Patience Pt. 2

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By: Mary Martin

Have you ever received guidance from God and didn’t want to do it?  Did you argue and go back and forth?  Did you finally let go and finally say, I’ll do it!  How do you feel when you do what He wants you to do and fail at it?  Angry!  Really!  Did you still trust Him?  Were you sad and disappointed?

Sometimes, it’s the lesson that God want you to learn more than doing the task.  How about a lesson in being patient, healing, trusting, believing, strengthening your faith?  Whatever it is, there’s a lesson to be learned whether we pass or fail.

There have been many times when God has wanted me to do something or pay attention to something and I didn’t and as a result, I ended up feeling angry, disappointed, wondering why me (at some point in time, we’ve all said-why me?) but we learn lessons along our journey in life and one of those lessons is patience.  God has his way of wanting us to establish a relationship with Him.

When God opens the door to the chance to grow we have to decide to break our old habits.  How are we to become new if we are not willing to shed our old skin?  As we go on our spiritual journey, we develop trust along the way.  Trust that God will guide us to our destination in life, that He will supply our needs first, but we have to shed our old skin so we can move forward.

As we grow, we change.  Just like babies grow in different stages, so do we when we are on our spiritual journey.  It has been said that people who are recovering from some type of addiction usually discover quickly that they no longer fit into their old skin which includes their old friends.  Their relationships will stand a chance of survival if others are going through the transformation as well or they’ll come to an end.  Either way, you get to choose to shed your old skin and receive new skin.  It’s a part of healing and it is at this time, patience become your best friend.

When it comes to our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level, our trust in God will be put to the test, during the transformation.  This is the time to trust Gods guidance and believe His plan for your life is the best for you.  Patience is one of the keys to learning what God has for you.

Until next time…Walk in Wisdom

Mary Martin

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Patience Pt. 1

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Patience Pt. 1

By Mary Martin

 

There are many reasons why we become impatient with things or people.  Most of us have at least one thing in common and that is sitting in traffic, whether it’s rush hour or an unforeseen accident.  In this day in time, we as people want the microwave fix instead of waiting when it’s necessary.  As we go through this impatient life, we will and have missed out or passed up many blessings along the way.

Oxford dictionary defines patience as “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.”

What does impatience do?  Perhaps it encourages us to look at what is in front of us.  To look at the whole situation.  When we want things now means that it is a lot of noise going on around us and we are not looking at the whole situation or bigger picture.

Impatience buys on credit instead of laying it out or asking yourself if it’s something you really NEED or is it something you WANT?  Impatience buys the next high tech phone  and within months it will be obsolete.  It can also, hinder relationships.  Most of all, impatience can leave you stressed, overwhelmed and frustrated.

When we are patient, we ask ourselves questions that will determine if something is a need or want.  We can slow down and prepare for rush hour or that unforeseen accident.  We can wait until certain fruits are ripe (strawberries, melons, etc.) because they will be juicier.

Sometimes, we get impatient about our lives and that comes from the choices we’ve made.  When we trust that there is a better plan for our lives, then we are patient knowing that things will work out for our good.  Romans 8:28 says: And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

It’s obvious that impatience implies that something is wrong and it needs to be fixed now, so there won’t be any problems in the future but, sometimes things happen for a reason to cause us to become impatient and that’s when we need to rely on God’s guidance and trust that He will get us through, even if it’s somethings as simple as sitting in traffic.

So, the next time impatience sets in try these tips:

  • Stop and take a breath. Slow down.  This will help you to refocus.  Give yourself permission to relax.
  • Release what’s causing you to be impatient to God and listen for guidance.
  • Pinpoint triggers that may cause you to be impatient and how you can deal with them. Make a list and decide if it’s worth your time to be impatient.
  • Keep a journal. It will help you to become more aware and help you come to a better conclusion as to how to better deal with what’s causing your impatience.
  • Look at the big picture and remind yourself that some things are going to take time and that’s it’s ok.
  • Remember what really matters. This will help take the focus off of what’s causing your impatience.
  • When all else fails. Just let it go.  When you realize that there’s absolutely nothing you can do, release it.  Your outlook will be much better.

Until next time:  Walk in Wisdom

 

Mary Martin

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Accessing the Power of Gratitude

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Accessing the Power of Gratitude

by Mary Martin 

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.

But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.

That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.

Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.

So what is gratitude: Simply being grateful or thankful for or about something or someone.

There are many things to be grateful for: the different seasons (what’s your favorite season?), a healthy functioning body, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, healthy food, clothes, job family, the ability to read, being able to smell the roses, your friendly four-legged companion.

What’s on your list? 

Some Ways to Practice Gratitude

 

  • Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way.
  • Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures.
  • Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine.
  • Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation.
  • When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel.
  • Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, express thanks for gratitude.

Read scriptures on gratitude.  See some below.

Colossians 2:7

having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.

Colossians 3:17

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Psalm 106:1

Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His loving kindness is everlasting.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

So, as you practice, an inner shift begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work.

Mary Martin

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Changing One Thing

change one thingSometimes it seems like nothing works out the way we want it to. If you’re a human, you have probably hit that point where work is no fun, relationship is a struggle, you don’t even feel comfortable in your body, and you’re existing from day to day.

At times like these, changing your life can seem overwhelming. There’s so much to do…where do you even start?

It’s quite simple, really…just change ONE thing.

Read something you would never typically consider reading. Try a new type of restaurant or shop at a different mall. Take a different route to work.  Any simple change of scenery can shift your perspective and has the potential to drastically transform your life.

Our lives can be like a ship at sea…if it changes course even one degree, 100 miles later it’s in completely new waters.

Of course, the most profound shifts are the ones you make on the inside. Irritation can easily be turned into fascination. Frustration or Unappreciation can be flipped to become gratitude. Even anger can be transformed if you simply turn it into a song, poem or even meditation.

You don’t have to tackle the whole problem, just make one simple shift.

And the best part is…it’s all experimentation. If you don’t like your new perspective, you can always go back to your old one.  Do you really want to do that?

What “one-degree” shift can YOU make TODAY?

Mary Martin

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