Anointed Courage

Encouraging words from lessons learned

Month: July 2016 (page 1 of 2)

Showing that You Care

“And as for you, brothers and sisters, never grow weary of doing good.” 2 Thessalonians 3:13

I consider myself a “do good-er”. I try to be a good citizen and help out in ways that I can. Whether it is reporting things to city or my association, picking up trash or volunteering at my child’s school, I try to do something. I don’t usually receive much appreciation, but I know I won’t stop because it is just in me. Sometimes, I wish I didn’t care but I do.

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Shame doesn’t create lasting change

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:17

Shame…what a hurtful emotion. One of the cultures in my family love to use shame to try to make one change their ways. When someone doesn’t turn out the way they hoped for, they tell you how they are bringing dishonor to the family. When I was in my early 20’s and dealing with an eating disorder, some people in my family would tell me in their first language that my pants were crying because I was in their eyes, fat. If they hadn’t seen me in awhile and I was heavier, they would say things like, “what happened? you used to be pretty.” They would then blame my mother and she would be mad at me because she didn’t like the shame on her. Vicious cycle.

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Put your money where your heart is

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

Money. I am little obsessed with it. The obsession isn’t about greed or lust, it is more how does God want me to use it. I feel at times that I am not being a good steward of money. I am talking about those spur of the moment purchases…Like going to Starbucks. Or that area by the check stand where you think “sure I totally need AA batteries, Kleenex and Reese’s peanut butter cups”. I see you Target’s popcorn and Icee combo. Get in my belly! (I think I need to stay away from Target for a while.) I pass by Old Navy and think sure I need another tee-shirt and jeans. Then I wonder, why can’t I afford new windows, give money to charity or have money to grow our savings or fund my Roth IRA.

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