Friday, July 13, 2018

Momentum Creates Motivation


Momentum Creates Motivation

There are so many small decisions that add up over time and help keep us going in the right direction. 

 It could be offering a kind gesture instead of a rude response.

Let it go instead of allowing something to get under your skin.

Get some exercise by going on a walk or taking the stairs.

Choose a wholesome food instead of processed man-made junk.

Take a large insulated container of ice water and fresh squeezed lemon and keep with you all day.

Think nice things about yourself.

Get dressed, fix your hair & makeup, put on earrings.

Smile.

"Whether you turn to the right or the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." 
Isaiah 30:21

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Summer Wellness Mind Body & Soul: Reconnect

Summer Wellness Mind, Body & Soul
Week 2: Reconnect
Carri Lynne Pratt
"Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves...
keep your spiritual passion, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, 
patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:10-12

Social connections are as important to our survival (and well being) as the need for food and safety." Matthew Lieberman 

Most human beings crave connection. We want to know our lives have meaning and purpose. And interestingly scientists have now found that we are actually 'hard wired' to connect to God. (article - Hardwired) Our brain activity is different during religious practices, which gives us a powerful emotional experience.

We are not alone in this world, God created us for relationship with Him and with others.  This week we will focus on Reconnecting with the Trinity and with the significant people in our lives. Yes! This will take an investment of time, but it is well worth it.

Mind:  Reconnect. Starting with the Trinity; we may sometimes feel alone but we always have access to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit who love us, comfort us, guide us each day and lead us to our eternal life. Spend intentional time in relationship with God this week. Prayer, Scripture reading, Worship Music or any other favorite form of communication. 

Reconnect with others. Who do you need to spend time with in your life? Your spouse? children? parents? friends? Make an intentional effort each day to connect with someone in a meaningful way. Our time with God provides everything we need to spend quality time with others.



Body: Low Impact Exercise. Yes. I used the E word!  Your body not only craves connection it also craves movement. There are many, many forms of low impact exercise that you can easily include in your daily routine. Experts recommend at least 20-30 minutes a day. Walking, biking, swimming, yoga or even stretching will provide you with an overall wellness. Place a star on your calendar for every day you exercise.

Soul: Love God. Your Father God created you for relationship with Him. He loves you. It is time we loved Him back in verbal and tangible ways. Some say to put heart stickers around your house to remind you to say "I Love You God" out loud, I personally like to draw hearts on my steamy glass shower door and bathroom mirror. Whatever way you prefer, let God know you love Him.

Meditation Verse:  Make it Personal...
"And (I Will) love the Lord (my) God with all (my) heart, 
soul, mind and strength." Mark 12:30

Prayer:

Father God,
I love you with all that I am and thank You dearly for loving me.  Help me to reconnect with You and make my relationship with You, Jesus and the Holy Spirit a top priority in my life. Give me the courage, strength and wisdom to make better and more meaningful connections with those around me. 

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." (Psalm 19:14)

In Jesus name,
Amen
   

Friday, July 6, 2018

Call Out To Him


Call Out To Him

Women, we to try and do it all. We think we can do everything on our own, but we just end up frustrated and exhausted.

To walk in The Spirit we must deny our flesh. The flesh has a nasty way of getting us in a mess by making a situation worse. 

Where the flesh is, there is pride, hurt, arrogance or jealousy, frustration, and irritability.

When we are in The Spirit we are led in his righteousness, peace, guidance, knowledge, and wisdom. We will just know what to do and/or say. 

Ask your Father in heaven to give you what you need for the moment. He WILL answer you. Also, please train your children to practice this, too. Press them into the Lord by sending them to their knees instead of fixing things for them. 

Loosen your grip on control and surrender all to Him, who is trustworthy and knows better than us. Pray specifically about all you typically want to control. 
And trust Him.

"So, I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh.  They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law." 
Galatians 5:16-18

"Don't worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one will completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel." Philippians 4:6-7

"You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask." James 4:2

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Summer Wellness Mind Body Soul - Remember

T2W Summer Wellness 
Carri Lynne Pratt

“All the ends of the Earth shall remember and turn to the LORD.” 
Psalm 22:27



Week One: Remember the Basics

Ladies I hope you are having a wonderful summer!  Let's take advantage of these hot lazy days to invest some time on our mind, body and soul.  We have an eight week study prepared for you that will provide great tips and reminders as well as a walk through Paul's letter to the Philippians, a letter of encouragement and true joy.

