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Pep talk time: Philippians 4:8

Pep Talk Time: Philippians 4:8

When I grow up, I want to be just like Jessica!  Watch her give herself a pep talk in the mirror:

What kind of cheerleader are you for yourself?  Are you like this?

Or this?

are you your own worst cheerleader?


Well, whatever you’re saying to yourself in the mirror, I hope it includes some of this:

”Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence or anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”  Philippians 4:8

And no matter what, here’s what the Lord has to say about you.

“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”  Jeremiah 31:3

He’s our biggest cheerleader!

 

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Let’s pray: Father, thank you for loving me and cheering me on.  When I look in the mirror, help me to see what you see.  When I think about myself and my life, help me to remember what’s true and right, lovely and excellent.  In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Depressed, Christian? How to snap out of your winter blues….

sigh…  My mood is falling with the snow. Even on sunny days, I wanna dive back under the covers and hibernate with the bears. 😦


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Relate?

Read on…

Tips for turning…

…this:

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to this:

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1.  Call a friend to pray with you. That’s what I did this morning.  I called, I dumped, she listened, we prayed — all better!

“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.  For is either of them falls, the one will pick up his companion.  And if one can overpower him who is alone (and depression thrives on aloneness) two can resist him.”  ~~ Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12

2. Sometimes Most times, our worst enemy lives right between our ears.
So, refuse grumpy thoughts (my pastor calls it “stinkin’ thinkin”) and replace them with something from this list:

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence, or anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” ~~ Philippians 4:8

I’ll add some more tips next post, but, in the meantime, what about you? How do you do to beat the winter blahhhhhhs?

Tell us what helps.  Don’t dot another i, Bob Cratchit, till you do!

Oh no! I’m getting grumpy again…

Lego of Your Worries…

I saw this Lego sculpture at an art museum recently.  It was so cool I had to snap a pic with my cell phone:

Yellow, by Nathan Sawaya, click the pic to see more on his website

It reminded me of a couple favorite verses:

“..pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord.” Lamentations 2:19 NIV

1 Peter 5:7 says it like this:

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”

Now, A LOT of stuff fills my heart and most of it wouldn’t make the list of things we’re supposed to be thinking of:

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8

So, if I know what’s good for me, I’ll pour out the bad to God so He can fill me up with His good.

Let’s give it a try:

Let’s take off our masks and be real with God 🙂

Mask, by Nathan Sawaya. Click pic to see more where this came from

Pray with me:

Oh, Father, thank you for loving me and giving me a Counselor, the Holy Spirit (John 14:6)   Since He’s living inside of me (1 Corinthians 6:19), He’s already intimately acquainted with all that’s on my heart (Psalm 139:1-3), so there’s no point in hiding it.

Here’s what I’ve been anxious about lately _____________….. (Take a deep breath, and fill in the blank.  Just “pour your heart out like water” like in the Lamentations verse above.)

Thank you that I can come to You when I am weary and heavy laden and find rest for my soul. (Matthew 11:28)

Fill me with Your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

In Jesus’ name, Amen!