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  • Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Patience

    Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Patience

    Continuing on in our look at each of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how affirming them cultivates intentional mindfulness within us.

    Affirmations are a statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, 

    In Philippians 4:8, Paul gives us instructions on what we should think or meditate about. 

    “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8— NLT

    According to Wikipedia, In common language usage, “fruit” usually means the seed-associated fleshy structures (or produce) of plants that typically are sweet or sour and edible. The fruits of the Spirit are fine points that should naturally grow out of the proceedings of the Holy Spirit in our life. 

    But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23— NLT

    Fruits of the Spirit affirmations are based upon Scripture to inspire us to cultivate the fruits of the Spirit in our daily lives. The word “Spirit” in these affirmations will be capitalized because these are fruits given to us by the Holy Spirit, not ourselves. 

    The fruits of the Spirit are:

    • Love
    • Joy
    • Peace
    • Patience
    • Kindness
    • Goodness
    • Faithfulness
    • Gentleness
    • Self-control

    Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time.  

    Say the affirmations and scriptures out loud as you work through the study.  

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    Patience

    I Choose Patience

    When we’re in a traffic jam or on a heavily congested highway, we see that humankind is not patient. We want to travel and get there fast, from standing in the slowest line in the grocery store or in bumper-to-bumper traffic. The bottom line is we don’t like to be delayed.

    God is our most outstanding example of patience. He lovingly waits for us to repent and stop wrecking up our lives. We should try our best to mirror the love and mercy that God shows us.

    Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Patience. Here are affirmations and verses about patience to encourage you as you learn about looking at life through God's timetable.  Click To Tweet

    Here are affirmations and verses about patience to encourage you as you learn about looking at life through God’s timetable. 

    Loving Patience

    — I choose to show love to others by having a gentle and patient spirit with them.

     “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.” NASB

    Ephesians 4:2— NASB

    Intentional Patience

    — I choose to be a patient spirit. Just as I look into my refrigerator and choose what to eat, I choose to be patient. 

    “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”

    Colossians 3:12— NLT

    Steady patience

    —I choose to have a steadfast attitude with my patience. When I plant seeds of patience, I will glean a heavenly reward. 

    “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who, through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”

    Hebrews 6:12— NIV

    Strong patience

    —I choose to be strong by practicing patience. When I show patience, I am an example of the strength and endurance that comes through my faith in God.

    We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy”

    Colossians 1:11— NLT

    Reflections

    Am I slow or fast to show patience?

    Do others describe me as patient? What are some examples?

    How can I show patience with others today?

    A Patience Affirmation

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  • Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Peace

    Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Peace

    Continuing on in our look at each of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how affirming them cultivates intentional mindfulness within us.

    Affirmations are a statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, 

    In Philippians 4:8, Paul gives us instructions on what we should think or meditate about. 

    And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

    Philippians 4:8— NLT

    According to Wikipedia, In common language usage, “fruit” usually means the seed-associated fleshy structures (or produce) of plants that typically are sweet or sour and edible. The fruits of the Spirit are fine points that should naturally grow out of the proceedings of the Holy Spirit in our life. 

    But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23— NLT

    Fruits of the Spirit affirmations are based upon Scripture to inspire us to cultivate the fruits of the Spirit in our daily lives. The word “Spirit” in these affirmations will be capitalized because these are fruits given to us by the Holy Spirit, not ourselves. 

    The fruits of the Spirit are:

    • Love
    • Joy
    • Peace
    • Longsuffering
    • Kindness
    • Goodness
    • Faithfulness
    • Gentleness
    • Self-control

    Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time.  

    Say the affirmations and scriptures out loud as you work through the study.  

    Next Up

    Peace

    The world is uncertain. Jobs and the economy are not secure. Marriages, at times, crumble. Many neighborhoods aren’t safe. There is drought, famine, floods, and much more.

    But where does this uncertainty leave us? Sometimes— but not always— we might want to crawl under a rock and just hide, cocooning ourselves safely inside.

    Imagine this: A raging ocean with waves crashing on a craggy and rocky coastline. Ocean spray spraying into the sky. Churning waves and black and gray storm clouds fill the sky above. But, suddenly, you see something, squinting now. Your eyes are drawn to two rocks leaning against one another, fashioning an opening there was a white form. Could it be? To your amazement, it’s a slumbering seabird, nestled in its nest, safe from the storm because of the shelter of the rock. The little bird was at peace, although a storm raged around her.

    Here are affirmations and verses about peace to help you learn about the real peace the Spirit offers us and through us.  Click To Tweet

    Here are affirmations and verses about peace to help you learn about the real peace the Spirit offers us and through us. 

