Shhhhh…It’s Friday!

Everytime you find something to laugh about on a Friday … know for sure it was a great week. It’s never about how many wins we had this week, but it’s choosing to find that joy that no one can take from you.

It’s time to laugh again. I love spending time with people who make me laugh out loud…hope I can at least make you smile a bit.

Have an unforgettable weekend and see you on Monday when I have to act all grownup AGAIN.

Thanks for sharing your valuable time with me.

Sending virtual warm hugs to all my followers. There will be NO ME WITHOUT YOU!

Get Up and Rule Your World

Emotional baggage is packing an old battered suitcase with negative feelings from people, places, and experiences from our past that are still on repeat in our minds.

Life brings a variety of emotions through everyday experiences that can either destroy us or we can allow them to make us stronger. It all depends on how much effort you want to put into your growth.

Everyday life hands us stuff that we wish we didn’t have to deal with but that’s not reality. We make life more difficult for ourselves when we choose to carry around our old tattered suitcase loaded with past hurts and nightmares of being a victim to someone’s cruelty.

Is it time to make the decision to unpack stuff that no longer fits where we are going? Stuff don’t just disappear on their own, we must make a choice to exchange suitcases and set new destinations for ourselves.

Two years from now we should be proud that we made the decision today to move on. Our future should be better than our past and our present.

Avoid overthinking. Turn failure and mistakes into something positive for you and for others. Life can be great if you choose to stop the negative chatter in your head while packing for your next destination.

Your fears can actually be used to channel the greatness chained inside of you. Others have conquered their fears and so can you. Self pity never produces anything great, it just keeps you waiting at the bus stop instead of the airport.

Stop scrolling through videos and quotes that holds you ransom to your past pains. Get up and conquer your fears. This is your season. Don’t give in to fear. Set boundaries. Get up and RULE YOUR WORLD!

It’s Sounds Fishy To Me

Dictionary meaning of an analogy is a comparison of two things to show their similarities, typically for the purpose of explanation or clarification. The following should be very interesting…hope I’m right.

We all have heard this before- “Don’t worry there’s plenty fish in the sea” or “There’s plenty more where that came from”. But did anyone warn us how hard it is to catch a fish. Some men were fishing all night and they caught nothing. Some fishes are toxic and some are healthy. Some big fish eat little fish, and there’s actually a fish call a clown fish (a very interested name) that feeds off the plants under the sea. I had to google that one…

Not all fish are good catch as some folks have found out after decades of fishing and throwing them back into the water. Why would anyone continue fishing in the same spot and coming home with empty nets year after year? Then in their desperation they begin searching on the internet to buy fish from untrustworthy sources.

The more desperate the fisherman is, is the easier for him to catch any kind of fish. All he wants is to have dinner tonight because he’s hungry. But sadly, the fish in the net is unaware they are only food for one night.

Then there are those who fish for a sport …they catch the fish and throws it back into the water, they are just doing it for fun.

Then there’s the ardent fisherman whose rod gets a strong tug and he knows it’s okay to pull it up. And to everyone’s surprise he caught an amazing catch.

Now, there are some incredible women who go fishing too … but they know that not everything that tugs on their fishing pole is always a good catch. They are not desperate to eat so they can wait for the right catch. They are patient and strong enough not to feel disappointed.

Smart women know instantly if the fish is toxic or healthy. They know that no amount of preparation and hard work can turn a toxic fish into a healthy fish.

A real man will always do his absolute best to catch the best fish and when there’s no second guessing in his mind, he invites everyone to show off his catch.

On the other hand, an immature fisherman will be inconsistent, go fishing anytime, makes a great catch but he throws the fish back into the water assuming he has time. He’s in it for the sport.

A word to the wise is sufficient but a fool thinks his own way is right.

Fishing takes time and patience. It’s frustrating fishing in creeks and ravines and whining about the quality of the fish. If you can’t handle holiness, you will keep catching the wrong fish.

If it smells fishy then something is wrong. There are plenty fish in the sea but if you keep catching the toxic ones you have only yourself to blame.

Beware of Hidden Peace Stealers

When you lose your peace, you lose your strength…when you lose your strength, it’s hard for your heart to go on.

Most peace stealers come after a big win. It takes only a negative attitude or a sleazy comment to send us shaking and running for covers. We often feel discouraged after a great emotional high…that mountaintop to valley experience – but really —that’s adult living. We tend to let our guards down and ‘BAM’ we are blindsided by a curve ball that send us running for protection.

If you are longing to hold on to your peace, we must learn not to sweat the small stuff. Peace stealers comes a dime a dozen…they are very common. From the moment our feet hit the floor in the morning…there’s a possibility that there’s an email waiting to be opened, a text message, or a phone call that is loaded with ammunition and has the potential to ruin your day. Be confident that you and I are not the only ones who find ourselves in the pit of peace stealers.

Peace stealers are busy doing what they do best and that is stealing our peace in our most unguarded moments. I’ve been a victim of peace stealers over and over again until I figure out how to detect the signs before it paralyzes me. I’ve wasted a lot of time being held hostage to some petty insignificant stuff. If it’s my peace then it’s my duty to protect it as much as it is within me.

To steal is to take something without the permission or knowledge of the owner and keep it. To do something quickly; or without being noticed.

