Silver Faery Hawk

Daughter of Evalach And Half Fairy or Faery

YOU DID IT FOR YOUR ENEMIES

 

Faery Blessings:

 

There have been a lot of changes going on in the inner circle of my life…Just when I think things will settle down and life become normal again I am reminded that no matter what the circumstances, no matter the tough decisions, the more I need to trust you and just like you went to the cross for all that did not acknowledge you at all, I am reminded that you came not for the saved but for the unsaved and the unforgiven and for all those who have yet to feel it in their hearts what is the right choice to make in all situations….so today open my heart and allow me to love the way you love, without question and with faith and prayer.  Enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!

 

 "Dear Father God:

What You did for me on the cross is beyond my understanding, Lord Jesus!  I didn’t deserve anything, but You gave the most magnificent gift of all time—Your precious life.  You saw a world of lost sinners who deserved to be condemned, but You took our condemnation.  How can anyone ignore such an act of extreme compassion?  I would never have admitted to being Your enemy, but in my ignorance and pride, I didn’t realize my enormous need.

 

What can I do to show You how much I value what You did?  All You ask is for me to love You in return.  Such a simple request!  And yet how often I go about my life as though I’ve accomplished something worthwhile, and pay so little attention to You.  Please forgive me, Lord, though I don’t deserve forgiveness or any other benefits from You.  What I deserve doesn’t seem to matter.  All that matters is Your incredible love and mercy.  You’re amazing, Lord.  Amen!”

 


 Gods Grace & Mercy Upon Your Lives

Lavonda`

HAVING A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN? READ THIS! :)


Faery Blessings:

 

What an awesome day….the last few weeks of being sick and having a lot on my plate has suddenly lifted and I got a lot accomplished today…..to be honest for a few days there I felt I was losing my mind or having a breakdown but God intervened and helped me sort it all out and today is a new day and next week back onto my schedule that I have had for many years….so enjoy today’s message from DailyOM and Madisyn Taylor on “Breakdown”.  Be Blessed!

 

"Having a breakdown is often the catharsis that is needed to keep our emotional life in balance.

Most of us have had the experience of holding back our emotions for such a long period of time that when they finally come out, we have something resembling a breakdown. For a certain period of time, the overwhelming flood of feelings coursing through our bodies consumes us, and we stop functioning. Often, these outbursts take us by surprise, welling up within us as we drive to or from work, watch a movie, or engage in some otherwise mundane task. We may feel like we do not know what triggered us, or if we do know, it does not make sense of our overpowering emotional response. This is because we are releasing feelings that have accumulated over a long period of time, and whatever inspired the release was just a catalyst for a much larger, much needed catharsis.

When we find ourselves in the midst of such an experience, it is important that we allow it to happen, rather than fight it or try to shut down. Wherever we are, we can try to find a private, safe place in which to let our feelings out. If we can not access such a place immediately, we can promise to set aside some time for ourselves at our earliest possible convenience, perhaps taking a day off work. The important thing is that we need to give our emotional system some much-needed attention. It is essential that we allow ourselves to release the pent-up emotions inside ourselves so that they do not create imbalances in our bodies and minds.

When you are feeling better, make a plan to find a way to process your emotions more regularly. You can do this by employing a therapist or making a regular date to talk to a trusted friend. Journaling can also be a great way to acknowledge and release your emotions, as can certain forms of meditation. Making room in your life for tending your emotions on a regular basis will keep you healthy, balanced, and ready for life."

 

 

God’s Grace & Mercy Upon Your Lives

Lavonda`

CHANGING OTHERS

 

Faery Blessings:

 

I awoke this morning to an email from Madisyn Taylor about “Changing Others”…..it made me stop and think about “where do we draw the line on changing others?”…..I mean there are basic human priorities such as work, eat, school, discipline, etc……the basic things we need to change if we are to have the work and eat and place to live things, but what about the other things “we” try to change in others that only God can do and we drive ourselves crazy trying to change them when in reality it might be God’s way of taking them the long road home to their full, mature, grown-up selves…I know I did spend a lot of my life trying to change others only to find that God began showing me what to change within myself and that the best thing I could do was to be a good example to those around me while He changed what needed to be changed within others….sure did make my life easier doing what I could and leaving the big stuff like changing others to Him…..enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!

