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Spending emotional energy on the wrong thoughts WILL affect our lives. I’m sharing some strategies for being the ‘gatekeeper’ of what we allow ourselves to focus on. And… I’ve got a fun Olivia story to help visualize it.
It has been such a sweet time of prayer each day as I focused my thoughts on Psalm 25:4-5… “Show me your ways, O Lord.” In this post I’m sharing how I emphasized the word ME in the phrase, finding some powerful insight into my own life about staying in my lane.
I started the week off with questioning the whole idea of how effective is prayer. I really want to know! And I really was needing some encouragement that God is still in the business of hearing and answering prayer. He’s so faithful!! I know I say that all the time, but it’s because I have these moments of asking the hard questions, and discovering more of him as I search for answers.
Sometimes life catches us off guard and hard things come our way. We are all smack dab in the middle of navigating the COVID-19 global pandemic and needing to place our hope in God more than ever. I’m also walking through a recent diagnosis and looking for God in the midst of it. I’d love to share my journey with you as it unfolds, hoping we can encourage one another through all of it.
We have the choice each and every day to choose how we will think. I’m sharing a strategy I’ve used over and over to manage my thoughts toward faith and hope rather than doom and gloom. It’s a powerful one!
Trusting God’s plan is a major theme for my life… as you’ve probably noticed. I’ve been on an intentional journey of faith for a number of years and I love to write about it. I’m sharing a quick story to help illustrate how hard is to give up control of our destiny, trusting where God is taking us. You may want to have Carrie Underwood’s ‘Jesus Take the Wheel’ song playing in the background as you read.
The adventure of failure… not two words we typically put together. I’m coming off a week of having to re-group after a pretty significant failure. It’s been an interesting challenge to process the journey, surrender it all to God, and start again. He is so faithful, and I’d love to encourage you in your walk of faith.
I’ve prayed the prayer ‘God use me’ many times throughout my life. It’s a continual awareness of how personable I believe God is, that he has a plan for each one of us. I can get side-tracked in my faith if I start to look around and compare myself to others or try to copy what they’re doing. I’m sharing a story from my life that I hope will drive the point home that we all need to keep our eyes on Jesus and where he is leading us.
God has so much for us in the coming year, but sometimes, it’s hard to gear up and aggressively pursue the next steps. I’m sharing a few personal stories of falling down hard as I raced toward a goal. And when I say falling… I literally mean… falling!