Monthly Archives: May 2013

TAKE A PRAISE BREAK

TAKE A PRAISE BREAK.

Why should I take a praise break?

Because praise is a powerful weapon of war against the enemy.
Because praise gets God’s attention
Because when we praise God, it is an act of obedience and a demonstration of our love for God
Because God inhabits the praises of His people.
Because once we begin to praise God, it magnifies God in our minds and in our spirits and our focus shifts from our circumstances to God; to who He is, what He has done, and what He can do, and this builds our faith.
Because praise lifts our eyes from the battle to the Victor and this gives us the assurance that no matter what, the victory is ours.
Because praise creates joy which gives us the strength, hope and power we need to endure any circumstance until the manifestation of our victorious end.

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Proverbs Wisdom

Proverbs 18:1 Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.(ESV)

HE who willfully separates and estranges himself [from God and man] seeks his own desire and pretext to break out against all wise and sound judgment. (AMP)

    Isolating removes us from the circle of support we have built. It is interesting about our support systems, there is a perceived support and an actual support. The perceived support is consistently linked to a better mental health where the received support and social integration is not. Invisible support is best.  Social support desired by provider has to match support given. This is called the matching hypothesis.

    Therefore, when I perceived that I had no support in friends, some family members, and church that I was desperately searching for and needing, I sought a counselor and immediately felt that someone would listen and care. During our sessions I discovered that I do have a good support system and always have had one, I just didn’t see it. I just knew no one was there for me and it definitely hurt my mental and physical health. My mental health is so very tied to my physical. Is your’s also? My mind can get so stressed, filled, convoluted and distorted that it makes me physically incapable of remaining healthy. I think part of this is relative to Lupus in remission, (thank you, Jesus), and undue stress strikes my body.

    When I searched online for support systems I found this information and decided that God must say something about it also. And this is when I found Proverbs 18:1. (when writing in diary of support systems I didn’t not list the online support link) That information was a real “Wow” for me, because I am very good at isolating and/or hibernating. Thinking I am doing myself and others a good service. After all, who wants to be around a grumpy, grumbling, pity party, bear of a person. Not to mention that I don’t speak nice, look nice or care! When I do isolate, I can look at self and realize that I am depressed about something or I am not listening to God.  He tells me things I don’t want to hear and when I ignore him it is harmful to myself. Will I ever realize that before hibernating or isolating? I hope so.

    I listed 2 columns; TODAY and FUTURE, I listed each of the people below into these categories;

Family members I am close to– My husband, Mom, Nicol, our renter missionary. We have a small family numerically.

Friends and/or acquaintances– Here I listed people I communicate well with and do not feel intimidated by in any way. I saw that most of them (8) were friends that I have had for 20 or more years. Do you ever feel like a shorter version of self? Like I am only 3 feet tall when I stand next to you and I feel like I am 10 maybe 15. I do feel this sometimes and it isn’t because they are 6 feet tall.

Professionals– Counselor, Medical doctor of 30 years, Pastor, supervisors in my volunteer jobs.

Others– I don’t know who these are. It is blank for now. Who would you place in others?

   In both columns the category people were similar except where I added a few that I would like to pursue because they have marked my life in a positive way. I found this exercise helpful because it enlarged my perception of my support system and I am sure it may not be complete. I at least know that one exists and feel better able to cope better mentally.

    Knowing that God doesn’t like isolation I am making efforts to remain social and open to share, versus Undercover Ostrich Attitude. I prefer to gain sound wisdom from my peers and professionals, than to hibernate.    

meerkat ostrich

Meerkat likes above ground HAPPY Ostrich!

http://bit.ly/16WhRNL    I like this idea.

office hibernating

office hibernating

Rejoice in the Lord, always and again, I say, REJOICE!!

    Romans 5:1-7 Rejoice, because of trials, they help us develop endurance, Endurance develops strength of character, character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. Hope will not lead to disappointment. 

Blessings, Marsha

Trees of the Field…

Some of this is my attempt at poetry on a subject well known and some of it is a song we sing. I hope you enjoy the combination.

