May 30, 2015

May 26, 2015

You've got the power.

As I read through Ephesians today the focus that jumped out at me the most was power. God has given us great power and sometimes I don't remember that. Sometimes I think I'm trapped by my circumstances, or forced to be a certain way depending on who I am around. But the truth of the matter is we have this power to be the new creations God created us to be. Why don't I more often rely on that power to do the things I feel I should be doing?

power you have been given

May 21, 2015

A messy summary to be pulled apart in the future.

So, for the better part of the last week Captain and I were in Branson. We made the most of having to hear a time share opportunity pitch, and had a really good time. I took two books but never opened them. I took my computer, but touched it only a little. I did a lot of thinking and considering and connecting.

Stacey's Daze:path with no obstacles

May 17, 2015

Why you need to confront someone you love.

The hard part of any relationship is the setting of boundaries. Or maybe, the hardest part is when someone you love hurts you and you need to set boundaries. At least, it feels hard because of what we have been taught, or haven’t been taught, about love. Remember when we talked about what love really is? How it can look different than we think it should? Too often, if someone tells us to love and forgive they simply want us to get over the hurt caused. But in a mature relationship each party needs to take full responsibility for themselves.

May 15, 2015

The challenge is predators can be someone we know.

Yesterday I wrote about how the term "stranger" makes our children vulnerable. Today I want to talk about how a stranger can be someone you have met before.


May 7, 2015

Stop saying "stranger" immediately; it makes our children vulnerable.

A while back this video mad the rounds on Facebook. It's only three and a half minutes, but it's so informational.Take a moment to watch, please:


Was this video startling to you? These children were told not to talk to strangers. I'm sure they were told not to go anywhere with a stranger. My question for you, who is their stranger?

May 6, 2015

What you see is more truthful than what you hear.

People send out nonverbal signals all the time; it’s called body language. When someone leans towards you while they are talking they are saying they are interested and want to hear what you say. If someone instead keeps looking at their watch, they are preoccupied and ready to leave. I was surprised by my own body language I saw recently in a picture. Often, we have no idea what we are saying with a lean, a look, or a pause.

May 1, 2015

Trying to take myself out of the equation.

Truth be told, my praying has been like the tide over most of my lifetime. There were times when the tide was in and I was connected and prayer came easy, and there have been times when the tide was out and I was empty and everything was hard. Maybe it was seasons? Maybe I was rebellious and that kept me from connecting correctly. I'm not sure of the reasoning, I can just look back and see that's how it was.

Currently I feel I'm growing again back into a good prayer life. Doing the Examen in the evenings has helped, because I am more expectant for God to show up during the day. So, conversations flow, prayers continue, worries don't grab a hold but are released to Him. Not that every day is like this. Just the fact that I am WRITING this means I'll have a few days which aren't so good and I'll feel like a failure and I should give up. But I wont.

listening to God

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