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~Just the Opposite~ By Faith

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~Just the Opposite~By Faith
While listening to a recent podcast from Joyce Meyer last week, I found myself struck by something she said. When I hear something like this it usually challenges me at first, but then resonates so much in my spirit…like something I’ve always known deep down. 

Does this happen to anyone else? I have lovingly come to know it as “awareness” or “enlightenment”. 

It feels as cozy as a fire and a warm blanket to me. Like Papa God is nodding that this information is not too good to be true and He’s so happy about my new realization.

I know you’re wondering what she said – “we can either trust God…or be miserable”.

Whoa Joyce, are there really only these two options? I don’t know about you, but in my time of reflection I realized these really are the only two options for me.

The other day I sat down at the end of the day, by recommendation of another incredible woman I follow, Chalene Johnson, and wrote down every negative thought I had that day (that I could remember anyways). 

She suggested that you then write down the root, stem, and trigger of that thought. 

Now, I had a couple of things in my life that I could apply some practical systems, tweak a habit or be more intentional about. In these cases, as my lovely friend Katelyn shared with me last week, we can sort of be our own answer to what we’ve been praying about. There are some areas of life where we simply don’t need to wait on God to give us a solution – we can solve the chaos by waking up earlier, eating less sugar, going to bed early, making those better decisions, or exercising.

But in every other area (which was by far 75%+) of my negative thoughts, the root, stem or trigger was lack of trust in that moment!

My thoughts were rooted in anxiety, fearing forward, trying to control something or someone – essentially NOT trusting God.

When I read “Jesus Calling” the other day it said “God is trustworthy”. Ahhhh, such a lovely thought. When I look back at my life I know it’s true.

So how do I trust God and Faith? What does that look like? 

If nothing changes, nothing changes. What do you need to change? What will you replace the habit of worry with?

First – decide you will not let your mind be swayed by the wind, circumstances or people. Then make a list of your prayers and positive go-to’s for when it starts to go in the wrong direction. 

I recommend Joyce Meyer’s podcasts for one, or any pastor or leader that you trust. I find that I am much more likely to have a successful “faith-filled” day when I am filling my mind and heart with the truth. I have about 5-10 resources (books, podcasts, sermons, Mary Kay leaders) at all times that are ready to listen to while I get ready, drive, ect.

My next favorite practical tip is to imagine the scenario that you are dealing with (or the 88) and imagine as if all of your needs or wants for it were met now. How would you feel? Relieved, relaxed, grateful? 

I also do something called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) you can youtube Brad Yates EFT, I trust him and have grown so much from this.

This way of thinking or trusting can become a habit, just as the opposite has. 
Now get excited! Because if anyone can change their habits, beliefs and thoughts, you can! Let’s go!

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil 4:13
~Faith Corpron
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~God’s DIY Project~ By Rheannon

~God’s DIY Project~ By Rheannon

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Encouraging, Empowering and Strengthening Women in Life, Love, Destiny and Faith.

 

First off, let me just make an off subject note and welcome all my Montana readers to Fall…as of today, we went from 80 and 90 degrees to 55…basically overnight. Oh yes, and there are winter storm warnings for those of us above 6,000 feet… Montana, we love you. AND we must also note, that due to this extreme change in the weather, our smoky, eye watering skies have been cleared exponentially, so thank you!

(Had to bring that up, for a giggle of relief and gratitude…!)

Now, back on topic-

My handsome hubby and I are in the process of buying our first home. (More details on that later when all things go through…). It’s crazy and exciting and my mind is simply busting with all the things we want to do with it. I literally eat, sleep and breathe home improvement stuff right now. ***Confession*** I go to the gym and hit up the treadmill at a specific time just so I can watch Chip and Joanna Gains on Fixer Upper. I can’t get enough of this stuff! And hey, its good for me. LOL.

My Pinterest is officially blown up by DIY projects that will find themselves in my new home. Board and Batten walls, tables and chairs, refurbished dressers and molding – its all there. I can see in my mind what I want to create.

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Certainly, there are things currently in this home that are crazy far from being what I have envisioned. Naturally! They were designed to be that way by someone else. Not by me. So, when its my turn, it’ll be my design. Fitting for my man and I to enjoy.

