One Thing You Need to Stay Thankful ALL the Time
Even though there are so many blessings around me that I can’t count them all, my eyes are sometimes blinded to them because I choose to focus on my difficulties. So if you’re in any way like me and you sometimes find it challenging to STAY thankful  ALL the time, let me share one thing that you need. It helps me stay grateful and I know It will help you too.

I had an ear-accident a couple of months ago that has left me with nerve damage and a constant static sound in my right ear. I have my own little white noise maker that never shuts off. It’s like 24/7 radio static. It has made it more difficult to have conversations with my husband and kids. It’s made it a bit tougher to talk with others in a group. Sadly, background noise kills any desire I have to tune into a particular person when they are speaking.

I was hoping and trusting that this would be temporary. I saw a specialist and I underwent steroid treatments to restore the damage. No improvement as of yet. Do I still hope? Yes. Do I still have to deal with diminished hearing and constant buzzing in my ear? Yes. And I will be flat out honest with you, it is sometimes a challenge to see the other blessings that I enjoy in sight of a constant and ever present hearing challenge. So what am I doing to remain thankful? What are you doing to remain thankful even though you too, are enduring challenges that haven’t let up?

Get Out Your Thanksgiving-Detector

One thing you and I must do: Be intentional about finding something worthy of our thanks. I call this

“intentional searching”. You and I need to get our thanksgiving-detectors out and start searching. Just like those folks searching for treasure on a beach with a metal detector, we must be constantly searching for reasons to be thankful. And I probably don’t need to tell you, it may take awhile. Pushing through the sand and looking inspect-fully over your terrain takes determination. It takes intentionally reminding yourself of what you have in light of what you don’t.

Regardless of what you have lost or what you don’t yet have, if you are a believer in Christ, that’s enough to be thankful. It amazes me that I sometimes have to remind myself how good I have it with Christ in my life. What’s more amazing and sometimes shameful, is that I have to remind myself that Christ saved me. Christ and the gift of salvation, is MORE THAN ENOUGH to make us thankful. Sadly, that is what we forget most often.


Blinded by Difficult Stuff

It’s a chronic condition. Blinded by what we have or blinded by what we don’t have can become our focus. So, take this challenge with me this Thanksgiving season and let it become the way you do life even after the holidays. Let’s (that’s you and I), be intentional about searching for our thanks.
If we don’t search for our thanks we will get swallowed up in ungratefulness.  It’s so easy to do. Remove the blinders. Be intentional. Search for your thanks.  The Psalmist was onto something when he sang to God, “I enter your courts with thanksgiving.” This means that he choose to be thankful even before he got into God’s presence. Before he was face to face with God, and before he said anything, he already had things on his mind that made him thankful.


Before you go to church this week
… before you even arrive and step foot in the door, put things in your mind that bring a sense of thankfulness into your being.

Or how about this, before you enter God’s presence in your quiet place, or before you utter one word to Him as you rise, picture items, relationships, circumstances, events, etc. that you are grateful for. When you do, your thanksgiving-detector will make a crazy sound that reaches the heavens as you reach
for your thanks!

If you need a little help, I found a nifty website that talks about all kinds of awesome stuff to be thankful for, check it out: 1000 Awesome Things.
And here’s a blog article from my archives that may help you find your thanks: It will rip you out of a bad mood!
You can also whisper this prayer that will get you going on your thanksgiving search:
“God, I know you have done so much for me that I can’t even list it all. When I am tempted to focus on my difficulties and challenges, turn my thoughts around. Help me to search for and draw thanksgiving out of my present condition and circumstances. Help me to reach down into the secret places of my heart so I can offer genuine thanksgiving to you. I live to give you praise. Everyday, I will find something to be thankful for.”
How do you find your thanks? Share it with us by clicking on the comment section. THANKS! 🙂


13 Guaranteed Ways to Make Yourself Sad

  1. Think about what you don’t have.
  2. Focus on what someone didn’t do for you.
  3. Think about what other’s have that you don’t.
  4. Compare yourself to others.
  5. Replay stupid things you’ve done over and over again in your mind.
  6. Stay angry.
  7. Sulk about how unfair life is.
  8. Refuse to forgive.
  9. Complain.
  10. Complain some more.
  11. Continue to review your hurts over and over again.
  12. Beat yourself up.
  13. Think about how miserable you are.

