Friday, November 16, 2018

Love In Home = Loving Home



Love In Home = Loving Home

Each time we choose a loving response over a negative reaction we are sowing seeds of blessings that WILL produce. 

Choosing to
love unconditionally 
makes your home, marriage, and family 
a haven and a blessing.

The more you look at their positives and let go of those petty things, the more your home will have joy. A joyful home and family is where your loved ones want to be together.

This holiday season is a great time to look outward at how you can be a blessing to others. 

"The son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many." Matthew 20:28

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." 
Galatians 5:22-23

"So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh." Galatians 5:16

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Friday, November 9, 2018

It Began With A Lie


It Began With A Lie

Lies are whispered to you at a precise moment by a skilled deceiver. That lie, if not rejected, becomes a thought and if we dwell on that thought, it can be a reality that can pave way for disaster.

To act of the lie is where the trouble starts. 

Whether it's adultery, murder, lust, or pride...
the choice is yours, but it started with a lie.

"We take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ."
2 Corinthians 10:5

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." 
John 10:10

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Reignite Your Dream


Reignite Your Dream

Reignite: verb

What exactly has caused your fire to dim? What is keeping you from believing in your dream again? 

Is it fear of being disappointed? Fear of getting your hopes up just to be let down? 

Well, my friend...Fear is NOT your friend and 
definitely not from God. 

Lean into your Heavenly Father and dare ask Him to reignite your passion and squash your unbelief.

It's TIME
to unbox your dreams and walk confidently into your future. Just ask the Lord, the author of your dreams, to breathe life into what you are called to do.

Do not expect others to get on board immediately and do not get detoured if they don't.

Rest in Him. Take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.

"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

He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Matthew 17:20

"Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in it's various forms." 
1 Peter 4:10

"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you." 
Isaiah 26:3

"With God all things are possible."
Matthew 19:26

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Believe The Best In Them


Believe The Best In Them

As wives and mothers, so much rests on our ability to believe the absolute best in our husband and children. We are the ones that set and keep the atmosphere in our environment.  

A man that gets consistent positive affirmation from his wife has a confidence that shows clearly in his work and performance.  Speaking against your husband in any way is disrespectful, will un-motivate, and will definitely emasculate him. 

Emasculate means: to deprive a man of his role or identityWhen this occurs, eventually he will leave or quit trying altogether.

The problem is not him by the way, the problem is your fear or control and a definite lack of faith.

"Every wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down." Proverbs 14:1

"Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life." Proverbs 4:23

"Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it." 
Psalm 34:14

"Life and death are in the power of the tongue..." Proverbs 18:21

"So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another." Romans 14:19

"and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.." Hebrews 10:24

"Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need at the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear." 
Ephesians 4:29

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Softly and Tenderly Train Them


Softly and Tenderly Train Them

Life giving words and encouragement are the answer in parenting. 
GENTLY instruct children in the way they should go. CALMLY correct them, in love. What are we teaching if we loose it ourselves...or worse, label them and call names??

Listen up parents and teachers, build up children and listen to them--carefully listen. They will give you signs and red flags when you are losing their heart. My son would say things like, "You love her more" and "Your little princess" and such because his sister was compliant instead of strong-willed like he was.

So, instead of me stopping in my tracks and saying, "Noooooo way, Honey! In no way is she more loved or more valued than you are." I would mistakenly brush off his remarks. 

I wish instead of sending him to his room, I should have taken him on a walk to INTENTIONALLY cancel the lies he was hearing.

Draw near and lean into those those that are pushing back. I believe it is a test to see: How much do you love me? How valuable am I??

Unfortunately, I agreed with what the enemy (and his fear) was telling him by my actions. 

Parents I beg you to slow down, and see REALLY SEE your child. Tell him/her every stinking chance you get how special they are in your eyes and in God's.

"And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony." Colossians 3:14

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins."  1 Peter 4:8 

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Magnetic Attraction


Magnetic Attraction 

When two magnets are facing the right direction the magnetic pull is so strong that they immediately attach together. When the magnets are facing the wrong way there is a strong force that literally keeps them apart no matter how hard you try.

There is a very important comparison here that is so true. In marriage, hurt and resentment cause husband and wife to be like the magnets facing the wrong way. Forgiveness will bring you back facing the right way and like the magnets, you become inseparable.  

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“The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.” Proverbs 31:11-12
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Friday, September 28, 2018

Trust In Jesus


Trust In Jesus

Oh, to trust in Jesus and...

