Showing posts with label #devotions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #devotions. Show all posts

Saturday, October 15, 2016

My 3 Questions about Church Buildings

See on the left how to read daily posts on our blessed group devotion blog, Putting on the New. God blesses me, allowing me to be a part of this blog. Many wonderful Christian authors write devotions each day of the month. Mine shows up on the second of each month, so watch now November 2 for the next one.

I wrote this post a couple months ago on the Putting on the New blog. It brought lots of reads and several comments. I decided to do a report of it on my blog today. What's your thoughts?


Question 1: Is the church relevant to this day in time?
My home church
Heritage Church, Wichita Falls, TX.


Many younger Christians don’t see the need to pay tithes, pool their funds, or keep a church going and growing. Most older Christians see this opinion as an outrage. God’s Word directs our steps. The Bible relates to every age allowed by God to exist. Let’s study and meditate on what is proper and needful for twenty-first century Christianity.


(See immediately left here for the URL link for Putting on the New blog of devotions.)

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
                                                                    Acts 2: 42-47

Let’s break down these verses.


In the early church, we see they gathered together frequently, obviously feeling that the support, teaching, and joint prayers and praises were important to their walk with Christ.



Question 2: Is meeting together in a church building important in 2016?


An old country church
Where did the early church meet?
 
The above verses tell us they met in the temple courts. There were no churches, only synagogues. They used the outer court of the place where they had worshiped God all their lives.


When the church spread away from Jerusalem, did they still meet in synagogues?


Sometimes, yes. Synagogues-

At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed.
Acts 14:1

Homes –

You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.
Acts 20:20

Community event buildings-


But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.
Acts 19:9


So, is it important to have a church building in 2016?



Question 3: Should we all give money to our church to fund the group where we worship?


They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. (See the top Scripture)


And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
Mark 12: 41-44

Jesus put His blessing on those who gave to the church.


That’s my three questions. The controversy continues. On what side do you fall? How do you answer the three questions about the modern-day church.

Again, I encourage you to click on Putting on the New to the left and read the devotion for today and the previous week. Comment. Share online. What do you think about this post?


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

God is the Creator of Differences

In our backyard, we planted five rose bushes. We love roses. A rose is a rose, is a rose. Right?

No. All five of ours are different.

Roses got me thinking about people, and people got me comparing ourselves with Biblical characters. The people in God's Word were human like us with lots of different personalities. Look around at your family and friends. Not a one alike, are they?

So, let me introduce you to our rose bushes.



Our yellow rose bush reminds me of Elijah.

But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree, and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, It is enough, now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
                    1 Kings 19:4
Sickly.. Smells wonderful. At the edge of a raised bed
 
Our yellow rose bush is sick, weak, handicapped. Despite its lack of leaves, it produces a few delightful blooms, and they give us the best fragrance of all our plants.

Depression held Elijah captive. Though he was weak and handicapped, God used Elijah to highlight a few fantastic miracles; Withholding rain and bringing it when it was time, sending fire to lap up the sacrifice on Mount Carmel; feeding the widow and her son when there was only a small amount of meal and oil.



Our dark pink bush near the house makes me think of Jesus' disciple John.

And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:
                                                          Mark 3: 17

big thorns

big blooms


We planted our dark pink rose bush close to the patio when we first moved here. Thick stalks and big thorns made it look strong and indestructible.
It doesn't have a lot of blooms, but they're huge with a slight fragrance. The mark of this bush is its faithfulness. During the course of its life, other roses buses have died, but this one lives on and is still strong. Now, at seventeen years old, I spot extra shoots coming from the main bush with blooms of their own.

When Jesus called John, he named him and his brother "sons of thunder." They were fiery and ambitious, strong and opinionated. Throughout Jesus' earthly ministry, and until John's death probably in his nineties, John remained strong in his faith, despite others falling away. His loyalty and faithfulness influenced many. His words challenge Christians of today and give us a glimpse into the future.



