~I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut.--Revelation 3:8~

This Month's Thoughts for:

Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.

Psalm 43:3 NIV

Body-Now that all of the holiday celebrations are nearly over, it's time to look at taking care of ourselves. If you haven't already been, you need to find the right balance in life so that you can have time for exercise and to strengthen yourself.

Mind-Whether you're a student or a graduate, it's never too late to learn something new. Keep your eyes and ears open so that you may find guidance through God's word.

Spirit-Take time each day to pray and talk to God. He hears you.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Got your bucket list?

I recently watched the movie, The Bucket List and found it to be very motivating. Although I'm not sick or dying, it is still important for me to have a list of goals that I would like to accomplish in this lifetime. It got me to thinking. Women need to do this for themselves to ensure that they make the time to do things that are important to them. We have a tendency, as women, to get caught up in being the caregiver, the nurturer, the person who knows all of the important stuff. Often, we forget to set goals based on what we want or need and not based on what will fit comfortably in our lives or not alienate those whom we love.

My challenge to you is to create a list of ten things you would like to do before you die. However miniscule or grandiose, just make the list. I'd like for all of us to share a few of our goals and see if there is anyone else who is in our group who might be able to help us realize one or more of our goals. The philosophy of 2 Higher Ground is for women to help other women succeed. Once we all know what others are hoping to do in their lives, maybe we can use our network to help each of us achieve some of our goals. Post your list here by June 30th and I'll check back to see if we are making any progress. I'll start by listing the top four goals on my list.

Rebecca's Bucket List (Partial)

1. Be published by one of the big publishing houses!
2. Successfully grow my own tomatoes!
3. Learn how to play piano!
4. Sing at the Grand Ole Opry!

What are some of your "bucket list" goals? Please share! We'll all exchange our advice and support after we see what kinds of goals are out there! This will be fun, ladies! Post yours today!

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Healthy Relationships: Where do you fit in?

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

James 1:12 New International Version

In relationships, we are all put to the test in one way or another. Whether we are being taught a lesson in trusting others or in learning to love selflessly, we must always be on the lookout for signs that the enemy is lurking nearby. Sometimes what we think might be one of God's tests for us is actually our own ego struggling to overpower His influence in our lives.

If you are fighting constantly over the same issues with your significant other, take a step back and ask yourself, "What would God want me to do here?" It could be that He wants you to take enough pride in yourself to stand up for your right to be respected in the relationship. Maybe you need to step up and express your dissatisfaction with the way you are being treated in order to make your loved one understand what you need. Or maybe you are with someone who is treating you unfairly and God wants you to guard your heart.

If your usual tendency is to run away from a relationship when you aren't 100% satisfied with the other person's behavior, this could be an indicator that you aren't being realistic in your expectations. No one is perfect and learning to love one another's flaws as well as one's gifts is part of a healthy relationship.

A great resource for you to check out if you are having difficulty sustaining relationships is "Safe People" by Townsend and Cloud. I am currently going through a Bible Study with some ladies and we are using this book as our guide. There is alot of great information about boundaries and how to identify traits in others who may be unsafe for us. If you get a chance, check this one out.

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