NOT in
 politicians or government

NOT in 
our child's teacher, school, youth pastor, or program

NOT in
our career or bank account

NOT in 
the Stock Market

NOT in
our circumstances

NOT in
being in control ourselves

"You shall have no other gods before me." 
Exodus 20:3

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts." 
Isaiah 55: 8-9

"Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit."
Galatians 5:25 

"Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer.."
Job 11:13

"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
Romans 12:21

"Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord."
Romans 12:19

"Be anxious for nothing, but in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God."
Philippians 4:6

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Marriage is Oneness


 Marriage is Oneness

A lasting marriage is one of the most rich things you can enjoy in life.

I am beyond thankful that God and my husband have not given up on me. And because of this, we will soon celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary!! (All the praise hands!!)

As a young bride, I would have certainly wanted a big trip or a piece of jewelry on this upcoming big day. Only, now that we are here... I am just happy and so blessed that we are a family. 

Over the years, we have watched many of our friends and colleagues walk away from their marriages. In some instances, I can see where it all went wrong and how easily that could have been us. 

 Here are some helpful things we have learned over the years to keep us connected:

~Date nights as often as possible.
~Take weekend trips together.
~Hang out together with other married couples. 
~Have common hobbies like camping, cycling, working out, wine tasting, concerts, boating...
~Be honest and open.
~Don't over-react (my big one).
~Communicate and share your heart for intimacy.
~Tell the other sweet things that come to mind.
~There's a history that only you two have and know, so share inside jokes and funny things often.
~Do sweet little things for each other.
~Compliment and thank one another.
~Hold your tongue to complaining or criticism.
~Be each others biggest fan and confidante.
~Do & say the right thing, even when they don't deserve it.
~Kiss (and often).
~Pray together and for each other.
~With every good choice you are keeping your bond.
~The "what about me" went out the window at "I Do."
~Your facial expressions and body language express more than you say, so light up when you see them.
~Believe in this...it will profit you much.
~Do not point fingers or hold a record of wrongs.
~Know the importance of physical connection often.
~Don't Quit.

"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." Ephesians 4:2-3

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Salvation


Salvation

grace
the free unmerited favor of God, 
as manifested in the salvation
 of sinners and the 
bestowed of blessings. 

"For by grace you have been saved by faith (in Jesus). And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not the result of works, so that no one may boast." 
 Ephesians 2:8-9

"And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption..." 1 Corinthians 3:10

"He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." 
2 Corinthians 5:21

"For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes." Romans 10:4

"This Jesus is the stone that was rejected has now become the cornerstone. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
Acts 4:11-12

"For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." Revelation 7:17

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Connected To The Source


Connected To The Source

Feeling drained? Do You feel like you are just spinning your wheels and not getting anywhere?

Have you ever looked down and saw that your charge cord was plugged into your phone or computer, but not the outlet in the wall? What good is it if the plug is just laying on the floor?

How often do we operate each day in our own power and not connected to our Source of Power? 

If we make a point to seek God's Face and give him the reigns of our daily things, he will certainly lead us in the way we should go.

Trust God at His word, and Plug in!

"..but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31
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Friday, August 24, 2018

The Power of Habit


The Power of Habit

"It's frequent repetition that causes natural tendency."
~Aristotle

Intentional living 
vs 
Backsliding

Whether we are talking about the way you operate in your thought life, health, relationships, your school work,
 your career, or spiritual life...

it's our daily choices that make all these things either a 
great blessing or a burden.

The results are just the consequences of our very own choices. 
The first step is usually the hardest, decide you want to change something (or everything!) and make the first move.

Check out Mel Robbins' The 5 Second Rule...so motivating and with a simple little trick she created that worked for her and lots of others since she has shared her passion. You can find her on TED Talks, Youtube, Podcasts, and/or read her book.

Think
Feel
Act
This works both directions.

It all begins in our thoughts. God's word says to:

Take Every Thought Captive 
(2 Corinthians 10:5)

Transform Our Minds 
(Romans 12:2)

 Renew Our mind 
(Romans 12:2)

Be Careful What We Think 
(Proverbs 4:23)

I love what one wise friend told me when I complained to her that I'll never be addicted to going to the gym. 
Her answer changed everything for me....

"You don't get addicted to going to the gym,
you get addicted to the results."

ummmmm.....wow. 
GAME CHANGER. And as simple as that. 
BOOM! Challenge accepted. I am now a regular at our local gym, and cannot imagine not going several times a week. 

I now seriously love the results, the friends I've made at the gym, and mostly pushing through my mental blocks. 

"No, I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should." 
~1 Corinthians 9:27

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Eliminate Distractions For A Better Life


Eliminate Distractions For A Better Life

Distraction can be a death sentence for many healthy and good things.  Be aware that there are so many business models that are based solely on getting you habitually addicted to their product or service.  

Just to name a few off the top of my head: 
Social Media, Television, Computer Games, The Food Industry (processed food), and Pharmaceuticals.  