Proverbs 13:12 says,

Hope deferred makes the heart sick.

If you’re deferring hope (which is exactly what you’re doing when you engage in any of the above activities), you’re doing exactly what the Bible tells you to do to be sad. Congrats!

You CAN think yourself sad. Go for it. It will work for you.

Then when you’re sick of being sad…click on this link to read a great post:  4 Bad Mood Busters 

Or watch this video if you really want to know how to be happy. Click here:  How to be Happy When Life Bites!!

Got any other ways you use to become sad? Leave us your list by clicking “comments” at the top. Thanks for your input!


How to Handle It When God Doesn’t Answer You
Come on, where is God when you need to know the skinny on the situation?!

Can it get any worse? You ask and ask. No reply.

Is baffled a good way to describe how you’re feeling? How about abandoned? Feeling forgotten? Do you have more questions than answers?

Maybe you’ve been thrown a curve ball, and it seems like God hasn’t even noticed. Let me help you figure out how to handle it. There is a way to press on even when God doesn’t seem to be on the scene with you. And He’s certainly not doing any talking! Read on.

1. Know there is an answer – even if you can’t figure it out.

I heard a story about a guy who was condemned to solitary confinement in a pitch-black cell. The only thing he had to occupy his mind was a marble.

This marble became his prized possession. He would throw it repeatedly against the walls. He spent hours listening to the marble as it bounced and rolled around the room. Then he would fumble around in the darkness until he found his precious toy.

One day, the prisoner threw his marble upward. But it didn’t come down. Only silence echoed through the darkness. He was deeply disturbed by the “evaporation” of the marble. And what was worse, he couldn’t explain its disappearance.

It just didn’t make sense. He could not figure it out. Finally, he went berserk, pulled out all of his hair, and died! He couldn’t handle the fact that there was no answer. No answer as to why the most precious thing in his life had been ripped away from him.

When the prison officials came to remove his body, a guard noticed something caught in a huge spider’s web in the upper corner of the room. “That’s strange, he thought, I wonder how a marble got up there?”

I’m sure you sometimes ask questions that the mind isn’t capable of answering. But valid answers always exist. You just aren’t always privy to the answer.

What can you do?

Accept that there is an answer, even if you don’t get the answer.

Here’s another thing you need to know when God doesn’t make sense:

2. Sometimes God doesn’t answer you, because even if He did, you may not understand.

My kids used to have this tiny little turtle named “Speedy.”  We’d set Speedy’s bowl down on the back porch near the pool. No lie, that silly little turtle would crawl out of his bowl and plunge into our swimming pool!

Speedy saw this big blue ocean in front of him, and he must have thought, sweet! But the little thing didn’t realize that the chlorine could damage his shell and that he would eventually become filter bait. We’d put him back in his bowl only to find him again swimming in this huge pool.

My daughter Tiffany was just a tiny 3-year old girl at the time. Tiny as she was, she thought she was going to teach him a big lesson. Tiff picked him up, looked him in the eyes, and said, “Speedy, you can’t do that. You can’t jump into the pool!”

Tyler, my son, who was 3 years older was observing all of this and he said, “Tiffany, what are you doing? Don’t you realize that turtle doesn’t get it?!”

Admit it, you don’t get what God’s saying all of the time either. In comparison to God, your kinda just like a little turtle!

Understand that you may not always understand.

