Doing.Life.Differently

Daily encouragement as you follow His path

Follow me again…please!

I have finally gotten my new website set up so that you can follow me.  I hope that you will visit me at www.doing-life-differently.com and follow me again.

 

God Bless!!

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Moving my blog…

Hello,

I have been in the process of moving my blog.  However, I can’t quite figure out how to move my followers.  So…..please visit me at

www.doing-life-differently.com and sign up to follow me there!  Thanks!

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Seeking Solitude

Luke 5:16 (NIV)  But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

These days, I am craving for some ME time.  I want twenty-four hours of uninterrupted solitude.  I want to hear nothing but silence.  No phone ringing and no children singing their unending chorus of “Mom!” Even Jesus needed to get away from it all.  On top of this need for solo space is the guilt I feel for wanting to temporarily abandon my life.  I know that research says we are better people when take the time to rejuvenate our batteries.  So, I resign to take a micromini staycation in my bathtub.  Anybody know if they still sell Calgon?

HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE?

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Words Matter

May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Psalm 19:14

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Visit Me @ incourage.me

Hello,

I am guest posting over at (in)courage today.  Please visit!

www.incourage.me

Click on GUESTS tab to read my post.

THANKS!

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We All Could Use a Break!

Stop being so hard on other people!  People do the best they can based on where they are on their own journey.  Cut them the same slack you want others to cut you.  Are you perfect?  No.  Do you want others to judge you?  No.  Grant them the same understanding.   Life is an uphill battle regardless of your income level, intelligence level, or spiritual level.  Make sure you are offering a hand up and not knocking anybody down.

P.S.  It’s not up to you to determine who is worthy of this consideration.  Everyone qualifies for this break!

  • Today is TAX DAY!  Hope you have already filed.
  • Tomorrow, I will be posting over at (in)courage.  Please stop by to read my guest post. Click on the GUESTS tab when you get there!
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The Odds Are In Your Favor!

When the deck seems stacked against you, remember that He is the dealer.

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Is This The Day The Lord Has Made?

Yesterday was a day when I felt attacked in every area of my life – health, family, and job.  The day started terrible and got progressively worse with each second that ticked by.  As I drove in to work this morning, Max Lucado was being interviewed on the radio about his new book.  I didn’t catch the title, but the topic is how Christians find a way to see God on bad days.  Perfect timing…because yesterday I was like,  “Lord you must have gotten me mixed up with someone else.  I cannot handle all you are throwing my way.”   I had to recall power Scriptures to get me through the day. 

I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.

We were not given spirits of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind. 

Today I can look back at yesterday and find many blessings and things to be grateful for.  Truthfully, everyday holds blessings.  We just have to decide to focus on them. 

Yes, God makes everyday.  He even makes our bad days, but He has the power and the authority to turn bad to good. He loves us and is concerned about us.  So whatever we face or go through, He knows about it and feels you will prosper because of or in spite of it.  Trust Him!  Then, rejoice and be glad…

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Focal Points Make All the Difference

My work day ended in chaos and discouragement yesterday.  I questioned my ability to make it through another day if I had to encounter those same obstacles that would greet me at the door the next time I entered.  Student behavior was at an all-time low, rivaled only by their disinterest in learning.  Colleagues seemed unwilling to play their roles in the educational process of the students with which we had been entrusted.  Copy machines mocked me as I attempted to make copies of important papers.  It seemed there was trouble at every turn.

But, my day hadn’t started that way.  At the beginning of the day, I was relaxed and peaceful.  I was looking forward to the challenge promised by every day spent in an inner-city middle school.  At the beginning of the day, I faced the same barriers as at the end of the day.  So, I had to figure out what the difference was.  I realized it was my focal point. 

At the beginning of the day, my mind was fortified by Scripture and prayer.  By the end of the day, I had switched to survival mode.  My mistake was self-reliance.  I relied more heavily on strategies and procedures to get me through than heavenly help.  I focused on what I could do instead of what I could trust Him to do through me.  When our focus is internal, we invite despair and disaster.  But, He promised perfect peace to those who keep their eyes on Him.  Today, I am going to do it His way.

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Workplace Negativity

Although I have missed a  couple of days posting to this blog, I have been doing better about updating recently.  The posting has become more regular, but God has been quietly requesting that I reduce the fluff.  In other words, He wants me to dig a little (or a lot!)  deeper and write about some issues that Christians may be grappling with on a daily basis.

The first topic that I will tackle is workplace negativity.  If you have been employed for any length of time, then you probably have experienced this phenomenon.  It is when employee morale hits an all-time low.  It is when you dread going to work.  It is when you start counting down to the weekend on Monday at10am.

I have had quite a few jobs and this situation seems to occur all of a sudden sort of out of the blue.  It really just sneaks up on you.  One day, you are feeling just fine about your work life.  You get up, you go in, and you do your job to the best of your ability with a smile on your face.  Then, you have a conversation with co-worker Z and your perception of the workplace turns south.

He or she brings to light all that is wrong at your company.  Procedures that are ineffective and outdated.  Equipment that is ineffective and outdated.  Even people who are ineffective and outdated.  Pretty soon, your outlook darkens as well.  And the highly contagious disease of workplace negativity spreads to infect yet another employee.

Once you realize what has happened, there are some decisions to be made.  Do I distance myself from “tainted” co-workers?  Do I engage in dialogue with them where I try to be a sun ray shining through thunder clouds? (FYI…this approach is draining!)  Do I find another job?

Before you do anything, you should pray.  Present your situation to the Lord and seek His counsel.  Then, do the hard part.  Wait.  Sometimes, this is the push we need to move on to another opportunity.  But, sometimes this is your new opportunity.

You don’t have to talk about being positive to the naysayers.  You don’t have to post an anonymous appeal for peace in the breakroom.  You have to kill them with kindness.  At some point during your childhood you were told that, “Actions speak louder than words.”  Now is your chance to prove it.

God may give you your walking papers and give you permission to seek new employment.  But if He tells you to stay, then you are responsible for being a light in the darkness at work.  Refrain from talking about people.  Stick to the  issues.  If there is a problem, only entertain discussions about possible solutions.  Be courteous and respectful to all whether it is reciprocated or not.  Do your job like you work for God.  Continue to pray so that God can guide your steps.

I hope this helps…  Have a blessed day!

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