Once you come to terms with what you sacrifice for these things it's much easier to say no to them. What do you think that you are you giving up for the habitual use of these things? 

The mindless usage of such things keep us from the creative use of our brain, from getting work done, connecting with our spouse and children, fun memories with friends, getting exercise, and time in God's word.

Set limits or a timer when you use things like Social Media. This will help to not to get sucked into that black hole just to look up an hour or more later. I have a dear friend who won't open any social media if her family is in the same room. Take the app off your main screen, turn off the notifications, and limit your use to a certain hour a day. 

Instead of staying up late surfing the internet, read a story or devotional to your child. And PLEASE, please go to bed at the same time as your spouse and save energy for him--
it is vital for your relationship. 

Schedule your workouts, make meal plans, and have quality time with your valuable relationships. You will begin to start reaping the amazing rewards today. 

You won't regret the investments you make into your life, health, and family.  Better make it count 'cause you can't get it back.

Escapism: noun 
The tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy. Habitual diversion of the mind to purely imaginative activity or entertainment as an escape from reality or routine. 


"Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses." Deuteronomy 30:19

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Feeling Alone or Isolated?


Feeling Alone or Isolated?

I have been there... 
it's not fun to feel like you don't connect to anyone. You would love to have a few sweet friendships and some people to do life with. Friends are certainly the spice of life and worth changing a few important mindsets to get there.

Here are a few ideas to help you...

~Say YES to invitations! 
Definitely, Show up! No excuses.
Not only will you surprisingly enjoy yourself, but you will get invited back if you won't decline.

~Stop overthinking
...really, just stop.

~Don't presume things
 that are just not true. 
ex: "They don't like me." or "We have nothing in common."

~Pray for opportunities
 to meet others and make connections.

~Join a fitness group/gym
 or a Life Group at your church.

~Start a neighborhood Dinner Club.

~Have a Block Party.

~Invite someone
 that you would like to get to know to lunch or for a walk.

~Look for needs
 that others have and offer to help.  Keeping the focus off ourselves is truly where you find joy.

~Reach out! 
However that may look, but it could be to bake cookies and introduce yourself to a new neighbor...give her a card with your number so she can call if she needs anything.

"Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also the interests of others." 
Philippians 2:4

"Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil." 
Ecclesiastes 4:9

"A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." John 13:34

"Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord." 2 Peter 1:2

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Don't Play The Blame Game


Don't Play The Blame Game

When we concentrate our focus on others being to blame for our problems, hurt, or suffering we are just making excuses for holding onto hurt. Blaming others is a waste of time and just keeps us stuck to grow more and more bitter. 

One of the best things I ever did was to officially stop for good pointing the finger at others. When I finally stopped doing this, but gave grace and forgiveness instead, these relationships drastically improved or just no longer affected me. 

Someone cannot chase you if you don't run. 
Refuse to get baited into their game, or even worse, presume something to be upset about when it's really nothing at all. 

You see, the blame game is keeping a record of wrongs and the bible clearly says we should not do that. I look inward and ask the Lord, "What is my part in this?" I have to make certain that my heart is right and that I'm not carrying bitterness, resentfulness, or unforgiveness. 

I am only responsible for me. I release the others to the Lord, and he is my defender. 

"You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!" Isaiah 26:3

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

"Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
And over all these virtues put on love,
which binds them all together in perfect unity."
Colossians 3:13-14

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

T2W Summer Wellness - Renew My Mind

T2W Summer Wellness - Renew My Mind
Carri Lynne Pratt


"Do not conform to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve
what God's will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will."
Romans 12:2

Webster's defines renew as; "To begin something again especially with more force and enthusiasm."  Things we can renew might be a magazine subscription, library book, or a friendship.  However, God's word tells us that we should take the time to renew our minds. 

As we experience daily life we are showered with ads, songs and other things that show us how the world wants us to live.  Many of these suggestions are against what God's will is for our life.  The only way to separate worldly ideas for life, from the truth of how we should live, is to take the time to read Scripture or listen to Godly people / preaching.

The precious moments we spend investing in renewing our minds give us the strength we need to be transformed into holy people of God, we are the Saints spoken of in the New Testament.  It is worthy of our attempts to live up to our calling.

Mind: Read Scripture. Each day read a short passage of Scripture. You can use a daily reading plan, a favorite devotional or try reading one Psalm and a Proverb.

Body: Supplements. Good quality supplements, especially magnesium, potassium, vitamins C and E and a multi-vitamin, are essential to renewing the cells in our bodies to keep them functioning properly.

Soul: Hide Scripture in your heart. The most important way to fight off worldly or negative thoughts is to pull out a favorite verse to cling to during moments of weakness.