Sisters For Sunshine

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Sharing Interests

Our blog is all about spreading positivity, and sharing interests with one another is a way to spread positivity! When we share common hobbies with others, we are sharing ourselves in a positive way. Whether it’s coming together for events or crafts or sharing our ideas together, that in itself is something positive. 

As sisters we share alot of interests, but we also have different hobbies. Krista learned quilting from a friend in the air force family, and I (Lisa) took on crochet, which I learned from my grandma. Well recently Krista is sharing with me all her knowledge and expertise to teach me quilting! It’s exciting to come together for something new and crafty, and to be able to share a common hobby, even despite the long distance!

How can share an interest with someone near you? What can you do to share something with other community members?

 

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Song: We All Bleed The Same

A beautiful inspiring song, We All Bleed The Same is about being yourself and accepting one another. Everyone’s life is precious, and we should accept our differences and come together in unity and love!

“Nobody can be like you”

“Don’t compare yourself to no one because they can’t do what you’ve done”

“Let thine own self be true”

“Just be yourself, everybody else is taken”

“Don’t be afraid; all you need to do is come as you are”

“You just keep on loving you”

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Love: Life’s Purpose

I saw a video today about a dog who was adopted by a loving couple and took care of him while he was terminally ill with kidney failure. He spent his last days loving and being loved.

And that’s what I think life should be about. To love and be loved. If there was more love and being loved, there would be more peace and joy in the world.

How can you love more? What can you do to bring love into someone’s life, no matter how small the love you give? 

Today make love your life purpose!

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God commands the impossible

“Moses said to the people: “If only you would heed the voice of the LORD, your God, and keep his commandments and statutes that are written in this book of the law, when you return to the LORD, your God, with all your heart and all your soul. For this command that I enjoin on you today is not too mysterious and remote for you. It is not up in the sky, that you should say, ‘Who will go up in the sky to get it for us and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?’ Nor is it across the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea to get it for us and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?’
No, it is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out.”” –DT 30:10-14

“There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law?  How do you read it?”  He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”” –LK 10:25-37

God commands the impossible. He calls us to follow Him and to love everyone with all our being, and He believes that we can achieve that completely! We are imperfect people, but God has faith in us.

And we should have faith in God, that we can follow His laws fully. We must not just love sometimes and follow God when we want to. We must love and follow God with all of our strength, turn to God always, and do our best no matter what.

God believes that we are capable of so much love in the world. He set these commands with a unwavering doubt that His people are capable of loving fully.

It may seem impossible, but God gives us strength. With God, all things are possible. Trust in God with perfect faith, and you can do (and love) anything! 

LORD, thank you for your powerful teachings. Be there with us as we reach out to others and carry out your commands. Help us to love others with all our body, mind, and soul. Help us to do the impossible. May LOVE be our focus, and may You be our guide always. Amen.

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Prayer for the Grieving

This morning we found out that a family member of a loved one passed away unexpectedly. Here is a prayer for the grieving, that the family may find strength and comfort in God.

Prayer for Comfort for the Grieving

Father, I pray for (name one or more) and others in my circle of family and friends who are grieving…

They’re hurting for many reasons, and I ask You to help them through this season of loss. I reach out to You, the Father of compassion and the Source of every comfort, asking You to touch them with Your unfailing love and kindness. Be their God who comforts them as they’re going through their struggles, and bring them through the tough things ahead. Come alongside them in their pain, and strengthen them so they’ll one day be able to help others who face the same struggles. (2 Corinthians 1:3–4; Psalm 33:22; 1 Samuel 20:14a)

You’re close to people whose hearts are breaking, those who are discouraged and have given up hope. May You who see their troubles and grief respond when they cry out. (Psalm 34:18; 10:14a, 17)

When they’re hurting, help them find their joy in You, for it’s Your joy that will be their strength. Help them to trust You as their God of hope. Fill them with Your joy, peace, and hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Help them experience the love, joy, and peace that are the results of His life in them, no matter what they’re going through. (Nehemiah 8:10b; Romans 15:13; Galatians 5:22)

May they sense Your presence in this hour of need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Prayer of Patience for Parents

There is so much to learn and experience by being a parent. Being a parent is not something I learned in school nor beforehand when I was preparing for birth. Only now with caring for him have I truly experienced what it means to be a parent.