 

“If your tendency is to try and change other people, take some time to explore why you feel the need to do so.

Our perception of humanity as a whole is, to a large extent, dualistic. We paint people with a broad brush--some are like us, sharing our opinions and our attitudes, while others are different. Our commitment to values we have chosen to embrace is often so strong that we are easily convinced that our way is the right way. We may find ourselves frustrated by those who view the world from an alternate vantage point and make use of unusual strategies when coping with life's challenges. However ardently we believe that these people would be happier and more satisfied following our lead, we should resist the temptation to try to change them. Every human being has been blessed with a unique nature that cannot be altered by outside forces. We are who we are at any one point in our lives for a reason, and no one person can say for certain what another should be like.

The reasons we try to change one another are numerous. Since we have learned over time to flourish in the richness of lives we have built, we may come to believe that we are qualified to speak on behalf of the greater source. The sum total of our knowledge will never compare to what we do not know, however, and our understanding of others' lives will forever be limited. The potential we see in the people who are a part of our lives will never be precisely the same as our own, so we do these individuals a disservice when we make assumptions about their intentions, preferences, and goals. Our power lies in our ability to accept others for all their quirks and differences and to let go of the need to control every element of our existence. We can love people for who they are, embracing their uniqueness, or we can love them as human beings from afar.

Your ability to influence people may grow more sophisticated because others sense that you respect their right to be themselves, but you will likely spend more time gazing inward, into the one person you can change: yourself.”

 


God’s Grace & Mercy Upon Your Lives!

Lavonda`

Faery Blessings:

 

To be honest, today was a particularly hard day for me spiritually, emotionally, mentally and in the physical as I have been physically sick as well…..I have a heavy burden weighing on me and I know God’s plans are perfect so I am going to trust him through it all so when I came across this prayer in my book “Prayers For An Anxious Heart” it hit home, so I wanted to share it all with you and so you all know even I have problems that sometimes I have no answer for but God does.   So enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!

 

HIS PLANS ARE PERFECT

 

“Father God:

I can’t grasp how You can make plans for all of us, Lord, but Your Word says it, so I believe it.  It reminds me how special each person is to You—we are “ALL” vital in the great scheme of the universe.  If You didn’t care about us so much, You wouldn’t design our lives to give us a hope and a future.

 

Things don’t happen by chance.  You arrange where we live, which people touch our lives, and what we will accomplish.  If we fail, You don’t give up on us.  You merely rearrange events to bring us back to the place we need to be.

 

I long to fit perfectly into Your purpose for my life, to please You by doing precisely what You tell me.  Give me ears to hear Your voice and a heart to obey as soon as I know what I am to do.  I trust You totally, heavenly Father, knowing You see the entire scope of eternity.  You know how to weave all of our experiences and the events of our lives together to make each of us exactly the people we are to become.

 

We can only see our past and present.  You are preparing a glorious future, better than our most exquisite imagination.  Thank You! AMEN!”

 


 

God’s Grace & Mercy Upon Your Lives

Lavonda`

CHECKS AND BALANCES!

 

Faery Blessings:

 

Today I got an interesting inbox from DailyOM by Madisyn Taylor called Checks And Balances…..I stopped for a moment to see if anyone’s behavior that got on my nerves could be a part of me….when I saw it in myself I asked God to help me see it and remove it from my life or grow from or out of it….so today I wanted to share this with you all to see if any one of my clients could use this today!  Enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!

 

“When we see ourselves in other people, it can be a great opportunity for growth if we are willing to do the work.

Most of us have probably come across the universal wisdom that the people who irritate us the most are expressing qualities that we ourselves have. This is why family members can be so vexing for so many of us--we see ourselves in them, and vice versa. This isn't always true, of course, but when it is, it's a real opportunity for growth if we can acknowledge it, because it is infinitely easier to change ourselves than it is to try to change another person, which is never a good idea. For example, if we have a coworker who engages in some kind of negative behavior, like complaining or trying to control everything, we can look and see if we ourselves carry those traits.

