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The Wise Words Of Madea

One of Madea’s comedy bits is about understanding relationships. Using the analogy of a trees, “Madea” says that some people are like leaves, some are like the branches on a tree and, then there are those friends who are our roots. Read this: Madea shares how to understand relationships.

Most people are like leaves.

When the wind blows they go to one side of the tree and then the wind blows the other way they are on the other side. They are totally unstable. All they do is take from the tree and only give shade. When the seasons change they wither and fall off the tree. But don’t be angry with them; this is who they are. God put them in your life just for a season.

Some people are like branches on the tree but watch out for them.

They make you think they are your friends but the minute you step out, they break and leave you.

Oh, but God bless  those folks who are the roots.

But find two or three people who are your roots. They are there to help you live and give stability to your life. A tree may have one thousand branches but just a few roots. Hold on to these people.

The lesson is to be able to let people and relationships go.

And learn how to be alone and first love yourself.  You cannot others until you learn to love yourself. you should learn to be at peace with yourself and others. Get rid of the dysfunction and let people go who continue to create drama and dysfunction in your life.

 

1. It’s okay to be depressed and cry for a minute, but don’t stay there too long. Get up and get on with your life. If somebody wants to walk out of your life, let them go. Whatever they are running after, they will see what they had but by then it’ll be too late.
2. Years down the road, you’ll be saying – WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING?
3. Some people come into your life to teach you something.
4. Some people are like leaves, branches or the roots of the tree. Make sure you know who are the roots.
5. It won’t be easy, but it would get easier when you learn to love yourself.
6. People need to learn to be by themselves. How are you going to be someone else if you can’t be with yourself?
7. Only 2 places where you will have peace – the grave and your house. Make sure you have peace in your house.
8. This one’s my favorite – Some people come into your life for a lifetime, some come for a season. You’ve got to know which is which…

 

 

 

 

Tyler Perry says

I have this tree analogy when I think of people in my life, be it friends, family, acquaintances, employees, co-workers, whomever…They are all placed inside what I call my tree test. It goes like this:

LEAF PEOPLE
Some people come into your life and they are like leaves on a tree. They are only there for a season. You can’t depend on them or count on them because they are weak and only there to give you shade. Like leaves, they are there to take what they need and as soon as it gets cold or a wind blows in your life they are gone. You can’t be angry at them, it’s just who they are.

BRANCH PEOPLE
There are some people who come into your life and they are like branches on a tree. They are stronger than leaves, but you have to be careful with them. They will stick around through most seasons, but if you go through a storm or two in your life it’s possible that you could lose them. Most times they break away when it’s tough. Although they are stronger than leaves, you have to test them out before you run out there and put all your weight on them. In most cases they can’t handle too much weight. But again, you can’t be mad with them, it’s just who they are.

ROOT PEOPLE
If you can find some people in your life who are like the roots of a tree then you have found something special. Like the roots of a tree, they are hard to find because they are not trying to be seen. Their only job is to hold you up and help you live a strong and healthy life. If you thrive, they are happy. They stay low key and don’t let the world know that they are there. And if you go through an awful storm they will hold you up. Their job is to hold you up, come what may, and to nourish you, feed you and water you.

Just as a tree has many limbs and many leaves, there are few roots. Look at your own life. How many leaves, branches and roots do you have? What are you in other people’s lives?

THANK GOD FOR THE ROOTS!

~ I fall, I rise. I make mistakes. I live, I learn. I’ve been hurt, but I’m alive. I’m human, I am not perfect, but I’m thankful.

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~My Tools For Life~

Tools for Life

Living by Faith When Your Body Hurts or When You Are Stressed To The Max

When we have chronic stress it can bring on chronic illness and also make our pain worse.

The pain people feel with chronic conditions or chronic pain can make us feel isolated and sometimes helpless, especially if its cause is an illness or physical condition for which there’s no cure or really any effective medical treatment. Chronic stress also can be debilitating.

It seems that in times of despair, that’s when we have to keep finding ways to nurture our spirit, to help us not only cope with the pain, and worry but also discover moments of peace and at times grace so it can allow us to move us through and beyond the helplessness and hopelessness we may feel.

Here are a few life tools that can help you get started toward more peace in spite of and in the midst of pain , worry and stress.

1. We have to just breathe

The act of breathing is not only a physical process, but it can also be a tool to cope with pain and worry .

Go to a quiet place, breathe in slowly and deeply, then let the breath out, expelling stress and pain with it. You will feel the sharpness of the pain start to subside as relaxation and calmness move in its place.

