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Rearranging Your Thoughtlife…


 

How to Change Your Mind….and Your Life!

As I was spending time with God the two scriptures continued to come to mind.

Psalm 118:24   This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.(NIV)

Romans 12:1   So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.(Message)

Many practicing Christians have eventually find that the theme their Pastor is on, at any given time, is the theme of every preacher, self-help guru and even the secular world. God is cool that way, that even in what one may consider not Christian the theme of the day (season) is the same in both the heavenly and worldly realms.

The bible does say:

Matthew 5:45 But I tell you: bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, [so] that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes HIS SUN to rise on the evil and the good, and sends the rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Seems to make sense that the seasons and messages (sermons/teachings) God sends our pastors to refresh us, He would give to the pastors equivalent secularly. He did send HIS SON so that ALL would be saved…

As my morning moved forward in its day to day routine 8 am finally rolled around and my husband was in his home office, my youngest had left more than an hour earlier for work, and the oldest, home for the day had just walked the pups. One of my beloved Dachshunds stood at my knee indicating he wanted to be picked up (oddly they do this much like a toddler does, they seem to reach up for attention and comfort). I lifted the youngest red and he cuddled to me, his affection warms my heart, and I soak that up. Well he had been barking at my husband when he was going into the office, and I was his second choice, so as I walked to the glass door of hubby’s office to show him how cute Habby (the dachie) was being I looked in and saw my husbands rough body language and facial expressions caused by my call. I would be dishonest if I didn’t admit to instant hurt and anger at this reaction.

I returned to my desk to prepare for my days work (I’m the church secretary and I get to work from home right now due to health and the church’s transitions) hurt and frustrated.

::A bit of backstory for those who just wandered in: For the last three months I have lived with a poor heart diagnosis. Mind you, I have not given in to the names of these issues, I do not own this illness, I embrace God’s promise of divine wellness. I do listen to the doctors and follow their directions so as to heal and step into my wellness, my wholeness. Therefore, my men have had to pick up more of the household slack, on days when it is very hot or something is too heavy or I am fatigued or exhibiting warning signs. ::

Now three months into this transitioning lifestyle change that they have been, in part, forced to participate in is beginning (or for some have always been) to be frustrating. For me as well.

In the same three months my Home Group leader has been teaching us from Working With The Law~11 Truth Principles for Successful Living by Raymond Holliwell. How many times have you heard “It will change your life!”? I know, right? Well dear reader…this book WILL CHANGE YOUR MIND AND YOUR LIFE! Simply because the concept is rooted in prime biblical truth. The Law is God!

Three months of teachings, three months of determined, obedient adherence to the biblical principles in God’s Word and Holliwell’s book and I have changed. We were in the book for a month when my awareness of my every thought took my fear and revealed it in serious health issues. simultaneously God spoke and I have moved speedily to wellness and have made changes in my lifestyle that has affected my family, good and not so great.

When my husband had his temper tantrum (sorry, it is what it is) and I had to walk away hurt and frustrated, and change my thoughts. The ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts) began to surge toward my thoughts and I knew they had to be changed, the thoughts, immediately. I instantly begin to pray in tongues when life indicates a problem is brewing, and even when the unexpected crashes into my day to day. I would relate it to visually seeing an enemy and immediately talking to him/her, showing no fear, and not just trash talk! Rather, firm and  authoritative words, letting the enemy know right away that he/she does not have the upper hand.

This is how one must approach negative thoughts. We must talk back to that niggling voice that tells us we are less than what God says we are.

If you are a new Christian, or of another belief system, let me tell you that your creator made you to have dominion and every good thing on this earth. My Creator has a name, and all other  false rulers answer to the Creator of ALL Things. His name is I AM, God the Father, God the Spirit, and God the Son. For me there is no other, and what definitely gives me heart, is I know He is your God too, whether you call Him Bob or Father, He loves YOU TOO!

God says we are His Children, adopted into the Kingdom because He first Loved US! I did not find God, although that is how I used to display it…He was never lost, I was! I have been excepted into the family of God because God, Himself called me there at 36 years of age! Now, I know that I know that I was called before that, but my free will and my existence did not allow me to hear the still small voice, or obey the whispers of God earlier than that. However, when I did submit and listen to the small voice it was no longer small…I had taken so long that it was a firm command of a Father.