We may have to look to other situations in our lives to see it, because we behave differently in different environments. Perhaps we don't complain at work, because our coworker overdoes it, but maybe we do it with our friends. Maybe we aren't controlling at the office, but we're used to being in control at home, and this is why we feel so irritated not to be in control at work. Even if we look and find that we are not engaging in the same behavior that we see as negative in others, we can still learn from what we are seeing in this person. The truth is, human nature is universal, and we share many of the same tendencies. What we see in others can always help us to understand ourselves more deeply.

Having the ability to see something in another person, and automatically bring this observation back to ourselves, is like having a built-in system of checks and balances that enables us to be continually engaged in self-exploration and behavior change. When we see behavior we don't like, we can make a concerted effort to weed it out of ourselves, and when we see behavior we do like, we can let it inspire us to engage in imitation. Through this process, we read our environment and let it influence us to bring out the best in ourselves.”

 


 

Gods Grace & Mercy Upon Your Lives!

Lavonda`

HEALING A BROKEN HEART


Faery Blessings:

Today I want to share an article from Madisyn Taylor that came into my email inbox and it made me think of all my clients who share with me about their broken hearts and the way she explains it is healing….and gives us another perspective of dealing with it…today is short and sweet but gets the point across…..Enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!

 

A heart that has been broken and seen pain, reveals within it, a crack that allows more light in.

Heartbreak happens to all of us and can wash over us like a heavy rain. When experiencing a broken heart, our ethereal selves are saturated with grief, and the overflow is channeled into the physical body. Loss becomes a physical emptiness, and longing is transmuted into a feeling that often cannot be put into words. Mending a broken heart can seem a task so monumental that we dare not attempt it for fear of damaging ourselves further. But heartbreak, like all emotions, falls under the spell of our conscious influence.

Often the pain that wounds us most deeply also leaves the most enduring mark upon us. The shock that becomes the tender, throbbing ache of the heart eventually leads us down the path of enlightenment, blessing our lives with a new depth and richness.

Acknowledging heartbreak's impermanence by no means dulls its sting for it is the sting itself that stimulates healing. The pain is letting us know that we need to pay attention to our emotional selves, to sit with our feelings and be in them fully before we can begin to heal. It is said that time heals all wounds. Time may dull the pain of a broken heart, but it is fully feeling your pain and acknowledging it that will truly help you heal. Dealing with your heartache in a healthy way rather than putting it off for tomorrow is the key to repair. Gentleness more than anything else is called for. Most important, open yourself to the possibility of loving, trusting, and believing again. When, someday soon, you emerge from the cushion of your grief, you will see that the universe did not cease to be as you nursed your broken heart. You emerge on the other side of the mending, stronger for all you have experienced.

 


 

God’s Grace & Mercy Upon Your Lives

Lavonda`

TRYING, TRUSTING AND TIMING

 

Faery Blessings:

 

Today I am sharing an article out of Joyce Meyer’s book “If Not For The Grace Of God”…..it is interesting as in some parts she gives a detailed description of her own challenges with trusting, trying and timing…so I wanted to share part of it with you all……enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!

 

“It is interesting that God will call a person to do something and then not allow him to do it for a while.  And he will never be able to do it, until he stops trying to do it on his own and starts allowing the Lord to bring it to pass in His own way and in His own time.  God’s ways are perfect!  If you are frustrated about timing, learn to pray with the psalmist, “My times are in Your hands” (Psalm 31:15)

I know about these things, because they were exactly what happened to me  I was frustrated and envious and  angry and unable to obtain gratification, contentment and happiness I sought—until the Lord showed me the last sentence in verse 2 of James 4:….”You do not have, because you do not ask.”

When I really saw and understood this sentence for the first time, it jarred my entire theology.  It was important part of the revelation of grace that the Lord gave me that eventually changed my whole life and ministry.

 

What happens so often in our lives is we go around complaining about our problems and spending half our time trying to figure out what “we” can do to solve them. We do everything under the sun except the one thing we are told to do in the Word of God:  “ask, that we may receive that our joy may be full.” (John 16:24)

 

Why are we like that?  Because the flesh, our carnal human nature, wants to do things itself.  That is the nature of the flesh.  It wants to conquer.  It wants to overcome it’s own problems in its own way.  Why?  So it can get the glory.  The flesh wants to do it itself, because it wants the credit.

 

That is one reason we are not more successful than we are in our walk of faith:  because we are trying to obtain by our efforts what God wants to give us by His grace.  But in order for Him to give us what we need, we must be humble enough to quit trying and start trusting.  We must be willing to stop doing and start asking.”

