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Quotes for a Peaceful Attitude

CS Lewis God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
Francois Fenelon Peace does not dwell in outward things, but within the soul; we may preserve it in the midst of the bitterest pain, if our will remains firm and submissive. Peace in this life springs from acquiescence to, not in an exemption from, suffering.
Robert J Sawyer “Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.”
Joel Osteen “God wants you to have a good life, a life filled with love, joy, peace, and fulfillment. That doesn’t mean it will always be easy, but it does mean that it will always be good.”
Joyce Meyer Many people feel so pressured by the expectations of others that it causes them to be frustrated, miserable and confused about what they should do. But there is a way to live a simple, joy-filled, peaceful life, and the key is learning how to be led by the Holy Spirit, not the traditions or expectations of man.
Norman Vincent Peale Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. Make all your friends feel there is something special in them. Look at the sunny side of everything. Think only the best, be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
Francois Fenelon Resign every forbidden joy; restrain every wish that is not referred to God’s will; banish all eager desires, all anxiety; desire only the will of God; seek him alone and supremely, and you will find peace.
Thomas Watson God sweetens outward pain with inward peace
Joel Osteen “It’s vital that you accept yourself and learn to be happy with who God made you to be. If you want to truly enjoy your life, you must be at peace with yourself.”
Joyce Meyer “ We don’t have to work at trying to get rid of every stressful situation. We need to learn how to embrace peace. ”
Norman Vincent Peale “I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world.”
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How to Have a Peaceful Attitude

We create situations that lead us into being nervous, high-strung and upset but we can also create situations that lead to a peaceful attitude. Peace results from a continuous flow from God through us and then back to God. This is the process for our renewal both mentally and physically. It’s impossible to have peace with an accelerated life because the faster we go the less flow there is from God. He’s not going to try to keep up with your pace.  Most people today wouldn’t be comfortable moving at God’s slower pace.

Here are some ideas to help you create a more peaceful attitude:

  • Fill your mind with a peaceful experience from your past then make a planned and deliberate excursion there in your mind. (I listen to music I heard on my journey, especially songs that remind me of when I was in the wilderness – deserts and mountains)
  • Reduce your life’s tempo or pace. Norman Vincent Peale says that “many people are destroying their physical bodies by this pace, but what is even more tragic, they are tearing their minds and souls to shreds as well.” He wrote this in 1952 and today it’s only gotten worse. (this is a big challenge for me)
  • Delegate authority, say no nicely and set up boundaries (another biggie for me, my family doesn’t understand the concept of a shut door)
  • Develop the disciplines of silence and solitude
  • Learn to live in the now because God only gives us enough grace for today
  • Make the decision everyday to rejoice and be glad in that day
  • Don’t strive to live without stress but aim to live in peace
  • Be selective with how you spend your time and resist the temptation to procrastinate
  • Modify your life, find ways to save time, avoid trouble and eliminate distractions
  • Listen for the promptings of the Holy Spirit, He will guide you into peace
  • Take on unseen partner in all your life’s endeavors – God

When you need peace concerning a decision you need to make try these steps:

  1. Think of your decision the first way…how do you feel. Is there peace, a knot in your stomach or nothing at all?
  2. Think of your decision in the alternative way… how do you feel. Is there peace, a knot in your stomach or nothing at all?
  3. The way you should turn is the way you find peace. If there’s no peace don’t do it, if you’re anxious run the other way, if you feel nothing at all pray asking the Holy Spirit for guidance.
  4. If you still can’t decide ask God to decide for you. Ask Jesus to create the conditions that either aid in your decision-making or to allow the decision to be made for you.

Many years ago I wanted to move. I found a bigger, warmer house. I loved the house and the price was much cheaper. It seemed to be an easy decision but I had no peace. I didn’t know why but I didn’t feel God in it. I just couldn’t make the decision, I had already made a verbal commitment and as a Christian I felt strongly about keeping my word. I prayed and asked Jesus to cause me to not get the house or I would believe my lack of peace was because of another reason. The next day the owner called and the deal fell through. I was relieved. I wouldn’t use this as your main way of decision-making but the Spirit is there to help in all of your ways and walk.

