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Fight Smarter!

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I’ve been thinking a lot about yesterday’s post and the idea that it may not be enough to speak our declarations each day.  According to Mr. Peale, we have to take them to another level, like 10 notches up if we want to gain the self-mastery, confidence, health and the “creative faith” we desire.

So what does that look like?  What does it mean?

I’m thinking that it means that I am posting my declarations in multiple locations.  It means that I will go back to using grand music in the background as I say them.  It means I will begin again to carry them on my person, probably on a note card in my pocket.  (That is a powerful habit, not sure why, but it really does well to remind you many times through the day, what you have chosen as your focus.)

It means that I’ll give myself permission to obsess about the positives!  To sound like a nut, contradicting the odds, seemingly denying the present state of affairs and keeping my gaze on only the present positives and the future I want to create.

It means rolling up our sleeves and getting seriously settled in the driver’s seat.  It means getting a little feisty about what conversations we intentionally have and recognizing how we feel more often. It means kicking up our self-care even higher and gratefully accepting more help when we need it.

Too often, we make minuscule efforts to guard our minds and hearts and then wonder at the unfairness when we get solidly knocked to the ground by a difficult challenge or even by a fleeting negative thought!

More ammunition!  More energy in preparation!  More “creative faith!”  More determination!  This is where we put our “stubborn!”  We plant our feet and say to the powers that be: This is where I stand, and I will not be moved from my chosen path.

God bless us each to catch the vision of our personal power and then to use that power to move heaven and earth to fulfill our personal missions here.  If it is right, God will grant our desires if we ask in faith.

You’re amazing!!  And I send your my love and confidence.

Be well!

Jacque

 

Heaven Sent

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I was severely challenged today, mind and body, and several things were sent from heaven.

A compassionate friend, who stopped to say hi and I’ve been thinking of you, how can I help? What a soothing balm a friend can be!  And at the right time and with the right heart, they come straight from God!

And, that kindness prepared me for a paragraph from Norman Vincet Peale, The Power of Positive Thinking:

“…expect the best at all times.  Never think of the worst.  Drop it out of your thought, relegate it.  Let there be no thought in your mind that the worst will happen.  Avoid entertaining the concept of the worst, for whatever you take into your mind can grow there.  Therefore take the best into your mind and only that.  Nurture it, concentrate on it, emphasize it, visualize it, prayerize it, surround it with faith.  Make it your obsession.  Expect the best, and spiritually creative mind power aiided by God power wil produce the best.

Be specific.  Ask God for any right thing, but as a little child, don’t doubt.  Doubt  closes the power flow.  Faith opens it.  The power of faith is so tremendous that there is nothing that Almighty God cannot do for us, with us, or through us if we let Him channel HIs power through our minds.

I expect the best and with God’s help will attain the best.”

I give thanks for answered prayers,(and most likely these were the answers to my husband’s prayers as much if not more than mine.)

I am learning that I need to work on nurturing, concentrating, emphasizing, visualizing, obsessing and surrounding my declarations with faith!

I pray you will be determined and blessed to meet your challenges with faith and strength!

Love,

Jacque

P.S. As I close this post, I am being flooded with recognizing so many tender mercies.  Some small and simple. And then the really big ones, such as an amazing husband and supportive parents and wonderful children, and dear friends and, and…I truly won’t ever be able to list them all. xo

Surrounded by Decision

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Hey there my friend, I surely hope you are doing well!

I’ve been working on decision-making in the form of time-blocking.  That’s the Lioness term for time-management because it sounds more like me making decisions about my time vs. trying to adhere to a pre-made management system which would just make me crazy! (I have found that I am not alone when it comes to having some stubbornness present itself when it comes to making a plan.  Even when it is our own plan, often we feel the need to rebel, let alone if we feel that the schedule we have has been put upon us as someone else’s idea!)