There are so many things we could (and will) discuss but let's start with the basics.  Claim this time as a special vacation to bring balance to your life, enjoy better health and re-establish an intimate relationship with your Savior. Start small, build each week and finish strong!

This week we concentrate on the Basics:

MindSelf-Talk.  Be kind to yourself and cut out the negative self-talk!  How often do we find ourselves talking badly to ourselves?  What you think about yourself changes the way you feel, act and live. Words and thoughts are critical.  Negative words drain your energy while positive words lift you up and make you feel awesome!  This week "take every thought captive" (2 Cor 10:5) and change those negative thoughts to positive statements! Make a list of positive uplifting words you can use to combat negative self-talk.

BodySleep, Water & Sun.  Sometimes we just need a reminder about what's important and getting enough sleep, water and sun are essential to feeling good and having great health.  8 hours of sleep, 64 oz of water and a study by Polytechnic University found we need at least 10 minutes of sun each day in the summer for vitamin D - make sure to wear sunscreen! (article: How much sun do we need)

Soul: Remember.  There are actually several things we should remember with regard to our soul. Firstly, remember who God is. He is our Creator, Father and Savior.  He is Holy, Eternal and He is Love.  Next we should remember who we are in regards to Him, we are each a Child of God. Lastly, we should remember that all important moment when we chose to make Him the Lord of our life.  Take some time this week to meditate on these three things to remember.

Scripture Reading for the week:  Philippians 1:1-11   Read Here
We will be reading Paul's letter to the Philippians over the next few weeks.   

Meditation Verse from our reading - make it personal:
"And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in (me)
will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."
Philippians 1:6

 Prayer:         

       Father God,
I praise Your Holy Name and worship You as my Creator God.
I am open and receptive to Your divine direction in my life.
I ask that You give me a spirit of wisdom and reveal Your will to me.
Watch over me and my family as I dedicate this time and study to You.
I desire to know You better and strengthen my relationship with You.
Help me Lord,  In Jesus Name, 
Amen


Friday, June 29, 2018

Follow Me, He Says


Follow Me, He Says

To follow Christ is to truly follow his leading and example, not our own agenda or our own thoughts. 

How might that look?

When someone cuts you off in traffic just stay calm, smile, brake and wave them in. Keep your heart clean.  Mercy.

Your husband forgets a special occasion. So, you improvise and call to make a reservation yourself or put the kids to bed early and make a cheese tray for you both to enjoy together.  Unity.

A co-worker is grating your nerves and driving you nuts. Ask that person out to lunch or if there is something you can pray for them about. Praying for someone immediately sets your heart right for them. Patience.

Your child or student is doing something that has you concerned. Instead of harmfully labeling them with that thought, speak life into the child and lift them up. Tell them how much you believe in them while pointing out their strengths.  Goodness.

You loose a valuable client, someone else got that promotion, a deal you were working on falls though, the house you loved sold to someone else... 
Take a deep breath, choose to keep your peace and trust Him.  Faith


"Teach me to do you will, for you are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness."  Psalm 143:19

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee."  Isaiah 26:3

"This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples."  John 15:8

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Life By The Spirit


Life By The Spirit

When walking in the Spirit you have all the benefits. Here are some examples:

You don't worry about tomorrow.
You trust God at His Word.
You are not easily offended and you won't 
offend others.
Stress and fear leave and
Peace and Joy replace them.
You have a radiance that others will notice.
You set an example for others.
You see the best in people.
You give His grace.
You love unconditionally.
You know when to speak and when to keep quiet.
You do not judge.
You comfort and encourage others.
You make friends easily.
You leave others better.
You have a legacy of faith and goodness.

"So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.  For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit is what is contrary to the flesh.  They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law."
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Friday, June 15, 2018

Change Your Focus


Change Your Focus

When we put our labels or judgements on others 
we are not in alignment with the Spirit of God. 

Acting as judge by falling for every thought we have against others or ourselves is wrong.

Parents, we are the worst at this...the what if's and the oh my gosh's can take us to a dark and slimy pit of fear concerning our children.

By doing this we are projecting our fears and the lies of evil on our children. 

I love to say and pray the opposite of my fears. Speak into them what you know the Lord can do. 

Raise them up. 
I mean, literally RAISE THEM UP with your affirmations, your trust and belief in them. 
Raise them up in the trust of God the Father, the maker of Heaven and Earth.

