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The mind is a battlefield
The mind is a battlefield

Do you ever notice how some days your mind goes one way and then suddenly it’s going in another direction? It seems like it’s back-and-forth back-and-forth back-and-forth.

There are many thoughts that go through our heads on a regular basis. Some are good and some are bad. And the battle is for our minds. Satan knows that if he can grab a hold of that one thought that is negative and work it, that he has us in his grips.

So what can we do to make sure that we are battle ready? We have to make sure that our eyes are focused on good and pure things, we have to make sure we are reading the word of God on a daily basis and we have to make sure that we are in prayer throughout the day.

Are you having thoughts that are negative and thoughts that are leading you down a wrong path, they are not, I repeat they are not from God!

Make sure that you are paying attention to how you are thinking. You do not have to continue to focus in on negative thoughts that are leading you astray. You have control of your thought life! Start thinking about what you are thinking about.

The battle in our minds is just that, it is a battle. And we must be prepared. We must put on and be battle ready.

Our worst critic….
Our worst critic….
Bam, Wham!, do you ever find that you are your own worst enemy? Well, if you're anything like me you've done this numerous times.

You beat yourself up for decisions that you've made, or thoughts that you have had all the while thinking you are the worst person ever!

Well, taking a correct self inventory is not necessarily a bad thing but as with all things, we can take it to an extreme. We have to learn to find that middle ground for that sweet spot where we are not condemning our self, but instead correcting our self.

The Holy Spirit is our still small voice that reminds us. He tells us when there's areas of our lives that need adjusting and helps us find a way to adjust them. Satan, on the other hand, is the great condemnor. He wants nothing more than for you to feel horrific about the decisions that you have made or the actions that you have taken.

There is this beautiful thing call to repentance. What this means is that if we had done something or said something wrong, we ask God for forgiveness and we make a rational decision to stop doing or saying that the tick killer thing.

Now no one ever said it was going to be easy. Being able to sacrifice our wants and desires to please God can be difficult at times. But saying no to ourselves is sometimes the best decision we will ever make.

So the next time you decide to beat yourself up for something that you have done, look back at the situation and try to find the rational solution. Be willing to change for God and be willing to except your own weaknesses.

There will be times where you will feel like you are repenting and repenting and repenting, but that is normal. That is why Jesus came for us. He took it upon the cross. He took Carson wants for all times.

Many people feel that because Jesus took our sins that they can live a lackadaisical life, but quite the opposite is true. When we have a true appreciation for what Jesus did for us, we will want to spend our time thinking and trying to be a better person. Remember that faith without works is dead and useless.
Company you keep.
Company you keep.
1John 2:26 Be aware of those who want to lead you astray!

Make sure that the company you keep is the company that will lead you down the correct path. The people that we surround ourselves with is extremely important.

It is better to be alone than to be around people who will lead you down a path of destruction .

And make sure that you are the person that others want to be like and be around.

Remember it is a sin to know what you are to do and then not do it.
The past
The past
The other day I found a snakeskin outside of my garage door. It was long and scaly and freaked me out for a few minutes, as I remembered that that means there's a snake nearby.

But, the cool thing about a snakeskin is the fact that they can shut off all of their old stuff to make way for new stuff. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we were able to do that as well. To just get rid of all of the garbage and the guck in our lives and get prepared for a new fresh skin.

Well, this is what happens when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Our old selves, which are filled with sin our shed off of us. They might be lurking in the bushes somewhere but they're not on us anymore.

As hard as you try with an old snake skin to put it back on, it is going to inevitably come right back off. And it's the same way with our old selves. We have to quit trying to put and remember all of the things that we have done in the past back on again.

When Jesus took our sins upon the cross, he took it for all times. There's no going back. So if Jesus already took it, why do we keep putting it back on. Forget about it. Lay it aside and leave it sitting in the bushes.

Trust me, everybody's got an old snakeskin sitting around somewhere. You were not the only one who has done 10 million things that you regret in life. Every single one of us regret things and wish we could turn back the pages, but we just have to get to the point where we quit thinking about that. Shed it and leave it.
Recognize your blessings
Recognize your blessings

What are you doing with what has been given to you? Are you spending your day thinking oh poor me? Are you so consumed with what you don't have that you're not recognizing what you do have?

It is very easy to get self consumed in a world of give me more more more. But, sometimes we have to stand back and look at all of the things that we do have.

