Complaining is a Sin! — Joyce Meyers

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE……

What a great day to have this devotional to read.
Jesus didn’t complain as they were beating him to be crucified. Here prayed for us allow.
I am so guilty of this, but I’m working on it in Jesus name.
We all do it. #beblessed

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In Ephesians 4:29, the apostle Paul instructs us not to use any foul or polluting language. At
one time, I didn’t realize that this included complaining, but I have since learned that murmuring and complaining pollute our lives.

Plain and simple, complaining is a sin! It causes many people a great deal of problems in their lives and destroys the joy of anyone listening.

We need to ask ourselves, how quick are we to become impatient and begin to complain when stuck in traffic or while waiting in checkout lanes in grocery stores or department stores? How quick are we to spot and point out all the faults of our friends or family members? Do we complain about our job when we should be thanking God that we have one?

The best antidote for complaining is thanksgiving. Truly thankful people do not complain. They are too busy being grateful for all the good things they have that they have no time to notice the things they could complain about.

The Bible says that we are to enter God’s courts with praise and thanksgiving. You and I need to make it a daily goal to live a life of thanksgiving. Let’s be as positive and grateful as possible.

Try going to bed at night pondering everything you have to be thankful for. Let it be the first thing you do in the morning. Thank God for “little” things or things you might normally take for granted: a parking place, waking up in time for work, a meal, your family… Don’t get discouraged when you fail, but don’t throw in the towel and quit either. Keep at it until you have developed new habits and you are living with an attitude of gratitude.

Be generous with your gratitude. It will sweeten your relationship with the Lord.

Prayer Starter: God, I want to live with an attitude of gratitude, starting right now! I thank you so much for loving me and for blessing me. Help me see the positive things in life and to thank You for them.

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Living a Life of Blessing ~~ Joyce Meyers Devotionals

I believe that one of the greatest opportunities we have as Christians is to make a profound difference in the lives of others. Throughout my life of ministry, God has given me the opportunity to help many people who need guidance.

But I don’t believe this is a special opportunity that God made just for me. Everyone, you included, has the ability to influence someone. When you take the time to reach out to others and invest in someone’s life, you are impacting the world…yours and theirs.

Galatians 6:10 tells us to “be mindful to be a blessing” to everyone God brings across our path. We are called to be a blessing and build up others in their faith, to not be afraid to reach out and to speak the truth in love.

I don’t believe God wants us to be mere spectators in life. He wants us to be people who really love others and care enough to be willing to pour into their lives. We need to build up others in Jesus’ name so they can grow and reach even more people.

Whether you know it or not, someone’s watching and looking up to you. People are influenced by the way you live and they need to see God’s love in your everyday actions.

At times we’ll make mistakes, and when we do we can thank God for His forgiveness, but we also have to realize that many times we may be the only evidence of God some people see.

Prayer Starter: God, every day there is another opportunity that You have given me to reach out, bless and influence someone else with Your love. I want to live a life of blessing toward others, showing them what it means to live a God-focused life.

God has actually allowed me to minister to someone here recently. I really didn’t think that I would be able to do it when the time came, but it was so easy and I hope and pray that the person I talked to was helped.

Go out and do God’s work. We might be the only christian or bible that someone ever hears or sees.

#beblessed and #beablessing

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I Can’t Help It! ~~ Joyce Meyers Battlefield of the Mind Devotionals

Once again Joyce Meyers has hit home with me in my walk. This is for sho’ battling with my mind. But I refuse to let the Devil win and I hope I have friends who will stand by me and pray with me. This is a tough one to overcome, but it can and will be done.
#beblessed

When God begins to deal with us about wrong behavior, it’s easy enough to say, “I can’t help it,” but it takes real courage and faith to say, “I’m ready to take responsibility and get my life straightened out.”

Much of our thinking is habitual. If we regularly think about God and good things, godly thoughts become natural. Thousands of thoughts flow through our minds every day. We may feel we have no control, but we do. Although we don’t have to use any effort to think wrong thoughts, we have to use much effort to think good thoughts. As we begin to make changes, we will have to fight a battle.

Our mind is the battlefield, and Satan’s primary way of initiating his evil plan for us is through our thoughts. If we feel we have no power over our thoughts, Satan will entrap and defeat us. Instead, we can determine to think in godly ways.

