Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What Is the Real Problem?

Here is my first post on the OBS blog hop. I wrote this in the wee hours of the night Wed. night because I know that tomorrow will be a busy day for me.  I hope it is not too lengthy.  And I hope I have posted the correct link to bring you here.  Well, if you made here, my link worked. lol

"I knew I needed to make a conscious and determined commitment to God, My faith and myself...  If I wanted true lasting change to occur, I needed to focus on changing me first." pg 20 of Stressed -Less Living 

This quote hit home to me! That is where I am.  I have been just accepting life as it came along lately. (Well maybe several years now.) I never have a day when I don't feel physical pain in my body.  I can't get too active because of my physical problems. I find that I hate to go to bed at night, but of course I do, and then I hate getting up in the morning.  I feel pain and depression more than peace and joy.  Oh what a way to live!  Well not any more!

Before I had started this online Bible study, I had decided that I needed to commit myself to getting closer to God and getting what I need from him and stop feeling sorry for myself and hoping the next day will be better.  I have been doing some soul searching and I don't know if I can pin point where it all began, but I do know that it didn't happen overnight.  So the changes I need to make will not happen overnight either.  

And so, here I stand at the threshold of my new beginning.  I am spending the day with my God everyday,from this point on and renewing my mind in His word,  nourishing my spirit along the way.  I am finding promises with in the pages that I can hold onto and claim as mine.  I am building my faith as I read aloud because it does say that faith comes by hearing the word of God.  

I am learning I can go from the stress zone to the faith zone by:
1.  allowing God's promises to seep into every once of my being.
2.  realizing I am the only person who has control over my mind.
3.  realizing I am the only person who has authority over the joy in my heart.
4.  realizing I am the only person who can determine my attitude on any given day.
5.  I can choose to be an optimist, despite negative circumstances.
6.  I can make the decision to live life on purpose, as God intended. and not to just simply be alive. 
7.  realize I am the only person who can control how stressed I feel. 
(pg.24)  

And that my friends is just the tip of the iceberg of the nutritious morsels in this chapter.  I am going to spend time working on the Reflection Questions tomorrow morning.  I may blog on that too. We shall see.  Meanwhile, I pray that God's love shines upon you all and that you rest peaceful as you sleep.  Good night all.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Day One Stressed-Less Living

This is my study station.  It is in my bedroom where I can close the door and shut out the "world"; while I spend quality time with my Lord.  Yes that is snow you see outside my window.  It is all that remains of the winter of 2012/13.  I thank God spring is here.  I am not too hip on the mud in my driveway, but this too shall pass.
 I have a few Bibles I will be using along with the book Stressed-Less Living.  The Bible you see in this picture is called Complete Jewish Bible.  I love this Bible!  It can be a challenge to read the names because they are written in Hebrew, but it does have a dictionary in the back so I can look up the names and see the English translation.  I am also using my other favorite Bibles, the NIV and the NKJV Spirit Filled Life Bible.  I am looking forward to learning all that I can from this Bible study.  It could not have come at a better time in my life.  Isn't God awesome! His timing is always perfect!
I will be trying very hard to stay on task through out this 12 week study.  And I want to also create posts on this blog and learn how to share them with everyone doing this OBS.
Meanwhile I pray for everyone involved in this OBS; for our minds to be open to understand God's Word. But, most of all for our hearts to be open to receive the Word of God as seeds of life as we bond ever closer to our Lord. God bless us all as we take this journey together.

commitment renewal

I'm not sure what I want to say here.  I got so far behind in my Let It Go OBS that I didn't post anything else so that I could get caught up on my reading.  I believe I shall do this OBS over again in the future.  For now all I can say is that I surely need this new Study called Stressed -Less Living by Tracie Miles. 
Although they may all be for a good cause, I have a tendency to try to get involved in too many things.  And that is my "excuse" for not finishing the last OBS.  

I have decided that the new OBS is going to be a number one priority for the next 12 weeks.  I am still attending a local Bible study every other week and attending my church.  With God's help I will get through this OBS and grow spiritually.  

And so today I pledge to God and myself to stay in a daily relationship with Him and the others in this OBS.  I know that my schedule can change from week to week but I will try to stay on task and up to date on each week of this OBS.