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Fear Not

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Thought Conditioner #9

If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Romans 8:31, NLT

Imagine yourself as actually looking at all your difficulties like an army lined up against you.

Then realize you have a backing that can overcome them all. As you face these enemies of yours—discouragement, frustration, disappointment, hostility, weakness—ask yourself, “What shall I say to these things?” And the answer is, If God be for us, who can be against us?”

Now, spend a minute realizing that God is for you and say this affirmation: “God is with me. God is for me. God is greater than all these things.”

Then visualize these enemies of your peace and happiness as retreating, giving way before God’s power.

Personalize the text by saying: “If God be for me, who can be against me?”

The repetitive use of this text will give you an enormous sense of God’s presence and a powerful feeling of victory.

~ ~  Norman Vincent Peale

 

I do like Mr. Peale’s take on this. So often we relate this verse to people coming against us. But we have other unseen enemies: Satan and his followers as well as our own mind. Who are my enemies? What’s stealing my peace and happiness? Top of that list are my race against the clock, wanting to get away and not being able to, and the schedule I made for myself. I may plan my ways but God guides my steps – but to a point. We do have free will to be stupid. It’s time I choose not to be stupid. God is for me and his guidance will bring peace and joy.

“If god is for me how can this schedule come against me”

Reflect: Fill in – “If God is for me, _____ can’t come against me.”

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To do or to be – that is the question.

Give your do do do a rest and just be be be

Thought Conditioner #8

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16, NLT

God does heal. He does it in two ways, through science and through faith.

In healing, confession is important, for much illness results from buried resentments and guilt. Confession to a competent counselor releases these poisons, cleanses the mind and soul, thus stopping the passing on of diseased thoughts to the body. Effectual prayer, that is scientific prayer, is very powerful.

The essence of the technique is confess your faults, pray with kindred spirits even if separated by distance, and enthusiastically (fervently) believe.

~ ~  Norman Vincent Peale

 

I must confess: of any area that I seek help from the father, health usually doesn’t even make the list. Why don’t I pray for my health? I pray for the health of others and I do see results. I know God healed in the past and still does today. It’s not because I don’t think I deserve it because it’s not about us – it’s about Him. Oddly, it just doesn’t seem to cross my mind. So if I’m not praying for healing then I’m probably not dealing with my own spiritual maladies, in my case and unbalanced schedule.

I may not harbor resentment, live in bitterness or anger towards another, but I can say I’ve not been so good at stewardship of this temple – diet and exercise of course but rest is my nemesis. I am a recovering workaholic who occasionally falls off the time management wagon. If I’m not multitasking I don’t know what to do with myself. At home I just want to do, do, do. On the road, living in the wilderness I was content with just be, be, be. I miss those days but now that I’m back in the real world I struggle again to find balance between my be and my do. This is where my prayers must start – forgiveness, repentance and resting in my Lord.

Reflect: Have you received healing? Do you need healed? What do you think may be hindering your healing?

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Holy Fruit

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Thought Conditioner #7

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10, KJV

Many people are lacking in energy. Their vitality is low. They are filled with inner conflicts which dissipate energy. They are dull and apathetic.

What is the secret of energized life? Christ is the answer. It is said of Him, “In Him was life” (John 1:4). Fill your mind with Christ, fill your heart with Him, and inevitably energy, vitality, exuberance, delight, and eagerness will well up within you.

Every day as you repeat this text make it read, “Christ has come that I (fill in your own name) might have life and might have it more abundantly.”

~ ~  Norman Vincent Peale

 

In Him was life, there is no life apart from Him. What does the abundant life look like? Is it material wealth, power, success, fame? These things can become idols and steal our energy, steal the abundant life we so desperately seek.

What is it we are to have an abundance of in our life? It’s an abundance of self-control, love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and gentleness. How do we get these fruits of the Spirit? By clinging to the life growing vine – Jesus Christ. Without an abundance of fruit we will never truly enjoy an abundance of anything else.

