The trail today was swarming with overgrown trees. They lingered over the path creating a collision of unwanted obstacles in the way of my hike. They were clearly dehydrated from the lack of consistent rain in the last month, as well as the smoldering heat. As I was unnecessarily frustrated with the circumstance, I looked down to notice my happy four-legged friend trotting through the bush without a care in the world. She was happy to be out in the woods, running free and running fast.
I laughed, tightened my backpack strings, and took off on a trail run following her lead. It was 88 degrees, sweat dripping in my eyes but I looked at my surroundings with awe as I remembered to see even the fallen leaves as beautiful.
I forgot for a moment the reason I love the woods and venturing through them. Its cleansing, every single time.
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As a reader, I get lost in the lyrical words of authors and story-lines, often entranced by the images they portray. This kind of imagery creates an addiction for narratives- intense, dramatic, romantic, provoking and all the above. I crave the emotion and thoughts put together in stories, and will stay up all night to see it through.
I’ve never realized that this kind of joy, alters the way I view my life. It’s an amazing tool we have, to string together sentences in endless forms, having the ability to capture a heart and mind, and teach them just as well. But what I am caught up in, is the emotional high, which then turns into personal desire. I expect my life to playout as though a book might, not in the characters and their specific endeavors, but the ease of knowing there’s a plot, and it must end.
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by Hazel Straub
Often, we make our plans and do not consult God. We devise our life plans, as we expect that our life will go from point A to point B to point C. The Lord, however, has plans and purposes for our life that we do not expect. It is his plans that will prevail in our life.
We would save ourselves much grief, if we submitted to the Lord, trusting him, to direct our steps. His purpose and plan, for your life prevails. When we trust him, we will not spend time getting anxious but will relax because God is in control. His plans work so much better than ours!
Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand. (Proverbs 19:21 AMP)
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I have good news! The beach is still here and it is well. We arrived last night and being the party animal I am, I crashed out around 9:30. But I was able to rise early and catch some walking time by the ocean. Now my mind is purged and I’m ready to get sunburned!
I’m not sure if you are aware or not, but your habits are like seeds you plant in the ground, which one day will produce fruit. For those with better habits the fruit produced will be better health, more positive friends, more joy, more success, happiness, positivity, humility, love, patience, compassion, kindness etc. For those who have bad habits the fruit can be found in the form of negativity, anger, stress, envy, selfishness, violence and joylessness just to name a few.
If you want joy you have to sow joy in your life. You have to eat, sleep, breathe joy. If you don’t practice joy and develop habits of being joyful, then you will not understand what it is to be joyful. There is no magic wand to suddenly make you full of joy; you must practice it.
If you want more success professionally then you must practice the habits that will give you the best chance to be successful. If you want more positive, supportive friends then you must first practice being positive and supportive so you understand what characteristics to look for in potential friends.
If you want better health then you must begin to practice the habits that will allow you to gain better health. You must begin to get 7+ hours of sleep. You must begin to eat more vegetables. You must begin to exercise. You must avoid low-quality foods. You must begin drinking more water and fewer sodas.
All of these instances I have mentioned have particular habits associated with them and those habits are the seeds being sown. The results (i.e. better health, more joy, more patience, more compassion, etc.) are the fruits. And the reason the fruits are important is because wise people are judging you based on the fruits of your life; your boss, friends, family are all watching your habits. People are looking at your actions not your words.
One instance that immediately comes to my mind is the friend who continues to talk (complain) to me about something in their life that upsets them or something they are unhappy with. Most recently it was a friend who struggles with their health. I’ve listened for years to this person complain about how their body hurts-my feet hurt, my legs burn, my hips are killing me. Guess what I constantly see on their Facebook feed? Fast food photos, drinking sodas, funnel cakes, eating tons of processed foods, etc. I have watched this person’s actions (seed), which have produced a body which is breaking down (fruit). They are getting the result they should. They complain, but are not willing to begin sowing different types of seeds.
I will not be this type of person.
The gatekeepers of life will judge you based on the types of fruit you are producing, which is directly attributed to the types of habits you are sowing.
Maybe you aren’t getting what you want out of life because you are planting bad seed which is producing bitter fruit?
Good Monday morning, friends! It’s so good to be among the living, and that means that you’re still in the fight of your lives. You already know the enemy’s MO — to kill, steal, and destroy. Here’s how we counter his strategy and fight:
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.14 Stand firm then, with the belt…
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I saw this on Pinterest today and it made me smile. Straight and to the point. If you want something different in your life, take the initiative to make it happen.
Easier said than done. The first steps are the hardest.
Since I had surgery on my foot early March, I’ve had a hard time getting back into exercising on a regular basis. I eat pretty healthy, but I’ve let that slide too. Sometimes it’s so difficult to get motivated. It’s easy to fall into the trap of being lazy.
Last week I finally took control. I weighed myself one morning and promised myself to get back to a consistent healthy lifestyle. I’d like to lose a few pounds, but it really isn’t about that for me. I just want to feel healthier. Stronger, inside and out.
I don’t follow a strict plan, I basically go by this motto: Eat…
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