Can’t Fall Asleep? Try This!

I was lying in bed last night, eyes shut, but not asleep. You too? Did we have too much on our mind? Probably. Usually when we can’t fall asleep it’s because something is bugging us. We may not even realize it lurking under the surface. Let me show you how you can sleep peacefully, even when your life isn’t in perfect condition.

Whatever bugs us steals our peace. If you want a way to get to sleep, give this a shot. It works. After I did this, I slept through the night. Here’s my million-dollar advice to grab a good night’s rest:

Thank your way to sleep.

Huh?
Yeah, forget counting sheep. Count your blessings. Remember that old song…”Count your blessings, name them one by one…”

Why do this when you’re trying to fall asleep? Because when you do, you’ll see what The Lord has done.

Now, how’s that going to put you to sleep? Because, it will put you in peace.

When you focus on The Lord, and what he’s done for you and others, the natural by product is peace.

Many people over the years have asked me to pray that they will have peace when they are faced with a big hairy ordeal or a whammy of a problem. And hey, I can ask God to give them peace till they’re blue in the face, but they won’t get peace unless they do what God tells them to do to get peace.

What do we have to do for peace to settle upon us like a warm comfy blanket?

Focus baby. Focus!

On what? Focus on God. And one of the best ways to do that is to focus on what he’s given you.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isa 26:3 NLT

And what do you do when you would rather NOT focus on what God’s given you –like when you’re ticked off because he hasn’t given you what you’ve been asking for? (Let’s be real, we do that don’t we? Myself included!)

Again, here’s another piece of million-dollar advice: 

Force yourself to focus on past blessings. Yes, this is the only time I will suggest you look to the past! Look to years past (or just days past) so you can count your blessings – what The Lord has already done. Hey, even if you don’t feel like it – just go with it – you want to sleep don’t ya?!

This is how it looked for me last night:

  • God, thank you for that Starbucks coffee in my kitchen that I will thoroughly enjoy tomorrow morning (yep, my coffee is THAT high on my list.)
  • God, thank you for my health, I’m strong and in good shape.
  • And how I’m loving my Nike pink and black cross trainers, yay, God!
  • Thank you for the man that’s snoring beside me, he is such a great guy and I’m so glad he’s mine. (Yes, that man is my husband.)
  • Thank you for this marshmallow-like, memory foam mattress topper, which makes my bed so soft.
  • I’m so grateful for my two kids that love you and are on a mission to change the world.
  • Thank you, sweet Jesus that I have you.
  • I’m stoked about the project I completed today – thank you for your help.
  • Thank you for the speaking engagements that have been added to my calendar so I can bring hope to people all over the world.

See, I just kept rattling them off…no particular order…till I felt God’s peace.

And that peace put me to sleep.

Thankful Peaceful Sleepful picGive it a shot. Get over yourself. Get your thoughts on God. When you do, you will experience his peace falling on you like the warmth of a summer breeze.

Ahhh, nice huh?

I could go into all the boring details about what happens in your brain when you start recounting things for which you are thankful. But just know that focusing on things that you appreciate releases chemicals that will make you feel at peace and sleepy. Ok, physiology lesson over. (Isn’t God smart?!)

Now go to sleep. 🙂

Email me and let me know how this works for you. I’m just a few keystrokes away: DrLinda@lindatravelute.com.

STRENGTH
Do You Know How the Joy-Strength Connection Works?

Maybe you’ve heard this Bible verse before: “The joy of the Lord is my strength.”

It’s a simple formula. No joy = No strength.

The Bible promises you that there will be joy in the morning.

Fact: Morning isn’t always followed by night. Am isn’t always after a pm. Morning is whenever you wake up!

So why are you so sad? Have you been snoozing and that’s why you’re zapped of joy?

How many times do you hit the snooze button in the morning? 1x? 2x’s? 3x’s? Oh, let’s not go there!

It’s time for you to WAKE UP!

 And here’s how you can wake up so you can find joy:

The reason some people don’t have a morning is because they’ve been in mourning! This “mourning” is defined as: grieving the loss of something.

The opposite of joy is sadness. If you don’t have joy – you are sad.

So if you have no joy, you have no strength. Ask yourself, “What have I lost that has sapped my joy and strength?”

We grieve whenever we loose something. You know how bummed you get if you drop your phone in the toilet….Major downer! It’s a loss to your wallet too, because if the ol, dry it out in a jar of rice thing doesn’t do the trick, you’re most likely going phone shopping in the morning!

Any kind of loss, whether it be a favorite item, a job, or a loved one can cause us to grieve.