God has given us the power to decide–to choose right thinking over wrong. But once we make that choice, we must continue to choose right thoughts. It’s not a once-and-for-all decision, but it does get easier. The more we fill our lives with reading the Bible, prayer, praise, and fellowship with other believers, the easier it is for us to continue choosing right thoughts.

It takes time to learn to choose good and push away evil. It won’t be easy, but we’re moving in the right direction every time we take responsibility and make the right choices.

Pray: Powerful God, remind me that I can and do make choices every day. Please help me to monitor my thoughts, choosing only those that will help me overcome the devil and win the battle for my mind. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

From the book Battlefield of the Mind Devotional by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2005 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

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And the people said, “AMEN.”

Separate Your ‘Who’ from Your ‘Do’ ~~ Joyce Meyers

This is what I needed to hear. You should READ it too. #haveablessedday

I’ve made mistakes in my life, and I’m sure I’ll make mistakes in the future, but I still like myself. The fact is, I don’t do everything right all the time, but that doesn’t affect who I am. I know I’m loved and I’m still a good person. That’s because I’ve learned to separate my ‘who,’ new creature in Christ, from my ‘do.’

When you realize that what you ‘do’ doesn’t determine ‘who’ you are, you can experience a new level of freedom from shame.

When you know that God likes you, you can start to really like yourself. When you start to like yourself, other people begin to like you too. Liking yourself doesn’t mean you’re full of pride; it simply means you accept yourself as the person God created you to be.

We all need changes in our behavior, but accepting ourselves as God’s creation is vital to our progress in becoming an emotionally healthy person. If we can master this one thing, liking ourselves, it will work wonders in helping us to overcome a shame-based nature.

Prayer Starter: Holy Spirit, help me to separate my ‘do’ from my ‘who’. I can like myself and experience freedom from shame because You are constantly working in my life.

Joyce is really hitting me hard this week with these devotions. But that’s OK, sometimes we need to be reminded of these things so that we can do better and feel better about ourselves. Sometimes I do think that the things I do are not pleasing to GOD, but glory be to GOD that we can talk to him and he can straighten us up without anyone else knowing. We just have to listen and do what he says. #beblessed

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Trust God and Do Good ~~ Joyce Meyers

Many of us spend far too much time trying to figure out how we can get blessings for ourselves. People sometimes spend their entire lives trying to accomplish what they think is important, never trusting God or letting Him lead them. In the end, this leaves them depressed and unfulfilled.

Psalm 37:3 says, “Trust, in the Lord and do good, .” God didn’t create us to worry about helping ourselves all the time. He wants us to sow good seed by reaching out to help others. And doing good brings great satisfaction because it feels great to make a difference. It also opens the door for God to bless you in a greater way.

You need to trust God to bring the right blessings into your life. While you’re waiting for His perfect timing, get busy helping others. You’ll actually feel relieved when you aren’t thinking about yourself all the time.

Trust God and get busy doing the good things you know to do. He’ll faithfully bless you and meet your needs.

Prayer Starter: God, I don’t want to live a selfish, self-centered life. I trust You to bring the right blessings into my life while I’m busy doing good for everyone You’ve placed in my life.

This is something I struggle with a lot. I am always doing something for somebody and think I never do anything for myself. But the Blessings I reap, outweigh anything I could get for myself. Now I don’t think about it.

#beblessed

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Coming into Agreement with Your Spouse ~~ Joyce Meyers 2/27/13

This is for the Married couples and those who are thinking about getting married..but wait, I guess it could be for those of us who are divorced because we might just get married again someday. Joyce states it plain and simple. Live and Learn is what I am doing…..#peace and #enjoy.

The Bible says that there is power in agreement. This is especially true of marriage. My husband, Dave, and I have personalities that are about as opposite as we could get. Yet, God has brought us more and more together so that we are starting to think more alike and want more of the same things every day. We still have two different personalities, but now we can see that God brought our differences together on purpose.

If you want to have power in your marriage and in your prayer life, then you have to get along. The big question is: How can a disagreeing couple learn to agree? Agreement comes when the people involved stop being selfish. Selfishness is an immature inward focus. The key is to care about what the other person needs, be willing to humble yourself, and do what you can to meet those needs.

When this happens, you can live together in agreement before the Lord, and ‘wherever two or three are gathered’ in His name, God is there with them. So make a choice with your spouse today to pursue agreement and unity before the Lord.

