Silver Faery Hawk

Daughter of Evalach And Half Fairy or Faery

GIVE IT TO GOD

 

Faery Blessings:

 

I am the first one to admit that I have a hard time sometimes giving it all to God...I mean all my life I was taught hard work, pull yourself  up by your bootstraps, quit feeling sorry for yourself and just do it, and the list could go on and on....lately I have found myself pondering(especially during this 100 day journey) how I often look at how far I have come in my life and yes I am proud of all the changes God has made in me, but I also began to recognize that my one fatal flaw(yes I have them too) is that I forget that the clients I advise also are going through what I have already been through and sometimes instead of compassion I find myself telling them "work harder, pull yourself up by your bootstraps and quit feeling sorry for yourselves"....To those whom I have told this to, this is my apology to you...I underwent a humbling experience the last 24 hours of my life...it was a moment of "ok Lord, thy will be done"..it was difficult but it took me down a peg or two to show me that even I have more to learn...so the last 24 hours have really been about "giving it to God" lol...enjoy the 27th day of "100 Ways To Simplify Your Life" by Joyce Meyer and Be Blessed!

 

QUOTE:

 

"All that I have seen teaches me to trust God for all I have not seen."--Anonymous

 

 

"There has probably been a time in your life when you had a problem, and someone said, "Just give it to God."  Although that may not be the answer we want to hear at the time we are hurting, it is still the answer.  A great deal of our unhappiness and confusion is a result of us trying to do what only God can do.

 

"Let go and let God be God" really is a good idea.  it immediately simplifies any situation no matter how difficult.  We need to do what we can and then cast the rest, along with our cares, on God.  The bible says we should do what the crisis requires and "having done all..., to stand." (Ephesians 6:13).  The word "stand" translated in the original Greek means "to abide or rest in God."  Life is not complicated when we are doing something that comes easy to us, but it can be downright overwhelming when we try to do what we know we cannot.  Do your best and then let God do the rest!

 

Ask yourself if you are trying to be superhuman and do something that only God can do.  If so, stop right now and give it to God.  Say out loud, "This is something I cannot make happen and I release it to God right now."   Now, feel the weight of it leave you and refuse to take it back.  Remember, all that burden did was make you miserable and the same thing will happen again if you keep welcoming it back with open arms.  Keep life simple by, once and for all, casting your cares on Go, all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns."

 


 

God's Grace & Mercy

Lavonda`

EDITING YOUR LIFE

 

Faery Blessings:

We interrupt the normal posting of “100 Ways To Simplify Your Life” to inform you of an awesome article written by Madisyn Taylor of DailyOM about “Editing Your Life”….this just felt so profound when I read it that I thought “I have got to share this with my clients”…..So grab your popcorn and settle in to read and enjoy today’s message!!! Be Blessed!

 

"Our lives can be compared to an ongoing movie script over which we have complete creative control. Within us lies the power to examine what works or isn't working in our lives and make "edits" to our life's script, accordingly. Choosing to actively edit your life can be incredibly empowering. As you evolve, you have the choice to accept the script you've written thus far or edit it so you can create a life that fulfills you. You can cut out from your life's script what is no longer working for you. Acknowledging that you are responsible for the experience you create gives you the ability to create the life you've always longed for.

Granted, editing your real life isn't always as easy as erasing a line of text. If you've carried emotional baggage or held on to an unhealthy relationship for a long time, these may be difficult to edit out. But when you do cut out what isn't working from your life, you'll feel lighter and more alive. Editing out activities that you find stressful, disassociating yourself from people that drain your energy, and letting go of your emotional baggage are all beneficial cuts you can make. In the empty spaces that are left behind, you can add in anything you like. Just as you have the power to edit out negative situations or beliefs that you no longer wish to have as part of your life, you can now include the kinds of positive experiences, people, and beliefs that you would like to fill your life with. The manifestation of these thoughts and images as realities in your life will inevitably follow. As you make changes to your life, you can also add in the bits where you choose more intimate, healthier relationships, seek out adventure over tedium, and are no longer negatively impacted by old experiences.

To begin editing your life, simply think about your positive and negative experiences. When you determine what parts of your life are no longer serving you, make the commitment to remove them – though, it is important to remember that there is no proper timing or way to do this, and patience and compassion for yourself are always important during this process. Then, ask yourself what has brought you profound bliss and consider how you can make those experiences and beliefs part of your life now. With a little editing, you'll be able to clear out what is no longer serving you and make room in your life for more happiness, love, and wisdom."

