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Do you realize that the world LIES???  Often the world, parents, friends, or teachers may have told you lies. It’s important to realize what they are and catch them before they get to your heart.

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Here are a few of the lies you may have been told:

  • You don’t have what it takes

  • You are not enough

  • You are not smart enough

  • You don’t measure up

  • You’re ugly, stupid, worthless

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I’d like you to do a little exercise with me. Go find a piece of paper, probably bigger than a post-it. On this paper write the lies that others have told you, or you felt by their attitude toward you. Go ahead. Take a few minutes and write them down. Do it now.

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READ THE NOTE.  SAY OUT LOUD – These are LIES! 

  • I am not stupid. I am not worthless. I am a child of God.

  • I am not a mistake, God knew me before I was born.

  • Go on… fill in your blank.

  • I AM NOT ____________   

    INSTEAD change it to –  I am ___________!

    (smart, talented, gifted, special, loved…)

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These lies are the enemy of our influence and can hold us back. There are a myriad of voices that tell us what to do and what not to do. They only offer choices of fear, comparison, jealousy, insecurity, pride, and control.

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Now choose You and the truth. Take that piece of paper and destroy it. Burn it, shred it, or throw down the toilet. (This is a powerful visual.) Gone are the lies. This is not who you are or who God created you to be. Did you do it? Did you totally get rid of it? I mean it; don’t hold on to those lies. Do it now!

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Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself to others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.     Gal 6:4-5 MSG    (www.Biblegateway.com)

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It is an understanding that what you do today matters, so give it everything you’ve got. You have a  WOW factor! It will give you the courage to step confidently into your God-given sphere of Influence and to step into your God-sized dreams!
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‘Til next time – Keep in mind

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Destiny is not  matter of Chance – It’s a Matter of Choice!

Choose wisely and go out and make it a great day!

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Delinda

Question:  How did it make you feel to GET RID of the lies??

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Put Good In — Good comes Out

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It is so important what we put into our heart and minds.  We can fill it with goodness and positive thoughts or we can put in ugliness and negativity. Sometimes it is just filling it with mindless, nothingness.  Each day we have 24 hours, some of them are at work, play, home, TV, reading, time with family, and with friends.  We all fill our days differently.  In the same vein those activities are part of what we are ‘feeding’ ourselves everyday.  Watching TV, movies, reading, listening to a wide variety of things, radio, podcast, webinars.

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I think that is why the scripture says think on these things: 

whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  Phil 4:8

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A number of years ago, when my kids we just toddlers, I used to watch soap operas.  Oh, I enjoyed them, and for a long time, didn’t see anything wrong with them.  However, I began to realize that I was beginning to get restless, and seemed, ummm I’m not exactly sure, but just not content.  

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The Lord began speaking to me about making a change.  I wrestled with it a while, but then realized ‘for me’, I needed to stop watching them.  I am not preaching that soap operas are bad, I am just saying that for me, they became a negative influence in my life.  Now, I haven’t missed them, it’s been probably 20 or so years.

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When we focus on pure, and just, lovely, and good things that is what fills us up.  Therefore, when we speak, that abundance of  ‘good’ things come spilling out.  We become a blessing to others and we uplift and encourage others because of the good things we have spent time thinking about and ‘filling’ up on. 

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You may have something in your life that is making you less than content in your life, maybe how you talk to others is reflective of what movies you watch, or the books you are reading. 

Sometimes it is good to just take a look and do a little evaluating. You can beat  that if you are spreading time in God’s Word, that more positive and life changing words are coming out when you talk. That is a wonderful thing!

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Put Good in – Good comes out! (Or you could say, Put God In, God comes Out =)

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‘Til next time – 

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BLESSINGS! Go out and make it a great day!

Delinda

Scripture:  biblegateway.com 

 

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Love Anyway….

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What is love anyway?  Is it loving people only when you ‘approve’ of them?  Is it Love when they have ‘proper’ behavior?  Is it Love when they choose a different direction?  Can we Love when they disrespect, rebel, or are hurtful?  Can we love them ‘anyway’? 
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Relations can be hard, and as a parent, I think that is the hardest job out there.  It has the most joy, greatest heartache, the lowest lows and the highest highs. 
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I had a special friend message me and ask about some of the things I have encountered.  I shared openly with her about some of our trials, things we have faced as parents.  She is having a painful issue in their family with a child and she asked my thoughts or advice. Certainly I don’t have all the answers and have made plenty of mistakes. All I really  had to share with her is this – Love them. Love them anyway….. ‘even if…..”.  

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Even if:
  • You don’t agree
  • You don’t understand
  • You believe it is wrong
Sometimes it may mean you have to use ‘tough Love’, remember the key is the Love. We can agree to disagree.  We can love the child/person, but not the behavior.  There is a difference. Sometimes it is hard to this, but we can do it. 
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Our biggest role model is Jesus.  He took His love to the very end.  He cares about us, created us, and continues to Love us… no matter what. He Loves us anyway. Yes, we have to face the consequences of our choices, our actions, etc., but along the journey He is there.  He is here. He loves us.
Period. End of story. 
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So we in turn Love others, love through the hard times, and Love through the best times.
As Christians we are commanded to Love one another, not judge.

 

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.                I John 4:7-8

 

(One thing here, if you are in a harmful relationship, abuse, or other…Please get help.  In this case, LOVE yourself (and your kids) even to leave and get help.)

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Many Blessings! ‘Til Next Time – 

Delinda

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QUESTION:  Have you had a time when you had agree to disagree with a loved one  ?

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Can we ‘learn’ it?

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Contentment is an inner sufficiency – a satisfaction found through the depth of one’s own life with God, independent of his or her surrounds.

 

I don’t know who wrote the above saying, but I really like it and wanted to share it with you today.  I think so many times we are prone to base our contentment, our happiness, our joy, on our circumstances.  When we do this we tend to ‘react’ to what comes our way.  We sometimes allow the circumstances to have power over us and dictate our thoughts and lives.  

When we have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation,  as Paul states in Phil. 4:12, then I think we look at our circumstances and the issues in our lives through different lenses.  

We can move through the difficulties knowing that our God is bigger than all that ‘stuff’ out there.  We can be encouraged that there is more, that our God loves and accepts us.  We believe His word that tells us that He has plans for us that are independent of what is happening around us.  We can walk through the outer cloud of chaos while our heart remains in peace.  We can discover true peace and contentment in  our hearts.

That is really what choosing to be happy and content is all about.

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Til Next Time –

Many Blessings – 

 

Delinda

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Question:  Do you agree that one can ‘learn’ to be content?

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