I can kind of relate. As a mom, I don’t always give my kids explanations for my decisions. I don’t have to. I’m MOM! The reason I sometimes refuse to explain myself to them is because they just wouldn’t get it even if I told them. In some cases they are just too immature to understand. So I’m not going to waste my breath. Wonder if God feels the same way about us sometimes? Probably!

Isaiah 55:8 says:

My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.

So there’s a third thing you can do when you don’t get answers:

3. Trust him anyway.

Have you ever seen a baby giraffe born? Probably not. Here’s how it goes down:

The mother giraffe gives birth to its young standing up, and the distance from the birth canal to the ground is about ten feet. Think of this – ten feet is approximately the height for dunking a basketball.

So the calf falls out of its mother ten feet above ground, and lands on its back. It lies there for a few moments. Then it scrambles to get its legs underneath it.

As the mother lowers her head to see the baby, she moves until she is towering directly above the calf. About a minute later comes the shocking surprise.

The mother giraffe swings her long leg out and boots her baby through the air! The calf sprawls head over heals across the ground, usually puzzled and protesting!

You might be wondering, “What’s that all about? Why would she do that to her child?”

She wants him to get up.

And if he doesn’t get up, she’s going to do it again.

Sure enough the process is repeated again and again. As the baby grows tired of trying, the mother will again kick him right off his feet.

But then the calf stands. Wobbly, but it finally stands on its little legs.

Surprisingly the mother again boots the baby into the air. Again he is flung across the ground. Wow! Wouldn’t you be astonished by a mother’s brutal treatment of her newborn calf?

She does that though so it remembers how it got back up. That’s why she knocks it down again. As the giraffe matures he learns to trust his mother’s blows…for they have strengthened him.

When God doesn’t give us answers, we need to trust him anyway. When He allows us to get knocked down, remember, He has the best in mind for us. It may seem like He’s letting life kick you around. But trust Him.

I guess the conclusion you have to come to is that God doesn’t have to give you answers…

IF you trust him!

Isaiah 40:31 (NLT) says:

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

What do you do when God doesn’t give you answers: Trust Him anyway.

How do you handle it when God doesn’t answer you? Give us your advice in the comment section.

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How heavy is the load you’re carrying? Let me show you how to give God your heavy load and grab a lighter one instead.
When I was VERY pregnant, I’m talking hugely pregnant, going to the grocery store was a burden!
Pushing a cartload of groceries was hard work considering I was also carrying an extra 50lbs of fluids and baby.There was this one day in my ninth month of pregnancy that I will remember forever. I was bringing the groceries in from the car to the house. Knowing this was going to be a huge task, I popped the trunk and started plotting my strategy.
I was grabbing all of the heavy bags first so that I could come back and get the lighter bags.
Huffing and puffing, I made my way to the door with the two heaviest bags. Then out of the corner of my eye I saw my husband come around and I thought, “Cool, he’s going to help me!”Here’s my knight and shining armor to the rescue! Not so fast. What he did ticked me off! He went for all the light grocery bags like the napkins, paper towels, and toilet paper. What a stinker!

As you can imagine I am burning with anger and raging hormones. But what he did next surprised me. When he met me halfway, he said, “Stop, you take these lighter bags and let me take the heavy ones you have.” At that moment I felt so much love in my heart for that man! We exchanged loads and I was immediately relieved.

You have a knight in shining armor at your disposal too. One who’s ready to take your heavy load and give you a lighter one.

Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30 (NCV)

Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Accept my teachings and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your lives. The burden that I ask you to accept is easy; the load I give you to carry is light.

Jesus is more than willing to lighten your load but there’s a catch. Here’s what you need to do in order for this to happen:

You have to meet up with him in order to make the exchange. 

If you don’t connect with him he can’t take the heavy stuff off your hands. Then guess what?  You will be stuck carrying ALL the bags. No connection, no exchange. It’s that simple. You can’t exchange something with someone unless you make contact with them.