In my diligence to pattern my life after the will of my Father God I had garnered the favor to have been given the ability to change my existence almost immediately. By the time the dogs were settled in for their morning nap (8:30am) and my husband had emerged from his cave no! office to go to his day job I was feeling better. He apologized and I accepted, I always do, I can’t stay mad at that guy!  🙂  and the day moved forward in positive flow.

Again, I would be less than honest if I said I wasn’t still hurting, but I did say that I was learning how to change my thoughts. Transformation is a process, it is not a thing that happens overnight, that is a blessing. “To be transformed” in the original Greek means: an ongoing process. To transform one’s mind according to the scripture Romans 12:1-2 takes lifelong diligence; it is literally a life long process of opening oneself to God’s power of renewal.

This is not the world’s view of transformation, and when viewed one can see that the world’s concept of transformation or renewal doesn’t seem to be quite the improvement that they advertise it to be. The world seems to think that changing the cover or the appearance or the name of something is transformation. To appear as if change has occurred, all the while the inner workings continue to rust and corrode until nothing works correctly any longer. The world doesn’t even know that they can change the way they feel, from bad to good, less than to worthy. They don’t know…that is why we were sent! To show them they have a different set of choices!

I know, you will hear things like, “I can’t help what I feel!” or “I can’t get in trouble for what I think!”. From experience I can honestly tell the world, to both those poor excuses (which I once believed not long ago)

YES! YOU! CAN!

Transformation is a change of mind and a change of heart, and they only being that is capable of doing this is the individual, with the assistance of God. Let’s start with a simple and biblical list to change our minds and our hearts, shall we? Scripture that even the secular world has heard and used (because God gives us all the same tools, some just have taken shop class yet!):

 Philippians 4:6-9 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.(Message)

With that in mind I encourage you to do what I myself will be doing today. Renew your mind when what comes up is not fresh and good for the thinking. Because what is not good for the thinking is not good for the body or the spirit!

We MUST take care of the BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT to gain wellness and wholeness. If we focus our thoughts on the Kingdom, the body and spirit will line up with the mind and we become perfect in God’s eyes.

Blessings Loves!


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in Christ ALL things hold together ((†))


Sleep Studies at night and God in the Morning

Last night I has a sleep study performed, because the Cardiologist @ Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Brownsmills, NJ., felt it was necessary. Why? Because, sleeplessness is a major cause of hypertension. So I was wired like a science project, plugged in and sent to bed. At 10:30 pm no less!

Blessedly the the room was very much like an old hotel/motel room, teal green carpet and drapes to prove it, with just a tv and a few lamps. Worried that once I turned off the tv I wouldn’t be able to sleep, in the very noisy silence. Did you ever notice how noisy and active silence is? Try a sleep study! I turned out the lamp and settled in for the night and God helped me out with the silence! He is always faithful! Like with the carpet and drapes my room had the old style wall mounted airconditioner and she was not quiet! Ahhhhh….

I guess I slept ok, felt like I slept the normal 5 or 6 hours, but I won’t be certain until I return to Deborah for my follow-up.

So anyway, I call home at 5:05 am, to find that the boys had not awakened to the alarm, and woke Don up to pick me up, (he had a 45 minute ride ahead of him, just enough time to meet the 6am checkout (NO) discharge time!). I’m glad I got to call home!

So the techie unwired me, explained when I would be contacted (about 3 weeks, ehhh.) and off I was to dress and leave. I walked out to a slowly illuminating sky with bright sun edging the slowly brightening clouds. Unlike the brutal mornings of July, there was a crisp chill in the air and the birds were joyfully singing in the trees, as far off, it seemed, traffic traveled up and down Trenton Road, even so early on this Saturday morning. I wondered if I was going to have to sit on the cement stoop when I saw a picnic table in a break area for employees. I walked the block to the table and sat reading Michael Cunningham’s The Hours waiting to be picked up. It was quite nice really, I enjoyed the time.

Don arrived on time, just 6:05 am, and we enjoyed the ride home. I asked if I could turn the heat on low and he laughed, saying that was something he didn’t think he would ever hear me say. I had to laugh too, he was right. As we drove east for home the sun was finally on the horizon. Huge and bright it made certain areas very hard to navigate for the blinding rays of unadulterated light. We both began to watch what we could see of the road ahead of us. It’s these times of working together that I realize God’s design for our lives, Don’s and mine, that is.

