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PooPoo Pie


Don't eat poop!  It causes stress, heartache and delusions!I had the best advice one time from a gal who may have not known how much wisdom she was spilling out to me.  I was struggling with lots of stress at the time because of the circumstances of transition and it all started with FaceBook.  Now keep in mind, I sometimes wear my feelings on my shoulders and grasp every perception that could be. I feel as though I am friendly to everyone and wouldn’t hurt a flea on purpose, so it just kills me if I think someone doesn’t like me.   My blood pressure was running high at the time and I was just sick of the so-called worry of what others think of us. I was talking about a post on FaceBook that I knew was about us but it didn’t mention our names.  She said to me, “Don’t own it”.  Those words forever changed my life and redirected my focus.

You see the enemy of our soul would love to continue to beat us down each day with negative remarks from gossip and lies.  People who I had loved for years were mouthing about our leadership, the church or whatever was told to them about us and not only did they believe it but some also continued with the remarks to others.  Sad to say, some still carry it with them.

Its time to "not own it" and throw out the poo poo pie!

 

God has a way to make us stronger as we continue to serve and depend on Him.  There was no unlawful or sin involved with us and in our eyes, we were doing the best of our ability to continue to move forward in what God wanted us to do, following after His steps.  As we continued our journey, we were pushed out of our many circles of people we loved dearly in who we had helped over the years.  It was a hard transition and I know that the past always tries to condemn and keep people from focusing on the future in winning lost souls.  With some is easier to point fingers rather than take responsibility sometimes.  I was taking responsibility with the words that was being said instead of ignoring them.

The “don’t own it” is what I call Poo Poo Pie.  You see when someone makes a remark about you or tries to control your thoughts or actions either through manipulation, control or gossip its like they are handing you a poo poo pie. Have you ever thought of it that way?  PooPoo Pie is nasty and although it may look good or not, you have the ability to receive it or not to.  If you take it, you own it.  You can put it on your shelf, on your counter top, in your bedroom next to your night stand or in your fridge.  Heck, in fact you can drive it around in your car, put it in your purse or take it on a date!  PooPoo Pie never runs out and every time you “own” the remarks or the gossip, bring it up in conversation or the hurt you are taking a big bite out of your pie!  You are in control of your emotions, thoughts and actions.  People may even throw the pie at you but you don’t have to own it!

Want a slice of poo pie?  This is not a recipe you want to share!  Don't own it!It’s time to throw out the pie, in fact, throw out the pie in the garbage and never look through the trash to own it again.  Move forward and don’t own it!  Poo Poo Pie causes high blood pressure, it causes stress, it causes you to have strongholds in your mind to distract you from what God is calling you to do.  It is deceiving.  It makes you sick and you share the poo pie with others and it makes them sick.  I say “stop passing the poo pie!”

Want a piece of POO POO PIE?

So here is my word of advice that I so wonderfully learned through the transition that I may pass to you…. “don’t own it” keep focused on what God has called you to do, because it is only HIM that you must deal with and He doesn’t eat poo poo pie, He has a buffet of life and life more abundantly, total goodness, health, peace and joy, most of all love.  I would rather eat from the buffet instead from the poo poo pie.

What do you think?  Had any pie lately?

New International Version
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

English Standard Version
But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.

English Standard Version
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ

2 Corinthians 10:4
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

 

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Fire Out Of Control

resentment is the cocaine of emotions.....
Resentment is the cocaine of the emotions.  It causes our blood to pump and our energy level to rise.  Like cocaine, it demands increasingly large and more frequent dosages.

There is dangerous point at which anger ceases to be an emotion and becomes a driving force.  A person bent on revenge moves unknowingly further and further away from being able to forgive, for to be without the anger is to be without a source of energy.

Hatred is the rabid dog that turns on its owner.

 

Hatred is the rabid dog that turns on its owner.

Revenge is the raging fire that consumes the arsonist.

Revenge is the raging fire that consumes the arsonist.