So I want to encourage you today to quit focusing on the negative. Look at the positive things in your life and start thanking God out loud for them. We are always telling other people to chin up and one amazing person they are, but when was the last time you told yourself that?

You are an amazing person! You are exactly who you are supposed to be. If there's areas in your life that you want to be better in, then strive for them. But don't get self consumed and all upset if things don't come about in a lickety-split manner.

When God tells us to learn self-control and patience he's not just speaking towards other people, he speaking about us having patience with our self also. You don't have to be so hard on yourself you know. You are an amazing person and you can do all things through Christ .

Take the pressure off of yourself being so perfect. Learn to enjoy the little steps. Because one day you'll look back at all of those steps will have already been taken. Enjoy the journey it's not just about the end result. It's about living each and every day to its fullest extent.
Live and Learn
Live and Learn

Yesterday I was speaking with one of my girls at work, and she speaking about her father and how he is ill. She was telling me how she’s going to go visit him and spend some time with him since they’ve only given him a few months left to live. I asked her if her father had a relationship with Christ and if he was a believer, but she stated that she wasn’t really sure. So, I encouraged her to make sure that she speaks with him about this as soon as she gets there. Although she was nodding her head yes I could see the hesitation in her mannerisms. So, I’m going to tell you just like I told her: each one of us doesn’t know 100% what we’re talking about, because we have not seen heaven face-to-face. But we do know this, we sense Gods  presence every single day. We have proof beyond proof for the existence of Jesus throughout history.  Even if we only know a little bit and if we are not confident in our words, some words are better than none. All of us have doubts and all of us have fears at some point in our lives, but that does not negate our duty as a Christian to spread the wonderful love of Jesus.  There are eternal consequences to not having a relationship with God. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the way the truth and the life and no one can come to the father except by him. Knowing that this is the way, we should seek and strive every day to tell people the way to heaven. Even if you don’t say everything completely right, just say it.  Maybe people will have a ton of questions and you won’t have answers for them, but that’s OK. You can simply say to them well, I don’t know the answer for that but how about if we look some stuff up together or can I get back to you with an answer with that. Some people may even argue with you about things and say 0h are you some Bible thumper now, but once again it’s OK. You got this. Don’t wait until it’s too late to introduce somebody Jesus.  And if you feel that your walk with Christ is not strong enough, what are you waiting for? none of us know the day or the time of Christ returns, nor do we know what’s going to happen for one second to the next quit hesitating. For this is that moment in time but eternity is a very long time to live.  Yes, we have a choice to make. We either believe and spend an eternity in heaven, or we just believe and spend an eternity separated from God forever. There is no in between.

Speak your truth…
Speak your truth…

Have you ever had someone say something to you that just Stuck with you through the years? You think about what that person said even though it was years ago? Have you made that word or sentence become a part of your life?

We can speak words of life or we can speak words of death over one another. The words that you say to someone are so important. Are you speaking words to lift a person up or to tear them down?

This week during my art class, I was telling the children what amazing artist they are. I told them to say out loud I am an amazing artist. So, they each said that out loud and you could see the pride in their faces as they spoke these words over themselves. As one of the girls was leaving class, she said to me I am a good artist Miss Heather. I thought to myself, wow, these are the type of words that we need to be speaking to other people.

So, as you go about your day today, make your words positive. Lift people up on purpose. See the joy in others faces as you encourage them with just a word or a phrase.

Smile at people, even if you do not know them. You never know how long that word or that smile will live in their hearts.

And if you have spoken negative words over someone, or if you have in the past, be quick to turn those words around. Don't be too prideful to apologize or to ask someone for forgiveness. Humble yourself and see the good and mighty work God will do in your life.

As you give, so you shall receive.
Why are people afraid of Jesus?
Why are people afraid of Jesus?
Yesterday, I had a very interesting text awaiting me. It was a text from someone that had been placed into the Bible writing group. It said I don’t know who you are, but take me off of this stupid text about this Bible S…

At first, I was quite taken aback by this comment, but then I was reminded about what a lost world we live in. There are so many people that are opposed to God and Jesus and the Bible, yet they know nothing about them. They think that it’s all just a big crock and have no interest in learning anything more. So, instead of taking the time to learn more, They criticize and condemn.