And The Trees of the Field Shall… 

The voice and the breath of God moves thru the Trees of the Field. They grow upright into His peace, His place. Their branches and leaves remain open, praising, upward and holy so that He may be able to flow in them, thru them, and infiltrate them. His presence completely surrounds them!

Their growth is high, as leaves and fruit are high above the ground, above the filth and dust where the evil one lives.  That which is not good falls off, and returns to the ground, their dead fruit is given to the dark.  Their dead branches turn down to look at the dust because they are too dark and heavy with death to reach up and seek God. 

The Trees of the Fields shame is looking down, their praise is looking up. Their roots grow deep and firm in Him that they may be established and stand, not letting weeds, rot and every heavy evil weigh them down to destroy them. 

They remain high and lifted up to God. They love their creator and show it in their beauty. They raise their branches toward heaven. 

I look up and raise my hands to the heavens. I clap my hands in praise and joy! I know God surrounds me and infiltrates me and I know I bend in the wind. Sometimes, I do look down and find evil weighing me down! I look up and see Jesus at the right hand of Gods’ throne, sitting there interceding for me. I love my creator and pray that I shall be like the trees of the field and grow beside the still water and be strong.

Isa 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap [their] hands.

AMEN,

Marsha

“Therefore,…we have confidence

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus… let us draw near toward with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings.” Hebrews 10: 19, 22 NIV.

This tells me I can walk right up to God where Jesus is sitting on the right hand and speak to the Most Holy because of Jesus’s blood. I love that I can do that. Abba, my King, thank you for being so accessible to those who know your son!

James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Isn’t it also wonderful that we have such an easy way to resist the devil?  Just submit to God. Submitting to God every second of every minute is the way I have to do it.

Blessings,  Marsha

No Matter what I’ve done…

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit.

You are precious and loved by Me. You are precious and honored in my sight, and…I love you. Isaiah 43:4.

In God's palm

My Father, which gave them to me, is greater than all and no            man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. John 10:29

No matter what I may have done or will do, nothing will take me from God and his love.  Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities of the air, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come. Romans 8:38

Study and meditate on these words of God.  They are your fruit, life, breath, your everything right!

Celebrate!

Mother’s Day. I am so blessed to have my 82 yr. old mother still living near me. We are best friends, and I can’t remember a time when we had a disagreement.

Mom was 22 when I was born. She didn’t work at that time because there was my brother, 3 years older than me and my sister 15 months older. It was like being twins for years she and I were so close in age. Mom would play with us during the day for many years. I guess it is a habit because we still pay together. Instead of paper dolls and coloring books we play Chinese Mahjong with the tiles, SkipBo, games on her iPad and crossword puzzles. And drink Dutch Bros.

Butterfly

Butterfly[ (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

We are even closer now since my dad has been gone 4 years, and my sister has been gone 5 years. My brother lives 4 hours away, and visits when he can.

The best gift from my mom and her mom ever is still Jesus. Their prayers, teachings and love will go with me to eternity.

Love you bunches Mom!

Blessings,
Marsha

Decision making…

Decisions are different than choices. If I make a choice I am denying myself of the other options. If I decide then I leave the choices available for another time. Do you agree with that premise?

I made some decisions this past week that were not difficult to make, but I had to definitely look at my choices and my emotions attached to them.

Then, I chose to look at the irrational beliefs (irb) that were whirling in my head. Those always appear silly when I stop and really look at them. They most of the time are straight out lies, and generalizations that could not really be true. Example; No one likes me!, I’ll never…whatever. See what I mean? Sometimes they are based on past experiences, old rerun tapes that I haven’t deleted, and they are also relative to the person and the events emotional level.

I also like to adhere to the admonition of the bible, where it says to seek counsel of many. Many being relative to how big the event and emotions are for me and few is if I already really know the answer.

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkens unto counsel is wise.” – Pro 12:15 KJV The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.Proverbs 27:9 Plans succeed through good counsel;…Proverbs 20:18

The best part of counsel or advice is that you only have to take and use the part that works for you! Therefore, seek Godly counsel, and those you trust.