In our white rose bush, I see the apostle, Paul


Be not afraid. These were the words of Paul in Acts 18:9
pushy and gives groups of blooms together

Not always the most liked or agreeable person, still Paul accomplished more than them all in the early church. He was persistent and courageous. He was never bashful but would spread his wings and preach the Gospel to sometimes large, angry mobs. He pushed his message whether it was wanted or not, and in doing so, brought about the salvation of throngs of people.

Our white rose has no fragrance. It spreads its branches wide and tall, intruding on other bushes that can't withstand it's power. Never will you find a single white rose. Blooms always burst forth in clusters.


We have one real red rose bush. It reminds me of King Saul.

And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.
                                                                               1 Samuel 9:2

1 rose on a tall, full plant

Saul wowed all Israel. They chose him as king. He was taller and more physically attractive than all others. In their view, he would be the best specimen to lead their nation. But, Saul had few victories. His heart turned against God. So enthralled with himself, he forgot where his true strength lay.

Our red rose bush stands taller than any of the others with full, rich greenery. At first glance, we would believe it to be the healthiest, most vibrant rose, but it gives few blossoms and very little fragrance.

                                               


Last but not least, we have a lovely pink rose. In it, I see Mary, the mother of Jesus.


For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
                                                                      Luke 1:48
Many buds promise more and more blooms

Mary was a young teenager, insignificant in the eyes of the world, but God chose her to bring His Son into the world in human form. Because she was willing, God blessed her beyond hope or expectation.

Our pink rose bush is the shortest of them all. Its fragrance is slight. That insignificant-looking plant produces more blooms than all the rest, continuing several times a year to give us color and beauty.


From the lesson given by five rose bushes in our backyard, I learn how God made us all different but valuable.

God creates differences for a reason.



Saturday, June 11, 2016

Author Interview of Jodie Wolfe

Today, we meet a new author and discover a new book. She's a fellow contributor of mine to Putting on the New blog and a writer of both devotions and Christian fiction. Welcome Jodie Wolfe to Writing with God's Hope blog:

 

Where did you get the idea for your book?

I started by asking a 'what if' question. What if twin sisters made a promise to always stay together? What would it take for one of them to change their mind? That became the kernel of my idea for Hearts Tightly Knit.

 

How did you find your publisher?

This novella was Indie published, but I have an agent who is trying to find a home for several of my stories. J

 

Are you working on any other projects that you can tell us about?

 I'm about ready to start working on the second book in the Twins & Needles Series - Love in the Seams. It will be out in November and will tell the tale of the twin who didn't marry.

 

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

My favorite books to read are Christian historical romance with a thread of humor. I love to laugh, so I try to add humor into my stories as well.

 

What has your writing journey been like so far?

 Now that's a hard question to answer. I started writing my first novel at age 13. In my high school years and early twenties I worked at writing and trying to get published. Then my boys came along and I spent the next 20+ years raising and teaching them all the way through high school. In 2009 God called me back to writing fiction. I acquired Linda S. Glaz as my agent three years ago. She pitches my stories on a regular basis. I also am a columnist for Home School Enrichment magazine and have been published with Christian Devotions.

 

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

 For me, it's a toss-up between Disney World and Alaska. J

 

Tell me a fun fact about yourself.

I have two granddaughters and another one on the way.

 

If you could be a song, what would it be?

 "Live Like That" by Sidewalk Prophets. 

 

Give me you contact info:







Blogs I contribute to: Stitches Thru Time, Putting on the New and of course, Quid Pro Quills.

 

Tell us about your new book.
 
Orphaned at age ten, Ellie Stafford and her twin sister Mae made a vow—to stick together and never marry. Now in their mid twenties, they are bucking convention in Calder Springs, Texas, as women with respectable occupations who can take care of themselves. Ellie works at the Good Fixin's Diner and spends her evenings knitting garments for The Children's Aid Society. When a handsome local rancher shows up searching for a cook, she's hardly tempted, despite his good looks.

