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Setting Your Mind is Deliberate

“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2

Since I have a very vivid imagination, the smallest thing can send my thoughts spiraling. When that small thing is negative, my world comes to a crashing halt. I get nothing accomplished. I get cranky. I don’t want to talk to people, and will send even my closest friends straight to voice mail. Not a good thing.

It is essential for me to be very deliberate about what I choose to meditate on. It’s why I start praying as soon as my eyes open. It’s why I seek God right away in the morning so that my day gets started with Him in mind. The days that I don’t are harder for me.

Colossians 3:2 tells us that we need to “Set our minds on things above”. To set your mind means to direct your thoughts to a thing, to seek, to strive for. Setting your mind is deliberate. It’s a choice. Just because a negative thought enters your mind does not mean that you have let it take up residence in your mind or throw it a party. You decide what to meditate on. To meditate just means that you focus your thoughts on something, i.e. setting your mind.

Make the decision to set your mind today because your perspective really is everything. How you see yourself today will determine your future.

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right and pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8

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Allow Yourself To Believe

“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Hebrew 11:1

Sometimes we stand in our own way. We are afraid to just believe that we will have what we hope for. Don’t allow fear to steal your hope. Instead allow yourself to be persuaded that God is good & He will do what He said He will do. He desires to give us His best for us even more than we want His best for us.

Waiting As Worship

“But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.” Psalm 71:14 NIV

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the faith walk is not for sissies. Waiting can be boring, annoying, frustrating, painful, sad, and on and on. Essentially waiting sucks.

But!! I know that God knows more than I do. I know that His timing is stop on a dime perfect. I know God is faithful. I know He always keeps His word. I know these things in both my heart and my mind, because I’ve experienced them in my relationship with God.

I have hard days where I want to complain too. I really do understand. But I’ve learned that complaining doesn’t really do me any good. So I’ve started using my words to praise Him for what He’s doing and thanking Him for what He’s promised as though I already have it. This turns my waiting from frustrating into worshipping!!

Love is Practical

“The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.” Proverbs 11:24-25 MSG

Real love is practical. It almost always wears work overalls. Do you want to be loved? Then love those around you. Here’s what that looks like…

Babysit for a single parent or give a date night to coupled parents so they can have a break. If you can do it for free, even better.

Do you feel like no one ever listens to you? Than give a listening ear to someone else.

Are you struggling to believe a promise from the Lord? Then pray for someone else to be strengthened and encourage them.

Do you have a need that is beyond what you can do? Then find someone else who has a need you can meet and bless them! Maybe give away nice clothes that don’t fit you, help clean or do yard work, pay an electric bill or drive someone to the store or pick them up for church.

Are you fighting depression or feeling miserable? Then find someone to compliment or encourage. Send a card or bring balloons or flowers. Call and tell someone you’re thinking about them.

Think about this…you can’t give a hug without getting one back.

Enjoy Your Life Now

Listen. I know you want things. I want things too. But sitting there complaining about what I don’t have is a waste of the precious time I’ve been given.

This being said, earlier today I ranted on Facebook. I know…I normally dislike those posts too but this one was an encouraging rant. If ever that were a thing.

You see, I have grown so very tired of hearing people whine and complain about being single. Like it’s the plague or dysentery. Well I’ve got news for you, it’s not. Here for your reading pleasure is my Facebook rant:

Singles. PLEASE STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT BEING SINGLE and get on with your life. Stop waiting in a holding pattern until some guy/girl asks you out! Marriage is a new chapter in your life not the beginning of your life.

I would like to be married, yes. There are lots of things I want, but I’m not going to hold off on living because I don’t have them. I would also like to be out of debt and have a well paying job that I like. I would also like my house to be all one color and a new roof.

But right now, my house is two-toned and I am looking for the right job for me. I am also getting a great upper body work out this winter by shoveling my own driveway. But that’s okay. I’m still going to enjoy my life right now. Life does not have to be perfect to be enjoyed. ‪#‎rantover‬

PS: If you’d like to read a well thought out and well written blog about this topic, here you go: Singles

I Watch and I Wait

Make this your meditation today!! Speak it out loud!

The world may be stressed & anxious, “But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” Micah 7:7

Expect good today my friends. God likes to exceed expectations!

New Level Of Trust

“With Your very own hands You formed me; now breathe Your wisdom on me so I can understand You. When they see me waiting, expecting Your Word, those who fear you will take heart and be glad. I can see now, God, that Your decisions are right;” Psalm 119:73-75 MSG

You may not know exactly what the Lord is doing in your life right now because you do not see everything He sees. But you can get to know Him better. You can personally experience and know that He is trustworthy & faithful.

My prayer for you is that you receive His grace to trust Him more than you ever have, in areas you’ve never been able to trust Him before. Ths t you reach s new level of trust within your relationship. I also pray that you have a personal revelation of the width, height & depth of His love for you.