~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 21, 2011

Rise Up 2 Wise Up...

Well, ladies, it's finally time! I've set the date for the first meeting of 2 Higher Ground's Women's Self-Esteem and Empowerment Group, Rise Up 2 Wise Up! We will be meeting at 6 p.m. on March 15th at the Clark County Public Library in Springfield, OH. This is the plan: We will be meeting eight times between now and December 1st. During these meetings, we will be exploring the Six S's of Success by tackling such topics as Knowing Who We Are, Setting Goals, Learning How to Defend Ourselves, Becoming a Believer, and Understanding a Woman's Worth, and How Women Can Change the World! After we complete these eight sessions, "graduates" of this program will begin mentoring the next "class." I'll explain how it all works at the meeting.

The goal of this group is to help women overcome their obstacles and make the most out of what God has given them. By learning more about ourselves, we can begin to reach out to other women and help them to achieve the same thing in their lives. We will use our own strengths to help others find the strength that lies within them. I hope you will stop in for our first meeting. I'm sure this is going to be a wonderful experience for everyone involved! It's time to Rise Up 2 Wise Up and empower women to succeed!

There is no cost to meeting attendees. No fees for participation. This is just a great way to get out there and get involved not only in helping yourself succeed, but in helping other women in your community do the same. Please feel free to e-mail me if you have questions about the group. More details will be posted here as the meeting day approaches!

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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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