I have used this for physical pain, emotional pain. I do this as I pray.

I give it all to God .

I do think for a few breaths in and out and then I just sit in quiet and thank God for helping me , removing any pain or worry I may have.

2. Place some music

Put on your favorite piece of music – instrumental or vocal – sit back, and close your eyes. Let the music carry you away from your immediate pain to a place of calm.

3. Take a walk or go out into nature

Pain can be son isolating and make us feel alone. Enjoy the outdoors, a glance outside at a garden, a quiet moment surrounded by flowers or trees or ocean any of these things can renew our senses. It will make you see you are part of this big beautiful world God created. Be grateful.

4. Laugh more

When have you laughed your ass off? Has it been that long ago? Put in a good comedy. And it will release tension from your entire body.

5. Never give up or lose hope

Each day, there are new advances in medicine and in therapies to ease pain, inside and out. New cures are on the horizon.

In closing I don’t ever want you to pray and then as soon as your finished worry about it.

When you pray give it to God.

Allow him to work in your life.

Trust in him.

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Lent : Fast and Feast : A Spiritual Journey

Tomorrow … The day that starts Lent many often give up candy, cookies, smoking, drinking.

You don’t have to just limit it to food

I have heard many comments about what people are giving up for Lent. It has been traditional to fast during Lent, often from a certain food or substance.

When I was growing up we didn’t eat meat on Fridays during Lent. I still don’t. And for my family and the catholic school I attended in elementary school it was a time of reflection.

Lent is a blessed time: we can slow down and actively reflect on our spiritual journey. We can change the course of our life.

This year I was fascinated with the number of people who either said they were giving up Facebook Twitter and Snapchat for Lent or were cutting back on the amount of time they spent on Social Media

. I am curious, how does fasting from Facebook Snapchat and Twitter deepen your relationship with God? (Seriously, I am curious. If you did this, please write back to me and tell me.)

I can imagine that maybe the time that you save because you are not looking at FB and Twitter, Snapchat could be used for other things, like prayer, meditation, or sacred reading.

Are there other ways fasting from FB deepens your faith?

I use social media to raise awareness for several things I advocate for.

So I feel I am educating others, so I won’t give that up.

The point, it seems, is to give up something that is important to you.

The purpose, though, is to draw closer to God. To deepen or have a relationship with God.

If your Lenten fast doesn’t put you on your knees in prayer or truly challenge you to be better it probably isn’t really a fast.

Whether you are a religious person, or you just consider yourself spiritual, this list is a challenge for everyone.

Every day I will try but I know it’s going to be hard and that’s a good thing it will make me so much aware of exactly how I need to work on myself. I encourage you to try it as well.

Below is a list I saw posted on line and I am sharing it with you.

The Fast and Feast

Fast from being negative and thinking less of yourself. Feast on God made you in his image .

Fast from judging others. Feast in the Christ who dwells within them.

Fast from emphasis on differences. Feast on the Spirit that unites.

Fast from words that pollute. Feast on phrases that purify.

Fast from discontent. Feast on gratitude.

Fast from anger. Feast on patience.

Fast from gossip. Feast on purposeful silence.

Fast from pessimism. Feast on optimism.

Fast from worry. Feast on trust.

Fast from complaining. Feast on appreciation.

Fast from negativism. Feast on affirmation.

Fast from personal anxiety. Feast on unceasing prayer.

Fast from hostility. Feast on nonviolence.

Fast from bitterness. Feast on forgiveness.

Fast from self-concern. Feast on compassion for others.

Fast from discouragement. Feast on hope.

Fast from lethargy. Feast on enthusiasm.

Fast from suspicion. Feast on truth.

Fast from thoughts that weaken. Feast on promises that inspire.

Fast from the darkness of sin. Feast on the light of Christ.

Enjoy Lent and the beautiful spiritual journey that begins

14 February 2018

To

29 March 2018

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Here’s more ideas especially for Teens and College Students

What you should really give up for Lent:

1. Snacking between meals.

2. Cracking your knuckles.

3. Plumber’s crack.

4. Instagram filters.

5. Being a backseat driver.

6. Speeding

7. Texting and driving.

8. Thinking the world owes you.

9. Using emojis to avoid talking about your true feelings.

10.Talking about true feelings through text instead of in person.

11.Not inviting your friends to Mass and Life Night because your afraid it will hurt your reputation.

12.Rolling your eyes at your parents.