Attitude Challenge
Practice the discipline of silence. Spend at least 15 minutes of absolute quiet everyday. Don’t talk, write, read, think or anything that engages your mind. Put your mind into neutral and let it coast.

Book on finding peace
The Book of Mayuri: Why We Can’t Have Peace and How We Can Have Peace by Osundara Mayuri
The Way of Serenity by Jonathan Morris
Finding Peace: God’s Promise of Life Free From Regret, Anxiety, and Fear by Charles F Stanley

Bible Verses on Peace

Philippians 4:6 (ESV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 (ESV) Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.
John 16:33 (ESV) I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Isaiah 26:3 (ESV) You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
1 Peter 5:7 (ESV) Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Romans 12:18 (ESV) If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
Matthew 5:9 (ESV) “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Hebrews 12:14 (ESV) Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
Romans 15:13 (ESV) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
1 Corinthians 14:33 (ESV) For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints
Psalm 4:8 (ESV) In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Proverbs 16:7 (ESV) When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Galatians 5:22 (ESV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness
Romans 14:19 (ESV) So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
Colossians 3:15 (ESV) And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
Isaiah 32:17 (ESV) And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.
James 3:18 (ESV) And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
Philippians 4:7 (ESV) And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Romans 5:2 (ESV) Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Job 22:21 (ESV) Agree with God, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you.
Isaiah 9:6 (ESV) and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

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Let God Worry

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Quotes for Trusting on God

Lynn Austin Decide to trust Him for one little thing today, and before you know it, you find out He’s so trustworthy you be putting your whole life in His hands.”
Charles R Swindoll “We must cease striving and trust God to provide what He thinks is best and in whatever time He chooses to make it available. But this kind of trusting doesn’t come naturally. It’s a spiritual crisis of the will in which we must choose to exercise faith.”
Thaddeus of Vitovnica “We have very little faith in the Lord, very little trust. If we trusted the Lord as much as we trust a friend when we ask him to do something for us, neither we as individuals nor our whole country would suffer so much.”
Jerry Bridges “If we are going to learn to trust God in adversity, we must believe God will allow nothing to subvert His glory so He will allow nothing to spoil the good He is working out in us and for us.”
Coraline Buchanan “…You say to God, “I have never seen you provide for me.”   God says to you, “You have never trusted Me.”
Martin Luther “Pray, and let God worry.”
Rachel Hamilton “God loves you so much that he is willing to hold something from you for the perfect time!”
Emily Freeman “When you can’t see God’s hand, trust His heart.”
Gary Rudz “You can free your soul to fly each day, if you let God do the steering.”
Tammy L Kubasko “Let go of what you think you know. Something amazing happens when you let God and trust.”
Mandy Hale “The more you go with the flow of life and surrender the outcome to God, and the less you seek constant clarity, the more you will find that fabulous things start to show up in your life.”
Jerry Bridges “Trust is not a passive state of mind. It is a vigorous act of the soul by which we choose to lay hold on the promises of God and cling to them despite the adversity that at times seeks to overwhelms us.”
Tom King “It is when we are at our darkest hour, when we can see no evidence that God loves us or that he is even there to listen to our prayers, much less answer them…and yet, we still obey. It is then that the devil is reminded that his cause is lost.”
Wendy Blight “I learned that within the confines of God’s story, nothing had been stolen from me, but rather everything was given to me. My life, which felt so out of control, was in reality in complete control – God’s control.”
Teresa of Avila “. . . it is presumptuous in me to wish to choose my path, because I cannot tell which path is best for me. I must leave it to the Lord, Who knows me, to lead me by the path which is best for me, so that in all things His will may be done.”
Ann Voskamp “The fear is suffocating, terrorizing, and I want the remedy, and it is trust. Trust is everything.”
Carter Conlon “The end of ourselves is the beginning of God”
Paula Hendricks “Trust God with your love life, and buckle up for the ride!”
Tricia Goyer “Thank you for reminding me that the future is in God’s hands.'” “‘You’re welcome. And remember, wherever you go, in body and mind, you simply need to call out to God and He is there”

 

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Trust His Heart

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How to Trust in God

When you put your trust in God he guides your mind so you don’t want what’s inharmonious with his will. What’s been impossible now becomes possible. Jesus said “Everything is possible for one who believes.” (Mark 9:23) Throw your heart into trusting God and the rest will follow.

