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|Posted on February 20, 2019 at 4:58 AM||comments (40)|
Let you speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Colossians 4:6 (KJV)
I received a text message of a screen shot from someone close to me. The screen shot was of comments being made about an incident that involved the person recently. Though the comments didn't have anything to do with me, it was sent to me because of the relationship I have with this individual. I didn't read the comment in its entirety; I just scanned it enough to know that it wasn't something that represented who this person truly was. Have you ever been there? You said something or responded to a comment or offense that did not represent who you are at all. I have. Depending on what state of mind I was in at the time (hungry, tired, sleepy) it happened. Come on, don't leave me out here by myself (LOL!).
The above scripture reminds us to speak words that are filled with grace and mercy for the edification of those being spoken to. Though this can be challenging when we have been offended, it is necessary. It is important that we not allow the offense to provoke us to respond in ways that are undignified. Our integrity and dignity is important and should be maintained at all cost. Differences of opinions will always occur. But allowing them to make you respond in ways that does not represent who you are is not only regretful, but unnecessary.
We must learn to stand up for what we believe, while respecting other people's opinions. It is only then that we can live in peace and harmony with one another. However, if you find that peace and harmony is not possible with someone, do not continue to converse with them (See Matthew 10:13-14). Move on. It's okay. Doing this is another form of respect-for yourself as well as for them (See Romans 12:18). Be Blessed!
|Posted on November 21, 2017 at 6:33 AM||comments (104)|
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
A truly thankful person is a truly peaceful person. They've created a habit, that no matter what, they will notice, pause, and choose- choosing to be thankful regardless of the circumstances.
As Thanksgiving Day is approaching, let us choose to notice something for which we can be thankful for; pause, so that we can acknowledge this something as a reminder of the presence of God; and choose to focus on God's presence until His peace is unleashed in our lives. Be Blessed!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM MY FAMILY TO YOURS!
|Posted on November 16, 2017 at 3:57 AM||comments (40)|
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Have you ever notice how the material things we possess have become our masters instead of us mastering them. We make purchases based on our desires-homes, cars, cell phones, computer gadgets, etc., only to find that the very thing we had to have is the thing or things that's stressing us out. We accept jobs that have nothing to do with our divine gifts, we work long hours to pay for the things we've purchased, we give people 24-7 access to us through our phones, and we wonder why our energy is zapped and we are overwhelmed. The very things that should have been working for us, now has us working for them. "When did that happened?"
So, I pose a question to you that I heard someone asked that I thought was relevant and timely. How long before you become the commodity that is bought rather than the one who bought it?
Think about it. How much time do you really spend enjoying your purchases vs being stressed out over your purchases? What would it take for you to unplug and unwind? Or, could you afford to unplug and unwind without neglecting your responsibilities? Assess where you are and where its needed, make the necessary changes. You'll be glad you did!
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
|Posted on November 15, 2017 at 3:40 AM||comments (54)|
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he....
I read this article in Home Business Magazine titled, New Habits: Break Out of That Rut which stated that "fear and self-limiting beliefs create imaginary boundaries that keep us from acting in our own best interest." Reason being is that our brain is wired to resist change. Getting stuck in a rut doesn't happen overnight, but slowly over a period of time as we think or behave in the same way.
Looking over my own life, I have seen areas where I was loyal to a way of thinking that wasn't producing the results I desired. I became frustrated at the outcomes, I murmured and complained, and even did the blame game-it was someone else's fault. But after careful examination of myself (and getting sick and tired of being sick and tired), I made a conscious decision to change. To take control of my thoughts and be the person God created me to be. To be my authentic self-unapologically.
I knew that this decision would not be popular among those who were familiar with me being a certain way; doing things a certain way. But I made peace with that at the beginning of my journey. I must say that it has been the most liberating experience. Standing on the above scripture, and defining myself by who God says I am and not people, has given me the freedom and peace needed to flow in my divine purpose. I no longer have to be or choose to be a slave to wrong thinking. I think about what I am thinking about and make the necessary changes as I go along.
What about you? Have you become loyal to dysfunction-a way of thinking that causing you more harm than good?
|Posted on November 10, 2017 at 2:48 AM||comments (41)|
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Jesus (John 16:33)
We have been forewarned concerning the tribulation we shall endure. We have also been encouraged to be of good cheer because Jesus has overcome the world. What steps have you taken to enjoy your life in spite of the troubles that come?
|Posted on November 9, 2017 at 3:12 AM||comments (47)|
For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing; for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Romans 7:15, 18, 24
As believers in Jesus Christ, we struggle within ourselves to do that which is right according to the Word of God. In this scripture, the Apostle Paul is struggling in the same area. Knowing what to do and doing it are two different things; especially when what is the right thing to do goes against what we have been doing or have found comfort in doing for so long.
Accepting this truth about ourselves is half the battle. Doing something about it the another part. Having come into the knowledge of this truth, what would it take for you to stop trusting in yourself, and start putting your trust in God, the only One who can deliver you-from you?
|Posted on November 8, 2017 at 3:43 AM||comments (5)|
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.
There are many opportunities in any given day for us to become angry. Though being angry is not a bad thing, we are told to not let the sun go down (going to bed ) and we are still angry. We should have come to a resolve concerning the situation.
Personally, I have learned that even if I can't get a resolve with the individual, I can come to a resolve within myself that allows me to be in compliance with this scripture. I make my decision based on the information I have concerning the matter, boundaries (based on my standards and principles), and obedience to the Word of God.
These three things have given me the freedom to not allow another person's actions or behavior to hold me hostage. I'm free. Not because of an apology, but because I choose to be.
What strategies do you have in place that helps you to comply with this scripture?
|Posted on November 22, 2010 at 11:37 AM||comments (4)|
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Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14