Friday, June 26, 2009

What Are You Thinking?

Do you stop to take the time to reflect on what you're thinking about? Do we take the time to consider that our thoughts affect our action?

What are your thoughts telling you? Are they telling you that the task ahead is too hard or that you don't have the talent or skills to achieve your goals? Are they telling you that you're too tired/lazy/good-for-nothing to continue on this road or that failing is more likely to occur than succeeding?

Believe it or not, your thoughts can be a greater hindrance to your success than lack of ability or people trying to prevent you from reaching your goals. If you think that you can't--no matter how valid your reasoning is--you won't. Period. However, if you allow yourself the chance to try, whatever it may be, you're giving yourself the chance to be pleasantly surprised by the results.

What have you been telling yourself that you can't do lately? What if you permitted yourself to believe that you could do it? What steps would you take to make it happen if you thought you could do it? Why not try that today. Say to yourself, "If I wanted to achieve [insert your goal here], what do I need to do to do this?"

If your thoughts tend to have a negative spin, change them. Allow yourself to believe that you can, and watch how things begin to change in your actions and in your outlook towards yourself.

What are you thinking?

"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..." (Proverbs 23:7a KJV)

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things." (Phillipians 4:8 .NET)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

"Practical Tips On Reducing Stress" by Joyce Meyer

The following article is from Joyce Meyer. Her message is that our outlook can help to determine our stress level.

Practical Tips On Reducing Stress

26   Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you more valuable than they are?
27   And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life? (Matthew 6:26-27 .NET Bible)

Friday, June 12, 2009

"Surf or Swim?" by Marybeth Whalen

For those who believe in God, can you trust Him during these times of change? For those who don't, what can you learn--how can you grow as an individual--during these times of change?

Surf or Swim?

"For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock." (Psalms 27:5 KJV)

"He will surely give me shelter in the day of danger; he will hide me in his home; he will place me on an inaccessible rocky summit." (Psalms 27:5 GNB)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sometimes We Need To Take A Moment

Sometimes we just need to stop and take a break. I hope you can apply the following advice by Lauren Caldwell "Pizza, Polls, and Potential" to your life today. Whether it's making pizza, reading a book, or finding a quiet place, just take a moment. Rest.

Pizza, Polls, and Potential

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:" (Ecclesiates 3:1 KJV)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

What Action Are You Taking?

The following is a blog entry by Lauren Caldwell, blogger of "Faith Fuel" at

When Prayer Is Not Enough

"Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer." (Psa 61:1 KJV)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Do You Know How To Receive?

Do you have trouble receiving compliments from others? The following is a short article by Reverend Barbara Marie Babish on how to do so:

More on Learning to Receive

Just last year, I used to have problems receiving compliments. People could not tell from my outward demeanor, but I had low self-esteem. When a person would compliment me, I would thank them but at the same time I kind of brushed it off. I didn't understand the reason for the compliment because I couldn't see what a person saw in me in order to give one.

However, I've been learning that I am a person of value, and guess what?

You are too.

There is a book that helped me with the learning process of receiving. It's called Receiving Love: Transform Your Relationship by Letting Yourself Be Loved, and it's by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. and Helen Hunt, Ph.D. Maybe your local library has a copy that you could borrow, or if you're interested in purchasing one, click here.

"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." (Psalms 139:14 KJV)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Feeling Stuck?

The following is the introduction to an article by Shawn Driscoll titled"5 Reasons You Keep Getting Stuck":
One of the coolest things I get to do in my work with ambitious, visionary leaders is to get them back on track. You see, many creative people frequently find themselves feeling stuck, stalled or spinning their wheels. It’s a product of seeing so many possibilities, but not always seeing the exact path to fulfilling any of them. The gap creates opportunity for some of our inner ‘gremlins’ to step in and slow us down.

To read the rest of the article, click here

"But God's mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great..." (Ephesians 2:4 KJV)