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Absolute Words Seem to Turn Others Away From You

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I have had days when I seem to be going in circles. I think one thing and seem to do the opposite.

Examples:

  1. I sometimes say you ALWAYS do this or that. When I should be saying I am glad that you do that.
  2. I will love you FOREVER, but then there are days I become angry.
  3. You keep doing this EVERYTIME. Instead of why do you do this every time?
  4. You are CONSTANTLY pushing me farther than I want to go. I need to think that it is because they want me to do better.

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Have you been there. Do you have to use absolutes to describe your live?

  1. Always-never.
  2. Forever-seldom
  3. Every time- not so often.
  4. Constantly-once and a while.

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You never…you always… aren’t positive words to use. Think of what you are going to say before you speak. Don’t try to intiminant someone. A softer voice goes a long way in a conversation.

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Lean on God and the Holy Spirit to guide your conversations. They will help you to come across as an understanding and loving person.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up.

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What is Freedom, and How do we Find it?

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I have been missing for almost two weeks. On July 3rd, I came with the COVID virus. It was tough for three days and then I started doing better. Then on July 12th my family left for Hawaii. It was very hard for me, because I had to use a walker, and some of the walks were pretty hard on me.

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Freedom is something we all want to have, but what is freedom?

Dictionary.com says:

  1. The state of being free, or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint.
  2. Exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.

It is clear that we want all of that.

Do you feel like you have full freedom? We won’t have true freedom until we let God guide us on our paths.

We all have the power to do what we ought to through God.

Something that is difficult to understand for some is that the Holy Spirit is inside you once you accept the Lord. With the Holy Spirit in us, we can fight off the darkside. God’s love shines when all else fails.

We need to know that sometimes God allows pain and suffering in us. He doesn’t cause it, He allows it and Helps us through it.

Think of each of us as wine. In the crushing and pressing we are made into new wine.

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Never let Satan overcome you. Let the Holy Spirit guide you through the storms.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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How Do We Reach Out to Others?

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I had a wonderful lunch with a neighbor today. We have become good friends and we are planning to meet often for lunch.

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Do you even know who your neighbors are? Have you tried to get to know them? I have the luxury of seeing the mailbox from my window where everyone comes to get their mail. When I see them come I go out to greet tem. There is a friendly exchange and we go on our way.

Why do I do that? Because it is an easy way to learn about your neighbors. We had an area meeting of all the homeowners in my neighborhood, and the one thing that was said is that people like meeting people at the mailbox. I started that.

I am not telling you of this to brag. I just find it as a way to keep up with everyone around me.

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God wants us to mingle with others and share our stories. He wants us to share our beliefs. I have found that sharing has opened many doors for me to witness. It isn’t something I force on anyone. It just comes up in a conversation.

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Do an inventory of how your reach out to others. Do you need to improve? Do you not like mixing with others to talk?

Pray for God’s guidence on how to do that. He will help you in your conversations through the Holy Spirit.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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How Can we be Humble Through the Pandemic, and Rioting?

Pandemic, rioting, businesses being burnt, statues being tore down, people being killed, and much more. So what can we do to counter all of this?

I have been thinking of this for several months. It was overwhelming for me, and I did not have good answers.

I watched my church message online yesterday, and they shared some ideas.

The first quote I heard was, “Nothing is impossible with God on your side.” That got me in a better mood.

Then they spoke of being humble. What? I am suppose to be humble when the world is crashing around me?

Then they hit me with a verse that woke me up! “Everyone who exalts himself will humbled, he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Matthew 5:4-6.

They mentioned that we need to stop going on rabbit trails. They are scattered and often lead to nowhere. I was doing that. I was running around trying to understand what was happening.

Then our Pastor give us four things to help us be humble:

  1. Love God more than yourself. We need to know who is in charge and lean on Him during the storms.
  2. Love others by serving them for God’s glory. When we reach out and help, not only does the person we help feel good, but so do we.
  3. Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit. I often take this for granted. We need the Holy Spirit to guide us at hard times.
  4. We need to hang out with people who are also pursuing a God fearing life. Just being in a group of believers can give us a lot of confidence, and love.

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Are you fearful of what is happening? Are your storms getting to hard to face? Do you want to stay in bed all day to avoid the world?

You certainly are not alone.

I feel your pain, and I suggest you totally depend on God as your fortress. he is stronger than any Pandemic, He will hug you during the rioting. He will give you wisdom to understand. He has told us many times:

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

Pretty clear there. We just need to rely on Him to protect us and guide us.

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Remember:

You are not alone.

You are not forsaken.

You are not unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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