 

bitterness is the trap that snares the hunterBitterness is the trap that snares the hunter.

Mercy is the choice that can set them all free.

From the “The Applause of Heaven”

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Would David Delete His Facebook Friends?

Why should you not delete your facebook friends David had many people who lied about him and spread gossipI always wondered why people delete their Facebook friends.  It is kinda sad but holds true to most people who delete.  Sometimes it is just to clean out your Facebook and start something new and sometimes it is just wanting to block the person from showing up in your news feed.  It used to bother me when someone deleted me, because that can really mess up your thoughts on who you thought were true friends, but now I don’t get too much drama in my head when someone unfriended me.  I know there is something more going on in that person’s head to feel as though they should delete.  For some it gives the person a type of control and makes them feel powerful with a press of the button to end a friendship.  Sometimes it is a hurt that is hard to deal with and instead of valuing the relationship with courageous conversation it is thought better to run from it.  It is a type of protective mode and I understand that.

I wonder how David in the Bible would have felt if he had a Facebook or used some type of social media?  Let us look at Psalms 57.

 

David starts out crying out to God and runs to Him for hiding as the storms of life surround him.  This is a good thing, yet notice David runs to God and not away from Him despite the circumstances of life or the chaos that is going on.  David realizes the power of God, the grace of God and His saving power with confessing his faith.  He also knows that God will rescue him from the liars who are so intent upon destroying him, using the words “I am surrounded by fierce lions, hotheads whose teeth are sharp as spears and arrows. Their tongues are like swords….”  David knew his enemies were setting traps for him and he was fearful of the future but knew he must stay faithful to God.  He then watched his enemies fall into the traps themselves.  He goes on to continue to praise God and sing Him praises for His loving kindness.  Davids wishes thru all of this time in his life , God’s glory be brought throughout all the earth.  David was hurt and he was scared of what people would think or view of him.  A natural response when you know people spread gossip and lies about you.

God is still faithful to those who run toward Him and His grace and mercy endures forever to either party.  The next time you get the urge to delete, if you value the relationship take time to ask yourself “why” you are deleting.  Is it because of unmet expectations, or hurt feelings or just a clean up.  Either or say a prayer over the person instead of hating.  Practice love instead of judgement.  Even in the midst of storms in your life, you can produce fruit for others to follow as God takes care of your enemies.

Facebook is network.  It links you to a person in years down the road could open an opportunity up for you.  I heard a man say once, “Don’t burn bridges or one day you may have no place to go”.

David continued to praise and worship God thru all circumustances!

What do you think?  Would David’s friends delete him or would David delete the people who were spreading lies about him?

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Detox for the Body and Soul

detox with lemon juice I just started something new for the last two-weeks with this lemon drink.  I like it.  Can I tell any difference? Ummm unsure but I know it’s good for me.  Here is what I am doing:

Morning Drink: Lemon Cayenne Water

For the last two weeks I’ve been starting out every morning with a glass filled with water, lemon juice and cayenne pepper. It’s kind of like the master cleanse lemonade, but with no sweetener. When I drink it, I feel like I am cleansing myself with a dose of detoxifying goodness.

Lemon cayenne water is a great way to cleanse your body regularly even when you’re not “on a cleanse.”

Drinking spicy water may sound gross to you, but with the lemon, you’ll actually start loving it.  Now, I just add a pinch, and I love it.

Here’s why:

Lemon juice and cayenne pepper both have anti-fungal, immune boosting, and detoxification properties.

Lemon juice is great for digestion, destroying bacteria and cleansing the system –it supports the liver and kidneys to get rid of toxins.

Cayenne pepper increases metabolism, stimulates the circulatory system, aids digestionhelps regulate blood sugar and more.

Put them together and you have a very powerful cleansing drink!

My usual:

  • About 12 oz of water
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Pinch of cayenne (enough to feel the heat but not so spicy that it’s hard to get down)

So give it a try! It may become part of your new morning routine.

