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Modified Monday – May 4 Devotions on Actions, Growth, and Blessing Others

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Our first Monday in May! I’m calling it “Modified Monday” because my day started off in a very unusual way compared to most Mondays. I had a 7:45am surgical consultation about my upcoming thumb surgery, which will probably happen within the next 2 weeks. Not really sure what will happen for awhile after that with blogging or any of my freelance work or sewing…have to wait and see!

 

 

So onto Monday’s devotions. Remember, too , you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings. AND check out my new page, where you can have an opportunity to put compassion into action–whether through praying, sharing the linked causes, and/or donating.

 

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“You must build a bridge between *thinking about* action and actually beginning to *move* in the right direction. You must choose to grow in your relationship with your heavenly Father. Actions must follow your choices, and these actions become the force that will turn your life around.

 

When we talk about change, it often sounds harsh to those listening: ‘Change your attitude.’ ‘Change your tone.’ It’s true–change can be both tough and painful, but what happens to your view of change if you look at it as growth?

 

Growth makes you stronger. Growth is like flowers blooming. You gain wisdom when you grow. Growth is a good thing.

 

So perhaps we should think of action and change as growth.” 

 

–Dr. Tim Clinton in “Turn Your Life Around”

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“As a believer in Jesus Christ, you have wonderful gifts on the inside of you. You have the ability to make others happy today. You can encourage. You can edify. You can exhort and uplift. You can believe. You can pray. You can lead somebody else to Christ.

 

People don’t have to have desperate needs before we bless them. The Holy Spirit will lead us to be good to people every day, if we will be sensitive to His voice. Offer your gifts and talents to the Lord, and see what happens.” 

–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”

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-1- Wow, what an important concept this is – build a bridge and make a connection between thoughts and actions, because we can never just stay in one place. We either move forward or backward; NOT moving means stagnation…or death! And growth requires forward motion. Consider change as equal to growth. Good thoughts!

 

-2- Looking for ways to bless others. Using our gifts for random acts of kindness. I’ve noticed sometimes the simplest gesture can be a blessing to someone, like telling a cashier she’s doing a great job keeping up with a long line of customers, especially while also maintaining a smile and a good attitude!

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

 

Had you considered the importance of building a bridge between thoughts and actions? or that change = growth?

 

What are some simple ways you can bless and exercise kindness to others in your life?

13 Comments

  1. Liz Mays

    I always think about the bumps in life and how those make me grow more than anything else.
    Liz Mays recently posted..Dreams, Handprints and Spooky Phenomena #HandontheMirror

    04 . May . 2015
  2. Jenn

    I went through a year of coaching school to earn my certification and it helped me to understand how to turn thoughts into actions and that often when action is taken, the thoughts become “unstuck”.
    Jenn recently posted..How Do I Get From Here To There at Disney World?

    04 . May . 2015
  3. Tamala

    WOW! Perhaps I should take this as a confirmation because this was the message in church yesterday – to show that you are Christlike by the things you DO and to lead others by spreading the word. Hmmmmm….. How divine.
    Tamala recently posted..Inspiring Interview: Actress Deanna Pak Discusses “Prom Ride”

    04 . May . 2015
  4. DarleneMAM

    Moving from thinking and talking about changing to actual changing is a challenge for the most stalwart of us. That said, once I begin walking a path of change I typically feel empowered to continue.
    DarleneMAM recently posted..The Furminator for Cats: The Woman. The Tool.

    04 . May . 2015
  5. Sicorra@NotNowMomsBusy

    Best wishes with your thumb surgery, and hope you will be off to a speedy recovery.
    Sicorra@NotNowMomsBusy recently posted..20 Things You Don’t Know About Me

    04 . May . 2015
  6. Shonda

    Keep us posted on how your surgery turns out. We never know how useful a thumb is until it is out of commission.
    Shonda recently posted..Without Regret by Elaine Mingus

    04 . May . 2015
  7. Katherine Bowen

    Perhaps for blogging you can use Dragon Speaks. This is such an inspirational blog. Thank you for sharing your heart.

    04 . May . 2015
  8. Roz K. Walker - Goodbye Boss Hello Kids

    This is a beautiful reminder that we have to put our good thoughts into action. There have been too many times where I’ve thought about how great a job someone was doing in a store and failed to tell them. Now I will be more intentional about putting my thoughts into action.
    Roz K. Walker – Goodbye Boss Hello Kids recently posted..Should You Talk About Your Faith on Your Business Blog?

    04 . May . 2015
  9. Celeste Wong

    Not too many people today would put their thoughts into action. Most would talk about changing but won’t do anything about it.
    Celeste Wong recently posted..Taylor Swift Inspired Outfit

    05 . May . 2015
  10. Alexandria Gunn

    For a long time I hated change. There are still times that something in my head just doesn’t accept it. But when it comes to business and relationships, I’ve come to accept and look forward to it. Change is good. Sometimes it can mean a step backwards but that’s better than not moving at all, because it means learning and making more changes to take that step forward.
    Alexandria Gunn recently posted..100 Day Challenge Day 26: Slightly Over But Still In Control

    05 . May . 2015
  11. Elizabeth O.

    Action and change as growth, I like it. I agree with Celeste that many people like to change , but they won’t put action into it.

    Good luck on you thumb surgery and I pray for a speedy recovery.

    05 . May . 2015
  12. Michelle Hwee

    What a beautifully written post! Quite inspirational as well, thank you for this. I definitely took some insight on some of the points you made.

    05 . May . 2015
  13. M from The Stay-at-Home Life

    I hope your surgery goes well and that you have a fast recovery.

    06 . May . 2015

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