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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Godly Woman Daily Calendar - July 2016 - Printable Version

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Verse of the Month : Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. ~ Ephesians 4:32

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Dose of Gratitude = Happiness -- What do you think?

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What if there was a cure to stress so simple that it involved nothing more than feeling thankful for everything in your life? whether it be good or bad? truth or lies? fun or no fun? In fact, there is. That cure and healing only comes with a very grateful heart. It is called gratitude. 

A dose of gratitude on a day to day basis will naturally transform your mood and day! What is it to be grateful? What should we be grateful for? Why should we be grateful for? how should we be grateful? To whom should we be grateful to? 

Too many questions? right? :) 

Well, I am not sure, if I am going to give an answer to all these questions. Probably you can answer it based on your circumstances. But, I am sure about one thing, that being grateful in all circumstances brings in harmony, peace, joy and love within ourselves and with each other. 

There were many number of days where I forget or have not been very grateful. Never had a sitting time to think about what I am grateful for.  There are days when I am so busy and unproductive. Always going around with this feeling of never getting anything done and way behind my schedule. Too many emotions crossing my thoughts throughout the day. Mixed Emotions, (sometimes negative, sometimes happy emotions) is my usual companion through out the day which I toss around in every directions, then reacting based on those emotions towards others. There is no steadiness or confidence in my approach with others. Sometimes I am so glad and has a positive vibe going on when I am with the usual crowd. But, there are other times, when I completely ignore them, as if they don't exist there, and does this on purpose. This two face-game I have been playing for a long time and sadly, became a part of my habit and these negative weeds started rooting and grew into wild things and I was not sure how to quit. Every time I find my escapism to a corner of my heart with my pity party self. It was an ongoing cycle which I had no control over or I didn't want to control those negative self. It Looked like I liked being alone with my pity-self. 

If you ask me if I pray everyday? Yes, I pray, I go to church, I have a wonderful family and friends, I have a great job, everything is perfect, nothing is out of the norm, nobody has disturbed me out of my comfort zone. If somebody from outside looking at us would see this beautiful and wonderful family who has it all together. Yes its a wonderful life, but unfortunately, people never see the other side of our perfect family, the mind-battles we face everyday. The thoughts that take a hold of us and makes us feel depressed. The emotional baggage that we carry around all day and harbor in our thoughts which eventually starts showing in our attitude towards our loved ones and to others and everything else that comes in our way. I started seeing this stench and realized that this sick attitude had a hold of me, and I was not able to be fruitful the way God expected me to. That's when I decided that something needed to change in my life. 

I was wondering aloud to God in my prayer time of what needed to change. And that's when it came to my heart -- to have a heart of gratitude and I believe it was God who put that beautiful thought in me and lead me to the verse: 
1 Thessalonians 5:18 - Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

That's when I decided to make a gratitude list in my journal. All day long I thought about the things I was thankful for and what I wanted to add to my list. Little things and big things… Jesus, my family, children, friends, work, a fridge full of food, the trees, the flowers, the birds, the rain... etc.

Being grateful fills our cup. It helps us to be focused on more productive things in life and makes us more content. Being thankful helps us to spend our time wisely, without complaining, or whining and harboring negative thoughts. It blesses us to bloom where we are planted. We will stop coveting of what others have. Something beautiful starts happening within us when we start being thankful. Thankful to God and to everyone else around us. 

That's when I started to realize that by the end of the day, I felt joyful and happy again. It was as if my mood and my day had been transformed. Things looked beautiful and brighter. Even in dull moments, it gives us a new hope and new prespective to hold onto. Even though I felt behind  everything and unproductive, and the feeling of never catching up and never finishing on time, it was okay. Focusing all day long on my blessings had helped me replace the anxiety and discontentment with gratitude and joy. 

I peter 5:7 - Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.  

Heads up -- Just in case, you think, I make a gratitude list every day,  no not everyday, although I wish I did. However, now I know what to do the next time my day (or week) seems to be going wrong. To jot down a list of things that I am thankful for. It is that simple! :)

It is not necessary that you have to write down on a paper or something. Simply making a list in your head (and your heart!) can do wonders for your mood and your day.

Choosing to be grateful all day long will help you put your heart focused on God, helps you to be calm and poise and in a “prayerful” state of mind.

