“If you would make a man happy, do not add to his possessions but subtract from the sum of his desires.” – unknown
My desires aren’t of stuff…it is of time. Time spent with family and friends. I want more time, but who doesn’t?
“Energy and time are precious, limited entities. Therefore, you need to use them wisely, focusing on what is truly important. As you walk close to Me, saturating your mind with Scripture, I will show you how to spend your time and energy. My word is a lamp to your feet; My Presence is a Light for your Path.” Psalm 119:105–Jesus is Calling
“We think we’ll be safest tiptoeing carefully around land mines of criticism. Callings beget criticism. The thing about trying to please critics: they’re never pleased. A wise man once told me that there are people you don’t want to like you.” – Beth Moore
I have always wanted everyone to like me. I want people to feel good, not only about the day, what is going on around them, about themselves, and about me.
It’s been a hard lesson, but I have realized that I can’t always make everyone happy. Not everyone will like what you do, say, or how you act. There will be people that just don’t like you. But YOU have to like you. You have to accept the flaws, bumps, and awesomeness that you are. That’s it. It is harder than it seems, eh?
Blessings today…and always.
“Some things don’t need to be handled. They need to be unhandled. Nothing requires more self-control than withdrawing the attempt to control.” – Beth Moore
“Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.” 1 Peter 5:7
How often do you give everything to God, but in the next moment you are worrying about it again? You take it back because you feel you have to maintain control over it. I do. Life happens. There are things that we HAVE to do: like taking items out of the oven before they burn, putting gas in our car before it runs out, keeping up with our finances so you can go on a trip or buy groceries.
Life happens, right? We have to keep up with it, the day to day stuff. But I get lost in the simple stuff sometimes. I remember that He is control of every single hair on my head, yet I wonder what tomorrow will bring. I a big picture thinker, a worst case scenario person. This pays off in what I do for a paycheck as people count on me for my detail thinking. I like to be mindful about the smallest detail. But at home, it can become overwhelming. There are days I just want to let it all go, and not think about the details of life. I let them go, and let God deal with them, only a hour or two later to take it all back.
Today, and everyday I need to remind myself to withdraw from the worry.
This past week has been wonderful, as we have been in Virginia and DC. David had to work, and I got to go along to play in DC on my own and to visit family. Truly satisfying all my desires of my heart. I have missed my nieces, and being able to spend three days with them was glorious. DC on my own was wonderfully exhausting. Over 14,000 steps –such a NSV as when we went with the family a couple of years ago, I was unable to walk up the stairs to see the Lincoln Memorial. So to be able (after a day of already walking everywhere) walk up with NO issues and take this picture–perfect!! I will say…I was really sad at myself after walking up those stairs thinking about the time before—I had thought it was so far up that I couldn’t do it—it really was nothing–this time. WOW. Time with family was the best…I got to spend three precious days with my nieces on their farm–aren’t silly faces the best? Then back to DC with David. On Friday, David and I got to explore DC.Not as many steps as I got on Monday, but a wonderful time exploring DC. If you have an opportunity to go to The Dubliner–GO. David actually got a 10 year old whiskey called the Dubliner, I got Chardonnay (I know – not Irish but really a nice wine).It has great food, Guinness, and Irish whiskey. We explored some more of DC…before heading back to the hotel in Reston, VA. It was a wonderful week. The 16 hour drive from Reston, VA back to Fort Walton Beach, FL was exhausting yesterday…which is why my post today is so late…
So…go explore, wherever you might be!
“I want your character to reflect Me more and more. So endeavor to be loving and peaceful in your relationships with other people. When someone irritates or upsets you, try to see Me in that person. Remember that I created everyone in My own image. The most effective way to love people is to allow My Love to flow through you to them. My Spirit lives inside you, and you can ask Him to love others through you. To live peacefully, you need to forgive people quickly—including yourself.” —Jesus Today by Sarah Young, p. 142Blessings!
I needed this one…this week especially…
“Let’s see what today would be like if we decided to be impossible to offend. Nothing gets heavier over time than a chip on my shoulder.” – Beth Moore
“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is His glory to overlook an offense.” – Proverbs 19:11
“Praying that God opens our eyes today to people who feel invisible, who never hear that they are loved and rarely receive a warm embrace.” – Beth Moore
“But the fruit of the spirit is…kindness…” Galatians 5:22 (NIV)
Show some love today.
Love where I live…
It’s been an exciting week for me, with lots of changes I will talking about next week. Overall good things that have come from hard work and excellent leadership examples.
Today I needed to rest, and take this in. Tomorrow will be busy, but ready for the opportunity that it brings.
Yesterday, I posted a quote about being fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.
Today – surround yourself with those that will fan that flame!
Do you think about who surrounds you? Who encourages you?
Will Smith talked about this, and actually asked to look at your phone to see who the last five text messages were from? Then, what did they say? Did they support you and your dreams? Do you like what you see?
Surround yourself with people that are there for you, and fan those flames!
“No is still a great word. When need be, let’s have the guts to say it: to someone pushy, to someone manipulative and to someone in the mirror. When we need to say no, let’s learn to say it right then instead of putting it off for days and dreading it like the plague. Get it over with.” – Beth Moore
I need to say no to the mirror more often when it comes to certain battles lately. I feel as though saying no bothers others, and it doesn’t. It doesn’t bother me when people say they can’t, won’t or aren’t able. Why then is it so hard to say no?
Saying no to myself is something completely different, at least in my mind. It shouldn’t be. It should be just as simple. No is no. No struggle, simple, right?
Do you say no? Do you struggle with it? Do you feel guilt?