Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Battlefield of the Mind

"For the weapons of our warfare are not physical (weapons of flesh and blood), but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, (Inasmuch as we) refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the (true) knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Annointed One)."
2 Corinthisms 10:4,5

I recently began a Bible study on the book "Battlefield of the Mind" by Joyce Meyer.
It is amazingly inspiring and eye opening.

Most every one of us struggle with issues and the spiritual warfare that constantly bombards our minds so I thought I would begin posting a little tid-bit from this study on a regular basis.

It all begins with our THOUGHTS.

"For as he (a person) thinks in his heart, so is he" Proverbs 23:7

Our mind is the forerunner of all of our actions.

"For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratifuy the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their mind on and seek those things which gratifuy the Holy Spirit." Romans 8:5

If we have a negative mind, we will certainly have a negative life. On the contrary, if we control our thoughts and live by the Spirit and not the flesh our thoughts will be positive.

So many people's problems are rooted in thinking patterns that actually produce the problems they experience in their lives. Satan offers wrong thinking to everyone, but we do not have to accept his offer!!!!!

Are you accepting Satan's offer???

Think about it.

Ponder on these scriptures....

Til next time.

Missing the Ones You Love...

Aren't these the most beautiful faces!?
This is my son and his two precious angels. Right now he is missing these girls terribly and I am sure they are missing their daddy!
My son is a US Marine currently serving in Afghanistan. He was only home 24 days between deployments a few months ago when this photo was taken.
If we knew exactly when he will be home we would be counting down the days, but we never really know. We do know that when he returns safe and sound back to the good ole USA we are ALL going to be VERY happy!!!

I really do not have a "point" to this post today...I have thought of many ways I can take this and add a little spiritual lesson, but in the end....I have decided to keep it sweet and simple.

However, I cannot end without asking for prayer for him and his girls....pray that he makes it home safe and sound. That we will ALL be together again very soon!

Lots of Love!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Belated Mother's Day Wishes and Thoughts

Gosh I am so sorry I never got on here to wish you all a very happy and BLESSED Mother's Day!!!
I hope that whatever you did, whoever you were with, that you had a great day and that you enjoyed every precious moment.

I learned long ago that I may not always be able to choose exactly how I want to spend the day, my entire family may not be able to come together all at the same time (this is what happens when your little chick-a-dees leave the nest)...nonetheless I WILL ENJOY!!! I will enjoy the day for who I DO get to be with and for every precious blessing I have.

I have not always been so blissfully understanding.
It has been a learning and growing process. There was a day that I might have spewed a little ugliness at my disappointment of a day when no one read my mind and came through for me in ways I had hoped (but not voiced).

This is one thing that is so amazing about growing older and more mature...there comes a wisdom that is more valuable than I ever knew would be possible. I am thankful for that, for knowing that above everything God is what matters, my relationship with Him.
He loves me, He cherishes me....EVERY day of the year!!
So does my family!

I could not be more blessed, more grateful, more thankful, more appreciative of what I have, WHO I have in my life and how far I have come.

I am sharing this with you today because I KNOW there has to be others out there who has felt the same way...disappointed, frustrated, unappreciated, on the very day that should be nothing but a celebration of motherhood and all we do as moms.
We sacrifice and give 24 hours a day, seven days a week....all we ask is one day.
One day of devotion, a day when our kiddos do not fuss or fight, a day that we do not have to cook or do laundry, or handle any household chores.

Then this "special day" arrives and, well, sometimes nothing much happens any different than any other day of the year. Pretty disappointing indeed!

I want to speak to your heart and tell you...that you ARE appreciated, you ARE loved, you ARE valuable, you are DESERVING, you are BEAUTIFUL, you are ..........ENOUGH!!!!!

Quit looking to others for any validation, reward, may never get it and you will end up being sorely disappointed and hurt.
I know....I am someone who thrives on being encouraged, words of affirmation and receiving validation.
I also have been on the disappointing end of this more than once. I continue to learn that my worth is not dependent on anyone else's opinion or what they say or do not say to me.
It is up to us to be steadfast and courageous...regardless of what others do or do not tell us.

Our thoughts determine our if we think positively, if we focus on what is good, pure, lovely, true and just...THEN we will BE happy and content.

Here's to YOU! May ALL of your days be blessed and HAPPY, may you always find your worth and be content in who God created you to be...and all that you are!

Love & Blessings!