Tuesday, July 16, 2013
We are a society of people who talk too much. We tell people we love them,
but do things to contradict that. We tell people to trust us, but act in covert ways that highlight very questionable motives.
We tell people they can count on us; but drop the ball when we think they won't find out or when we have an emotional, physical
or financial need so strong it compromises our reasoning.
on the receiving end of this, it can feel like betrayal, it hurts, is disappointing and can even create defining moments in
your life. I’ve been there, read the book, have the coffee mug in my cabinet and almost...I said ALMOST bought the t-shirt
I realized that I shouldn’t take any of those
things personally. There is nothing that someone else does that should cause me to compromise my value system or make me "act
a fool". It’s great to be able to walk away from a lesson; not so great to walk away from a lesson bitter and regretful.
It's great to see the truth in others' actions; not so great to allow their truth to jade you. For some things, it really
IS...what it is. When you realize this, you skip past the emotional responses & outbursts more quickly and can begin the
process of acceptance with greater objectivity.
What I’m learning
about human nature is that it’s exactly that - - - human nature. Mine, yours and everyone’s. It’s fallible,
prone to selfishness and greed. It can weaken the strongest people, create uncertainty in the most confident of souls and
deceive the slickest of them all. One's human nature can't be fooled or manipulated and one's best efforts to conceal it only
amplifies it. Human nature. . . one's OWN human nature is to be understood. That understanding leads to enlightenment in so
many areas...namely of one's own self.
No matter the person, I’m
learning to trust actions. Words are empty unless there are actions (seen and unseen) that align with them. I’m listening
more to what people DON’T say; what they DON’T disclose (unless they're exposed or forced to); what they DON'T
choose to do....and finding their truth there. At that point, I can choose to create strife, try to change them or I can simply
accept it and adjust accordingly. I find the latter (adjusting their position in my life) to be more in line with what I need
to maintain emotional well-being and balance. It keeps my joy and peace in tact so that I can navigate the waters with clarity.
"Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.
His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus" ~Philippians 4:7
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Why wait until the battle is over? If you're running,
sliding, ducking, rolling and high-stepping in/through your storm anyway...why not turn it into your VICTORY DANCE?! Nothing
extra is required - just a change of perspective! Peace is not running from you! Joy is not hiding around a corner somewhere!
You have these things ON COMMAND and I DARE you to call them forth! Don't let "a circumstance" confuse you. It's
just that...a situation/a condition - it's DESIGNED to be temporary! Translation: "Trouble don't last always". But
guess what? God's love for you does.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Sometimes "living" requires courage. At times,
you have to put on your brave face just to get out of the bed and face yourself, the people/things around you and the choices
you've made. Be courageous! Face your giants with full expectancy of the victory that your faith and obedience have sealed
for you. KNOW beyond any shadow of doubt that your gifts are making room for you and when your season comes, there is NO thing
and NO one who can alter God's plan for you. Trust THAT plan with everything in you and be not moved by what you see and hear.
Say it with me, "My life is good even when it doesn't feel like it. I am equipped for battle and I win in every way that
matters. I can make it. I can take it. I can bear it...with the Lord on my side.". Now, get up and get going! There's
a beautiful day waiting to be ridiculously good to you.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
There's something about spreading joy that satisfies the soul and fills you from within.
We receive the gift of a new life every second. Time wasted on settling insignificant scores, having to have the last word,
telling people off and getting worked up over things and people we can't control robs us of the sweetness found in that new
life. Prioritize joy, harmony and peace....even if you have to battle your flesh to do it. You'll be SOOOOO glad you did!
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011