How to develop trust in God:

  1. Have a childlike faith. Let go of grown up barriers that keep us from seeing God through our life-tainted eyes.
  2. Faith must grow. Must be watered and nurtured through reading the word and having a grateful heart.
  3. Defeat doubt by learning to expect God to answer. Memorize James 1:6-8. “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” Don’t let those negative thoughts creep into your head.
  4. Know God loves you. Meditate on his love. Recall the times God came through for you, times he showed his love. The more you know him the more you will trust him.
  5. Be willing to relinquish trusting yourself. Let God take the reins; let Him guide your steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
  6. Make it a habit. The more you practice faith and putting your trust in God the easier it will be.
  7. Acknowledge where attacks come from. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.(1 Peter 5:8)

Attitude Challenge:
Remember times you have trusted God and He came through for you. Write these down and carry with you to remind yourself of how trustworthy God is in times of doubt.

Books on Trusting God:
Trusting God by Jerry Bridges
Unshakable: Trusting God When All Else Fails by Carter Conlon
Trusting God When Times are Tough by Ed Hindson

Bible verse on Trusting God:

Luke 24:38 (ESV) And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?
Psalm 56:3-4 (ESV) When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?
Proverbs 3:5 (ESV) Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Psalm 13:5 (ESV) But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
Isaiah 26:3-4 (ESV) You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
Psalm 31:14-18 (ESV) But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
James 1:6 (ESV) But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
Psalm 37:5 (ESV) Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.
Psalm 91:2 (NIV) I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
John 14:27 (NIV) 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.
Psalm 9:10 (ESV) And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
Matthew 21:21 (ESV) And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen.
John 14:1 (NLT) Do not let your heart be troubled. You have put your trust in God, put your trust in Me also.
Psalm 9:9 (NLT) The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
Nahum 1:7 (NLV) The Lord is good, a safe place in times of trouble. And He knows those who come to Him to be safe.
Romans 15:13 (NIV) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 46:1 (NIV) God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.

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The Day My Soul Cried

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“For every person who closed the door in my face, thank you. For every person who told me I wasn’t good enough, thank you. For every person who laughed and told me that I was wasting my time going to college, because I was going to fail, thank you. For every person who tried to break me, thank you. For every person who took my kindness for weakness, thank you. For every person who told me I was wasting time chasing my dreams because I would fail, thank you. It could of broke me. From the core of my heart, I thank you. I truly mean it, because if it weren’t for each of you I wouldn’t be who I am today. I wouldn’t of spend hours and loss sleep studying. I wouldn’t developed tough skin. You pushed me to think about what I “really” want out of life. You pushed me to master my craft. You helped me develop the drive, passion and determination. You pushed me to not wait for someone to believe in my vision, but to find a way to make things happen. I know you didn’t “intend” to, but I thank you for teaching me to believe in myself! and you taught me to trust in God and lean on my faith, not man. Thank You!”

Yvonne Pierre, The Day My Soul Cried: A Memoir

 

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A Trusting Attitude

He that trusts in his own heart is a fool:
but whoever walks wisely, he shall be delivered.
(Proverbs 28:26)

We’re called to trust God. True servants have a trusting heart. By trusting Him we show that we believe he loves us; that he wants only what is good for us. But so often we put our trust in everything else and wonder why our lives are a mess. We need to lean on Him for everything. Things not going right for you? Ask yourself “am I really trusting God”.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
(Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)

To develop a trusting attitude you must know God and to do that you need to know what the bible says about him. You need to experience his power in your life. And you need to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide you.

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. (John 16:13 ESV)

If you struggle to trust him for your daily needs as well as difficult trials remember he wants your trust. He wants to know you believe in His love for you.

