Ruminating is to constantly think about something over and over. Meditating is to consciously concentrate on something. How often do we ruminate and meditate on the wrong things? What someone wrongly said or did to us? Our past? Our mistakes? I admit, at times I can be a bit of a worry wart. However, I turn to God each day for inspiration. Through daily challenges these bible verses has inspired me and centered me to focus on the right things.
In Prov 23:7, the Lord is informing us that the way we think of ourselves matter. It reminds me to think great things about me. I can choose to believe that I am not good enough or worthless or I can believe that I’m called and I have purpose. That I am beautiful and amazing and a great future a head of me. I choose to believe the best.
L.A.W. (Ladies After Wisdom), what do you think of yourself? Do you believe in yourself? I hope you do. Strip away the lies and negative mindset that you may think about yourself and embrace the positive traits. You are smart, creative and vibrant!
In my past, I made several mistakes and guess what? I’ll continue to make them, because I’m not perfect. In my teens and twenty’s, I didn’t have a relationship with God like I do now and I made foolish decisions and poor choices. Times when it was hard to forgive myself, I had to recognize that once I asked God for forgiveness, not only did He remove my sins as far as the east is from the west, but He also forgot about them. If He can forgive me….I can forgive me too ;o).
L.A.W., Have you fully forgiven yourself? Is your past holding you back? If you have asked God for forgiveness and have turned away from your sin. You are forgiven. Believe in it, walk in it.
My mind is analytical. I am constantly trying to figure out the solution to problems. My mind is always at work. When I need something, I ask the Lord. However, when I can’t figure out how its possible, I get discouraged. This verse always comes to mind. It lets me know that although I may can’t figure out the solution. The Lord can and will. That his thoughts and ways are much higher than mine. Most importantly his capability is limitless and he is working in me.
L.A.W (Ladies After Wisdom), maybe you’re like me. Always trying to figure things out. The Lord says, “Pump your breaks”… lol just kidding but trust God. Trust that although you may not have the answer…He does.
I can admit, being a mom, wife, entrepreneur, my load gets heavy. I feel overwhelmed at times. Like there isn’t enough time in the day or that my plate is too full. Philippians 4:13 reminds me that I can do ALL things. That the Lord will strengthen me on my journey.
Maybe you don’t have children or you’re single. Yet, you have other concerns and you feel weak at times. Let me encourage you that God’s got you ;o). Believe, that you can do and handle whatever challenges, opportunities, responsibilities and obstacles that this journey may hand you.
I am a sensitive soul. I tend to wear my feelings on my sleeve. In my past more than often, I struggled with allowing myself to get easily offended by others behavior and/or their words. As I’ve matured, I’ve learned (and continuing to learn) to not allow others behavior to offend me and most importantly not let it stick. Prov 19:11 states to overlook offense. I hold on dear to this passage.
An offense can be anything that someone did/said to you. A lie, a negative reaction, an assault….the list goes on. Anything. However, you MUST forgive and overlook. What good is it to hold on to it? There is a saying that goes…
“We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it”- Abraham Lincoln
However, L.A.W., that isn’t always the case, is it?. Yet, I strive to live by that. You should too. You’re only hurting yourself when it isn’t over looked and/or let go.
Psalms 91. Is powerful to me. I have purpose, I believe it and I trust that God has an amazing plan for my life. I believe that my purpose and assignment in life will be fulfilled. The Lord will send His angels to guide my way.
L.A.W., it is so easy to get distracted by the heaviness of this world. Yet, lets not lose focus and hope on what God has called us to do. Don’t be afraid.
Worry, Worry, Worry…
“It’s like rocking in a rocking chair. You’re doing something, but getting nowhere”.- Van Wilder
I remember seeing that quote on a plaque hanging up on my granddaddy’s kitchen wall, each time we went to TN to see him when I was a little girl. That quote has always stuck with me as an adult. Each time find myself in deep worry, I think of that small wooden plaque.
L.A.W., I understand that although, Jesus says not to worry in Matthew 6:34 and there are quotes everywhere. It’s still hard not to worry. Sometime, it can come so natural. Yet, we must remember that worrying about tomorrow and what might happen only takes away our joy of today. Lets “Live in the Moment”.
Ladies After Wisdom (L.A.W.), There are many many more passages that I hold dear to my heart. Many that has touched each season in my life. These are just a few. My prayer is that you find hope and inspiration in each one. I love you. All is well.
Affirmation: It’s clear that I am not in this alone. God is leading and directing me to living an abundant life.
Prayer: Father, I love you. You are awesome. Lord, I praise You for who You are. Lord thank You for gifting me with your word, Thank You for the knowledge, hope and comfort that is received daily from it. We pray that Your Word reaches many and changes and transforms lives. Bless Virtuous3 and their ministry ;o).
In Jesus Name, Amen