DOES OUR STATE OF MIND SET THE TONE EACH DAY - FOR OURSELVES AND THOSE AROUND US?
YES - OH YES IT DOES AND MORE IMPORTANT THAT STATE HAS A LONG TERM AND LASTING IMPACT!
Well today is my Mother's Birthday, she went home to be with the Lord July 26, 2015. Gosh I miss her! She was a royal pain most of the time; a royal pain Setting The Tone. Setting a State of Mind. She may not have been as successful at this in her own life, but darn it she made sure all of her loved ones had this FOCUS! Thank You Mother for this lesson... Thank You Lord for sending her to me, and to all of those that she impacted! I pray each day that I have learned from her good example, as well as her failures so that I can grow and set a tone, a state of mind that is the next level the Lord wants us. Certainly, He doesn't want us to stay babies.
There is an interesting concept I would like to challenge you to explore today, TO CHANGE TODAY. All of us don't really want to admit or talk about these little secrets, they are our parachutes. The concept is well I know I'm not perfect, so I know I will fall, and I know I can repent and be forgiven once again by His grace. Literally this kind of thinking grieves His Spirit! And is seriously short changing you in all walks of YOUR life and everyone around you!!!
Why, it is simple we are giving ourselves the permission to sin! Yep, this is not different than telling someone, okay I will TRY to do that. Verses say, Yes I will do it, consider it done. The first example is giving yourself an out, and NOT committing at all. The second is an absolute commitment, a promise that it is done (whatever it is).
What is the difference. I believe it is a state of mind, a state of faith verses a state of insecurity or wanting to play it safe. Why do we want to play it safe? It is easy fear of failure, embarrassment, potential damage to our pride or egos. Holy Cow Right, Yes Sam just put the big IT on the table. Turned the lights on. Of course I did !-)
Fact is God knows this already, see the verses below. Among a myriad of passages specifically saying, hey people you can't keep secrets from your creator! He as usual gives us ways and means to be saved through Grace, He always has our backs. Thank You Lord!! He also warns and instructs on how to have a more fulfilled life, reap His immensely amazing and powerful promises. It is simple change our mindset... Yes that is us making a choice. Our wills, each moment, each day, every day. That is what makes it so powerful.
So try this; realize and say it out loud a minimum of 21 times today. The definition of failure is no longer "a failed attempt", it is NOW STARTING TODAY... The Definition of Failure is Not Trying w Your Full Commitment to Begin with!!! It is Not result based, it is INTENT based!!! You see if you dive in, give it your all, truly commitment, without all those little parachutes (easy out buttons which erode your true intent) .... No matter what the result you have WON, you have SUCCEEDED!!! Great example: how many times did it take for Thomas Edison to get it right? You see if he had the fear of failure he would have never succeeded. Instead he gave himself permission to really go for it, no matter the result, his INTENT was to figure it out and get it done!! I believe that is the attitude God wants us to have for everything, all the time, and for all of His children to be winners, to be succeeding in all walks of our lives.
As for sin, treat it the same way, don't give in, be weak, or have permission to fail on your mind. Focus on your walk, your daily efforts, be in the Word, in Prayer, have Him in your hearts... Find it that new state of mind, Keep it, Share it!!!
“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
Romans 6:1-4 NIV
“For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.”
Romans 6:5-7 NIV
Today marks the two year anniversary of the day my Mother went home to join our Father in Heaven. This entire week perhaps the entire month I have been irritated or low on tolerance. Yes, I had many other things going on. One in particular a very close person to me, a person I have now discovered I love deeply - I nearly lost him. All of us are blessed for his healing. Thank You Lord! Of course I prayed over him like madness; God blessed us with more time. WOW.
However, not until today did I see the blessings because I had felt myself sinking into a "what about me" little pity-party. Granted I was there, being there for him, doing my best to take care of him before, during and after him being in the Hospital. Still - I didn't realize all of these pint up feelings of abandonment, and emotions of loss, emotions of having no control, having no influence; all of those feelings were rushing in, and mixing in with the fear of losing him. This wow person I had finally found. It hit me today. He is my person now, I have already connected in so many ways, he already totally knows me - and he settles me, loves me, encourages & supports me, he listens to me, advises me, and helps me get centered with God. Everything my Mother did and so much more. What a total blessing - thank you Lord. Thank you!
Darn it I still miss my Mother, as much as she totally drove me crazy, she was my person. The person I could go to, talk to, would settle me and help me get centered with God. Now I know there was so much of her that I didn't know. Oh gosh I want to know, I want to connect, I want closure also. So what are we doing in remembrance of her? What is a person supposed to do to move on from these paralyzing emotions?
How do we get past the past?
