May 17, 2017

Winner of Tracie Miles New Book “Unsinkable Faith”

Hey friends,

Please forgive me for taking so long to post a winner for Tracie Miles’ book giveaway. My husband surprised me with a short trip to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, and it got me a little behind. But today we have a winner!!

*** Mare H. who posted on April 29th at 9:53 pm ***

Please contact me at deuteronomysix@aol.com by Monday, May 22nd with your full name and mailing address so I can get your name and contact information to Tracie.

Blessings,

April 29, 2017

New Book & Giveaway from Tracie Miles

***Winner of “Living So That” giveaway announced at the end of this post***

I’ve invited my friend, Tracie Miles, to share six great strategies to help you walk through the hard places in life from her new book, Unsinkable Faith: God-Filled Strategies to Transform the Way You Think, Feel and Live. For a sneak peek of “Unsinkable Faith,” visit her blog for a free sample chapter.

6 Things Positive People Do Every Day

When the situations of life don’t “feel” positive, it’s often hard to think positive. But fortunately, it’s not impossible.

Being a positive thinker doesn’t mean living with a Pollyanna / rose colored glasses mentality. It simply means choosing to intentionally look for the best in things, and find reasons to be positive, rather than intentionally or even inadvertently focusing on the negative aspects of people, life and situations.

We can’t control our circumstances, but we can always control our thoughts about them. And when we change the way we think, we in turn change the way feel and live.

If you have found yourself becoming a negative or pessimistic thinker lately, even if you have lots of reasons to justify that type of attitude, or if you feel like you’ve always been a negative person and think it’s impossible to change, might you consider incorporating a few of these tips into your everyday routines?

I want to assure you that when you begin to change the way you think, you’ll notice your perspective and outlook and the way you feel inside will begin changing too. A happier life with more peace, joy and happiness – despite life – could be as close as one positive thought away.

  1. Express gratitude. Ask God to help you live with an awareness of your blessings. Notice the little things that bring a flutter of joy to your heart – a butterfly, a streak of warm sunshine, the laughter of your child, the hug from a loved one. Try to focus on what you have, rather than on what you don’t.
  2. Look for beauty. Life can be ugly, and at times we get so caught “seeing” the ugly, we neglect to notice the beauty around us. Take time to really look out the window as you drive today. Notice the blue sky, the green trees, the bunny hopping across the field. Smell the flowers, savor the aroma of dinner on the stove, and feel the softness of your baby’s hair. Beauty is all around us in a million different forms, if only we choose to not overlook it and miss out.
  3. Don’t compare anything to anyone else because doing so not only feeds your insecurities, but because comparison is the thief of joy. You are you, and God made you unique in every way; gifted with abilities, traits and talents that nobody else has. Rather than focusing on how you don’t feel you measure up in some way, most likely against some standard you were never meant to meet, focus on your positive attributes alone.
  4. Don’t overthink problems. The more we overthink a problem – letting our imaginations run wild with worry and fear and stress – the bigger those problems become. Instead of thinking the worst, try to think the best. Instead of focusing on the negatives of a situation, try to think of some positives that might come out of it. If you’re to overthink be overly positive. A little too much optimism never hurt anyone.
  5. Change the way you typically think. Cultivate optimism in your patterns of thinking. Instead of seeing the glass half empty, intentionally tell yourself to see the glass half full. If you tend to think the worst when a problem arises, intentionally decide you are not going to do that, and try to think of the best case potential scenario instead. Making this practice a habit helps foster an amazing transformation in your brain and thought patterns.
  6. Invite God to be a part of your day, your life and your mind makeover transformation. When we ask for His intervention in our hearts and minds, we open the door for Him to begin a work in us that we could never accomplish on our own. Through His strength and perseverance, we can overcome the pull towards negative thinking and retrain our minds to think optimistic, instead of pessimistic. After a few weeks of implementing practical thought control and intentional efforts to be positive, new habits will form that are good for us and our lives!

If you want to be a more positive person and live a more positive life, consider trying to do each of these every single day. Think positive, be positive, live positive.  It’s a lifestyle that’s possible for everyone which always ushers in more peace, more joy, and more happiness!

If you order at least one copy of Tracie’s book by the end of the day April 29th, she has $60.00 worth of freebies for you!! 

 

Tracie’s Giveaway:

Share with us one way you will try to live more positively TODAY! We will randomly choose one name from the comments to win a copy of Tracie’s new book. I’ll announce the winner in my next post.

Winner of “Living So That” is ….

Jennie who posted on 4/21 at 7:20 pm. Please e-mail me at deuteronomysix@aol.com with your full name and mailing address.

Blessings,

December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve Prayer

Sweet Friends,

I have been away for many months and have missed being here with you. God laid a Christmas Eve prayer on my heart, and I felt led to share it here with you on this glorious eve of our Savior’s birth. I pray it blesses you.

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“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  –John 1:14 NIV

“Jesus, today we remember the manger. The day You left the perfection of heaven to come and live among us. You came wrapped in flesh. Fully God and fully man. Acquainted with all our sorrows. Familiar with all our ways. Knowing what would come in the end. Yet, You still came. You didn’t have to come. But You did. You dwelt with Your people 2,000 years ago, and You still live among us today. What leaves me in awe is that not only do you live among us, You live in us. Broken vessels that we are. You choose to live in us! Thank You, Jesus, for this gift of Your presence.

Open our eyes, ears, hearts and spirits to experience anew Your birth this season. May we see You in every twinkling light, every evergreen tree, every beautifully wrapped gift, and every nativity. We love you, Jesus, and pray this in Your powerful and magnificent Name.”

Christmas Blessings to you,