That saps our strength because it saps our joy.

How do you get that joy back?

 Let Praise be a problem for your problem. -Carl Lentz

It’s almost impossible to have feelings of sadness when you are thinking about how grateful you are. Test it out for yourself! Try being sad at the same time you are thankful you have a full stomach, a car to drive, a great cup of coffee, a love in your life, or even warm cozy slippers on your feet.

Think about something your thankful for and see, there is absolutely NO WAY you can be thinking anything sad at the same time you’re “thinking thankfulness”.

So if you want to find joy in the Lord, think about how grateful you are for all he has done for you. Then thank Him for it!

Bonus Idea: Worship music is a guaranteed mood-lifter.

Music alone lifts people’s spirits. That’s why radio stations and music cd’s are so popular. Music soothes the soul. Even better when it’s music that lifts up the name of Jesus. When you lift up the name of Jesus you get lifted. It’s a simultaneous blessing aka…payoff!

You can’t praise God without feeling better.

Next time your in a funk, get out your worship tunes, get your praise on, and lift up the name of the Lord, thinking about all he’s done. As you do, you will feel your strength return because you will find your joy in the Lord. Cause it sure ain’t in your loss!

How to take action today:

  1. Think about what you have, not what you don’t.
  2. Focus on the good, not on the bad.
  3. Sing about God-things instead of dead things.

Find Joy = Find Strength!

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When I was overweight, I tried, tried, and tried to tackle the problem on my own – using my willpower. I’d succeed for a few days but then cave in again to eating what wasn’t in my best interests.
How’s that for putting it mildly?I believed that if I just had enough willpower I’d be able to get over the hump.
I’d look for new ways to increase my willpower. I’d zero in on my bad eating habits and try harder. But I’d fail.

You too? Ever wonder why you just can’t seem to kick that nasty habit that’s been tailing you for years? You think you’ve mustered up just enough willpower to do the trick, you dig in, give it all you’ve got – only to be defeated once again. But this time you give up. It seems of no use.Here’s why your willpower won’t work. And here’s how you can kick bad habits and addictions for good without willpower!Why doesn’t your willpower do the job?

Answer: To keep you from thinking it’s all you.

When you think you’re strong – you don’t need God. And that’s a dangerous place to live. Why? He can’t help you if you don’t need him. And obviously you do – because you keep failing on your own.

Fact: God loves to rush to your side giving you the strength you need to tackle your challenges.

When you say, “I’ve got this. I can do this. I have willpower,” you are setting yourself up for failure because you’re depending on your own strength.

Pride is at the Root of Willpower

You weren’t meant to have willpower. Will power is your own power that you slip into when you become prideful. That’s right, pride is at the root of willpower.

You think you’re big and bad enough to do anything you want to do. Guess what? You’re not. But I bet you’ve already figure that out, haven’t ya? So how about this…

Just Give Up – You Know you want to!

Why don’t you just give up and lean on God? You’ve been wanting to give up anyway, right?!

Does the Bible say, “Be strong in the power of your might?”

No, it says, “Be strong in the power of his might.”

So then, why do you keep thinking your willpower is going to get it done?

Hello?

Are you there?

Give up and let God Do It. 

Ephesians 6:10b NLT:

Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

You don’t need willpower. You need God’s power. Give up and let God strengthen you. Yep, that will do the trick!

Pray This:

God, I have some things in my life that I want to put an end to. Yep, it’s time to change some habits that are not in my best interest. I know you will give me the power to tackle these behaviors that have become so routine. Give me your power, the power that is at work within me. The power that comes through Christ. I’m grateful, thank you that you are going to help me tackle this and change. In Jesus Name.

I bet you just wish God would push the like button on your Facebook page! If so, how often would you be glued to your Facebook notifications checking countless times to see if God “liked” your activity?

Yes, you want to please God, but if you’re doing it to score brownie points – you won’t get any. Why? Because you don’t need any! He doesn’t give em. His son did enough for you.

Here’s Why you might have a hard time understanding why you get God’s grace when you don’t deserve it.

It’s because the world is primarily set up to give you things only when you deserve them.

  • You work = you get a paycheck
  • You work hard, harder than the rest = you get a promotion
  • Be good – Santa will be good to you, bring you what’s on your wish list
  • You behave well = you get brownie points with mom and dad
  • Your kids clean their rooms – you let them have a friend over.
  • Your toddler goes potty like a big kid – he gets a sticker.
  • You clean your house = nuff said!