 

 

God’s Grace & Mercy Upon Your Life

Lavonda`

CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES WISELY

 

Faery Blessings:

Day 25 of our journey and the hits just keep coming for me….I honestly thought my life was simplified until I started digging into this book of Joyce Meyer’s “100 Ways To Simplify Your Life”!....Man, out of the 25 lessons we have been through on this journey I looked back and saw out of those 25 that maybe about 6 of them I had already done to simplify my life…that leaves 19 lessons of a “WOW” moment/moments for me….You see I was looking at what I had overcome and mastered in my life…I did not look to see what else I needed let go of or prune in my life….so we are a quarter of the way through….and yes today I will sit back and reflect on the unnecessary battles I have fought and see which I am fighting now that don’t belong to me…..so let’s dive right in shall we?  Roll your sleeves up and let’s get to work….Enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!

 

QUOTE:

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves.  The process never ends until we die.  And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“Quite often, the simple life feels out of reach because of all the problems and challenges that crop up.  Trials and difficulties will happen, but it’s “how” we handle them that makes the difference.  There are far too many battles in life to try and fight them all, so we must choose the ones we feel are worth the effort.  Many things are better off left alone.  Prayer and time also changes a lot of things, and just waiting for a while may save us a battle or two.  If you are confronted with a challenge, don’t respond right away.  Give yourself some time to think about it, and wait a couple of days to decide.  Take the time to weigh your choices so you can make wise, solid decisions.

 

God told Jehoshaphat(see 2 Chronicles  20: 17-22) that he and his people did not need to fight the battle at hand, yet there were other times He did instruct His people to fight.  We need to listen to God and choose our battles carefully.  I lived for many years making a battle out of everything.  I prided myself in being a confronter, but I finally realized it often takes more courage to wait on God than it does to attack something in my own timing.

 

God told Jehoshaphat to worship, to sing, to praise and to wait.(In modern terms that could mean to be pray(even a short prayer), to listen to positive music and sing to it and to be still and wait).  As he obeyed God, the enemy became confused an destroyed each other.  Are you in the habit of praying and thinking before you attack, or do you just attack and wonder why life gets so complex and frustrating?  Do you ever wonder why you are always dealing with  “something?”   If so, maybe you need to simply not deal with everything that comes along.  Some things work themselves out if you give them time to do so.  Ask God for the wisdom to recognize the difference between problems that have the potential to blaze and those that will likely smolder and burn themselves out.”

 

P.S.  My own personal injection here.  Some people need a sign or a message to understand what God/Spirit is saying to them…for me(and this is just an example) I turn on my favorite radio station and I ask God to reveal to me what He needs me to know in the second full song that comes on my station….and 9 out of 10 times it is just what I need……not saying my way is the only way, just saying it works for me…..

 


 

God’s Grace & Mercy Be Upon You

Lavonda`

THE STOP SIGN & MY FATHER

 

Faery Blessings:

“We interrupt this program of 100 Ways To Simply Your Life” by Joyce Meyer to share a personal bit of info that a wise man(my daddy) gave me once that has stuck with me throughout the years…..my daddy passed almost 4 years ago and I can still hear some of the wise words he said…never really cared to listen when he was alive but let me tell you that I have lived with my regrets but all the time he was telling me and I wasn’t listening he knew somehow he was planting a seed inside me for later use…..well that later use popped up today as I came to a “Stop Sign”….when he was alive he had many doctors appointments and it was a weekly(sometimes twice a week) thing to go into town…you see I live way out in the country and there is only 2 stop signs on the way out of where I live…there is usually no traffic but if there is you probably know them…I used to get to that Stop Sign and slow down and then rush right on through it….here’s the interesting part:

 

My dad would immediately say “Lavonda Kaye, if there was a cop sitting on the other side of that Stop Sign would you not stop out of either fear or respect in order to not get into trouble with the law?”…..I said “Yes I would daddy.” And he would say well everything you do “God is watching you”…..man what a chord that struck…it was like “wow” “really” ……did it sink in at that point? No, I still would go through that stop barely slowly down knowing there was no cop over there or more than likely no traffic either…..

 

My dad passed and within month I would come to that Stop Sign and expect him to say one more time “Lavonda Kaye”…lol…To this day and soon after his passing over, I now stop at that Stop Sign and say “Hi daddy, I know you are looking, so I stopped”…..lol…and I can almost hear him chuckle…I had to go stay with God in heaven for you to get it? Lol….That was my dad, wise and strong and sharing his wisdom with me always…..I still come to a Full Stop at that Stop sign to this day! 

 

So today I sat at that Stop Sign and apologizes to God for not obeying even the simplest rules and how could he trust me with the bigger things when I could not do that one simple thing…..it’s not hard, put your “foot” on the brake and come to a complete stop, then move on whether there is a cop there to see you or not…..believe me in that moment I realized we don’t really get away with anything now do we?  I mean the people we know here on Earth might not ever find out but God knows and he is always watching…it definitely brought an awakening and clarity to my perspective on my life and now I can see where I need to come to a complete STOP and wait on God to say(as my 3 year old granddaughter Charley says) READY, SET, NOW GO……it’s not ready, set, go to her…..it is “ready, set, now go”….

