For the L❤VE of our Children

No matter how hard we try to be good parents – there’s no guarantee that our kids will make good choices. Some choices may break our hearts…but it should not break our spirits.

As good parents we are committed to loving our children through the good times and bad times. The truth is, we don’t stop loving them even if they don’t live up to our expectations.

As parents, there are countless times when our kids may tug at our last nerve, push our emergency buttons, and yes… there are those times all we can see are their unlovable sides.

But, regardless of what our feelings or emotions may be at any given moment …we have made the choice to love them unconditionally.

One thing we as parents have no control over… preventing them from suffering the consequences of their decisions and choices.

When we have done all we can do…then we must stand strong knowing that we can trust God to take care of all the things that may cause us to grow concerned. We know that He will do a much better job at answering our prayers than we could do by fretting or worrying.

God loves our kids much more than we do, and He will never stop working in their lives until they take their final breath.

In closing – our children’s choices are not a reflection of us …but of them.

Do the things you enjoy to relieve the stress and give them over to GOD.

Yay For FriYay

Choose kindness and LAUGH often. Wishing you the most enjoyable weekend. Have a laugh. Share a laugh.

Take time to enjoy the little things in life….and make time to have fun with the people you love.

Thanks for spending time with me. I enjoy writing… and I’m ever grateful that you enjoy reading my writings.

See you on Monday!!! Love to you and your family. Have a happy weekend.

#Anxiety

The dictionary definition for anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.

Anxiety can cause us to have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. It causes panic attack. Anxiety starts in the mind but it can have a crippling effect on our entire body. Anxiety causes us to overthink and doubt ourselves.

How can we fight off anxiety? We must first realize that anxiety distracts us from the all sufficient God. God wants us to live every day trusting and believing that He can and will fight all our battles.

God instructed us…

  • Don’t fret or worry
  • Instead of worrying, PRAY
  • Let whatever is on our minds turn into prayers
  • Let God know all our concerns

And before you know it, you will have a sense of peace coming over you, and you will settle down and have a good night sleep.

True peace comes from knowing God.

The devil takes full credit for stealing your joy, and he brags about it – ask the psychiatrist and psychologist.

It’s wisdom to choose peace with God.

#PEACE

❤❤❤Have a Magical Day ❤❤❤

We all know that strong healthy relationships don’t just happen. If you think you are the King then treat her like the Queen. A happy wife is a happy life.

Where you give yourself no options in a relationship….you will fight for it. If you have options…chances are you will walk away at the first disagreement.

News Flash:

Healthy relationships have disagreements, emotions run high, and they face challenges just like everyone else.

It really doesn’t take much to keep each other happy. Being told that you are appreciated is one of the easiest way to win someone’s heart.

A couple that spends quality time together stays together.

The best memories are the funny ones.

Going into bed at the same time maybe the only time that you actually get to be alone all day. Pillow talk relaxes you and makes you feel appreciated. When drifting off to sleep, stay close rather than far apart.

If you want a happy home you must put in the time. It just doesn’t happen by chance. A strong relationship requires choosing to love each other even in those moments you STRUGGLE TO LIKE EACH OTHER.

Misunderstandings are a normal part of life. Apologies work like magic. No one is perfect …so it’s important to stay connected and think of each other’s strengths.

A healthy relationship is one that take determination, commitment and effort on everyone’s part.

Why JESUS

Self-confidence definitely comes from having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I’m not ashamed to say that I guard my relationship with God more than any other relationship. And unless you too experience it for yourself – it will never make much sense to you.

Our life is not defined by what we have, even IF we have a lot.

We can live in a mansion that has the capacity to hoard all our earthly goods and say to ourselves that we have done well. We can retire and take it easy because life is great.

But when we all have come to the final chapter of our lives – absolutely nothing we have achieved will matter because we cannot take anything with us when our heart has expired.

In the Bible – Jesus called a rich man who openly displayed and bragged about his wealth a ‘fool‘….

Why would Jesus call this wealthy man a fool? After all this man was so rich with his crops yielding great abundance that he didn’t know what to do with all the excess. He thought that the only solution was to build bigger barns so he could store his harvest.

If this rich man was alive today, he would have been in the top ten richest people in the world. Everyone would have been looking up to him because he would have money, luxury cars and ladies. And yet Jesus called him a fool.

I don’t think Jesus meant that the man’s wealth made him a fool … because father Abraham was also a rich man.

So…I have come to the conclusion that the rich man’s possessions became more important than his personal relationship with God – so it was a foolish decision. He considered building bigger barns instead of building a relationship with God.

