Tag Archives: Faith

Two Wolves

2 Oct

An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life…

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

“One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.

“The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

“This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf will win?”

The old chief simply replied,
“The one you feed.”

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Lifes little Instructions

8 Sep

I stumbled upon this last night and had to share, because it made me smile

Life’s Instructions

Have a firm handshake.

Look people in the eye.

Sing in the shower!

Sing in the shower.

Keep secrets.

Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.

Always accept an outstretched hand.

Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.

Whistle.

Avoid sarcastic remarks.

Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery.

Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.

Chose your life mate CAREFULLY!

Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.

When playing games with children, let them win.

Give people a second chance, but not a third.

Be romantic.

Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.

Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for our convenience, not the caller’s.

Be a good loser.

Be brave.. Or fake it!

Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.

When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.

Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.

Keep it simple.

Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.

Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.

Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets

Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the one’s you did.

Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.

Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.

Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.

Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.

Begin each day with some of your favorite music.

Once in a while, take the scenic route.

Send a lot of Valentine cards. Sign them, ‘Someone who thinks you’re terrific.’

Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.

Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.

Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.

Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.

Make someone’s day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.

Become someone’s hero.

Marry only for love.

Marry only for love

Count your blessings.

Compliment the meal when you’re a guest in someone’s home.

Wave at the children on a school bus.

Trust God.

Live by the rules for today.  They are good rules!

XO

Katelyn

Overwhelming Joy

6 Sep

Today I wanted to emphasize the importance of joy.  Just for a day, find ten things that give you an incredible amount of joy, then fill your day up with those things.  Even if they are simple things. Mine are:

My son Jacob

Taking pictures of things

Putting on bright red lipstick

Swimming

Jumping

Dancing with Jake

Listening to faith music

Listening to Jake learn new words

Seeing my sister

we hadn't seen each other for two and a half years!

Writing this blog

=)

What brings you joy?

XO

Katelyn

Grief

31 Aug

Lately I have been dealing a lot with the topic of grief.  Not my own, but a lot with friends and family.  Grief has five stages, we all know them.  But when God is incorporated, it makes more sense to me.  The conversation always seems to be with God around the “bargaining” stage.  But why not talk to Him throughout the whole process?

Denial

“I know this isn’t possible!” “Everything was fine yesterday.”

This is Denial.  Trying to figure out why something has happened, and why it couldn’t possibly make sense.  Refusing to see what the situation is, and refusing to believe what is real.

Speak to God:

“I can’t work through this on my own, I don’t believe this is happening in my life right now, Lord.”

Anger

I take back my previous statement… think we talk to God during this stage as well.

“WHY God, WHY?!” “WHY would you do this to me, God, why would you forsake me?!”

This is anger.  Taking out your anger on God, other people, even yourself, because that is the most raw emotion that can be conveyed.

Speak to God:

“I know that this is building my character, Lord.  I know that you believe that this is for the best, but I am not there yet. I am angry, and hurt.”

It’s ok to feel hurt.

Bargaining

“If I had been there sooner, it would be different”  “If I had done something, it would be different” “I’ll never do ___ again, as long as it goes back to the way it was”

This is bargaining.  Trying to convince yourself that if you had done something different, you wouldn’t feel the way you do now.  Most people try to make a deal with God, since He is the one “in charge”.

Speak to God:

“Lord, I want things to be back the way the were, and I would do anything to make that happen.  But, I know that you know what is best for my life, and the lives of others.”

Depression

“I refuse to carry on” “I can’t live this way” “I don’t feel like doing anything”

This is depression.  I think it’s the stage that lasts the longest.  It takes hold of everything that makes you who you are, and drags it down.  Depression is so deep, a lot of people find it hard to make a path out of it.  Good news is, God knows.  He knows you are hurt.

Speak to God:

“Lord, I need your guidance.  I am so lost, and I need help.  I am hurt, I am broken, and I cant do this alone.”

Acceptance

“Things are the way they are, and there is nothing I can do about it.”

This is acceptance.  Some people confuse acceptance with everything being “fine” or “ok”. It isn’t.  Something very traumatic has happened to start the stages of grief, so clearly: Everything is not fine.  But accepting the things in your life is huge.  It means you are coming to terms with the lack of control of the elements that make your world what it is.

Speak to God:

“Lord, I accept that things have changed.  I understand that there is nothing I can do to change what has happened to me, but I can change how I feel about it.”

Xo

Katelyn

Strength

29 Aug

“I don’t pray for God to take my problems away, I pray only for God to give me the strength to go through them.”                   

To be completely honest…I have been praying for God to take my problems away all together.  I have actually been doing that for a long time!!!  I have assumed for so long that since I am no longer complaining about something, it’s because God has taken away my problem.  however, upon reflection, I see that God has just given me the strength to get through them.  My problems have not been taken away… they have most CERTAINLY stuck around.  The only thing that has changed is how big I see the problem.
Rather than ask that God take away our problem, we need to ask him to please, give us the strength to see it the way that he sees it.  Hard times build our character.
I have heard this song a few times on the radio, and it really speaks to me.
You must, you must think I’m strong, to give me what I’m going through.  Forgive me, forgive me if I’m wrong, but this looks like more than I can do. On my own.
We don’t have to do anything on our own. We will be given the strength to get through anything, and everything.
Xo
Katelyn

Battlefield of the Mind

25 Aug

Its pretty easy to think things that are negative.

“Am I attractive?”

“Does my significant other love me enough to be faithful?”

“Am I really good at my job?”

“Is there any point in having faith in God, when my life looks like this?”

I know I think things like this all the time.  My mind has time to wonder, and I feel like I have little no control where it goes.  Before I know it, my mood has sunken like a ship, and I have NO idea how I got there!

A few years ago I had the pleasure of being in a bible study group, where we focused on The Battlefield of the Mind, by Joyce Meyer.  It taught us that our mind is being influenced by things not just of this world, but by God, and his enemy as well.  God is planting seeds of hope and joy in our lives.  His enemy is stomping on the plants!!!

When you are thinking something negative and unjoyful, what put it there?!  Is it lovely, happy wonderful, or even productive?!  If not, then think about who put it there.   Dont let your thoughts wander to the negative, but rather stay on the path of wonderment and productiveness.

“I am a good person, because God says that I am.”

“I am gorgeous the way that God made me.”

“I have faith in the Lord, and I have faith in my husband that he loves me.”

“I am fearfully and wonderfully made!!!”

Xo

Katelyn

The Size of a Mustard Seed

23 Aug

He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you
have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move
from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Have you ever SEEN a mustard seed?!?!  Its tiny.  Smaller than tiny.  Itsy bitsy, teeny weeny. BUT, Jesus says that’s enough faith to move mountains.  When I read this I thought, “who has faith that small, that isn’t faith at all!”  But to be honest, I have days where my faith IS that small.  Every day that starts out angry, depressed, disappointed, or hurt.  Those are the days where my faith takes the very back seat of the bus, and sits there, smaller than the size of a mustard seed.  I lose my trust in God, and wonder where he is on those days. Besides the fact that he is putting things in my path to make me stronger, I lose my faith a little bit on those days.  Jesus tells us that faith the size of a mustard seed can STILL move mountains.  Even a small amount of faith is faith.

How big is your faith today? At least golf ball size, I would hope!

XO

Katelyn