 

Similar to the stop sign with the “ready, set, now go……to me that was profound because I had to ask myself “Am I ready for one?” and have I “set my eyes above and not below”…..if I do the two former things then God will tell me “Now Go”…..lol….I hope this message helps someone today as it came out of the blue and all because of that one Stop Sign and my Daddy….Be Blessed All!

 

 

God’s Grace & Mercy

Lavonda`

LEARNING THE ART OF SAYING NO

Faery Blessings:

Day 23: This was the hardest thing I had to learn and today was a refresher of sorts in my life….Do I always say “NO” now? No lol!  Do I still cave to certain things I know I shouldn’t and say “YES” when I know it should be a no! Yes…Do I feel bad afterwards knowing it is something I don’t want to do…I used to be someone who did not like confrontation so I would say Yes to avoid it altogether….one day I said to myself “No More”…Yet at times I still struggle with that two letter, simple word NO….it’s such a small and powerful word, yet when you start saying it repeatedly, over time it loses it’s grip on you….my days used to be filled with doing something for everyone else and one day I sat down and started counting my “no’s” and “yes’s”….the no’s outweighed the yes’s, so I decided in a small way to say “no” the smaller and less confrontational things and people in my life and eventually I had more “yes’s” in my day instead of “no’s”…..so today was like both confirmation that I made it through the “NO” war, but yet at the same time, have to catch myself so I do not slip back into it…..I hope this helps someone today….Enjoy today’s message from Joyce Meyer’s book “100 Ways To Simplify Your Life” and Be Blessed!

 

QUOTE:

“The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes.  It is very easy to say yes.”—Tony Blair

 

“People don’t like the word no, do they?  They’ll grin from ear to ear when you say yes to something, but you won’t see many smiles when they hear you say no.  it’s natural to want to be loved and accepted—we all want that—but that tendency makes it very easy to fall into the trap of being a people pleaser.  This greatly complicates life, however, because different people want and expect a variety of things from us as individuals.  Ever hear the phrase “You can’t please all the people all the time”?  People pleasers quickly find, in order to give everyone everything they want and achieve an end result which keeps them happy, somewhere along the way a hefty price is required—we pay, and lose ourselves.

 

God created each of us in a unique way; we are individuals who have a right to live our own lives.  This does not mean we never adapt and adjust ourselves and our desires in order to help or make others happy,  but it does mean we cannot  continue to please people at the expense of pleasing God.  He is not pleased when we miss fulfilling our own destiny because we’re living a frustrated life attempting to keep everyone around us satisfied, but ignoring His desires for us.

 

I have personally struggled greatly with this.  As someone who was sexually abused as a child, I grew up feeling cast off and devalued.  I hated the emotional pain of rejection so much, that I desperately wanted acceptance and was willing to pay just about any price to get it.  It didn’t take me long to discover, though, that saying yes when I really wanted to say no was stealing my life from me.  I resented the very people I was trying to keep happy, and I learned in the long run they were not really true friends.

 

People who are only willing to be happy with you when they can control you are “using you.”  Allowing them to do so not only hurts you, but it also ultimately hurts them.  Sadly, most people will do whatever we allow them to do; this seems to be the nature of the fleshly carnal man.  Godly confrontation and a refusal to be controlled by people is healthy for all involved and eventually builds great relationships that are fair to both parties.

 

Make a decision to please God above everything else.  Put His will before your own and before the will of other people.  If you truly feel in your heart God wants you to say yes, then say it and stick to it; but if you feel He’s directing you to say no, then say no and stick to that as well.  God always supplies the grace and whatever else we need to enable us to do whatever He asks us to do—giving us the tools to say with ease and simplicity.  Complication and struggle, just by their mere presence in our lives can often indicate we are out of the will of God.  If our hearts say no while our mouths say yes out of fear of rejection, we cannot expect God to help us.  He is not obligated to finish anything he did not author.

 

You are not alone as you learn to say  no.  Ask God for His supernatural strength and wisdom to guide you toward more simple decision making and feel confident you are following His lead.”

 


 

God’s Grace & Mercy

Lavonda`

BE YOURSELF: EVERYONE ELSE IS TAKEN!

 

Faery Blessings:

Day 22!!!

When I was younger, I spent so much time trying to be like others….in school I would dress like the popular people, I would listen to the music the popular people liked….all in the effort to be liked…….Until I was like in my 30’s did I realize that I only had one thing to do for myself and that was to “BE MYSELF”…I found out when I dressed what I felt good in, listened to what I enjoyed and hanging with the people I truly liked and listened to the one and only voice of God that my life was so much simpler…I no longer have to live with “Nike, Adidas, Bongo, Levi, etc” as my name….I was trying to wear me on the outside while the inside was not anything like what my outside presented….I found being myself was what felt so good to me…..This world wants you to be a Cadillac, A Nike, A Name Brand….and we spend so much time trying to be Name Brands than we do the Brand Name that God gave each of us at birth….He made us unique and unlike any other…..Why oh Why would we want to be anything else…..Enjoy today’s message as we go through Day 22 of “100 Ways To Simplify Your Life”…..