 
Luke Rogers owns a spread just outside of Calder Springs. It was running as smooth as cattle going through a chute until his cook up and marries and high-tails it back east. With no cook and a bunkhouse full of ranch hands ready to revolt, he persuades Ellie to temporarily fill in until he can hire someone else. He should have known better than to get tangled up with another woman.

 
 
Available for purchase at:


 

Jodie Wolfe got bitten by the writing bug as a young girl after reading and watching Little House on the Prairie.
She loves writing stories about feisty heroines and strong, godly heroes. The power of story to influence lives and change hearts is what motivates her to weave tales that tell of the Savior’s faithfulness and forgiveness. Her books provide history, hope, laughter and happily-ever-after.
When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, walking and being a Grammie.




Thanks for visiting with us, Jodie.  I loved getting acquainted. What a delightful interview. Any of you have a question for her? I have one more. Jodie, is this your debut novel, or do you have other books?
 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

What's Your Favorite Healthy Recipe?

Foodies search for new recipes like an archeologist digs for history. All my adult years, I suffered from food addiction, gaining and losing weight with each season, until I reached two hundred fifty pounds and cried out to God in desperation.

The Lord healed me emotionally. My weight went down, and I learned to maintain the hundred pound loss. How? A total change of mindset.

For a food addict to maintain a loss, we must
1. change the way we look at food
2. change the way we look at ourselves
3. change the way we look at God.

During the last twenty healthy-eating years, I learned to make many new recipes that add spice to my eating.

If you're a food addict or a compulsive overeater, I wrote two books that might help.

1. a women's fiction: Worth Her Weight
2. a devotion book: Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.


 
The recipe below might’ve been one enjoyed by the heroine of Worth Her Weight my inspirational women’s fiction. Lacey faces a food addiction that only God can heal. A good friend brings her a casserole, a salad, and a dessert, hoping it’s something Lacey might eat and stay healthy with during a traumatic time in her life. The reader will find those recipes at the end of the book.
 

Black-Eyed Pea Casserole

 
Black-Eyed Pea Mixture:

 

1 lb. 93% lean ground beef

Onion to taste

Green pepper to taste

2 16 oz. cans black-eyed peas, drained

1 10 oz. can Rotel tomatoes

1 t. salt

1 t. sugar

½ t. pepper

¼ t. garlic powder

 

Brown ground beef in skillet.

Drain.

Stir in onion & green pepper, cook until tender

Add remaining ingredients.

Bring to a boil then reduce heat & simmer for 20 minutes

 

 

Cornbread:

 

3 / 4 c corn meal

2 heaping T. flour

1 / 2 t. salt

1t. sugar

1 t. baking powder

1/8 t soda

Mix dry ingredients

Add 1 T. canola oil

 

Put 1 egg in 1 cup measuring cup & then fill the rest of the way with buttermilk

 

Fold milk/egg mixture into dry ingredients.

Use oil spray for pan before adding mixture.

Cook at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes

Slice into 8 pieces.

 

Pour one-sixth of black-eyed pea mixture over 1 piece of cornbread.

 

This gives you 6 servings of black-eyed pea casserole.

 

 For further help, watch for the soon release of Divine Dining Weight Controllers Workbook. Not only will this book give fourteen classes with questions to answer, memory work to do, and a suggested eating plan, but it gives extra recipes at the end for the bored food addict.

 

Now it's your turn. What's your favorite healthy recipe? Leave it in the comments section below.
 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Have You Found a Kindred Sprit?

My Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness released in December, 2012. It continues to be the best seller of my four books. As of a few days ago, I had still not found another book even similar. Then I discovered a kindred spirit in an author that released her book in 2013, short months after mine, both of us thinking overeaters needed that daily dose of support.

Have you found a kindred spirit in your writing?

When we pitch manuscripts to agents or editors, we often compare our words to other books. To do this, I've sought out like-minded writers. When I pitched Divine Dining, I compared it to “Food for Thought” by Elizabeth L., “Daily Affirmations for the Compulsive Eater by Susan Ward, and “Food for the Hungry Heart” by Cynthia Rowland McClure.

