A Person of 'Mature Character'

Good Morning and welcome to 'Dee's Thoughts'. Do we really know just how important it is to be a person of 'good character?  More than likely, you don't wake up in the morning having that thought on your mind. But how we conduct ourselves in all situations is watched by everyone, our families, friends, and even those who don't know us at all. How we act, respond and conduct ourselves is the most important thing we do every day and it impact's others either in a good way or a bad way.  

What is 'Mature Character'? Think of it in this way, we all identify with fruit, it is very good and most of us like to eat the wide variety of fruits. But Fruit just doesn't mature to it's eating level without a growing process that needs to take place first and it is made up of more than one substance. it has juice, pulp, seeds, and is held together by a skin or rind and attached to a tree or vine where it is given life through its branches. 

Such it is with us in regard to developing character, we need time to grow and mature it is a process.  So it is with all of us, maturing (growth) requires tending over time and pruning (cutting back) getting rid of the old stuff if we are to develop good character. Be encouraged today if you feel like you are not where you should be don't give up it is a process. Keep walking, learning and changing with the tide of life. Many of us can be to hard on ourselves and get discouraged. If this is the case pick yourself up and keep pressing on the blessings come after the trials.

Have a Great Day, Dee

 

 

Giving in or Giving up?

Good Morning and welcome to 'Dee's Thoughts'. Have you ever wondered what kind of a person you are? Who we are takes in many aspects of our life I know, but let's look at this particular one. Am I a person who always gives in and if so is it for the right reasons? Some of us give in so as not to upset others even if we need to set a healthy boundary with them, others of us just give up and stop trying. Neither of these is a good place to be wouldn't you agree? 

There is a big difference isn't there, giving in for the wrong reasons or giving up leading us to a place of  hopelessness, but be encouraged there is another way. Giving in can take on a whole new meaning with the word'surrender'.  Surrender from a Biblical perspective is "us letting go of the control of our lives" surrendering it all to the Lordship of Christ. One brings death and hopelessness the other brings 'life'. Choose life you won't be disappointed I guarantee it!

Have a Great Day. Dee

change is hard

Good Morning welcome to Dee's Thoughts. I don't know about you but I don't always like the notion of change. Change means things are not going to be the same as they are. We don't like change because it may mean we will have to do or be someone we may not want to be. Change challenges any resistance we may have in our hearts.

Change is never easy but necessary if we are to grow and mature. It takes us out of our comfort zones and places us in the realm of uncertainty. If we feel the need to protect our surroundings we will have a difficult time conforming to new changes. Change bumps our "control of life" and affects each and every one of us on a personal level. Change requires flexibility on our part and the ability to bend with the circumstances of life. Resistance hold us back from being flexible.

So, even though we may fine it difficultperhaps and a little scary to let change have its way in out life it is worth it in the long run and most rewarding. James 4:7-8 says Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you...

Be Blessed, Dee

 

Free Will -the good and bad of it

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to Dee's Thoughts. Love hearing from you so keep the chatter coming. Free will is not something we normally think about everyday but it is a major part of our lives. Most of the time we go about our daily business making decisions every day and not giving it any thought about where we get the power to make those decisions.

Quote: A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against' not with the wind. With free will we can choose or not choose. The negative side of free will is 'we are responsible for the choices we make'. With choice we can do what we want which is wonderful, yet at the same time our choices if not rightly intended hurt others. We have the choice to love or hate, give or take.

 God gave us a free will so that we could experience true love. He wanted us to Love Him freely and willingly. Free will allows us to love God willingly or not to. That is why God gave us a free will, that we would want to choose Him. Love does not come through force it comes through love .

Be blessed today Dee

When it is hard to trust

Good Morning Everyone, have you found it difficult to trust others? I think most of us would agree that we have felt betrayed at some point in our lives. Quote: "One of the hardest lessons in life is LETTING GO. Whether it's guilt, anger, love, loss or betrayal. CHANGE is never easy. we fight to hold on and we fight to let go."

I think that when we have been hurt, trust is fractured and not easily gained back. When one person breaks a trust with us, it is easy to assume that no one is trustworthy anymore. This of course is not true and trusting others again can be a challenge. Sometimes trust cannot be built again with the one who betrayed us but that must not stop us from reaching out to others again. Betrayal is a rejection of "who we are". But their is hope because "who we are" is not found in the opinions of others, but rather, in the person of Jesus Christ. Who he says we are is what we stand on and believe.

Be Encouraged you are valued and loved God say's so. Matthew 10:30-31

Have a Great Day, Dee

Just A Little White Lie?

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to 'Dee's Thoughts'. I love hearing from you so please drop me a note if you can. We have all heard of the saying; "it was just a little white lie". Is there such a thing as a little white lie and why do we lie? All lies affect us and impact others, to say it was just a little white lie is a means to cover up and minimize our actions. It is a lack of openness and honesty with others driven through our own insecurities and fear.  

It is always better to tell the truth regardless of our circumstances. Our conscience weighs heavy on us when we 'cover up'. Psalm 34:4-5 speaks to this: I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. Have no fear in our desperation cry out to God and He will listen and save us from all our troubles. Be encouraged Dee

 

Life is hard

Good Morning Everyone

As I ponder this beautiful day today, sun shining, birds singing, life springing up all around I am grateful for having this day experiencing it in all of its glory. But I don't always have these nice feelings depending on what I am going through at the time. How about you? The life we live is at times filled with disappointment and loss because we live in this world. 

Sometime we can lose our way temporarily as we go through personal trials but there is always hope. Never give up press ahead, there is always a way out. Life is the biggest hurtle we have to overcome with all it throws at us. If you question whether life is worth it and find that the struggle is too hard, remember you are not in it alone God has a purpose for your life. Look to our Heavenly Father and you will find that purpose and find yourself!

Many Blessings, Dee

Genuine Love

'Love' we all want it and need it. love is the fulfillment of the soul, a longing of the heart. Love is what makes us whole. The absence of love leaves a deep hole in the very core of our lives, a deep hole that will need to be filled with something or someone. Genuine love is love that is sacrificial not thinking of oneself (only what they need) but for the other person.

it is a selfless love that gives and gives without looking for something in return. Unconditional love is just the opposite of genuine love, it not only looks for something back in return it demands it. it is a fake love that is selfish, a love that is only given when it has been earned. Genuine love is rarely seen as it takes a changed heart to show and give genuinely love, a love that only comes from our Heavenly Father.

If you feel empty inside and just need to be loved God knows this and wants you to know how much he loves you today. He never disappoints us and His love never fails. 1 John 4:9-10 says, God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love--not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Be encouraged today you are not forgotten, you are loved.

Blessings, Dee