“…trusting God has become easy…for today anyway.” (Jubilee Journey, Day 94)

A Prayer for Trust

Father, show me that I can trust you, that you do have my good at heart. Show me where you have come through for me in the past.

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More Posts on a trusting attitude:
How to Trust in God
Quotes for Trusting on God

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Links to other Attitudes in this series
Introduction to Attitudes

Attitudes of the mind:
A Positive Attitude (negativity)
A Confident Attitude (insecurity)
A Contented Attitude (anxious)
A Patient Attitude (impatient)

Attitudes of the heart:
A Joyful Attitude (discouraged)
A Kind and Caring Attitude (unforgiving, self-centered)
A Courageous Attitude (fearful)
A Determined Attitude (quitting, distracted)

Attitudes of the spirit:
A Hopeful Attitude (hopelessness)
A Humble Attitude (proud)
A Trusting Attitude (doubt, double-minded)
A Peaceful Attitude (frustrated, anxious)

It’s about who?

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This little phrase can be heard every so often around my home and while humorous when thrown around by family members to that occasional whiner, we must always remember the feelings of others. Humble yourself before God and others.

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Pride and Humility

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A Story of Suicide and Hope

In September of 1986 my life took an unexpected turn that started me spiraling downward until one night in 1989 that would change my life. That night I sat on my couch and looked at my wrists and thought “I wonder which would hurt worse, cutting my wrists or pain of emptiness in my heart.” You see, in the two and a half years before I had lost everything. All hope was gone. Here only a few highlights that drove me to consider suicide:

  • September 1986 – I had left my home and my job in Dallas and moved to Daleville, Indiana, my husband’s hometown, in hopes of a better life. Within a week he abandoned me and my 13-month old twin daughters. Adding to my loss he also left us with no home or belongings. We stayed with his mother for a few months.
  • November 1986 – I was in an auto accident and lost my car. I finally moved into a place, a rundown trailer. It took two months for the owner to put in a front door. The place was so roach infested you couldn’t walk around in the dark and I had to wash my clean dishes before using them. This infestation came through a “new” stove – a stove with only one working burner and no working oven. And for the eight months we lived there the toilet didn’t work. Night after night I cried over the hopelessness of my situation.
  • January 1987 – my dad had a series of small strokes. He was in the hospital for weeks. I had no phone and my husband’s family wasn’t cooperative in contacting me about his illness.
  • Valentine’s Day 1987 – he asked me for a divorce so he could marry Diane.
  • June 1987 – We moved back in with his mom but would move again a couple of months later because his dad would get drunk and come on to me.
  • October 10, 1987 – I’m now living in a small trailer with my ex-sister-in-law and her daughter. We have no phone and live more than mile from any pay phones. I had called my mom in August for her birthday and she seemed very angry when I told her about the divorce. In my soul I knew something was wrong, I just couldn’t get her off my mind so I arranged for a babysitter and I was going to walk to the phone and call her Sunday morning, October 11th. Saturday evening my ex-mother-in-law came over and said “I’m so sorry”, she was crying. All I could think was my ex-husband was dead and I would have to pretend to feel bad. Then those fateful words came, “your mother died this morning.” That horrible phone call in August was the last conversation I had with my mom.
  • October 12, 1987 – I was able to fly home to Massachusetts for the funeral. My aunt’s, my dad’s sisters, jumped all over me for not having called my mom sooner – guilt I would live with for 15 years.
  • March 1988 – My grandmother called and told me my dad had an aneurism and needed surgery which had only five percent chance of success. My nightly crying over my mom dried up as I prepared for an extended stay back in Massachusetts. The surgery was a success and we returned to Indiana in May.
  • July 19, 1988 – I became an orphan. My father died and I was even more desperately alone. Both mom and dad gone in less than a year.
  • September 1988 – I suffered a knee injury and was barely able to walk.
  • October 1988 – still living in Indiana, away from everything and everyone I knew I became desperately in need of replenishing my family so I became pregnant – no husband – just wanted a baby.
  • January 1, 1989 – a new year and a new start? No. The pregnancy was ectopic. After nearly three months of the worst pain I ever experienced l lost my son and any chance of restoring my family or replacing my parents.
  • February 1989 – my knee had become so bad that I was unable to walk or care for my girls. I had lost so much and so little had been restored. I had nothing but responsibility and heartache. I couldn’t care for myself let alone my daughters.