I know it’s difficult to put on the breaks and stop when you are going a hundred miles an hour. You’re carrying a lot of weight and have been for a while. And when you have been going at it non-stop for an extended period of time, it’s so stinking hard to wind down. Even when you do try to take a break your adrenaline is still racing. You may be sitting down physically, but you’re still running mentally!

So, how do you go about shifting into lower gear? If you are ready to hit your own little personal pause button so you and Jesus can make the exchange, this is how it works:

1. Get quiet. 

Get away from all the noise, people, and projects. Just pause. This is the only way you will quiet your soul enough to hear what God says. Let him speak to your inner man (or woman). As you do, He will refresh you. He will whisper things to you that you ache to hear. You can’t hear a whisper in a noisy room, can you? Get quiet so you can hear what He has to say.

And what will this sound like? Encouraging words, strength for the journey, and enlightenment. Without this personal pause-time, life will be unfocused and scattered. Settle down until your soul settles.

2. Wait until He refreshes you. 

I know it’s tough waiting for something. But don’t be in such a hurry to rush off. Hang around in God’s presence as long as you can. God has life giving stuff He wants to pour into you. Talk about an energy drink, this even tops coffee!

Remember what He said in the verse above, “accept my teachings and learn from me.” This is where He helps you evaluate everything you have been doing. He will press meaning into your performance. And when needed, He’ll show you a better way of going about your business that will ease the load. That’s refreshing! And know, He will NEVER leave you to figure out your problems on your own. (For more on that, read this post: Ever Feel Like God Has Left the Building? Why You Are Never Alone. )

Ready for the chaos and the world to stop around you? Me too! Relief is on the way. But don’t forget, we have to make contact with God in order to exchange our heavy load for His lighter one!


What Happens If You Get Out of Your Saltshaker
When I was a kid my grandmother had a collection of salt and pepper shakers. I’m talking 100’s of salt and pepper shakers! She had all kinds of funky designs. It cracked me up, because I knew she would never be able to use all of that salt and pepper in her lifetime. She died, and now years later, her salt and pepper collection still sits in the cabinet with salt in it.

Do you think that salt does any good sitting inside those cute little saltshakers? NOPE! Cause no one tastes the salt. No one even sees the salt. It’s useless, because it never comes out of the shakers.

There’s a Bible verse where Jesus describes believers as salt. He says in Matthew 5:13, “You are the salt of the earth.” So if you’re a believer, that’s YOU.

You might be wondering why God said you are salt. It’s because salt adds flavor and salt is also a preservative. So when Jesus calls you salt, he’s saying that you are the flavor to the world around you, and you are the preservative that keeps things going.

BUT you can’t do that if you don’t get out of your saltshaker!

You might be like one of my grandmother’s saltshakers. Got a whole lot of salt inside of you but all people see is your shaker! Your shaker is on display but no one gets to tastes your salt, because you’re NOT shaking it out!

You want to make a difference in the world? Then, shake it out baby!

Oh, let me guess. You don’t think you can make a difference. I hear ya. But know what?

Even just a little bit of salt goes a long way.

You don’t need a whole tablespoon of salt for your plate of food do you? Goodness, NO! You don’t even need a teaspoon! All you need are a few sprinkles of salt to make a difference in your food. Just a tiny little shake changes the flavor.

And you…you don’t have to be this or that. You don’t have to be known or important. Big credentials, mucho influence, & lots experience are totally unnecessary.

You and the little bit you have to offer can make a big difference! A little salt goes a long, long way!

One of the biggest mistakes we can make is believing that we have nothing to shake out. That we’re not rich enough, smart enough, skilled enough, or spiritual enough. Hey, YOU’RE ENOUGH!

So don’t think that your tiny contribution to those around you doesn’t matter. Cause your SALT and even just a LITTLE BIT changes the flavor of everything around you.

When I was 17 I worked at a pizza joint. And the people I worked with cussed, drank, did drugs, had bad attitudes, and came into work late with hangovers.