We’re condition by rewards. It’s in our blood. It’s all we know. And that is why you need to trade your blood for Christ’s. He shed his blood so you no longer have to give yours. Trying to please God with your Blood sweet and tears? Drop that idea. It’s no longer needed.

How did we become conditioned by a rewards system? It’s because Bible starts out that way back in the Old Testament. If you lived by the law, you received God’s salvation and blessings…

If you gave a sacrifice = your sins were forgiven.

But all that changed when Jesus paid for our sins by becoming our sacrifice. Since then, our sacrifice in anyway, shape or form is unnecessary to access the grace of God. What does this grace buy you?

Forgiveness. Salvation. Blessings.

It’s hard for you to wrap your head around this, I know. It was hard for me too. Hard to believe that the things I do, don’t count toward my salvation, nor do they count toward my blessings. It’s all free. Free and clear. And that just doesn’t seem right. But it’s right in God’s economy.

It’s right when we accept what Christ did is far superior that what we could ever do on our own to access grace.

Romans 4:5-8 But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners. David also spoke of this when he described the happiness of those who are declared righteous without working for it: “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.”

God is not into paying you for what you deserve. Get that in your head…and you’ll have MORE than you deserve!

If you like this post, you’ll love this week’s podcast where I go even deeper with this! Join me in iTunes or click here for the episode: “Soul Fitness Made Easy”

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Making The Most of Every Moment

My best friend, Dr. Kathy Harkema, has said to me many times, “Let’s just live in the moment.” That’s tough for me! I’m the kind of gal who can get so busy planning the future moments that it snuffs the life out of this moment. You too?  Let me give you a reason to take her advice…

Linda & Kathy, Michigan 2010

Linda & Kathy, Michigan 2010

  • Do you know how many times I drove to work thinking about all the things I had to do at work instead of enjoying the ride to work?
  • Do you know how many times I’ve been with people on the phone rehearsing my next remark instead of concentrating on what they were saying?
  • Do you know how many times I sat through dinner with my family thinking about what I had to do after dinner instead of savoring dinner with them?
  • Do you know how many times I took a walk with my husband, my hand in his, yet my thoughts were on what we still had to tackle in our lives and ministry instead of enjoying that moment with him?
  • Do you know how many times I chose to respond to a text message that could have waited instead of being fully present and engaged with the person I was with face to face?
  • Do you know how many times I was with my friends thinking about what I was wearing instead of enjoying their conversation?

Do you know many times you have……instead of……? Yep, fill in your own blank!

Why Living in the Moment Is So Important

The moments I have with you, the moments I have with my kids, the moments I have with the people I’m ministering or coaching or consulting or the moments I have with whoever is in the room ARE more important than what comes NEXT.

So many times I’ve asked my friend, Kathy, “What was the best part of your day today?” And she always says, “Right now!” I love that response. It shows she’s totally with me.

Linda & Kathy

Linda & Kathy

My challenge and yours…my commitment and hopefully yours…let’s just live in the moment. Because when we look back, we won’t get back the moments we wasted thinking about what comes next. Let’s make the most of the moment we are in now.

Savor it.

Suck every bit of life out of every moment you have. Enjoy it fully. 

Yes, plan, but don’t think so much about what’s going to happen next. It’s going to happen anyway. If you obsess over it, you’re wasting energy that you can’t retrieve and you miss out on what is now. The most important moment is the moment you are in now.

Savor this piece of advice from the wisest man who ever lived, King Solomon:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 MSG

There’s a Right Time for Everything

There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:

A right time for birth and another for death,

A right time to plant and another to reap,

A right time to kill and another to heal,

A right time to destroy and another to construct,

A right time to cry and another to laugh,

A right time to lament and another to cheer,

A right time to make love and another to abstain,

A right time to embrace and another to part,

A right time to search and another to count your losses,

A right time to hold on and another to let go,

A right time to rip out and another to mend,

A right time to shut up and another to speak up,

A right time to love and another to hate,

A right time to wage war and another to make peace.

But in the end, does it really make a difference what anyone does? I’ve had a good look at what God has given us to do––busywork, mostly.

True, God made everything beautiful in itself and in its time––but he’s left us in the dark, so we can never know what God is up to, whether he’s coming or going.

I’ve decided that there’s nothing better to do than go ahead and have a good time and get the most we can out of life. That’s it––eat, drink, and make the most of your job. It’s God’s gift.

Did you catch that? Now – the present – is God’s gift. Let’s let go of our obsessions about what’s next so we can enjoy what’s now. You with me?

