Posted by: Anne | March 25, 2017

nothing more than feelings

I’m going through an emotional time, and I’m discovering that when my thoughts threaten to run away with me, I can help keep them in check by reminding myself that, no matter how strong and real they may seem, feelings are *not* truth.

If I need evidence, I need look no further than the way my feelings can change with lightning speed. For example, over the past year, more than once – in a particularly bad moment – I’d feel doomed, but then, the next instant I’d feel hopeful. Was I truly doomed and then, mere seconds later, suddenly fine and dandy? Of course not. Only the feelings changed.

Naturally, we will react emotionally from time to time. (Some of us more than others…) But before we expand a bad moment to live in a miserable state of overreaction, let us push past that urge and seek the bigger picture. Otherwise, we lose twice: we’re suffering, and yet, we’re doing so needlessly.

Posted by: Anne | March 18, 2017

an Irish blessing

IRISH BLESSING

May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
May life fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Posted by: Anne | March 11, 2017

preparation, painful but necessary

“The Israelites spent 40 years on a journey that should have lasted 11 days. It wasn’t distance that stood between them and the Promised Land. It was the condition of their hearts. God’s purpose went deeper than simply transporting a huge group of people to a new land. He was preparing them to live in obedience to Him once they arrived… The journey was a painful but necessary part of their preparation.” Deuteronomy 1:1-2 (Life Application Bible)

Posted by: Anne | March 4, 2017

fasting

Pope Francis’ words:

Do you want to fast this Lent?

  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
  • Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
  • Fast from worries and trust in God.
  • Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
  • Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
  • Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy.
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
  • Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

Source:
kingscourtparish.ie/2017/02/a-thought-from-pope-francis-for-lent/

Posted by: Anne | February 25, 2017

purpose in the present

“God’s training is for now, not later. His purpose is for this very minute, not for sometime in the future. We have nothing to do with what will follow our obedience, and we are wrong to concern ourselves with it. What people call preparation, God sees as the goal itself.” ~Oswald Chambers

Read more at the source:
https://utmost.org/

Posted by: Anne | February 18, 2017

pampered, or purposed?

Many thanks to my Facebook friend, Caren, for this:

The Bible is such a wonder! You can read a passage over and over, and get something new from it every time. I was reading and studying Psalm 23, probably the most well known passage of the Bible. We all read it and see our Shepherd, how He takes care and provides for us, His sheep. But this time, I saw something totally different!

Yes, He is our Shepherd and He does take care of us as His sheep. But do we just see ourselves as pet sheep? That’s not what sheep were for in Bible times. Sheep were raised for 3 things. For wool, for food, and for sacrifice. The shepherd took care of his flock to prepare them for their purpose. Yes, the shepherd loved his sheep, he invested in his sheep, he protected his sheep and he led his sheep…for a purpose.

We are His sheep. We have a purpose. God loves us, invests in us, protects us, and leads us…for a purpose. We are not just spoiled pets. Our purpose isn’t just to be petted and pampered. We are to provide wool – taking care of needs of others. We are to provide meat – feeding the souls of others with the Word of God. We are to provide a sacrifice – living our lives for our Shepherd and others.

Are you just a pet sheep, or do you have a purpose?

Posted by: Anne | February 11, 2017

love is as love does

The Actions of Love

[Paul] uses the word, or the pronoun “it” to refer to love, thirteen times in the thirteen verses that make up I Corinthians 13. Unfortunately, Paul does not offer a tidy definition of the word “love”.  What Paul mostly offers in I Corinthians 13 is a description of what “love” does.

This observation in itself is a healthy corrective to much popular belief about the nature of love. In popular usage, “love” is often thought of as a state or a condition. It is viewed as feeling we possess, or do not possess. We can have love one minute and not have love another. We can “fall” into this feeling of love, or we can “fall” out of love. This state of love is unpredictable.

For Paul, love is not primarily a state; it is more accurately a choice. Love is an action word.

There are things love does and things love does not do.

Love does:
* live with patience
* behave kindly
* rejoice in the truth
* bear all things
* believe all things
* hope in all things
* endure all things

Love does not:
* act out of envy
* take a boastful attitude
* adopt an arrogant attitude
* behave in a way that is irritable
* give in to resentment
* rejoice in wrongdoing
* end

These actions run contrary to a prevailing romantic view of love. They are not particularly glamorous.

Most people probably are not going to sign up with enthusiasm for a life characterized by the need for patience.

But… Love comes dressed in the humble garments of our daily decisions to choose to be kind to one another, to delight in the goodness of life, and to avoid irritability and resentment.

The beauty of Paul’s vision of love is that it is lies within the reach of every person. It is always possible for us to “endure” just a little bit more. There is never a time when we need to abandon all hope. We are always capable of choosing to be patient just a moment longer…

Paul’s vision of love offers life-transforming choices we can make… Paul offers a vision of life in which we do not live constantly as the victim of our feelings. He encourages us to see that we are always able to manifest the actions of love and to respond to life from that deep place where “faith, hope, and love abide.”

Read the full article at the source:
https://inaspaciousplace.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/the-actions-of-love/

Posted by: Anne | February 4, 2017

true love

“This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience – it looks for a way of being constructive.
Love is not possessive.
Love is not anxious to impress nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own ideas.
Love has good manners and does not pursue selfish advantage.
Love is not touchy.
Love does not keep account of evil or gloat over the wickedness of other people. On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth prevails.
Love knows no limits to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that stands when all else has fallen.”
– Elisabeth Elliot, Let Me Be a Woman

See also:
http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/real-love-a-paraphrase-of-1-corinthians-13.html

https://inaspaciousplace.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/i-corinthians-13-valentines-day-paraphrase-love-is-a-choice/

Posted by: Anne | January 28, 2017

reframe with five simple words

“What else could it mean?”

How things affect us is usually by the meanings we give to those things. Reframing means that you… can give a fresh perspective, new meanings and ultimately what you feel about the event.

By asking “What else could it mean?” you open up options of possible meanings that you can give to the event. Ultimately what happens inside you is the result of your inner processing and choice. You can design the outcome of the circumstance, not leaving it to the default face value.

Read the full article at the source:
fitmindfitlife.com/2012/02/what-else-could-it-mean/

See also:
aspiretogreatness.net/what-else-could-it-mean/

Posted by: Anne | January 21, 2017

resolved: practice perspective

“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. … In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportsmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.” ― John Lubbock

Ways to Keep Life in Perspective

* Nothing in life has any inherent meaning; it only has the meaning you assign to it. Shakespeare once said, “There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
You can actively change the meaning of any circumstance in your life to one that empowers you. The way to do that is by asking empowering questions. Here are a few examples:
–What is good about this?
–What is funny about this?
–How is this making me stronger or smarter?
–How can this help me and others?

* A sense of gratitude can immediately increase your quality of life. Thinking about and being grateful for the things you have increases joy, happiness, and overall outlook on life. What you focus on expands and when you focus on what you have, you bring more of it into your life. This also cultivates an attitude of a sense of abundance. When you focus on what’s missing, you cultivate pessimism, cynicism, and quality of life goes down. This leads to a sense of scarcity and negativity.

* Focus on the things you can control, and do not focus on the things you cannot control. Allowing things that you cannot control to upset you will set you up for frustration and decrease your quality of life. There is absolutely no point in getting upset about things such as the weather, traffic, and other people. The one thing that you can always control is your attitude.

Read the full article at the source:
InspireMeToday.com/brilliance/6-ways-to-keep-life-in-perspective/

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