When I first started working there, Guess what? They didn’t like me! Why? Because I was a different flavor. One girl asked me why I was so different. She wanted to know why I didn’t cuss and why I was so nice and respectful to everyone.

At this point, I had never said anything about Christ. But that didn’t mean I hadn’t gotten out of my saltshaker. She was tasting the flavor! And she wanted to know what it was!

Know what? After a while my coworkers decided they wanted to be flavor changers too. Some of them today, are in full time ministry. Salt changes things.

You are going to be placed in all kinds of environments that need God’s flavor.
• Work
• Home
• PTA Meetings
• Classes
• Community events
• Sports teams
• Stores
• And hey…even at red-lights ☺

You alone can change the atmosphere in a room.
You alone can make a difference at your workplace.
You alone can change the flavor in your home.

You can be the flavor changer. Now get out of your saltshaker and do your stuff!

Tell us some ways you have gotten out of your saltshaker. Comment below!


Why Saying “Stop Worrying!” Doesn’t Work & What To Do Instead
STOP WORRYING! 

Ever heard that phrase?

I’d like to smack each person who lets that sneak out of their mouth! Though they mean well, you cannot psych yourself out of worry. But let me tell you how you CAN wipe worry away. This technique really works!

I talked to a lady recently who was worried that she would never find “Mr. Right”. She convinced herself there were no more good men out there. And she thought if she did find one, he wouldn’t be interested in her. Way to sabotage yourself lady!

It took me a while, but I eventually convinced her that she needed to shift her focus from worrying toward something else. Know what? It worked. She hasn’t found “Mr. Right”, but she has stopped worrying. And she is no longer miserable. Mission accomplished!

Here’s what worrying did to that lady and what it does to YOU:

So with a list like that, why would anyone choose to worry? It’s because they don’t know what else to do. You can’t just stop worrying.  That is only the first step to wiping worry away. Most people stop there and that’s why they can’t stop worrying.

The second step is this: You have to replace worry with something else.

With what you say? Other thoughts. Here are some ideas:

  • Think about an activity that you really enjoy.
  • Distract yourself with a task.
  • Remind yourself “this” is temporary.
  • Think about God’s promises.
  • Say encouraging things to yourself like, “I am going to make it.”  “I will be ok in the end.”
  • Go over hope-filled scriptures in your head (“I can do all things through Christ because He strengthens me.” Phil 4:13)
  • Talk to someone else about their problems so your can get your mind off yours!
  • Sing a happy song.
  • Better yet, sing a Praise song!
  • Remember God’s peace is available, take it!

The best thought replacer of them all is to think about God. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”

You might be thinking, “Isn’t replacing my thoughts just a way of denying what is going on?” No, God is not asking us to live in a state of denial. He is asking us to live in a state of acceptance. Accepting his peace displaces your worry.

So stop your worrying by replacing the worry with other thoughts. And the more God-thoughts, the better! If you can do this, you really will STOP WORRYING!

What do you think? If this info has helped you, let us know. Share your experiences with worry. Leave your comments below!


Ever Feel Like God Has Left the Building? Why You Are Never Alone.
Ever feel like God has left the building? 

Elvis may have, but God, NO! If you need a little help believing he is ALWAYS there for you, let me tell you – you will never go where God is not!

I just got back from vacationing in Daytona Beach where I played a mean game of laser tag with my two teenagers and my husband. What a blast! If you’ve never played, it goes like this… you get suited up with a vest that has 4 targets on the front and four on the back. Yes, you become the target! You also get a gun strapped to your side that yelps out a series of beeps or blasts letting you know when you have been hit or better yet, if you have succeeded in taking someone down. Your playing field is a dark room with a maze of barriers and walls to hide behind when someone tries to shoot you.

