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Friday, March 20, 2015

Day Twenty: I'm Sorry

The idea of being wrong isn't one that appeals to us. No one likes to be wrong. It's hard to admit when we are wrong. It's even harder to apologize for being wrong. As a matter of fact, I'm sure many people have grown up in lifestyles where hardly anyone apologized. I believe life would go a bit smoother for us if we were able to apologize and save time with us getting into meaningless arguments. In a way, isn't apologizing giving up the control of the situation? It's as if you're taking a step down in order to apologize.

As an example, my husband and I tend to be big headed most of the time. We hate to admit when we are wrong. I hate to admit it. That's a flaw I'm working on within me. I believe we could have avoided many of the pointless arguments we had in the past with a simple apology. 

For today's challenge, I am asking that you make a point to apologize first. Whenever you come across a situation where "I'm Sorry" will defuse it quickly, I'm asking you to take that first step. 

Day Twenty-One: Self Love

I found that it's really easy for me to show love to those around me. One thing that's come as a struggle is loving myself. I have found that one the good days when I feel great about myself, my entire day is amazing. I smile constantly. I joke around and laugh. I'm in an overall great mood.

On days that I don't feel so loved by me, I feel down and depressed.

It's stated that a person who has very little self-love often becomes depressed. They don't excel and push to their potential. Their more likely to submit to abusive relationships or situations.

I know that it's hard. But listen to me....

You are loved. You are special. Come on think about it. There isn't another person in this world like you. You are the only one who thinks and acts like you. You deserve to be loved by not only those around you but by yourself. Practicing self-love can be hard for many of us but honestly it's for our health.

Today I want you to practice a little bit of self-love. Start the day with telling yourself something really positive. Dress yourself in something that makes you feel great. If you normally don't, fix your hair and makeup ladies. Don't believe everything that crosses your mind about you. It's not true. During the day, celebrate the accomplishments you achieved. But most of all, I want you to take time out of this day for you. What will you do with your "me" time?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Day Nineteen: Sticky Notes

Sticky notes are a great way for one to organize their time, thoughts, and whatever else they can squeeze onto a small square piece of paper with a sticky strip on the back. 

I will admit it....

I have an addiction to sticky notes and index cards. I use them for just about everything. I use them for shopping lists, recipes, flash cards for my daughter, and daily reminders.

The Bible is full of reminders that we could use daily. It's full of hope, joy, and love. It's packed full of inspirational messages that we're supposed to apply to our everyday lives. Hope, joy, and love are feelings that tend to come and go in waves. At the times where they seem as if they are gone, isn't nice to be able to have that quick reminder to run back to? 

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This is what I'm going to ask you to do. (Even if you don't have any sticky notes or index cards. You can grab some paper and cut them down into small index size strips.)

I would like for you to use note cards to write each one of the inspirational messages. One message on each card while using only one side. 

Then grab your tape. 

Tape these messages throughout your home so you can see them EVERYDAY!! Be sure to place them in spots where not only you but everyone who comes into your home will see them too. You can even add in your own or you could use Bible verses too. 

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"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." - Romans 12:12

"To pray is to let go and let God take over." Philippians 4: 6-7

Pay more attention to your Creator than your critics.

Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

Remember to start the day smiling and thank the Lord for the day.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Day Eighteen: Pastor's Wife

Yesterday I talked to you about your Pastor. Today, I want to talk about your Pastor's wife. The Pastor's wife is usually in the shadow of the man who leads the church. Most of the time, she's very pleased with her husband and his Godly duties. I am sure there are days where she wishes she could have the "normal" life with her husband where their lives weren't constantly under the microscope. The Pastor's biggest supporter (besides God) is his wife.

Most of the time, we tend to focus on our Pastor. We must remember that the Pastor's wife is human too. They face challenges every day like we do. They are tempted to grow weary in the ministry. I am sure she struggles to find a balance within her life as the Pastor's wife sometimes too. 

Your Pastor's wife could use friendship, support, and prayer. Your prayer is essential to her overall well being. It's important to her spiritual and emotional health. 

As you accept today's challenge to pray for your pastor’s wife, let her know you are praying for her. Ask her if she has specific prayer requests. The following prayer guide with accompanying Scriptures offers some practical ways to pray for her.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Day Seventeen: Pastor

I believe that there is no greater gift that you can give your Pastor and other spiritual leaders within your church than prayer. They can not win the battles alone. They need to be lifted up in prayer as they face the same challenges as you. They are human too. They face the many of the same challenges you do and even more than you at times.

