Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Why be thankful you don't have everything you desire?





Be  thankful you don't already have everything you desire. 
If you did, what would there be to look forward to? 



Be thankful when you don't know something, 
for it gives you the opportunity to learn. 

Be thankful for the difficult times. 
During those times you grow. 



Be thankful for your limitations, 
because they give you opportunities for improvement. 



Be thankful for each new challenge, 
because it will build your strength and character. 

Be thankful for your mistakes. 
They will teach you valuable lessons. 

Be thankful when you're tired and weary, 
because it means you've made a difference. 







It's easy to be thankful for the good things. 
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who 
are also thankful for the setbacks. 



Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. 
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, 
and they can become your blessings. 


--Author unknown. 

What from the above list are you thankful for today? 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Are you Trying too Hard?



From my prayer journal many years ago when I was trying too hard…


Lord, I need encouragement today. I really don’t want to go by my feelings, or I wouldn’t have a good day at all. I know I have to choose joy and choose to have peace rather than turmoil, but I need Your help even in the choosing. I need you to show me what to do and how to think in order to choose joy rather than sorrow. And I need You to send me encouragement, because right now I just don’t care about anything. To care would mean work, and I’d rather rest and sleep and escape.”

Jeanette, I don’t want you to CARE. I will care for you. When you TAKE CARE, it means you aren’t giving me a chance to help you and care for you. You are trying to do it yourself and that’s pride. When you let go and relax, My spirit takes over and gets the job done in an almost effortless way. You know it’s Me when you don’t have to struggle to get it and struggle to keep it. For Me to carry you, you need to simply relax and not wiggle down and run off. Trusting Me means allowing Me to carry you.


JUST QUIT TRYING SO HARD.”

I am forever amazed at the timelessness of God’s words. I hope His shepherding of my heart spoke to yours today. May you rest in Him, allowing Him to care for you.

Splashing Hope,

Jen

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

3 Things I Will Never Say


Because I believe that “Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Prov. 18:21),” there are 3 things I will never, ever, ever say:

"I must be getting Alzheimer’s." I cringe every time I hear people jokingly say this. It’s not a funny disease. You may have forgotten where you put your car keys for the tenth time this week, but that does not mean you are going senile. Instead say, “Lord, help me! Bless my brain and help it retain!”

"I hate you (or them)." Hate is a powerful, deadly emotion. It means you wish that person were dead. No matter what another has done to upset or wrong me, even if I think the world would be better if they left the planet, I refuse to say these spiteful words. They are like poison that will corrode my heart and make me bitter.

"It’s hopeless." In the past, I spoke these words over a situation I saw no way out of, and God made a way. Shows you how smart I am! He has ways and means up His sleeve that all of us put together could not fathom. He is good, His plans are good, and He knew this was going to happen before we did. He’s already planning our rescue, and it’s probably something we never imagined. We can trust Him and His heart of gold. He is on our side.


Life. Or Death. We get to choose by what we say. I choose life. 

I believe you do, too.  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Why I Hate the Stupid Saying "It Is What it is"

Stupid saying 1. It Is What It Is
      Our lawn is tickling our nose, we need an undertaker for our marriage, and our checkbook hasn’t balanced since Reagan was president. But this stupid saying gives us the perfect excuse to leave things alone, and be as lazy as we please.  We should be saying, "What can we do to make things better?" and praying for wisdom.
Stupid Saying 2. Good Luck
         If someone says this to me, I politely respond, “thank you.” But under my breath, I counter it with, “I don’t need luck. I have God on my side. He will protect me, help me, and give me wisdom.”  I don’t do luck. I do faith in a God who has promised never to leave me alone.

Stupid Saying 3. It’s All Good
     Oh, really? Are the people who say this blind, deaf, or both? If we’re at Baskin Robbins, Wilbur Chocolate Factory, or Starbucks and you say this, okay. Otherwise, nothing is ALL good except Jesus and Heaven, and we’re not there yet.  

You didn’t know I was this sarcastic, hmmm?   
Do any popular sayings irritate you?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Are You a Clutterbug? Here's Help!





cartoon copyright Ron Levellie

Taking care of clutter is a huge time thief. If you’re a clutter-bug who needs help de-junking your environment so you can spend more time enjoying life, try these three steps:
  1. Enlist help from a trusted but objective friend who isn’t as attached to your collection of hair bows from elementary school or scratched Elvis records. Spend a day together de-junking everything that fits into these categories:
    • It is the wrong style or shape for your body (be realistic and brutal);
    • it will cost more to fix it than it’s worth;
    • it takes up more space and time than the joy it gives you.
  2. Give, give, give to charities, homeless shelters, and thrift stores. Just don’t give it to relatives who are likely to give it back to you, or a second-hand store you frequently shop at.
  3. Reward yourself after each room, drawer, or box you’ve cleaned out. But not with more stuff! Read a chapter from a novel, look at cute kitten videos on YouTube, or watch a movie. Then revel in how much time you are freeing to engage in activities you love!