Reflect: What steals your energy? How will you seek the abundance of life you are looking for?

Share Your World – 2015 Week #13

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

What was your favorite subject in school?

High school: boys, they were my reason for even going. So actual subject I’d have to say English. I loved writing and it was the only thing I excelled at.

College: history, archaeology and geography

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away” (George Carlin). When have you had such a moment?

Like Cee, I’ve had numerous. But there are two I can think of now that actually changed the course of my life. The first time I saw the Tetons. I switched my geographic focus from human geography to geomorphology. The second, the birth of my grandson. He has changed my life in more ways than I can talk about here. I’d like to say the birth of my daughters but unfortunately I was unconscious.

What’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, or numeric puzzles?

I hate crossword, I just don’t get it. I do enjoy numeric puzzles, particularly numeric crosspatch and suduko. I also like cryptographs.

I never liked jigsaw, my grandmother tried to get me to do them with her but I found them boring. But now (one change in me from Kai) I do enjoy doing them with Kai. But we’re talking 24 pieces not 500. We can knock out several in a half hour instead of the dining room table being covered for a week.

If you found an obviously abandoned car with $50,000 in the back seat, what would you do?

This is hard. I think I’d feel guilty for taking it. I’d probably call the police and hope after the waiting period I’d get the money & car.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for having  more free time and for my daughter doing much of the cooking for me. I’m looking forward to my first visitor since I’ve been in Florida. My dear friend Kim is coming to visit and I’m looking forward to showing her my town.

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Got Stress?

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Thought Conditioner #6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5, NIV

This text will help you avoid a nervous breakdown. It will stimulate your recovery if you have had one.

A famous neurologist, specialist in nervous breakdowns, often “prescribes” this text for his patients. He writes the words on a card and instructs his patient to commit them to memory and repeat them until they are indelibly printed on the subconscious mind.

The cause of much nervous trouble is frustration. And the antidote to frustration is a calm faith, not in your own cleverness, or in hard toil, but in God’s guidance. The cure of frustration is the belief that God will help you obtain your heart’s desire. Trust in God with all your heart, and you will be able to keep on working in health and happiness for long years to come.

~ ~  Norman Vincent Peale

 

Trusting in ourselves can certainly lead to disaster. His ways are higher than our ways so why not look to his ways. We become frustrated when we try to do things ourselves, especially those things we weren’t meant to do.

How do we release frustration, trust in, and lean on the one who know what’s best. Your Father knows best. When frustrated ask “who am I listening to”. For me my major source of stress or frustration is my own schedule. The one I make. God never said I needed to jam pack it so full.

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps (Proverbs 16:9, NLT)

Best to stay on the path and always confirm “God, are my steps heading to you?”

Reflect: Where does your frustration come from? Are you stepping outside the bounds that God has for you?

 

Share Your World – 2015 Week #12

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

When was the last time you sat on a park or garden bench for more than ten minutes? Describe the occasion.

Too long. Probably the weekend before Christmas. We went to SeaWorld. I sit often and enjoy the scenery.

Would you ever be interested in observing a surgery or do you turn away when the nurse brings out the needle? 

Let me just say – YUCK! I’m better than I was before my kids. Pregnant women get poked and prodded on a weekly basis so I overcame my fear of needles. However, I was in the operating room when my daughter had her C-section. I would definitely to that again. The surgery took place behind a curtain so I saw nothing. Even when I went on the other side to get Kai I couldn’t see anything, and yes, I was curious enough to look.

Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests?

SeaWorld of course, then the beach.

If you had an unlimited shopping spree at only one store, which one would you choose? Why?

Target. It’s too expensive to shop there regularly but an unlimited spree would be great. Why, because they have almost anything I want or need.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I got to take off a few hours Friday, and I hope to again this week.

