Moving Forward in Confidence – February 9 Inspiration


Moving forward in life, with confidence and without fear. Definitely a goal to strive for, even though it can be challenging at times. This idea goes back to a previous post about stepping out to find out. We can’t learn what’s coming up in life without moving forward, turning to the next page in our lives.

 

 

Here’s your inspiration for today…

 

“A confident woman believes she is loved,

valuable, cared for, and safe in God’s will.

When we feel secure,

it’s easy to step out and take a chance on failing

in order to try to succeed.

When we know we are loved for ourselves,

and not just for our accomplishments or performance,

we no longer need to fear failure.

We are free to find our own niche in life,

 which is not possible without stepping out.

Trial and error is the road to success,

and you can’t drive that road

as long as your car is parked.

So get moving, and God will direct you.

When people are confident,

they try things, and they keep trying until

they find a way to be successful

in what God has called them to do.”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”

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My reflections:

I love the idea of being a “work in progress” — nobody is perfect, but we can continue to strive for excellence in our lives.

I also like the statement: “Trial and error is the road to success, and you can’t drive on that road as long as your car is parked.” Similar analogy again to not opening the automatic door until you step forward to trigger the mechanism. You can stare at it all day, but it won’t open until you step forward!

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you boldly step forward in life? Are you already operating within your niche?

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Happy Birthday today to my darling hubby Dave!

Happy Birthday today to my darling hubby Dave!


Fight Negativity by Focusing on the Positive – February 8 Inspiration


Fight negativity. I’m not sure why negativity is so insidious, but it certainly seems to creep in and take over sometimes even before we know it. Kind of like adding food dye to batter and stirring until the dye becomes evenly distributed throughout the batter. Those few drops can affect the entire batch of batter, much like one negative person can affect the mood of several people in a room. We have to actively, maybe even aggressively, fight negativity by focusing on the positive instead.

 

Here is today’s inspiration…

“You don’t have to sit around

and listen to friends or coworkers

murmur and complain all day.

If you stay in that environment,

it is going to affect your spirit.

You may not be able to avoid them…

but you can limit the access they have to you.

Another thing you can do is

change the direction of the conversation.

You might be surprised

at how your positive words can influence others.

The most important thing is to realize

that negative words can affect your spirit.

Don’t allow the negativity of those around you

to pull you down and take your focus away from the Lord.

Fill your life with positive things

that build you up and increase your joy.”

–Joyce Meyer in “You Can Begin Again”

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My reflections:

The effect of negativity–its heaviness–reminds me of how I feel when my asthma flares up. It feels like it’s taking my breath away and crushing me. Then the nebulizer breathing treatment alleviates that heaviness and restores easier breathing, much like focusing on positive things restores a much lighter, happier environment.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Have you felt that heaviness of negativity? Do you speak up to redirect the conversation into a more positive path?

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My Logo Pocket Tote Bag I made for a customer.


Waiting on God – February 7 Inspiration

Waiting on God. Seems like a lifelong condition. We can’t rush God, because His timing is usually different than ours. We have to exercise patience, but resist the urge to say, “I want patience and I want it NOW!” Patience while waiting on God only comes through testing and struggles.

 

 

Here are Sunday’s delayed thoughts (ran late today and made you *wait* – between working on my dissertation and watching the Super Bowl!)

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God has been showing me

we need to be aware of His provisions

now, and not in the future.

Wait on God,

because God’s help will strengthen you

to behave in a godly way all day long,

if you trust in Him.

Even while you wait on God to manifest His plan,

your heart can greatly rejoice in His presence.

Tell someone something good

God has done for you,

and then watch Him move

in the presence of your praise.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”

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My reflections:

Waiting is certainly part of life. Waiting on God to answer a prayer can produce anxiety.  It certainly isn’t easy most of the time to wait …and wait …and wait. The length of time is relative, it seems, based on the intensity of whatever I’m waiting FOR. Yet it’s always worth it in the long run, especially if I manage to maintain a good attitude during the waiting time.

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So what are YOUR  thoughts?

Do you find it easy to wait? Do you agree that there’s always a purpose in waiting for something, instead of having instant gratification?

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Monster truck t-shirt quilt I made for a customer.

  Monster truck t-shirt quilt I made for a customer.