Chip and Joanna inspire me. You know what one of the best parts about them is? They see the end from the beginning almost immediately upon waking into a house they are potentially going to re-do to fit their client’s desires and budget. A skill like that takes time and effort. It’s just like your job- you know how to do it, and it probably has become second nature to you. Same, same.

We’ve been looking at floor design and colors and furniture, etc. It’s amazing how much planning a home can take. By now, we have a pretty good hold on what we want, and I am working hard at making that happen through lots of DIY projects, and careful budgeting. I’m beyond excited!

Today while Pinning more ideas and creative visions, a thought occurred to me. I myself am like a DIY project for God. HA! No really! Think about it- the Bible calls us God’s workmanship. Check it out-

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Eph. 2:10 ESV

WHAT?! You mean God knew the things He would have us do in this life before we even knew Him? Totally…. AND He knew the kind of people we were before He “purchased” us.

The house we are buying needs some changes. We are well aware! And yet, we still want it. Why? Because of its incredible potential. We can already see ourselves making it a beautiful expression of who we are and hosting big dinners on holidays and game nights galore!

When God looks at us, broken and messy though we are, He sees our potential. Not just our junk! Oh, I know, we have major junk…this isn’t one of those “we are perfect the way we are” moments…let’s be honest, we are all fixer uppers. But that IS the point! God loves fixer uppers!

To use a comparison to my DIY dreams…
When God looks at you, He doesn’t just see a worn out old dresser full of stained clothes and underwear with holes in them. He sees the gorgeous newly painted, freshly trimmed bathroom vanity of His dreams! 🙂

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When God looks at you, He doesn’t just see someone who feels worn out like an old wood floor. Constantly walked on and scratched and beat up from years of wear and tear. He sees a fresh stained, newly polished solid oak floor, the likes of which children play on and people rejoice to see. Not simply something to walk on, but something that provides stability, and a homey safe feel. OH so much more than it seems!

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When God looks at you He sees you like a unique masterpiece that only He can create. Because He sees the end from the beginning.

I hope you aren’t thinking to yourself, “that’s great, but I don’t see my particular self in that list of fixers…I’m a bit too far gone…” Fiddlesticks my friend. Don’t you know that the God of the universe- the one who fashioned the moon and the stars and set our planet in its EXACT location and rotation can handle you? Really, you are what He did all that for in the first place….He wanted a make a place to create YOU in! Seriously- He thought of you when He did it. He knew when you would be born, and what you would be like and what you would do…God tells this guy Jeremiah the same truth in Jeremiah 1:5- “Before I formed you in your mothers womb I knew you…”. It is the same for you.

Think of what people charge for uniquely crafted vintage or antique housing items. Nigh unto theft!!! Crazy expensive and oh..so..pretty…

You were crazy expensive. Did you know that? God Himself paid for you with the blood of Jesus. That’s what Jesus’ death was about. God getting you in exchange for Jesus’ life. Heavy stuff.

Please, please, don’t look at yourself in the mirror and think that you are too far gone or too worthless to matter. Nothing could be farther from the truth. You are powerfully important. And, you have a job to do! One that only you can do, by the way. Because God created you to do it… “good works which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

So, tonight and tomorrow, and days past that, when you look into the mirror, I want you to think of yourself as valuable and costly. Of grand design- even if you don’t feel like it at the moment. Write it on your mirror in eye liner, lipstick or magic marker. “I am God’s DIY project.” (Which makes you amazing, btw…) You are in the hands of the world’s most excellent designer and architect. When He is done, you are going to be one heck of a masterpiece. Trust Him and let Him do what He does best.

Even the amazing Joanna Gains would bend her knee and tip her hat to a Designer like that…

Love, Rheannon, God’s DIY Project

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~How Do You Wear Your Crown?~ By Marty

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~How Do You Wear Your Crown?~ By Marty

 

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I could feel the butterflies in my stomach as the pageant host was getting ready to announce the names of the top five pageant contestants. In my mind I was working on conversations I would have with my daughter “just in case” her name wasn’t called. How would she handle not placing at all? ..so many beautiful young women, all with high hopes for winning…..everyone of these ladies had envisioned themselves being crowned the winner, ready to carry out the responsibilities of such a deserving title …ready to represent her state and make us proud.  PRESSURE!!!!! I could feel my heart pounding. My daughter had worked very hard, and to be on that platform at all was an honorable achievement in my eyes! Her pageant coach had worked with her, and the pageant director had even reached out to her…she looked absolutely stunning up there in her evening gown. Three names had been called …hopefully hers would be next. I caught her eye and gave her my best “you’re already a winner in my eyes” smile when I finally heard her name called out over the speakers!!!! She was in the top five!!!!! I was elated! and now the butterflies in my stomach were really fluttering…they might have actually multiplied. 
 