13.Spitting out your gum on the street, parking lot, sidewalk.

14.Wishing for someone else’s life, relationship, or possessions.

15.Complaining.

16. The phrase, “I can’t even.”

17. Only talking to Jesus when you need something.He would like to hear from you all the time in happy and unhappy times.

18. Only talking to Jesus when you “feel” like it.

19. Wearing clothes that are too tight and draw attention only to your body.

20. Pride. Instead pray the Litany of Humility every day.

21. Being selfish. Do the dishes don’t toss them in the sink.

22. Greed. Don’t buy anything besides the essentials during Lent. Food. Lent Companion.

23. Laziness. Give up sleeping all day or zoning on TV and commit to going for a walk or run every day.

24. Gossip.

25. Impure thoughts and actions, fast from eating between meals and from sweets. Train your body to be obedient to your will.

26. Saying “God” or “Jesus” outside of a prayer, memorize Ephesians 4:29 and repeat it on the hour, every hour during the day.

27. If you lie stop it, the truth will set you free.

28. Stop doing dumb stuff that gets you in trouble neither parents or possibly the law.

29. If you’re complacent, take up Zumba.

30. Help around the house without being asked.

31. If you’re addicted to porn, sign up for CovenantEyes.com.

32. If you occasionally look at porn, sign up for CovenantEyes.com.

33. If you’re an emotional eater, keep a food/feelings journal and find your triggers.

34. If you’re wasteful, volunteer once a week at a soup kitchen.

35. If you have road rage, don’t drive.

36. Just kidding. See #28.

37. If you don’t trust God, pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy every day. Never heard of it? Google it.

38. If you’re judgmental, pray for every person you see.

39. If you’re vain, give up makeup or your mirror.

40. If you have no idea what sins you struggle with, do an examination of conscience every night.

41. Listen to Fr. Mike’s podcasts. He’s cool

42. Give up tanning. You so pret-taaaayyy… alread-aaayyy.

43. Forgetting to water your plants

44. Fake cleaning your room.

45. Using the word “can’t.”

46. Using the word I’m sick of ….

47. Using words that don’t glorify God. See #26.

48. Bad jokes.

49. Trolling online.

50. Being sarcastic.

51. But that’s impossible for you so forget it.

52. Oh my gosh I need to stop being sarcastic. Pray for me.

53. Do back to back to back novenas for the Life Teen Staff and Missionaries.

54. Pizza.

55. Gluten

56. Talking about your special diet to get attention.

57. Texting the opposite sex to get attention.

58. Sexting.

59. Sending snapchats of strangers.

60. Stop ignoring your future career goals

61.Stop thinking all your friends got your back… they don’t

62. Stop thinking your parents suck.

63. Not apologizing when you should because it’s hard to admit you’re wrong.

64. Making excuses to not go to daily Mass.

65. Thinking about food all during daily Mass.

66. Eating donuts as a reward after daily Mass.

67. Sugar and/or creamer in your coffee.

68. Drinking more than 1 cup of coffee.

69. Underage drinking. You could get alcohol poisoning and die.

70. Energy drinks.They aren’t good for you anyway

71. Soda.

72. Stop doing all dugs that are prescribed to you. You could become addicted or die.

73. Buying spiritual books and not reading them

74. Leaving Facebook and/or Twitter open while you’re doing homework.

75. Checking your phone every 2 minutes. (LOL. You know it’s 30 seconds.)

76. Opening the fridge just to look at the same stuff that’s been there all day.

77. Telling yourself you’re fat.

78. And stupid. And anything less than the truth that you’re an amazing beloved child of God.

79. Leaving lights on.

80. Pulling the victim card when things go wrong.

81. Being embarrassed when you need help from a therapist in order to live a happy, full life.

82. Not going to counseling or therapy because you think it means you’re weak. Your strong

83. Staying closed off to the glory of God’s presence around you all day ‘ery day.

84. Refusing to recognize God in your neighbor.

85. And God in your family. Even the most annoying members. God loves them. How will you?

86. Hiding your faith from those around you. It’s Lent. Share what God is doing in your life these 40 days.

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Walking With God

Make sure you are doing what is important to God—not just what is important to everyone else you know.

We gave a tendency to worry more about what other people think vs what God thinks

From an early age we work to get the approval from others,whether it was proving to our parents that we could ride a bike without training wheels, or struggling to get that C to an A.

Through the years it can become a problem for us as it can cripple us emotionally and spiritually.

