Have you struggled with letting your thoughts dictate your actions? Me too. I’m a perfectionist by nature, which means I tend to put an unreasonable [...]
The Christmas season is a busy season for most and it's so easy to get caught up in all that we have to do, that we forget to appreciate the season for what it is. The Season of Advent is a time to prepare our hearts and minds for what we're actually celebrating during Christmas: the birth of our Savior and the anticipation of His second coming. Join Mercy staff, Katie, as she elaborates on the importance of being fully present during this season.
Ultimately, my God is a GOOD God. No matter what circumstance I am in or how many handicaps I have. He is still good. You see, when we are not moved by trials due to being planted firmly at the Lord’s feet, people notice. And what, in fact, they are noticing, is Jesus.
Yes, we will experience trials. There will always be something, but if we strive to plant ourselves by the living water, during the trails we will remain steadfast in His supernatural strength and will be able to conquer anything that comes our way.
So with that in mind, what would it look like to consider what God, the author and embodiment of love, says about you? Would you be willing to ask God to help you write a love letter to yourself? This may seem an odd thing to suggest. Perhaps even the thought of sitting down and asking God to help you write a letter professing love for yourself makes you want to run and hide. But lend me your ear, and let your heart sit with the idea for just a second. What would it be like to receive a love letter from the author of your story, your Father, the one who knit you together in your mother’s womb? The one who knows you inside and out? The one whose voice spoke the earth into existence and gently whispers to you in the darkest of nights?
Our encouragement with this week's blog is to challenge you to set some GOALS for the year ahead instead of resolutions. What's the difference? Resolutions typically only last for a short time and do not have the additional thought and foresight attached to them to allow them to live past January 31st! In fact, studies show that over half of Americans make New Year's resolutions, but only 8% succeed in keeping them to a place of success!
Gratitude defined is a feeling of appreciation or thanks. It's interesting that gratitude is defined as a feeling. Our feelings provide a compass for our actions (good or bad!) and are triggered by our thoughts. So we can choose to think grateful thoughts, which will create grateful feelings and perhaps even lead to actions of gratitude towards ourselves, God and others!