    The next few minutes felt like they were suspended in midair, and just like that it was over…. She didn’t win…her name was called out as fourth runner up. I cheered, her coach gasped, and one of the directors turned to me with a mixed expression of surprise, and question marks. I had been in this very situation myself as a young girl competing in a talent competition. I also understood the emotions that were running through each of the contestants. As a former Colgate Country Showdown judge…..I was well aware of the confusion, questions, and disappointments that would come from not placing where you had hoped you would be. Emotional emails would make their way to my inbox often demanding answers and reasons for an outcome I had little to no control over. Why is it that we place the outcome of any competition in one or two categories…we either win, or lose. One is positive and the other carries a negative sting that can devastate the best of us if we let it.
 
    With all of my daughters high hopes, and dreams for a different outcome, and a previous difficult disappointment…I knew the conversation I would have with her. After a day or two of personal space for her to process, we unpacked the events of the pageant and learned some valuable truths.
 
    When faced with disappointments of any kind we are given the opportunity to grow. Truth is, we often grow the most when  faced with adverse circumstances. We only really lose when we refuse the opportunity disappointments bring us whereby we can learn and grow. Wounded pride refuses this gift wrapped in plain brown paper without a pretty bow. Sometimes its easier to lick our wounds and invite others to join in and remind us of what should have been ours. This attitude is the perfect breeding ground for bitterness, judgement, blame and cynicism. ….and that, to me, is losing.
 
    Anytime we have been given the honor of a platform where our sphere of influence is impacting we can bet that are many eyes watching how we chose to respond to disappointments. Our response will either make or break that platform. Our words should support our actions and our actions support our words. This moment is a GIFT!!! This is where HOPE and VALUE have the greatest affect on those who are watching us. This is where faith and authenticity can have their greatest impact! How would you counsel someone in need of encouragement? What would you offer them in their moment of sadness, disappointment, and self doubt? 
 
    Philippians 3:14 sums it up so well,
 
“I PRESS ON to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God through Christ Jesus is calling us”  Paul’s focus is on forward momentum, not prior mistakes, or let downs.  We cannot move ahead if we remain focused on our stumbling blocks, whatever they might be. The prize is Christ! …and until that day when we will see His beautiful face we must represent Him as best as we can in the middle of trials, disappointments, and even in the face of controversy. Choose to PRESS ON, give hope, give value to those who are within your sphere on influence.
 
   Let me leave you with this final thought,
 
“The Lord will hold you in His hand for all to see…a splendid crown in the hand of your God”  – Isaiah 62:3 … If God sees us as a splendid crown,  how are we living that out?  I received a face book notification that my daughter had made a new post….I read it proudly knowing that our conversation had taken root. Her words (paraphrased)
 
    “Don’t give up! Continue to chase after those God given dreams!…wear the crown of faithfulness, humility, and compassion…that crown shines             brighter than any other!” 
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I’m encouraged that my daughter chose to PRESS ON, and I pray that you too, would be encouraged today to press through, and to press on, no matter what you are facing. That’s the crown that shines so bright!
 
 
~Marty

~P27~ By Rheannon

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~P27~ By Rheannon

Do you ever just feel so beyond – not equipped – for a situation?  You think there is no way you can possibly make it to the end of this thing in one piece?  I think we have all been there at one time or another throughout our lives.

It may be a financial situation or a relational one, or a huge life change.  Maybe you have experienced all of those things at once or at one point in time.  I sure have.

I was thinking about what I should share, asking God to give me words for what He wanted.  My heart landed on Psalm chapter 27 – P27 (ESV).  There is a line in there that so many people know – it goes like this…

“Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!”