They grow tired. They are faced with temptation. They may find it hard to balance their roles and responsibilities within life. One of the biggest things you could give them is support and encouragement.

Prayer for your Pastor is important for the well-being of the church, their families, and for them as an individual.

I would like to challenge you today to pray for your Pastor. Then, give them words of encouragement. Let them know just how much they actually do for you. Let them know how much you care for them, not only as a Pastor, but as a person.

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In my part to this challenge, I posted a HUGE thank you to my Pastor on his Facebook page. I'll also post it here for others to see as well.

Pastor Delas Stuzen, 

It brings me great joy and happiness to know that God has blessed me with such a loving, caring and compassionate Pastor. You are a person whom God has filled with an infinite amount of wisdom and has entrusted him with the gifts of His Spirit. You truly are a person of God!! Your strength and your leadership are the most remarkable I have ever encountered in my life and you have great integrity. I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to come to know you and learn from your vast amount of experience and knowledge. I know that it may seem like you are not even making a dent with such huge problems in the world, but I assure you, all that you do matters to our Heavenly Father. You strive to teach the word of God while praising Him at the same time. On behalf of those who stand in the unity of the faith with you, I would like to say that in some way you have impacted each and every one of our lives. We are so very grateful for you and love having you as our Pastor. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Day Sixteen: Labels

Everything in this life has one kind of label. If you're talking about food, it's a label identifying all the ingredients. If one is talking about a person.Unfortunately, we are labeled by a variety of things, such as the way we look, dress, and act. Humans are constantly putting labels on each other. We tend to wear labels just as food in the store does. 

What is your label?

I've had a lot of labels throughout my life. Many were hurtful. I've been UGLY, POOR, UNWORTHY, and a DISAPPOINTMENT.

These labels were given to me when I was young and in my school days. Of course, I didn't know this then, but they do NOT define me. God defines me. He defines you.

The Lord has shown me that I am none of the above. 




I am not UGLY....I am BEAUTIFUL, FLAWLESS.
Song of Solomon 4:7 says:
"You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you."

I am not POOR. I am RICH.

Matthew 5:3 says:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

I am not UNWORTHY. I am WORTHY.

John 3:16 says:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
I am not a DISAPPOINTMENT. I am FORGIVEN.

Romans 5:8 says:
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

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Words hurt when used against another. This is why we must always be careful of what we say. It's important that we recognize how we use our words towards others. Not only do our words affect those who we are directing them at, but they also have an effect on us in Christ. 

What are the labels I would believe now?

REDEEMED, LOVED, PURSUED, CHOSEN, FORGIVEN

I am a Woman of God
Redeemed by Jesus Christ
Love, Pursued, and Chosen
Equipped with Words of Life
Clothed in Strength and Dignity
Commissioned Here and Now
Gifted by the Spirit
Forgiven and Unbound.

~Blessed is she who Believed.~

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Today, I ask you what labels have you had given to you? What labels would you give yourself? You are not anything other than what Christ has labeled you as. He is the ONLY one who matters. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Day Fifteen: Encouragement

Life is full of it's up and downs. Stress seems to fill your life with every turn you make. At times it seems as if everything in life is against you. The bills are stacking up and turn off notices are flooding your mailbox. Food seems to be running low. The kids are in need of stuff. The house is running out of the household items such as paper towels, toilet paper, and dish liquid. You're at your wits ends and feel like giving up.

Does this sound familiar?

I know it does to me. I've been there. As of a matter of fact, I'm there right now! As the troubles and pressures are stacking up, I feel as if I am drowning in life and have no idea what direction to go in. However, I know one thing. God is with me. He will NEVER leave me to handle all of this on my own. As much as I know this, I understand it can be hard.

Take a moment and listen to this uplifting message I have for you. It's only two minutes long. Stop for a minute and press the play button:



My message for you today is to KEEP GOING!!!!! Hold on tight and while you do the Lord is seeing you through. Your story does NOT end here. There's light at the end of the tunnel. I promise.


Today I'd like for you to share this post with everyone you feel could use this message. Then, in the comment section below, share with me how this video makes you feel and if this post has inspired something within you. I'd love to hear from you.