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Motivational Monday – Humble Yourself

How often do we ask for things from God yet do not humble ourselves daily to Him in prayer?  I often get caught up in life and miss taking the time to pray and seek His face.  Yet he has told us how important it is, and how much he loves to hear our prayers.

Take your time and pray…thank God for each day.

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Motivational Monday – Thank you Morgan

This is going to be a little bit of a different Motivational Monday post for me.  I hope you will read it, take it to heart and let your kids and families know how very much you love them.

Last week a friend whom I graduated from high school with lost her young daughter in a terrible car accident.  I never meet her daughter in person, but watched her grow up throughout the years in Facebook posts and pictures.  Morgan was a beautiful vibrate young lady, with her Mother’s winning smile that could light up a room…even through pictures.  A daughter, sister, dancer and friend to all who loved her.

An unimaginable tragedy, yes.  A parent’s worst nightmare, yes.  It shakes the “normal” order of life and breaks the hearts of not only those who loved her, but all of us who have kids of their own.  It’s one of those things in life we will never be able to explain, ignore or wish away.  A time to pray for the family and for us to turn to and to trust in God the Father.

But what would be worse would be to let her death stay just that a tragedy.  Instead I will use her memory to take a look at my own life and my children.  To surrender myself and everything I love to the sweet mercy of the Almighty.  Am I sure my children and family know how much I love them?  Do they know above all things in life they are my treasures?  If not I better get it right and fast.

Morgan although I didn’t know you personally I thank you for reminding me about putting my life in perspective that the most important thing in life aren’t things.  I know you rest in the kingdom of our Father and I can’t with to meet you there someday.   You shall not be remembered by me for the loss but for the smiles you shared, the love you brought to your Mother and family and this important reminder to me.

So I beg each of you to take the time to step away from the things in life that consume us so much more than they should.  All the “small stuff” that we sweat over.  All the time that could be spent on the most important things in our lives, our kids and our families.

Psalm 46 (NIV)

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

I found this quote on-line by Tony Dungy who had also tragically lost his son back in 2005.  I thought it was a perfect for today’s Motivational Monday.  I hope you have a blessed week.  Make sure you take time for the ones you love, especially your children.

MMMorgan

 

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Motivational Monday – March 30, 2015 – Worrying

I stumbled across this quote quite accidentally.  Have you ever heard for Corrie ten Boom and her family?  I had not either but I am very excited to learn more about this amazing Christian woman (and her family) who helped many Jews escape persecution by the Nazis only to end in the death of her own family members.  Find out more on this Amazon link. 

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Motivational Monday March 23, 2015 – Starting Point

One of my favorite books ever is “The Purpose Driven Life” (what on earth am I here for) by Rick Warren.  If you have never read it I highly suggest it.  It’s a really good read weather you are a new Christian or a lifelong believer. Or if you are on the fence about God and the meaning for your life.  I really don’t think it would disappoint.

Thought for the week….

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Motivational Monday – What Kind of Fruit are You? – March 16, 2015

Galatians 5: 22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

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Beautiful isn’t it.  The fruits of the Spirit.  The attributes of Jesus.  But as for me, there are definitely days I feel very far from being a crisp, unblemished, flavorful “fruit”.  In fact many days I feel more like a bruised, overripe, rotten banana that has been laying about to long!

I can never expect to be perfect, as Jesus was, none of us can.  However I’m thinking maybe if I began each morning reflecting on these wonderful attributes, the ones that Jesus so beautifully displayed as an example to all of us, then maybe I would start to echo some of them a little more often.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if we all strived to reflect even a glimpse of the “fruits of the spirit”.  Easy, no absolutely not!  In fact this morning my fruit of patience was more like that rotten banana I was speaking of earlier.  But maybe if we all tried just a little bit harder, put forth a little more effort and took time to reflect each day on these attributes daily.  Then maybe, just maybe they will become inscribed into our hearts.  Just think of what a more wonderful day (and life) it could be.  Have a great week!

Proverbs 27:19 As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.

