If the truth be known, I have to really mind my attitude in the holiday season. Unfortunately, I find it easy to get cranky, impatient & snarky. I tend to try & justify this stuff saying I’m tired, I have lots of extra work, etc. But I want to do better this year & I want to manage my attitude more than letting it manage me. For me, the best way to accomplish this is to ask God for help as frequently as possible, along w memorizing a few Bible verses. Attitude affects altitude
Posts Tagged 'change'
Tags: attitude, change, holidays, improve, manage, season
Tags: change, correction, discipline, grow, learn, pain
I was reading this morning in Hebrews 12 about how God corrects, just like a loving father corrects & disciplines his children. I used to hate the whole idea of correction & being disciplined. If the truth be told, there has been an arrogance in me about receiving correction. In the past, I had the mindset that I did things so well that I didn’t need correction – which of course set me up for some very serious confrontations and painful corrections. Being corrected & discipline isn’t fun. It hurts. But here are a few points in Hebrews 12 that have helped me about receiving correction:
- correction is evidence of love – Heb 12:6; no love, no correction :/
- God’s correction is for our benefit – Heb 12:10
- when God corrects you, decide to endure & change: don’t faint when God corrects you – Heb 12:5
- God’s correction yields good fruit in our lives (peaceful fruit of righteousness) – Heb 12:11
Tags: change, experience, learn, mistakes
I recently used a parking meter for an appt that I was in and I skimped on the meter. Sure enough, my meeting went longer than I expected & voila, I found the ever lovely parking ticket on my windshield. As I looked at the ticket, I figured out that if I would have added 50cents to the meter, I could have avoided the $25 ticket. I hate making these kinds of mistakes – where I try to skimp with time or money & wind up spending more; hate those kinds of mistakes.
So to get the most out of this experience, here are my learning points that might be helpful to you as well:
- margin – give yourself some cushion so that you don’t spend more time & money than is necessary
- grace – berating yourself for mistakes is wasted emotional energy; learn the lesson & move on
- change – repeating the same errors is stupid; learning & changing is smart
Tags: adapt, change, flexible, grow, learn, time, watch
I was eating a really tasty homegrown tomato this morning & it reminded me of my dad, who totally loved tomatoes! One year, I remember he planted more than 100 tomato plants, hoping for a bumper crop!! Some things never changed with my dad: strong coffee with cream & sugar, loving people, finding a priceless treasure for cheap, homegrown tomatoes & lots more. As my dad aged, he seemed to appreciate change less and less. That’s the tricky part – life is all about change: our bodies change, the government changes, we have to change cars, sometimes our clothes stop fitting & LOTS more!
But here are some things that NEVER, EVER, EVER change:
- God’s love for you never increases or decreases – it’s continual & consistent
- time – it doesn’t stop nor slow down no matter how our perceptions change
- the need that humanity has for God – humans always need genuine love, full stop
Tags: change, empty, faithful, flow, relationships, tides
I read an interesting selection from Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. She had some great insights about relationships and how they can sometimes be like the ocean, with both high & low tides. In her writing, she talks about how we often want to cling to a relationship & how it felt in the past or how we sometimes look forward to the future of a relationship – both engaging activities. If we aren’t careful, however, we can let the past or the future sabotage the now in any relationship, including our walk with God. With that being said, sometimes we don’t like the now because it could be kind of like a “low tide” season, but Mrs Lindbergh helps me to see & appreciate that all the stages in a relationship are valid & valuable – high tide, medium tide & low tide. In my mind, the most important thing of all is to remain faithful to God no matter what’s happening or not in our various human relationships
Tags: change, determination, dream, genuine love, Nightcare, nightmare
Three nights ago I had a really bad dream. I dreamt that I was in a foreign country & I was helping some babies who were extremely needy. As I was dreaming, however, I had this feeling during the entire dream that I there were lots of babies where I was that were in very significant & desperate need. It almost seemed like I was being kept from seeing them because I wasn’t strong enough to see them yet, since they were in such bad shape. When I woke up, I had this lingering feeling that I’m still not in a place yet to be able to be able to help these desperate babies.
As I’ve been thinking about this over the last few days, I’ve been considering the work we do with Saving Moses with nightcare. It is absolutely heaven for the babies in our care at night time: they get a nice warm bath when they arrive, they get to play with cool, age appropriate toys, surrounded by workers who safely love our babies and toddlers, dinner and then a safe & protected place to peacefully sleep through the night – heaven
Without nightcare, the night time for these babies are more like nightmares. Perhaps I had this dream to decrease the nightmares by increasing our nightcares.
Tags: change, growing, leadership, leading, learning
There’s no shortage of material about leadership, so my thoughts here will be brief and concise, but hopefully they will have relevance and be impactful:
- sometimes the best way to grow as a person is by increasing our connections to leadership – by either becoming a leader or more closely supporting the leaders around us
- when there’s a deficiency, it’s often a consequnce of a leadership shortcoming – all leaders need prayer
- leaders make mistakes and mess up because they’re human: Jesus is the only perfect human; leader does not equal perfect
- the journey for learning & growing is often on the uncomfortable path of leadership
- from my experience, I think that the best leaders are the ones who rely the most on God
If you’re a leader in any capacity – WAY TO GO!!!
Tags: adapt, change, different, flexible, grow, learn
When I find something I like, I tend to keep going back for more of the same & my weakness can be that I don’t try new things. But from having lots of different travel experiences, I’m forced to try new things & more often than not, I LOVE it, as long as I don’t self-sabotage by comparing the new thing to what I’ve known or expected. I find this to be true with God as well – there are many times when I want God to something like the past or I had these expectations & then God does something different. And here’s the way cool part of that – God always does WAY BETTER than what I think of expect, but I just need to be open to different. Lets remember that God’s ways & thoughts are higher than our ways & thoughts
Tags: change, genuine love, grace, transform, watch
Sometimes I have these amazing “aha moments” when I see God doing really cool things and I also have times when these “aha moments” seem to have been vaporized by the crazy demands of a day or because of some really heavy duty disappointments. Regardless of what is happening, how we feel or the various experiences in which we find ourselves, we swim in heavy grace.
Swimming in heavy grace:
- embracing our lives,
- giving us the air to breath: what we haven’t earned
- protecting us from drowning in the consequences that we deserve
- amphibious living: transforming our shortcomings to something more glorious
- flooding into the crevices, corners and quagmires for redemption and hope
Dear sweet family, we swim in heavy grace