Four tips I would love to share with you to make a gratitude list is: 

1: Once you make the list, make it a point to read and thank God for each and everything on that list. 

2: Share your gratitude list with someone you are comfortable with, It can help and encourage them to make one of their own too. It keeps us accountable with each other. 

3: Sometimes posting your list where you can see it instead of putting your list away in a journal, will help you remind of all the blessings that God has blessed you with. Every time you see the list is a good reminder to be thankful for. Post it in plain sight, in words or in pictures. Which ever is helpful for you. 

4: Always choose to see the best in every situation. Even if things or people don't make sense or don't go the way we planned. Make it a point to see the good in it. Seek the good of others. No one is perfect. Everyone has their own personalities and baggages they are carrying and we may not understand why certain people or things have to behave or be that way. Let it be. 

Let God take control of those misfortunate things, You keep thanking God in ALL circumstances! Keep your focus on Jesus. Keep your heart sincere towards him. Keep your peace, faith and hope going in him. Don't try to please anyone except God. Do his will. Be thankful. Enjoy God, life and the people whom God placed in your life. Sometimes we might not like it or want it, but know that they are all placed in our lives for a reason and God wants us to get the best in us, when we humble and be thankful for all things and people. Gratitude begins within us and let it shine where ever you go and May it bring Glory and honor to God alone. :)

I realize that this post is a very simple post, probably something you already know about. But seriously, writing a gratitude list works wonders! It is a life saver! It empties all our negativity and we will always feel SO MUCH better after thinking of all the beautiful blessings God has given us. 

Please, next time you are feeling overwhelmed or down, make a gratitude list, give it a try… it will transform your mood and your day if you let it! You will have a calm assurance from the Lord. 

Colossians 3:15-17 - And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Finally, what I have to remind myself is that there is always, always something to be thankful for.  With this, I have come to the end of my thoughts on gratitude. I would love to know what you think of being grateful or Have you ever made a gratitude list before? Comment your thoughts below. :)

article by Ms. Rof ©

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016


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I am just someone imperfect - 
loved by a perfect God
In today's age and time our society has taught us to believe that everything is based on our perfect performance. Everything must be done in perfection. The media has created this idea in us that we must be perfect in everything -- perfect image, perfect body, perfect looks, everything we do, anything we say, anywhere we go, must be perfect. If there is a new trend that is advertised, immediately the world follows suit, trying to be this perfect someone they are not and if that person following that trend does not come up to the media standards they feel miserable, depressed and a feeling of not worth of themselves. It gives us a false hope to be this perfect somebody in this world. 

The truth of the matter is ALL people in general deep down wants to be accepted as who they are. When they are not being accepted, they try to follow the crowd and wants to fit in. Trying to be something they are not or trying to imitate somebody they are not. Everyone is going with the flow and not getting anywhere. 

It's interesting how we people are so focused on being perfect. So focused on what other's say. So focused to please everyone around us in order to be accepted. In the midst of focusing too much of what the world is saying, we miss out on how beautifully and uniquely we are created in God's image and standards. 

You see, the beauty about our Lord is that, he has not called us to be perfect. The truth is we are just someone who is so imperfect and in need of a loving and perfect father in heaven. Many a times we think that if we perform well for God, He will back us up. But the truth of the matter is we all fail we are not perfect. No matter how good we are, we are prone to make mistakes and fall. At this point, it is easy to think we blew it, God is going to be disappointed with us and its useless to go on. 

But, the beautiful truth is even in our failures and past mistakes, God won't turn his back on us. He will run with a fierce passion towards us to rescue us and pick us from where we have failed. He won't leave us alone until he make sure we are restored and moving in the right direction. He will re-ignite our faith in him, help us through, put people across our path to encourage us and to guide us. Helps us by Promising us about the word of God:

"Even though your father and mother forsake you, the Lord will receive you." (Psalm27:10) 

All God wants from us is a sincere and a pure heart. A relationship that is true with him. A perfect heart towards him. He don't want you to perform anything perfect. Only a heart that is seeking after His own will to do. A heart that is filled with the fruit of the spirit(Galatians 5:22) 

"For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. "(2 Chronicles 16:9) 

