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You Simply MUST Do

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For my class I had to read the book 9 Things You Simply Must Do to Succeed in Love and Life By Dr. Henry Cloud

These are a few of my thoughts and hopefully they will encourage you to take the time to read this fabulous book.

He starts out by defining Deja vu people as “People who found what they were looking for in life” and that these people had specific traits in common. None of these people had the same background, they were from all walks of life, upbringings varied, which encourages us that these things can be learned, we are not stuck. We can learn from these people and become successful.

He then proceeds to give us 9 Principles or word pictures based on the actions of successful people he has met and interacted with.

Since there are several of them that impacted me deeply, I will divide them up so you don’t have a novel to dig through, so to start:

Principle #1

Dig it up: Find your heart’s desire. Find that combination of interest and what lays deeply buried in your heart. So often we become distracted or lose that which makes us “come alive”–I firmly believe that God has given us all talents that must be used, and when we neglect them we lose the purpose for life. Find it, act on it, invest in it, hold on to it, fight for it. Do not ignore your heart, mind, and soul…Do not allow for it to be buried in the busyness of life.

Awesome quote “Those who take what they possess, invest it in life, and are diligent and faithful with it over time, grow and build something good. But those who allow fear to keep them from stepping out, not only fail to increase what they have, they actually lose it” 

I challenge you, search your heart, when you are feeling discontent and frustrated, seek those things you have buried away. We were created for a purpose and we must not neglect to use the talents and skills, passions that were given to us.

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Heart Check

a good article on a healthy heart

Tis the Lovely Month of {February}

Also Known As: National Heart Month

As a nurse who works in the unhealthiest county of Wisconsin I take this month seriously.

Our hearts are important. Yet we treat it with no respect, we shovel in fats & sweets (which turn into fats & cause insulin resistance which sets off a whole boat-load of problems). My town has the most bars (based on population) in WI…Our state fair featured Deep Fried Butter last year… What could be better? A Beer & Deep Fried Butter (on a stick)

A Recipe For Disaster!

Check out the American Heart Association & see what you can do to make a difference (www.heart.org)

But this causes me to pause & think about my spiritual heart.

Matthew 5:8 reminds us that only the pure in heart will see God.

{is my heart pure} 

Romans 1:21 reminds us “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened”

{am i thankful}

Paul’s advice to Timothy in 2 Tim 2:22 “So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart”

{is my heart seeking God}

 

 

 

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{Fall} In Love

 

It’s almost time for Fall~

Fall is my favorite time of year! If I could find a place that was fall all year round I’d move there in a heart-beat!

Here are some of my favorite things about fall:

Hot Apple Cider

Oversized Sweaters with jeans or leggings

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall is Wonderful! The crisp air, the beautiful colors, the smells, I just love it all

What do you love about Fall?

 

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I Wanna Change the World

I wanna change the world….

….but I’m not willing to stop and change one person’s day.

This thought stopped me in my tracks.

{Confession} It occurred to me after I didn’t smile at someone who I knew needed a friendly smile & an encouraging word.

But instead, I glanced away, attempting to look busy, maybe if I look stressed then it’s acceptable not to reach out…

 

But it’s not.

Everyone you interact with needs to be shown love and encouraged.

Everyone you interact with is fighting a battle, you can’t ignore that.

You can change the world for one person at a time.

Changing the world is a lofty and noble goal, but the big picture needs to be made into specific goals.

Step One: Smile -at everyone!

Step Two: Say Hello -be genuine, ask how people are doing and wait for the answer!

Step Three: Remember that people are more important then deadlines & schedules

 

so change the world, with every interaction

 

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Pops

I know it’s a few days after Father’s Day, but hey I’ve always held to “better late than never”

I love my Pops, so so so much!

I know lots of people may say they have the best Dad, but they are {inadvertently} lying because I have the best Dad in the world.

He gives of himself daily. He love people.

My Dad is a Christ-like example in all areas of his life.

He loves {unconditionally}

He speaks the truth

He gives advice

He teaches, he encourages, he corrects

He is the person I quote most often.  {Insert multiple snarky responses}

My Father is really just the best.

I have learned so much from Him, I continue to learn from Him.

His example and His love have pointed me to Christ & A true relationship with my God.

Thank you Pops for being you & for being my Dad

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On Judging

 

{my all time favorite book} Pride & Prejudice 

There are many many lessons to be learned from this book.

Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth both judge each other from a distance.

They make their conclusions and proceed to place each other in a box.

The make assumptions, jump to conclusions, and judgments are passed.

Are you judgmental? I am.

I see people and instantly know I have them figured out.

I see what people are wearing and make snap decisions about their character.

I hear what people talk about so obviously I know their heart.

I judge…a lot.

It’s amazing how people change when you take the time to get past the judgement and get to know them.

Assumptions…well we all know what those do ;)

and I love how people “improve on closer acquaintance” {Elizabeth Bennett ~P&P}

stop the judging; take the time to get to know people 

 

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On Guarding Your Heart

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.” ~C. S. Lewis

The phrase “guard your heart” often crosses my lips.

Guard your heart, be careful, don’t get hurt

But guarding your heart does not mean that we lock it away, never open it to anyone with the fear of being hurt.

I remember one bleak day while driving to work and pondering life events I found myself whining to God “lock my heart up in a cage; I’m sick of this hurt and I don’t want to be hurt any more” Instantly I was convicted. That prayer was incredibly selfish! I didn’t want pain in my life, I didn’t want hurt, so I wanted to God to lock my heart away. Terrible.

Love means having to open yourself up to people. Putting other people before yourself. The exact opposite of the prayer I was praying.

Let’s be honest…none of us like pain. And there are lots of different types of pain, {physical, spiritual, emotional} and none of them are pleasant to experience.

As humans we will all hurt someone around us. As much I may try there are moments in the day when the flesh takes over, a word spoken, an action done, that will cause someone I love pain.

We cannot live our lives hiding from the pain of relationships.

Painful—Yes, but not unbearable. We learn from the pain, we grow from the pain, we help others, learn humility, becomae more sensitive to the needs of others around us.

Jesus opened himself up to pain by allowing the 12 disciples (most of whom were teenagers) to follow Him around in His ministry, knowing that they would desert Him in His hour of need. He loved them even though they hurt Him. He loved them and encouraged them to grow.

As a leader there will be many times when we are hurt by those we trusted, torn down by those we mentored, but we cannot solve this by locking the heart in a cage.

Ministry will not happen when a heart is not open. It will become self-focused and hard.

So yes, guard your heart–against yourself.

Lord, help my guard my heart so that my actions bring honor and glory to You.

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{Eternal Perspective}

 

“Life is short” 

A common phrase often heard at funerals.

But I’ve been thinking about it recently, the past four years of my life have just flown by! I am suddenly {23} and staring back at the years which have passed in the blink of an eye.

Life is {very} short.

The time we have here on the Earth is limited. The time we have to spend with people is limited.

Don’t be a time {hoard}

Give your time to those around you who need it. Selfishly storing the time for your own interests or pleasures is not the example left for us by Christ.

If we have an eternal perspective & recognize the fleeting time on this Earth, it should motivate us to act ToDay!

If we are truly loving others, we will act on that today, because we do not know how long we will have to impact & influence their lives.

Christ loved His {teenage} disciples so fully and completely that He acted, He washed their feet the day before His death (John 13). I don’t know about you, but that is NOT the way I would chose to spend my last night here on Earth…

We have such a limited time, it is imperative to act now!

Take every opportunity to pour your lives into those around you, for we never know when those opportunities will be taken away. 

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Love is {Patient}

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

~I was challenged to but my name in the place of love as a test. Sarah is patient…let’s stop there, I’ve already failed.

Love is Patient. 

{bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint; not hasty or impetuous; steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity}

Today is my day of Patience. To be calm, to accept what comes with no complaining.

 

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Do You See?

Do you take joy in seeing others succeed? Do you love helping empower people to rise to their best? Are you able to see the good and the talents in people and encourage them to develop those talents?

Do you watch people? (In a non-creepy manner!) Do you study their character?

Do you see People? Do you see what they can become?

Part of loving people is seeing them. Seeing them not for the blind, the maimed, and abused, but seeing them for who they are or can become in Christ.

Christ saw people and he saw what they really were. Those who looked good on the outside and had no heart for him, he called them out as whited sepulchers. Those who looked sketchy but truly recognized their need for a Savior, he reached out and made them whole.

Are you being Christ-like in how you see people? Do you see in inside or are you distracted by the outward?

Lord, give me Your eyes so I can see.

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