Although He, God, has designed and planned ALL life. I’ll explain that more in a bit, with visual aids!  😉

When the sun got so bright we couldn’t see an inch ahead of us I handed Don my sunglasses, his are lost again I guess, and convinced him for once to use the visor! I scanned  the road ahead and warned him of curves and other cars (moving and parked), as he attempted to keep his eye on the road ahead of him. From Route 70 in Brownsmills, to First Street in Pinelake Park, the sun would be a flaming ball to light our way, even though we couldn’t see. This reminds me of a facebook post I recently shared here.

There was no aggrevation (Don) or anxiety about the aggravation (me), we just worked together and got home safely, after checking Dad’s house and caring for the animals because he is at his cabin in NY this weekend.

Home safely and assaulted by our three Dachshunds, who always act as if we’ve been gone for years, we got  kissed and jumped on and when all were content everyone settled into a bright and peaceful Saturday morning. Don and the Dachies settled in for a continuation of their snooze. Then I got my yogurt and granola and began my Coffee time with God.

My devotionals seemed out of sync, which is unusual these days. It was not until I read the post of a woman, MEB, on facebook, a friend added about a year ago. MEB is an actual friend, who lives in the area, of one of my actual friends on FB, and MEB accepted my friend request for prayer for her family. The tragedy for which we had been praying rounded itself and has been absorbed by the family, who is now in a constant struggle, finally causing our friend to become quiet and unresponsive. Even showing resentment and anger at some of our scripture posts. We continued to reach out to her, encourage her and pray.

I don’t know much about what is going in her life except for her children. I do know, from her fb posts, that she is a great mother who is now basically  functioning, amazingly, as a single parent. She reached out just recently and I grasped the chance to minister to her. She has been reading my blog posts on facebook, which I had been unaware of, and they were encouraging her. I was humbled and answered a few of her questions. She once again became quiet, I don’t know whether I was too forward in my joy or that she is just quite busy with her life, but I pray and check the fb posts.

This morning, after my devotion scriptures were read,  I wandered over to facebook, and was shown favor by God and my friend,. MEB was getting God…she was responding to posts that spoke to her. I could only hope she had been able to see God in her day. Here it was, she was seeing God!  

While backtracking to last night’s posts, so I could see what all my friends were up to, I found this in MEB’s posts! I was overjoyed that she had found this!

Please watch it will amaze you!

Now I was introduced to Laminin many years ago by my children’s Youth Pastor, and I remembered this morning as the Holy Spirit rose in me while I viewed this particular video, how amazing the information really is. Christ really does, literally hold each of us together, and with this imformation how does one deny it?

God is good, Let everything that has breath praise His name!

So, with the scripture used in the video, I look down to my journal and realize that all 4 scriptures were forming my prayer for today, and everyday!

The Scriptures are : Philippians 1:9-10; Mark 12:30; Romans 8:28 and Colossians 1: 16-19. In the order I received them, in the order I wrote them in my journal and in the order I wrote this prayer. God simply made them hold together! Amazing

My Prayer:

Thank You,Father God, that my love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that I may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless, until the day of Christ. I will love the LORD my God… with all my heart, all my spirit, all my mind, and with every ounce of strength within me. I know that You, God cause ALL things to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to Your purpose for them. For by You,  ALL things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; ALL things were created by You and for You. You are before ALL things, and in Christ ALL things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn among the dead, so that in ALL things He might have the supremacy. For You, God was pleased to have ALL Your  fullness dwell in Christ. Amen.

Good Morning¸¸.•*¨*•☼•*¨*•.¸¸and be blessed  loves! 🙂


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Final MMM Celebration: A Surprise Party!!


I so meant to do this post yesterday, January 31st.

Mega Memory Month 2010

but…

My son James,

James

planned my very first Surprise Party! Heck, it was the first birthday party I’ve ever had to my memory. I mean there are pictures of BD-parties when I was a toddler…but I don’t remember. I guess Mom was well then…and did not work 2 and 3 jobs at the time!

So there was an actual Celebration for me!

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Originally I had planned a mega MMM…that I decided quickly was overwhelming me. I choose to do these Mega Memory Months for me, for self improvement and to impress upon my spirit, scriptures that speak life into my life!  🙂

Genesis 11:6, Habakkuk 2:2-3, Isaiah 61, and Philippians 3:13-15. Isaiah 61 was put aside in my first ^^Update simply because my schedule did not permit the volume of scriptures I had chosen. MMM July is soon enough!  🙂

So, as I shared in my whopping 2 ^^Updates, my schedule has been jammed packed. G’ma was ill and in the hospital, my eldest Son had a birthday; James (pictured ^up there) turned 24! My husband had successful hernia surgery on my birthday, yet he made sure I had a beautiful card and cake…and we are going on a dinner date at Charlie Browns for steak and shrimp!