Have a desire to please God alone, Let His love establish you and bring you in His plans. Yea it maybe true, nothing you did was perfect, all your performances failed, everything you touched turns rotten, everything may see unfocused. But, make sure you have a heart that is perfect and true to God. He still have wonderful things planned ahead for you. His promises are true about us and  give us life: 

"My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!" (Psalm 139:15-17)

Even with all our failures, sorrows and all the past baggage, God's thoughts towards us are precious. Hold onto the promises of God. Believe in Him. Trust Him. Do not lose Hope in Jesus Christ, in due time He will redeem us. God is never judging us based on one setback. Get rid of all evil thoughts and negative label. Do not let that be our identity. Our Identity is found in Christ. Even with all our imperfection, God is going to stand strong for us. Get rid of all guilt and shame because Jesus has died for all our sins and redeemed us by His precious blood. Receive His love, favor mercy and Grace. Accept it. We will be what God wants us to be. 

Lay down all burdens, imperfections and all failures down his feet. He will comfort us and carry it all. Don't be anxious. Pray about all things. God loves us no matter what past history you are coming from. He can give us a clean heart. We can be everything that God wants us to be. We don't have to be good enough for him to pick us up. Just keep on trusting Him. Hold onto his promises. Jesus loves the Imperfect us because he never required us to be perfect beings. 

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) 

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." (Psalm 51:10)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

I am weak but my God is strong; I don't have all but I have Him. Though I am tired, I know He is not tired of Loving me.. and that is enough inspiration for me to face each day. I am just someone imperfect, yet, loved by a perfect God

Comment below to tell us what YOU think. :)

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Planning on a Vacation in a Godly prespective

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Planning on a Vacation in a Godly prespective

Going on a vacation can mean different reasons to each person. It is a time of relaxation and to have fun with family or spending time alone with their spouse, kids, grandparents, relatives, siblings, friends etc.. you name them. 

For some, it is to have a quiet time alone with a cup of coffee, traveling alone, reading a book, or just spending time alone by themselves. But their are those others, the sound of vacation means stress, frustration and exhaustion --- planning things out, trying to manage the kids out of trouble. It is one of those times, where arguments breakout, difference in opinion, something missing or forgotten, kids complaining about what to pack or not and the complain list goes on and on. 

Recently, I happened to talk to one of my friends who went on a vacation to the beautiful Mackinac Island in Michigan. She was saying, yea it was nice but so exhausting with her 4 boys (2 teenagers and 5 year old twins) her idea of vacation is to be at home have a sip of coffee, read a book, and spend it quietly with her spouse, or go on couple date nights with few of her friends. 

You see, vacation trips are meant for adventure, fun, relaxation and enjoyment with less confusion and chaos. So in the midst of all this hustle and bustle how does one manage to keep their sanity and a christ-centered attitude while on vacations?

You might be familiar with some of the points that I am going to jot down here:

> self-discipline
> communication
> Finance
> organize/ planning the vacation
> things to do before you leave
> stay focused and inspired 

The reason I put this as the top point is because -- most of us forget this trait. We focus on, why everyone else isn't getting things done? Why our spouse can't jot down the to-do-list for the upcoming trip? We are always depending or relying on the other person to finish the tasks. Having a personal self-disciplined attitude in every area of our lives, will avoid many confusions and chaos. It will only help us achieve our goals to the fullest. Self-discipline is a selective training. It helps us to avoid Procrastination. It will help us in disciplining ourselves in our speech, actions, thoughts in order to improve ourselves and to reach our goals in life. Living up to this factor alone will determine our lifestyle and success. Prioritizing our lives is very important that will help us to determine to reach our destinations. Make a decision to plan early, schedule your lives, and watch things get in order. Take it one day at a time. Step by step. In time you will see progress and check mark everything you have achieved in a day. Begin your day with God, let that be your first priority and everything else will fall in place. You will see peace and calm in your life as well as with everyone else who comes along your way. Hide this verse (below) in your heart and meditate on it, because it is a promise of God and He alone can help us to be self-disciplined in our life. 

