Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Great Little Devotional - Jesus Calling

REPOST OF BLOG FROM 2010 - I still read this almost daily!

A very good friend of mine gave me this book as a gift recently.  Have you heard of it?

It has daily messages that are written as though God/Jesus is talking straight to the reader. 

I believe in modern-day "scribes" - those who write God inspired words for the benefit of others.  I think Sarah Young, the author of this book, is one of those.

There are Scripture references with each day's reading.

Each reading speaks to each reader uniquely depending on what's going on in her life that day.  The readings are dated with month and day, but not year.  I'm sure this little treasure can be read over and over, and each time the reader will be at a different place in life and it will speak in a different way.

I recommend this really neat daily devotional. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

How to Shift Your Thought Paradigm

As women riding the waves of moods and emotion, we often need paradigm shifts to our thinking.  It's good to have challenge statements that help us.  Here are a two ideas: 

My diet coach began sessions asking "What's been going well?" She wasn't necessarily asking how many pounds I was down or inches lost, she just wanted me to focus on what great things God had blessed me with during the time between calls.  It was a good way for me to be more aware and thankful. What a great habit to get into, asking yourself what's going well. 

Another question I like to ask is, "What do you need to care about less?"  Especially in light of hearing about world tragedies, IT IS NOT WRONG to insulate yourself.  God wants you to show love and compassion, he does want you to bear one another's burdens, but he doesn't ever expect you to take on someone's burden.  He doesn't want you to fix people.  He doesn't want you stuck in situations you have no control over or that are so far removed from you that there is little you can do.  So what do you need to care less about?

The best thing to do with overwhelming news is to hand it over to Christ. Let him pray, let him help, let him minister.  You CAN close yourself off once you've given it to him--unless he is asking you to take action.

You CAN refuse to read bad news or to watch it on TV.  Give God the keys to the problems.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. Romans 8:26

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Living Out Passions

In my Midlife Woman blog, I've written about finding your Top 5 Defining Passions.  You can read that article here.

In the meantime, I'm living mine.  Right now I'm living my passion to coach women and to write.  I'm doing that via this blog.  I've also recently completed a wild and crazy challenge that taps into my need to create beauty, otherwise known as creating art.  Here is a picture I just finished for the first challenge offered by the Made Tribe.  

"Picture Perfect"

The challenge was Psalm 139:13-16.  This is what came out of me after reading that Scripture.

Do you know your Top 5 Defining Passions?