Monday, December 27, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Thank You"

How was everyone's Christmas? I trust everyone had a lovely time and enjoyed all the festivities that came along with it. I hope no one forget that Jesus is the reason for the season. I ended up sounding like a broken record for the past few weeks from having to remind my children of this. I didn't mind doing it but I totally understand all the excitement they had for getting gifts. After all, they're at that age where it's all about what they can get so I had to let them enjoy themselves and the gifts. As long as I made sure they were educated on the reason behind this Holiday, I was ok. Hey, God saw all the effort I made so if it didn't stick at least I wouldn't be blamed, lol. ;)

I had a grand ole time and ate until I felt I was gonna pop. lol I'm looking forward to doing it again to ring in the new year. ;)

In the spirit of giving thanks this week I found a really sweet message...

"Thank you God for sending Jesus. Thank you Jesus that you came. Holy Spirit come and help us glorify the Savior's name." - Unknown

"When the time had fully come, God sent his son, born of a woman." - Galatians 4:4 NIV

Let us continue to praise and thank God not just during the Holiday season but each and every day.

Happy Monday everyone!!!

Have a blessed and prosperous week! :)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Tis the Season"

It's Christmas time, my very favorite time of the year. I love the lights, joyful time, songs, and of course the time off to spend with family. This year I won't be able to be with my extended family but I'm very blessed and grateful that I have my immediate and military family here in Hawaii.

While we're enjoying this time of the year let's not forget the reason for this season, Jesus. My kids are now at the age where they understand the real reason for the season. It can get a little hectic trying to get Christmas shopping and dinner prepped but we must not forget whose birthday it is. If it weren't for our heavenly father blessing us with his precious son Jesus we wouldn't be able to enjoy all the festivities this time brings. It's because of his love why we get to forget about the trials of life and just enjoy quality time with each other.

With that said, I'm compelled to share this passage:

"What can I give him poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would give him a lamb, If I were a wise man, I would do my part, But what I can give him? give my heart."

"We love because he first loved us" - 1 John 4:19 NIV

Happy Monday everyone!

Have a blessed and fun week. Merry Christmas to you all!! :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Validation"

A few days ago I was hit with the realization that people tend to care way too much about what other people think of them rather than what God thinks about them. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but it can become a bad thing if our main focus is to please others. There's nothing wrong with wanting to put forth our best selves or try to make improvements in life but you can enter dangerous territory if every single move that you make relies on what someone else may think or even do.

It's just not natural and it's definitely not fair. Not fair to you to put SO much pressure on yourself and most importantly it's not fair to God. He wants you to turn to him, please him, get dressed up for him, make a "special" meal for him, care about what "HE" thinks. Why? Because he is the one who truly matters.

In the end people may come in and out of your lives but the one constant will ALWAYS be God. So be sure to treat him as such because after all, he'll be there for you whether you cook a crappy meal or not or whether you fit into those skinny jeans or not.

This week's inspirational quote comes courtesy of moi... ;)

"It amazes me that people still strive for validation from others rather than validation for our heavenly father. Seek him FIRST and the people who are meant to be in your life will come. Realize that no matter what you do, you'll never be able to please everyone."
Happy Monday everyone!

Have a blessed and prosperous week. :)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Discipline"

I decided to use last week's post on "Compassion" to tie in with this week's message of "Discipline."

We all have different ways of disciplining ourselves and others. Sometimes it benefits just one person, other times it benefits an entire community. Nevertheless, discipline is necessary not just to restore order but to set a precedent of what's right and wrong and how we are to live our lives on a daily basis.

Discipline can be a taboo subject especially when we start to discuss the degrees of discipline and how to implement it. Well, instead of focusing on specific degrees, we should first accept the fact that a life without consequences or discipline will most definitely lead to a life with chaos and torment. Discipline shouldn't be viewed as a negative thing but rather an opportunity to learn a lesson and grow as an individual. We only have one life to live so why not spend it trying to make ourselves better?

This week's inspirational message says it best:

"Help us, Lord, to remember that discipline makes this family better. Sometimes it is hard to discipline those we love. Sometimes it is hard to be the one disciplined. Help us all to realize that discipline now, saves us from heartache later. Developing good habits through correction and love will ultimately keep our family together."

Scripture: "Correct your son, and he will give you rest; Yes, he will give delight to your soul" -Proverbs 29:17 NKJV

Happy Monday everyone! I wish you all a blessed and prosperous week. :)