~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, June 17, 2011

Stop Striking the Rock...

Are you running up against a brick wall as you try to live out your vision? Do you even have a vision? If not, what's stopping you from envisioning the very best for yourself? The focus of this ministry is to help you find out who you are and to help you pursue that purpose with the strength of God pushing you toward success. Even if you've been big on planning and prioritizing throughout your life, you can still hit spots that trip you up and knock you off balance. Don't let these things get in your way. Open up your Bible and jump into God's word and He will gently guide you back to your path.

When Moses was trying to get water for his people, he was first instructed to strike the rock and water came forth. The next time he encountered this problem, God told him to talk to the rock. But, instead of talking to it, he struck it again. Thus proving that we can't always attack the same problems with the same solutions. As we grow and change, the responses we have to our problems also needs to grow and change. Are you still striking the rock when you need to be having a conversation with it?

Higher Ground Ministries wants to help. If you are going through a tough time and would like for our team to pray for you, please send an e-mail. There is great power in prayer and by reaching out to ask for help, you can greatly improve your chances at success. We can't do it alone, but with God's help we can do it ALL!

God bless you! Keep reaching for 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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