Stop Fretting

Speaking of simplifying life and letting go of stuff that no longer serves us, I have resolved, yes, once again, to let go of fretting over things that are out of my control.

For example, I live in a condominium complex which I love. However, there are rules being made which seem unfair to me. Now I could try to fight the system and expend a ton of energy arguing with these people, but where would that get me? Nowhere probably. I have decided to turn the situation over to God and pray for wisdom in how to handle it. The phrase “pick your battles” comes to mind.

At times I take things personally. Miguel de Ruiz, in his book, “The Four Agreements” talks about not taking things personally and he is so right. When I find myself starting to fret over some issue, I need to stop and ask myself the question “Am I taking this personally?” If the answer is yes, then I need to reframe the way I am looking at the situation and this helps me to find peace.

What are you fretting about today? Could you be taking something personally? Is it really? Is there another perspective? Have faith that God works all things out for our good. Bring more peace into your life by having more faith and let go of fretting. It is our choice!

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Stop Fretting

Speaking of simplifying life and letting go of stuff that no longer serves us, I have resolved, yes, once again, to let go of fretting over things that are out of my control.

For example, I live in a condominium complex which I love. However, there are rules being made which seem unfair to me. Now I could try to fight the system and expend a ton of energy arguing with these people, but where would that get me? Nowhere probably. I have decided to turn the situation over to God and pray for wisdom in how to handle it. The phrase “pick your battles” comes to mind.

At times I take things personally. Miguel de Ruiz, in his book, “The Four Agreements” talks about not taking things personally and he is so right. When I find myself starting to fret over some issue, I need to stop and ask myself the question “Am I taking this personally?” If the answer is yes, then I need to reframe the way I am looking at the situation and this helps me to find peace.

What are you fretting about today? Could you be taking something personally? Is it really? Is there another perspective? Have faith that God works all things out for our good. Bring more peace into your life by having more faith and let go of fretting. It is our choice!

Keep It Simple

Life can get complicated, can’t it? We live in a busy world with a lot going on. The pace is frenetic and the outside world is constantly barraging us with news, noise, and negativity.

It’s all too easy to get sucked up in the whirlpool of it all;a downward spiral of never ending things to do, places to go, and stuff to take care of resulting in constant activity and very little downtime.

But wait. There is an answer to it all, and the answer is this. Keep it simple. Apply this concept to every area of life and see what happens. Start with your wardrobe perhaps. Downsize. What haven’t you worn in the past year? What don’t you feel good in? Chuck it – give it to a friend, Goodwill, or trash. Next move on to one room of your house. Same idea. Do you really need all those items to clean, dust, and insure?

Personally, I can’t stand clutter. It smothers me. I need space and light. It seems like stuff accumulates: gifts from friends we don’t need, use, or want, old items we are saving for some sentimental reason. Live in the present and have done with old stuff from the past. Chances are your kids aren’t going to want anything old you may be saving anyway.

When we declutter our lives, we make room for God to bring in something new. Now isn’t that a concept? Like preparing for the birth of a new baby, we must make space in our lives for new life.

What is it that is cluttering your life? What are you holding on to that no longer serves its purpose? It may be material possessions but it could also be old patterns of thinking that clutter our mind and prevent us from seeing life in new ways. Simplify your life and see what new thing shows up. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Keep It Simple

Life can get complicated, can’t it? We live in a busy world with a lot going on. The pace is frenetic and the outside world is constantly barraging us with news, noise, and negativity.

It’s all too easy to get sucked up in the whirlpool of it all;a downward spiral of never ending things to do, places to go, and stuff to take care of resulting in constant activity and very little downtime.

But wait. There is an answer to it all, and the answer is this. Keep it simple. Apply this concept to every area of life and see what happens. Start with your wardrobe perhaps. Downsize. What haven’t you worn in the past year? What don’t you feel good in? Chuck it – give it to a friend, Goodwill, or trash. Next move on to one room of your house. Same idea. Do you really need all those items to clean, dust, and insure?

Personally, I can’t stand clutter. It smothers me. I need space and light. It seems like stuff accumulates: gifts from friends we don’t need, use, or want, old items we are saving for some sentimental reason. Live in the present and have done with old stuff from the past. Chances are your kids aren’t going to want anything old you may be saving anyway.

When we declutter our lives, we make room for God to bring in something new. Now isn’t that a concept? Like preparing for the birth of a new baby, we must make space in our lives for new life.

What is it that is cluttering your life? What are you holding on to that no longer serves its purpose? It may be material possessions but it could also be old patterns of thinking that clutter our mind and prevent us from seeing life in new ways. Simplify your life and see what new thing shows up. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Replace That RAM

Anyone who has a computer knows what RAM is – Random Access Memory. It is the amount of memory that a computer has available to run its various programs.

This morning I decided to be brave, face my fears :), and attempt to swap out the old memory in my laptop and replace it with the 2GB cards I recently purchased online.

Now, first I have to tell you, I am not a pc guru at all. It kind of scared me to think about delving into the inner parts of my laptop, but I was told it was a pretty simple procedure, so…

I said a prayer and began the process. It took me less than 5 minutes. As I waited (and prayed) for the laptop to bootup, the Lord spoke. “Time to get rid of your old memories too! And replace them with new ones.” Tears came to my eyes. It was true. It was time to stop thinking about anything from the past and concentrate on building new and wonderful memories for the future.

A few minutes later, the Lord spoke again. “As you doubled the memory in your laptop, I am going to double your good memories.” Isaiah 61:7 says “Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs.”