Being a parent requires patience. Lots of patience and understanding. Because they only know basic instincts as an infant, and I need to accept that and be gentle and calm.

Here’s a prayer for patience when you feel exhausted, overwhelmed, and frustrated with your child.

When my child tests me, teach me, God, how to respond with wisdom.
When I grow irritable, send me patience.
When my fury rages, teach me the power of restraint.
When I become fixed in my ways, teach me to be flexible.
When I take myself too seriously, bless me with a sense of humor.
When I am exhausted, fill me with strength.
When I am frightened, fill me with courage.
When I am stubborn, teach me how to bend.
When I act hypocritically, help me to align my deeds with my values.
When mundane pressures threaten to overwhelm me, help me to remember how truly blessed I am.
When I lose my way, God, please guide me on the road back to joy, back to love, back to peace, back to you. Amen

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Poem on Living Life

In the wake of the Orlando shootings, I thought to share a poem about life. Be grateful for each day you have, and be grateful for the special people you know that bring life and joy into your day. You are blessed! Celebrate life!

Life is for Living

Life is a gift we’re given each and every day.
Dream about tomorrow, but live for today.
To live a little, you’ve got to love a whole lot.

Love turns the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Life’s a journey always worth taking.
Take time to smell the roses… and tulips…
and daffodils… and lilacs… and sunflowers…

Count blessings like children count stars.
The secret of a happy life isn’t buried in a
treasure chest… it lies within your heart.
It’s the little moments that make life big.

Don’t wait. Make memories today.
Celebrate your life!

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The Book of 1 John

Yesterday I read 1 John and it’s a wonderful book about love. God is love and to follow God means to live in love.

We should not only believe in love but act in love: “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:18).

We should love one another just as God loves each of us: Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (1 John 4:11-12).

I found this image that explained it well:

We wanted to let you know, as you’ve probably noticed the last couple of months, but we will be posting less. Lisa’s son is due any day now and with both of us caring for young ones we are a bit more busy with family life. But we hope to post a few times each month. This blog has been a great outlet for us to reflect on our faith and focus on positivity.

Thanks for joining us! – Lisa and Krista

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Song: Break Every Chain

Paxton Ingram, from this season’s The Voice, sung a powerful gospel song for his Top 11 performance, “Break Every Chain”. Simple lyrics, but strong lyrics! Jesus is our savior and with faith, He frees us from sin and suffering, giving us His full power.

Chorus:
There is power in the name of Jesus
to break every chain, break every chain, break every chain.

There’s an army rising up.
To break every chain, break every chain, break every chain.

Chorus

I hear the chains falling.

There is power in the name of Jesus
to break every chain, break every chain, break every chain.

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A Strong Mentality

Get into the mindset of thinking positive about your strength. With the mentality of being strong, you can be strong! I love these inspirational quotes about being strong – it helps me think confidently about what I am capable of! Try reflecting on these in the morning to get a good start to the day and also throughout your day to realign your focus!

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Embrace your diversity

Paul emphasized in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 that we are all given unique gifts from God that make us special:

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.” – 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Too often you may find yourself comparing yourself to another, and those insecurities, shame, and doubts about yourself are not what God wants! He made you unique because He loves you and wants you to be special in His eyes. Embrace your uniqueness and the diversity you bring into this world. 

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Song: Hold On To The Rock

My husband is singing this song in the church choir – a soulful, powerful song about standing strong in God through the storms of your life.

Chorus:
Hold on to the rock of ages, hold on to the cornerstone.
Stand strong on the sure foundation, surrounded by the fortress strong.
When all the storms of life are raging, hold on to the rock.
You’ve got to… (repeat)

Solo:
You know that it doesn’t take a mighty earthquake to shake the ground you stand on.
Cause life is gonna change like a hurricane and blow all the plans you planned on.
Well the ground is gonna shake and the wind is gonna blow,
Who you gonna trust and where you gonna go?

Chorus repeat

Solo:
You know sometimes when life is easy, it’s so easy to keep the faith.
To be grateful for every blessing, when every blessing comes our way.
Cause when life shakes us to our very soul,
Who you gonna trust and where you gonna go?

Chorus repeat

 

 

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