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Let Freedom Ring

Happy Fourth of July! We hope you have a safe, fun, and memorable day, celebrating your freedom and the life you live in America! Remember to be grateful everyday, for your freedom and the rights that you have here in the United States!

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Weekly Prayer: My Freedom

For the Fourth of July this Saturday, may you reflect on the freedoms you have in this country and the freedom and guidance you have through God.

Dear Lord,

There is no greater feeling of liberation than to experience this freedom from sin and death that you have provided for me through Jesus Christ. Today my heart and my soul are free to praise you. For this I am very thankful.

On this Independence Day I am reminded of all those who have sacrificed for my freedom, following the example of your Son, Jesus Christ. Let me not take my freedom, both physical and spiritual, for granted. May I always remember that my freedom was purchased with a very high price. My freedom cost others their very lives.

Lord, today, bless those who have served and continue to give their lives for my freedom. With favor and bounty meet their needs and watch over their families.

Help me to live my life in a way that glorifies you, Lord. Give me the strength to be a blessing in someone else’s life today, and grant me the opportunity to lead others into the freedom that can be found in knowing Christ.

Amen.

From christianity.about.com

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Weekly Song: Living in the Moment

Jason Mraz sings an inspirational song about living in the moment and enjoying the life that you have now. I know that I often reflect too much on what could happen or what happened in the past, but I have been working towards this goal!

Have peace in your mind and heart for whatever you are experiencing that moment. Live life in this moment now!

If this life is one act
Why do we lay all these traps?
We put them right in our path
When we just wanna be free

I will not waste my days
Making up all kinds of ways
To worry about all the things
That will not happen to me

So I just let go of what I know I don’t know
And I know I’ll only do this by
Living in the moment
Living our life
Easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
With peace in my heart
Peace in my soul
Wherever I’m going, I’m already home
Living in the moment

I’m letting myself off the hook for things I’ve done
I let my past go past
And now I’m having more fun
I’m letting go of the thoughts
That do not make me strong
And I believe this way can be the same for everyone

And if I fall asleep
I know you’ll be the one who’ll always remind me
To live in the moment
To live my life
Easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
With peace in my heart
Got peace in my soul
Wherever I’m going, I’m already home

I can’t walk through life facing backwards
I have tried
I tried more than once to just make sure
And I was denied the future I’d been searching for
But I spun around and hurt no more
By living in the moment
Living my life
Easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
With peace in my heart
Got peace in my soul
Wherever I’m going, I’m already home

I’m living in the moment
I’m living my life
Just taking it easy
With peace in my mind
Got peace in my heart
Got peace in my soul
Oh, wherever I’m going, I’m already home
(repeat)

I’m living in the moment

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Recycled Post: All is Calm

This post is recycled from December 2013. We could always use a reminder to seek peace and calmness in our busy lives. As a new work week gets started, take a deep yoga breath and turn to God as you go through any stress.

“He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.” -Psalm 107:29

This verse shows power, love, and peace. God is beyond our comprehension and can do anything, even still a storm! It also shows that God cares about His creation, He wants to fill this world with peace and love. When we feel ungodly emotions, like stress, anger, hate, and sadness, just ask for God to calm our inner souls. Stay focused on the positive and on the love of God rather than focusing on the storms brewing around us.

As Psalm 62 says, may our souls find rest in God. Say to yourself “All is calm.”

Prayer for peace:

Lord, thank You for Your love and comfort. Only You are able to calm my storm. When I feel overwhelmed or full of ungodly emotions, remind me of what’s important. Guide me to act righteously. May I relax, let go of any unhealthy passions, and focus on You and family. May I express gratitude in all things that come my way. I live for You and ask to stay focused on You and Your teachings. Amen.

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Weekly Song: Man in the Mirror

You’re probably wondering – a Michael Jackson song? But I wanted to post about this song because it is so FUN and so POWERFUL in its message.

Someone anonymously wrote this about MJ’s song:

“Man in the mirror. Just look at yourself and ask “what do I give to the world?” This is the person I am. If I want a better place, I can’t wait for miracles to happen. I need to do something, I need to CHANGE. WE need to change. MJ just wanted us to realize how the world’s problems aren’t only others’ fault. It’s society, everybody together created this world. Now, if we want change and to find solutions, we need to change ourselves.