I spent a few days in study, thinking, praying, reading and came up with the below Prayer. I have written and published a version of this prayer before. I have modified it for a different kind of loss. For the moving on sort of need, motivation, most importantly :: if we are so caught up in our past, we can never have our NOW. I don't know about you, I want my now, I want that freedom, and I am so thankful scriptures are there to point out how we can have our NOW. The past is the past, no matter what it is, thank you Jesus! The Prayer as well as the scripture references are below.
I pray for you and your family to experience what I have - Total and Complete Release from the Past - Thank You Lord for the Now You Have Blessed Me with!! Remember He created us beings with a free will, we can make choices; scripture makes it clear what Christ did for us so that the past can completely be the past. No Matter What It Is! The rest is up to each of us. Are we going to let go of that past? Are we going accept our forgiveness? Are we going to accept, believe and have that uplifted faithful spirit?
I choose to - I choose to be forgiven, to forgive myself and others, to forgive and even in parts forget the past. To decide the past doesn't have power over me. I choose all the positive and good memories. I choose life. I choose my Now.
Father, I realize my helplessness in saving myself and I glory in Christ Jesus has done for me. I let go - put all aside all passed sources of my confidence - counting them worthless than nothing, in order that I may experience Christ and become one with him.
Lord, I have received Your Son and he has given me the authority power, privilege, and right, to become your child.
I unfold my past and put into proper perspective those things that are behind. I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the son of God, who live loved me and gave himself for me. I trust in you, Lord, with all of my heart and lean not on my own understanding. In all of my ways I acknowledge you, and you will make my paths straight.
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him and his death, and so, to attain the resurrection from the dead. So, whatever it takes, it will be one who lives in the flash newness of life of those who are alive from the dead.
I don't mean to say that I am perfect. I haven't learned all I should, but I keep working toward that day and I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be.
I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: regardless of my past, I look forward to what lies ahead. I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which you are calling me to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for me.
In his name I pray Amen.
“But whatever things were gain to me, these I have considered as loss for the sake of the Messiah. More than that, I consider all things to be loss in comparison to the surpassing value of the knowledge of Messiah Yeshua my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things; and I consider them garbage in order that I might gain Messiah and be found in Him not having my righteousness derived from Torah, but one that is through trusting in Messiah—the righteousness from God based on trust.”
Philippians 3:7-9 TLV
“But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name–[Isa. 56:5.]”
John 1:12 AMPC
“For day and night Your hand [of displeasure] was heavy upon me; my moisture was turned into the drought of summer. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!”
Psalm 32:4 AMPC
“I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,”
Philippians 3:13 AMPC
“I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
Galatians 2:20 AMPC
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;”
Proverbs 3:5 NIV
“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”
Philippians 3:10-11 NIV
“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.”
Romans 6:4-7 NIV
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:12-14 NIV
[ this was written in my diary prior to starting my Blog, I had been called to Women's ministry's my entire life really. Fortunately, I have had the pleasure of teaching, speaking, and mentoring in the professional space for over 25 years; so sharing these and experiences with the world - well it is the right timing. This post was written February 12th, 2015. I called my oldest Son and asked him to build this blog a couple of months later - the beginning of May. A lot transpired between January 12th, the day my x made his announcement and the same day my Mother was diagnosed. Of course she didn't tell me until the day after my 50th birthday February 2, 2015 ]
Many of us today are hurting, facing lose, major change... unknown. I have put a few HUGE thoughts for you to ponder on today. Did we face death, seriously harsh imprisonment - and NOT because we did something wrong - but because we preached the gospel?
You see in our little protected bubble, we have forgotten what real pain is. Most of us that is. I will make a sincere exception for those living outside the US, living enslaved, as well as our Soldiers. Our military in many cases experience what Paul did - doing their job - hard yet through passion they stand tall. Then what do - do we say thank you? Or do we shame?
I got the news a few weeks ago no one really wants to get - a double whammy actually, 1. your husband has been cheating, announces and leaves; and 2. your Mother is diagnosed terminal. I admit - for the first time in my life I found myself stuck in bed. Just stuck there, I could not move. Now it is a big change and a big betrayal to lose a spouse they way I did; but I am thankful. I can see the road out of this life long desert. The news of my Mother, well that is heart breaking and a huge wake up call. You see everyone in her life loves her, she has given so much - being a faithful servant to the Lord. But me, I was stubborn, refused, judged because of whatever thing she was doing that I didn't see as all the way rightful. Albeit isolated, I knew it was wrong. I think it was me not dealing with the fact that I was on Fire for the Lord before I got married. Heck my father-in-law literally referred to me as the Jesus Freak. LOL - and yet over a course of 30 years I let him shut me down. Strip away the Joy and Peace the Lord gives me. I let him shame me into putting God away.
