I came across the following quote recently. While it is brief, it speaks volumes:
“Chance favors those in motion.” — James H. Austin
I encourage you to continue to set small and large goals and focus on them with all diligence. From volunteering in the community or church, finding professional development opportunities, getting that degree or writing that book…keep striving, keep researching, keep trying…to see what will work and what won’t work. You’ll never know unless you try. From Thomas Edison: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” I love it!
I read the devotional below in Pastor Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional and HAD to share. It is so very on point!
Did you know that the words that come out of our mouths are like a tool? Sometimes they’re like a sledgehammer. We swing away without thinking and end up with a pile of relational rubble. Sometimes they’re like a saw, cutting people down. If we keep using these tools, inevitably our relationships are going to suffer.
One reason we aren’t constructive with our words is we don’t realize how powerful they are; yet, I bet you can still remember things people said to you in a thoughtless way as far back as grade school or college. That’s how powerful words are. They leave a lasting impact. So when it comes to your mouth, think of it as a power tool and be very careful with it.
Here’s how to build instead of destroying with your words —
Stop excusing — Stop saying, “I didn’t really mean to say that.” Realize that what you say impacts everyone around you.
Talk less — If it’s a power tool, you don’t have to use it as much. One of the reasons we get in trouble is we just talk too much sometimes.
Listen more — If I listen more, I can understand people’s needs.
Start building — Think first of all, “What do they need?” How can I use a word of encouragement to build them up? How can I use a word of challenge to make a difference in someone’s life? How can I use my words to build up the people I love the most?
Ephesians 4:29 (ASV): “Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for edifying as the need may be, that it may give grace to them that hear.”
I read this statement and thought it was freeing and therefore worth sharing:
“Remember, nothing you ever do will make God love you less. Nothing you ever do will make God love you more. He loves you completely right now.”
Isn’t it a release of worry, a cessation of anxiety, to know that God loves us the same, whether we are seemingly perfect or atrocious? He may not appreciate our actions or behaviors that hurt others or are contrary to His will, but He loves us. He loved me first. I love Him in return.
“Reflection…is the key to wisdom.” ~Bishop Rosie S. O’neal
#reflection #wisdom #quotes
“Proceed as if success is inevitable.”
“While I breathe, I hope.”
From the movie Redemption.
Below is a prayer regarding friendship, of which I have fallen in love! Kudos to the author of this prayer!
“Father, I thank You for the gift of friendship. Holy Spirit, show me how to embrace my friends in love and build them up with encouraging words. As they go about their day, please bless them, Lord, protect them, and remind them that they are not alone in this world. Help me to faithfully promote them and not be envious, but to rejoice in their triumphs and endure side-by-side during the seasons of life. Help me to always be genuine and speak well of them when given the opportunity. When they hurt, so knit our hearts that I feel it as well and offer good counsel. Teach me always to be a stepping stone that leads them to You and never a stumbling block. In Jesus’ name, Amen! (1 Corinthians 13:4-7; John 15:12-13; 1 Samuel 18:1)”
Also, my church is hosting a prayer campaign during October 2016. Via a conference call, we meet every morning at 6:33 a.m. for prayer led by one person. It lasts approximately 15-20 minutes and is a brief lesson or what I like to call “wisdom tips” for followers of Christ, a note of encouragement, and prayer. We also have prayers for the month; the above is one of them. Join us on the call. Tootles!
Phone no. for live call: 1.712.775.7031 // Meeting ID: 435-786-492
Phone no. for recording of live call: 1.712.775.7029 // Meeting ID: 435-786-492
“Hope is a choice.” Choose hope and not despair, and then take action.
#hope #encourage #choosehope
Inadequacy is not your name.
It is an emotion, a feeling.
It can be overcome because broken crayons can still color.
Delayed dreams do not have to be denied.
Live Your Dream.
Be your dream.
Broken crayons can still color.
You are purpose on legs.
You are purpose in human form.
Use your brokenness to help others in their brokenness, for eventually, He rebuilds us all to become whole.
On your path to wholeness, let your light so shine among men, for
Broken crayons can still color.
Let us see you color.
© 2016 by Dr. Connie R. Shipman
*Title and inspiration for the poem taken from a sermon by Bishop Rosie S. O’neal, Koinonia Christian Center Church.