Every Man for Himself

The bullets fly through the air like red laser beams. When you’re hit, your gun shuts down for 10 seconds. Cruel, eh? It’s every man for himself as you try to hit as many people as you can. You have 9 minutes to see how many points you can rack up. The pressure is on!

So as we are playing, this 13-year-old kid comes up beside me and says, “Hey, want to join my team?” I was like, “Well, I was doing just fine on my own, but I’ll humor you!” He said, “Cool, come over here and hide behind this wall with me.” Then he introduces me to two teenage girls and says, “Ok, we’re all on the same team. DON’T hit each other! I got your back, you get mine. We good?” We all nodded our heads. “Ok, let’s go!” So here I am, letting this 13-year-old give me marching orders. But the cool thing is this – he was also trying to protect me. (Like I needed it! Ha!)

My son comes rushing at me and flings a truckload of laser bullets my way. This other kid jumps in front of me like a ninja, and takes a bullet for me! “Wow dude, thanks!” Then my husband comes around the corner and says, “Hey, you down?” I said, “Nope, got my own little bodyguard here!” The kid looks at me and says, “Is that your husband?” I said, “Yep.”  He shouted, “So, I took a bullet for you and your married?!” I’m like, “Yes! You didn’t say I couldn’t be married and be on your team!” Too Cute!

He would not leave me alone! I really wanted to lose the kid, because in laser tag it’s every man for himself so you can rack up the most points. Being that I was on a team with 3 other people meant there were 3 less people I could shoot for points. But this kid was not leaving my side!

He was like a little Jesus. He would NOT leave me alone! That joker was glued to me. Yep, this 43 year old woman. Why? I don’t know! It’s not like I needed his help. Or maybe I did and didn’t know it! Another similarity between Christ and us. Sometimes we think we can do better going it alone. He wants to be there for us.

Either way, if you have Christ, it’s NEVER every man for himself. Just won’t happen. Never, never, ever will He leave you. That’s good to know.

When God says, in Hebrews 13:5,  “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” a “double negative” is used to convey thesense of “never” possible in the Greek language. The Greek words mean, “never never” or “never ever.” And this double negative appears twice in this one statement from the Lord. It is used for both “never” and “nor.” In other words, God is saying, “I will never never leave you and I will never never forsake you!”

The Amplified Bible brings out the strength of what God really meant: I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] —Hebrews 13:5, AMP

You cannot evaluate God’s presence in your life based on your circumstances. Never means never…He will never, never, never leave you alone.

You may be moved, removed, reassigned, enlisted, but you will never go where God is not.

Enjoy the presence of your bodyguard today, cause He’s not going anywhere without you!

Do you have a comment or a story of how God has always been at your side? Share it here in the comment section.

 

No doubt you have heard Murphy’s Law so often over the years that you believe it’s true. It goes like this:

“Nothing is as easy as it looks; everything takes longer than you expect; and if anything can go wrong, it will – at the worst possible moment.”

Now, go about your day savoring that line. Chew it up, swallow it, and know what? It will be true for you.

Thanks Murphy! Thanks for filling our heads with lies that become truth. Yes, lies, lies, lies that turn true! How does this happen? The Bible gives us a clue. It says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.” What this means is whatever you are thinking about becomes true for you. So now you’re stuck, right? But only because Murphy’s Law is stuck in your head. There is a way out my friend. Let me show you how to reverse Murphy’s Law in your life.

The Week from Hell

Last week was one that could have been construed as one of Murphy’s masterpieces! I knew it was going to be a brutal workweek. Lots of extra work events on my calendar equals less time for coping with stress. I was already preparing mentally for the strain of events on my family and on me personally. But then the unexpected started piling up.

My husband’s cousin died. That was tough. We made plans to travel and spend the day with family for the funeral. We also had family fly in and stay with us. Great to see them, but because of my work schedule, I had very little time to visit with them and play hostess. (It was looking like Murphy was starting to mess with me.)

