Alone and Worried?

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Comfort and unwavering love is waiting for you in your faith. Fear or Faith? No matter your circumstances, the decision is always yours.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. (1 John 5:14-15 NIV)

I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” (Genesis 28:15 NIV)

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

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THE CORRAL

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I remember when I was a teen, a crazy one at that! My parents and my home felt like a corral from which I wanted to break free. I wanted to be independent and live out in the world that I just new was waiting for me. And I did just that; rarely looking back, feeling like I could finally breathe.

And now decades later, after my education, my job, my marriage, and having my kids, I often long for home. I want to hear my parents’ stories and laugh with my brother and his family. Don’t get me wrong, I love my husband with all my heart and the life we are living. But there’s just something about “going home” to the corral that contains unconditional love, comfort and security. It’s where the family gets together and the new generation of kids roam free.

I thank God for these visits, because all too quickly they become mere cherished memories. And as we pull out of the driveway to return to the life that I set out to build so long ago, I look out my window back at that corral that once kept me contained… I shed a gentle deep kind of cry. That corral means the world to me. I think to myself, why ever did I want to leave?

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Blessed After a Mess

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Many people know and talk about Job’s hardships and sufferings. But did you know there is a happy ending?

JOB 42:12-17 NIV
The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. And he also had seven sons and three daughters… Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters [so he had to have a beautiful wife, right?] and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers. After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. And so he died, old and full of years.

In order to have hope during times of difficulty, we must exercise our faith, pray, and look past our present circumstances. We must look forward to what the Lord has planned for our future.

JAMES 5:11 NIV
As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

The enemy will try to steal your faith and suffocate your hope with hardships. But much like Job, the Lord will protect you and bring about blessings in your life if only you look to Him. After the enemy attacks, God may not restore only what you have lost, but like Job, give you twice what you had before.

All circumstances are temporary. Try to keep your focus on God. He is always working and things will change. Trust in Him! Even in hardship, rejoice in Him! Through your faith, have hope in knowing there will in deed be a better tomorrow.

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Toxic Mate?

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Are you in a marriage or a relationship where dangerous, destructive or abusive behavior has surpassed all love, respect or security?

Sometimes a person’s unrepentant toxic behavior becomes so destructive that you must love them from a far in order to protect your own physical or emotional wellbeing. You know deep within your heart whether you need to leave your mate to go where God can take you. But even if you choose to stay in the relationship, you can still take steps to preserve your relationship with God.  

Whether you stay or whether you go, you always possess the power to choose whom you will spend your days worshiping… Your mate or God? There can be painful consequences to shake things up and make meaningful changes in your life, but you must ask yourself, “Which path in life is worth living?”

It takes great courage to make changes to please God and push through the “getting harder before it gets better.” But be assured, seeking God’s purpose and desires for your life is a beautiful journey to a life of peace, enthusiasm and joy.

“For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight.” (Psalm 72:12-14 NIV)

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Worry is a Waste

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Dear Self,
Worry will NEVER change the outcome.
Love,
Me

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. (Matthew 6:34 MSG)

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If you want to change….

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If you want to change,
you must first change your thinking.
If you want to change your thinking,
you must first change your heart.
If you want to change your heart,
you must first pray and read the bible. Any part of it… just read it.

Psalm 119:105 ESV
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Hebrews 4:12 ESV
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

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Show the world your friends and the world will tell you who you are and what you will do.

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“It is better to be alone than in bad company.” -George Washington

“Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits.’” -1 Corinthians 15:33

He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. -Proverbs 13:20

Reflect for a moment on who you want to be, who you need to be and what you want to do in life. Now think about who you have around you and what activities you engage in throughout the week. Are your surroundings and activities supporting your aspirations? Do they help you be who you want to be or who you need to be?

When people in your life begin to have a negative affect or influence on your spiritual life, your identity or your aspirations, then it’s probably time to create some distance. Never underestimate the power of the company you keep.

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