Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Next Breath

When we stop seeing reasons to give thanks, we stop thinking there are reasons to live. When we don’t focus on what we can thank God for, we can’t focus on living for God. 
Giving thanks can help us want to take —
the next breath. 
~Ann Voskamp

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

It's The Thought That Counts

"It's the thought that counts..."  

Your thoughts really do count/matter because what you think is usually what you become, what you achieve.  Toxic thoughts often hold us as prisoners and affect our life and our relationships.  You can overcome those thoughts by replacing them with Truth.  Truth that you matter.  Truth that you were created for a purpose, by a God who does not make mistakes.  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Strong Person

You can tell who the strong people are because they spend their time building others up, instead of tearing others down.

Words have a lot power.  Be careful how you use them.  

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Dash, Your Legacy

I recently attended a funeral.  I did not know the lady.  I was there to help with some of the tech side. As I said, I did not know the lady.  By the time the funeral was over, however, I felt I did know her.  I was shedding tears with the large crowd that assembled to 'say see you later' to their mom, wife, grandma, sister, daughter, friend.

I learned that this gal first and foremost loved Jesus and lived life for Him.  I learned she loved her family, deeply.  I learned she was a quiet woman, but her relationships ran deep and true.  She was intentional about making those in her life feel loved, valued, and important.  She lived out each moment with joy.  She laughed.  She took time to make precious memories with everyone who was important to her.  She lived life with purpose and passion and enjoyed the gift of life.  She didn't waste time, she lived life.  She took great enjoyment in experiencing God's creation. She lived out her dash well.  She touched a lot of people, and showed them the love of Christ through the way she lived.  

Ever since I walked out of our church, I have been thinking about my dash, how I am living out my time from birth, to death.  What will I be remembered for, what do I need to change, and how can I live more purposely and passionately?

What about you?  What will people remember about your 'dash.'  Will they say you were loving, caring, kind, or will they remember you for being argumentative, angry, harsh, for what you were against, not for how you loved?  How do people describe you now?  Those words give you a clue as to the legacy you are leaving here on earth.  What needs to change?  Are your words kind or condemning?  Do you speak words that lift up or tear down?  Are you task oriented, or do people come first?  Do you laugh, and enjoy life, or are you too busy or too uptight?  Do you spend more time on social networks/online than you do having real, face to face relationships?  Does a perfect house matter more than time with your kids, your spouse?  Do you spew ugly words at anything that is against you, or do you try to let it go and and not get consumed with being right?  Does your family know you love them, deeply?  What about your faith?  If you aren't a follower of Christ, living a life like He lived, have you taken time to really consider and examine the life of Christ, NOT a life of religion, but a life of love and giving, centered on Christ's teaching?  It is the most important decision you will ever make.  

Is the life you are living, the life you want to be remembered for?  What are your values?  What's important to you?  How do you live?  What will be said about you at the end of your life?  If you are reading this, you are still breathing, so start making the changes you want to make TODAY.   Make wise use of the dash in your life.  

Live.  Love.  Laugh.  Hope.  Faith.  

What is your legacy? 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Live Every Moment

Live every moment. 

Enjoy life. 


Be kind. 

Build memories. 




Be known for the beauty that comes from within, because your character is what is truly important. 

Share life with others. 

Try something new. 

Live without regrets because life is very short, and it is a sweet, precious gift.

Friday, April 11, 2014

What's Your Focal Point?

If God answered all your prayers, would the world look different, or would just your life look different? 

We change the world a little at a time by taking the focus off ourselves, and caring for and helping others.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Thought Checklist

Do your thoughts need to be trained? We can overcome thoughts that are harmful to us, but just like anything else worth accomplishing, we have to train ourselves to do it.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Let. It. Go

Worry strips away joy.  Worry puts us in a false reality, often making things worse than they truly are.  Worry destroys our lives.  

Today, decide to let worry go.  Push it out of your life, and close and lock the door behind it.  Work hard to keep it out of your life.  As soon as you find worry creeping back in, actively take steps to overcome it, and send it out of your life.

Focus instead on joy, love, laughter, and gratefully live every moment of this life you are given. Live with purpose and passion, and leave loving footprints on the lives of everyone you encounter.    

Friday, April 4, 2014

What Are Your Motives?

What are your motives for doing things for others?  Is it so you get the credit, or is to to serve, not expecting anything in return?  

We all have a choice on whether we take all the glory for ourselves, or are humble and give God the glory.  We have a choice on whether we like to point out how great we are, and what we do, or if we serve others quietly, and let God be the center of our serving.  

Honey or Poison?

Words...if you wouldn't say them to someone face to face, don't say them to others behind their back. 

Words are either sweet as honey or as deadly as poison, so think about each word you say, before you say it.