How important is your attitude?

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This is a great question that ponders in some folks heads, just how important is my attitude in the real world?

According to a Stanford Research Institute report, 87.5% of our success in life comes from our attitude with only 12.5% coming from skill. WOW! 87.5% comes from our attitude, I would say it might be really important to us.

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Laughter does a soul good!

A picture of a group of friends having fun in the city

Did you know laughter can actually heal your body, spirit and mind?

Laughter is powerful as it releases stress and fatigue in your body. Some have found that laughter can even relieve a headache, tummy ache and mild depression.

When was the last time you laughed…I mean a good belly laugh?

The Bible tells us:

“A merry heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”
Proverbs 17:22

Sometimes a good laugh can be had just watching a short video on social media or reading a funny quote. Here are some places/ways you can have a good laugh:

  • A funny movie
  • Lunch or coffee with girlfriends
  • A funny book
  • Watching your dogs or cats
  • Watching young children
  • Burning dinner (yes, I laugh when it happens so I don’t cry)

What are your favorite things that make you laugh?

Sometimes life is so consuming and stressful we truly need that comedy break even for a brief moment. Next time you are stressed out find something to laugh about and see how different you feel.

“A woman who laughs does not have gray hair…
OR she just colors it regularly!”

Share below what makes you laugh, I want to know so I can laugh with you!

Our Visual Perspective…

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What is our visual perspective regarding our self?

What do you say to yourself in the morning or even throughout the day?

Would you say those same words to someone else out loud?

We forget our identity is in Christ not in our outward appearance. Plus what we see in the mirror is not what others see. Our minds are so powerful that they can create this false image of our self that causes us to say mean and even hurtful things to our reflection…or maybe just think them!

As women of God we need to start seeing our selves as Jesus sees us not as the world does. You see precious one you are royalty, you are the daughter of a King!

I know for me coming from a place of abuse my mind was and sometimes still is really harsh on myself, I say and think things about me that I would NEVER say or think about another woman. It took a while for a shift in what my mind saw and what my heart saw…personally I trust my heart over my mind.

It took me years of writing post-its and placing them around in the bathroom, my car, wallet and my desk at work that were positive thoughts about myself. Thoughts relating to how others saw me and more importantly how Jesus saw me. I eventually started seeing myself through Jesus’ eyes and not mine.

We need to see our self as Jesus does, if we choose to be negative and harsh on ourselves we are actually taking our eyes off of God and placing the importance on our self. Jesus wants our focus to be on Him, He has it all under control. It is time girls for us to stand and act like daughters of a King!

What action will you take today to begin to love who you are in Christ? Share below I would love to hear from you!

Live Your Faith in the Busy…

This weeks post comes from an article I ready this week from Rachel Wojo at Dayspring.

I have been sharing this thought the past few weeks on my Facebook LIVE Morning Minutes. We really need to take time and stop each day to be filled so we can do what we are called to do in life. Read Rachel’s post below and share your thoughts below.

 

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While we often think of summer as relaxed and enjoyable, fall boasts of structured schedules and activities. With school, work, and projects in full swing, the daily demands can be high. While the return to routine is a seasonal necessity of life, it’s easy to slip into an overload mode without realizing it. How can we enjoy having a full plate without feeling overwhelmed? Today I wanted to share 3 tips for managing a busy life.

 

When our hearts are at peace, our schedules will follow.

It’s easy to be tempted to rush through daily tasks without first spending time alone with God, especially when the appointment calendar is calling. I’ve found that when I fail to spend at least a few moments talking to God in prayer and reading his Word at the beginning of the day, then my day feels bumpy, choppy, and rushed. God may call us to lead a busy, full life as his servants, but he doesn’t call us to skip over our time with him. Keeping my heart at peace with him provides a peaceful attitude, even when the daily demands are high.  John 14:27 is a beautiful verse to memorize and use as a reminder that we can be at peace even when circumstances are unsettling or schedules are jam-packed.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27 (NIV)

 

When we remember that eternal issues matter most, we will choose our “yes’s” wisely.

If people-pleasing is a part of your DNA like it is mine, then sometimes saying “yes” one too many times becomes the straw that broke the camel’s back. I’ll find myself stressed and pressured, unable to smile or take the time to greet someone kindly. Choosing to say “yes” carefully can help tremendously when life is hustling.

The following two questions can help us choose our activities and appointments carefully. The first question is: Will this activity or appointment have lasting impact? And the second: Is this a one-time or long-term commitment? It’s easy to look at one week of the calendar and feel like “That works with our schedule.” But then when looking at a full month of that same activity, it becomes overwhelming and stressful. Asking the Lord for guidance as we make daily calendaring decisions is a wonderful way to help us remember that ultimately we desire his will and not our own. I love what 1 John 2:17 says:

And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:17 (ESV)

 

When we enjoy making plans and maintaining beauty, we are following God’s plan of order.

When my children were much younger, maintaining a daily home routine made life more enjoyable for me. A few years passed before I realized that this routine was part of God’s divine design for life. Take a look at this beautiful verse:

Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—the LORD of hosts is his name: Jeremiah 31:35 (ESV)

He gave a fixed order to beauty so that it could be enjoyed routinely. The creative God we serve loves to see us enjoy daily life. As my husband and I sat by the ocean a few weeks ago, he said, “I know I said this last year, but imagine how long these waves have been turning. For thousands of years, the water has been rolling onto this beach.” And yet sometimes the waves roll in faster than others. Sometimes we enjoy a slower pace, but sometimes the waves toss a little faster. Regardless of the speed of the waves, one of the ways I’ve discovered to enjoy maintaining order is using a planner. Using stamps, pens and fun stickers in my planner provides a practical and inspirational way to pattern after my Creator.

 

While God may have called you to a busy life or even a busy season, he didn’t call you to do it alone. So, when your schedule starts to speed up, don’t forget to lean on Him for the strength and guidance to tackle what lies ahead. Choose one or two tips from the list above and commit to implement them in your life over the upcoming months. You might be really surprised at how He can transform what looks like a crazy, hectic day into many peace-filled, beautiful moments.

 

2016-08-16_1604For more on Rachel visit her website at: http://rachelwojo.com/