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Finding Your Balance: Mind, Body and Spirit


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More Than Enough

more_more_more_main_a2“You’re not smart enough. You’re not talented enough. You’re not cute enough.”  These are often the words you hear from that little nagging voice in the back of your mind– just as you are about to take a step of faith in a new direction.  They try to make you think that you don’t have what it takes to succeed.

This method of self-sabotage has stunted the personal and professional growth of so many people, and it always seems to come at a time when you are preparing to move outside your comfort zone.  While many people take heed to these thoughts, many others have been able to stop them dead in their tracks before they ever take root.

How do they do it?  What makes them so special, or what Super Power do they possess that you don’t?

News Flash:  They are no different than you.

Romans 8:37 tells us that “… in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”

For those who believe, the answer is just that simple.  You either CHOOSE to believe it or you don’t.

THERE IS NO MIDDLE GROUND.

You will never move forward in life on a “maybe” and you can’t have both faith and fear.  One has got to take hold in you mind, and your life will show which thought won.

So my Sisters…whether you think YOU CAN or whether you think YOU CAN’T….You’re right.  It’s all matter of what you believe.

I will tell you that any new thing takes practice, and to truly make something a habit, you need to do it for several days.  If this is new thinking for you then I suggest repeating this to yourself as often as you can:

I AM MORE THAN A CONQUEROR BECAUSE GOD LOVES ME.  GOD MADE ME MORE THAN ENOUGH.

You have it within you to do, be or overcome that thing– whatever it is.  Just don’t stop believing that you are more than enough.

Love to you always, and enjoy the balance of your day!

Andrea


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F.E.A.R.

2 Timothy 1:7- “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind…”

We all deal with fear from time to time.  But if God didn’t give us this fear, where did it come from?

When we believe a thing to be true, our minds suddenly make that thing real to us.  That’s where our fears get their power- in our minds and from the thoughts we entertain.

So how do we fight fear?  We first have to recognize it for what it really is.

F.E.A.R. stands for False Evidence Appearing Real.  Our natural minds have a way of magnifying circumstances based on a simple thought.  We have to stop and ask ourselves, “Where did that thought come from?”  Was the thought based on an actual threat or just one you perceived to be a threat?  Let’s face it:  perception becomes reality whether it’s true or not.

Any thought that brings you into a state of fear, anxiety or worry is not of God.  This same God that gave us His Son doesn’t want us to worry, be fearful or be over-concerned about anything.

The word of God often tells us, “Fear not,” “Let not your heart be troubled,” or “Fret not thyself,” but we too easily allow False Evidence Appearing Real to steal our joy.  From now on, let’s agree to call it for what it is– a LIE carefully crafted by Satan to throw us off.  And here’s your weapon: the Sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.  The next time one of those lies has you feeling crazy, pull out your sword and start swinging!  Speak every scripture that comes to mind to fit your situation until that fearful thought is gone.  Slice that fear into nothing and watch it blow away like the wind.  Remember, the battle is the Lord’s- we just have to show up.

I pray that this has been a help to you.  Let’s keep fighting together, in Jesus’s name!

Until next time, enjoy the balance of your day!

Andrea


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Shhh! No Talking During Your Test

Have you ever prayed for an answer about something and it seemed that God was strangely quiet?  I’ve had that happen to me while going through a difficult challenge in life, and I was left feeling alone and unsure of what direction to take.  I knew according to God’s work that He would never leave me nor forsake me, but the silent treatment was a bit unsettling.  The situation worked out fine, but I still wondered about not getting that answer in the thick of it all.

I recently recalled that experience with one of my sisters who is an elementary school teacher.  What she shared with me was so profound that I had to write about it.

“I have to give tests to my students all the time,” she said.  “This is the time for them to show what they’ve learned and what they understand.  But once the test begins, I don’t talk to them.”  WOW! No talking during the test.

“I’ll walk around the room and I know every one of them; I see every one of them,” she continued. ” I know the students who are strong in that subject, and they can make it through just fine.  The ones that are having difficulty in the class or who may try to cheat, I pay close attention to and even stand right over them while they complete the test.  I see some make simple mistakes or even choose the wrong answer, but I don’t intervene because THEY must take the test.”

This was such an eye-opener for me.  There are times in life when I have to go through challenges that test my faith.  And I may pray and sometimes not get an immediate answer because I have to apply what I’ve been taught…all under the watchful eye of my Heavenly Father.  I have to endure and pass the test in order to grow both naturally and spiritually.  If I don’t pass, I may have to take that test again….ugh!!

So the next time you feel like you’re getting the silent treatment when you pray, start brushing up on the Word and apply it to your situation.  You may be pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

I think I’ve got it now.  Another life lesson taught to me by my younger sister.  Thanks girl!

As always, take care and enjoy the balance of your day.

What’s Your Season?

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Ecclesiastes 3:1- To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the
heaven…

My pastor taught me this passage many years ago, but it has only been in recent years that I’ve truly come to understand it for myself.  Everything truly takes place in its proper time, no matter how much we try to move things along.  We can strive and run ourselves ragged trying to make things happen when the fact is…its just not time for it.  It’s not the right season.

We can enjoy Spring, when everything seems to be blooming and good things are popping up all over the place.  We like Spring!  Then there’s Summer and situations can get too hot to handle, or we feel the heat and pressure of life bearing down on us.  Fall can be a bountiful harvest of blessings that you’ve been waiting for for a long time.  And then there’s Winter.  Nothing happens in winter:  life seems to be at a standstill and nothing is growing or developing…at least where you can see it.

Just as God ordained the seasons in nature to have seed time and harvest time, He has also done this in our lives. I have come to understand that its not going to Spring all year long.  I’ve had to endure some pretty cold Winters and some truly blazing Summers but they are all designed to make me respect the delicate balance of this thing called “life”.  If we never had times of disappointment or hurt, how would we ever appreciate the joys that follow?

But here’s the real kicker:  In order to make the most of this life, you’ve got to know what season you’re in. If everything is going your way and blessings seem to be falling into your lap, congratulations on a lovely Spring. If nothing you’ve tried is coming to fruition, you’re probably in Winter, and you know- nothing grows in winter.  But don’t get frustrated.  It can’t stay that way forever.  Remember, Spring is on the way but in its own time-only in God’s time.

Take the time to learn what your current season is and make the most of it.  There is something to be learned and-even enjoyed-  in our least favorite life seasons.  Somehow knowing this is comforting to me because I happen to be in Winter at the moment.   But I’m planning for a glorious Spring by making preparations in my career, my home life and my spiritual life.   I’m getting my seeds ready for planting and I will be ready when that fertile ground of opportunities appears.

I thank God everyday for blessings of wisdom like this, and I hope this will be a blessing for you as well.

Take care my friends, and enjoy the balance of your day.

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