 

QUOTE:

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"For many years of my life, I tried to be like other people.  I tried to pray like them, act like them, and even look like them.  After many years of misery and struggle, I finally realized God would never help me be anyone but me.  There was a reason He made me the way I am and not like someone else.  It is very complicated trying to be someone else, and there is absolutely nothing programmed into us that give us understanding of how to do that.  It is much easier, much simpler to just be ourselves—God shows us how to do that because it is His will.

 

You don’t have to compare or compete with anyone or anything else, and that, my friends, is true freedom.  Jesus came to set people free in many ways, and this is one of them.  I want to say again, you don’t have to compare yourself or anything about you with other people, you don’t have to compete to be like them or better than them(see 2 Corinthians 10:12).  All God expects is that we try to be the best we can be.  I always say, “He wants me to be the best me I can be.”  Since I have seen that, I have grown by leaps and bounds.

 

We can look at others as examples and even be provoked by others to work harder in various areas of our behavior.  But we should not allow anyone except Jesus to be our standard.  The people to whom Paul ministered were told to follow him as he followed Christ.  He said he was an example to them, but he never told people they had to specifically be like him.

 

Learn how you can relax with others and just be yourself.  If they reject you, they reject what God created, not what you have created.  Of course, we all have areas we can improve, but only God can do the changing and He does it His way and in His timing.  Sometimes we feel so bad about who we are, we created a fake personality to show the world.  This is usually where we have trouble in relationships.  But when we enter into the freedom of simply being who God created us to be, the anointing of God is present and gie us favor with people.  I learned to stop trying to make people like me and began to trust God to give me “divine connections.”

 

I have to say, I like me for me and therefore, other people like me—maybe not everyone, but there are plenty who do, and they keep me busy enough.  If you will decide to accept and like yourself for who you are and who God has made you, you will find more acceptance and less rejection.”

 


 

God’s Grace & Mercy

Lavonda`

DON’T WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW


 

Faery Blessings:

A wise saying I learned long ago was: “If you are sad, then you’re living in the past where nothing in your past can be changed, and if you are anxious then you are living in the future where it has not happened yet, but if are at peace then you are living in the moment and enjoying your life. It took me years of trying to heal my past so I would enjoy my present….the journey was long to heal that part of me and to stop being anxious and worrying about tomorrow and for many years I tried to do it on my own, then I realized that I am not alone and so I looked up and said “God” I need help….do I still get anxious? A wee bit! Do I resist it when it shows up? YES! Is it worth the effort to stay in each moment until it becomes a memory? DEFINITELY!

P.S. For those of you who are new clients….this is Day 21 of “100 Ways To Simplify Your Life” by Joyce Meyer…enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!

 

QUOTE:

“Any concern to small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.”--Corrie Tin Boom

 

“God gave the Israelites manna one day at a time.  They were not allowed to store any of it up for another time—by doing this, they showed their trust and confidence in God and His promise to provide for them each day.  Any time they did collect more than enough for one, it became rotten and smelled bad.  Many people say they have a “stinking, rotten life.”   They don’t mean the smell—I think they’re saying they have taken on too much—too much work, too much responsibility, too much to think through and it’s so much, they have nowhere to put it and much is wasted.  They are complicating today trying to gather provision for tomorrow.

 

In Matthew 6:25-31, Jesus teaches us not to worry about tomorrow but encourages us to believe that if God takes care of the birds and the flowers, surely, He will take care of us.  Each contains all we can handle—we don’t need to be concerned about  more than today.  It is the gift of grace, God’s enabling power and ability of which He gives us just enough to successfully handle whatever comes our way each day.  But He won’t give us tomorrow’s grace today.

 

When we think about the future with all of its unanswered questions and threatening circumstances, we can feel quite overwhelmed.  Our heavenly Father does not give us an extra supply of grace to think on tomorrows problems and still maintain our peace of mind and joy.  To do so would encourage us to worry, to be anxious and to care about concerns that aren’t necessarily ready for our attention.  God tells us what to do with our cares: cast them on Him and He will take care of us.

 

Trying to live tomorrow today complicates life.  When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, one of the things He told them was to ask Father God for their ‘daily bread’.  He was talking about more than the type of bread one might eat at a meal:  He was speaking of whatever it would take to supply their needs for human life.  Make life simple and take it one day at a time.  Don’t fear the future, because what you need to deal wit tomorrow can only come with tomorrow.  It’s impossible to weal with tomorrow’s problems today.  Put your trust in God and allow yourself to enjoy the simple life.”

