Our Mindset Establishes the Way We Operate

My weekly devotional for Daughter of Delight is up! Thanks for reading!!

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Where is your head at today? Did you wake up feeling refreshed and thankful, or was your heart bogged down by critical thoughts before your feet even hit the floor? We all wake up on the wrong side of the bed sometimes, but it’s up to us to determine whether or not we stay in that gloomy place. We are what we think (Proverbs 23:7) and our mindset establishes the tone for the way we operate.

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Manna For a Mama's Soul

Sometimes I feel like I have NO IDEA what I’m doing as a parent.

I wonder if I’m doing too much of this or not enough of that.

Was I too firm here or too lenient there?

Are they eating the right foods?

Are they learning the right lessons?

Am I doing anything right?

Ahhhh! The list is maddening & it goes on an on.  

But God!

In the midst of the crazy thoughts swirling around in my head, God allows me to witness precious sights like this.

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My toddler initiated reading time with her baby sis, & read every book she could find for her. To witness such a simple, yet endearing sight was like the Lord telling me that I’m doing just fine.

As the Holy Spirit begins to flood my mind with God’s precious promises, I am reassured. My girls will be alright because even with my minor (and major) mess-ups, He is right there.

He is right there leading and guiding, teaching and protecting, comforting and loving me and my family. He will never leave me nor forsake me, and He is my strong tower and solid rock!

On a day that I’ve been struggling with some things spiritually (Satan, you are defeated!!!), this sweet, sweet sight was like manna to this mama’s soul. It opened my eyes to the beauty of all the simple, yet marvelous things going on around me, and helped me to soak in the warm embrace of my Father’s unfailing love.

Thank you, thank you Lord. 

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’.                                                                                     Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)

BE BLESSED!!!

Manna For a Mama’s Soul

Sometimes I feel like I have NO IDEA what I’m doing as a parent.

I wonder if I’m doing too much of this or not enough of that.

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Monday Motivation: Be Mindful of the Company You Keep

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No friendship will ever compare to the one we have with Jesus, and as believers it is imperative to remain wise about the earthly relationships we keep!

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Monday Motivation: It’s Not Over

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Well here we are.  Wow.  In a matter of hours, 2012 will become a thing of the past, and we’ll be at the start of 2013.  It seems that every year flies by faster than the one before, and it can be mind-blowing to think of all that can take place in a span of 12 months.

On this New Year’s Eve, you may be contemplating the goals you set for yourself and the dreams you dared to dream.  Perhaps some of your aspirations were accomplished, while in other areas you fell short.  I know I haven’t accomplished all that I set out to do, and for a brief moment I almost felt discouraged about it.  But then I remembered that the end of the year does not signify the end of every opportunity!!  When the clock strikes at midnight tonight, it doesn’t mean that your chances have been wiped away.  This isn’t the story of Cinderella.  It’s our lives and we can take control of whatever it is we’ve set out to do!!  Whether carrying a goal over from last year, or making a host of new resolutions, think it, speak it, write it, share it, and see what happens in this coming year!

Proverbs 23:7a (AMP)

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

Habakkuk 2:2 (AMP)

And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by.

Philippians 1:6 (AMP)

And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.

Take the energy that would’ve otherwise been spent dwelling on what you didn’t do, and put it toward finishing what you’ve started.  Don’t quit, and I’m praying for a safe and happy new year for you all!!! 🙂

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns, As every one of us sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about, When he might have won had he stuck it out; Don’t give up though the pace seems slow– You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than, It seems to a faint and faltering man, Often the struggler has given up, When he might have captured the victor’s cup, And he learned too late when the night slipped down, How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out– The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, And you never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far, So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit– It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

– Author unknown

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