 


 

God’s Grace & Mercy Upon Your Lives

Lavonda`

TOXIC EMOTIONS: HOW TO GET RID OF THEM

 

Faery Blessings:

For the longest time in my life, emotional stability was something I did not have.  My emotions ruled me.  If I felt it, I showed it and usually that was to the detriment of those around me.  They felt everything I did and man was it difficult sometimes to contain all I felt, that was until I read Joyce Meyers book “Battlefield of the Mind”…..it taught me to tame those thoughts and not to live by my feelings, but to change the way I think and to think before I speak and to go to God before I lashed out on those around me…..now I take my emotions to God and allow Him to speak through me before I just open my mouth and let my mind say all it is thinking.  I hope this helps someone today.  Enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!

 

"We all have emotions, and they’re here to stay. I believe one of the main goals of every believer should be emotional stability. We should seek God to learn how to manage our emotions and not allow them to manage us. An excerpt from the definition I found in the dictionary states that emotions are "to excite and to move out." Think about this: You're out shopping for a specific item you're in need of. You've made a commitment to the Lord to get out of debt. You've promised Him to tithe and give offerings as He directs. You've agreed to really watch your spending and not purchase things you don't need. But while shopping, you discover that the stores are having a big sale of 50 percent off the already marked down merchandise. What do you do? You get excited. The more you look around, the more excited you get. Emotions are rising higher and higher. They begin to move out, and part of the devil's plan is for you to follow your emotions. 

God wants you to use wisdom. Wisdom says wait a little while until the emotions settle down, then check to see if you really believe it's the right thing to do. The Bible says in Colossians 3:15 to be led by peace in making decisions. Don't let your emotions make your decisions. A good statement to remember is this: "Wisdom says wait; emotions say hurry." 

An emotional person is defined as: "One easily affected with or stirred by emotion; one who displays emotion; one with a tendency to rely on or place too much value on emotion; one whose conduct is ruled by emotion rather than reason." Be honest with yourself in this area. If you believe that you’re not managing your emotions, begin to pray and seek God for emotional maturity.  

In the past I experienced a lot of ups and downs, or what we call mood swings. This kind of behavior was hard on me, as well as everyone around me. I felt bad about myself. People who are out of control always feel unhappy with themselves. God created us to operate with a free will. We choose what we will do and what we won't do. There is a God-given desire inside the believer to do the right thing. When we allow our flesh to rule, we know we’re out of control; however, we’re created to operate with the fruit of self-control. 

Self-control is a freedom, not a bondage. You’re free to use wisdom, free to obey God, and free to follow the leading of the Spirit. You’re free not to be pushed around by your feelings. You don't have to do what you feel like doing. You’re free to do what you know is wise. 

Self-control will help you feel better about yourself. When I was experiencing so many ups and downs, it also made me physically tired. It takes a lot of energy to go through all kinds of emotional changes. I noticed that as God helped me learn to manage my emotions, I also had more energy. Maybe you should stop and ask the Lord if that's why you've been so tired lately. Do you let your emotions manage you? 

My moods were hard on my family too. After I was well on my way to emotional stability, my husband, Dave, revealed a secret. He told me that during the years I was emotionally unstable, while he would be driving down the highway after work at night, he would ponder the thought, I wonder what she will be like tonight? It’s really very sad to imagine a person in that kind of situation. My husband has always been very stable, and it’s very comforting to live with someone you can depend on to be steady and in control all the time. He was very happy for me, and himself also, when I began getting victory in this area. Children also need a stable atmosphere to grow up in. Stability is really an important issue for all of us. 

Jesus is referred to as "The Rock." You can depend on Him to be stable—the same Jesus all the time, always faithful, loyal, true to His Word and mature. He’s not one way one time and another way the next time. 

Jeremiah 17:8 and Psalm 1:3 both instruct us to be like trees firmly planted. First Peter 5:8-9 teaches us to be well-balanced and temperate (self-controlled) to keep Satan from devouring us. To withstand him, it says to be rooted, established, strong, immovable and determined. Philippians 1:28 tells us to be constantly fearless when Satan comes against us. Psalm 94:13 says God wants to give us power to stay calm in adversity. All of these scriptures are referring to being stable. 