I had lost everything – all I owned, my job, my financial security, my health, my husband, my mother, my father, and the baby I was so desperately putting my hope in. But that’s the problem. I was putting my hope in sinking sand when I needed to put in upon the rock – Jesus.

As I was contemplating suicide I walked to the back of the trailer to the bathroom. On my way I passed my girls room. I looked at those sleeping little beauties and thought, “they already have an absentee dad, what will happen to them if I die?”

It was 11:00pm but I was determined to find help, anything to get me through the night. I called a friend long distance (this was back when it cost a lot for long distance and I was destitute). We talked and prayed for four hours. This was the best $45.00 I’ve ever spent. That was a lot in 1989.

The next day I scheduled the needed knee surgery and began to spend every quiet moment with God. Suicide has never been an option since. That was 25 years ago and so much has happened. I’ve had a few deep lows but over all I’ve had a wonderfully blessed life. I can’t imagine what would have happened to my family, my daughters and all the people I’ve helped since had I decided to take my life that night. I would have need seen my girls grow into such beautiful young women, I would have never influenced so many students, I would have never gone on my Jubilee Journey and met my father’s family and I would have never been at the birth of my grandson, never known that beautiful little boy. All I lost has been restored to the full and overflowing (John 10:10). And don’t think too negatively about my ex-husband. All is forgiven and I can say we are friends. To this day I count his mom and sister as my dearest friends. And he never did marry Diane.

No matter what the circumstance there is ALWAYS hope in Jesus. Find a way to the ROCK and there you will find hope. If you’re still alive it’s because God isn’t done with you yet, there is still a purpose and a hope (see Jeremiah 29:11)

“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”
~ ~  Jubilee Journey, Day 542

 

Next week: A Humble Attitude

How to Have a Hopeful Attitude

We all need hope in our lives. It’s necessary for our very existence. Here are some practical ways to build your hope in God.

Ten ideas for a more hopeful attitude

  1. Believe there is a solution for every situation
  2. Count your blessings. Just knowing all the good in your life can increase your hope
  3. Pray about what’s stealing your hope to bring clarity to your situation
  4. Take action on anything that’s in your power to change and rely on God for the rest
  5. Believe and seek God’s guidance
  6. Create a mood of worship
  7. Creative spiritual thinking has power to give strength to endure
  8. Meditate on any of the scripture below or other hopeful quotes
  9. Read the book of Ruth. A classic story of utter despair to glorious hope fulfilled
  10. Spend time with hopeful, positive people

Attitude Challenge:
Make a list of all your blessings. Give thanks to God for them. Use the list to remind yourself of God’s faithfulness and that He is your source of hope.

Books on hope
You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times by Max Lucado
When the Going Gets Tough by Joe Stowell
Help Me I’m Alone by Joyce Meyer

Bible Verses on hope (ESV)

Romans 5:5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Hebrews 6:19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain
Psalm 43:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
1 John 3:3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
Psalm 33:22 Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.
Romans 8: 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Psalm 71:14 But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.
Psalm 39:7 “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.
Psalm 33:18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love
Romans 5:4 And endurance produces character, and character produces hope
Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
Psalm 71:5 For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.
Lamentations 3:24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Proverbs 10:28 The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

 

Parable of Persistence

The king told his followers a story to encourage them to pray and to never quit. He told them of a judge in a far off land that held no reverence for God or his people.

There was a woman in the town, a poor widow who was in need of justice. She petitioned the judge for justice from her antagonist. Each time he refused but eventually she wore him down. He thought “I may not care about what God or people think, I’ll see she gets justice so she’ll leave me alone.”

The king told them “if this unjust judge gave justice to the determined woman because she never gave up, doesn’t it show that God will do the same and more for those he loves? For those who seek him continually, crying out for justice and mercy. Would he continue to ignore their pleas? No! They will receive swift justice.

