Archive for December, 2008
Usually, I love to get the last word, but today it is with some sadness. According to plan, my year of blogging has come to the end.
Thanks so much for being a part of this wonderful experience with me. I have treasured your comments and support each week.
2008 offered its challenges to us all, as individuals and a nation.
My prayer is that 2009 will bring you spiritual depth, financial security, true friends, good health, and exciting surprises.
As we close the book on “I was just thinking….” By Terri King, I leave you with one final thought by guess who?
Me, of course!
“My best is good enough, and my best will get better the more I exercise my best.”-Terri King
Say these words to yourself anytime you need encouragement and know that I believe them for you.
May God bless you all.
And a Merry Christmas to you all. See you next week.
How do we define ourselves? Who we are? What we are about?
The word define means; “ to give precise value or meaning.”
Sometimes we have defining moments, like childbirth, or monumental spiritual experiences, and the like, that we embrace in defining ourselves.
Any number of wonderful things can be used to help define us as individuals and I don’t know what all they are.
But this I do know, and listen carefully, we are not defined by our circumstances.
Maybe things are tight and you’ve had to scale back Christmas this year, or you made a bad decision and now you must live with the consequences, or you grieve the loss of a cherished relationship that you didn’t handle just right.
Any of these are unfortunate situations but, albeit painful, they don’t have to define the people that we are.
Your value lies in the core of your beliefs, your convictions, and the sincere desires of your heart.
Anything that happens to us outside of this is merely a circumstance that has the opportunity to make us better in the end if we want it to, but not define us.
In case you were having trouble defining yourself, let me help you;
you are priceless, your value is far above rubies and diamonds.
If you’re not feeling it, let’s talk, I’ll tell you why.
Yeah, it’s Christmastime, and times are tough all over.
So in this time of giving, if you’re looking for the perfect gift there’s a good chance it might be a word of encouragement.
Be sensitive to other people’s situation. And if you’ve got a minute, lend an ear.
Material things come and go but emotional and spiritual gifts can last a lifetime.
If you’re like me and during these challenging times it’s been hard to find a place to give praise, remember this;
it’s the hard times that knit our hearts together and strengthen our bonds. And for that we can be thankful.
By the standards of raw strength and power, the body is a slave to the mind.
It moves, breathes, acts and reacts on command; be it consciously or subconsciously.
In what fashion and to what degree is all a direct result of the thoughts that dominate our mind.
But, what happens when we allow the slave to rule the master?
There’s a hierarchical breakdown. The chain of command is broken, ultimately resulting in insubordination.
Maybe you’re saying, “Hey, this is like the fall of the Roman Empire. How does this happen to a powerhouse like the mind?”
I suggest, like the fall of the Roman Empire, it happens gradually over time.
If you and I belly up to the world’s table day after day we find a feast catered to the body, complete with unwholesome foods, destructive conversation, impulse buying, and instant gratification to name a few.
If we are to keep the power of our lives in competent hands we must first feed the mind/spirit all that is just, healthy and beautiful and let the mind/spirit feed the body.