We must become aware of the traps that are set up during our unguarded moments. It’s like the saying, ‘Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.’ Stand on guard after your next win…don’t let your guard down…it’s a decision we have to make again and again as long as we are living in this sin filled world. We must take control over our minds and chose to be at peace regardless of what comes our way by shaking stuff off immediately.

Pray for each other. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other encouraged so no one is left behind. Be prepared to finish strong. We are up against far more than we can handle on our own so call on Jesus.We must learn to discipline our thoughts…one thought leads to a second thought and then we lose our peace.

As we scroll through our emails, social media, and text messages …if we see something we don’t like or agree with, purpose in your heart to move on, If you don’t have something positive or encouraging to say…ignore and move along. Do everything that’s humanly possible not to feed the dramas that others bring into your life. Stay Focus on YOU!

Being controlled by peace stealers is unhealthy and dangerous. Emotions are unstable so choose to think of the things that bring you the greatest level of peace that you deserve.

It’s prayer time:

Jesus, you said that you will leave your peace with us, not the peace the world has to offer us but YOUR peace. Help us not to get worried or upset, or afraid. Thank you Jesus for your peace. Amen

Where Is Your God?

Anxiety, Fear, Worry, Sadness, Panic attacks are human emotions that create doubt about God’s capabilities when we are on the verge of a crisis. It’s important not to lose heart and become discouraged to give our cloud of witnesses a reason to ask us,”Where is your God?”

We diminish our faith in God when we allow these emotions to interrupt our daily lives. It’s not an easy decision to resist fear, anxiety, worry, sadness and panic … but with no resistance they can become an unbreakable habit.

Get ready to take up the challenge to resist and desist the onslaught of the enemy whenever these emotions step into our lives.

Don’t back down on the challenge to stand firm on God’s promises in the midst of life’s uncertainties. Accept the challenge and bit by bit you will win and your cloud of witnesses will be asking you “Can I know how you do it?”

No one will overcome anything without a fight. No fight, no glory. You can’t stop the emotions from resurfacing but you can refuse to accept them by relying totally on God’s Word. You never know God is all you need until you know God is all you have.

Someone once said, “The hardest part of being a parent is watching a child go through something really tough and not being able to fix it for them.” This is the truest, realest quote as a parent. God watches us His children becoming unstable and frazzled by our circumstances and He wonders when or if we will turn to Him for help. When God shows up, He shows off.

The devil loves a performance so don’t make him the star of your life by delaying turning to God for help.

As believers in Jesus Christ the best years of our lives are now… not yesterday, not next year. It’s now! Our responsibility is to keep our heart right before God and choose to believe His Word, nothing wavering. Let no one ask us ‘Where is your God?’ Let them ask us “How do you do it?” We will stand firm and be at peace and let God show up and show off His mighty acts.

Father God,

It’s Monday morning and we don’t know what the day or the week may bring into our lives but we are confident that there’s nothing that will happen to us that you and each one of us cannot handle. We rest in the ALL knowing and the ALL wise God. The author and the finisher of our faith. We choose to allow you to order our steps and go with us on our journey. We wait on you and you will give us the strength to face everything that may come against us. We will rise and shine today because today is going to be a good day. Thank you Jesus that we can watch the chaos in the eye and give it a wink.

In Jesus’ Mighty and Powerful Name we pray, Amen and Amen!

It’s FunFriday 😊

Seriously, we have so much to be happy about…we made it to the end of another week. We have survived everything that we were scared about and there’s a good chance we will survive whatever is next.

It’s Day #74 after today there’s 292 days remaining in the year…don’t wait to laugh.

Let’s kick the weekend off with some smiles. Please be kind and share a smile with someone else today.

Thanks for sharing your week with me. Without YOU…there’s NO ME!

Take some time and enjoy the views from wherever you may be.

See you on Monday!

Some People Can’t Be Helped by Bob and Debbie Gass

You cannot help someone who doesn’t want to help themselves. At some point you will realize that you have done so much for them, and the only thing left is to stop. No matter how much you love someone, everyone has a limit when they begin to feel unappreciated.

I’m sharing a daily devotional today that helped me to accept the fact that not everyone wants to be helped and that’s really okay.

“Some People Can’t Be Helped”

‘They refused to pay attention…and would not listen.’ Zechariah 7:11-12 NIV

Accept it – some people simply aren’t ready to change! They’ll demand your time and energy, but when you get right down to it, they won’t pay the price for progress.

Who are they?

1) People who want to talk but not listen. James speaks about two kinds of people – hearers and doers. ‘Be…doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves’ (James 1:22 KJV). Instead of striving endlessly to meet other people’s needs, try to connect them to the One who can. They should be dependent on the Lord, not you.

2) People who don’t think you’re qualified to help them. Jesus wasn’t respected in His home town, yet He was the very person they needed (see John 1:11-12). Opportunity doesn’t always knock; sometimes it stands by, waiting to be recognised! When people are unwilling to accept your help and advice, chances are they may not be ready to grow and deal with their problems.

3) People who want what you have, but not what you know. These folks want to be rescued but not instructed; comforted but not corrected. And when you keep bailing them out instead of teaching them how to live, you’re not really helping them.

David said, ‘It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes’ (Psalm 119:71 KJV).

Often people have to experience the pain of what’s wrong before they appreciate the wisdom of what’s right. So when it comes to helping people – be discerning.

This devotional is The UCB Word For Today. It is written by Bob and Debby Gass.

*** Quotes were not included. J.D.