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How to Live in Gratitude

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How is "living" in gratitude accomplished?   

Living in gratitude is a life style.  It is something that can be learned, but does take discipline.  Try this exercise in helping you develop a grateful heart, thus, to live in gratitude....


STOP
>>>> Start out for five minutes a day (and increase over time) and just stop.  Stop and close your eyes.  Empty your mind of all that is going on around you.  Dive deep within yourself, within your soul, and search for the blessings of the day.  Surely, you've had at least one in your day thus far.  Actually, you have.  You're breathing --- able to see the light of another day.  Oh, and what about your sight --- you're reading this, are you not?


     So, for five minutes of your 1,440 minutes of one day, stop, dive deep, and remind yourself of the blessings not only in your day, but in your life.  And, I want you to really focus on those blessings.  Don't just glance over them, but really think on them and be t…

Shine Your Light

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This world is full of darkness. If we each would shine our individual lights,

it would dispel that darkness!





It doesn't take much at all to shine --- small acts of kindness work, and genuine love.  When we are all working together to better this world, a bigger impact is made.  Just as it is with the one rain drop filling the ocean; all those "one" rain drops combined together ... fills the mighty ocean!  And the same with the stars in the heavens... all the stars combined, light up the darkest of nights!

Use what you have, where you are to make a difference.  It all begins in the heart, and a good place to begin is with gratitude; being thankful in all circumstances. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)  Yes, life deals us blows along our journey, but we also receive blessings.  And, it is our responsibility to open our eyes and see the light of those blessings; and to then, be the light of blessing to others.

Jesus tells us in the Gospel of Luke, "Your eye is the lamp of your bod…

Reach the Stars - Be a Star

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Without a vision, a nation will perish.  So it is with us - each individual.  IF we don't have dreams and goals, then we wither.  No one advances in life by accident.  We must have vision.  Just think about all of the great ideas and inventions of life.  They didn't just <poof> and happen.  They began as a little idea.  BUT, what is important is what was done with that little idea. 

Nurture and water your dreams.  Make determination and perseverance part of your life.  Success isn't over night.  It takes time.  It takes vision.  All achievements are reached by a dream.  Put into action a plan that will energize your dreams.  But, first, you must dream.

And, don't be afraid to dream BIG!  There is nothing at all wrong with having a vision to reach the stars.  The stars are our aspirations.  If we didn't have the stars to reach for, we wouldn't accomplish much.  It was, and is, because of big dreamers with big visions that we have great accomplishments in …

Politicians? Just Give Me Jesus!

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We vote politicians into office to be our representatives, governors, and president, in "hopes" of taking the best care of our lives.  So, why not vote Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and know that He WILL take the best care of your life?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Look, the way I see it, most people have never seen or met their government representatives in person.  We are just trusting someone whose name is on the ballot.  We trust what they tell us in their campaign speeches.  We trust a person whom we've never spoken with.  But yet, we give him/her full range of authority over our lives.  How's that working for everyone?

So the same is with Jesus.  Outside of when Jesus lived, we've never met Him in person.  We've never seen Him.  We've never talked with Him.  So, why not take a chance with Jesus and trust Him, just as we trust our politicians whom we've never met?  He's dead, you say?  Well, aren't the politicians dead who…

Your Choice

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She had a choice to believe.  
She had a choice to reach out.  
She had a choice to want to better her life.  
But, it didn't happen without her "choosing" to.  She had to take that forward step.  



I am speaking of the woman in the Bible with the issue of blood.  After 12 years of failed medical treatment and spending all she had, she was determined; and became a risk-taker.  Just as we women, today, can be.  






(Mark 5:24-29, 34)... "...And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him.  And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.  She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment.  For she said, "If I touch even his garments, I will be made well."  And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.  And he sa…

Heart of Giving

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What matters is the <<willingness>>, which is the motive of true generosity. And this willingness -- begins in the heart.




 It matters not how small a gift of giving you offer; rather, that what is offered is given from the heart.  All the wealth in the world that is given out of appearance sake, cannot out-give a poor person's heart of genuine love.  Though the widow's offering was meager, she gave out of her poverty.  Jesus commended her act of generosity -- which was from the heart.
Jesus honors our willingness to genuinely love.
"Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box,2 and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins.3 And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them.4 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”  (Luke 21:1-4 ESV)

However, giving isn't only financially, but is shown in a myriad of ways.  Do you realize th…

Love Evil Out of Business

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WHY do we have all this human destruction, dissension, and chaos?
>>> Because evil hates what is good <<<
Evil wants to destroy unity and conquer the world.
Evil wants to devour the souls of the good and the righteous.

When evil is in a person's heart, it will stop at nothing to disparage and destroy the good in our society.  Just as in the case of the very first murder in our human history.  Cain killed his brother Abel "...Because his own actions were evil and his brother's were righteous." (1 John 3:12b)

Misery does love company, and it will not stop until its boat is sinking from the weight of the souls it has claimed.



Let's LOVE misery and evil out of business!!! Hug someone today and let them know they are loved! ♥ It's a matter of the Heart. (Proverbs 27:19)

Waiting. Waiting. Waiting.

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WAITING on the doctor!  There isn't anything more frustrating than waiting in the doctor's office for him to see you!  You know what I'm saying.


Most all of us have been there at one point or other.  Whether it is for ourselves, or with the children, or with our elderly parents for their doctors' appointments; you almost want to to just get up and leave!  That is what I am resisting to do right now!  It has been over 30 minutes of waiting!  umpf

BUT... how many times in our lives has God waited on us? He waits and waits and waits for His child to turn their life around. Or, waits for His creation to seek Him (Jeremiah 29:13). Or, waits for His children to set about discovering the plan He has for them. I bet God gets frustrated, just as we do when we are waiting on the doctor. 
So, as we wait on people and things in our lives, let us remember the mercy and grace God bestows to us, as HE waits.  And, really ponder what "mercy and grace" means.  These are not words …

Yellow Light Awareness

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Yellow does not mean speed up.  It means slow down.  
When you get the yellow light in your life, take heed to what is going on. Is it your health, your family, your husband/wife, the children?  Could it be your business, your friends, your spiritual condition, or your finances?  You have gotten the yellow light for a reason.  Don't ignore it, thinking it is unimportant.  Without the yellow light, there would be a whole lot of wrecks!  You have the control of avoiding those wrecks in your life by paying attention to the yellow light... and slowing down and attending to business.