Here is some inspiration for you, it was for me. Thank you for letting me share - smiles !-)
The verses I pasted in at the bottom are taken out of 2 Timothy, as Paul spoke to his son Timothy. You will notice the entire chapter, or book will bring tears to your cheeks and fill your heart w joy. You can feel Paul's love for his son, moreover Paul's joy that his son is serving the Lord as Paul's does. It is the biggest blessing to have a pupil go forth and be amazing at what you mentored them in, add the layer of a father and you can see how immense his joy is. How cool is that right!!!
The message to me is what about our Heavenly Father, how much greater does He rejoice upon seeing His creation, His children stand up and go forth pursuing our gifts and being successful. WOW right, well today I ask that you say Thank You Lord for all that you have given me. Let today be a day of thanks and praise!! In fact this entire weekend!!!
If you need some help jumping into that thankful and praise mode let me peel this back a little further for you. The right to pray and receive the answer is given to every believer! (John 14:13, 14). The ministry of healing was given to the 70 who represented the future workers of the church (Luke 10:1, 9,19) It was given to all " them that believe" the gospel, them that act on the gospel, and the doers of the word. [ this means it IS GIVEN TO YOU, if you choose to take it ]
Further, you will discover It is committed to "the elders" of the church. (James 5:14). The gift of healing, is put upon the whole church as one of its ministries and gifts until Jesus comes ( 1 Corinthians 12:9, 10). Remember the church is the body of believers, and where two or more are gathered in His name. Not an actual congregation of a specific church.
Jesus never commission anyone to preach the gospel without including healing for the sick. To preach is not exclusive to being at a pulpit... Think about that. He said "whatever city you enter, heal the sick that are there (Luke 10:8,9) That Command still applies to gospel ministry today, again this can be you too, any of us! Broaden your minds here and follow me, verses allow yourself to start drawing conclusions, okay. ((Heal (Rapha) me, O Lord, and I shall be healed (Rapha); save me, and I shall be saved. Jeremiah 17:14)).
The nature of God is such that his heart intensely yearns to heal and repair his creation. [ That is All of Us ] Mankind has become so terribly marred by sin, sorrow, evil and the countless disorders which plague the physical, emotional, mental, behavioral and spiritual components of our beings. All creation in general the human race in particular is groaning and travailing over the complex burdens which resulted from sin. Those burdens include sickness, birth defects, emotional illness, compelling behavioral dysfunctions, death, a host of inexpressible heart aches, alienation,loneliness, famine, Bereavement, loss, futility and everything else which is contrary to God's design and desire for His people.
“I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy.” 2 Timothy 1:3-4 NIV
I had the privilege of attending a wonderful Shabbat at a very close friends house; There was is such harmony in His perfect WORD, and so much we have found rotten and taken for granted. If you don't know what Shabbat is, here is a brief summary: As the sun begins to set on Friday evening, the Jewish tradition calls for Jews around the world to gather in their homes and synagogues to kindle the "Shabbat (Sabbath) lights. In a moment of mysterious transition, the worries and responsibilities of the week fade away, and the joy of a day of peace and rest begins. Traditionally, the woman lights the candles and says the "brakha" (blessing), surrounded by her family, who all say, "amen" to the ancient formula, "Blessed are You, Source of Life, who has drawn us close to You in holiness through Your commandments, and commanded us to kindle the flames of Shabbat." This is truly beautiful, and of course impacted my thoughts, prayers and message for you this morning.
SO WOW... When you listen, the Holy Spirit directs you to the set of verses that hit all the targets that He is speaking to you that moment, check out the below they will surely do that for you as you process your week and prepare for next week, next month, next season!! Amazing, Amazing, Amazing... Thank You Lord!!!
Remember our trials are good for us, but we do want them to end, right? Well our trials end essentially when we stop being stubborn or in willful disobedience; and chose FAITH. In that a state our perseverance turns into a refinery, producing YOU A NEW YOU "COMPLETE AND LACKING NOTHING". Resonate on those four words. WOW right, He didn't just say complete (which by itself is enough), but to make sure we get the power of it; He ADDS lacking nothing.
Without a doubt that is enough, it is huge, powerful and glorious. Then He ADDS more, here and it is the hidden message, the key; if you lack wisdom, ask and He will give it. Let me say it differently: if you are to stubborn, not sharp enough, lacking wisdom, have a low emotional quotient, in such disobedience you are blind, any of these things that would keep you from seeing the KEYS HE is giving us... Ask for it, He will give it no matter what!!!
The second part of the key is just as important as the first; clear what to do and clear what not to do instructions. Once you have prayed, you have asked; plainly BELIEVE. Don't keep trying other methods, ways, consulting, or those terrible horoscope articles. Once you made the decision to ask HIM, boom if you want it answered then CONSIDER it ANSWERED!!!
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” James 1:2-8 NIV
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