Washing Windows

Fewer things I enjoy less than washing windows. Especially the outside of the house with ladders and cleaner to juggle. It is monotonous, boring, tedious, like counting rocks in a ten acre rock garden. So, I decided to make it a game, in true Mary Poppins style. Relying on my aggressive competitive nature, I am going to see how fast I can finish the windows and still get them spotless. I will make it fun. It will be fun. Muah ha ha. These windows will not defeat me. I will show them. ❤

Late Night Thoughts

Recently, I have been struggling with my over-thinking at night. Night is when I am alone in my apartment, it is dark, I am lonesome and my thoughts wander a lot, sometimes in deep thought of spiritual matters, sometimes in physical and shallow matters like wishing I was not lonesome, sometimes in thoughts of people who once walked with me in the journey and hoping they are ok and praying for them. I have very recently decided to try to harness these thoughts and tame them, trying to take them captive for Jesus and give them over to Him for sorting and guiding. It is and new mental exercise, so to speak. I do not wish to allow my over-thinking to be used by the enemy and turned into a stumbling block, so I see wisdom in it. And God is increasingly my focus, His Word, prayer with Him, just worshiping and praising Him. It is a great new focal point on my journey through life. Love you! ❤

The Key to Not Taking Offense

Everyone knows me now knows I do not take offense at the criticism of others. I see every person’s comments as personal biased opinions for which there is a rigorous but unknown backstory. Someone may say something rude but they did not mean to be rude, they did not have another way to express their lack of energy at such a horrible day they had. Or the rude thing may reflect their upbringing and they think it is normal. Or their car broke down earlier and their frustration level is overflowing onto me. There is a reason and I love people enough to give them that benefit of the doubt. Now if I am victim of it habitually, I will pull them aside and talk to them and apologize for any offense I have given them. This does two things: breaks the ice in a humble way and makes their bad behavior realized. It may even help them get to the heaet of the matter. I mean, who doesn’t want to be apologized to? Who stays angry at someone being humble to you? So the key is to stay humble and not take things/words personally. For instance, I went out shopping, I noticed the weird phenomenon that I turned a lot of guys’ heads. I thought I must be having a good looking day and that’s nice. Then my husband tell me this dress makes me look fat. The old me would have either attacked him or cried, depending on the time of the month, but nope. Not today. Not anymore. I no longer take the offense. I consider the source, he was raised highly critical and thus criticism is normal conversation, in addition it is his strange, twisted way of trying to help me look my best. It is not nice but I no longer take offense. If I need a word of encouragement, I go to God or my best friend. So someone may pitch you something offensive with or without realizing it but it is up to me or you to take it, accept it from them or not. Don’t take it personally but just as if they were trying to give you a present of garbage, you can gracefully refuse to accept it and say “no thanks, not my size” or “no thanks, not true of me”. Stay humble, seek to understand and you may help them. Forgive them and you help you too. Love you. ❤

That Which Matters, Matters a Lot; That Which Doesn’t, Doesn’t at All

We live in a world of distraction, even chaos, if we let it escalate. We live in a world where people allow the wrong things go unopposed and the good, important things to be undefended. So we must be more intentional in our lives because that which matter is everything- God and things of God and set up by God. And things which do not matter do not matter in the least on a permanent, eternal basis. We must fix our eyes on Jesus, on the eternal, for our faith is much more valuable than our comfort. The things not eternal we must discern whether to simply ignore or to stand up for the Lord, and only the Holy Spirit can tell you which is which, but we will not hear Him if we allow distractions to in cringe on our spiritual health like little bacteria building up to try hard to make us sick. We must take our vitamins and vaccines, even medicine, specifically through constant prayer, throwing off of distractions, Bible reading and study/truth injections. We must do this because what really matters matters more than you can imagine and yhat which doesn’t (the temporary, evil, distractions, entertainment, antisocial media, etc.), not only doesn’t matter to our eternal life but can keep is from it. Ouch. Please pay attention with me. Let’s walk this together. God helps the second we humbly ask Him and we can encourage each other with truth. I love you! ❤

That Worth Forgetting

There are good memories that uplift and nurture the mind, bring true history to mind that encourages. Then there are memories worth forgetting. Easier said than done but here is what worked for me. I forgive. I tell God I freely forgive, even the unworthy, even the unrepentant, even the still doing it, even the crime, and then myself for not forgiving until now and whatever role I did play. And I tell this to God and give the rest of it to Him. Then I ask Him to help me forget the bad and remember only the good, may only be that He was with me through it, may be a lesson learned, may be some good was there too. And then I let God help me forget by not trying to remember any bad. I let go of it. I visualize giving it to God. Visualization is huge for me because I am so visual. But we’re I auditory, I would say it. And there it is. The bad things will weigh down your soul and can be a stumbling block or build to a stronghold and you can stop that from happening with God’s help. He is way bigger than the badness. And He has already won the war! Hold on to Jesus. Lean in. Hold Him tight. ❤

The Power of Positive Positivity

Cheesy. True. Being positive is a habit that may be formed through practice and intention, like everything else. Good and bad habits are formed this way. The benefits of positivity are huge. Lights in this world are not negative. The world is negative and increasingly dark but we who are commanded to be lights in the darkness must be positive. It can only be done as a by-product of close relationship to God through time spent with Him in prayer and Bible reading. Being positive/optimistic is easy with God close, the goal/choice to be made to count onr’s blessings and be positive intentionally and practice. It is an honorable goal. More importantly, it is required as a Christian. We represent God in earth as Christians and we need to take that seriously and obey and honor Him. ❤