But will he find the faith of this poor widow in his followers ?

Adapted from Luke 18:1-8

 

Next Week: September’s Attitude: A Hopeful Attitude

 

How to Live Determined

Why don’t some people demonstrate the character of determination? Possibly laziness, selfishness, passiveness, “free-spirited”, lacking direction in your life or a lack of faith in what God can do through them?

But there are benefits to living with determination such as being able to complete tasks on time, being a person others can count on and being the person God planned for you to be and fulfilling His plan for you.

What can we do to live with more determination?

  • Think on what God had called you to. For me I’m called to care for my adult daughters and grandson, I’m called to raise him to be a man after His heart, I’m called to teach and train him. I’m called to devote time to Jesus, my classes and Jubilee Journey. Think on what you need to do to accomplish what God has called you to.
  • Spend time in prayer; seek the advice of the Holy Spirit in how to accomplish your callings. Ask for wisdom and you will receive. Wisdom to know what to do and when and to know when you’re trying to do too much.
  • Change your mindset from I’ll try to I will. The “I try’s” will give you a way out and make it easy to not finish what you start, easier to give up.

Attitude Challenge

Challenge yourself this week to find ways to be more determined then share with the rest of us what you’ve learned so we can learn too.

Books on Determination

Daily Dose of Determination by Melanie Bonita
Never Give Up by Joyce Meyer
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Determination, Perseverance and Greatness by Kevin Johnson

Bible verses to encourage you to live more determined.

ESV 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
ESV James 1:22 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
ESV Romans 5:3-5 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
ESV Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
ESV 2 Timothy 2:12 If we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us;
ESV 2 Thessalonians 3:13 As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.
ESV James 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
ESV Ephesians 6:18 Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
ESV Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
NIV Isaiah 40:31 But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
ESV Philippians 4:12-13 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
NIV Ephesians 6:10-18 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
NIV Matthew 7:7-8 Ask, Seek, Knock. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

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A Determined, Persevering Attitude

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:4 NIV)

What is determination? It’s an attitude that helps us to stick with it to the end. It’s not giving up. It’s a matter of faith and of the fruit of perseverance.

  • Abraham reached Canaan through perseverance and determination.
  • Joseph was determined to keep his faith and became governor of Egypt.
  • Noah was determined to persevere with building the ark.
  • Paul was determined that nothing would get in the way of reaching everyone he could for Jesus.

We need to be determined to fulfill the will of God in our lives. God expects us to be determined and preserver to remain faithful in our walk, with others and with serving Jesus. So, how do we maintain a determined attitude? The only way is through the Holy Spirit living in us but we also have to do our part.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.     (1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NIV)

Determination means to endure to the end no matter the trial, no matter the suffering, not matter the work or sacrifice. It is working to accomplish goals and overcome obstacles. We keep trying and don’t give up. For the Christian it is more than just will power. Will power alone often fails us. Just look at how many people start a diet, an exercise plan or decide to become more organized. How many gave up and how many actually achieved and maintained their goals. We persevere through faith we can’t have one without strengthening the other.

When I quit smoking in 1995 it wasn’t the first time, probably not even the hundredth time I attempted to kick the habit. I thought I could do it on my own, through sheer will power but I failed every time. Sometimes I would make to lunch, sometime a week and when I was pregnant seven months. Finally, I gave it to God. And while it was difficult my faith and the power of the Holy Spirit helped to achieve a 14-year struggle. Praise Jesus, I will be smoke free 20 years next May (2015).

Never give up, never give in and accomplish what God would have you do.

A Prayer to live Determined

Jesus show me what distracts me from your plan and help me to live determined to fulfill your will.