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David knew what it was like to be in dire situations.  No doubt when he penned this, he was under attack yet again from his enemies…he had many.  Yet, in all his struggles, he turned his gaze upward to God.  If we back up in that chapter, we see the desperate cry of a man reciting to himself the strength of Who God is.  It’s as though he is trying to call to remembrance God’s deliverance of him in the past.  (A great way to encourage yourself in any situation…)

“The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Vs. 1b

“Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.” Vs. 3

Wow.  David is under attack and yet, he places his trust in Who God has been for him!

“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!” Vs. 13

Dang!  I need to be reminded of this sometimes!  Powerful things happen when we reflect on Who God is rather than simply our situation.  Acknowledging the situation and asking for help in light of God’s power and salvation is the best way to encourage ourselves through a tough time in life.

This isn’t a “pull yourself up by your boot straps” kind of thing.  And sometimes life really hurts.   It’s recognition of the God that we serve.  Isn’t He in control?  Doesn’t He know what is best?  He sees the end from the beginning – He knows what will happen!  Oh my gosh!  Before I can utter one word of prayer or reflection, He is there in the solution.  HE is the solution! HE is the shelter!

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“For He will hide me in His shelter in the day of trouble; He will conceal me under the cover of His tent; He will lift me high upon a rock.” Vs. 5

What is it that you are looking at right now thinking, “this is too big for me…to scary…too important to fail at…”?  There are a couple things like that for me right now!  But, today I spent some time with God, just worshiping Him because I love Him and He deserves it.  I envisioned heaven and the angels and the 24 elders worshiping God and what that looked like.  It was a powerful time of reflecting on Who God is and where He dwells!  It helps me to see that He is in control when I think of it like that…all my “somethings” are like drops of water compared to the ultimate picture of Almighty God.  And a God like that can handle all my stuff and all your stuff, and keep the world spinning in its exact and precise location in the universe.  Mind blown??!

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I am thanking God today that He is in the details, and in the decisions – and that I can trust Him to see the end from the beginning, and take me to the place that He wants for me.  Even if that place is different than what I would have chosen for myself!  He is the shelter…the solution…our Grand Hope.

Be encouraged today that God knows all these things for you, too.  Rest for a moment and focus your thoughts on Who God really is.  In all His glory!  Its amazing what it will do for your soul.  Then you can…

“Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!”

~Rheannon

 

 

~GPS…~ By Marty

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~GPS….God’s Promises are Sure!~ By Marty

I received an urgent phone call from a very close friend not too long ago. Her situation was dire and she needed to get out of her environment. She had recently moved and the directions she gave didn’t make sense to me ….thank the Lord for GPS!  So I programmed in her address and began to follow the directions given by the Australian accented woman behind the screen.

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The drive was definitely longer and more scenic than expected and soon my thoughts began to wander…so much in fact, that I actually stopped listening to my GPS and took a wrong turn. ….”rerouting, rerouting” she repeated… “What? Where am I?”  Apparently, I needed to make a few corrections. I arrived at my destination… just a little later than I had hoped.

