Choose to Praise God

Thank you Mary Southerland for today’s message:

I once saw a refrigerator magnet that said, “I know that God promises to never give me more than I can handle. But sometimes, I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.” When trials come and life seems hard, we plead with God to deliver us from the problem when many times, His plan is to deliver us in the problem. Praise does not depend upon an understanding of the circumstance or trial. Praise depends upon an understanding of and faith in God.

As humans, we will never fully understand God – this side of heaven. God is holy and without blemish. God is all powerful and omniscient. He is Creator of the universe and yet lives in me. He is the only true, living God! We may understand some of His ways and comprehend the reasoning behind some of His plans. We may even come to the place of knowing him on what we call an intimate level, but a full understanding of God is reserved for heaven. Until then, we walk by faith, not by sight. We praise him in the darkness, knowing that the light is just ahead. We trust him for things we cannot see and turn to him in the valleys. Honestly, the thought of serving and relying on a God I can understand is not a reassuring thought.

Most people who know me well would describe me as a strong person, someone who can usually handle what life holds. I thought the same thing until, in 1995, I found myself a powerless, prisoner of the darkness as I battled clinical depression. It took me two long years to climb out of that pit and not a day goes by that I am not reminded of that wonderful, horrible time.

One of the many lessons I learned from my “pit experience” was that I cannot depend upon my own strength or my fickle emotions. God often asked me to praise him when, as far as I could tell, there wasn’t a whole lot to praise him for! I didn’t feel like praising him.

I began to understand that praise is not a feeling but a choice, a step of obedience taken without the assurance of a changed circumstance or the elimination of a trial. Praise focuses on God, not the circumstance, and fixes its gaze upon God’s truth and God’s character instead of the trial at hand or just ahead. That is why we can celebrate the battle before it begins. The outcome is neither our responsibility nor our goal. Praise begins and ends with faith in the very nature, personality and integrity of God … and that never changes.

No matter what lies ahead, God is faithful. No matter how hot the fiery trial may be, God will deliver us. No matter what man says or does, God loves and accepts us. So praise God! Thank Him today for every victory tomorrow holds! Celebrate – knowing that the battle belongs to God and because of that single truth, victory is certain.

Have a blessed day!

Start Your Morning Right

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Is this you first thing in the morning BEFORE your morning coffee?  I’ll admit, my hubby would probably say this is me despite my best efforts.

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Enter my morning coffee and I am ready to start the day.  Whether I am working my business or just trying to get errands and household chores done, I set an intention for the day.

I get into the right frame of mind.  I know you are saying BUT the kids need to get ready for school, hubby is hurrying for work and maybe even you are trying to get out the door to your JOB.  How is that possible, right?

The first step is to get up earlier than the rest of the family.  I hear the LOUD groan BUT if you are getting up the same time as everyone else, you will be reacting to everyone and everything.  Do you really thing that is the way to reach your goals – whatever they are?

Even 30 minutes earlier will make a HUGE difference.  Start small if that seems scary – say 15 minutes.  The sooner you start to send positive vibrations out into the world, the better the chance for it to build and work miracles.

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When you first open those eyes, are you already picturing a day of chaos and uncompleted tasks.  Why not try forming a mental picture about how you want your day to unravel. No matter what the task is, it is within your power to visualize everything happening successfully. When you imagine carrying out your tasks successfully, you will help to focus, and focusing on what you want leads to your positive results.

 Use Positive Words

When you talk to people first thing in the morning, do you use positive words or does Negative Nelly creep in?  If you ONLY allow yourself to use positive words, you will help in attracting positive results.  Instead of talking about how sick a child (or pet) is, why not say “I am taking them to the doctor so they can be healthy and happy”.  Choose to use your words to help you focus on a positive outcome instead of the potential pitfalls.

You always want to be open to receive greater abundance.

Mindful Dressing

This one, I never really thought about but it really does make a difference. The truth is that what you wear is important because the way you dress sends a message, not only to others, but also to the universe. Have you ever noticed that on the days that you feel great in your clothes, you feel positive so you focus on the positive and you receive abundance.  It all links to releasing your mind from clutter that so you can bask in the confidence that you exude because you feel good about your outfit.   Confidence raises your vibration and makes attraction effortless.

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When you clearly focus on envisioning what you want in your mind, you will add success in life. Add dressing powerfully to clear away negativity and leave a clear path for your intentions to materialize. Using positive words when you speak will keep positive vibrations flowing and make attracting what you dream seamless.

Are you ready to attract the abundance that you so richly deserve?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!