2 Timothy 1:7 -  For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.

To avoid any sort of misunderstanding, communicate and be clear in your conversation with your group whoever is going with you for the vacation. Communication is key to your success— anywhere you go or do. It is a key ingredient in relationships, in your workplaces, for planning and sorting things, and through out  your journey of life. Your ability to communicate comes from experience, and if used wisely, experience can be an effective teacher. Communicate your plans and ideas to your family or group. Listen to their ideas and inputs. Make everyone feel part of the whole trip. Be gracious with each other and respect one another for a fun trip. 

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. - Colossians 4:9

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. - Ephesians 4:25-29

It's easy to get lost on a vacation - lost in the fantasy and money draining away from reality. But when you get back to reality, the landlord will still come knocking. Managing money is easy with the right tools and planning. Have a purpose of where you all are going, what you going to do, Don't spend money on everything you see and hear. As you travel make wise decisions on how you spend your money. Before traveling, seek Godly financial wisdom and counsel from others, don't be in a hurry to sign any deal, the best offer in the world can wait. Always remember, God is our source, be generous, do not covet what others have or where your friends went for vacation, be content with what you have and where you are, God placed you there. Bloom where he has planted you. Save money, be out of debt, work hard and seek godly financial counsel. Many don't seek counsel because they do not want to be told their intended actions or decisions may not be wise - but they do them anyways. 

Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. - Proverbs 10:4

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine. - Proverbs 3:9-10

Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” - Hebrews 13:5

Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” - Luke 12:15

I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: that I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures. - Proverbs 8:20-21

My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:19

Organized people are not born organizing people. They cultivate healthy habits, which help them to stay organized. So how do we organize? - Before going on any vacation, the key is to plan ahead, a month before. Make a detailed planning list for everyone involved in your group. Organize and sort out everything. Research online for traveling tips and tricks, which will make your life easier. Pull your suitcases out at the beginning of the week leading up to your trip. Toss stuff in throughout the week and it keeps you organized, prevents over-packing, and it cuts down on pre-trip laundry! If you have babies and toddlers - and you are planning for a road trip vacation - be creative - wrap fun surprises (it can be small toys, stickers, stuffed animals, picture books) to unwrap for every hour on the drive to pass time in the car or entertain them with songs, make animal noises, play silly face game etc. and multiple stops could be minimized. Keeping things organized saves so much time and money. It helps in the long run. Being organized will bring calmness and peace into our families. Do everything wholeheartedly, do it for the Lord, without complaining and grumbling and this will bring great results and harmony inside your home and with each other.

For God is not the author of disorder but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. - 1 Corinthians 14:33

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty. - Proverbs 21:5 

Things to do before you leave for a vacation: 
Make a checklist of things to do before you leave for your adventure. A week before your trip don't take any extra obligations, do all your laundry, make arrangements for any pets if you have and also where your mails should arrive when you are away from home, finish or clean out any perishable items in your kitchen. Make sure you made arrangements going to the airport and all your paperworks are done and ready. Now, the day before you leave --- finish of any last minute packing, charge phones and any other devices including your camera. Take out any garbage from every room in the house. clean/tidy up all the kitchen counters, bathrooms and every room in the house. On the day you leave, make sure you unplug all the heater/ac units. Pack up any last minute things you need. Leave a little early than your time. If you plan and do these little things before you leave for a vacation then when you come back you will have a piece of heaven to come and rest. This will help you to relax and unwind from your trip. 

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men - Colossians 3:23

Stay Focused and Inspired: 
Be focused in what you do and where you go. Keep your best attitude towards every up's and down's. Have fun. Enjoy every moment. Cherish it and you won't regret your decisions. Keep your focus on and let your light shine and glorify God in every thing you do and everywhere you go. Enjoy the God given life you have. Be inspired and be an inspiring to those who you meet. 

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. - Colossians 3:2

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. - Matthew 6:33

Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. - Proverbs 4:25

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. - Proverbs 16:3

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. - Psalm 32:8

Finally, it is not just planning for a vacation you keep a Godly prespective but in every aspect of your life, practice and live the Godliness to Glorify God. Let others see the love of Christ shine through your character. A pure relationship with the Father will bring about the joy and harmony in everything we do according to His will. His grace is sufficient for you in everything He will's us to do. Enjoy and embrace this God given journey of Life in abundance. 

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I (JESUS) came that they may have life and have it abundantly. - John 10:10 

What are your thoughts on this? Please comment below. 

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