Tuesday, March 27, 2012
What is stopping you from success? We could all be more successful, more determined, more productive in all we do. There are things we do that keep us from being all we can be. They say that positive people are successful people. There are things that we do and say that keep us from achieving all we want to. I will venture to say that our thought life is at the center of it all. What we think will determine what we believe. What we believe is what we will talk about. What we talk about will set our course in life. People determine whether or not they like us, by what we say and do. This is all determined by what we think. Change your thoughts, change your life. A person's attitude is governed by their thoughts. Attitude is so very subtle sometimes and though we think we are hiding our true intents, but they leak out in our attitude, in how we carry ourselves and interact with others. We will get or lose a job because of this sometimes. We have all seen people who exude confidence and those who exude ego. The difference is in our thoughts. We can tear ourselves down by the thoughts we allow to dominate our minds. We give place to destructive self talk and we don't smile as much and our shoulders droop and we don't think we are worthy of the job we are more than capable of doing. We have all heard the story of the two dogs. One is a little thing like a Chihuahua with an attitude and the other something like a pit bull that is so gentle. The bigger more powerful dog will cower to the smaller, more confident dog because of the confidence displayed. It all comes down to what we believe we are capable of doing. But give that pit bull the opportunity to see what is capable of and the battle is no match. So be careful what thoughts you allow to take residence in your mind. Guard your thoughts diligently. Truly listen to the music you put on. Look at the books you read and the television that you allow yourself to watch. Are they truly harmless, mindless forms of entertainment? I think not. We must guard ourselves to become successful. Those who succeed, do so by choice. Those who fail do the same.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Trusting in God is not always easy. Sometimes it takes everything you've got to allow Him to do what He sees fit to do. The result, if we do not give up, will always astound us though. I have found He rarely does things like I think He should. God has proved Himself to me over and over and over again. There have been times in my life when He so gently told me what He expected of me. It went against everything I wanted to do at the time. I had control and did not want to give it up to anyone, not even Him. But in obedience I submitted to what He asked, gritting my teeth the whole time. Because I did, I am still married and my children are closer to their father than I ever hoped and dreamed would be possible and in a very short period of time. I have seen many miraculous things happen when I trusted the outcome to Him. There came a time when I had to lay it all upon the altar and trust in His wisdom. Now He has taken me a step further and asked me to trust Him to take care of them when there is no physical way to drop everything and run to the aid of my children. As a mother, it is my nature to protect and care for my children. To relinquish that is not an easy task. I know that He is more than able to take care of them, but something inside of me still wants to and almost needs to have a hand in it. It is strangely comforting to know He has complete control because I know that nothing surprises Him. This weekend He proved Himself one more time. After the fact, we have found out some of what happened, but many of the details are still hidden from us. Even still, in all of it we see God mightily at work. My child is safe, her belongings returned, and those who would harm her many miles away. To top it off, God has provided someone there to care for her and look after her who is one of His children. Someone who doesn't think it is their duty to do God's job wihout consulting Him first due to invested emotions. I hate it when people, including myself say, "All I can do is pray." We say it as if the situation is hopeless. Because it is all we can do, He is totally in control, and we exercise one of our greatest weapons against the work of our enemy, faith. Sometimes trusting Jesus is nothing more than shutting down those emotions. We still love. We still care. We still want what is best for them. We just don't allow the emotions to rule those decisions. You cannot go wrong trusting God. He is ever faithful to come through in style at the exact right moment. His decisions are always what is infinitely best. His love for us far greater than we can begin to understand. He is never wrong. After all, He was willing to sacrifice His son to get us back and did not lose Him in the end either. I am overwhelmed by God's goodness today. Because He has proved HImself over and over to me, it makes it so much easier to do it again. Trust, once earned, is a force that is powerful when our trust is in Him.
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