We need to get to the point where we don’t care what the media says, how colleagues feel about us, or live in state of constant fear or agony of what others think.

The other person is not going to worry about it, or stay awake at night upset that you’re offended. You can’t be responsible for other people’s words, actions, or decisions as hurtful as they can be.

We all want to be congratulated for a job well-done from even acquaintances, but what happens when they don’t, or you are not acknowledged in some way.

Some think it’s painful not to always be told great job ….. for me personally I learned a long time ago you can’t please everyone and more often it’s our family and friends that seem to be the most critical.

They always feel the need to judge you in some way.

But learn to regroup, refocus, and rise above petty people, sin, and caring what others think of you.

They don’t really know your story, but Christ does.

So, where do we begin and do we need to take ownership?

Look if you are working hard doing or trying to do the right thing , being a good citizen, being kind, respectful to all people. And taking good care of yourself . Be proud of yourself and always strive to do better. But realize you will never please everyone.

Maybe just don’t worry so much about those critical people in your life and certainly lose those who are bad for you. You know those few co workers or friends that egg you on to do shit that you know is wrong or unproductive or unprofessional.

It’s really better to mind your own business and focus on work or school verses having to be someone your not.

In Philippians 4:6-7, we are told to relax, and go to God for relief and strength. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Our minds can dictate our feelings and vice-versa, so every time we are worried about what others think switch to a scripture, prayer or praise.

You can say “I trust the God not my feelings.”

Add your name to a scripture. It can really personalize it and help you grow closer to the Lord.

1 Peter 5:7: “Cast all your [insert your name] anxieties on Him, because He cares for you [insert your name].”

Worrying about what others think is human, but when it’s to a point where our joy is being choked, then we need to become proactive, not reactive.

Take people out of your courtroom of justice, and offer them to God, and also humble yourself.  It’s simply not worth it for your health, or hindering your walk

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Stress-Anxiety & How To Cope

Holidays seem to cause people more stress.

Maybe they are missing a loved one.

Maybe they are working and going to school.

Maybe they are trying to stretch their dollar to pay bills and find a way to buy gifts.

Maybe they already suffer from depression and holidays just add to that depression.

Maybe they suffer from alcohol or drug addiction or food addiction and all the parties whether it’s a work party family gathering often unfortunately includes alcohol and food and lately drugs.

Or all of the above.

It seems today so many people young and old lack good coping skills.

Learning how to cope properly can go a long way for your everyday health. Let’s face it Stress is a health killer.

And it can lead to addiction if your trying to “escape” all the stress and anxiety but medicating whether it’s by food, alcohol, drugs won’t help it will in fact make things worse .

Here, are some of the the best and worst ways to de-stress right now.

And don’t be afraid to reach out to someone and talk about it. A qualified professional counselor or pastor or social worker can help.

BEST WAYS GET SOME FRESH AIR

Research shows that the vitamin D boost from sunlight may elevate your levels of feel-good serotonin. And, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells around you redirects your focus from your worries.

GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD

Do you ever get that never-ending loop of negative thoughts and what-ifs playing in your head?

That’s because stress likes to mess with your mind. A surefire and fun way to get out of your head is to engage in activities that put the focus on your hands or body (think kneading bread, sketching a picture, knitting a scarf, find a craft . As your hands and fingers begin to fall into those familiar rhythmic moves, it sends a signal to your brain that immediately relaxes you and makes you feel grounded.

So immerse yourself in a creative, engaging activity and get ready to press the mute button.

CONNECT TO YOUR SPIRITUAL SIDE

For many centuries, religious groups and native tribes worldwide have used prayer beads to guide their spiritual practice, and research shows that spirituality boosts mood

Buy a set of prayer beads or make your own, and then create a positive affirmation or mantra that resonates with you.

It’s not about religion it’s spiritual mindfulness

Then, next time stress hits, repeat your affirmation as you work your way around and touch each bead.

The more you go around, the more you’ll experience a sense of power and detachment from the source of anxiety as your brain switches into a meditative cadence.

Some suggestions

It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we.

VISUALIZE CALM

Find a quiet space, close your eyes, focus your breathing, and transport yourself to your happy place for a few minutes each day. Research from the University of California, Los Angeles shows your body actually produces less of the stress hormone cortisol when engaging in guided imagery

There are plenty of books and articles written on the subject if you need help getting started, but the most important thing is to find a comforting and calming image that works for you (a beautiful blue ocean might be totally relaxing to one person, but a nightmare for someone who’s afraid of water).

