Where are your thoughts? Why does it matter?

For everyone on your third cup of coffee already….I hope you are in your happy place – not in the middle of a chaotic, “Where did I put my keys” kind of day. Where do those days lead? Right. Straight to a headache. Right now. . . Take a deep breath. Exhale.Right now. . . Focus on something that calms your mind.Right now. . . Turn your thoughts where your soul is happy. Here is a bit of joy and encouragement for your day. Do not let the enemy of …

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What does your harvest look like?

Yesterday, the stock market took a dramatic tumble. Did you notice that too? I should worry. They said my retirement funds are in jeopardy. ‘They’ could be right. Maybe I should worry. Seriously? Will it change the situation if I worry? Will it help me if I fret? In fact, there are many things we could all worry about. Grab your pencil and start writing. We could each fill a page, more than a page, with worries. Whoa! Stop! Those insidious thoughts are seeds. Little seeds can become huge trees. …

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Sleep on it! Who said that?

In the morning during my quiet time, just me and God, I write out at least one verse that spoke to me. Sometimes I write a story around them, other times I just tuck the verses into my stack of index cards to read again in the future. Today I chose Psalm 16:7. “I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.”  Have you ever had a perplexing situation that needed to be resolved but no answers came to you? Maybe, like me, you thought …

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Same God – Different era

This song was on my mind as I woke up this morning. Kari Jobe “The more I seek You.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI_1YliutzA As I was praying this morning, I joined many of you in prayer too. God hears every prayer, every voice, every whisper. God hears every spirit when no words are possible. The God who parted the Red Sea is the same God who listens to the cry of your heart today. God’s power is never depleted. Psalm 146:3-6 The same God who broke the chains of Paul when he was …

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Every strand makes a difference

A few days ago, I asked, “Ever have a day when everything went right?” And of course we all agreed, that hardly ever happens. So we get infatuated with the days when things settle down to a productive hum. I was in that zone awhile back, a feeling all sorts of confident, I tackled some long overdue reorganizing and detailing. I should have listened to that tiny voice in my ear, but I didn’t. I decided it was time to move the little TV Tyler used to have his video …

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Advent Week 4 theme: Peace – There are no mood swings in God's personality

Sometimes I think I make God tired. It seems like all I do is ask. “Please, God …. “. Even though I often follow the ACTS structure, learned way back in my first women’s Bible study, I feel like I spend a lot of time in S. ACTS stands for Adoration – Confession – Thanksgiving – Supplication.  Do you ever feel that way? Last week I was having a ‘moment’ and I prayed out loud to God sitting right there in my car – Please, please, God show me something, …

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What's your product?

What’s your product? Maybe it’s because I have been a writer by some vague definition for so many years, or maybe it’s because I’m a self-diagnosed information junkie, but no matter the reason – my email inbox is flooded with opportunities. There’s a steady stream of opportunities for me to purchase a product that will bring me instant success or purchase services that promise success if I follow a particular program paid for in advance. There is nothing wrong with selling for success and the more intimately someone identifies with …

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Sir Winston Churchill's "Never, never, never give up" Originated in the Bible

Sir Winston Churchill is credited with saying, “Never, never, never give up.” No doubt that’s a valid claim to the quote, but I think it started way back, thousands of years ago, in the Bible. Yesterday I was going through my Bible looking for verses about praying and seeking reassurance that God wants us to keep praying even when we wonder if any of our requests are getting through the rafters. Remember Peter? The prisoner Peter in Acts 12 who was broken free of his shackles by an angel … …

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Who's your hero?

I’ve been working on a training course that helps students of an organization develop their personal mission statement. Naturally, as I work, I’m also researching and learning. One of the suggestions for designing your own vision is to think of people who have had a positive impact on your life. Interesting concept and certainly an easy exercise that I had experienced recently.  I remember listening to a broadcast when the speaker asked his listeners to think of 3 heroes in their lives. My first thought was what would it take to …

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The Benefits of Worry

  You got it! The benefits of worry are as valuable and motivating as this empty box.  No inspiration; only empty defeat. If you’re worried about what you hear on the news, see battled on TV, and debated on social media, please remember that worry and fear are worthless emotions. They do nothing to change whatever situation is causing them. Romans 12:9 says “Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”  Worry and fear drag you to the depths and weigh you down so heavily, you can’t rise above the …

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