Podcast Soul Fitness Image3I’ve got something new for you! I created something to help you get your soul fit – the easy way! It’s a podcast that may just throw you off your holy rocker!

If Christianity sometimes seems hard and complex because of all things you’re expected to do….let’s cut you some slack.

  • If you feel like God isn’t on your side because you’ve made too many mistakes…you’ll feel his favor again.
  • If you’ve grown up feeling like you have to perform for God in order to get God to like you, love you, or listen to you…you’ll learn how to beak free.
  • If you’re confused about what God wants to give you as a believer…you’ll discover what’s rightfully yours.
  • If you want to grow in the Lord but it just seems too hard…you’ll discover an easier God-approved way!
  • If you’re worn out from going to church and serving and it’s just not fun anymore…you’ll get that fire back.
  • If you’re thinking God’s not interested in making your dreams come true or bringing you that miracle you’ve been waiting for…you’ll realize your breakthrough is closer than you think.
  • If you’re tired of feeling condemned…there’s a breath of fresh grace waiting for you.

You need this!

But I want to warn you: This is NOT your Mama’s religion! No rules. Just righteousness. How you say? It’s powered by grace. Grace TRAINS us to live right.

If you’re tired of Christianity’s so-called rules and regulations, if religion makes you want to gag, tune in to the “Soul Fitness – Made Easy” Podcast. It’s available in iTunes or you can listen now by clicking here.

Each week I’ll offer you little nuggets, I call em Podbites. They’re a little something to savor as you go about your day. They will fuel you, encourage you, and help you pick up the curve balls that life has thrown at you.

Listen to them as you’re getting ready in the morning, listen in the car, or as you’re buzzing around the house in your sweats and slippers. They’re short, they’re fun, and they’re geared to inspire you and give you hope.

Here are some of the podcast episodes I’ve created that you can listen to right now:

  • Why We Need More Hypocrites in The Church (It’s not what you think!)
  • If You’re Feeling Far Away From God, Here’s How to Get Back
  • Don’t Be Fooled By Your Scars – Here’s What They Reveal About You
  • Does God Think You’re Good Enough to Get Into Heaven & Receive His Blessings

And here are some upcoming podcasts you can look forward to:

  • The Sweetest 5 minute Daily Bible Reading Plan You’ll Ever Use
  • How to Keep Fighting When You’re a Bloody Mess
  • 7 Steps to Dealing With the Jerks in Your Life & How to Get Revenge Too
  • Surprising Fact: Christians Don’t Need to Confess – What They Ought to Do Instead
  • The Key to Knowing if It’s God’s Will to Heal
  • The No Fail Guide to Making Your Dreams Come True

Join me! Tune into the Soul Fitness Made Easy Podcast. Munch on them, and share. You’ll be pushing toward a faith that’s freeing beyond belief!

Click here to listen in iTunes. Or click here to listen right now: Soul Fitness Made Easy. And if you’re over there in iTunes land, please leave a review, it would be mighty helpful to me…I want to know what you think.

Talk to you inside!

That devil…he's always trying to get one over on you, isn't he? Want to know the one instance where he has to pay you back? And not only pay you back, but pay you back in a BIG way?!

I was supposed to be flying out to Pennsylvania this week. This is the second week of September and on my calendar I have the dates of Sept. 12-15 blocked off to speak at a woman's conference. I was speaking Thurs, Fri, Sat, then at a church Sunday morning.

But guess what? It's not happening! And yes…I'm ticked!

It breaks my heart knowing that this church split. Yep, it fell apart. Some people went this way, some that way. The pastor is in a whirlwind and doesn't know what to do. My heart is breaking for those people. The devil is messing with them. And it saddens and maddens me.

Lives Were Going to Change

I know that God was going to do something amazing in the lives of the women who were going to attend that conference. Those who are sick and tired of life, as they know it, were going to experience a heap of hope.

They were going to receive a freshening of God's Spirit to conquer the challenges in their lives. They were going to discover how to get out of their ruts.

My team and I planned it over a year ago. Stage props were constructed, decorations were purchased, power points were created, powerful messages prepped…all for nothing.

Are you feeling my pain?

I'm sure you are. I bet you've experienced changes in your calendar, or plans that have dropped. You too have experienced something stolen, something taken, and something eaten right out of your hand. You too, have seen things that made your heart ache when the devil messed with your stuff.

But I want to show you that it ain't over!