    Heavenly Peace

    — God’s heavenly peace encompasses every aspect of my life. With His peace, my heart is calm, and I do not fear. I choose to dwell on the lasting peace the Spirit gives me. 

     Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]

    John 14:27— AMP

    Purposeful Peace

    — I choose to plant a seed of peace. I may not see an immediate harvest of peace. By placing my peace in the Master Farmer, a seed is planted, and he will bring a harvest of peace into my life.

    And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace. 

    Jamen 3:18— HCSB

    Legacy Peace

    The peace from Christ is His legacy to me. I choose to pass down this legacy of peace to others. Click To Tweet

    —The peace from Christ is His legacy to me. I choose to pass down this legacy of peace to others.

    Let the peace of Christ, to which you were indeed called in one body, rule in your hearts; and be thankful.

    Colossians 3:15— NASB

    Strong Peace

    — When adversaries come against me, I will depend on the strength of the Lord. When I rely on heavenly strength, I have a blessed peace even amid life’s storms.

    The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11— NIV

    Psalm 29:11— NIV

    Reflections

    What does a peace-filled day look like to me?

    What is a situation in my life where I need to let peace reign?

    How can I grow in peace today?

    A Peace Affirmation

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  • Sustaining Friendships From Midlife And Beyond— A Woman’s Guide{{Sweet Tea & Friends October Link Up}}

    Sustaining Friendships From Midlife And Beyond— A Woman’s Guide{{Sweet Tea & Friends October Link Up}}

    Have you ever been in Girl Scouts? I bet even if you haven’t, you know someone who was. And I bet you know this tune from the friendship song.

    Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver; the other is gold.

    Admit it; you sang that line, didn’t you? I know I did.

    Friendships are such a treasure; some come into our lives for just a season, while others last our lifetime.

    Friendships are such a treasure; some come into our lives for just a season, while others last our lifetime. {{Sweet Tea & Friends October Link Up}} #Sweet Tea & Friends Link up @jesuschasing Click To Tweet

    But Sometimes

    As we approach our forties and fifties, we may find that some of our friendships have fallen away. It’s a big change from when we were attending school or raising young children. Then, we were surrounded by other kids and parents eager to get together for play dates, birthday parties, or school functions.

    Sometimes you may feel like you’re on your own now. Particularly if you’re transitioning through an empty nest like packing your kids off to college, their first apartment, or even marriage. 

    Tips for Old Friendships

    — Plan to meet up with a friend. I say plan because life can be crazy, and we may need to plan in advance to have coffee or dinner with our friends.

    — Call, text or video call your friend. It’s not the same as being present in person, but it can bridge long distances.

    — Send your friend a snail mail card, just because.

    — On the other hand, maybe you still wonder about a former coworker or someone you went to school with you haven’t seen in years. You never know if God is touching you with that person. Think about it, why don’t you reach out?

    Tips for New Friendships

    — Consider your interests, visit some places where you’re likely to find others who love the Lord and Attend a Bible Study or church function. You can even sign up for craft, painting, or fitness classes.

    — Volunteer in your community. Working for causes you believe can lead to lasting friendships.

    — There are advantages to socializing with people of different ages. Interact with someone older or younger when you’re eating lunch in the park, at a church function, or even at the grocery store.

    — Be patient. Sometimes it takes time to develop a connection. 

    Tips for Any Friendship

    — Know when it’s time to take off your mask. Friendships develop when we allow others to know us. You can become more personal as you become comfortable with each other.

    — Sometimes, we get rejected, and that’s okay. Give yourself credit for trying, but don’t be afraid to try again.

    — Focus on meaningful interactions.— Having a few close friends is a treasure and a blessing from God. But, Later in life, you may enjoy more solitude while still treasuring when you gather with friends or loved ones.

    — Be supportive. If you can help, help. Give and receive with grace. 

    Move into your golden years with friends who serve as guides, confidants, and cheerleaders.

    Move into your golden years with friends who serve as guides, confidants, and cheerleaders.#Sweet Tea & Friends Link up @jesuschasing Click To Tweet

    Many friendships can last a lifetime. But, remember, you’re never too old to make new friends. In midlife, you still have a lot of exciting years ahead, so find companions to share them with.

    Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.

    Proverbs 27:9— NIV

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  • Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Joy

    Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Joy

    In the coming weeks, we’ll be taking a look at each of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how affirming them cultivates intentional mindfulness within us.

    Affirmations are a statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, 

    In Philippians 4:8, Paul gives us instructions on what we should think or meditate about. 