Prayer Starter: God, I want to experience the power of agreement in my marriage. Help us to live selflessly so that we can effectively gather together in Your name.

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#BeBlessed

Special-Needs Children require Special Parents

One of my sons nurses brought me this article that she cut from the Daily Herald in Columbia Tennessee. I have the article from the newspaper and was going to type it, but low and behold when I looked it up on the internet, the exact article I found. So if you are a parent of a child with special needs or if you are not, please read this article and see what GOD brings us through daily…..It’s not easy but well worth it. #beblessed

Special-Needs Children Require Special Parents

September 29th, 2010 by Patrick Blair

Sometimes, people don’t take the time to think about what the parent of a special needs child goes through on a daily basis. They don’t think about the emotional pain and anguish, the physical pain and anguish, and the financial pain and anguish. They don’t think about why the family doesn’t go and do a lot of stuff with the whole family or take vacations, they simply know they don’t. And sometimes, those people don’t think that when they ask the parent of a special needs child “How are you?” and the reply is “Pretty good,” that the underlying answer is “I don’t want to burden you with all of my problems.”

Some time back, my dad gave me this “Dear Abby” article that he clipped from the newspaper. It’s been hanging on our refrigerator ever since. From time to time, I read it and think about how it applies to Donna and I. I thought it would be good to share with you all. Please read, and if you are so moved, share it with your friends and family.

Love to all,

Patrick

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Special-needs children require special parents

Dear Abby by Abagail Van Buren

DEAR ABBY: On Aug. 10 you printed a letter from an aunt who was upset because her sister, the mother of a child with autism, doesn’t have time to join in fundraising with her and the rest of the family. While I comment the writer and her family for raising money for autism research, that woman needs to cut her sister some slack.

Very few parents (thank goodness for them, though) have the emotional energy, not to mention time, to advocate for their child’s special needs. I commend you for giving the writer of that letter the answer you did. I would challenge anyone who thinks he or she could “handle it” to walk a mile in our shoes. Our entire lives center around our children and their doctors’ appointments, therapy, special schooling, adaptive equipment, etc. The last thing we need to hear is some self-righteous know-it-all putting us down for something we were hand-picked by God to do.

SPECIAL NEEDS MOM IN ALABAMA

DEAR MOM: I heard from the parents of many special-needs children who echoed your sentiments. And you’re right – it does take a very special parent not to crack under the stress. Read on:

DEAR ABBY: I am the mother of two boys with special needs who are around his age, and I can assure you, that woman is already “very involved” in a way her sister cannot even begin to imagine. It is a labor of love that requires intense attention to their every action and potential need.

Perhaps “Raising Money” should spend an entire day being the primary caregiver for her nephew while trying to complete household responsibilities or work. I cannot tell you the number of times I have cried in my car out of sheer fatigue (I now carry tissue in the glove box).

The most charitable thing this aunt could do is to show up on her sister’s doorstep with dinner, an offer to do the laundry, and a long, comforting hug.

CINDY IN AUSTIN, TEXAS

DEAR ABBY: No one fully understands what a parent with a child with a disability goes through from day one. First there is the emotional aspect. We grieve. It’s not the kind of grieving you do after a death. This is grieving that never ends. It cycles over and over. If you’re not crying, you’re angry. Some days you can accept and breathe; other days you just can’t. Anything can set you back, and suddenly you’re sobbing again.

Not only is there the day-to-day caring for the child – feeding, dressing, hygiene, to name a few – but also phone calls, meetings, doctor visits, therapies. When the kids are little, mane of these things aren’t too bad. But as they get older, larger, stronger, it breaks the caregiver’s body and spirit.

There is also the problem of not being able to get the needed services. In many states, once children are out of the school system and on the waiting list for adult services, they sit and languish at home with NO services until they qualify for accommodations. In some states that can be many years. And there’s no portability of services between states, so if you must relocate, you go to the bottom of that state’s waiting list.

Living with that, we often can’t get or hold jobs. Day care is a huge problem for us and our kids. If that woman really wants to help, she should offer respite care and get involved with the waiting list issue, which is as important as research.

SONJA IN COLORADO

DEAR SONJA: In this time of draconian cutbacks everywhere, I hope our politicians will direct their thinking away from divisive politics and being re-elected to what must be done to help our most vulnerable citizens.

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