I'm going to close with these statements for your consideration: 

  1. He who lives by emotions lives without principle. 

    2. We cannot be spiritual (walk in the spirit) and be led by emotions. 

    3. Emotions won't go away, but you can learn to manage them. 

    4. You can have emotions, but you can't always rely on them. 

Make emotional maturity a primary goal in your life!"

 

 

God’s Grace & Mercy Upon Your Lives

Lavonda`

HE IS WITH YOU IN THE STORM

 

Faery Blessings:

 

I wanted to share part of me this morning…..I get people who say it is so nice talking to you or I feel so much better after chatting with you…..people tell me, “You have it so together”….but the Lord nudged me to share with you that I am human too and that “no” I don’t have it all together…..I am just one grateful lady who has been through the gamut of emotions and have had my ups and downs, have had my doubts, have hit the bottom, have tried to worry myself sick, have tried to beg God to change my circumstances…..yes, what I share with you are some of my life experiences, but came out of them because I humbled myself and let go and let God…..

 

I am 54 years old and up until I was 38 years old, I was doing the dumbest things to get God’s attention, throwing little fits and getting mad at God and telling him how he should be changing certain things in my life and complaining about how my life was going….Oh Yes, I did…..it took me many years to figure out that my life was not my own but God’s…..I had to learn that God does not run on my time table or by what I was feeling but he would respond with “my grace is sufficient for you and have faith”……and Yes I would stomp my feet and tell Him “You don’t understand what I am going through”…..but He did….and so did His son Jesus…..Jesus came back as a human and suffered all the things we did and felt them all and yet He was always grateful and humble and always doing “His Fathers will”, not His own thing He wanted”, but what His Father told Him needed to be done!

 

So every time now I think of having a fit or living out of my emotions, I remember that “God” is in control and He will always bring good out of what I am going through…..I might not understand the process, I might still feel the pain, I might still get frustrated, but now instead of letting it take me over and ruining my day, I stop myself and look up and say “Thy Will Be Done” and please give me “hope and peace” in the wait….give me the strength and grace to go through it even if I do not understand it…..

 

Is my life still filled with temptations and frustration, absolutely...Do I still try to argue with God? YES!...Do I win when I do? NO!....God humbles me at these places in my life and a I am grateful NOW that he does....Thank You Jesus……just like you guys I too have my own issues and my own things to deal with on a daily basis and sometimes when I am chatting with some of you, I even see myself in your situation and that is how I know things will shift and become better because they did for me…

 

Today when you feel frustration coming up within you, simply stop and say “I trust you God, and Thy Will Be Done, and give me peace and hope in this storm”….learn to Praise God and Thank God in the storm knowing that the God of your life is going to bring you through this and bring out of it what is best for you…..Enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed

 

And yes I do ramble sometimes, like I have done in this message, but I wanted you all to know that I “just like you” am human and not exempt from the things you guys also go through and know that each night before I go to sleep that I pray for all of you and bring you all up before God and ask Him to help you all get through your own personal storms in your life.

 


 

God’s Grace & Mercy Upon Your Lives

Lavonda`

3 STRATEGIES FOR ANXIETY

 

Faery Blessings:

Today I was watching T.D. Jakes and he was talking about 3 Strategies for Anxiety…..It was fascinating so I wanted to share it with you today….I used to be anxious and I learned that being anxious was worrying about things that “could” happen in the future but had not yet happened, so it was unnecessary as I could not change anything about what I was worrying about but God could…..so see the strategies below:

 

1st Strategy is Prayer…..Prayer says I need to talk to you Lord about this situation…..I need to vent and get it all out of me and give it to you because I realize this situation is not something I would have picked for myself, that you sent it into my life for a reason, so instead of my will, my words, my ways, I will pray and trust you…..and believe me, no one listens better than God….

 

 

2nd Strategy is Supplication…Supplication says this battle is not mine, it belongs to the Lord…the devil may be moving the chess pieces but I am not the pieces, but on the other side of the board is God…God has a strategy and in supplication you humble yourself and let go of your pride and realize that this situation or feeling is something I cannot control, only He can….and if He don’t get me out of it, He is going to bless me through it….it’s when you relinquish it all to God….even if He hurts you, even if He breaks your heart, though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.