    “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8— NLT

    According to Wikipedia, In common language usage, “fruit” usually means the seed-associated fleshy structures (or produce) of plants that typically are sweet or sour and edible. The fruits of the Spirit are fine points that should naturally grow out of the proceedings of the Holy Spirit in our life. 

    But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23— NLT

    Fruits of the Spirit affirmations are based upon Scripture to inspire us to cultivate the fruits of the Spirit in our daily lives. The word “Spirit” in these affirmations will be capitalized because these are fruits given to us by the Holy Spirit, not ourselves. 

    The fruits of the Spirit are:

    • Love
    • Joy
    • Peace
    • Longsuffering
    • Kindness
    • Goodness
    • Faithfulness
    • Gentleness
    • Self-control

    Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time.  

    Say the affirmations and scriptures out loud as you work through the study.  

    Next Up


    Joy

    Biblical joy comes from our knowledge and understanding of the purpose of life and the hope of living with God for eternity (Psalm 16:11). Joy is a sign that life has found its purpose (John 6:44). Joy comes from God, not from the world. Pure joy is very clear and represents an example of the kind of “jump for joy” or “shout for all to hear joy” that we’ve found life’s purpose of living with God for eternity.

    Pastor Jack Wellman of Patheos tells us there’s a difference between joy and Happiness. “The Bible never promises happiness to the believer.” He goes on to say, “Happiness is temporarily based on happenings. While joy is from the Lord and can be experienced during trials, suffering, and tests. So, joy is permanent, and Happiness is fleeting.” 

    Selfless Joy

    I choose a joy that can be multiplied. Following my own intentions and seeking out material possessions may offer Happiness, but not lasting joy. Seeking God’s kingdom offers a special joy that can satisfy my soul.

    These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

    John 15:11— NASB

    Spirit-Led Joy

    Positive thinking cannot bring lasting joy. Joy is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit within us. His joy is an attribute of Christ followers.

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.

    Galatians 5:22— NASB

    Rewarding Joy

    A happy heart freshens my sense of joy. Laughter lightens my load and energizes me.

    A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

    Proverbs 17:22— NIV

    Intentional Joy

    I choose joy, even during times of hardship. In every moment, I have peace knowing this test develops my ability to endure future hardships.  

    Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

    James 1:2-3— NIV

    Self Reflections

    What does a joyful day look like to me?

    What is the difference between joy and Happiness?

    How can I share my joy with others today?

    A Joy Affirmation

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  • Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Love

    Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Love

    In the coming weeks, we’ll be taking a look at each of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how affirming them cultivates intentional mindfulness within us.

    Affirmations are a statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation,  Click To Tweet

    Affirmations are a statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, 

    In Philippians 4:8, Paul gives us instructions on what we should think or meditate about. 

    “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

    Philipians 4:8— NLT

    According to Wikipedia In common language usage, “fruit” usually means the seed-associated fleshy structures (or produce) of plants that typically are sweet or sour and edible. The fruits of the Spirit are fine points that should naturally grow out of the proceedings of the Holy Spirit in our life. 

    But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

    Galatians 5:22-23— NLT

    Fruits of the Spirit affirmations are based upon Scripture to inspire us to cultivate the fruits of the Spirit in our daily lives. The word “Spirit” in these affirmations will be capitalized because these are fruits given to us by the Holy Spirit, not ourselves. 

    The fruits of the Spirit are:

    • Love
    • Joy
    • Peace
    • Longsuffering
    • Kindness
    • Goodness
    • Faithfulness
    • Gentleness
    • Self-control

    Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time.  

    Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time.   Click To Tweet

    Say the affirmations and scriptures out loud as you work through the study.  


    First Up

    Love 

    Spirit-inspired love is not dependent on events, people, or things. While love typically refers to intense feelings, a Spirit-led love is more significant. God wants us to love Him so much that our love spills over to other people.

    Here are some affirmations and verses about love to pause and reflect on to encourage you to love bigger and bolder.

    Godly Love

    I choose a love that cannot be defined by mortal words. My love is the ultimate love illustrated by God. God is Love. He remolds me so that my character is defined by love. 

    The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

    1 John 4:9— NASB

    Selfless Love

    I choose to love my God, the great I AM beyond my human capacity, with love surrounding every ounce of me. When I focus on my love for Him, I will have the capability to love others.

    “And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

    Matthew 22:37-39— NASB

    Brotherly Love

    I choose to love other Christ-followers even though we may have different opinions. I know that the best thing is that the world sees a pattern of God’s love through how I treat others though we may have differing views.