 


 

God’s Grace & Mercy

Lavonda`

BE SATISFIED WITH WHAT YOU HAVE

 

Faery Blessings:

Day 21: Three weeks into our journey of “100 Ways To Simplify Your Life” by Joyce Meyer……This particular one I have to keep myself in check daily…..in the world today everyone wants to look important and so they try to stress themselves out trying to get what their neighbor got or something better…..seems we are always in competition with someone or world to prove we made it but the funny thing is that  money or things cannot buy you happiness……I’ve learned to live my life simple and to be content with what I have until God decides or guides me to get something….I mean I have an amazing family, a great husband, 9 beautiful children, 25 awesome grandchildren and when I think about how blessed I am, I smile…so enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!

 

QUOTE:

“Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have.”—Anonymous

 

“The affluence of our Western culture has created an epidemic of coveting what everyone else has.  People crave more and more, yet they don’t enjoy what they already possess.  A simple person is a satisfied person; they don’t crave more of anything, but they do thoroughly enjoy what they have.   They trust that more will come in due time.

 

Does ‘more’ have the ability to make us happy as the world wants us to believe?  The answer is No!  In fact, the more we have, the more work we must do to take care of it.  We may think ‘more’ makes life easier, but in reality, it often complicates the day-to-day.  The tenth commandment tells us not to covet; we aren’t to want what others have.  Paul states in Philippians 4:11 that he learned how to be content no matter what his circumstances were.  Even hearing that statement reminds me of simplicity and ministers comfort to me.

 

There’s nothing wrong with having things, but it is wrong to lust after them.  When we feel we cannot be happy without something, we are lusting after it.  We should develop the habit of asking God for what we want, and believe He will give it to us if, and when, it is right.  This simple approach to life sets us free to ‘enjoy’ life.  Life is the journey, not the destination.  Those who want to enjoy life must learn to enjoy the journey, which is filled with waiting.  Eventually, we reach out destination only to begin again on a new journey to another place; therefore, to never enjoy the journey is to never enjoy life.  Make a decision to begin thoroughly enjoying what you have.  Thank God for it and be content.”

 


 

God’s Grace & Mercy

Lavonda`

DO ONE THING AT A TIME

 

Faery Blessings:

Day 20:

I am a multitask-er by nature…being a Gemini means I have been taught most of my life that my sign can do it all and at the same time…or that’s what my mom drilled into my head, so I became someone who could put a load in the laundry, cook breakfast, make my bed, start the dishes I had used before breakfast was actually ready(I call it wash as I go) and get kiddos hair brushed and dress, all pretty  much at the same time, running back and forth between my chores…by the time I hit the bed I was exhausted(I wonder why? Lol), but over the  years I have learned to stop, do one thing at a time and put my whole mind, body and soul into doing one thing at a time….I began to realize that it was easier that way…..yes I probably got more done the former way but it left me empty because I was rushing the former and not enjoying anything in the present, always looking to the future so I could “get ‘er done” and relax….looking back I see there was no relaxing….but after simplifying my life and doing things one at a time, I actually was more rested than rushing around and getting it all done at once….was it easy to let go of my mulit-tasking? NO!  Does it simplify my life now? YES……was it worth the effort to make that small change in my routine? DEFINITELY!...So enjoy today’s message from Joyce Meyers book “100 Ways To Simplify Your Life”….

 

QUOTE:

“The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time.  It is, on the contrary, born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life.  When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else—we are the busiest people in the world.”—Eric Hoffer

 

“When we do things without truly focusing our minds on them, we immediately decrease our strength to do the work before us and do it well.  By putting our hands to one thing, and our mind to another, we divide the muscle behind our abilities and we make the task much more difficult.  It’s like removing an egg yolk from an egg white—both can be used separately but the result isn’t as effective(or tasty) as it would be if we leave the egg whole.  However, by directing all of our faculties to the one thing we are doing on a particular day, at that hour, at that moment, we find it much easier to do.  The ability to concentrate an stay focused can only come from discipline.

 

The apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6 to be anxious for nothing.  Anxious people are always trying to live ahead of where they currently are.  They spend today trying to figure out tomorrow and the result is the loss of simplicity.  God expects us to trust Him with tomorrow just as He instructed the Israelites to do when they crossed the barren wilderness, pressing toward the Promised Land(What is your promised land or where you want to go in your life?)

 

Practice living one day at a time; give yourself—your thoughts, your conversation, your energies, every part of you—to the day at hand.  Develop an ability to give yourself to what you are doing.  You will sense an awareness enabling you to enjoy the current activity, instead of going through each day in a blur of activity and confusing thoughts which leave you drained and exhausted.

 

Do you fear you will not accomplish as much if you try to live this way?  It’s true you may not do as much, but you will also enjoy what you do ‘a whole lot more’.  One key to simplicity is realizing that quality is far superior to quantity.”

 


 

God’s Grace & Mercy

Lavonda`

DON’T BE EASILY OFFENDED!

