~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.

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Resolutions: Just One This Year

For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2 (NIV)

Every year at this time, I look back on my accomplishments or on the projects that I have started, completed, or in the best of circumstances managed to do both. In 2009, I was fortunate enough to have met many of my deadlines and to have achieved several of the goals that were on my list of things to do. I was blessed with so many opportunities to get my writing out and to meet some really great people. And so, I would like to thank all of the libraries and bookstores who invited me in for Tea & Mystery and all of the wonderful friends who have given me support and encouragement over the last year.

In addition to saying thanks for all of the wonderful things in my life each year, I usually make it a point to make at least three or four good New Year's resolutions in an effort to aim myself in the right direction. This year, however; I have decided that there is really only one thing I need to do. And so, there will be no goals set to lose fifty pounds or to exercise more. Also, I'm not going to resolve to clean out all of my closets by June 1st. I'm not going to pick three or four areas of my personality and work diligently to make myself less or more of what I am because I feel I somehow fall short just as I am today. My only resolution this year is that I need to continue moving closer to God. Perhaps the most important thing that I can do to achieve any other goal I have for myself is to be sure to keep my eyes on God and to follow His plan for me.

Best wishes to you all for a wonderful New Year!

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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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