Today, dear one, won’t you put your old memories on the shelf, or better yet, throw them out and replace them with new ones? The past is gone, after we have learned the lessons we needed to learn, it is time to look forward to the many blessings God has yet in store for us. “Eye has not seen, no ear has heard,and no mind can imagine what God has prepared for those who love him.” (2 Cor 2:9)

Replace That RAM

Anyone who has a computer knows what RAM is – Random Access Memory. It is the amount of memory that a computer has available to run its various programs.

This morning I decided to be brave, face my fears :), and attempt to swap out the old memory in my laptop and replace it with the 2GB cards I recently purchased online.

Now, first I have to tell you, I am not a pc guru at all. It kind of scared me to think about delving into the inner parts of my laptop, but I was told it was a pretty simple procedure, so…

I said a prayer and began the process. It took me less than 5 minutes. As I waited (and prayed) for the laptop to bootup, the Lord spoke. “Time to get rid of your old memories too! And replace them with new ones.” Tears came to my eyes. It was true. It was time to stop thinking about anything from the past and concentrate on building new and wonderful memories for the future.

A few minutes later, the Lord spoke again. “As you doubled the memory in your laptop, I am going to double your good memories.” Isaiah 61:7 says “Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs.”

Today, dear one, won’t you put your old memories on the shelf, or better yet, throw them out and replace them with new ones? The past is gone, after we have learned the lessons we needed to learn, it is time to look forward to the many blessings God has yet in store for us. “Eye has not seen, no ear has heard,and no mind can imagine what God has prepared for those who love him.” (2 Cor 2:9)

Renew Your Mind, Renew Your Life

Life is all about choices, isn’t it? Every day we make tons of choices, some conscious and some unconscious. Do you realize you have the ability to recreate yourself every day?

We have the ability to change our lives by simply changing our thoughts. Our thoughts are extremely powerful. They can motivate and encourage us or they can cause us to be down and out for the count.

It’s true! The Apostle Paul encourages us to “Be transformed daily by the renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:2). What we read, what we watch, what we listen to all program our minds.

But we have the ability to choose our thoughts. We are to think on things that are true, noble, of good report. In other words, think about positive things. Dwelling on negative thoughts saps our energy and leads us into despair.

Today, take a step back and watch what you are thinking about. You may be surprised. Then take a few minutes to totally clear your mind of any thoughts and wipe the slate clean. Lastly, replace any negative thoughts with good, positive, energizing thoughts. Going for a brisk walk always helps me to get the cobwebs out. Give it a try and see how much better you feel!

Renew Your Mind, Renew Your Life

Life is all about choices, isn’t it? Every day we make tons of choices, some conscious and some unconscious. Do you realize you have the ability to recreate yourself every day?

We have the ability to change our lives by simply changing our thoughts. Our thoughts are extremely powerful. They can motivate and encourage us or they can cause us to be down and out for the count.

It’s true! The Apostle Paul encourages us to “Be transformed daily by the renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:2). What we read, what we watch, what we listen to all program our minds.

But we have the ability to choose our thoughts. We are to think on things that are true, noble, of good report. In other words, think about positive things. Dwelling on negative thoughts saps our energy and leads us into despair.

Today, take a step back and watch what you are thinking about. You may be surprised. Then take a few minutes to totally clear your mind of any thoughts and wipe the slate clean. Lastly, replace any negative thoughts with good, positive, energizing thoughts. Going for a brisk walk always helps me to get the cobwebs out. Give it a try and see how much better you feel!

Choices and Decisions

Every day we make choices. Lots of them. Some are minor and some are major. One of the most important decisions we can make in any given day is the choice to be positive and to see the best in situations and people.

There is a beautiful photo of a sunrise over a beach hanging in my office. In the corner of the photo is a verse from the book of Psalms 118:24 which says “This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” This is to remind me that each morning I have a new opportunity to choose my outlook for the day. I can choose to be optimistic and joyful, or I can choose to hang on to yesterday’s problems and mistakes. It is totally up to me.

I also choose to view people this way. I give them the benefit of the doubt. I believe that people can change if they want to. We all have some bad habits and I think once we are aware of them, we want to change them, yes?

Perhaps the most important area of life to decide to view positively is whether or not to have faith. Faith opens up a whole new way of seeing situations, problems, and people. But again, it is up to us to decide whether we are going to exercise faith in any given situation or not.

Deuteronomy 30:19 says that God has set before us life and death, blessings and curses. We have free will to choose what we allow into our lives. What we choose will either bring us life or death, good or bad results.

Will you choose to live a life of positive thinking and faith? Will you choose to see the good in others and believe that even the worst situations can turn out for good? Romans 1:17 says “The just shall live by faith.” So today what will you choose?

Choices and Decisions

Every day we make choices. Lots of them. Some are minor and some are major. One of the most important decisions we can make in any given day is the choice to be positive and to see the best in situations and people.

There is a beautiful photo of a sunrise over a beach hanging in my office. In the corner of the photo is a verse from the book of Psalms 118:24 which says “This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” This is to remind me that each morning I have a new opportunity to choose my outlook for the day. I can choose to be optimistic and joyful, or I can choose to hang on to yesterday’s problems and mistakes. It is totally up to me.

I also choose to view people this way. I give them the benefit of the doubt. I believe that people can change if they want to. We all have some bad habits and I think once we are aware of them, we want to change them, yes?

Perhaps the most important area of life to decide to view positively is whether or not to have faith. Faith opens up a whole new way of seeing situations, problems, and people. But again, it is up to us to decide whether we are going to exercise faith in any given situation or not.

Deuteronomy 30:19 says that God has set before us life and death, blessings and curses. We have free will to choose what we allow into our lives. What we choose will either bring us life or death, good or bad results.

Will you choose to live a life of positive thinking and faith? Will you choose to see the good in others and believe that even the worst situations can turn out for good? Romans 1:17 says “The just shall live by faith.” So today what will you choose?