~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, October 1, 2009

Happy October!

I managed to be so busy during the entire month of September that I didn't post a single thing here on Higher Ground. Unfortunately, that's the way things go sometimes. During September, I moved to a new home, got my daughter enrolled in Kindergarten, struggled with my own emotions through her first day in a real school, struggled with my return to school after Summer break (I work in an elementary school), worked on book release items (I also write mysteries), worried about my sister who had surgery a few weeks ago, and have been nursing my daughter through her tonsillectomy over this last week. I'm sure there was more, but isn't that enough?

In all that time, I've been thinking about the focus of this blog and trying to figure out what would be the best way to use this forum to help women achieve success. I've come up with a few things. First, I am going to start a classified ad section here on 2HG. If you have something you would like to advertise, you may run a short description of it for one week for just $2. I'm working out how to set this up in Paypal, but you can go ahead and contact me if you have something you'd like to post. I'll also be starting a no-nonsense advice column called Let Me Have It! If you have a situation that you need some guidance in, please e-mail it to me. Your letter will be published much like a Dear Abby letter, so use a pseudonym or just ask to remain anonymous if you wish to do so. I can't wait to hear from you!

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you believe would be useful content here at 2 Higher Ground. If you have suggestions, please e-mail me. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Don't forget to tell your friends about our monthly contests. Our Wonderful Woman spotlight usually gives away a neat prize to one lucky subscriber each month! For those of you who are already subscribing or following, thank you so much for hanging in there with us.

I'll be posting this month's thoughts and some other resources later today. Be sure to check them out.

Have a great day!
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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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