 

 

Thankfulness…..When the people in your life start attacking you, start counting your blessings….remember everything you have went through and what you came out from under due to Him….think of what could have destroyed you but didn’t…..look around you and see the things that are still right in front of you…..

 

For me personally when I wake up in the morning, I am thankful for the gift called my life, the smiles on my grandchildrens faces, the food that I put into my stomach, the nice warm bed I had to sleep in last night, the fact that I could get up and walk to the bathroom, the fact that I could turn on the lights in my house to see where I am going, the nice warm clothes I had to wear, the beauty of a sunny day, that I have a vehicle to go get more food to feed me and those I love, that I have a job, that I have money to buy food….I could go on and on and on but you kind of get the picture…

 

So when you feel anxious, open your mouth and either Pray it away, Humble yourself and vent to Him and leave the pride behind you and/or Thank Him for everything you still do have in your life….one or all three of the above will help you…..you see “T.D. Jakes” says that when we feel anxiety in our lives that we need to stop and think it is happening because we have forgot “who” is our Father and that He holds the “whole” world in His hands…..Enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!

 


 

God’s Grace & Mercy upon your lives

Lavonda`

Faery Blessings:

 

We all go through things that try us to our core……the things that even as we vent to others about them still weigh heavy on our human minds…..I know because although I counsel others, I still have things that sometimes require me getting really serious with God in prayer…..I used to think and stress all day about decisions I had to make and that were life changing for everyone involved and would make those decisions from a worried mind but as I started giving my worry and fears to God and went about my day I found that suddenly within my heart I could feel a peace about the decision I had to make….was or is it always easy even after giving them to God? NO not always, but with his grace(God’s favor on your life) I found that I could go from grace to grace knowing that no matter what the outcome would be something God could use for good in my life and the lives of those around me…..today I share this prayer with you and hope that it helps you in some way when you say it out loud or in your  mind….prayer is simply talking to God, telling him how you “truly” feel and trusting Him to bring it to the outcome He knows is best in the long run….Enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!

 

"Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for being strong when I am weak.

I lift up to You the spiritual battles that I am facing right now.

Please shine Your truth to overcome the lies that I am hearing and believing.

Please increase my faith so that I can see clearly Your love and purpose for me.

I seek Your strength and wisdom as I wrestle against the spiritual forces that try to pull me away from You, Your truth and Your Word."


Therefore [I will] take up the whole armor of God,
that Idea [I] may be able to withstand in the evil day,
and having done all, to stand firm. 
Ephesians 6:13

 

"Lord Jesus, when I saw the Light, I believed. When the Light appeared in my life, I followed it. Give me more illumination today so that I’ll know where to walk.

Lord Jesus, thank You for living in my heart. Shine Your light to the world through me. I want to shine You, the Light of the Glorious Gospel, to all people. Amen.

Lord, I desire to stand firm on the foundation of Your Word and Your salvation.

With You in me, I will not fear.

In Jesus' name I pray, amen."

 

God’s Grace & Mercy Upon Your Lives

Lavonda`

HOW WE’VE COME TO UNDERSTAND & EXPERIENCE LOVE!

 

Faery Blessings:

 

I love the Message Bible….it puts things in plain English so we can all understand….and today this was my verse of the day….

 

1 John 3:16-17 The Message (MSG)

This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.”

 

This is how we can learn how to love, like Christ loved…..did you know he never sought people out, they found their way to Him and most times He would stop what he was doing to at least acknowledge, sometimes not, but most times yes He did….

 

I imagine a lot of times He was tired, lacked sleep, had to pretty much walk everywhere he went, sometimes by boat…..and back then it was a chore to get from one town to the next yet today even with motorized vehicles we make excuses for not being able to go see a friend in need….so many excuses.

 

We are not to just be in this world to get what “we” want all the time, but to do His will that sent us….and I love the last part where it said “turning a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears, and we made it disappear.”…..You see God uses our bodies, minds and mouths, etc to get things done for Him….of course He could do it miraculously with the wave of His hand, but He wants us to become like Him…tired yet still helping others even if there is nothing in it for us….

 

So ask yourself? What have you done the last few days or weeks for Him with your actions?  Then weigh that with what you have done for yourselves?....Enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!

