Monday, October 24, 2011



Habits are the thought and emotional patterns engraved on our minds. These internal habit patterns play just as forceful a role as external influences on our actions, in fact, perhaps more so...
As unbelievers, we formerly gave ourselves to developing habits of unholiness-what Paul called "ever-increasing wickedness" (Romans 6:19). Every time we sinned-every time we lusted, coveted, hated, cheated, or lied-we were developing habits of ever increasing wickedness. These repeated acts of unrighteousness became habits that made us, in fact, slaves to sin!!
Though we are to deal with these habits of unholiness, we must not try to do it in our own strength. Breaking sinful habits must be done in cooperation with the Holy Spirit and in dependence upon Him. The determination that "I'll not do that anymore," based upon sheer human resolve, has never once broken the shackles of sin. But there are practical principles which we can follow to train ourselves in godliness.
Though we are to deal with these habits of unholiness, we must not try to do it in our own strength. Breaking sinful habits must be done in cooperation with the Holy Spirit and in dependence on Him. The determination that "I'll not do that anymore," based upon sheer human resolve, has never once broken the shackles of sin. But there are practical principles which we can follow to train ourselves in godliness.
The first principle is that habits are developed and reinforced by frequent repetition....This is the principle underlying the fact that the more we sin the more we are inclined to sin. But the converse is also true. The more we say NO to sin, the more we are inclined to say NO!
Therefore, in dependence on the Holy Spirit, we must systematically work at acquiring the habit of saying no to the sins that so easily entangle us. We all know what these sins are; the sins to which we are particularly vulnerable. We begin by concentrating on saying NO to these. Then God will lead us to work on other sins which we may not even be aware of at this time. The more we succeed in saying NO to our sinful desires, the easier it becomes to say NO.
In the same manner we can develop positive habits of holiness. We can develop the habit of thinking thoughts that are pure, true and good. We can develop the habits of prayer and meditating on the Scriptures. But these habits will only be developed through frequent repetition.

8 For if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, if you thoroughly execute judgement between a man and his neighbor, if you do not opress the strnger, the fatherless, and the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, or walk after other gods to your hurt , then I will cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever. AMEN!
Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit. 9 Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear faulsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after gods whom you do not know, 10 and then come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say 'we are delivered to do all these abominations'?  11 Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? behold, I, even I, have seen it,: says the Lord. Jeremiah 7:8-11

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Monday, October 17, 2011


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Friday, October 14, 2011


Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good
she is a woman
A woman who honors her experience and tells her
Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body
and life
Imagine a woman who believes she is good
A Woman who trusts and respects herself.
Who listens to her needs and desire, and meets them
with tenderness and grace.
Imagine a woman who has acknowledged the past's
influence on the present. A woman who has walked
through her past.
Who has healed into the present.
Imagine a woman who authors her own life.
A woman who exerts, initiates, and moves on her own
behalf. Who refuses to surrender except to her truest
self and her wisest voice.
Imagine a woman who names her own gods.
A woman who imagines the divine in her image and
Who designs her own spirituality and allows it to form
her daily life.
Imagine a woman in love with her own body.
A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is.
Who celebrates the accumulation of her years and
Who refuses to use precious energy disguising the
changes in her body. And her life.
Imagine a woman who values the women in her life.
A woman who sits in circles of women.
Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she
Imagine yourself as this woman.


Monday, October 3, 2011


1. You have a right to need things from others.
2. You have a right to put yourself first sometimes..
3. You have a right to feel and express your emotions or your pain.
4. You have the right to be the final judge of your beliefs and accept them as legitimate.
5. You have the right to your opinions and convictions.
6. You have the right to your experience-even if it's different from that of other people.
7. You have a right to protest any treatment or criticism that feels bad to you.
8. You have a right to negotiate for change.
9. You have a right to ask for help, emotional support, or anything else you need (even though you may not always get it).
10. You have a right to say no; saying no doesn't make you bad or selfish.
11. You have a right not to justify yourself to others.
12. You have a right not to take responsibility for someone else's proble.
13. You have a right to choose not to respond to a situation.
14. You have a right, sometimes, to inconvenience or disapoint others.
Put the right that are most important or liberating to you on a file card, (I use sticky notes) and tape it someplace where you'll see it frequently, like your bathroom mirror, in order to remind yourself.

I can be disturbed but not despondent.
Angry but not desperate.
My driving passion is love!
I'm reading the greatest essay(Paul's treatise on love). 1st Corinthinas.Chapter 13 remains the greatest essay ever penned.
From:The Inspirational Study Bible By: Max Lucado
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