It’s time to clean house….

Sometimes in life it’s time to clean out your house. Not only do we need to clean out our house we need to clean up our heart and mind. You know how you feel great when everything is organized and clean in your home. Well, our hearts and mind work the same way. There comes a time where you need to give it all to God…free your mind of all the junk (worry, hurt, fear, sadness, etc.) and free your heart from all the brokenness. Sometimes we have failed relationships, lost our job, lost a loved one…whatever has happened it takes over our minds and heart. When this happens you can’t love like God wants you to love others. You can’t live the life HE has planned for you. So “clean house”.

God will restore your mind and heart.

Strive to have a heart like Jesus and you will have a clear mind.

Love and Blessings,

Cheri

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Getting off that emotional roller coaster!!

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I am getting off this emotional roller coaster!! Have you ever said that before? Or ever felt like you were on an emotional roller coaster during a life event? Always going up and down with emotions and then repeating the same emotions over and over again.

You can get dragged down by others drama or what they are personally going through. This is where you need to learn to draw a line and set some healthy boundaries. We should help a friend in need, or listen to someone who is having a problem. We just need to recognize that other people can influence the way we view our own lives and how we feel about ourselves. It can be emotionally draining and unproductive.

We all go through emotions but when it starts to take over your life that is when you need to look at everything, give it ALL to God and get off the emotional roller coaster. Especially when you are feeding off someone else’s emotions, how they feel about you or what they are going through.

You want to be able to produce fruit and if you are on an emotional roller coaster you cannot produce fruit. Emotions can take over your life and not allow the Holy Spirit to work in you. Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Don’t let someone else’s emotions dictate how you are feeling. I have been doing this for several years now and I have realized that I need to take my life back. I can be there for people, listen to them and pray for them. I just can’t allow them to steal my joy, peace and who I am. This is where setting healthy boundaries’ comes in and you get off the emotional roller coaster. If they want to stay on it then let them but life is too short to be going in circles and being unproductive. Continue to pray for them.

Put on the full armor of God and take a stand against the devil’s schemes. Get off that emotional roller coaster and surrender it all to God.

Ephesians 6:11-17 (NIV)

11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Losing one Blessing

“When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.”~ C.S. Lewis

Over the years, I have seen this quote over and over again. Though today, it means something totally different then it did to me twenty years ago. I have had a lot of ups and downs throughout my life and looking back I realize how many blessings have come into my life, even through all the trials. God wants us to have blessings in our lives and even amidst some of the storms we face, if you let Him, God will bring you through them to those blessings.

Consider the events from Mark 4:35-41 (NLT)

35 As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” 36 So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). 37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. 38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”

39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41 The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”

I know this to be true; if in the midst of my personal storms, I can somehow manage to take my eyes off of the conditions around me and focus my eyes on God, I can see Him calming life’s storms as He begins to bring about those blessings.

I remember being at rock bottom and thinking, “What blessing do I have in my life today?” I was then able to see that God brought several women into my life. Now, I didn’t like these women at first because we clashed! But the problem was we had a lot in common. Today, two of these women are still my good friends. Oh how we helped each other through a lot of trials we faced! Yes, these women were blessings in the middle of my storm.

So if you are facing a storm in your life and because of a lost blessing, trust me, God will bless you with another blessing.

I pray you will put God first in your lives and that you will grab hold of all the blessings He has in store for you.

Love & Blessings,

Cheri