~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.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hormones, Headaches & Heartache...A sampling for you...

Here is a very short excerpt from my book, Hormones, Headaches & Heartache. In this book, I will be sharing with you my epiphanies about life, love, and letting go. I'm aiming to have this one finished by New Year's!

After working at the shelter, I moved on to a life-changing career experience at a local alcohol and drug treatment facility. This was an especially tough assignment for me since my background had been heavily entrenched in the addictions of one person or another. I had lots of issues that came up during the first few years I was there. I’m guessing that came from all of the literature and discussion I was privy to regarding addiction and the reasons why it exists. It helped to be there, though. I pretty much got my own addiction to alcohol under control and somehow, probably through osmosis, learned a little about how to cope with some of my other addictive tendencies.
During the time I worked at this job, I developed many relationships that taught me lessons I needed to learn. I began to understand that people can be devious when it comes to protecting their own best interest and that my naïveté in this regard would not serve me well if I intended to be a player on this field. I went into this job thinking it would be just another 9 to 5, show up and put your time in type of a gig. I didn’t realize that it was my chance to prove how capable I was of doing just about any damn thing that needed done. When that finally sank in, I ran with it. Ran myself right into a brick wall.

I'll be sharing more from Hormones, Headaches & Heartache, so stay tuned in to Higher Ground!

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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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