My friend was in desperate need of some encouragement…circumstances had slowly been closing in on her and she was struggling to understand why she wasn’t able to experience some of the things she believed God had promised to her…promises that would bring relief and breakthroughs from her oppressive situation. She was tired…….I could see it in her eyes…..she was tired and frustrated. I brought her to my home, and just let her be. She rested while I did my laundry and quietly prayed for her. ….. in those moments between her resting and my household “chores” my heart began to fill up with scripture and memories of the GPS drive to her house….thoughts came together and I began to sense that there was a message formulating…one I want to share with you!
In Exodus chapter 6, the children of Israel, God’s chosen people, were slaves in Egypt under Pharaoh’s iron fist. The Lord had given them the promise that one day they would be freed from slavery and led to the promised land. Such a promise! However…opposition came and fought against their hopes and dreams for a better tomorrow…days turned into weeks, months…..and in the waiting they began to question the promise they had received…..they began to lose hope of the lord’s deliverance altogether.
Eventually their hearts became hardened and they chose to magnify their current situation instead of keeping their eyes on the ONE who promised and is FAITHFUL.
We too have been given promises from the Lord that many of us are still waiting to be fulfilled…prayers we have prayed that have yet to be answered. …and when our timeline begins to squeeze us and we don’t see His promise come quick enough, we become extremely discouraged…we can easily get into works, self improvement..(because maybe we’re just not good enough to receive His promise yet..) we panic, question ourselves, and most of all we question our faith….
                                                  GOD, ARE YOU STILL THERE?…..
You can be sure that God IS working behind the scenes…….He not only hears our prayers…He promises to answer them! During seasons of waiting, uncertainty, opposition, heartbreak, and suffering…He is aware of us..never turning a blind eye or a deaf ear…He WILL make good on His promise to you. He wants that for you more than you could know.
The Israelites lost heart – they were discouraged, but whats so beautiful about this story is how much of God’s goodness, grace, faithfulness, and mercy were displayed in the lives of His children.
GOD DID DELIVER THE ISRAELITES OUT OF EGYPT AND INTO THE PROMISE LAND.
We CAN trust Him…He is Faithful and True- (Rev 19:11)  Whether we believe it or not… He does want us to experience His promises! Good promises! Promises beyond our wildest dreams! Promises that come in our darkest night and become our anchors…promises given to fuel Hope within us.
Walking blindly…..by faith…however small that faith might be…is sometimes the hardest thing to do.  But, He WILL make a way THROUGH whatever it is we are facing…!
So what does this have to do with a GPS?
Lets think about your God given promise – whatever that might be…as a DESTINATION…   (this could be a physical location, an emotional healing, a vision of things to come, etc). The GPS can be likened to His word that leads and directs us. Sometimes as we journey through life we can get off course… painful circumstances… disappointments. These are things that can redirect our route… and at some point we realize that we’ve made a wrong turn …it seems we are farther away from our destination than ever! Our time clock is ticking and “destination pressure” can begin to set in.
Sometimes there are several wrong turns, but does your GPS ever tell you that you’ve hit your “wrong turn” limit? That your destination will never be reached?…..Does your GPS purposely move your destination somewhere else last minute to confuse you?….I pose these questions only because we can be so quick to believe that Gods’ grace towards us has limits….that His love is conditional. We embrace the lie, that because of our wrong turns, we are now destined to miss our destiny.
Just like your GPS “reroutes” you…so your heavenly Father will continually “redirect” you time and time again until you reach your destination!
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Joshua 21:45 “Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled, everything He had spoken came true.”  What a GOOD FATHER!!!!
Let me encourage you to trust Him and remind you that you are not on this path alone…God goes with you, you are not forgotten!  He walks beside you, and when you get off track He will lovingly and carefully redirect you. He wants you to reach your destination…and will do everything to see that you get there!
Prov 3:5,6- Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do and He WILL show you which path to take.
Don’t be afraid to put your hands on the steering wheel of life and listen to His voice as He leads you in the way you need to go…and when you find yourself making a wrong turn?… He’s there to help you get back on track!
Much love,
~Marty

~Belonging~ By Sue

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~Belonging~ By Sue

“I just want to belong.”  That’s an age old phrase that has been stated all through the centuries. Everyone wants to be a part of something. They want to be loved, accepted and included. Fraternities, organizations, social clubs and school clubs, the list can go on and on. People want to belong.

The need to belong, though, has taken on a new face in the past couple of decades. It is in hyper-mode. Laser-focused and happening at the speed of the computer keys. We are connected by the aid of a digital world. We feel linked, even though we don’t know people personally. We join groups and forums, feeling that we are a vital part of a whole, all the while, many times, never even meeting with these individuals in a face-to-face, personal experience.

It makes me stop and wonder, are we becoming a surface society? Never truly reaching deep down into our own truths. Has this affected us in more ways than we can imagine? Does it directly or even indirectly make us even unaware of who we truly are?

When God spoke about knowing us in the womb, talking with us, having plans for us to prosper and giving us a future while knowing Him, did He know that we would become so dependent on the need to belong, that His words to us would become opaque? That the need for Him would be overshadowed by the need to belong here on earth. 

It seems that we have become a world that is addicted to belonging. Addicted to having other’s view our daily activities, our wins, even our challenges. We are addicted to scrolling through other people’s lives and comparing our own against their 5-minutes of perfectness, caught on a camera or video screen for all the world to see.  

