Thursday, August 25, 2016

...Get Out of the Way and Let Him Do It


I finally watched the movie War Room

A few powerful words in the movie really hit home for me . . .

"You need to plead with God to do what only he can do, 
and then you need to get out of the way and let him do it." 
- Miss Clara
Confession . . .
   I don't always get out of the way and let HIM do it.

Oh, I pray. And I plead. But then I play God. Can anyone relate?

After watching the movie, I came away wanting to be Miss Clara. To pray with passion and fire. To know without a doubt when I leave my war room (prayer closet) the answers will be up to God and nothing I try to do in my own strength will change the outcome God has planned. Having faith that there is nothing more I have to do but wait and see the power of prayer at work.

Recently I've had to be on my knees often. To be a prayer warrior for my family. My faith at times has been shaken and tested. There were times I wanted to close the war room door and never go back in because my prayers were not being answered in my timeframe. Was He listening? Does God care what is happening? My role in helping God with the outcome was consuming a lot of energy. 

So what to do?

Go into my room, shut the door behind me, pray and then get out of the way and let God do what God does best. Matthew 6:6

Watch God work!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Waiting....

Many of you have been asking "where are you?"

Between summer ending, vacation and well, "life happenings," I've been in a waiting stage.
   Waiting to see what I'm suppose to do in regard to blogging.

Next week begins a new school year and it is a busy time getting my classroom set up, meeting my new students, their families and kicking off another year. Hopefully I'll have some inspiration and life will slow down enough for me to be still and ponder my thoughts for writing.

Thank you for inquiring about my whereabouts and thinking of me.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016

How to Feel Positive When Negativity is Overwhelming

At the beginning of 2016 I chose a word for the year - SANGUINE (read here). It means cheerfully optimistic, hopeful or confident.


Let's be honest . . .

life at times does not leave us feeling sanguine.

When life gets messy as it often does, feeling positive when negativity is overwhelming can be a challenge. Even for the most sanguine person. Whether it be in our personal relationships, professions or even with the happenings in the world today, we are bombarded with negativity. So how does one stay positive through it all?
  • Begin the day with meditation, prayer, bible reading or a devotional.
  • Listen to uplifting music.
  • Read positive books. There is enough negative around so why feed your mind with more.
  • Work through doubts and believe in yourself. Don't let anyone dull your sparkle!
  • Remove yourself from negative people. This isn't always feasible, so having a positive mindset to be able to deal with them is important.
  • Keep positive quotes where you can see them.
  • Exercise. It's common knowledge that exercise releases endorphins which can lead to feelings of happiness, even euphoria.
  • Establish personal goals, setting a completion date. Beginning something new can give a confidence boost.
  • Give back. Do something for someone else. Even if you don't "feel like it."
  • Turn off the news. Watch the first half hour then turn it off. This includes social media where negativity is everywhere. Limit the amount of time you spend on it. 
  • Find something to be thankful for each day. Keep a thankful journal so you can look back.
  • Choose a word or a phrase with spiritual significance. Repeat it silently throughout the day. It can serve as a portal to a calmer mind and body. The power of a mantra can energize. See Philippians 4:8 
  • Talk with a trusted friend or seek professional counseling if needed. Sometimes we all need a little help in overcoming negativity.
You may have to reach a point where you say, God, it is all over. I can smell defeat but I know you are faithful because you are God. (Matthew 11:30)

What about you . . .
   how do you feel positive when negativity is overwhelming?

Friday, July 29, 2016

Thankful Friday - Jesus


J E S U S

All things Jesus
is what I'm thankful for
this past week!

He answered my prayer . . .
I cry out to God Most High,
to God, who fulfills his purpose, for me.
Psalm 57:2

When I'm fearful . . .

When I am afraid, 
I will trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise, In God I trust;
I will not be afraid.
Psalm 56:3 

 Or worry begins to set in . . .

Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you;
he will never let the righteous fall,
Psalm 55:22

Discovering the beauty of following where He leads . . .

Come With Me
by Suzanne Eller

A listening ear . . .

trusted friends

Music to calm my spirit . . .

"In the Eye of the Storm"
by Ryan Stevenson
(my new obsession)

Prayer . . .

from friends both online and offline.

AND

Dark chocolate,
lots of dark chocolate!

Party at My Place linkup this week is
 Thankful Heart. See what others are 
  thankful for and link your grateful heart.
  Old posts are welcome.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Party at My Place - Thankful Heart


Welcome to THANKFUL HEART at Party at My Place linkup. Linking what you are thankful or give gratitude for is the last of July's Theme Party Month.

MOST VIEWED from last week's Be Beautiful theme were:




For many, giving thanks and expressing gratitude is the month of November (Thanksgiving) ritual. Having a grateful heart should be an everyday occurrence. It helps keep life in perspective. Especially during hard times. Giving thanks when life is good is easy. When life is not so good, having an attitude of gratitude is often difficult. 

Gratitude turns what we have into enough. Problems can actually turn into gifts unexpected. Failures are often successes in the the making. Our mistakes become lessons learned. A grateful heart is a joyful heart!

Every evening before you fall asleep, give thanks for three things from your day (no matter what kind of day you had). Then when you wake up the next morning, BEFORE you even get out of bed, intentionally declare thanks for the mere fact you were given another day.

An attitude of gratitude changes everything!

What are you thankful for?