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Ask ~ Seek ~ Knock

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Thought Conditioner #5

Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24, NIV

To pray successfully, you must employ affirmation and visualization. Form a picture in your mind, not of lack or denial or frustration or illness, but of prosperity, abundance, attainment, health. Always remember you will receive as a result of prayer exactly what you think, not what you say. If you pray for achievement but think defeat, your words are idle because your heart has already accepted defeat.

Therefore, practice believing that even as you pray you are receiving God’s boundless blessings, and they will come to you.

~ ~  Norman Vincent Peale

 

This is so true, how often do we ask God to provide but don’t follow through on our part – believing. This lack of belief reveals the attitude of our heart. Ask God for a heart transplant. Ask that your desires be matched with God’s and then do believe, don’t doubt. Always see the good things God has for you.

Don’t just go beyond God take me out of poverty to make me prosperous but God what am I doing that’s keeping me in financial lack. Show me what to change while I wait under your provision.

Go a step further and determine what the root of what you’re asking God for? For example, instead of praying “God give me improved health”, instead, pray “God show me what I need to do so that I can improve my health and Holy Spirit, remind me that your strength is there for me to accomplish what needs done.

Reflect: Do you have any prayers you need to change the focus of from me to Him?

Share Your World – 2015 Week #11

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

List 2 things you have to be happy about?

Being self employed & a great close-knit family

Do you prefer ketchup or mustard or mayonnaise?  

I like mayo but I love mustard – any mustard. I love to try all kinds of mustard. You can leave the ketchup at the store.

If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use?

all shades of blue with some shades of green mixed in and dabs of sandy tans – I grew up near the beach

Do you prefer a bath or shower?

Consider how much I love swimming and being in the water you’d think I’d prefer baths but I hate them, don’t find them relaxing at all.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I don’t remember last week, again. I’ve decided to try and take off Friday’s, we’ll se how that goes.

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Rest

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Thought Conditioner #4

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28, NIV

Perhaps the strain and burden of life have made you tired. If so, maybe you are carrying life too heavily.

Primarily, we do not get tired in our muscles but in our minds. We develop that “I’m swamped” feeling.

Allow this text to dissolve in your thoughts as a kind of spiritual lozenge. As you turn to Jesus in your thoughts, He will give you rest. And how does He do that? One way is by showing you how to work.

“Learn of Me,” He says. In other words, work by My method. “My yoke is easy, and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). That is to say, easy does it. Don’t strain, don’t tug, relax. Do one job at a time using the light touch, the easy stroke.

~ ~  Norman Vincent Peale

 

Rest…a distant memory. My daughter keeps telling me “Mom, just breathe.” I respond “I can’t, it’s not on my to-do list.” As with Thought Conditioner #3 we must not only want the change but must make room for it in our lives.

One thing I learned more than ten years ago – when you need change scripture is the only way to achieve that change. Memorize it, even if it’s just key words, let it sink into your mind and spirit, repeat it a thousand time a day if needed and change will come. Just never give up.

If you need rest, a break from stress, leave it with Jesus. Close your eyes and imagine yourself falling into his arms.

Reflect: How do you find rest in Jesus? Share your experiences.

Share Your World – 2015 Week #10

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles or turn on the flashlight? How many of each do you own

Candles, who know where those flashlights are or even if the batteries work. I think we have 2 maybe 3 flashlights. I have no idea about the candles, we’re always buying more at every sale.

You are given $5,000 and the chance to exchange it for one of two envelopes. One envelope contains $50,000 and one contains $500. Do you make the trade? Why or why not?

I’d make the trade. I don’t really have the 5000 yet and we really need safe cars and bigger home.

What’s your first memory?

I was two. My mom had rolled her VW bug. Thinking about it now I wonder how we survived. There were no car seats and if there were seat belts no one used them. I was in the lap of a boy who help my mom around the house, unrestrained. What I remember is being in her lap. We were in the hospital and she in a wheel chair. No one was seriously hurt. We all went home.

