Lessons from Yard Sales and Life

I absolutely love flea markets, thrift stores, and yard sales! You might even say I’m a connoisseur of second-hand stuff. I enjoy the surprise, the hunt, and the deals. I know instantly what I like and what I don’t. One pet peeve is no price tags. People will not keep asking you prices. It’s a drag. There are other pet peeves as well. Let's have some fun by looking at different types of yard sales. Madison Avenue Pricing Yard Sale: These folks are thinking they have no junk and everything they have is valuable. The prices are usually ridiculous, so people browse briefly and leave. Here’s the kicker… Nicer neighborhoods usually have cheaper prices than average neighborhoods. You would think i

6 Steps to Supercharge Your Joy!

These days it's sometimes hard to focus on joy because of the negatives that bombard our lives. Losing loved ones, hateful people, tragedy in the news and bad circumstances are all around us. Living with a joyful nature is a choice and only you can make that choice for yourself. You can live in disdain towards others. That means you see some folks as unworthy of your attention and respect. Or you can live in harmony with God and those around you. Here are six ways to SUPERCHARGE your joy. Reach Out To God The only way to have an ultimately peaceful life is to be as close to God as you can be. This, too, is a choice. God want's to fill you with supernatural joy and fulfill your dreams. Romans

4 Steps to Keep Mean People from Hijacking Your Day!

Not too long ago I was at the mall and encountered a very rude cashier. I was about to pay for my purchases. Just as the cashier hit total, I had picked up a pair of sunglasses. I said, “Could I just add these?” She said, “Well I guess you can, but you’ll have to bag them yourself!” Then she tossed a small bag across the counter! Just… Wow. There before me was a golden opportunity for this chick to hijack my day and put me in a bad mood. I’m going to share with you a 4-Step Strategy that will help you in your encounters with mean people and then I’ll share how I handled the clerk. We’ll use the acronym, “DEAL.” First, D is for “DEFINE.” Define your parameters of what you are willing to put u

Expect Abundance from God

Do you expect mediocre things in life or do you expect abundance? My favorite scripture is Ephesians 3:20. "Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us." I cling to this scripture! I dream of what God is going to do for me. And even in my best dream, it's far more than I can imagine, according to His Word! One mistake we sometimes make, is focusing on the wrong things. When we are in need, it's easy to focus on what we don't have. Sometimes we fixate on it and dwell on it. We mope about it, become depressed. And we worry. Here are four points on worry. 1) Worry is like a rocking chair, it keeps you busy but you

Fear Nothing! God Has a Plan.

​Fear is a normal reaction when we can't see God's game plan ahead of us. The phrase, "Do not be afraid," is written in the Bible 365 times. That's a daily reminder from God to live every day being fearless. Fear can also be an immobilizer if we are not strong in our faith. Often, we worry because although we know God can answer our prayers, we don't know if He will or we think we don't deserve it. The enemy says, "Look at your sin," God says, "Look at my son." We read in Psalm 34:4, "I sought the Lord and answered me and He delivered me from all my fears." We will never be good enough for all of God's blessings and provisions. That's a fear the enemy plants in our mind, to keep us from grow

Help! I Feel Like a Spiritual Failure.

​ We all have days when we feel distant from God. Oftentimes, when we are in that thought process, we let our, "Inner Critic," take over and we say some pretty mean things to ourselves. Some of the things we say to ourselves we would never dare say to another person because the words are so harsh. So why be mean to yourself? Trust me, I work on this, too, on a regular basis. Sometimes it's the enemy working against you to make you fall. If you have made a commitment to the Lord, the devil will do everything he can to distract you and cause you to dwell on your weaknesses instead of embracing God's grace. God is the one who helps us grow in Him through His grace. We often think that we have

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