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Welcome February.

February 1, 2019

Some might say that February is the Monday of the calendar year. January is full of rest much like a Sunday after the hectic holidays have passed. In February, we get truly started on our year, making plans with much to look forward to. The year is ahead of us, much like on a Monday, when the week can still be filled in with gatherings, celebrations, and get-togethers.

While Mondays might not be your favorite day of the week, who can deny the joy found in a fresh start? A clean slate? February is a month of new beginnings, the anticipation of spring, and, of course, excess amounts of love. This is the month where we are called to express our love in tangible ways to those around us. There’s an entire aisle at the grocers filled with candy hearts, pink and red wrappings, and those over-sized chocolate kisses. Kids exchange Valentine’s cards in their schools, sweethearts exchange gifts, and friends celebrate together.

As the month of love presses on, we are excited for what is to come in 2019, on and off the radio… yes, details will be coming soon!

To kick-off February, let’s pray: 

Father, I am so thankful you loved me when I wasn’t lovable. I would never have given this sinful world a second thought, but you expressed Your love with a horrific sacrifice. Please help me boast in your steadfast love so that others may know your majesty.In Jesus Name, Amen.

Seek Him and Choose to Be Shade.

May the below Others Centered Calendar Challenge be an encouragement to you and those around you. My team and I pray these prompts get you one step closer toward our God, the Ultimate Father.

The Art of Living is #OthersCentered Calendar-February 2019-Cynthia L. Simmons

To download the February 2019 “Others Centered” Calendar, click here.

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Christian, do you long for More?

January 25, 2019

At times, I have longed for more, because after all, the Christian life solves your problems. Or at least that’s what we hear. Let me tell you, there’s more. I learned something about the mind, and I’ve learned things about God. That’s what we are discussing today.

Here’s a few problems I had

Let me explain. When I first married, I was worried because my sweet husband claimed to be so neat. I worried I would not be up to his standard.  Ha! He must have compared himself to someone truly messy. We bought a country-style bedroom furniture head of the bed had post that came went up high and had  big rounded balls on the head of the bed and foot. He hung his pants on them.

However, I didn’t argue with him, but I started thinking all these things about how messy and clean must be relative and he was messy. Countrified messy, and I am a bit more cultured. How interesting. Because I said very little. My mind was waging war with my feelings. Cause I loved this man a lot.

Our minds can get us into trouble. we usually think something before we do it.

And then, there’s that passage that says, “TAKING EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST.”  You can get the idea that Christianity is negative.

I also saw God as someone who watched and waited for me to sin, leaving me afraid.

See what God said in Mark 7:20 – 21 “And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. So what’s the more I’m talking about?

Over time, my perspective has changed. Kim Laliberte experienced this too and she just wrote, Stepping Out: A Journey of the Soul. We will talk about getting that longing filled for more.

Encouragement

Reach Out To Others Prayer

January 24, 2019

It’s so easy to focus on me, Lord. Today, help me see that lonely person of those I don’t notice. Then, teach me how to brighten their day. In Your Name, Amen.

Encouragement

The Soul Groans Prayer

January 19, 2019

Father, the chaos is intense today and my soul groans. Please give me a huge dose of Your love. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Restlessness

Overcoming Restlessness and Finding Abundance

January 18, 2019

Restlessness. That could describe me years ago.

I can remember as a girl, I would live from one holiday or special occasion to the next. For instance when Easter was coming I’d think about how great that would be, and that anticipation made me happy. Once Easter was over, life went back to the daily routine. And it was blah.

The next holiday or special event? My birthday or a party for someone else’s’ and then back to life’s routine.

I got up in the morning, ate breakfast, went to school, ate lunch, did homework, and went to bed. I took a bath, did chores, changed my clothes, and put my things away. Maybe I read a book, but I didn’t do anything exciting. The next day I did that all over again.

And I was a believer. I knew the Lord and Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 (ESV)

Do you ever have a sense of restlessness? Stir crazy? Maybe you don’t have a lot to complain about but life seems dull sometimes.

Heidi McLaughlin has written Restless for More.

Encouragement

Friendgiving Prayer

January 17, 2019

Jesus, I’m so thankful You brought these friends into my life. Help me love them more and think of myself less. In Your Name, Amen.

Encouragement

Thank You Prayer

January 15, 2019

Jesus, I cannot fathom Your sacrifice for me. Truly, Your death proved Your love. Thank You again and again, Amen.

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Great Tips on Maintaining Your Health

January 13, 2019

We all want good health, but I hate going to the doctor.

As a child, every time my mother took me in for a check up, the doctor proclaimed my weight above average. I’m the type of person who likes to please, and I hated that news. Chubby. Plump. Yuck.

As I got older, I watched what I ate, and I discovered that I couldn’t eat if I wanted to be skinny. That made me just as uncomfortable.

I had always been one of those kids who liked to read and too much exertion made me tired. But I earned good grades in school, so that rewarded my studies. Finally, I learned about exercise. It didn’t come naturally because I hated sweating. However, over time I learned exercise could be fun and make me feel good.

Then I saw the Bible encouraged that.

While bodily training has some value, godliness is of great value in every way as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. I Timothy 4:8

Note that bodily exercise does benefit, even though godliness benefits more.

The Holy Spirit helps us with self-control. Watching what you eat and exercising several times a week takes self-control.

After the holidays, you may feel a little uncomfortable in your clothes. Those rich dessert at parties or an extra Christmas cookie at night added a few pounds. Now you want to get back in control of your weight.

Today I have Karynthia Phillips. She is a Physician’s Assistant and she can give you some ideas on being healthy and staying that way.

Encouragement

Be Gentle Prayer

January 11, 2019

Lord, I don’t feel gentle, but you died for every person around me. Help me to live gently regardless of how I am treated. In Your Name, Amen.

Encouragement

Fair to Others Prayer

January 9, 2019

Left to myself, Lord, I would not be fair to others. I acknowledge how selfish I can be. Help me to be fair. In Your Name, Amen.

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