What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep, toss and turn, or get up and try to do something?

If it’s not too late I take a sleep aid. Otherwise I usually turn on TV or read a little.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m thankful for my family and I look forward to next week

 

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Renewal

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Thought Conditioner #3

Renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 5 1:10, KJV

Here is a fragment of a verse which will bring you friends, health, happiness, and success. It can improve your disposition. 

The word disposition refers to the manner in which you are disposed to react to situations and people. If your automatic emotional reaction is irritable, crabby, selfish, haughty, it impairs or even destroys your relationships.

The quality of your disposition depends upon your inner spirit. This thought conditioner, by the use of the word “renew,” implies that when you were created, you had a good disposition.

If you have allowed it to deteriorate, Almighty God, who created you, can recreate and renew in you the fine balance, the controlled spirit. He can restore that vital factor in a good disposition, inner quiet control. Let no day pass after today that you do not say many times, “Renew a right spirit within me.”

~ ~  Norman Vincent Peale

 

Ah, I see my word of the year here – balanced. Living unbalanced I have found is a Soul Blocker which keeps us from receiving God’s renewal no matter how much as we may need to want it.

It all comes down to choice; we have to choose to want that renewal, not only that but we must put ourselves in a place to receive renewal. Are you spending quality time with Jesus, in silence and solitude? Are you harboring resentment, negativity, or persistent sin? Is there anything that would block your soul from receiving Gods’ best?

Reflect: In what way do you prevent this needed renewal? Have you overcome things that block the Spirit’s renewal?

Share Your World – 2015 Week 9

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? 

35, been there for a long time.

Are you left or right handed? 

right

If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to?

Victoria, love the idea of having a name that means victory

Where do you hide junk when people come over?

I have a 3 year old in my home so I don’t have junk laying around. When not in use everything gets put away, if not the good Lord only knows what would happen. As for his junk, well, I live with a 3 year old who rules the roost so his junk (aka toys)

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Being caught up, taking tomorrow off.

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Healing Balm

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Thought Conditioner #2

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27, NIV

Without a deep inner state of quietness, one becomes prey to tension, worry, and ill health. A song, a sunset, moonlight, the sea washing on a sandy shore, these administer a healing balm. But they lack power to penetrate the inner recesses of the soul.

A profound depth therapy is required to attain healing quietness. An habitual repetition of this one text will, in time, permeate your personality with a complete sense of peace.

When tense or restless, sit quietly and allow these words to pass unhindered through your thoughts. Conceive of them as spreading a healing balm throughout your mind.

~ ~  Norman Vincent Peale

There is nothing like spending quality time with God, in silence and solitude, to give your soul a sense of overwhelming peace.

When I lived alone this was easy, daily hours with God. I’ve never experience such peace. But just add people to the mix and everything gets messy and oh so noisy. Now living with my talkative twin girls, a high energy grandson and a schedule that just never quits, I find it difficult to attain any peace at all. Once what was easy for me is now a challenge.

I’ve had some health issues that I believe is a direct result of the loss of that peace. I don’t just have one schedule but five, three of which are always open on my computer: my daily calendar, Kai’s school, overall word press, detailed WordPress, and a menu. Oh and let’s just add my nine tasks lists each with a list of future to do’s. You see, boredom will never be part of my life but neither will peace as long as those calendars rule my days. I have learned to view most activities on the lists as optional and with computers it’s easy to drag and drop any activity to the next day, next week or put far into the future by adding it to my tasks lists. I am a work in progress and I thank God that’s he’ll never give up or leave me to myself.

Reflect: Have you experienced such inner peace? Thank God for showing you the way. If you still struggle with attaining the peace of God seek your heart, what keeps you from achieving that peace? Ask the Holy Spirit to show you the way.