Within all of that was regular life and what that brings with it. 2 snow storms, family issues, work etc.etc.etc.

This is where I am (and was, as of Sunday, January 31st.). I agree with Ann, regardless of where I am at, this is a success because I accepted the challenge and pursued it to the best of my ability in all of January’s circumstances.

There is need for celebration for the simple tenacity each of us exhibited in not quitting when it was justifies and easy to do so!

There is need for celebration for our perserverence in attempting the challenges to get even the little bit memorized some of us did.

See my #1 MMM^^Update and reread the post on not comparing oneself to others. Embrace who it is God made you to be. While I may have learned and memorized some key scriptures, this MMM has taught me that I love who God made me to be, and that me comparing myself to you and your accomplishments is sinning against God and myself. I am perfect in Father’s eyes! Better…

YOU ARE PERFECT IN FATHER’S EYES! Embrace that!

Remembering that I used a memorization tool that can be found at Ann Kroeker’s 1st MMM post and my 2nd MMM post, this is what I accomplished: Missed words will be added in red and incorrected wording will be crossed out!   Here I go!  :\

FYI: These scriptures were memorized in the New American Standard translation.

Genesis 11:6

Then the LORD said, Behold they are one people, and they speak  all have the same one language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them,

Habakkuk 2:2-3

then the LORD answered me and said, Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.

Philippians 3:13-15

Brethern, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us, as many as are perfect, have that attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you.

There you have it!

Not too bad. That memorization tool provided in the above links is amazing, and one really retains what is applied to it! I would recommend that those of you who need to memorize something, anything, in times of stress and hey just the day to day, give it a chance. It will amaze you.

Aside from my amazing Surprize Party Celebration, that was really about celebrating me! This is what I created to commemorate The January MMM Challenge!

Variant Pink Peonies

 

Congratulation to all of us who met the challenge of this MMM! Congratulations to those of us who perservered through this!

I, again, agree with Ann. She is very wise!  🙂

May this experience bring you closer in the knowledge of our God! Pleasing Him in all respects, bearing fruit!  part of Colossian 1:10.

2 Peter 1:2

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord!

Blessings! many, Many, MANY Blessings!  🙂


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My MMM UP^Date…feeling a bit less than about things right now….:( (: Good thing God is Good!


Mega Memory Month 2010

This is my first update and I must say, past the first two days I have not been able to pay much attention to this endeavor of ours. This is my third attempt at MMM and I would very much like to succeed this time.

I look at my daunting task  realizing that I chose the volume of scriptures I wanted to memorize. I believe I may have bitten off a bit more than I can chew, so to speak. If I think about it, I often do give myself  too much to accomplish, at one time.

Lately I have been trying to regain my focus. Desiring my routine back from the frey of the holidays. Then this morning I get up and spend my coffee time with God, as I do each morning, reading devotionals and daily scripture that I receive by e-mail. As I spend this prayerful time with God my heart lands on a need to focus. To focus on God.

With this almost desperate desire to get my routine back in synch I hear Father say…why do you want old things? Stopping dead in my tracks I find that I must consider , do I really want what I had yesterday? Or, rather, would I desire the New Things God has for me today?

So I FOCUS on Father.

One of my motivational e-mails, from a New Thing Ministries and Kim Potter gave me this:

 “God is still saying this to us today – as far as you can see, I will give it to you.”

Back to my MMM Up^Date:

I chose a daunting list of scriptures for memorization! Then my grandmother got ill and was in the hospital on the 3rd, for just over a week. The day after I posted my intentions! Haa! Isn’t that a statute in Murphy’s Law!!   🙂     Simply not over the overwhelming of Me, from the holidays I was thrown, once again, into the role of caregiver.

Now it is the 12th and aside from some of my normal memorization techniques, nothing amazing here…read and write it over and over, I have done nothing but be grateful that my church has adopted and repeated 2 of my 4 choices as focus’ for 2010.  So I will try here to catch the 1st one. It is one of my favorite!

The RED is where I missed it!

Genesis 11:6    The Lord said, Behold they are one people and they all have one language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing they purpose to do will be impossible for them.

Habakkuk 2:2-3

The LORD answered me and said, Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail, though it tarries wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.

The other two Isaiah 61 and Philippians 3:13-15 I will not even attempt as yet.

