Attitude, Jesus in Everyday Life, Surrender to Jesus

Attitude. Part 3. Warrior or Wimp?

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Your attitude.

Your choice.

Warrior or Wimp?

“Adversity is an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, and a stepping stone on the journey of the strong minded!” (Tim Hartung, wrestling coach—see part 2)

We choose our journey.

We choose our perspective.

Obstacle or stepping stone?

I wonder if this is what James had in mind when he penned, Dear Brothers and Sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. (1:2-4, NLT emphasis mine)

What!?! Isn’t adversity supposed to evil?

According to James, no.

Adversity is something to look forward to. It’s to be met with GREAT joy because it grows us and develops our endurance—spiritual, emotional, mental, physical, social, psychological—until we’re complete, perfect, lacking nothing.

I confess I’ve been struggling to choose a positive attitude lately—okay, more like all month.

But do you want to hear something interesting? Continue reading “Attitude. Part 3. Warrior or Wimp?”

Attitude, Devotionals, Jesus in Everyday Life

Attitude, Part 2–Nuts, Guts, Heart, and Mind

img_3828Attitude. It’s a choice. Your choice. And it takes grit.

Did you know we’re commanded to have the same attitude Jesus Christ, The Lion of Judah, had (Philippians 2:5)?

In part 1, I identified where our crappy, sour, negative attitudes come from and the eternal consequences they can have. Then I stated, to have the same attitude as Christ, we need to repent of our selfishness and pride and “let the Spirit renew our thoughts and attitudes” (Ephesians 4:23).

As I was preparing for this series, one of Tyler’s wrestling coaches, Tim Hartung, sent out one of his motivational writings. As I read it, I was tickled by how his words perfectly aligned with my outline and with his permission, I get to share some of his thoughts with you. Continue reading “Attitude, Part 2–Nuts, Guts, Heart, and Mind”

Attitude, Jesus in Everyday Life

Attitude. Part 1

IMG_0251(1)Attitude.

There’s a myriad of literature out there about the importance of a positive attitude and its correlation to your success.

This is not one of them. Continue reading “Attitude. Part 1”

Confess, ImportanceofBibleStudy, Jesus in Everyday Life, Repent

When Crap Spews

I love Sunday mornings.

coffee cupI get up before most of my family, start the coffee, and take a long hot shower. Then I go down and grab a beautiful, intoxicatingly large mug of thick, black, strong brew and head back upstairs to finish getting ready for church.

Last Sunday was no different. Well, mostly no different. Continue reading “When Crap Spews”

Goals, Jesus in Everyday Life, Resolutions

I Resolve To…(Part 3, Breaking It Down)

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What dreams are burning inside of you, ready to become reality?

What unmet goals do you still have because you don’t know where to start?

I know where you are; I’ve been there.

Frozen.

Overwhelmed.

Unable to move.

And then I learned how to break down goals into bite-sized pieces. Continue reading “I Resolve To…(Part 3, Breaking It Down)”

Goals, My Story, Reflect, Resolutions

I Resolve To…(part 2–No Excuses)

new yearsAs I stated in, I Resolve To…part 1:

The dominant challenge we face when striving to obtain a goal or make a life change is OURSELVES.

But if you don’t allow yourself to make excuses or look for a back door, you’ll be much, much more successful. AND if you choose to look at multiple sources of data, you’ll have a more complete picture of the situation and be able to measure your progress better. (I’ll share a personal example in a bit.) Continue reading “I Resolve To…(part 2–No Excuses)”

Devotionals

We Have A Winner

Congratulations Christy! I will contact you on how to best get this amazing devotional to you! I’m so excited for you to learn at Kristin’s feet! She is an amazing teacher.

Jesus in Everyday Life, Reflect, Your Purpose

I Resolve To…Part 1

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New Year’s Resolutions.

Did you make any?

I didn’t. I’m not a fan of making resolutions. Especially at New Years. Not to sound cliché, but they rarely ever last.

In the past, most of my New Year’s Resolutions started with little to no conviction and fell as soon as The Ball dropped. Others had the yearning to change behind them, but no commitment to make them happen. Others were Goliath-sized goals with no plans on how to achieve them, so I gave up shortly after I started.

Know what I’m saying? Continue reading “I Resolve To…Part 1”

Give Away, My Publishing Journey

Goals And A Giveaway!

IMG_5076Happy New Year!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s celebration.

But now it’s back to reality.

Back to school and back to work.

Back to life and back to (new) routines.

The twinkling lights are turning off one-by-one. The tree decorations are being removed and stored for another year. Stockings and ceramic villages are taken down and tucked away. Nativity scenes are lovingly wrapped and securely stowed. And furniture is going back to its original location…everything is going back to ‘normal.’ Continue reading “Goals And A Giveaway!”