 

P.S. It doesn’t mean we are never to do anything for ourselves, of course we should, but it should not be “all” about ourselves….

 

God’s Grace & Mercy Upon Your Lives

Lavonda`

PUSHING BUTTONS

 

Faery Blessings:

 

Once again a message from my inbox…when they strike a chord in me, then I get the urge to share with you all….so once again, enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!

 

Pushing Buttons

 

by Madisyn Taylor

When somebody continues to open our old wounds on purpose, they must be told that their behavior is no longer welcome.

We've all had our buttons pushed to the point where we feel we can't take it any more, and chances are, we've all pushed somebody else's buttons, with or without knowing it. The button pusher may not be conscious of what they're doing, but in the end the buttons belong to us, and we are the ones who must deal with what comes up. The more we take responsibility for our own feelings and reactions, the less tender these buttons will be.

We've all had the experience of having someone snap at us, seemingly out of nowhere. This happens when we unconsciously push a button in someone else we didn't even know was there. This can happen with a complete stranger and sometimes with a person we've known and been close to for years. We ourselves may have a relationship with someone whose buttons we secretly like to push. Buttons are just soft spots that have been touched one too many times, and they symbolize some pain that needs to be acknowledged and healed. This may be a wound from childhood, or some recent trauma, that we haven't adequately tended. Whatever the case, when our buttons get pushed, the person who most needs our attention and caring is us, and blaming the button pusher only distracts us from finding a true resolution to our suffering.

At the same time, if someone continually opens our wounds so that they never have time to heal, we are well within our rights to set a boundary with that person. Compulsive button pushers, who seem to find pleasure or satisfaction in hurting us, are not welcome in our personal space. In the end, knowing where our buttons are enables us to do the work necessary to heal. Freedom comes when we deal with the pain behind the button, thus disconnecting our automatic reaction to being pushed.

 

 

God’s Grace & Mercy Upon Your Lives

Lavonda`

WE CAN’T RELY ON EMOTIONS TO LEAD US THE RIGHT WAY

 

Faery Blessings:

 

Once again I find in my inbox another inspiring message from Joyce Meyer….and although I do enjoy writing my own and sharing my life experiences with you, I also enjoy sharing what other inspiring people have to say as well….with that being said, Enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!

 

“It’s easy to make decisions based on what we want, think and feel―or what our emotions tell us is the right thing, right now. But we have to be very careful not to be led by emotions. We need to follow something much wiser and much more dependable―and that is the Word of God.

Hebrews 4:12 says that God’s Word is sharper than any two-edged sword, dividing soul and spirit and judging the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. In other words, God’s Word gives us wisdom to know right from wrong, and keep our thoughts and attitudes in control.

Even after years of study we may still not be able to apply every bit of wisdom God’s Word has for us, but we will have made considerable progress―and we’re covered by God’s grace and mercy as we continue to learn and grow.

How to Know God’s Will from Your Own

It’s challenging sometimes to discern if what we want is in line with what God wants for us because when we feel strongly about something, we can easily deceive ourselves into thinking it’s God’s will―and the devil will help us do it. He will even lead us to take Scripture out of context if it will keep us deceived and living in sin.

First Corinthians 2:14 says that to those in the world, truths revealed by the Spirit sound like foolishness. Only spiritual people can understand the things of the Spirit. And sometimes it’s even very difficult for spiritual people to do!

I can tell you that when you’re truly being led by the Spirit, your head can have a hard time understanding what God’s doing because He often seems unreasonable. He will do many things in your life that you just cannot understand.

I used to be so confused about some of the things God allowed to happen in my life. But when I look back at them today, I can say, “Now I know why that had to happen. Now I know why that took place.”

God knows more than we know, His ways are above our ways, and He has a better plan for our lives than we do. Instead of being led by our feelings, we need to be led by God, even when we don’t understand.

How to Manage Unstable Emotions

If we want to improve in this area, we have to let God show us some truth about ourselves. We need Him to reveal the root of our problem because if we see it, we can deal with it, and then we can avoid the feelings that come from it. So we can pray for God to reveal those things to us. But feelings are unpredictable by nature, so we also need to learn how to manage them when they change unexpectedly.

