Love Your Life

Jules —  February 4, 2009

Well, I did it again. . . I stopped blogging. I have to find my camera disk and load it onto my new computer. Without the ability to post pics of my kids, I lose the desire to blog. I mean isn’t that why you come here? Isn’t it to see pics of my awesome kiddos?! I promise I will dig through boxes today. We’ve moved and it is somewhere among a giant pile of boxes in our garage!

 

Speaking of moving. . . My dear James loves change. He feeds off of it. I believe it even gives him energy. I, on the other hand, resist change and even find it quite painful. Opposites do attract and for good reason, I think. I need James to help stretch me. We do compliment each other quite well.  

 

This winter has been a season of change for me. I believe God used a book by Victoria Osteen to help encourage me through this time. It’s called “Love Your Life“. One of the challenges that James and I are working on is our thoughts and words. It’s so easy to become negative, especially when times are difficult. When business drops to an all time low or the kids are extremely moody and difficult or we have to go through the difficult process of moving, it’s easy to feel defeated, but we want to choose to focus on the positive and speak positive words. Negativity only drags us down and causes us to lose hope and faith. I struggle with this every day, but I want to continue to fight the good fight! It’s worth it.

 

Here are some of the anchor thoughts in Victoria’s book that really helped me properly focus.

 

  • I will stay flexible and willing to change in order to embrace the new things God has in store.

 

  • I will look beyond where I am right now, seeing new possibilities, being open to new ideas, and expecting great things in my future.

 

  • I will not live my life in regret. I make a decision today to release the if onlys and anything that is keeping me from God’s best.

 

  • I recognize that even though challenges and difficulties seem like they are working against me, if I stay in faith, they will ultimately work for me.

 

  • I will not be consumed by my challenges. I will stay in faith, focus on the good, and keep the right perspective.

 

  • I choose to live this day happy, content, and grateful for what God has given me.

 

  • I will focus on what I have and not what I don’t have. I will dwell on what’s right in my life and magnify the good.

 

  • When things are difficult and I’m tempted to get discouraged, I will remember all the great things God has done in my past.

 

  • I recognize I was not created to constantly struggle and endure life. I am making a decision to celebrate each  day, to live it to the full, and to enjoy the people in my life.

 

  • I will not long for the good old days, wishing it could be like it was. I realize today I’ve got great people in my life, great opportunities, and I’m making great memories. I know these are the good old days.

 

I know this is a very difficult time for a lot of people. My heart aches for those I know who are struggling. One thing that I am confident about is that God does work ALL things together for good. He is not the one hurting you, but he can miraculously take a bad situation and bring about goodness. We have to trust him and ask him for help. I know He is more than able and it is his desire.

 

A friend emailed me this Joel Osteen quote this morning. I felt like it was complimentary to what I had to share.

 

Today’s Scripture

 

 “Ask the LORD for rain in the time of the latter rain” (Zechariah 10:1, NKJ).

 

 Today’s Word from Joel and Victoria Osteen

 

 In the Scripture, rain represents God’s favor. This verse is telling us to “ask for rain even though it’s raining.” What does that mean? You might think, “If it’s raining, it doesn’t seem like you’d need to ask for it.” But God is saying, “My favor is available to you, but you’re not going to receive it unless you ask.” Right now, God is showering down blessings, healing, promotion, and good ideas. It’s raining favor. But we have to do our part to get our words in line with what God wants to do. We have to ask for that favor. We have to call it in if we are going to experience it. We have to release our faith with our words. This is a great day to be alive! God is pouring out his favor like no other time in history. Right now, it is raining increase. It’s raining new ideas. It’s raining promotion. Don’t let it pass you by. Start declaring it for yourself, “I am blessed. I am prosperous. I am favored. I am healthy. I am free.” Ask for rain in this time of rain, and you’ll see His blessing and provision in every area of your life! 