"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
2 Corinthians 4:18

"Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart."
Proverbs 3:3

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Joy Of The Lord


Joy Of The Lord

Let your smile change the world, 
but don't let the world 
change your smile.

The happiest people don't have the best of 
everything, only they make the best 
of everything.

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power 
of the Holy Spirit." 
Romans 15:13


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Friday, June 1, 2018

Receiving God's Grace To Move Past Your Crushing Hurts


Receiving God's Grace To Move Past Your Crushing Hurts
by Joyce Meyer


Everyone deals with emotional pain to some degree. Whether it's a difficult relationship, an addiction, abuse, depression ... it can cripple us and prevent us from moving forward. But regardless of what's happened in our past, God still wants us to have a great future.
For years, I thought I had to settle for a second-rate life because I had been sexually abused by my father. I thought my future would never be as good as it could have been.
That's what our enemy, Satan, wants us to believe. He wants us to believe that our past pain has permanently damaged what God can do with our future.
Maybe that's where you are today. You look at everything you've been through and think, My situation's just a hopeless mess. Maybe it would be different if God had done something sooner, but now it's beyond repair.
If so, I want you to know that God can fix the unfixable and bring dead things back to life! (See Matthew 19:26.)
If you are brokenhearted—if you've been hurt, abused, disappointed or unfairly treated in any way—it doesn't limit what God can do in your life. In fact, God can give you a future that's better than it would have been if you had never gone through painful experiences.
Isaiah 61:7-8 (AMP) has meant so much to me over the years. It says, "Instead of your [former] shame you will have a double portion; and instead of humiliation your people will shout for joy over their portion. Therefore in their land they will possess double [what they had forfeited]; everlasting joy will be theirs. For I, the Lord, love justice..." 
This Scripture helped me understand that no person could pay me back for what I'd gone through—but God could! And He'd even give me double for all the pain I'd been through.
I've witnessed this firsthand in my own life. God has used His Word to transform me from the inside out. Instead of anger and bitterness, I now have peace and joy. Instead of being a victim of past abuse, He is using my experiences to help many find healing and total restoration from emotional pain!
Leave It All Behind
Isaiah 61:1-3 (NKJV) says Jesus came "to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound ... to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness..." (emphasis mine).
Jesus has already opened the prison doors! We no longer have to stay in the "prisons" of emotional pain, rejection, disappointment, worry, depression, anger, addictions or bad habits.
If you've ever dealt with any of these things, you know they can have long-lasting consequences. Pain from the past has a way of lingering and even affecting your future.
But you don't have to live stuck in the pain of your past. You can make an exchange—you can trade your pain for God's promise and have beauty instead of ashes.
God offers each one of us healing and restoration, but we also have a part to play in the process. We can't expect to keep our "ashes" and still receive God's beauty. We have to choose to move forward and leave things like bitterness, resentment, and self-pity behind.
Self-pity was a hard thing for me to give up. I used it for years to comfort myself when I was hurting; however, the Lord showed me that it's actually idolatry—it's turning inward and pitying ourselves when we should have compassion flowing out of us to other people.
Self-pity is a major trap that will keep us stuck in our pain. It's the same with bitterness and resentment. It took me a long time to get past the point of thinking, Someone owes me. I was bitter and angry about my past, and I ended up taking it out on the people around me, trying to "collect" from those who had no way of paying me back.
I had to decide to let go of my anger and resentment and trust God to restore what I had lost. He alone could make wrong things right, in His way and in His timing.
Whatever you've gone through or wherever you are today, your pain doesn't have the final say in your life. God can take any situation and turn it around for His good.
If your life is a fragmented mess, let Jesus gather up the pieces. Be determined to maintain a positive, grateful attitude, focusing on God's blessings and the great things He is doing in your life.
As you do, your pain will become someone else's gain, your mess will become your message and what you've walked through will become someone else's miracle. You'll have a life of beauty, joy and praise!
Joyce Meyer is a New York Times best-selling author and founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. She has authored 100 books, including Battlefield of the Mind and Get Your Hopes Up! (Hachette). She hosts the Enjoying Everyday Life radio and TV programs, which air on hundreds of stations worldwide. For more information, visit www.joycemeyer.org.
Connect with God in a deeper way as you read His Word. 
"I will both lie down in peace and sleep; for You, Lord, make me dwell in safety and securely." Psalm 4:8  
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Friday, May 25, 2018

His Armor


His Armor 

One of the most helpful things in my life has been to stop defending myself in my own power. 