It’s amazing how you can straighten up your attitude just by having a little chat with yourself. Your family may not be everything you’d like them to be, but you have a family. Your house might not be everything you’d like it to be, but you’re not on the street. You may not like your job, but somebody out there wants it. You may not even like your spouse, but I guarantee you there’s someone out there who would be happy to take them off your hands.

Victory is pretty much impossible until we learn how to live beyond our feelings.

They can change so quickly! Feelings make us cry one hour and laugh the next. They behave better when circumstances are good, and they act up during periods of waiting and change. I want you to master your feelings. I want you to own your emotions, not let them own you.

Colossians 3:2 says we should set our mind and keep it set on things above. If you will make a decision today to live by the Word instead of how you feel, I guarantee that a year from now you will be a different person―and I hope, very pleased with your progress.”


 

God’s Grace & Mercy Upon Your Lives

Lavonda`

WHAT TO DO WHEN LIFE BECOMES DRY!


Faery Blessings:

We all have days where we feel everything is a struggle or strain....I do my best each day to give at least the first 5 minutes to God before I even open my eyes, just talking to Him and asking Him to go through my mind, heart and soul and dwell there throughout the day and to help me to give my whole day to "Him".....it works better for me that way and He loves that he gets those first few moments and that I put Him first to start my day....Enjoy todays message from Joyce Meyer and Be Blessed!


"Are you tired of your life being dry, confused and without direction? Are you weary of having to strive for everything in life? It may be because the river of life inside of you is stopped up.

God’s Gift of Life

Deep inside each of us, there is a river of life. This river is a wonderful gift given to each of us by God. It flows with good health, a positive outlook on life, and a generous and forgiving attitude. Ideally, this river flows freely through us. When we allow this flow and keep our "well" from getting plugged-up, there's a peace or an ease—a current that takes us along—and everything seems easier. Good things come our way. When wonderful opportunities are presented to us, we're ready for them.

It also refreshes, renews and revitalizes our lives. I'm sure all of us have known people from time to time who defied all logic and stayed alive years longer than they should have. Or you may have known people who've been able to keep a positive outlook on life even though terrible things happened to them. Their river ran strong and didn’t stop flowing.

When the Well Gets Clogged

On the other hand, there are those who always seem to be down, whether physically or emotionally. No matter what they do, they can't seem to "snap out of it." Their river has been stopped-up, and only a little trickle seems to pass through.

Many people, however, have allowed their well to become stopped-up. They are always discouraged, and no matter what they do, they can’t seem to snap out of it. Years of neglect have turned a once power flowing river into a small stream. Everything's hard—nothing comes easy. People with a stopped-up well have to strive for things that come easily to others. It's as if they've become mired in a mud hole and every step is a struggle. Do you know people like this? Does this sound like your life?

Discovering My Clogged-Up Well

I once had a stopped-up well in my life. I struggled to tap into the river that I knew was in me. I was constantly digging dry wells—working on projects and chasing ideas that were disappointing and unfulfilling. I believed that if I could just make something work, I would be happy…that I would find peace and fulfillment. I would strive after these things every day, but never found the peace I was looking for. I found that over the years I had allowed my well to become stopped-up with "stones" and "debris." The river no longer flowed freely, and I was miserable.

Although I didn't realize it at the time, I really struggled with issues like unforgiveness, anger, selfishness, offense and disobedience. These issues became like stones, dirt and debris that had caused my well to become stopped-up. With God's help, these issues are being dealt with one by one in my life. It's been a long process, but the stones are much smaller today than they used to be. The river in me flows much stronger now.

Unclogging Your Well

Just remember, until you're able to get your well cleared out and unclogged, everything will be difficult, disappointing and unfulfilling. No matter what you try, you'll be unable to taste the water from that river. And that water satisfies like nothing else.

Tap into that stream by clearing up what blocks its flow. God can help you forgive, see the needs of those around you, and let go of past hurts or wrongs. He wants to help you deal with the "stones" and "debris" that are stopping up your well.

Make a choice today to stop spending your life fighting, struggling and trudging through the mud with every step. Stop taking inventory of what you've lost, and take a good look at what you've got left. Ask God to help you clear out the debris. Then enjoy the satisfying flow of the river of life!"



God's Grace & Mercy On Your Lives

Lavonda`
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