Friday, July 20, 2018

Happiness Is An Inside Job


Happiness Is An Inside Job

Life can get so complicated and messy.  We tend to hold on to so many things and we have a, "Oh, I will get to that later" type thinking. We also continue to fill up the gaps in our lives, too. We believe that retail therapy or whatever type self-medicating we do is the answer. We keep piling on, but we only feel worse.

Soon we have a physical and/or emotional pile of baggage that's so overwhelming to even think about tackling. 

Oh-to-purge! 
Have you ever just dove in and cleaned out a closet, the garage, or the pantry?  When you are done, do you go by and just stare at it because it feels sooooo darn good? 

Have you ever sat down with your bible and a notebook and pen, asking the Lord to bring to mind the hurts and wrong mindsets you carry to the light? 

Ahhhhhh such relief from the excess.

Physical and emotional clutter are BOTH weighing us down.
  Ask the Lord for the wisdom he freely gives to help you get started, and once you get going the momentum takes affect. 

Cleaning out your closet and your heart take some intentional effort, but the results are so very worth it. 

Seek the Lord on what should be purged from your heart, mind, schedule, diet, and environment.

"The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don't." 
~Marie Kondo

"Organized clutter is still clutter. Get rid of it." 
~Corie Clark

"Holding a grudge doesn't make you strong; it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn't make you weak; it sets you free." 
~Dave Willis

"There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death." 
Proverbs 14:12

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Summer Wellness Mind, Body & Soul: Week 3 Release & Forgive

Summer Wellness: Week 3 Release & Forgive
Carri Lynne Pratt

"She who is bowed down shall speedily be released;
she shall not die and go down to the pit;
neither shall her bread be lacking."  Isaiah 51:14

You may know the story Jesus told about the man who owed a great debt that he could never repay. "The servant fell on his knees imploring (the master), 'have patience with me and I will pay you everything.' And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him his debt." (Matthew 18:26-27) However, it goes on to say that the forgiven man refused to forgive a very small debt owed to him by someone else. The master found out and threw the forgiven servant in jail. Jesus tells us, "So also My heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your (sister &) brother from your heart."

Notice what God did, (we assume He is the Master in this story), He Released Him and  Forgave Him.  We need to follow His example.

We, as Christian women, are so fortunate to have a Savior that freely forgives.  When we do not take full advantage of this blessing it leads to regret, anger and misery. The unforgiveness we carry with us through life is like chains of bondage that we choose to wear.  We are called to forgive others; but we must ask and accept forgiveness from God for our sins and emotionally forgive ourselves.

We cannot experience the wellness we desire when there are hidden corners of our minds and hearts that we refuse to deal with.  The good news is that Jesus is always waiting for us to ask for forgiveness and strength so that He may supply us with his unlimited amount of GRACE. 


This is a great time for a full detox. We can detox our soul and our bodies to forever rid our minds of our poor choices and life hurts, no matter how trivial or possibly even tragic they are to us.  It all starts with asking for forgiveness and accepting God's grace.

Mind: Release & Repent.  First we must acknowledge that we have all made some pretty poor choices that are definitely outside of God's will.  We know this is called sin and everybody does it; but it still makes us enemies of God.  Then we must pray for God to forgive our sins by His grace and cleanse us and make us clean.  This part also includes turning away from the things we are tempted to do that are outside of God's will and His protection for us.  This is known as Repenting. Finally we must release the memories of the things we have done and forgive the things others have done to us. This part is not so easy is it?  There are some pretty big things we might have to forgive, we are not asked to like the person or the act. We can trust that God is just and will deal with the person on judgment day. Forgiveness releases our attachment to that person so we can be FREE.

Body:  Detox. As an outward expression of our inward cleansing, try a detox drink (50 Detox Drinks), hot detox bath and/or detox nutrition program. Epsom salts are amazing at drawing toxins out of your skin in a hot bath. You can look online for great drinks and diets.



Soul:  Forgive. Now for the really hard part.  Sit in a quiet area and pray for God to bring to your mind any unforgiveness you may be carrying around with you. This may be hurts caused by others or things you have not forgiven yourself for.  Brainstorm and anything that comes to mind, write it down, make a list.  Have some tissues close by because crying is a great form of detox and stress relief. Pray, pray and pray some more that God will help you forgive these people and forgive yourself.  As you pray over each name mark it out and RELEASE IT to God.

Meditation Verse"Forgive each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive." Colossians 3:13

Movie Suggestion:  I Can Only Imagine - talk about forgiveness!

Scripture Reading This Week:  
Philippians 1:12-1:18

Scripture Review:  
Philippians 1:1-1:11 (week 1)
Paul is grateful for the faithful Saints located at the Philippian Church.  Just a reminder sisters, we who are in Christ are all known as Saints. Isn't that beautiful?  

Another important take-away from this passage, Paul is praying for the Saints to love one another, to be righteous like Christ, to be pure and blameless and to remember we are each a work in progress:
"He who began a good work in you will bring it to 
completion at the day of Christ." Philippians 1:6

Prayer:

Heavenly Father God,
Praise You Lord! We thank You for all of the wonderful blessings You give us each day. We thank You for Your Amazing Grace, how sweet it is, that abounds freely and is ours when we ask.

May You forgive us our sins, and may You give us the strength to forgive others, no matter how difficult, and to forgive ourselves.  Release us from these chains. 

Help us this week to be faithful Saints, loving, righteous, pure and blameless and to remember we are each a work in progress as we follow Your lead.

We love You!
In Jesus name,
Amen
 

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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