 

Faery Blessings:

Day  19 and OH MY how this one struck a nerve with me….This journey through “100 Ways To Simplify Your Life” by Joyce Meyer is what struck a nerve in me……you see years ago I could relate to how she speaks of her husband in here and looking back now, I see it being so childish of me to expect him to be what I thought he should be so I could be happy…Blaming my unhappiness on him because of the things he loved to do yet at the same time not wanting him to tell me what to do…..funny how you can look back over your life and sometimes laugh at yourself and sometimes be ashamed of yourself, yet at the same time grateful that you were forgiven both by God and your spouse….now me and my hubby have one date night where it is all about me and him and we talk about old times, see a movie or go eat dinner and also talk about what we are planning for the rest of the week and now neither of us get offended when the other wants to do something separate from each other….Do I still have my moments of getting upset? Yes! Do I catch myself sooner and say to myself “Wait a minute” and back off….it is true with age comes experience and with healing comes peace!  Enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!

 

QUOTE:

“His heart was like a sensitive plant, that opens for a moment in the sunshine, but curls up and shrinks into itself at the slightest touch of the finger, or the lightest breath of wind.”—Anne Bronte

 

“A wise person ignores an insult.  I once heard a story about Kathryn Kulhman, a woman with a very wonderful ministry.  Anyone in the public eye will inevitably deal with people who judge, criticize, and even say and publish things about them that are not true(I can certainly relate to this in my line of work lol).  This happened to Miss Kuhlman frequently, but she refused to get offended because she knew it would be harmful to her relationship with God.  She also realized taking and holding on to an offense would stead her joy and would not do her any good at all.

 

God promises to be our vindicator if we will do things His way, and His way is to forgive.  People often asked Miss Kulhman how she could be friendly with people who said such ugly things about her and she responded by saying, “Oh, we are just going to pretend that never happened.”

 

Has someone hurt your feelings recently?  Are you offended?  Do you need to forgive someone?

 

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then I highly recommend you do what the Bible says to do.  Pray for your enemies, bless, and do not curse them.  Make a decision(and forgiveness is a decision and not a feeling) to forgive and trust God to heal your wounded emotions.  If you see the person who hurt you, do your best to be friendly and treat them the way you honestly believe God would.  The quicker you forgive, the less likely you are to get a root of bitterness in your heart, and the simpler your life will be.”

 


 

God’s Grace & Mercy

Lavonda`

STARVE  YOUR DISTRACTIONS & FEED YOUR FOCUS! :)

 

Faery Blessings:

Interesting that this one came up today because from the time I got up until now there have been so many distractions…phone ringing to deal with downed internet….a company truck backed into my car, so dealing with insurance companies…..on one call when the other one comes through….laundry to do, beds to make, house to clean amidst all this…missed my hubby’s call in the middle of it all lol….I was getting frustrated when I stopped and said “God give me grace, patience and peace in this” and immediately I started getting the priorities lined out to take a wee bit of stress off….decided dishes, laundry and house cleaning can wait while I am dealing with phone calls….still have to work so yes I needed to stop and talk to Him before my day got out of hand….so I hope this helps someone today like it did me……I love to tell you guys that I am not perfect so that you know you are dealing with someone who has dealt with what you have in the past, still continue to deal with some of it in the present, but giving it all to God so that I can enjoy the moment lol…..Enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!

 

QUOTE:

“By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.”—Christopher Columbus

 

“We often look at the devil as the author of our destruction, but he is actually more the author of our distraction.  If he can distract us from our God-given purpose, he can  cause us to bear no good fruit in life.  God is glorified when we bear good fruit so, obviously, the devil wants to do anything he can to prevent that.

 

It is easy to get distracted in life; it is not something we have to try to do.  We do, however, need to really discipline ourselves in order not to get distracted.  Each person has many demands and expectations placed on them.  It seems every person in our life expects something, and quite often, we find it confusing to know when to say yes and when to say no.  Our spouses, friends, parents, children, other relatives, employers, government, churches, and neighborhood all expect us to do different things.  It can be overwhelming and tiring.

 

While trying to meet all these expectations, we frequently find they distract us from our main goal, which is following the will of God  If you are a people pleaser, then you know it is not difficult at all for the devil to distract you.  He can easily lead you to dissatisfied people, and cause you to spend your life trying to make “them” happy.  I finally realized  lot of the people I was trying to keep happy had already decided they were not going to be happy no matter what anybody did.  They were basically miserable, dissatisfied, unhappy, and being used by the devil to make me  unhappy.

 

The Bible teaches us not to get entangled or distracted, but to focus on Jesus(see Hebrews 12:2).  Remember, the more you focus on the truly important things in your life, the simpler life will be.”

 


 

God’s Grace & Mercy

Lavonda`

Faery Blessings:

Day 17: Almost a quarter of the way through of the  “100 Ways(Days) To Simplify Your Life”  by  Joyce Meyer….I don’t know about you guys and gals but I am learning so much for me(yes I might be evolved and can help others BUT, I as well need refresher courses and I definitely needed this one I am realizing as I go through it! And today I am learning about not to worry about the “how much or how long” but “is it good while I am doing it(quality)…..I hope you all are enjoying this journey we are taking together….Enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!