So turn up the volume, dance your heart out, and ingrain the lyrics in your mind.

Person by person, little by little, we can help make the world a better place. There is hope in the world. God wants each of us to believe in ourselves and reach out to others. Just start with yourself first and go from there!

Let this song motivate you to be better, be good, and make a difference!

I’m gonna make a change
For once in my life
It’s gonna feel real good
Gonna make a difference
Gonna make it right

As I, turn up the collar on
My favorite winter coat
This wind is blowing my mind
I see the kids in the streets
With not enough to eat
Who am I to be blind?
Pretending not to see their needs

A summer disregard, a broken bottle top
And a one man soul
They follow each other on the wind ya’ know
‘Cause they got nowhere to go
That’s why I want you to know

Chorus: I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change

I’ve been a victim of a selfish kind of love
It’s time that I realize
That there are some with no home, not a nickel to loan
Could it be really me, pretending that they’re not alone?

A willow deeply scarred, somebody’s broken heart
And a washed-out dream
They follow the pattern of the wind ya’ see
‘Cause they got no place to be
That’s why I’m starting with me

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

You gotta get it right, while you got the time
You can’t close your, your mind!

That man, that man, that man, that man
With the man in the mirror
(Man in the mirror, oh yeah!)
That man, that man, that man
I’m asking him to change his ways
(Better change!)
No message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make the change

Oh no, no no

I’m gonna make a change
It’s gonna feel real good!
Chime on!
(Change)
Just lift yourself
You know
You’ve got to stop it
Yourself!
(Yeah! Make that change!)
I’ve got to make that change, today!
Hoo!
(Man in the mirror)
You got to
You got to not let yourself
Brother
Hoo!
(Yeah! Make that change!)
You know, I’ve got to get
That man, that man
(Man in the mirror)
You’ve got to move! Chime on!
Chime on!
You got to
Stand up! Stand up! Stand up!
(Yeah! Make that change)
Stand up and lift yourself, now!
(Man in the mirror)
You know it!
You know it!
You know it!
You know it
(Change)
Make that change

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Weekly Prayer: Wesley’s Covenant Prayer

I received this lovely prayer at church recently, and it’s on my refrigerator so I can see it clearly to reflect and pray. John Wesley wrote it to express his faith and commitment to God. May this prayer renew your faith and commitment to God.

I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, place me with whom you will.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be put to work for you or set aside for you,
Praised for you or criticized for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and fully surrender all things to your glory and service.
And now, O wonderful and holy God,
Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, 
you are mine, and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it also be made in heaven.  Amen.

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Recycled Post: Be rooted

This post come from November 2013:

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” – Colossians 2:6-7

God tells us to be rooted in Him. If we have faith in Him and live our lives in Him, then we will we grow and be filled with joy and love.

When we are rooted in Him, we are like the tree in the ground that is rooted in the ground.

The tree is strong, stable, and healthy. It is nourished by the water and nutrients in the ground, and it thrives. The sun shines down on the tree and gives it complete strength. The branches reach out to the sky.

So too, our we. We are strong, stable, and healthy being rooted in God. We are nourished completely and we thrive in Him. We reach out to God in praise and thus He gives us complete strength and happiness.

Just think, your life is stable only through God. Be rooted and nourished in Him and give thanks!

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Echo

life-is-an-echo

How do you see yourself? How do you view your life?

Each of us has the potential to be great, even in small ways!

Look all around you and acknowledge it all. God wants you to take hold of your life and embrace it. For when you acknowledge your life and embrace yourself, it echoes back out to others. Love yourself, love God, and you’ll better love other people.

An echo is like a water droplet. You speak quietly, and yet that little voice will spread like ripples. You act in faith, and your actions will affect more than just your small bubble, it will echo outwards.

And, an echo is like a mustard seed. What we plant may seem small, but eventually it will grow and make a difference in God’s kingdom.

“The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” -Matthew 13:31-32

God wants us to be an echo. Just one tiny echo, one tiny seed, one tiny ripple. Remember that even doing small good things will make a difference. An echo can reciprocate tenfold! See all the good in your life and you’ll be able to share that joy with others.