Find a beautiful nature picture that makes you happy and use it.

TAKE A BATH

Water has an innate soothing effect on the mind and body since it connects us back to our time in the womb,

Schedule a regular time to soak in the tub. Further your bliss by pairing your bath with scented bath beads.

Pick a scent that smells best to you or go for lavender or jasmine, both of which possess stress-reducing properties.

Just 5-10 minutes can help your stress.

MY FAVORITE EXPRESS YOUR GRATITUDE

Studies have revealed the positive effects of expressing gratitude. While studying brain activity, National Institutes of Health researchers found subjects who showed more gratitude had higher levels of activity in the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that has a huge influence on our stress levels.

Plus, gratefulness also activated the regions associated with dopamine, one of those feel-good neurotransmitters. To reap these stress-reducing benefits, write down your feelings of gratitude daily in a journal, or by sending little notes to friends or family letting them know how much you appreciate them. I do try to tell my family I love you and I’m grateful every day.

EXERCISE

Exercise may be the healthiest stress buster : it revs your body’s production of feel-good endorphins, it can help regulate your sleep, lowers the symptoms associated with mild depression, boosts your energy, and helps you remain calmer and more focused, all of which can go a long way toward stress management. While it’s easy to let a daily exercise routine slide when you’re overwhelmed, take steps to incorporate it daily.

WORST THINGS YOU CAN DO : DRINKING, SMOKING, DRUGS AND OTHER VICES

Drowning your stress in a bottle of wine or a pack of cigarettes or a pill or a line might seem to bring a release in the moment, but turning to unhealthy vices like drinking, drugs, smoking, or even too much caffeine only sets you up to stress out more once the high wears off. And will lead to addiction and possibly death.

Since these habits tend to increase the Negative Impact stress is already having on your body (raising your blood pressure, making you jittery, moody, feeling lost, keeping you awake at night to name just a few), you enter into a vicious cycle of feeling more stressed out and then returning to the vice over and over.

DONT HIBERNATE

The thought of hiding away under the covers sounds pretty great when there’s so much to deal with beyond your bedroom door, but sleeping too much isn’t the answer. Studies show that the more you sleep, the more tired you actually feel.

Increased lethargy is only going to make it that much harder for you to focus and much less likely to deal with the stressors at hand.

Plus, studies that have shown an association between chronic oversleeping and diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, and even higher rates of death (though it’s unclear if too much sleep causes these problems).

Adding health problems to your already heavy load is only going to exacerbate your stress levels.

DONT DWELL ON THE NEGATIVE

If you make a mistake at work, or school or home do you assume you’re going to get fired? Do you think you’re going to fail?

Have a fight with your spouse or significant other and worry the relationship may be over?

It’s not uncommon to jump to worst-case scenarios when dealing with an upsetting issue, but blowing things out of proportion only intensifies your stressed. When we’re feeling stressed it’s very easy to view ourselves in a negative light, . Way to soften your inner chatter, goes to negative focus on positive I suggest looking at things from a different perspective. Talk to yourself as if you were offering advice to your best friend and odds are you’ll have much more compassionate and positive things to say.

DONT EAT YOUR FEELINGS

Like alcohol or drugs, food often becomes a crutch when coping with difficult times. I’ve been guilty of this.

Soothing your pain with a high-calorie, high-sugar, or high-fat comfort foods feels good at first, but it can quickly spiral out of control when your mind and body begin to associate negative emotions with eating.

At the first sign of stress, anger, or sadness you’ll instinctively reach for food rather than dealing with the feelings at hand.

Overeating can cause weight gain and make you feel worse about yourself.

DONT IGNORE THE PROBLEM

While it’s normal to take a mental time out once in a while to watch a funny movie or meet a friend for lunch, consistently avoiding the stress in your life is counterproductive.

When you evade your problems, you don’t allow yourself to process or understand what you’re dealing with.

The more you ignore something whether it’s a concrete problem like paying off bills or an emotional one like the fear of losing a job the greater it’s going to get.

Your best bet is to reach out for help and make a plan of action that will eventually diminish your problems and alleviate your stress.

Talk to a counselor , a pastor, a family member.

There is nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed by in asking for help. We don’t judge you.

We are humans and we make mistakes and we get stressed and we feel stuck sometimes.

But we’re not stuck.

Please reach out to a professional if you feel the stress in your life is overwhelming.

And if no one has said it to you today.