Allow God to defend you and trust him at his word. Doing this in full faith we get to see his hand in our circumstances, but we also stop pushing people away from us by being so abrasive.

Put on the full armor of God each day. God's word is our sword and the source of all truth. Faith is our shield. 

 "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 

Stand Firm then, with the belt of TRUTH buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from THE GOSPEL OF PEACE. In addition to all this, take up the shield of FAITH, with which you can extenguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the HELMET of SALVATION and THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, which is the word of God." 
Ephesians 6:10-17 (emphasis mine)

"The Lord is your mighty defender, perfect and just in all his ways; Your perfect and just in all his ways; Your God is faithful and true; he does what is right and fair." Deuteronomy 32:4 

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Women Encourage Women


Women Encourage Women

 Ladies, We are better working together, not against each other. 

When we fall for the comparison or jealousy trap, when we gossip or spread rumors, when we don't support and encourage each other--We ALL suffer. 

Not only do we suffer, but we are taking the bait of the enemy who kills, steals and destroys.

Beloved Sister, consider the influence you could have on others. That difficult daughter-in-law, she could be a like daughter! That co-worker that grates your nerves, she may be hopeless and in great need of a friend. 

 Consider also all the gains in perspective and life being mentored by another woman. 

Father, We pray & believe for relationships and opportunities to open up right before our eyes to grow along side another that can make a difference in our lives and us in hers. In Jesus name, Amen

"And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for such sacrifices God is pleased." Hebrews 13:16

"A new commandment I give you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another." John 13:34

"...that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the others faith, both yours and mine." 
Romans 1:12

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Mother's Day Gifts That Money Can't Buy



Mother's Day Ideas That Money Can't Buy

Draw or paint a picture and frame it
Take a leisurely walk with her
Write her a poem
Invite her on a picnic 
Write her a letter
Frame her one of your favorite photographs
Take a picture of your hand in hers 
Pull weeds in her flowerbed 
Have a meal out on the back porch with her
Cook for her
Clean out her closet or the garage
Wash her car
Serve her breakfast in bed
Pick her a bouquet of wildflowers
Give her a day off by doing the house duties
Paint her toenails
Snuggle in a chair and read together
Put sweet post it notes in her car, bathroom mirror, and in her purse
Ask her to tell you a story about her childhood or your birth story

"Her children rise up and call her blessed.." Proverbs 31:28

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Saved But Not Free


Saved But Not Free

Surrender is the key factor in walking a fruitful life with God. His ways are so much higher than our ways and his boundaries are for our own good. 

Leaning in to his voice and being led by his Spirit is to deny our flesh, because not doing so can cause lots of problems. It's also not a one time thing. It's a daily choice to remain calm, hold your peace and tongue and, above all, trusting the One who holds the future.  

He's got your back. I guarantee it.

When we have to be in control and are operating in the flesh, it prevents us from surrender. 

"There's nothing natural about Christianity." ~Billie Graham

"It's foolishness to rebel against a good King." ~Jana Karika

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." 
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

"If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen." 
1 Peter 4:11

"It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is no help. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life." John 6:63

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Sweat Equity


Sweat Equity

Putting in the necessary effort into your family will be worth every drop of sweat's weight in gold.

I am always encouraged as I start to see progress to keep going, keep moving in the right direction. 

I was not naturally a very good house-keeper. 
It was something I did not prioritize and didn't ever consider how much it caused many problems, and not just the chaos that it created. 

My husband's Love Language is Acts of Service, so this really bothered him and made him feel unloved. He would come home from work to a mess that I had avoided all day by being busy doing other things.

Over the years I have learned that saying no to even good things creates space to lovingly serve my family with home-cooked meals and a home that welcomes them has made so much difference in our lives. 

I now enjoy keeping my home clean and making it a cozy place we love to be. My focus is on the most important relationships and this is my first ministry above all else. 

"And aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands..." 1 Thessalonians 4:11

"However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband." Ephesians 5:33


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Friday, April 20, 2018

Don't Hover


Don't Hover

We are supposed to protect our children from harm, but not failure.

Yes, it is a parents job to make sure your young child learns not to touch a hot stove or run into the street. As your child grows into adolescence they have to learn to navigate on their own. 

Nothing teaches a great lesson quite like failure.

Do not save them from natural consequences, sometimes there are no better lessons learned.

To fail forward is a good thing! Being there for them as sincere comfort is great and not the one who nags at them about forgetting their homework again. 

"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." 
Hebrews 12:11

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