But!????

“I do want to do that…. But…” “I do like them… But…”… “I don’t want to buy that… But…” “I want them to come over… But…” For some reason or another sometimes we add a but to our statements and answers… I was telling my friend about something that I wanted… but… So we started thinking about the ‘buts’ that punctuate our conversations. She used this example: Why invite somebody when you don’t really want them to come…… But, we say to ourselves ‘it’s the right thing to do’, but really it’s for the wrong reasons!! Everything we do has a motive and we need to check that motive where it’s coming from….our heart or our head! We can still feel wrong but if our heart’s motive is right and we know it’s the right thing to do in God‘s eyes then God will change our feelings to line up.…

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Some things I have learnt this last week…

1. I have a limit: I don’t know when it might come so I need to look out for it and get new strategies. Even if I am handling it ok right now, there is a point at which all of a sudden I start not coping. I need to be aware of that and that I can only do so much and then I have to walk away and not get pulled into solving a problem that I can’t solve. 2. Don’t play games and get sucked in: I am learning how to handle situations with people who are agitated or upset…. I am learning to keep calm, keep a steady tone, not get pulled into the ‘game’ playing scenario. 3.What the real issue is: I am learning that when people are upset there is often something else at the bottom of the whole thing, people deflect their agitation…

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No time like the Present…

God is beginning to deal with you in certain areas of your life then some things will start coming out into the light and it’s probably not going to be pleasant…. We know that the pain of staying where we are is much worse than the pain of going through. When you are not prepared to work through these things it makes it hard to cope with today…. You can’t cope with today if you haven’t dealt with yesterday! The yesterday’s catch up on you. If this is where you are at it may be very difficult right now but remember the people closest around you don’t necessarily know what is happening… And it can be hard but God can give the grace to make it through in the best way. When you are avoiding your yesterday’s then you are not able to cope with today in the best way…

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More Thoughts on Anxiety….

Last week I reposted an old post of mine on anxiety, several people liked and commented on it and my fellow page writer Troy from Flourishing Life Society made these comments… “Anxiety is one of the topics i have been lost in over the last several months. It plays a huge role in how we live our lives” I know that one thing for sure has played a part in mine. It seems I only just realised just how much of a part it had played too. At the end of 2010 I finally went to the doctors decided to go on anti-depressants… I have battled my whole life with varying degrees of anxiety. But it was not until earlier this year when I was looking for something I had written that I re-read through some of my journals and was SHOCKED to read how often I had woken up…

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My Life Puzzle…

When I consider the pieces that make up my life I am astounded. You never would have thought that piece could fit but it did and perfectly so. Our lives are so complex, we control so many of the moves yet God says all our days are written in his book. Psalm 139. How can this be? I think what makes it work is Romans 8:28 all things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to His purpose. This is only just the tip, and the beginning of understanding the ways of a complex yet simple God and his ways. Last year I added some pieces that were very hard indeed, I thought they would spoil the overall picture for sure but now I can see how the shadow section highlights the brightness around it. It’s a big puzzle and it’s going to take…

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What Gift Can You Give?…

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons. ~Ruth Ann Schabacker~ It’s quite amazing to look around me and see the varying gifts that I believe God has given to people and see how He is using them and their gifts. We all have our purpose no matter how big or small we see that it is, it fits into the bigger scheme of things and it is a part of a building block of our world. I have been seeing how each one of our gifts fits into the bigger picture that God has for this world and we all need to play our part in whatever big or  little way it is! My friend plays the piano, she has played since she was little girl, there was a period in her life where she played all the time and many people got to hear her and…

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