Awakened by Grace

Awaken —my ‪#‎oneword365‬ ‪is so applicable to my life this year. But it was not complete. One of the words I considered for 2016 was #grace, but #awaken seemed to be what I needed. So it was the word I chose a few weeks ago. It resonated. And I love the word. But for the first time since I’ve been choosing words/themes, I’ve changed my word for the year. ‪I believe God is calling me to explore #grace in a more in-depth way this year. How can I embrace and extend grace in greater ways this year? It is God’s grace that will awaken those things that need to be rekindled in my life. #awakenedbyGrace

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The New Testament Greek charis is rendered grace.

charis —of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues.

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3 Habits for Cultivating a Sound Mind

Change your mindset

A Sound Mind?!?  Yes, please!  Many days I feel just the opposite; “going out of my mind” or “losing my mind” might be a more accurate description. Menopausal, middle-age is beginning to take its toll on my mind.  This morning I squirted shampoo into my body puff…but it worked; my skin had this great Moroccan Oil glow. Yesterday I was heading back to work after lunch and a new billboard for the Whole Foods Market (coming to our area soon) caught my eye. Next thing I know, I’ve passed the church and I’m heading down the road toward Whole Foods. I’m constantly searching for my glasses only to find them on top of my head.  I walk into a room and can’t remember what I’m doing. You get the idea. My mind is overtaxed, swirling and often I feel like I’m in a foggy haze.  And I know you don’t have to be menopausal or middle-aged to know what I’m talking about.  I know those of you with babies and young children at home can relate…and those with pre-teen and teens at home can relate.  The point…it’s not confined to a particular season of life.  So who’s with me?  Who’s ready for a sound mind?!

Last week in the Take Heart post, we looked at finding freedom when we are fearful of the future, the uncertain or the unknown.  Today, I want to continue that discussion as we look at three habits we can cultivate in our lives to help us change our mindset and attitude, to develop a sound mind, and to walk confidently and courageously in Christ. Continue reading “3 Habits for Cultivating a Sound Mind”

Fear: Do You Tend to React or Respond?

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Fear…

: to be afraid of (something or someone)

: to expect or worry about (something bad or unpleasant)

: to be afraid and worried

Fear… it’s not always something that consumes me. Sometimes it’s just a nagging thought. Many times it’s related to my children and trying to figure things out for them (even though they are all grown adults now). I noticed it recently because I found myself worrying about a situation and then seeking to work up a plan in my head on how to “fix the situation”. I was turning it over and over, looking at every angle, playing out various scenarios, running through the “what ifs” and “if onlys”. I know! I know! If you’ve been following my blog or been in one of my Bible studies, I’ve taught on this and shared truth from God’s Word on how to handle these situations. But the reality is, I still fall prey to worry in my life. I have to remind myself of what God has taught me in the past. I have to continually renew my mind in His Word and seek to live it out by His strength and power every single day!

…be transformed by the renewing of your mind… —Romans 12:2

This worry is rooted in fear. And that fear is really exposing an area of my heart and life where I don’t fully trust and believe God —an area where instead of fully relying upon Him, I’m trying to control the situation. This realization caused me to step back…to pause. Continue reading “Fear: Do You Tend to React or Respond?”