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Doubt & Confusion

I’ve been struggling with doubt and confusion, questioning God as to why I have to deal with my struggles as a sleep-deprived mom. This month I was at an all-time low, and the day before Easter, I decided to open up my book, The Battlefield of the Mind, by Joyce Meyer.

There were two chapters about doubt and confusion and with her insight I felt more calm and again more focused on my faith. I know in life Christians will flutter in their faith, and that’s why it’s important to have a good strong support system and a sense of where to go to re-align. I find focus and strength through reading bible verses and positive quotes and through prayer. I mindfully focus on those quotes over and over in my head, especially when I’m in a difficult situation or when I feel my worst.

 

Here are some of Joyce’s words and Bible verses that helped me calm my doubts:

“Even in adverse circumstances and storms and spiritual warfare, keepy your mind on God to build up your faith.”

“Get quiet and still, turn off your head, and look into your heart.”

“May the God of hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that by the power of the Holy Spirit, you may abound and be overflowing with hope.” Romans 15:13

“Take captive every thought into the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5

“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind, and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

“Experience the peace of mind and heart that comes from trusting in God.”

“Turn the matter over to God, trusting Him to work out all the things for good regardless of what happens.”

“Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it, and you will.” Mark 11:24

 

Here are four more posts that we’ve done that include quotes from The Battlefield of the Mind

Change Your Mind To Be Obedient To God

Choose To Follow

Humble Yourselves

God Keeps Us Going

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Be Kind

I love Ellen Degeneres and her motto, “Be kind to one another”. It’s really resonated with me recently, particularly with the negativity going on in our country with our new president. I am saddened to hear about how our president and his fellow supporters are leading this country, and how they interact, communicate, and work with others is disrespectful. We shouldn’t be disrespectful or rude. We should be respectful and kind. Our leaders need to show more respect and kindness. 

How can you be more kind in your day-to-day life, in your interactions and communications with others? An easy one is to smile! How about opening a door for someone? Why not tell someone one thing that you like about them? So many simple gestures of kindness can bring so much more joy into the world.

We have many posts on our blog about kindness. Here are a few of our favorites – go check them out!

Kind Words: “If we speak more kind and positive words, perhaps there will be more peace and joy within communities and within people’s hearts. Wholesome words help build-up people, help make a difference, and empower people to live in God’s grace. Something so simple as “You are special” or “Awesome job” can be so profound.”

Spread Kindness: “Spread love everywhere you go… kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.

Respect: “Think about your words and your actions towards others, that you may show respect… Show respect to all people. Treat others as you would want to be treated. Respect all opinions.

Take Time to Care: “Take time to care, by expressing love to everyone, inspiring people, encouraging people, and being sensitive to others. A hug, a smile, a listening ear, and kind word can make all the difference…Kindness can transform someone’s dark moment with a blaze of light. You’ll never know how much your caring matters. Make a difference for another today.”

Pray For Kindness: “Loving God, There are all kinds of people that I come in contact with during my day. I may not know them like you know me, so please give me kindness and understanding as I interact with them. I pray that I may remove any judgement and pride that I may have, and instead, show love and kindness. May I consider these people as brothers and sisters in Christ, full of love for you, Lord. Amen.”

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Psalm to our loving God

What a beautiful song from Psalm 36:5-9! When I read this, I am reminded to praise Him, to have hope, to focus on the joy that He gives, and to renew my thoughts to be more positive and thankful.

God will provide. He is here with us, protecting us, keeping us safe, giving us abundant love, and bringing life into our souls.

Rejoice in God, who is faithful, righteous, loving, and overflowing with life! 

 

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
    your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
    you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light we see light.

– Psalm 36:5-9

 

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Weekly Thought: Respect

In the midst after the election results, and the division of opinions in our country, respect, peace, and kindness is so necessary. Think about your words and your actions towards others, that you may show respect. Respect for their opinions and feelings.

“Show respect to all people. Treat others as you would want to be treated. Respect all opinions.”

“We don’t need to share the same opinions as others, but we need to be respectful.” – Taylor Swift

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Weekly Thought: Grounded

I have been doing some yoga the last couple of weeks, and I appreciate at how it helps you be mindful of yourself and your mind and body. In the yoga video, the teacher mentions to “stay grounded”, and that phrase stuck in my head. Whenever I need to be calm or need to let go of worries and tension, I reflect on this phrase.

“Stay grounded. Be present in the moment. Be steady and strong.”

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Weekly Thought: Be Free

This week’s Weekly Thought is:

“I am free. I will let go and let God deal with it.”

Be free from worry and stress by giving it up to God. Think these thoughts about letting go your worries, and you will be free. Lift up any thoughts to God for him to deal with it. He’s there for you.

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Weekly Thought: Capable

This week’s Weekly Thought is:

“I am doing great. I am capable. I can do this.”

Don’t be hard on yourself! Don’t doubt your abilities! You are doing great. Keep trying, keep working at it. Trust in God in your work; He will give you success.

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Weekly Thought: Keeping Calm

This week’s Weekly Thought is:

“I am calm in this moment. There is peace here.”

When I am feeling anxious, emotional, or stressed, thoughts like this one help me stay calm. Take a deep breath, focus on what is calm in this moment, and soon your thoughts will take root and you will be more calm.

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Weekly Thought: Being Positive

We’ve updated our home page a little bit to include our “Weekly” Series that we’ve done the past two years, with “Weekly Prayer”, “Weekly Song”, “Weekly Hymn”, and “Weekly Compliment”. Today we’d thought we start doing series on a “Weekly Thought”.

This will be a thought for you to reflect on each day, on how you can be a better person.

So, to start, this week’s thought is:

How can I make this situation positive? 

If you are experiencing a moment of frustration, anger, disappointment, try to refocus with a positive perspective. What is positive about this moment? What am I happy with right now? 

Today, I was feeling run down. Being a parent is hardwork, and with lack of sleep, I felt cranky and lazy. So, to make me think positive about my day, despite my fatigue and frustrations as a mother, I told myself, “It’s great to see my son smile”, and “I am giving him love and care as he grows into a beautiful human being.” As I smile for my son, I felt a little more joy in the moment.

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Song: Scars To Your Beautiful

Alessia Cara’s song, Scars To Your Beautiful, is an inspiring hope for each of us to embrace our own beauty. We are stars, we are beautiful!

She just wants to be beautiful
She goes unnoticed, she knows no limits,
She craves attention, she praises an image,
She prays to be sculpted by the sculptor
Oh she don’t see the light that’s shining
Deeper than the eyes can find it
Maybe we have made her blind
So she tries to cover up her pain, and cut her woes away
‘Cause covergirls don’t cry after their face is made

Chorus:
But there’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark
You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are
And you don’t have to change a thing
The world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful
Oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh
And you don’t have to change a thing
The world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful

She has dreams to be an envy, so she’s starving
You know, “Covergirls eat nothing.”
She says, “Beauty is pain and there’s beauty in everything.”
“What’s a little bit of hunger?”
“I could go a little while longer,” she fades away
She don’t see her perfect, she don’t understand she’s worth it
Or that beauty goes deeper than the surface
Ah oh, ah ah oh,
So to all the girls that’s hurting
Let me be your mirror, help you see a little bit clearer
The light that shines within

Chorus

No better you than the you that you are
No better life than the life we’re living
No better time for your shine, you’re a star
Oh, you’re beautiful, oh, you’re beautiful

Chorus

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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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