will know contentment.