If you've purchased and enjoyed Divine Dining, then I want to recommend another book to you. 

 
When I read the preface of Diet Nuggets and Wisdom Appetizers: 365 Days of Encouragement for Dieters  by Kathleen Kurlin, it was almost eerie at the similarities in our background.
 
 
We were both "professional dieters.
Kurlin started her first diet at age fourteen. My mother put me on one at age fourteen.
 
We both reached the lifetime status with Weight Watchers early in our walk.
 
 
We both spent our lives in yo-yo dieting with every plan known to man (or woman).
 
 
We both believe that focusing on the Lord and committing our will to Him is the only lasting answer to the problem of compulsive overeating. As Kurlin put it in one of her nuggets, "Surrender leads to freedom."
 
We both used much of our own journal to fill our devotion book pages. Our formats are similar, using a Scripture verse and a prayer with each thought.
 
 
With full discloser, I've not read all 365 of her days of encouragement since I've only had the book a few days. I spotted it on my Amazon page under, "If you like this book (Divine Dining), you might like this one. Kurlin and I shared copies of our books. 

The pages I've read so far seem to give more practical helps than spiritual applications, while Divine Dining gives more Biblical insights.

For instance, here's a excerpt from today's "diet nugget."

Remember, your stomach is not the boss of you, but if it starts growling at you, maybe you just need to take it out for a drink. A drink of water, that is. Life is short-drink up!

As the deer pants for streams of water,    so my soul pants for you, my God.
                                                                     Psalm 42:1








If you've spent a lifetime struggling with your weight, Diet Nuggets and Wisdom Appetizers would make a helpful addition to your library. That is, after you've purchased and read Divine Dining, of course.
  



Yes, I have found a kindred spirit on devotions for dieters. I can't wait to read Kurlin's fiction. I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Insights into Writing with Author, Leeann Betts

Today, I wish to introduce multi-published Christian author, Leeann Betts. Her insights into writing ministered to me. I think this will inspire you, as she asks "Is my book fit for The King?"

 
 

I wrote my dad’s memoirs a couple of years ago. Because we don’t live near each other, we spent time together at Christmas or Thanksgiving working on the book. I used a digital recorder and had a list of questions I needed answered. Once I got the story down, I’d send him several chapters at a time for him to review. Then I sent the final book, printed out in a binder, and he called with changes and corrections. Even once we sent it to a printer, we found errors in the galleys which we corrected.

 

My father held his book in his hand a month before he passed away.

 

He boasted to several people about his life story. The intake counselor at the hospice he went to was astounded he had a book, saying that many people came to this point in their lives wishing they’d written a book. She said she’d never known anybody who had.

 

I was so pleased to have been part of that process, to give my dad a book he was proud to hold in his hand. A book he was proud to have his name on.

 

Which got me to thinking about my other books. Would my Heavenly Father be proud to hold my other books in His hand? Would He be proud to have His Name on those books?

 

That changed the way I looked at my books. Because I realized they weren’t mine at all. He is the author. I simply transcribe the stories for Him.

 

And as such, it’s my job to be as accurate as I can. To show up for work every day. To do the best I can to listen and not inject myself into the story.

 

God’s job is to create the stories. To communicate them to me. To correct me when I get off track.

 

I like the partnership I have with Him. It takes a lot of pressure off me. When I’m staring at the blank page, I simply pray, “Lord, thank You for letting me be the first person you’ve ever shown this story to. Help me hear You correctly and do the work of transcribing.”

 

Knowing what I need to do and what I don’t need to do makes the job a lot easier which means I’m having a lot more fun. I’m working on the next book in my dad’s memoirs, and although he’s with Jesus now, I hope he’d be just as proud to hold this book in his hand as he was with the first one.

 

And I pray God would be proud to have His name on every book I’ve written.