First, you have to know, this is so fun for the devil – trying to wreck havoc in your life:

John 10:10 NIV:The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

The Bible tells us that it's the enemy's intention to steal from us. But, if you know what you’re entitled to, you can make him pay you back. And here is where it gets fun for us…because when a thief steals…

Proverbs 6:31 NLTBut if he is caught, he must pay back seven times what he stole…

Catch Him

Did you catch that? You have to catch him. He only pays you back if you catch him. So, wake up…it's not that you've been diagnosed with cancer like millions of others…it didn't just happen. The enemy is trying to steal your life. It's not that you and your spouse just got a divorce; the enemy stole your marriage from you. Are you tracking me?

Make Him Pay You Back

Know what I've been doing for the past week? Telling the devil what he's got to do for me. I've been reminding him of this scripture. I've been quoting it so he knows I know what I'm entitled to.

I'm entitled to have Satan replace that one speaking engagement that he stole with seven more! It's mine. The Bible says so. And guess what? Satan is at work right now creating opportunities for me to speak and change lives. How cool is that?!

Let the Enemy Know – That You Know

If you've had something stolen from you, let him know, you know, it ain't over! You're entitled to get paid back. Not just once either. Seven times. That's right – you take what you lost – and you multiply it by SEVEN. Hear me? Go for it!

What You Lost X's 7

Here's what I'd like for you to do. Email me and let me know what the devil is going to pay back in your life x's 7!!! Here's my personal email address: @Drlinda@lindatravelute.com. I can't wait to hear about what he's got to do for you! And I'm going to pray along with you that he restores everything he's taken from you…and more!

And, if you'd like to help me get one up on the devil and give him a one-two punch he wasn't expecting…help me fill my calendar with more speaking dates. I've got a message that will help people kick their faith into high gear and give them hope for their mess.

Help me not only recover that one speaking engagement but gain seven more! We can be in this together.

Here's how you can help:
1. Post this video (LINK) on your facebook, twitter, and other social media outlets: http://youtu.be/o1cnnVoHObA

2. Email this video to your pastor or event planner. You could simply cut and paste this: I know this amazing speaker who has a knack for helping people get their soul's fit. She has a message of hope – helping people survive, revive, & thrive! She's Dr. Linda Travelute, she's an author and she's available to speak at church services, conferences, and retreats. Check out her short video and info on her website: http://lindatravelute.com/speaking/

Let's make him pay! Hope to see you soon!

 

Many years ago a man conned his way into an orchestra although he could not play a note.  He would hold his flute against his lips, pretend to play but not make a sound. Then one day the leader requested a solo from each musician.

The man was panic-stricken.

On the day of his solo performance, he took poison and killed himself.

The explanation of his suicide led to a phrase that found its way into the English language:  “He refused to face the music.”

My question for you is simply this: 

Are you afraid to face the music?

Or, maybe I could ask… Are you panic-stricken?

Believers are killing themselves, in every area of their lives, simply because they refuse to face the music.

Don’t be one of them.

See, there are Christian believers dying of cancer. They are loosing their homes. They are busting up their marriages. Simply because they won’t stand and take their God given authority and face the music. They’d rather roll over and die. They are poisoning themselves with the lies of the enemy.

If this is you…if the devil is eating your lunch or hey, maybe he’s eating you…

Face the music.

How?

Grab your Bible, get reading, and start saying the things you read.

Yes, it’s simple. Say what you read. Just like when you were in school. Pretend if it helps, that you are in your little oral reading group. Read. Out loud. Listen to what you are reading.

Read your Bible till it gets down into your spirit and you start believing it. Read your Bible so the devil knows your getting a dose of truth to tackle his lies.

Get Your Facts Straight:

You do not have to die of cancer. You do not need to lose your home. Your marriage doesn’t have to bust up. You’re going to get this figured out. God’s going to help you. You’re a conqueror. Start acting like one.

Conquerors face the music.

Romans 8:37 AMP

Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.

As you read God’s promises out loud, it will put confidence in your spirit, fear in the enemy, and you will see things change. 

For example, take the scripture above. Read it out loud. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

…Did you read it? Good. Now, make that scripture personal. Like this: “Yet amid all these things, I am more than a conqueror and I am gaining a surpassing victory through Him Who loves me.” Nice, huh?

Read it again. No joke. Read it out loud. Again. And again. Read it until you memorize it. Repeat it. Think it. Repeat it again.

Get a little crazy and write it on a post-it note or index card and tape it to your mirror. Say it every time you go to the bathroom. Out loud. Every-time. Why?

Because sooner or later you’re going to begin to believe it. And when you do, you’ll see things change.

Ready?

I know you are. Get out there and face the music.
I’m rooting for ya!

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