Then the dishwasher decided to catch on fire. Yep, burned two holes in the door. That was exciting! So my husband, bless his sweet heart, RIGHT at dinnertime, attempts to replace the dishwasher with a new one. Which means he’s got two dishwashers pulled out into the middle of the kitchen.

Picture this: hoses, parts, tools, and water scattered all over the floor. I’m trying to quickly make dinner around this mess for my kids, a friend my daughter brought home, and out-of-town relatives. Not to mention, this was all happening one hour before I was scheduled to speak at a youth event for 500 high-energy teenagers. Try keeping your head in the game with all that going on!

So that was Monday. I could have convinced myself Murphy was working overtime, especially when Tuesday brought its own surprise.

I jumped in the car to take my teenage kids shopping and our car started jerking like it was having convulsions. I drove it home on a wing and a prayer and got a mechanic to make a house call. I had to cancel appointments and meetings I had scheduled the next day because I had no wheels, putting me further behind in my workweek.

Mechanic comes, tinkers around, and can’t figure it out. Comes back on day two, tinkers around, and can’t figure it out. I’m wondering how many more appointments am I going to have to reschedule this week? Do you see where this could go? In my head it could go south pretty fast. It almost did – until I reversed Murphy’s Law.

How You Can Reverse Murphy’s Law:

1. Tell your brain what to think. 

Yes, you can do that! What you think about is under your control IF you decide to control it. Your choice. Take it. Decide Murphy is not out to get you. He’s dead anyway, what power has he over you? None. Decide you are not going to experience events that will take you down. To throw your thoughts in reverse: back up and look at your string of events differently.

2. Ask for Divine assistance. 

Never done this before? That’s ok. Start now. Ask God to help you out of your tough spots. He is more than willing to show you He cares. And He is more than ready to show you His stuff! He can turn your circumstances around in an instant. I know. He’s done it for me. He’s got a great track record. That’s how I know I can trust what the Bible says, “What the enemy intended for evil, God meant for good.” Murphy’s got nothing on you, or me, because God can take anything and turn it around.

Too often we believe Murphy’s Law as truth instead of believing God’s law as truth. What does Murphy know? He obviously didn’t know the scripture; “All things are possible for those who believe.” So with just that verse in mind, if you tell your mind to think you are going to escape your string of circumstances, you will. It just depends on whom you’re going to believe. God, or Murphy? You choose. Then notify your brain!

So, how do you reverse Murphy’s Law? …STOP believing Murphy’s Law!

Let’s put Murphy’s Law in Reverse: “Everything is possible if you believe; things can happen in an instant; and if something can go right, have faith that it will – at the best possible moment!”

Tell yourself to chew on that the next time life throws you a curve ball and you will reverse Murphy’s Law in your life. Murphy can’t touch you…unless you let him!

Has this worked for you? Talk to us. Leave your comments below. Thanks!

4 Bad Mood Busters

 

4 Bad Mood Busters

You’re in a bad mood? So what’s bugging you? Someone tick you off? Got a bill you can’t pay? Or did you just wake up that way today? It happens. Life sometimes stinks. If you’re looking for a lift, let me show you how to rise above a bad mood when it’s gripping you.

1. Focus on the Sweet Stuff

Yes, I said sweet, not sour. Oh, I know right now all you can taste is the sour and it’s really hard to get that taste out of your mouth. But let’s gargle a little and rinse it out. When you’ve got bad breath, you’re willing to let take a big slurp of mouthwash, right? In this case, you sip on some sweet thoughts and let it swish around in your mind and mouth.

Can’t find any mind-mouth wash? Let me get your started.

Mind-Mouth wash:

  • Who are 3 people who love you? List them.
  • What are 3 of your best accomplishments? Make note. Your building up speed here!
  • What are 3 things that you are looking forward to in the next few days? Mention them one by one. That was fun, right?

Now, if you can make a choice to think about the sweet things you just thought of instead of the sour stuff you were thinking about before – your mood will begin to change. I guarantee it.