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With Each New Day

“With each new day comes new thoughts and new strengths” (from amandamlutes on Instagram)

I love this quote, because it gives me new perspective on each day!

When you wake up in the morning, you are refreshed and ready for new things to come. You can think new, positive thoughts, like “I am blessed”, “Today good things will happen”, or “I am talented at my work”. You can have new strengths, such as more energy for the day, new burst of motivation to do work, or new confidence in yourself.

God blesses you with a new day, with a life that’s full of His love. Keep that in mind throughout your day, knowing He’s there guiding you in your thoughts and actions, giving you new experiences and challenges to grow in strength and faith.

One thing to get you “in the mood” for the new day, is before you even get out of bed, think to yourself, “Good morning, today is a new day filled with new possibilities!”

It’s our birthday today, which means another year for new possibilities and experiences to come!

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Weekly Prayer: Living in the present moment

Dear God,

I spend so much time reliving yesterday
or anticipating tomorrow
that I lose sight of the only time that is really mine,
the present moment.

You give today one moment at a time.
That’s all I have, all I ever will have.

Give the faith which knows that each moment
contains exactly what is best for me.
Give the hope which trusts You enough
to forget past failings and future trials.
Give the love which makes each moment
an anticipation of eternity with You.

We ask this in the name of Jesus
Who is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Amen.

from www.catholicdoors.com

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Weekly Song: Defying Gravity

Keep your head high, stay steadfast to your true principles, and be strong and willing. Keep trying and you will be able to defy gravity and fly high! Love this encouragement from the song, Defying Gravity, sung by Idina Menzel!

Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I’m through with playing by the rules
Of someone else’s game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It’s time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes and leap!

It’s time to try
Defying gravity
I think I’ll try
Defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye
I’m defying gravity
And you won’t bring me down

I’m through accepting limits
‘Cause someone says they’re so
Some things I cannot change
But ’til I try, I’ll never know!
Too long I’ve been afraid of
Losing love I guess I’ve lost
Well, if that’s love
It comes at much too high a cost!

I’d sooner buy
Defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye
I’m defying gravity
I think I’ll try
Defying gravity
And you won’t bring me down

Unlimited (unlimited)
My future is (future is) unlimited (unlimited)
And I’ve just had a vision
Almost like a prophecy
I know it sounds truly crazy
And true, the vision’s hazy
But I swear, someday I’ll be…

Flying so high! (defying gravity)
Kiss me goodbye! (defying gravity)

So if you care to find me
Look to the western sky!
As someone told me lately,
“Everyone deserves the chance to fly!”

I’m defying gravity!
And you won’t bring me down, bring me down, bring me down!

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Recycled Post: Everthing is a Balance

This post is from October 2013:

What do you want in your life that you wish you had right now? Do you focus too much on that?

Many times our perspective is on what is lacking or what we messed up on in the past. We regret and wish things could be re-done differently, or we wish and dwell on future hopes too much. While hoping is good, to help motivate us in the right direction and take action to get someplace, we need to be grounded in the present.

Remember everything is a balance. We need to be balanced in body, mind, and soul. Direct your thoughts in a balanced manner to what is good and what is present. Let your soul be focused on God. And let your actions take things one at a time. Everything needs to be in balance. Good health is taking things in moderation and staying grounded in God.

Celebrate all the choices you’ve made up until now. See the positive in every situation. You have been shaped into the person you are today because of those choices. Now let it all go.

Then, celebrate today. Soak up the moment and think about how you can use today the best of your ability, to make tomorrow special because of it. Savor the small moments and express gratitude for what is happening NOW.

You can dream in a healthy manner of what you want to be or where you want to go in the future, but don’t let future thoughts overtake you. Let them lightly push you in the right direction and prepare you for what’s ahead.

Keep track of all your “to-do’s” and tackle each task little by little. Then celebrate at the end of each day by doing something you love. You’ll feel accomplished yet happily balanced in work and play, in future planning and present happiness.

Everything is a balance! Let God keep you grounded, especially in the beautiful present.

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