Seeking Rest and Renewal


Rest and Renewal!

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Think of the most peaceful, restful times you have had, from a really good night’s sleep after a long day, to a vacation in a tropical resort or a mountain retreat. When we get truly rested, we feel our strength and motivation renewed to face another day, or whatever circumstances may come our way.

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Here’s your inspiration for  this Monday:

“God arranged life in 24-hour periods; we sleep for awhile, and then wake up refreshed to start all over again. God intended every morning to be a brand new start, a fresh opportunity. We can go to bed feeling hopeless and worn out, thinking, ‘I just don’t believe I can go on.’

But some how, a good night’s rest renews us, and we wake up with faith again, thinking, ‘Maybe today my breakthrough will come, and I will get an answer; I can make it one more day.’

So thank God for mornings!”

–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”

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Because of the Lord’s great love,

we are not consumed,

for His compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;

great is Your faithfulness.”

–Lamentations 3:22-23

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My Reflections

I definitely still need to work on getting more sleep so I feel refreshed in the morning! Anticipating much needed breakthroughs is also a good plan.

I also try to reflect on the blessings of the day as I drift off to sleep, as that seems to make for a more peaceful sleep.

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So What Are YOUR Thoughts?

Do you get adequate sleep and feel refreshed in the morning?

Do you find a good night’s sleep positively affects your overall attitude and sense of victory each morning?

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Tearing Down or Building Up?


Tear Down …

or Build up?

 

I’m not sure why it is…but it seems easier to notice the bad qualities in other people than the good qualities. Likewise, other people often seem eager to criticize and point out flaws, rather than exercise some kindness and understanding. And even though each of us would rather hear kind words and encouragement over criticism, it seems to be our human nature to tear down instead of build up another person. Yet we have to remember that words are containers of power, for good or for bad!

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Here’s your inspirational thought for this Sunday…

“Our fleshly (lower, sensual) nature points out flaws, weaknesses, and failures. It seems to feed on the negatives in life. It magnifies all that is wrong with people and things.

It is easy to find something wrong with everyone. But love does not expose faults–it covers them. Ask God to help you share His love with others.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”

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My Reflections

This is part of my personal challenge for 2017 – to not speak or think or dwell on negative words or circumstances. By doing so, I hope to experience more peace and contentment. A close second challenge would be to exercise discernment when considering other people and their actions, and realize I don’t know the reasons behind their actions — and it’s not my place to judge them.

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So What Are YOUR Thoughts?

Do you find it’s easier to look at someone’s faults rather than their strengths?

Why do you think our human nature tends to do that?

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When Fear Knocks – Send Faith to Answer the Door!

When Fear is Knocking..

Send Faith to the Door!

How often does fear of someone or something send us into hiding, or perhaps into the “fight or flight” mode, depending on our personalities and the nature of the fearful reaction? The same seems to hold true for fearful or anxious situations that arise, when we need to know how to handle them. A quote I’ve heard, and don’t know the source, is, “When fear comes knocking, send faith to answer the door!” Sounds like good advice!

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Here’s your inspirational thought for this Saturday…

 

“Take a look at Ephesians 6 and notice what battle armor God provides us with… Notice there’s nothing provided to protect our backside! That’s because God never intended us to run from our enemies. His plan was and still is that with Him at our side, we confront any issue in our lives that is a problem.

People are so skilled at not facing real issues, and they’re even better at trying to cover them up by living make-believe lives and inventing false personalities.

It is time to take a stand and confront fear!”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”

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My Reflections

I am not really a confrontational person, so it’s difficult for me sometimes to stand up for myself. However, as this devotional points out, there is no spiritual armor for our backside, so we really do need to learn to face our fears and the issues in our lives.

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So What Are YOUR Thoughts?

Do you face issues and stand up for yourself?

Or do you tend to be shy and prefer to “keep the peace” rather than stir things up that would be in your best interest?

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