My challenge, as always, is that there are so many things I want to do!  But what I’ve learned from doing this for 20 years or so is that when I make a plan, I generally get much more done and get to do many of those things on my long list of interests to pursue, than if I just go with the flow.  Or maybe I could say, if I just let things happen to me and I don’t take the lead in my own life, I don’t make much progress.

Last week I thought, I’d like my home to scream “decisiveness” all over the place, from the cupboards to the flower beds!  (This thought was inspired by a pile of clutter on my counter that was reminding me of my own indecision everytime I walked by it…and the fact that I have been on quarter speed or so for awhile!)

When I set things up so that my environment supports my goals, I don’t have to pull myself up by the bootstraps every day and figure out what needs to be done next!  So really, time-blocking, or making decisions about what you will do when, means needing to make fewer decisions in the long run.  And I am so good with that.

The biggest key for making the most of your time and energy is making a few large decisions first:

What is most important to me?

What do I want to accomplish in the next ______ weeks, months or years?

Knowing the answers to those questions makes the rest of the plan a filling-in-the-blanks exercise.

If I want to have handmade gifts ready for Christmas, I’d better get them identified and broken down into what I’m going to work on when.  (This month it is finishing a granny square afghan.)

If I want to have my closet in the laundry room re-organized, I’d better decide when I’ll do it and how long it may take. (And possibly enlist moral support! Carli!!)

If I want to get back in the groove of making date nights a priority, I’d better get some planned out and start talking about them and enjoying the anticipation!

There is much that we can’t control in our day to days.  The actions and decisions of others for instance.  But when we are doing what we can to direct our own lives, we are much less likely to feel compelled to want to control people and situations that are not ours to control.  Directing my life means doing my best to multiply myself and taking advantage of the opportunities I have to multiply goodness for others.

Are there decisions you can make today that will help you take another step forward?

Sending you my love and best wishes!

Jacque

The Happy Equation

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If I am happy for the

Sunshine, and new leaves and

Blue sky and bright flowers; Or

Happy that I feel healthy

Today, or in love with my

Man, or exuberant about my

Children;

Will my happiness make someone else

Sad?  Is it alright to feel my

Joy even while others are

Suffering?  Yes!  There is a benefit to

The world from a happy life

Tipping the scales

Creating

Producing

Multiplying joy so

All can feel

God’s love-

Dear self; be happy and

Pass it along!

Unfold

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What is your favorite flower?

Think for a moment until you decide.  Then for a few moments, close your eyes and imagine watching that flower unfold, from a bud to becoming it’s most open, reaching, beautiful self!

Isn’t it glorious?  It just knows what to do and it’s blooming is accomplished almost as effortlessly and lazily turning over in bed or running your hands through your hair.  It naturally expands to it’s full blown beauty and just “is.”  It is naturally lovely it doesn’t have to try.  And so often, when I see a bush full of blossoms or a beautiful flower bed bursting with life and color, I imagine that all of nature is glorifying God and shouting Hosanna!

Now for a wild question:

Do you ever feel like a flower that is stuck closed, like you’re trying so hard to do everything right, but your petals won’t budge?

Like you don’t know how to push yourself out? (And are you ever afraid or anxious about actually beaming so much beauty around?)

Today, I challenge you to take 60 seconds to close your eyes and envision yourself while, breathing slowly and deeply, actually being your favorite flower.  Inhaling, envision yourself relaxing your petals, softening your face, then exhaling, see yourself begin to unfold.  You are colorful.  You are fresh.  You are alive.  You are doing what God made you to do; you are standing tall, fully extended, fully aware, with only peace and confidence to be what you already are.

Let peace come out of your smiling eyes and fall upon your children.  Let joy and radiance and adoration beam upon your husband.  In the vortex of your happiness, let the small daily tasks feel rewarding.  Feel the success of simply and naturally being who you were born to be.

Whether you are lily or iris, rose or peony, daffodil or tulip, be.

Effortlessly, be yourself.

Fill your home with color and fragrance and light and YOU.

Lots of love!

Jacque