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Lent Faith and Fitness Challenge

I have to admit the basis of this idea was not entirely mine.  A group I belong to on Facebook was discussing how we would be celebrating the season of Lent.  The idea of a passage a day was passed around and I told her I thought it was a wonderful idea and then “ran” with it 😉  Thus was born the idea of:

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I picked Psalms and Proverbs (but if your more comfortable reading another part of the bible PLEASE do! Our goal is to get into His Word.)  I just felt like for those who might be pressed for time but want to participate, Psalms and Proverbs are both insightful, thought-provoking and a great resource to ponder over during your workout.

Read one verse per day, common I know you can 🙂 , and throughout your workout reflect upon what you have read.  I am sure your mind with wander to other things during your workout but try to refocus and bring your heart back to what you have read.  Believe me I know mine mind wanders all the time….oh look a kitten!

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 5.02.20 PMDo your best.  Even if that means focusing on the words at the beginning and end of your workout.  Miss a day….no worries, we are not here to judge only to support.  Our time with Him brings Him great happiness.  To His Glory!

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Are you ready for the challenge?

Looking for more support and inspiration?  You can also join us on my Facebook Page for the “2015 Time with God Challenge”  

Just click the link on the right hand side of my page.

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Motivational Monday – Time and Patience

Good things come to those who wait and all great achievements really do require time and effort.  In our modern high-tech world we are always in a mad dash for the here and now.  We stumble over each other, and sometimes even ourselves, trying to get or to achieve what we want, when we want it. (which is usually right now!) We want to be the best, the fastest, the one who gets there first.

Although the modern world has brought us so many magnificent things that help make life easier (and faster) we many times lose sight of the fact that great things, truly great things, are worth our time, effort and patience.

 

Ecclesiastes 7:8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.

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Motivational Monday – January 26, 2015 Admitting Mistakes

This quote from the wonderful Billy Graham couldn’t have come on a better day for me, what a great reminder.

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I have definitely made some (ok many) parenting mistakes I wish I could take back.  I have learned that stress is one of my biggest factors for “losing it”.  I have also learned it’s not only ok but actually a great example to my children to admit when I have been wrong.  When I have acted or spoken out of anger or when I have not handled a situation so well.

In turn we should also ask God for forgiveness.  For he is a God of love, mercy and grace.

James 5:16  New International Version
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

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Motivational Monday – January 12, 2015 Renewed Each Day

I found another great quote for not only a Monday morning but every morning.  I was unable to locate the author of the original words but it doesn’t make them any less wonderful.  God doesn’t just hold onto the broken pieces He fixes them.

Blessing for a wonderful day, week, month and year!

 

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Starting your Time with God Challenge? Let’s talk Daily Devotionals

Not sure where to begin your time with God journey? Let’s talk about one of the easiest ways to spend time with God. Daily Devotionals.

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This was a new concept to me a few years back.  So let’s assume maybe you’re at the same point I was then and maybe your not so sure where to start.

So what exactly is a daily devotional?  A daily devotional is traditionally in the format of a book, with one reading passage for each day.  A preset guide if you will for your journey.  My favorite and a simple (yet powerful, don’t let the word simple fool you) daily devotional is “Jesus Calling, Finding Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young.”  Its format is written in a beautiful conversational style.  It’s as if Jesus is sitting with and speaking directly to you.  Here is an example:

October 6:  “Be willing to follow wherever I lead.  Follow Me wholeheartedly, with glad anticipation quickening your pace.  Though you don’t know what lies ahead, I know; and that is enough!….”

The “conversation” is followed by two or more bible passages.  See simple yet powerful and beautiful.

In our new electronic age there are also online tools you can use to receive daily devotionals right to your inbox.  Here are a few website examples:

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Our Daily Bread

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Of course there are many other books and on-line resources.  My suggestion is that you find the one that is right for you.  I have had a books that just didn’t speak to me, or where a bit too advanced for my current walk with God and that’s ok.  The important thing is that you find the one that does speak to you.  It may take some trial and error but it will be so worth!

Blessings.

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