Share Your World – 2015 Week #8

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

Your favorite blog post that you have written? (add link)

The redemptive and restorative power of God was culminated in this moment: A Hallmark Movie Christmas. “No matter how dead, no matter how impossible, no matter how hopeless, with Jesus nothing is too difficult, nothing is impossible and it’s NEVER too late.”

What do you feel is the most enjoyable way to spend $500? Why?

Road trip – need I say more?

If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be?

I want to know how everything was created from the moment of creation thru the creation of humans. I’d like to watch it like a movie.

Where do you eat breakfast?

Depends on the day. Weekdays I sit with Kai and eat while he does his online lessons. Weekends, actually any day I’m not homeschooling, I eat in my room either desk or bed.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I was able to get my work done for February so now I’m looking forward to a weekend off.

 

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Thought Conditioner #1

“What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:27, NIV

This text shows how to do an “impossible” thing. Size up your problem, pray about it, do all you can about it. If it seems impossible, don’t give up, but affirm, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”

Keep relaxed. Don’t worry. Avoid getting panicky. Never think, “This can’t be done.” Declare, “It can be done, it is being done because God is doing it through me.” Affirm that the process is in operation. The final outcome may not be entirely what you now desire. But, handled in this manner, the solution will be what God wants it to be.

~ ~  Norman Vincent Peale

I can’t count how many times when my girls were little that our circumstances seemed impossible. Once of these circumstances life seemed quite dire. All we had to eat was hot cereal for all meals. We lived on grits, coco wheat, cream of wheat and oatmeal. I could buy these for .15 cents a box at the local scratch & dent. I went through nine cars in five years because it was cheaper to get another car than to fix whatever major problem was wrong. I can’t count how many times I broke down somewhere along the thirty minute country drive from home to the nearest town – with my girls, in the rain, heat, dark, and negative degree temps just to get to work. It’s been nearly twenty years now and when people say “I don’t know how you did it”. Well, neither do I. That’s when I took the passenger seat and let God do the driving. He made all things possible. We never went hungry, I was always able to get to work and my bills were always paid. How did I do it? It wasn’t me.

Reflect: When has God come through for you when all looked impossible? Journal your thoughts and give praise to Jesus. Post your journal entry in the comments if you feel comfortable.

Share Your World – 2015 Week #7

.Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

Is the paper money in your possession right now organized sequentially according to denomination and with the bills right side up and facing the same way?

What’s paper money :) But seriously, when I have it it’s just folded up in my wallet, if I have several bills they’re in order and facing the same way. I was an accountant after all – many lifetimes ago.

What is your favorite type of dog?  (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)

Can we call a “toy” a breed? Ok, toy is a group but most of my favs are in this group: toy poodle, minpin (our princess is a minpin), yorkie, maltise. I also love collies and English sheepdogs.

If money was not an issue, would you go on a cruise?  If so where would you go?

Sure would. Where would I go? Well if money isn’t an issue I’d take a year off and travel from continent to continent. Remember – I don’t fly.

Would you dare to sleep in haunted house overnight?

NO WAY. There’d have to be a lot of money exchanged, we’re talking at least 7 figures.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m thankful that I’m feeling better and I’m looking forward to a little rest this weekend, but we’ll see.

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #6

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

What was the last time you went to a new place?

I went to Celebration, Florida at Christmas time for their annual celebration “Now Snowing” to see snop.

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels, other?  And what type of genre would you prefer?

I prefer inspirational writing as well as academic. I have written a few geography books but I prefer shorter works such as a chapter or collection of works. I like blogging, it’s a good length for me.

Out of your five senses (touch, taste, sight, smell, hearing) which is your favorite?

sight, how else could I take and enjoy photography. But without sound I couldn’t hear Kai’s sweet voice or laughter.

If 100 people your age were chosen at random, how many do you think you’d find leading a more satisfying life than yours?

I have no idea, I can’t really compare myself to others. I like where I’m at but I would like a few changes. So lets say 10-15 people.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m blogging again and back in “Share your world”

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