    “By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

    John 13:35— HBSC

    Responding Love

    I choose to love because God loved me first. When I choose to exchange the love he gave to me, I enable God to love through me. He gives bounty to my faith by giving me the effectiveness to love others. God gives me the means to love more as I share more love.

    “We love because He first loved us.”

    1 John 4:19— HBSC

    Self Reflections

    —What does a love-filled day look like to me? 

    —How would you define love if your definition of love became the world’s standard?

    —How can I share love with others today?

    A Love Affirmation

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  • A Prayer That Got Answered In An Unexpected Way

    A Prayer That Got Answered In An Unexpected Way

    “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

    Mark 11:24 —NIV

    Have you ever prayed for many days, months, or even years for help during a situation, troubled season, or circumstance, or praying for family or friends to find God?

    Here’s a story about a prayer that got answered in an unlikely way. It was a prayer from my Mom to God about me.

    Here's a story about a prayer that got answered in an unlikely way. It was a prayer from my Mom to God about me. Click To Tweet

    When I was in Social Work, there were many trainings I was required to attend. Some gave handouts with questionnaires to be filled out. I often encountered one of those questions, you know, the one that asks, ” who’s your hero?” Well, I always listed Jesus and my Mom.

    Okay, I digress; back to the story. My Mom passed away 24 years ago. While going through her things in one of her drawers, I found zipped pouches. One of those pouches had burst at the seams and had little pieces of folded-up paper spilling out.

    So, I took those little folded-up papers, and the other pouches sat down and began unfolding and reading. I felt both taken aback and surprised if I can even combine those two feelings.

    My Mom Loved Jesus with all her heart, and she was a good and faithful servant. When I began reading, I realized these were prayer requests she had written. Some of them were for my dad, family, and close friends. She was praying for them in many different situations, circumstances, and health.

    As I continued reading them, I found what had to be way over a hundred prayers; Most were written for me.

    “Lord, please help Paula in school,” ” Jesus, please protect Paula,” “Jesus, may you guide Paula’s friends,” and “Lord, may you please guide Paula.”

    Now, mind you, her prayers went clear back to my high school years. Out of all those prayers, The most I read were “Jesus, I pray Paula comes to you.” ” I pray Paula finds and comes to know you,” “I pray Paula follows you.” There were more for me, but you get the gist here….

    At the time, I was a lukewarm Christian. I believed in Jesus and asked him to be my Lord and Saviour. But I still didn’t” follow” Him. I was wrapped up in worldly things and material gain. I was one of those people who had to have what others had.

    I prayed every day. But, boy, oh boy, did I ever make a lot of wrong turns. Oh, I could feel Jesus tugging at me, but I ignored him.

    It wasn’t until many years later that I realized I could not do life on my own because every time I tried, I failed. So I surrendered to God, stopped my nonsense, began reading his word daily, and, you guessed it, I followed him. I asked him to come into my heart and proclaimed Jesus as my Lord and Saviour.

    “I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.”

    Psalm 40:1 —NLT

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  • I’ll Love You Forever, And I’ll Like You For Always {{Sweet Tea & Friends September Link Up}}

    I’ll Love You Forever, And I’ll Like You For Always {{Sweet Tea & Friends September Link Up}}

    Have you ever read Love You Forever By Robert N. Munsch to your children or grandchildren?

    It’s a tear-inducing book. I always got teary-eyed when reading this to my kids when they were little.

    It’s about a mother and her baby son. At each stage of her son’s life— infant, toddler, preschooler, youngster, teenager, college student, then a father himself. At each stage, no matter how big he grew, she snuck into his room, even when he was a grown married man living with his wife and baby, and she picked him up, rocked him, and sang.

    This is what she would sing

    “I’ll love you forever; I’ll like you for always. As long as I’m living, my baby, you’ll be.”

    [Insert sniff and snivel here]

    At the end of the book, the mother is old and frail. She sneaks into his room in his own home while he’s sleeping. She tries to pick this grown man up to rock him and tries to sing the song.

    The man wakes up, takes his mother in his arms, and sings

    “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my mommy you’ll be.”

    [Insert another sniff and snivel here too]

    My youngest baby turned 21 in August. I always send her a message every year that goes something like this.

    It’s 2:05 Am. Happy {21st} Birthday, baby girl. I’ll love you forever; I’ll like you for always. As long as I’m living, my baby, you’ll be.

    I always send it at the time she was born. And I get teary when I send it.

    I am reminded of these verses

    “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

    Psalm 139:13-14— NIV

    “The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord cause His face to shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His face to you, And give you peace.”

