~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.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

To All Who are Participating the Higher Ground Project: Please Read!

Though I sent an e-mail out to participants, I wanted to be sure that everyone had been included, so here's the information:

I just wanted to update you on the status of the Women's Self-Esteem book project. It's been several months since I have been able to work effectively on this book.

Earlier in the year, I had a miscarriage and due to the subject matter involved, I was unable to focus on the project for several months. I wanted to be able to devote the time and attention that this project requires and deserves, and for that period of time it wasn't possible. Now, however, things are improving and I feel that it is time to begin working on things again.

Over the next few months, I will be doing what I can to put the initial draft together. There may be follow-up questions for some or all of you, so please keep watching for status reports. I've also been trying to keep the Blog page updated, so if you get a chance, please stop by and see what's there.

I do apologize for the lengthy delay and I appreciate your patience as I work these issues out. This book will happen, it needs to! Your stories and your input make it a worthwhile endeavor and I hope you will be pleased with the end result. I'll keep you posted on our progress!

Thanks again,
Rebecca Benston

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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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