Now what about my soul?

detox for the soulThis got me thinking about my morning routine.  I need to study more to detox my soul.  I can read a scripture or ponder on a topic but then my morning can quickly go into checking Facebook  messages, twitters, email and before you know it I am boggled down with “stuff” totally weeding out my time with God.  I need to change.  It seems as though I can’t seem to find balance.  I need to exercise again since they tell me my cholesterol is a tad high.  Decisions, choices, work, children, and life.

Last week I had a group of ladies here at the house and we discussed the biggest issues women face.  One was balance.  The feeling words, were overwhelmed or stressed.

It’s time for a detox for everyone and I am not just talking about for the body but for the soul.  The Bible describes it as Renewing the Mind.  We must get ourselves to a place where we give God the time to meditate on His Love, His Word and His goodness.  Just like my new morning water routine, we need an immune upper from His Word.  We need a spiritual metabolism booster to keep us going.  We need an enemy destroying cleanse of the junk that penetrates our mind from the world’s words.  Now if you put them all together you have a powerful cleansing, detoxing, spiritual booster for the day!

This is my new morning routine and its much more than just a drink. 🙂

What is your morning detox?

 

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An Artist Perspective

I attended the Joyce Myers Conference in St. Louis and heard Pricilla Shirer speak.  She told us a little story that I thought was worth sharing.

stone horse storyThere was an artist who carved a stallion from stone.  The stone stallion was marvelous and perfect in every way.  Everyone marveled at the details of perfection and how it looked so real.  A person walked up to the artist and said, “How do you get so precise details when you carve the stone…?”  The artist replied, “I chip away everything that doesn’t look like a stallion”.

Although a simple answer, the answer is so profound.  As Christians, this is exactly what the Holy Spirit does for us.  The Spirit continues to chip away the excess of what doesn’t look like Jesus.  One day we will stand without spot and blemish designed and carved by the Master Artist!

Challenge of the day:  What part of you needs to be chipped away?  Make a change today and let God take over that part of your life that you may be holding on to.

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My Focus

My focus from CorinthiansNotes from journal: Reading Corinthians :1

One of the things I noticed as Paul was writing to the church of Corinth:

*He encouraged believers

*He wanted them to be blessed

*He wanted them to have peace in their heart and mind

*He doesn’t want to stop thanking God for having people in his life especially other believers

*He reminds us all to be thankful in how God has enriched our lives, given us truth, power and the ability to speak, and has given us forgiveness and grace

He also tells us:

* Don’t argue or have church splits

*Desire unity in thought and purpose

*Boast only what God has done

Sometimes we desire signs, or sometimes people think Christians are foolish but we must remember that Jesus has made us acceptable to God, pure and holy and that He alone purchased us.

In this little chapter it speaks much to me.  My prayer and focus is to always remember to encourage others and be happy for the blessings that come their way.  Every decision I make must be that of peace and to promote peace and unity within the hearts and minds of people.  I must always remember to be thankful for what Jesus has done for all of us, purchased us so that we may be a blessing to others.

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What Is Your Purpose in Life Leadership Training

Before you can influence and engage others in working with you to create a compelling vision, you need to be clear about your personal purpose.  A leader’s personal purpose must guide and align the efforts of those who are to follow or their whole relationship is built on a false foundation.  Hidden motives and hidden agendas will sabotage trust, the key ingredient in any leader-follower relationship.

Are you servant leader?

A purpose is different from a goal in that it does not have a beginning or an end.  It is the meaning of the journey, not the destination.  Purpose is bigger than any achievement.  Your personal purpose is your calling – the reason you were created.  In the context of leadership, being sure of your individual purpose in relationship to your influence on other people must include serving their best interests or it becomes manipulation and exploitation, the absolute opposite of leading like Jesus.