    Numbers 6:24-26— NASB

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6— NIV

    Proverbs 3:5-6—NASB

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    4. For Readers, please feel free to click on the blue button below to visit other writers’ blog posts. You will find Christian content, encouragement, inspiration, and many lifestyle and homestyle content you are sure to enjoy.

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  • I Can Show You

    I Can Show You

    This post is part of the Five Minute Friday blog link-up. Where I join up with a community of writers and bloggers of all ages and stages who gather around a single word prompt to free-write, unscripted, unedited, for five minutes. This week’s word prompt is {SHOW}

    Kate said SHOW

    I can SHOW you

    — A picture

    — How to make a craft

    — Which way to go

    — Steps to make a recipe

    — How to change a flat tire

    — My appreciation

    — How to create a budget

    — How to do a progressive muscle exercise

    — How to Effectively pack a suitcase

    — How to make a paper airplane

    Jesus SHOW’s us

    — Mercy

    — Grace

    — Compassion

    — Unconditional love

    — That serving others is better than being serves

    — How to live

    — How to love and love our neighbor

    — How to forgive

    — How to communicate with God

    — That God is the creator and sustainer of life

    I only listed ten things I can show you and ten things that Jesus shows us. Jesus shows and teaches us abundantly more and offers us bountiful love.

    Photo by Mercedes Mehling on Unsplash

  • Intentionally Cleaning Out My “Shoulds”

    Intentionally Cleaning Out My “Shoulds”

    It’s that time again when we join to share our monthly reports with the #OneWordCommunity over at Lisa Notes. We share how we discover, learn and grow with our Word Of The Year.

    So I have to tell you, I had no idea what I would write about this month— UNTIL. I read Lauren Sparks’ update on her One Word 2022 REST. Her article titled What Should We Do With “Should” hit me like a ton of bricks. Please click on the link to read her article if you haven’t already. Maybe it will hit you like a ton of bricks too. 

    In her article, she says— “Something that I used to enjoy has morphed into a chore to check off my list.” It brought me to a stark realization that that’s Me too! I paused to reflect on many of the things she mentioned and so much more. Because her words touched me, they prompted me that I “Intentionally” need to assess and clean out my “shoulds.” Thank you, Lauren, for inspiring me to intentionally clean out my “shoulds.”

    So what is it about “shoulds”?

    Your Dictionary describes “Should” in this way— Should signifies something you ought to do or something that is a good idea or that something that may happen. Used to express obligation, duty, propriety, or desirability. Used to express obligation or duty.

    Some of my “shoulds” include

    — I “should” intentionally walk every day.

    — I “should” do the laundry.

    — I “should” fold the clothes.

    — I “should” make that phone call.

    — I “should” write that review.

    — I “shouldn’t” get upset.

    — So and so “should” know better than that.

    — They “shouldn’t” drive like that.

    — I “should” put gas in my car.

    — I “should” be able to balance everything.

    Then I got to thinking. Let’s intentionally think about it. How many “should” and, for that matter, let’s throw in “musts” statements do we make in daily life? How many would you have at the end of the day if you kept count and did a tally, do you think? 5, 10, 15? 20? or more? 

    Some things we can do to reduce our “shoulds” intentionally include

    — Maybe experiment and keep a log of “should” statements.

    — Notice how you feel when you think of a “should,” i.e., physically, mentally, and emotionally.

    — Forgive yourself and clean the slate.

    — Be creative in finding replacements and have fun doing it.

    — Show yourself self-compassion.

    — Accepting the “should” emotion.

    — Stop judging your emotions, thinking you “should” or “shouldn’t” do something or feel a certain way.

    — Be self-aware.

    — Consider why things didn’t unfold as you planned.

    — Can you gain any insights from assessing your “shoulds”?

    As I started intentionally thinking about it, I realized that many “shoulds” that come to mind make me think I’m self-defeating. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be thwarting and intentionally assessing and cleaning out my “shoulds.” 

    What about you?

    Do you have any “shoulds” that you need to clean out?

    Do you have any self-defeating “shoulds” that hold you back?

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  • The God Who Stays

    The God Who Stays

    “You’re such a blubbering mess; Jesus has us,” I say to my dog as her tongue sticks to my arm while driving. She’s been riding in the car with me several times a week for a few years now. And she’s not a fan of car rides. She throws fur, drools, shakes, and yes, when she’s close enough to me, her tongue sticks to my arm. 

    The funny thing is…. I would love if you continue reading the article Here at the August 2022 Edition of Faith On Every Corner Digital Magazine.

    Little Girl

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