 

QUOTE:

“The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important!”—Martin Luther King Jr.

 

“There was a time when society was much simpler than it is today.  When we take a moment to look back to those days, we see those were also times when people were more concerned with quality than quantity.  Having more is not always better—it is very often worse.  We tend to by cheaper clothes so we can have “more” clothes, then we become frustrated because they shrink or fade or don’t last like we thought they would.  Having too many clothes can even make getting dressed complicated.  As one man said, ‘I never had any trouble packing for a trip when all I had was one brown suit and one blue one.  I simply packed them both and alternated during the trip.  Now that I have a closet full of clothes, packing has become a complicated ordeal and it takes a long time to decide what goes with what.’

 

If we choose to buy quality products such as appliances and furniture, even when it means buying fewer things for a period, we actually save more time in the maintenance needed.  Poor-quality items break down more often and wear out sooner.  The more we have to deal with life, the more complicated life becomes.

 

Recently, God spoke to my heart, telling me not to do anything I really don’t have to do.  If someone else can do it—let them!  Following this has helped in my quest to simplify my life.  Our lives cannot be simplified until we have a smaller amount of things to deal with.  I am determined to find ways to deal with less and yet remain fruitful in my life.

 

We might purchase an automobile for looks, yet get poor quality and spend a great deal of time taking it in for repairs.  Or we may waste time running all over town trying to get a cheaper price on an item and actually spend more time that we would have spent in money.  What is your time worth?  Mine is worth a lot to me.  I am willing to purchase a higher-quality item if it saves me time.

 

Develop a habit of buying the best quality item you can get for the money you have available.  Don’t think more is always better—it is a deception.  I would rather buy one good-quality item instead of three or four mediocre or inferior ones.”

 

P.S.  My own personal opinion and interjection here….but if you really read this message and apply it in  your heart it can also in some places teach you something about relationships as well.



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God’s Grace & Mercy

Lavonda`


FOLLOW YOUR HEART

 

Faery Blessings:

Day 16: Follow Your Heart

Well I am a workaholic…it takes a lot for me to just stop working and relax and enjoy my life…..I was raised in a generation that got up early, got your chores done, and then got on with the business of working, then coming home and cooking, cleaning and then bath and bed…and the next day it started all over again….so much that sometimes you would forget what day it was….and weekends were for rest right? Wrong, that is when you cleaned house, caught up the laundry and you might get a couple of hours Sunday before preparing to do it all over again the next week….I never knew how to just relax and follow my heart and enjoy my life….me and my husband have 9 children and 25 grandchildren so you can see how I thought work, work, work…..but as I get older I realize that it’s time for me to slow down and bit and listen to my heart, so today I am doing that…my 3 daughters, myself, my husband and 7 of our grandchildren are going to an amusement park with a Toby Mac concert later this evening(my 13 year old grandson and granddaughter love TobyMac’s music)….he is a gospel rap artist that lights up your soul….if you get a chance listen to some of his music, it opens up the heart and you rejoice and can see some of yourself in his music.  So today enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!

 

QUOTE:

“Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life.  One has to follow it, even though one enters into a way full of difficulties.”—Mother Teresa

 

“You are probably familiar with the statement, “To thine own self be true.”  One of the ways we make our lives so complex is when we veer off course and ignore what is important to us.  If we put aside our own hearts and follow what the world thinks we should and ought to do, we will find ourselves unfulfilled and empty life.  Life will be tasteless.  We will go through the motions, but nothing will satisfy us.  What do you want out of life? What do you believe God’s will is for you?  Some people spend so much time meeting what they think their obligations are that they don’t even know what “they” want.  The never ask themselves because they figure it is way out of reach.

 

When I ask what you want out of life, I am not talking about selfish desire; I am talking about heart desire.  There is something deep in your heart God has planted there.  Everyone is called and equipped to do something, and that includes you!  It takes boldness to follow your heart instead of the crowd.  When God called me to teach the Word, it was not popular for women to do this.  I lost some friends and even family members rejected me as a rebel who was deceived and misguided.  I didn’t have a very good reputation among the people in our community, but then, “neither did Jesus.”  It is still a wonder to me that I found the courage to follow God rather than the crowd.  I think I was fed up with “life as usual,” I was willing to do something radical if it took that for me to feel satisfied inside.(And guiding others here on Keen satisfied me and helped others.)

 

It is certainly not simple to have dreams and visions in your heart that you ignore and constantly try to push down while you simultaneously try to make yourself enjoy something  you actually hate doing.  You might think it will complicate your life if you end up making some people angry in order to follow your heart, but the truth is, following your heart is absolutely necessary if you ever really intend to enjoy a simple life of hearty obedience to God.”