What do we truly belong to? What is really true? What does that face look like behind the camera, behind the computer screen? Do we really belong or is it all just a huge facade? Have you checked your, “I need to belong” meter lately? Maybe it needs reset a bit. I, also, want to belong. But more than that, I ‘need’ to belong to the only One that truly matters.

~Sue

“Think Tank” ~ By Rheannon

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~Think Tank~ By Rheannon

 

Where do you go to think about stuff??  Where is your spot, your “think tank”?

I have a little office in the corner of our living room sectioned off by a couch.  When we first created this little space I thought it would be kind of silly, like it wasn’t really supposed to be there.  Now, however, it is my own little power space.

I like to think.  Sometimes I get a little carried away with my thinking and I will run things through in my mind until it just about gives me a headache…or I dream about whatever it was all night long. Information gathering, analyzing, imagination, etc. I’m good at that.   I come from a line of intelligent people, and I try to live up to the family mind.  Sometimes I do alright, and other times I think I rolled a bit too far from the tree!  HA!

Can you relate?  Do you think on things and even agonize over stuff?  Worry?  I know, me too…my thinking gift can create a problem for me when I turn it into anxiety or worry.  Unfortunately, that seems to happen more often than I would like it to.  Lately, though, God has been speaking to me about trusting Him in my life.

I didn’t think I had “God Trust Issues” really, but when things started changing around here this summer, I began to agonize over what was going to happen – what the effects would be, what I need to do to get things moving in a certain direction, what I can do to affect change in something, how I feel about an issue, trying to figure out how I can solve the situation…..you see what the problem has been.  There’s a whole lot of “I” in there!  And that had me forgetting to trust God!  I wanted to depend on my own ability to solve the problem, come up with a creative solution- you know- all on my own.  Save the day, if you will.

It isn’t that God doesn’t want me to use my thinking cap, or to problem solve, but He does want me to come to Him and trust Him in those moments.  There are a lot of them in life.  We face decisions every day, big or small.  I am learning to do what I can and trust God with all of it.  He really is ultimately in control of what happens with me.  My job is to do my very best, and to follow Him, giving the task and my Faith my all.  Not to try and solve everything in my own strength…I can tell you, it wasn’t working out!  I spent more time stressed out and in tears than anything else!  What a relief to be on the up-side of trusting God right now!

Remember what Paul says in Philippians 4:8??

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” NIV

That’s the goal.  Those are the things to dwell on in my heart and mind.  I will keep spending time in my “think tank,” doing what I do and learning and analyzing, but with the perspective that God is in control and is working all things for my good because I love Him.  Everything will not be simple and easy and filled with a chocolate center…though I would love that…lol…but I can trust Him in all of it.

~Rheannon

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~Hope~ By Faith

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~Hope~ By Faith
I recently heard a message and listened to a book from an incredible couple, Jay & Katherine Wolf, called “Hope Heals.”
The main message I received from the book caused me to question what I have been putting my hope in. 
Depending on the season, whether lacking something, yearning for something, or feeling inadequate, I realized I have been putting my HOPE in the outcome of the flavor (issue) of the month, week or year. 
She said in her book, if my hope is resting in an outcome, my expectations will crush me. 
I see now what a rollercoaster this makes of life. If my joy, relief, praise and peace are all dependent on the uncontrollable things of life turning out how I expect them to, then I am constantly at the mercy of those things. 
As I once heard my Uncle Scott say, “God is the seatbelt in the roller coaster, keeping me safe in the midst of all the unknowns.” 
We are to lean on, trust in and be CONFIDENT in God. Such confident trust brings a lovely sense of security. Security we won’t find in the realization of temporary earthly hopes. Because when we need those things before we feel good about life or ourselves our identity is in the wrong place. 
God asked me last week during time with Him, “Where are you putting your hope? Finances, accomplishments, health & fitness?”
When I can really rely on Him for everything and my hope can be anchored in Him no matter what, I can live this life with an open hand to my circumstances and be completely free in whatever He leads me to. 
I can feel as relieved, grateful and celebratory as I would be if “this or that happened” because the victory has already been won. 
He is the answer to my prayers. He is the realization of my dreams. 