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Other Posts in this series: A Determined, Persevering Attitude
How to Live Determined
Quotes for building determination

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Links to other Attitudes in this series
Introduction to Attitudes

Attitudes of the mind:
A Positive Attitude (negativity)
A Confident Attitude (insecurity)
A Contented Attitude (anxious)
A Patient Attitude (impatient)

Attitudes of the heart:
A Joyful Attitude (discouraged)
A Kind and Caring Attitude (unforgiving, self-centered)
A Courageous Attitude (fearful)
A Determined, Persevering Attitude (quitting, busyness)

Attitudes of the spirit:
A Hopeful Attitude (hopelessness)
A Humble Attitude (proud)
A Trusting Attitude (doubt, double minded)
A Peaceful Attitude (frustrated, anxious)

Overcomer

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Overcomer – by Mandisa

Staring at a stop sign
Watching people drive by
T mac on the radio
Got so much on your mind
Nothing’s really going right
Looking for a ray of hope 

Whatever it is you may be going through
I know he’s not gonna let it get the best of you

Everybody’s been down
Hit the bottom, hit the ground
Ooh, You’re not alone
Just take a breath, don’t forget
Hang on to his promises
He wants you to know

The same man, the great I am
The one who overcame death
Is living inside of you
So just hold tight, fix your eyes
On the one who holds your life
There’s nothing he can’t do
He’s telling you

You’re an overcomer
Stay in the fight ’til the final round
You’re not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it’s hopeless
That’s when he reminds you
That you’re an overcomer

Check out the video Overcomer by Mandisa

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The virtue of courage

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Soul Blockers: Courage in Fear

We all have fears and while fear can be beneficial, warning us of danger, negative fear can cause serious damage to our bodies, soul and spirit. The very thing we fear may just decide to pay us a visit. Stress resulting from worry wreaks havoc on our bodies and mind.

Paul tells us in Romans 8:37 that we are more than conquers, we know we have victory but we can’t run from what scares us. We must not fear.  God didn’t give us a spirit of fear but a calm well balance mind and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7). When trouble comes we have the ability to remain stable without worry knowing all the while God will deliver us.

Fear brings torment. The Holy Spirit won’t put us in bondage or fear. That comes from the enemy. God won’t remove the issues we fear but he will give us the strength to live our lives and confront our fears. Where the spirit of God is there is liberty. We must not be in bondage to anything.

Difficulties are often the best thing for us because in the end they bring us closer to God. He will give us strength to go through whatever life presents us. Other times when we choose to continue doing the “stupid stuff” God stands back and permits us experience our problems and fears until we decide to give them to him.

So how do we combat fear?

We have to CONFRONT fear to get rid of it…do it afraid. We need the courage to confront our fears and not run from them. Rely on God to help you stop the strongholds that keep you from doing God’s will.

An important biblical concept is dwelling in PEACE. No peace, no power. We can’t defeat the enemy without it. We have nothing if we don’t have peace.

It’s not what’s on the outside that is important, it’s what on the inside we need to me mindful of. Be careful about THOUGHTS and the words of your mouth. Get in agreement with God’s word. Two can’t walk together unless they agree.

PRAY every morning before getting out of bed, pausing, THANKING and expecting good things. Romans 8.28 – everything comes back to this verse; all things work together for good for those who love God according to his purpose. Form a habit of BELIEVING good things will happen and stop looking for the bad. Whatever we look for we’ll find.

Remember, even in times of trouble we must trust God to make something good out of it. We can still have a positive outlook in a negative situation knowing God has good plan. When something negative happens in our lives we only help the enemy when we fear.

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for well-being and not for trouble, to give you a future and a hope.          Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

Next week: A Determined Attitude

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Take Courage

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

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.

From Thought Conditioners by Norman Vincent Peale

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Courage and Grace

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A Kind and Caring Attitude

Learning to live deeper, living for others is just one character of a mature Christian. When we act in selfishness the enemy can use this to hurt others but we can overcome selfishness by learning how Christ cared for people. We will always be disappointed if we make others responsible for our own happiness so do things for people who can’t pay you back. This is our gift to God.

Don’t just care for people like you’d like to be cared for, they may have different needs. Don’t care for people how they want to be cared for, they may have low self-esteem and expect to be treated badly. Instead, care for people how Christ cares for them:

In your relationships with one another,
have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death
– even death on a cross!
Philippians 2:5-8 (NIV)

Good relationships are impossible without forgiveness and humility. Pride acts out vengeance and unforgiveness, a humble heart lays the offense in God’s hands.  If you’re concerned that people who hurt you or offend you will get away with it – don’t be! God will take care of it. Unforgiveness will not only affect our relationship with the offender but also taint your relationship with others as well as our relationship with God. God can’t be in relationship with us if we aren’t willing to forgive.