At birth, we bought nothing into the world…when we leave, we are going out with NOTHING. It is foolish to do life WITHOUT GOD.

There’s one undeniable truth – we only get one opportunity to be alive on earth….whether it is enough or not…no one can add or take away to our predestined years.

We as human beings minimized the fact that everything we do on a daily basis is totally dependant on God.

From the moment we open our eyes, put on our clothes, jump into our cars, open the door to our offices or barns is because of God’s mercy and grace. We rush around our selfish lives achieving greatness while unconsciously forgetting about God.

One day we all are going to need God – the atheist including. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is LORD.

The problems of life will overwhelm us, disappointments are going to come banging on our doors…money cannot solve life’s pain and heart breaks….but Jesus Christ can.

We’ve got to know Jesus Christ for ourselves.

Don’t be a fool. Don’t be fooled. We are totally dependant on God for the very next move we will make…whether it’s getting off our beds, or putting our shoes on.

I don’t want you to ever believe that everything is great with me…. but, I’ve got a Father that gives me the calm assurance that my life is being held by His hands…and that makes a big difference between us.

Three Questions to Manage Your Emotions by Rick Warren

Three Questions to Manage Your Emotions

By Rick Warren

“From now on, then, you must live the rest of your earthly lives controlled by God’s will and not by human desires” (1 Peter 4:2 GNT).

What are human desires? They’re your emotions and your affections.

Once you become a Christ-follower, your life should be controlled by
God’s will, not by how you feel.

Let me give you three questions to ask about your emotions when you’re trying to figure out how to deal with how you feel.

When you’re
angry or upset or frustrated — whatever you’re feeling — ask yourself:

1. “What’s the real reason I’m feeling this?”
Maybe the answer is fear or worry. Maybe it relates to something someone said to you years ago that was never resolved.

2. “Is it true?”
Is what you’re feeling at that moment true? There’s a point in the Bible where Elijah got so discouraged that he went to God and
complained, “God, I’m the only one in the entire nation of Israel left serving you.”

And God challenged him, saying, “Are you
kidding me? I’ve got all these people who are still serving me! You’re acting like you’re the only one trying to do the right thing in the whole world! No. That’s not true.”

3. “Is what I’m feeling helping me or hurting me?”
Will you get what you want by continuing to feel this way? A lot of feelings we have seem natural, but they’re actually self-defeating.

Let’s say you go to a restaurant, and the service is extremely slow. You wait a long time to be served, and then a couple comes in 15 minutes after you and gets their food before you do. You get increasingly more irritated until you feel something welling up inside you.

What’s the real reason you’re feeling that way? You’re hungry!

Is it true? Yes. You’re frustrated because the service is slow. But is your emotion helping or hurting? It’s hurting. Do you get better
service by getting angry with the server? Absolutely not.

Does nagging work? Has it ever worked? When somebody tells you all the things you’re doing wrong, does it make you want to change? No! All it does is make you defensive.

When you ask yourself these three questions, you get a better grip on WHY you feel the way you do and what you need to do to help the
situation.

That’s called managing your emotions.

Talk It Over:

Why is it hard to sometimes admit that an emotion you think you feel isn’t actually true?

Think of a recent experience where you felt angry or frustrated with someone. How do you think asking these three questions could have changed
the outcome of the incident?

What do you think it means to be controlled by God’s will?

Discover God’s power to change your life!

God is all about changing lives. He can help you through any struggle you’re facing, and take you from where you are to where you want to be.

*******Rick Warren has helped people live with hope and on purpose for more than 40 years. He’s the founding pastor of
Saddleback Church in Southern California and author of several books, including The Purpose Driven Church and The Purpose Driven
Life, which has been translated into 137 languages and sold more than 50 million copies in all formats. He created the PEACE Plan (plant churches
of reconciliation, equip servant leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, educate the next generation), which is used by churches in 196
countries. His radio teaching and daily devotional, Daily Hope, is offered around the world.

This devotional © 2018 by Rick Warren.

I Just Want to Spend My Weekends LAUGHING

I love friends who can share a good laugh and walk away feeling like a champion. Here’s to you…

I’m really good when it comes to money – I can hide it in my head, but not in my heart.

How to lose someone who is really annoying …

This is not brain surgery…a good picture keeps a moment from running away

IT happens ….don’t sweat about it ….

Now this one is funny…so laugh 😁

And now I’ve come to the end of my funny side…. If you haven’t cracked a smile….you need a vacation ASAP

Most people do what they enjoy most on the weekends, so lighten up and laugh again.

See you on Monday when our adult life starts all over again. Stay strong. Thanks for being a part of my village.