2nd Corinthians 2 Encourages us, “But, thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us spreads and makes evident everywhere the sweet fragrance of the knowledge of Him.”
~Faith

~Fireside Alone Time~ By Rheannon

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~Fireside Alone Time~ By Rheannon

 

I just spent the last two days away at a lake camping with my husband.  It was beautiful.  This sweet Montana spot offered a glorious mountain lake that stretched far and wide, with water so clean and pure I could see what was beneath me.  The sand stretched for many yards under the clear water, giving the illusion that I was on an ocean getaway somewhere miles from home.

There wasn’t anyone else with us this time, just hubby and I.  To quote my song, “Off the Map Tonight,” there were “no cell phones; no street lights…up in a quiet little place where we can see the stars shine…” (Here’s a link for you to listen-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdhMIzCKXyM )

Just beautiful.  Other campers enjoyed the area as we did, from their own campsite, and exchanged pleasantries with us in the mornings.  We ran into some fun folks who shared their love of craw-fishing with us, and we caught lots and lots of the lake dwelling crustaceans. What a blast!

At night, we would sit by the fire Jeremy had made, eat snacks and talk about life.  It’s really interesting what things come up in conversation when there is no one else around.  Just you and your spouse, or you and your friend or cousin, one on one.  Stuff starts coming up that you may have felt for a while but hadn’t really shared up till that moment.

Jeremy and I covered some good ground on what had been weighing on our hearts and minds lately.  I learned things I didn’t know about him, and he about me.  Alone time, by the fire.  I had no idea how important that time would be for us.

Do you need alone time with your spouse or with your friend, or with God?  ( lol- I’m sure we always need it!)  You may be surprised at what comes up when you take yourself out of your normal day to day routine and just get alone in conversation.  Healing, prayer, laughter…

I would encourage you to do just that!  Have some alone time with God, but also, have some alone time with your spouse or a friend.  Carry each other’s burdens, help sort through the stuff…

Galations 6:2  “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” NIV

Mark 12:30 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. … ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” NIV (paraphrase)

~Rheannon

 

~Nailing Time Management~ By Faith

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~Time Management~ By Faith

AAaahhh, time management…or as John Maxwell calls it, self-management, as we cannot manage time.

I’ve heard that a person can tell their priorities by how they spend their time and money.

So, how do you? Do you leave yourself margin or do you find yourself rushing and reacting all day? Do you carve out time for the things you value and that fill your cup or have you accepted the lie that you simply don’t have time for it?

Are you taking action each day towards the future that you want for yourself? If not, you’re not alone.

It is merely the top 5% of the world that lives with intention. That statistic can be daunting, but to me it is a spurring-on, what are those 5% of people willing to do and how can I join them.

Many of these thoughts were not even in my awareness until my Mary Kay business became part of my life. I am forever grateful for the life skills and personal growth I’ve experienced from my mentor Susan, and many, many others in this incredible company.

Even once they were in my awareness I really didn’t fully appreciate the value of these skills for a long time. If you are “letting yourself” be motivated by fear or obligation to change something in your life the cycle will lead to exhaustion and frustration and it won’t last.

To really make a lasting change we want to be coming from a place of choice and enthusiasm for the change we are excited to experience.

Once you know where you want to end up you can back up and make a plan and then implement that in your schedule. The trick is to honor an appointment you set with yourself (God time, quiet time, meditation, exercise, working an at home business, food prep etc.) as you would honor any other appointment. You show up to work regardless of whether you feel like it or not and it has a reward.

The first step is to figure out what “level 10 living” looks like for you in each area of life.

The second is to evaluate where you are now and how to get from A to B.

The third is to make a brain dump with every little errand, chore, task that’s swimming around in your mind right now. Write it all out.  Everything feels urgent to your brain.  There’s no way to prioritize without writing it down.

Step four, prioritize high, medium and low.  Ideally the tasks that are ‘low’ would be delegated. You could also put in categories such as ‘this week, this month, this quarter’.

Once you have your high and medium tasks you can then schedule them into your week and live out your day with intention!

I do this every Sunday in the same notebook so I never lose my list and can keep carrying it over.

How exciting is it to think of a future we want to be living in?!  The time will pass anyways, so we might as well be intentional about how we spend it.

Check these time management scriptures out!

Proverbs 6:6-8

“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in the summer and gathers her food in harvest.”

Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might.”

You can do this!

~Faith Corpron

Independent Sales Director Mary Kay cosmetics

Marykay.com/fcorpron