What was Jesus’s purpose?  Servant Leadership.  The fruit of great servant leadership is realized when a leader seeks to send the next generation of leaders to meet the challenges of their season with all the wisdom, knowledge and spiritual resources he or she can provide.  One of the greatest services a leader can provide to his or her followers is constancy of purpose.  Stay on the course and remain true to the mission and values, don’t give in to the pressures of the moment.

We must as leaders choose results and choose people.  We must elevate growth and development of people to the status of an end goal as important as achieving other results.  We should focus on the development of the people around Him.  When we do this we are following Jesus and leading as He led, serving at a higher purpose.

You can read more from the book called Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges. 🙂

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Puke or Post on Facebook

life problems on facebookIt’s very easy to post our frustrations or even our thoughts on Facebook.  Although I have done it time to time to voice my opinion I try not do this to the negative destructive way inserting ill feeling toward someone or my own negative feelings or behavior to where it affects someone or points back to me and being emotionally unstable and unable to handle life’s problems.  Although I think writing your thoughts, feelings and all are great and therapeutic down on paper in journaling, I don’t believe it is always helpful on social media when it becomes an ongoing thing.  Yes, I know we all have freedom of speech but should not we control our fingers since they are our tongue?  Research shows it is helpful to voice our feelings on social media but again I think there should be rules of engagement.

We must remember our kids, our neighbors are more apt to view online comments than we adults. Suggesting or advocating in any way a potentially harmful action is out of line and swear words or threat to someone or self is unacceptable.

Research shows certain online behaviors may be beneficial for some because they provide an emotional outlet, boosting short-term well-being.

Individuals who score low on emotional stability  experience emotions more intensely  and negatively and are less adept at regulating their emotions on their own. Although this leaves them with a heightened need to share their emotions with others, their low affiliation and their tendency to be socially apprehensive might make it difficult for low emotionally stable individuals to share emotions with others offline. The online setting, however, makes sharing less threatening. It is believed that online sharing can have beneficial consequences. It may help emotionally unstable individuals boost well-being after negative emotional experiences by increasing perceived social support. Research suggests that the verbalization of an emotion can encourage healing over time and social sharing of emotion provide immediate benefits other than just journaling to oneself.

By releasing emotions on Facebook or other social media, it will buffer negative feelings that arise from negative emotional experiences, providing immediate relief. In other words, it may immediately boost overall well-being (e.g. by reducing feelings of anxiety or loneliness) and prevent outrages at home or work.

So now I understand the reason why some people just post post post puke all the time = low emotional stability in need of social acceptance and self acceptance.

As a counselor I understand. 🙂

As a minister of the gospel there is help and helping others should also be first in our minds.  Of course when you are sick, you don’t really think about where you are going to puke.  It just comes up and out.  As adults we run to the bathroom for the toilet but as children you puke where ever you are standing.

My question, “Who and what effect does the negative emotion have on yourself or on others when you post”?  Do people really think about the posting?  Why do people want to argue when they see a post voicing an opposing opinion?  It seems as tho some people want people to argue with them.  Does this mean they love confrontation or they really don’t think about the effect it has on others reading their posts?

Many questions, many unanswered questions.

Here are my suggestions when posting:

1.  Do not propose debatable topics unless you want others to argue with you.  Arguments will make tempers rise and you could possibly get hate messages, so if you have low self-esteem or if you have problems with your blood pressure, be aware of topics that could cause debates. Do you want to be known as the person who likes to start debates?  I know some.

2.  Don’t puke out your negative feelings about how bad, crazy, depressed, lonely, unworthy, etc you are because this is direct opposite of who God is and has for you.  This is negative faith = fear.  God lives on each and every one of us, therefore He is stronger than the feelings we are having at that particular moment.   Although you may feel upset, post the opposite so the enemy will leave you alone.  You will be speaking faith and proclaiming your prophecy for your future.  Negative post attract negative people, the enemy and fear of the future, opposite of what your soul really desires.  If you want friends to stick around and like you, then don’t puke.  People want to be friends with positive people.