Infact, if it is okay with all of the other participants, I am going to put aside the Chapter of Isaiah 61 for MMM in the summer. What do you think? Please let me know.

Philippians 3:13-15 is one of the scriptures I memorized in Bible school about 3 years ago. I am hoping that it will come back easily. Praise God for giving us the mind of Christ!

Upon reading Ann’s update I clicked on over to this link she provided for us to check into. I have put my scriptures, including Isaiah 61, into the converter and I am going to give it a go. I let you know how it goes.

There you have it. My MMM Up^Date!

In reference to the feeling less than. Due to feeling overwhelmed I would like to leave you with this exerpt from another of my e-mail devotional/motivationals… 

Jesusfreakhideout.com Weekly Devotional
http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com

Often times, I find, I bite off more than I can chew in my life because I feel as if I am not accomplishing enough. This devotional also hit home when I got it this evening. I compare myself to others, mostly the women I have given my loyalties to, and feel less than. Like what is wrong with me that I cannot accomplish what they have accomplished. I forget that I am who God made me to be…not who He made those women to be.

And that my loves is a post for another time!

Here is a reminder not to compare yourself to others and to be true to the You God made you to be! Blessings!

Galatians 6:4 (TLB): “Let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work well done, and won’t need to compare himself with someone else.”

“Let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.” (Romans 12:6 MSG)

If we will concentrate on becoming who GOD created us to be–instead of who we think we ought to be, or who someone else wants us to be–we will experience a sense of peace and security that will enable us to resist focusing on what those around us are doing. You are unique! And God is fitting you for a purpose like no one else’s. Cooperate with Him and His plans for you, and you can rightfully declare as David did–“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me”! (Psalm 138:8 NIV)

~~Jesusfreakhideout.com Weekly Devotional


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My Morning Coffee Dates with God ~


 

 

coffee with God

My Coffee with God...

 

 

Each morning I spend time in God’s Word. Either through a devotional/motivational, scripture verse e-mails, personal prayer book or journal scriptures. God is faithful to point out, very clearly, which one of these He would have me focus on for the day. I am obedient to this guidance and focus by His direction. 

 

 

I realize, these many, many months later that this new discipline has mightily improved my daily outlook and outcome: Here is my FB post this morning: 

 

Morning Coffee with God~ Spending mornings with God and His Word has mightily improved my daily outlook and out come. I am contemplating making a blog for this new part of my day! ♥ Father, I call to You in my days of trouble and You continually deliver me. I will honor&glorify You, alone. I rejoice, You draw me close… to You and out of the darkness. I confess&praise You, my Lord. Amen. Good morning loves♥
  
As the remnants of Hurricane  Ida, blow outside my window, this fine morning,  I feel no anxiety. The prayer above came from my prayer focus of late. Glorifying the name and personage of Father God. For this I have been using my personal prayer-book. Prayers that avail much written by Germain Copeland. I also  diligently pray only scripture.
  
The weather is a concern for us here in Hutchland, we are awaiting a new roof. This weather has, in the past, struck terror in my heart. Fear of my husbands angry tension, of damage…just fear of the effects of ‘mother nature’. Not to recently, God let me know that He had this issue in hand. My husband, a very different man these days, no longer stresses or gets angry at ‘mother nature’.
  
 God has confirmed that the fix is on the way, now it is simply a matter of scheduling. And Ida (or should I say, the enemy) would like for me to delay the scheduling by getting in to doubt and unbelief.
  
NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!!! GOD’S PROMISES ARE INTACT AND ARE NOT EFFECTED BY WHAT I SEE, HEAR OR FEEL.
  
Therefore, I have come to a place, by grace, where I realize I am not effected in this situation, not emotionally or intellectually. I am amazingly peaceful here. It is such a blessing.
  

 

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The Effect of Tropical Storm Ida

 The wind and rain of the last day have had no appreciable effect on our home or our outlook.  I must give all the honor and glory for this to God, alone.
 
As for me and my house we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
 
These scriptures will help you pray in a manner that glorifies God according to the Word.
 

Scripture References:
Romans 12:1 Matthew 25:21
Philippians 2:13 Romans 12:6
Hebrews 10:38 Matthew 5:16
1 Corinthians 6:20 Ephesians 4:15
Psalm 50:15 Colossians 3:17
Colossians 1:13 Colossians 3:23
Psalm 86:12

 

 

Good Morning Loves

Good Morning Loves