God’s Grace & Mercy

Lavonda`


CONFUSION OF BEING INDECISIVE: JUST LEARN TO BE DECISIVE!

 

Faery Blessings:

Welcome to day 15 of our journey of “Simplifying Our Lives” by Joyce Meyer…..I am amazed at how much I thought I had a handle on until I read the next day in her book--then I realize that I have become too comfortable with where I am in life…I used to be so indecisive afraid of making the wrong decision in my….now today after reading this I think instead of me deciding, I will be still on wait on what the Lord tells me what is the best decision…..and yes it can be hard to understand when it is Him but if you turn off the world and quit looking for signs in the world then you will have this sudden realization of what the right decision is best….now should we talk it out with other people sometimes? Yes, but listen to those that you know have your best spiritual interest at heart…. enjoy today’s message and Be Blessed!

 

QUOTE:

“The most decisive actions of our life—I mean those that are most likely to decide the whole course of our future—are, more often than not, unconsidered.”—Andre Gide

 

“Indecision is a miserable place to be and certainly not a fruit of the simple life.  Simplicity prays, seeks wisdom, and decides.  There is no waffling.  It sticks with the decision it made unless there is a very good reason to change it.  The apostle James said the double-minded man is unstable in all of his ways and will not receive anything he asks from the Lord.  How can God give us anything if we can never make up our minds concerning what we want?

 

Insecure people have difficulty making decisions because they are always afraid they made the wrong one.  They have a low opinion of themselves and don’t trust themselves to do the right thing.  Perfectionists also have difficulty because they never want to take a chance on being wrong.  Anyone who is decisive occasionally makes a bad decision, but they make more right ones than wrong ones.  I always say you cannot drive a parked car.  Some people have had their life in park for so long, they have lost all sense of direction and feel confused about everything.  God has only one gear—forward.  It is not backward and it is certainly not park!  Sometimes we need to do something just to keep from continuing to do nothing.

 

Do the best you can to make a wise decision and trust God to cover you if you make mistakes.  He sees your heart and never expects more than the best you know how to do.  As you make decisions and go forward in life, you will gain experience.  Sometimes you learn what you have done is right and other times you learn not to ever do that particular thing again because it turned out badly.  It’s ok if things don’t end with a perfect result.  No child ever learns to walk without falling down multiple times.  The would never learn if they just sat and cried about the fall; they must get up and try again and again.  Pretty soon, the walking that gave them such a hard time progresses to running.

 

Make a decision today to be more decisive.  You will soon discover how much of life’s clutter you’ll cut out and will soon be running with progress instead of indecisively going nowhere.”

 

 

God’s Grace & Mercy

Lavonda`

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YOU ARE MORE THAN A CONQUEROR: BELIEVE THAT!

 

Faery Blessings:

Welcome to Day 14 of “100 Ways To Simplify Your Life” by Joyce Meyer…..I really needed this today…..you see at my age the doctor recommended that I start an exercise program so I joined a gym a few weeks ago….I live way out in the country and have to drive all the way into town to get to the gym and by nature I love to just stay home and go nowhere…but I have had to call on the grace of God to push me to get me there every day….I mean the workouts are not that difficult and I enjoy myself when I get there, it’s the getting up and going that is my issue(and yes even I, though I guide you all) can be lazy in getting up and getting out, so todays message was for me as well to remember “that I am more than a conqueror”…I can do anything I set my mind to and what God has told me to do….so I hope you enjoy today’s message as much as I did and Be Blessed!

 

QUOTE:

“Make me a captive, Lord.  And then I shall be free.  Force me to render up my sword.  And I shall a conqueror be.” –George Matheson

 

“If we begin believing life is too much for us and adopt a “give-up” attitude, we make a big mistake and buy into a lie.  The truth is, we are more than conquerors through Christ Who loves us(see Romans 8:37).  To me, being more than a conqueror means I know when I begin a trial that I will have victory.  We don’t have  to worry or be afraid—God is on our side and we are more than conquerors.  We may feel like David in the Bible, standing before Goliath with nothing more than a sling-shot, but we have the assurance of God that He is standing with us.

 

There is nothing in creation—no problem too big that can separate us from the love of God found in Jesus—if we don’t allow it.  When you feel overwhelmed, say “God loves me and I am more than a conqueror through Him.”  Don’t believe the devil’s lies when he tries to tell you that you are not going to make it this time.  Stop right now and purposely recall other victories you have had in the past.  There have been other times when you probably felt you couldn’t go on and yet you are still here.  That is a testimony in itself.  You are an overcomer.

 

Be careful how you talk during difficulty because your words affect you.  Be positive.  Think victory.  Believe God, working in you is enabling you to do anything you must.  This God-kind-of-attitude helps you enjoy life at all times.”

 


 

God’s Grace & Mercy

Lavonda`

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