3.  Don’t be emotional abusive: the golden rule is to do to others what you want them to do to you.  So be careful how you respond to other people’s post.

4.  Don’t air out family or friends life’s problems or gossip.

5.  Don’t call out sin or what you think is sin as well as judgement.  You don’t really know what the other person is thinking or doing unless you talk to them directly or live out in their shoes.  No one is perfect, so let the person without sin cast the first stone.  I know of a particular person who constantly makes post about other people’s problems or issues, yet claims to be a Christian.  How can we win someone to Christ by being judgmental or acting as though we are sinless.

In conclusion, as the body of Christ, we have a very important tool called Social Media.  We are to win the lost, and be an example to others as well as building up the Body of Christ, teaching, expounding the Word, encouraging others, and being the light to draw people out of darkness.

What is your thoughts?  Do you think posting on Facebook is a positive or negative experience?  Comment below your answers!

 

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He Almost Starved To Death

old ship of starvationThere was a time when British men went to America to increase their wealth.  During this time one poor Englishman decided that  he also wanted to journey to America to seek his fortune.  He saved his money and bought a third class ticket on a boat bound for America.  Although he did not have money remaining for food, he decided that his venture was worth the sacrifice.

After he boarded the boat he went down to third class section.  During mealtime he remained alone in the large cabin, pondering the moment when he would arrive at New York.

An unexpected typhoon sent the boat off course and it took fourteen days for the crew to adjust to the planned cruise.  By the end of those two weeks, the young man felt as if he were dying from starvation.  “Whether I die from starvation or die from punishment when the restaurant finds that I have no money to pay, it is all the same to me” he thought.

So he went to the dining room for the first time and ordered a full course meal.  He devoured the food like a starving man, ordered more, and ate until he was full and satisfied.  He turned to the waiter and said, “Bring me the bill”.  The waiter looked at him being confused.  After several minutes, the waiter replied, “Sir, when you bought the ticket to travel on the boat, you also purchased all the meals you would need during the trip, you already paid the bill.”

The young man had almost died from starvation.  Yet the bill had already been paid for all the food he could have wanted.

Many Christians are like that young man.  They receive a ticket to heaven through faith in Jesus Christ. But in that ticket there is also a promise of abundance.  Blinded by their own preconceptions, they live life of sparsity, with prosperity seeming an impossible feat.  They grab and hold on to everything, blinded by their own selfish desires either to be right or to pay back with judgement of the nature of the old man.  It is sad yet true as  people struggle day-to-day leaning on themselves instead of on the One who has paid it all.

If we want to live in abundance while traveling on our journey here on earth, we must realize that Jesus already paid for everything.  To be prosperous, search your heart to find your true motives.  We should want to be prosperous to bear more fruit, to be productive for God and His Kingdom.  Putting God first in our lives and helping others realize the value of His sacrifice, the value of their talents to be used for the Kingdom will bring prosperity in your own life.  It is about loving God first, living in relationship with Him and others, and lead by example in serving, giving, loving and motives.  Prosperity will come because it has already been paid for by our King.  Realizing you are a child of the King, and no longer a slave to the sin of this world will completely change your life, not only will your belly be full but you will no longer be starving.  The bill has been paid. 🙂

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More Than The Eye Can See

More than the eye... see beyond!Faith is trusting what the eye cannot see

Eyes see the prowling lion.  Faith sees Daniel’s angel.

Eyes see storms. Faith sees Jesus with arms outstretched.

Eyes see the impossible.  Faith sees a God that all things are possible.

Eyes see the wheelchair.  Faith sees the walking.

Eyes see cancer.  Faith sees the stripes that heal us.

Eyes see the sin.  Faith sees the saving grace of forgiveness.

Eyes see your faults and your guilt, coupled with shame.  Faith sees your Savior, His blood and His grace.

Look into the mirror today, look into life and don’t see everyday circumstances.  Faith is beyond what your eyes behold!