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.
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.