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Three Things Thursday – Quilt, Contract, and Kindness – July 16 Devotions

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Three Things Thursday! I have forgotten about that since I got back to blogging here, so today I will discuss three things–two, plus devotions! 😉

So here we go with three things this Thursday!

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1- Quilt!!  I’m slowly getting back to sewing and quilting (YAY!) and I just completed a second quilt in my own original design. I now have it listed for custom ordering on Etsy, in any color palette. This one is black, gray, and white.

An Original KLK Design Quilt
An Original KLK Design Quilt

 

2- Contract!!  Just as I’m getting back into freelance work, I secured a new remote position that will be long-term (until next March). It’s another curriculum development job, which is my preferred area of concentration for work. Very exciting!

 

3-Devotions!!  Today’s theme covered kindness, specifically positive thinking and how it affects us and others.

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“You make a mistake when you have the opinion that your thoughts don’t affect other people. You can often feel the thoughts of others, and they can feel your thoughts.

Your thoughts not only affect others, they also affect you in a most amazing way. If you think loving thoughts, you become loving.

But often you think things about people that you would never say to them, not realizing that even your thoughts can affect them. It  is virtually impossible to treat people in a loving way if you are thinking angry thoughts about them.

It is possible to sin in thought, word, or deed, so if you want to be a loving person, you must choose to think good thoughts about other people.

Learn to love with your thoughts–it will be good for you and others.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”

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“When encouraged to think positively, people often retort, ‘That is not reality.’

But the truth is that positive thinking can change your current reality. God is positive, and that is His reality. It is the way  He is, the way He thinks, and the way He encourages us to be.

It has been said that 90 percent of what we worry about never happens. Why do people assume that being negative is more realistic than being positive?

Are you doing your own thinking, choosing your thoughts carefully, or are you passively thinking  abut whatever happens to just come to your mind? What is the origin of your thoughts?

Thinking negatively makes you miserable. Why be miserable when you can be happy?”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”

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My reflections:

 

-1- I have experienced this more than once–from both sides! I know it’s difficult to speak nicely to someone if you’re thinking unkind thoughts about them; and I have definitely experienced that unkind “vibe” from others!

 

-2- Some may think the whole “positive thinking” concept is off the wall or unbalanced, but in the context of this devotional, it makes sense. And again, I’ve experienced how different a day goes depending on whether I was engaged in negative or positive thinking.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

 

-1- Have you ever struggled to be kind to someone after having negative thoughts about that person? On the other side, have you felt definite animosity from someone, even if that person never said a word to you?

 

-2- Do you believe there is validity in the negative vs. positive thinking philosophy?

 

14 Comments

  1. Betsy @ Happily Ever After, Etc.

    Love this idea of a three things thursday… that quilt is so pretty!
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    16 . Jul . 2015
  2. Shann Eva

    It’s sometime hard for me to be nice to someone that has hurt or been mean to me. I try to just be polite, but sometimes my emotions get the best of me. I’m trying to let go of the past more and move forward.
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    16 . Jul . 2015
  3. Curtis Joseph

    Quuilting looks like a lot of fun, I just don’t have the steady hands for something like that!
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    16 . Jul . 2015
  4. Heather

    Well I think you are talking about typical relationships, but when relationships are rocky because of things people do or don’t do, I will not repeatedly subject myself to that. I can forgive, and move on, but it doesn’t mean I will want to be around that person any longer.
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    17 . Jul . 2015
  5. Debbie

    The quilt is beautiful!!!

    I absolutely agree that your thoughts have an impact. When I’m upset with someone, even though I may not say anything, I treat them differently. I’m short.

    I’ve tried to get better at actually telling people how I feel. I’ve said, “I’m upset about xyz and I want to talk about it. If I don’t, you may not know why I’m angry and I will just get more frustrated.”

    17 . Jul . 2015
  6. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    That quilt is absolutely gorgeous.That is such an amazing talent to be able to make hand make a beautiful quilt like that.

    17 . Jul . 2015
  7. Francene Stanley

    I notice myself criticizing someone’s looks all the time. I pull myself up and give myself a good talking to. I don’t know why I’m so judgemental, but I don’t like that part of me.

    17 . Jul . 2015
  8. Alana

    Your quilt is so beautiful! Quilting (or sewing) is not anything I’ve ever been able to master. My Mom, before she developed rheumatoid arthritis in her 40’s, did beautiful sewing. I suppose that gene skipped me. I also believe that how you prosper or not during a tough time has a lot to do with your attitude. It makes a huge difference.
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    17 . Jul . 2015
  9. Amy Dowling

    Yes, hard for me to be nice when I’ve been hurt. Good luck on the quilt. It’s beautiful!
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    17 . Jul . 2015
  10. Jason (from Dealspotr)

    Lovely quilt … and congrats on the freelance work!
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    17 . Jul . 2015
  11. Liz Mays

    There are some people who seem to make it very difficult to be nice to them. I don’t know why that is, but they’re just crotchety!
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    17 . Jul . 2015
  12. Ourfamilyworld

    Quilting looks fun. I do needlework, but I’ve never tried quilting. I love your work.
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    17 . Jul . 2015
  13. Debbie Denny

    Like that quilt. Sometimes your own attitude can change a perspective for you and others.
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    17 . Jul . 2015
  14. Denise

    I love your quilt and I do believe in the power of positive and negative thoughts. Right now, I am trying to stay positive about my health, because I know it is powerful in healing. Thanks for sharing these inspiring thoughts.
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    21 . Jul . 2015

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