 

Leeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical suspense. No Accounting for Murder and There Was a Crooked Man, books 1 and 2 in her By the Numbers series, released in the fall of 2015 Book 3, Unbalanced, released in January. Book 4, Five and Twenty Blackbirds, is due in April, with more planned for later dates. If you like accountants or are an accountant, check out Counting the Days: a 21-day devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk.
Leeann and Donna have penned a book on writing, Nuggets of Writing Gold, and Donna has published a book of short stories, Second Chances and Second Cups. You can follow Leeann at www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com and Donna at www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com . All books are available at Amazon.com in digital and print, and at Smashwords.com in digital.
 
 
 
 
Thank you, Leeann. I love the thought of God letting us see the words first. We pen His Words. Great thought.
 
I recently received my copy of Nuggets of Writing Gold and am anxious to read it. Watch later for my review. It looks like just what I need.
 
Any questions or comments for Leeann Betts/Donna Schlachter?
 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Is Willpower Enough?

Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.

                                   John 8:32
 

If there is one truth I’ve learned since the Lord healed me of compulsive overeating, it’s that I must be honest and real.

 
Me at 250 pounds
That truth provides the basis for my book Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.http://www.pen-l.com/DivineDining.html
 

     Despite the trusted belief to the contrary, will power isn’t the answer for weight loss. My strong will power fueled my disease. I reached two hundred, fifty pounds. By then, I was an emotional wreck with thoughts of suicide. Food dominated everything I did.

     I was a Christian, so I prayed for God to help me, to stop the cravings, to take away the desire to overeat. Nothing lasted. I rose from my knees to try another diet, to do it for myself. I could tell you the caloric content of foods, what to eat and what to avoid. Knowledge did not translate into success. My will power would last for days or for months, but then it turned on me and pushed me to eat what I wanted, so that I regained the weight, plus some. Nothing worked until I truly gave up trying and told God if He didn't heal me, I was doomed. Desperation drives divine dining.

     Every week during a Christian weight loss class, I soaked up the lessons presented. When the teacher moved, I continued to teach the class. I lost weight in direct proportion to my reliance on Christ. God healed me emotionally. While teaching this class, I also attended a twelve-step Overeater’s Anonymous group. I tore down the idol of food and put God on the throne of my heart.
Showing off my 3 books including Divine Dining in the center.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     In Divine Dining I teach principles from my weight loss journey. Even now, after eighteen years, I read books and literature over and over to keep me inspired, and keep off the weight.


     I have several daily devotion books, some specifically for compulsive overeaters, but Divine Dining is the first one I’ve found that combines a twelve-step approach with drawing closer to Christ and allowing Him to take His rightful place in our lives.



     A few years ago, the Lord woke me in the middle of the night. My mind popped with devotions. I wrote fourteen before I went back to bed. For four years, ideas came to me. Sometimes I wrote one a day. Other times I wrote one a week.
Now, at 150 pounds, 100 lbs. less
By the time I had finished 300 devotions, I knew this wasn’t meant just for me. God wanted me to share it. I started submitting. Pen-L Publishing released it in December, 2012.


 
It remains my best seller.
 
Soon, I’ll be releasing a workbook as a compliment to the devotion book. Keep tuned for further information.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

God's Word For Today's Needs

I offer new posts every Wednesday and Saturday on this Writing with God's Hope blog. Often, the articles are devotions from God's inspiration.

Notice the icon to the left for the Putting on the New blog. This one was created by author, Cherie Burbach and features a different author's devotion for each day of the month. On the second of each month, I post a devotion.
Near Red River, NM


Last week, for the first time, I joined a group of writers that post a weekly devotion on a Facebook site, titled, I Can Hear the Sound of Rain. I agreed to post on this site each Saturday.

With these three opportunities, this week featured three God-inspired devotions from my hand to you, all in the same week. If you missed one or more of them, Here's the titles and the links.

GOALS http://www.janetkbrown.com/2016/01/goals.html

In The Arms of God http://puttingonthenew.com/2016/01/02/in-the-arms-of-god/

Love is a Verb   https://www.facebook.com/I-Can-Hear-the-Sound-of-Rain-1647832958799057/?fref=nf&pnref=story
On the Facebook site, there are many devotions, so to find mine, you'll need to scroll down several posts until you find the picture of my book, "Worth Her Weight" for my devotion, but there are several good ones along the way.