Your a wonderful person who is going through a hard time. You can and will get through this. Believe in yourself. Like I believe in you.

God Bless You.

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God Never Forgets Us ,Even When We Forget About Him

It’s important to remember that even when we forget God, He never forgets us! He knows what’s happening to us every moment of the day, and He also watches over us. The reason is because He loves us with a love that never fades. Isn’t that fabulous! His unconditional love is always there for us.

The Bible says, “You are precious and honored in my sight, and,I love you” (Isaiah 43:4).

But we have to also remember God does want us to walk with Him every moment of the day and the first step is to begin the day with Him.

Far to often mornings are hurried for most of us , or many that choose to sleep in, but we need , no we must develop the habit of setting aside a few minutes every morning to be alone with God.

Pray about things you know you’ll be facing that day, and read a portion of God’s Word, the Bible.

Then let that portion of the Bible take root in your soul all day long, remembering it and calling it to mind.

In addition, we must develop the habit of constant prayer. I am working on this and now it’s the first thing I do. And even in different situations I find myself saying a prayer vs worrying about what ever it is I may be facing that day, that moment.

When you meet someone new, utter a silent prayer for them. When you learn about a problem someone is having, pray for them. If it’s poor health, job loss, school, drug problems , etc…

When someone tries your patience, pray for them. The Bible says, “Pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

Finally, just ask God to remind you of His love for you not just at church once a week or at the end of the day, but repeatedly.

Some day, we will be in Christ’s presence forever but may it begin now.

Pay attention to those you are friends with or hangout with. Are they also into God? Do they pray and attend church? Or do they try to pull you into the let’s say the dark side….

They drink to much, club to much,use or experiment with drugs to much, use caution with certain people.

Don’t get dragged into their world.

Stand strong and tall in your faith.

Be an example, not a follower . You don’t have to give up your friends but… matter is this:

If you follow Christ, you’re going to probably not have some behaviors in your life, not have some relationships in your life you’ve had in the past.  There is a price tag.  Jesus said, “If anyone will come after me, let him deny himself, pick up his cross daily and follow me.”

Here’s the issue, is you can’t have it both ways.  God loves you, but He is the master and the king of the universe and He’s the king of your heart.  And as you surrender, He says, I want you to do life my way.

And there are times where you give up some relationships.  I remember early in my spiritual life I was a newly divorced from my 1st husband and some of my friends said it’s not good to just sit home, so I went running to different bars and doing stuff.  It was cool at first but I seen so many at these bars unhappy trying to drown their sorrows or college kids trying to fit in by drinking just to be part of the crowd. I realized, you know something, I can’t continue in those behaviors.

But you know something, after a few months, I didn’t go there with them.  I didn’t give up those relationships.  And, you know, we still were friends and we talked religion and some came to Christ.

I remember a fellow that was dating a girl who had attempted suicide .

It was because my life was different he came to talk to me.  I gave some information and also a few phone numbers to my church pastor and a couple counseling places.

And they both ended up getting married and coming to Christ and she got the help she needed.

You know, God’s plan is better, but there may be some short-term pain before there’s long-term gain.

You know, that’s life in Gods kingdom.

God loves you, but just as you make a sacrifice for people that you love, God is asking you to make some sacrifices for Him.

That is part of walking with Jesus Christ.

Many follow Hod and then give up because God wasn’t answering their prayers.

Many Christians feel this same frustration. I know I have.

We ask God for something, then wait for him to do what we want. We forget that God knows what’s best for us.

I think God gets blamed for a lot of unanswered prayers that he actually did answer, just not in the way we wanted him to.

God’s response to our sometimes selfish and immature prayers is often “let’s wait” or “this isn’t best for you.” For some people, these “negative” answers feel like non-answers.

Show people the loving God you know through your actions, lifestyle and faithfulness to God.

A life lived for God speaks for itself.

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Life

Life doesn’t always introduce you to the people you want to meet.

Sometimes life puts you in touch with the people you need to meet ,to help you, to hurt you, to leave you, to love you, and to gradually strengthen you into the person you were meant to become.

Say to yourself, regardless of whatever it is that you are facing, I will be all right.

Create an atmosphere of good positive that is about peace, healing and hope around yourself.

Get rid of people who bring you down, want to see you fail, or make you question your beliefs.

Whatever it is you are facing unexpected challenges, health problems, loss of a loved one, anxiety and stress, say to yourself.

I am going to be ok. Calm your mind, speak to your body, rest your spirit and relax you mind.

God will not allow you to fail.