~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, February 22, 2012

What Life Brings You

It's only a season. Remember these words as you are going through the difficult times in your life. God wants you to understand that there are seasons we must go through during our journey in order to reach all that He has for us. Women are great at the "going through," it's the aftermath that sometimes stops us in our tracks. The broken hearts, the hurt feelings, the missed opportunities.

These are the things that we hang onto as we attempt to heal from the brokenness we experience in our lives. Instead of hanging onto these things, however; God intends for you to glean the knowledge from the situation and carry it forward to your next challenge. He doesn't mean for us to drag all of that hurt behind us, going miles out of our way just to revisit the same old relationships, the same scenarios, the same destructive patterns of thinking. Constantly visiting the gravesites of our dead endeavors will not resurrect what wasn't meant to live on in our lives.

If God has allowed us to go through some trial, there is a reason. Whether it is something we are refusing to learn on our own or something we are refusing to hand over to Him, the result will be the same until we realize and acknowledge that He is in control and we must trust Him in all things. If you feel like you are chasing your own tail, then you need to stop what you're doing and ask Him which direction you should be facing. We need to ask Him why we can't seem to capture the prize we are seeking. Maybe He has a different reward in mind for us and we're too busy trying to play "Let's Make a Deal" with Him to see that there's a donkey behind door number three.

I'm a big fan of Bible Studies and I recently finished Beth Moore's Breaking Free study for the second time. She is such a wonderful teacher and the points she makes about getting free from the bondage of being in this world are so thought-provoking that a person can't help but be changed as a result of completing this program. If you are stuck and you've been stuck for as long as you can remember, consider taking part in a study such as Breaking Free or pick up the book from your local library. Love yourself enough to take a few hours each week to study God's word and apply it to your life. Look at it as your "me time."

There is no greater gift a woman can give herself than the gift of a strong relationship with God. Ironically, it is the one thing that is within everyone's power to obtain, but so few take advantage of all of it's benefits. If you would like guidance on resources that may be helpful to you, please e-mail me here and I'll be happy to point you in the direction of something that may be useful to you on your journey.

Take care, ladies!

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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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