Do you feel it? It’s happening already isn’t it? Is there a little smile beginning to form deep down on the inside if you? Oh, it’s coming. Wait for it. It will eventually make its way to your face. Let’s see what else you can do to bust that bad mood…

2. Find Your Thanks In Advance

Admit it, even smelly manure can be a good thing. It makes rockin fertilizer! Fertilize your mood as you look for the benefit behind the smelly stuff of life. This way, manure causes growth! Yeah baby!!!

What smells in your life right now? Here’s how to churn it into fertilizer:

You may not have the money today to pay your mortgage or rent, but you can be thankful that you have food in the fridge. What? There’s not much in there? I hear ya. You may not have the fridge stocked with food that floats your boat. Prime rib would really rock right now, huh? BUT, what IS in that fridge that you can be thankful for? A few eggs? Ok, thank God for those eggs. Leftovers from the night before? Ok, be thankful that meal stretched and you’re still feasting on it!

David talking to God in Psalm 16:2 says, “…All the good things I have are from you.” You get the point, no matter what is left in your fridge of life, thank God for what IS there. And if your fridge is empty, be thankful that you have a fridge and it’s ready to be filled up.

What are 3 things can you be thankful for today? Make a list.

I was driving down the road one day, and God asked me, “Are you going to wait till I give you everything you want before you praise me with everything you’ve got?” OUCH! I was withholding my thanks till I got what I wanted. Not good!

King David had it rough, but the guy praised God in advance. Psalm 13 starts out like this, “O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever?…” but then he wakes up and smells the coffee. That chapter ends saying, “But, I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because he has been so good to me.” Now wait up! See, right there, David hadn’t been rescued yet. But David, the FUTURE king, had so much faith in the FUTURE; he speaks of it in PAST tense! Like he’s already got it! Whoa Nelly! Let’s get singing about our future! Find your thanks in advance.

3. Sing Your Thanks

When I’m in a sour mood, I find I have unknowingly shut off the “happy” music. Forgetting to hit play on my CD player grants me a sinking experience. Where to? Deeper into depths of despair. What you listen to creates an atmosphere inside you. So put some positive music in your ears because the song in your heart can bust up your bad mood. Especially if its a song speaking about the wonders and the good stuff of God. And bonus, it will eventually come out of your mouth and bust up other people’s bad moods.

I have two key people in my life who are constantly humming or singing. My best friend and my assistant do this without noticing it. I love being around the both of them. There they are just going about their business, humming in the background. And when they do, a smile goes off inside of me. My hums are off key, so when I hear theirs, it’s a welcomed treat! It lifts my spirit and brightens up my inside. Shhh, they had no idea! So sing, hum, put some tune to your thanks, it will sweeten the spot you’re in.

Here’s a great link to some incredible music that will bust up that bad mood. City of Life Worship on iTunes. Download it here:    http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/city-of-life-worship/id380856332

4. Talk Your Thanks

Finding it hard to convince yourself you have it good? Some say make a mental list. I say, speak out your list. If no one’s around, talk about your thanks to yourself. Say, I am glad I have…I am thankful for… Then graduate to talking about your thanks with others. Make it known. Talking about what you have, not what you don’t will bust up your bad mood. But talking about what you don’t have will keep you in a bad mood. I’m sure you have lots of stuff to be sad about, me too. But wake up. What you give attention to is what is in front of you. What is in front of you is what’s going to lead your mood. Push aside the sad stuff by putting the glad stuff in front. Taking your thoughts captive will get that smile creeping up out of your spirit and across your face.

When you need to bust up a bad mood, hit all four of these points and your mood will change. I absolutely guarantee it!

  1. Focus on the Sweet Stuff
  2. Find Your Thanks In Advance
  3. Sing Your Thanks
  4. Talk Your Thanks

PS, I love that your smile is making its way back to your face. Looking good!

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