God bless your new year. May you find the devotion you need.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

PEACE

“If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 New Recovery Bible

 
Blue after the storm while we were in Kerrville, TX.

 
     Peace, ah, how we long for it in this busy age with the devil free to roam the earth and send forth unrest and turmoil. A lack of peace affects our entire life, but never more than when we're out of the will of God. If we don't submit one area of our lives to Him, the whole person suffers.
 
     God prepared a place in man's heart meant for worship of our Creator. When we fill that hole with anything else, there is bondage, there is captivity, there is NO PEACE.
 
     Over a four year period, God gave me 365 devotions in Divine Dining. I read them daily for my own encouragement and am amazed at His Words that once flew through my fingers on the keyboard. On May 3, I read this devotion.
   

     Recovery is a process. Many times we live for years in denial. We want freedom to do what we prefer. Because we’re adults and work hard, we think we should control our own destiny—with God’s help, of course.

 

     That’s the way I felt. I had freedom. I ate what I wanted; donuts in the morning at work and Reese’s candy stashed to eat whenever I was home, and no one was watching. Yeah, I controlled my destiny, all right.

 

     But, I had no peace.

 

     God’s peace is worth whatever we have to pay.

 

     For me, I had to give up forever some treats I loved. I had to give up the concept that I was free to do as I pleased. Anything I decided to eat, I had to eat it while others watched. I had to stop being secretive. The sinner lives in shadows.

 

     God’s peace keeps your heart at rest. We don’t know how to accept it and utilize it, but through the recovery time, God teaches us. Give up the selfishness. Reach for the peace.

Prayer: Teach me what I need to learn about your peace today.

 
 
 
If you have no peace, search your heart. Is God in control? Is every area of your life submitted to His will, or do you keep back in the shadows a small part? For you, it could be spending more money than you make, a bad relationship, or a critical attitude, but ask God to illuminate your weakness.

Peace is worth whatever you have to pay.

 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

RENEW

My thoughts trouble me and cause all manner of difficulty. My overeating, my self-condemnation, my sharp tongue all stem from my mind, and what I think about.  Romans 12: 2 urges us to be "transformed by the renewing of our mind."  As Christians, it behooves us to renew our minds and seek the mind of Christ.

Is that possible?

For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
                                                                            1 Corinthians 2:16


Salvation takes away our sin and provides us eternal life.


What then must we do to have the mind of Christ?



    1.     Meditate on God.

I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember thy wonders of old.
I will meditate also on all thy work, and talk of thy doings.     Psalm 77: 11-12 
 

Meditation is simply soaking in God, dwelling on what He's already done for us, listening to His voice, and obeying His Word..

 
  2. Give up our critical nature nd words. Be an encourager.
 

****If it’s not good or uplifting, don’t say it and don’t think it.
      
          Divine Dining, my devotion book and Worth Her Weight, my new women's fiction seek to
         encourage the readers.
 
 

               3. Keep an attitude of gratitude.

In everything, give thanks.
A simple thank you can solve a lot of misunderstandings and hurt feelings.



4.  Remind yourself daily how much God loves you.
 
Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

When we look down ourselves, we negate God’s love.

What I am and what I struggle with are not the same thing.
                                         Me, Myself, & Lies by Jennifer Rothschild
 
We need to separate those two things. I battle compulsive overeating. I also tend to use negative self talk about myself, calling myself a failure. But that’s not who I am. I’m a beloved child of God who seeks to follow His will and touch other lives with His love flowing through me.
 
 
    5.  Be positive.
I'm not talking about just positive-thinking, but positive because I trust Him to make it right.
 
                  Think of the problems you're facing today. How many of them would wither in the
                      light of God's love if we sought to renew our mind, to possess the mind of Christ?

                        I feel the need to fall on my face and seek the "mind of Christ."

                      
                        How about you?