How does the Lord show is kindness to us?

  • Through his grace he shows kindness toward us in Jesus (Ephesians 2:7)
  • His kindness isn’t based on what we do but on his mercy (Titus :5)
  • His love is poured out into our hearts, enabling us to show kindness (Romans 5:5)
  • His kindness is seen in his provision (Acts 14:17)

How are we to show kindness to others?

  • Be affectionate and kind, showing no preference of one over another (Romans 12:10)
  • Be compassionate and kind, showing forgiveness (Ephesians 4:32)
  • Show tolerance with other’s weaknesses and build them up (Romans 15:1-2)

Jesus said it best:

For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

Matthew 25:35-40  (NLT)

This is how we show kindness to others and therefore show kindness to Jesus. When our depth of loving kindness increases we draw closer to God and become more like him.

A Prayer to be more Caring

Lord Jesus, help me daily to live out your words “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

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More Posts on a caring & kind attitude:

How to Have a kind and Caring Attitude
Quotes for a Caring & Kind Attitude

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Links to other Attitudes in this series
Introduction to Attitudes

Attitudes of the mind:
A Positive Attitude (negativity)
A Confident Attitude (insecurity)
A Contented Attitude (anxious)
A Patient Attitude (impatient)

Attitudes of the Heart:
A Joyful Attitude (depression)
A Kind and Caring Attitude (selfishness)
A Courageous Attitude (fearful)
A Determined Attitude (quitting, distracted)

Attitudes of the spirit:
A Hopeful Attitude (hopelessness)
A Humble Attitude (proud)
A Trusting Attitude (doubt, double minded)
A Peaceful Attitude (frustrated, anxious)

Give Me Your Eyes

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Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me your love for humanity
Give me your arms for the broken hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me your heart for the once forgotten
Give me your eyes so I can see

Check out the video Give me Your Eyes by Brandon Heath in it’s entirety

How to create your own Joy

Happiness is determined by our thoughts, we must drive off thoughts that depress or discourage. We simply must decide to do it, visualize yourself as filled with joy. I know all too well this is not an easy task but with the help of the Holy Spirit it is possible. We were meant to be over-comers and conquerors (1 John 5:4; Romans 8:37)

Ways to find greater joy:

• Keep your heart free from hate
• Keep your mind free from worry
• Live simply, expect little, give much
• Fill your life with love

Cure for unhappiness

Say out loud “this is the day god had made and I’ll rejoice in it” (Psalm 118:24), better yet, personalize it. Say:

“I believe I’m going to have a wonderful day. I believe I can successfully handle anything life throws at me today. God is with me and he’s going to see me through. I thank God for every good thing and I rejoice in all he’s done for me.”

Attitude Challenge

Memorize one Thought Conditioner each day for forty days.

Books on Joy

Thought Conditioners by Norman Vincent Peale
Choose Joy by Kay Warren
Seven Things That Steal Your Joy: Overcoming the Obstacles to Your Happiness by Joyce Meyer

Verses on joy to meditate on

Rejoice always!   ~  1 Thessalonians 5:16 (ESV)

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.   ~  Proverbs 17:22 (ESV)

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.   ~  Romans 15:13 (ESV)

Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!   ~  Nehemiah 8:10 (NLT)

Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.   ~  Psalm 30:5b (ESV)

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.   ~  Romans 12:12 (ESV)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness   ~  Galatians 5:22 (ESV)

To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.   ~  Isaiah 61:3 (NIV)

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.   ~  Psalm 118:24 (ESV)

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy     ~  Colossians 1:11 (ESV)

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.   ~  Philippians 4:4 (KJV)

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.   ~  Romans 14:17 (ESV)

You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.   ~  Acts 2:28 (ESV)

Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!   ~  Psalm 126:5 (ESV)

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