 

 

Father in heaven, thank You for Your grace, mercy, and favor. I ask for rain in the time of rain, I ask for increase in Your favor and blessing so I can be a blessing to those around me today and always. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

Jules

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11 responses to Love Your Life

  1. I’m like you Jules, I don’t like change. Ha! Look at my life, I should be used to it. Everything keeps changing. For the last two years I’ve felt guilty, because now I don’t have it in my heart to paint. I want to, but now after getting myself out of so much pain and feeling better, I have no motivation. I keep thinking God will tell me again what I must do. I think I’m going to have to pick myself up and get moving on my own. I feel lost sort of.

    I love to see pics of your children, and etc. But most of all just love to see ya on here again.

    I love your blog. I’ve already read it twice and will read it more. Maybe it will help guide me too.

  2. I’m so glad you enjoyed my post. Putting my thoughts out there makes me feel vulnerable. I can’t seem to get past that feeling!

    I understand your lack of desire for painting. I feel that way about scrapbooking. My kids LOVE their books but I feel very unmotivated to work on them. Poor Anjelia is still a newborn in her book. I wish I craved doing it like I used to.

    I love your paintings. My Percolations one is in my kitchen and James has the lighthouse one in his office.

    Here’s an anchor thought for you:

    I realize I am handpicked by God, I will live with confidence knowing that I am valuable and have something great to offer.

    I will not wait for others to applaud me. I will focus on my good qualities and I will applaud myself.

    Love ya!

  3. We can’t get away from change can we? It’s an essential part of life.

  4. Julie,
    Love your blog, as usual it inspires me. I couldn’t agree with you more. I know depression can sometimes be a medical problem but sometime I feel it is because we choose to dwell on our problems instead of focusing on our blessings. I count you as one of my blessings!!

  5. You are a blessing to us all and I appreciate the
    encouragement. There is a song I love like what you’re saying: It’s beginning to rain, hear the voice of the Father, saying whosoever will come drink of this water, I’m beginning to pour my Spirit out on your son’s and your daughter’s, if your thirsty and dry, look up to the sky, it’s beginning to rain.

  6. Robin, I am so thankful for your friendship. You are an encourager. I think it must be a spiritual gift. You always encourage me so much. Thanks for cheering me on as a homemaker. It’s nice to have friends that share my passion. I get a kick out of you!

  7. Aunt Kelli, I know it’s a hard day for everyone since it’s Grandma’s birthday. Thank you for visiting. Love the song. I really enjoyed visiting with you when I was in town. I loved the stories about Grandpa M. I’ve had fun sharing some of the family history. I haven’t met anyone yet who’s Grandpa got in trouble for cattle rustling!

  8. Loved your post–keep putting yourself on the line, Jules. It’s a vulnerable spot to be in, but God is in it as you can see by the response to your blog. Words have power when linked with wisdom. The boys and I just read that today and it referred to Proverbs 4. “Lay hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live. Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them. Do not forsake wisdom”.

    I missed all the story telling–didn’t hear the cattle rustling story.

  9. How are you feeling, new Mama? I pray your blood pressure gets back to normal quickly. I love the name Jude. You are very wise, Debbie, wise beyond your years. Thanks for visiting and encouraging me!

  10. So glad you are back on line Jules. I always enjoy what you have to say. There is power in words and we need to speak out God’s words every chance we get. I’m talking to myself here, especially. I also have Joel’s book and so enjoy his motivation. I think we are just in the Winter Slumps, when Spring gets here we will get more motivated.

    Marlis, don’t feel guilty, someone will be needing some painting done for something for Church or someone will come along with a need and you’ll say I can do that. You are still healing and will be yourself again soon. So glad you are feeling better. You probably are just missing me, he he.

    Jules, please keep sharing with us your thoughts.

  11. James downloads Joel Osteen podcasts when we need a boost of encouragement. I love his southern accent!

    I am soooo looking forward to spring!!!!!!!!!! I need to go garage saling and I can’t wait to take long walks in the sunshine!