My question for all of the naysayers of the Bible is, how do you condemn something or someone that you know nothing about?

Many people say that there is no way to know anything about God, but The more time we spend with someone the more we get to know them. So if you were feeling lost, alone and afraid, I encourage you to spend time with God. Get to know who he is by reading about him. You will soon come to the conclusion that the Bible is not a cross and that you can have a relationship with God.

I think that many times we choose to hear what other people have to say about certain situations or people and we don’t take the time to come to our own conclusions. But I want to encourage you today to take the time, on your own, to get to know exactly who God is.

So, the next time that you are criticize our question about your face, encourage people to come up with their own beliefs. But in order to learn about something, we must study. The study the word of God to prove yourself correct.

You don’t have to be offended when somebody question your face or your believes, instead encourage others and find things that hit home with you that you could share with other people.

I know that for myself, I told this person that the text that I myself did not come to know anything about God until I was 28 years old. But it was then that I began to study the word and got to know more and more about my creator. I continue to question things and I continue to seek answers, but I never stop looking and I encourage you to do the same.
Squirrel
Squirrel

Anybody that knows me knows that I have a little bit of ADHD. I'm constantly going going going going going going going. They'll be some times where I'm talking about one thing and then the next thing you know, squirrel! I've gone from paying full attention to seeing a squirrel run up in a tree and you've lost me completely.

Or, there's a time where I decide to sit down and pray and then the next thing you know I'm focusing on what I have to do at work, what's going on with my kids, something I have to get taken care of or I see a squirrel run up a tree.

So, what can we do to keep ourselves focused when we're trying to give her time to God? Well, that's the question and the answer that I think everyone of us is seeking. Sometimes I'll be laying in bed, having a hard time falling asleep, so I decide to pray and then what happens? You guessed it, I fell right asleep

Spending time with God and getting to know him definitely involves a time of prayer, but there is so much more. If you were looking to enhance your relationship with God, you have to do it on purpose.

You can choose to listen to praise and worship music instead of the local radio stations. You can print out a few Bible verses and place them in your workspace. Remember to change them out on a regular basis so that you don't just look past them. Or one thing that I love is setting an alarm every day on your phone to go off at a specific time or even twice a day that just says pray.

Because making God a part of our entire day instead of thinking that we have to cram everything into one prayer session is how we truly make God part of our lives. Try to remember to include God in The little things. Like what you're going to wear or where you're going to go. The little things are just as important to God as The big things.

There's always going to be a squirrel running up a tree, but that doesn't mean that you have to look at every single one.
Round and round we go!
Round and round we go!
Here we go around the Mulberry Bush, the Mulberry Bush, the Mulberry Bush. Here we go around the Mulberry Bush so early in the morning.

So, here is my question: why do we continue to go around the Mulberry Bush and why are we going around it so early in the morning? I don't know.

Well, obviously I don't really mean on Mulberry Bush. I'm talking about the fact that we continue to go over and over the same things every day. We swear we're knocking to eat junk food, and then lo and behold what happens somebody bring something super yummy and delicious into work and I just can't say no. Or we decide I'm not gonna drink any wine today, then we get home and that bottle of wine is so very enticing and Lee just say OK I'll just have one glass. Or how about, I'm never going to say a bad word again and then somebody really makes you mad and you're talking with your BFF and say boy that person sure was a meanie Coppini… Not!

I spent years and years being upset with myself that yet again I had failed to be this perfect Christian. I thought that if I didn't do what was right all the time and say what was right all the time then God would not except me. But this is the thing, I was a rebuilding a system that's already been tore down.
When we except Jesus as our Lord and Savior and we don't have to worry about God not accepting us based upon our behavior. Jesus already took care of all of this. We don't have to try to be good enough we're arty made good through Jesus. There is nothing that we can do to earn or dissed earn God's love and acceptance of us when Jesus is our Lord.

Jesus took our sins upon the cross over 2000 years ago, so can we relive that day? Of course not. So why, oh why are we continuing to circle around the Mulberry Bush day in and day out? Get away from that bush! It's no good.

You are beautiful and you are accepted by God. He is not mad at you. Yes certain things are bad for you and yes certain things have consequences, but your sin and wrongdoings have already been dealt with. Jesus took them all! There's no more sin because sit no longer exists when Jesus is your sacrifice. It's gone, it's wiped away. Walk away from the bush.