Do you know the Word says when you put your mind on gratefulness, you will have the peace of God? God is calling us to put our minds on who and what we appreciate every day, especially Him and our salvation. Want peace and joy? Practice daily, three times a day, for one minute, appreciating God 1st, self 2nd, and others the 3rd time. I call it the 3-1 miracle to peace and joy! Remember to use your imagination to SEE what you appreciate. When you only engage your thinking, it will not transform you as it will when you engage your imagination. The Word of God says to take every thought captive, casting down vain imaginations and breaking strongholds. So therefore, we need to take that same path to develop good strongholds of peace, joy, and love. Put your thought on what/who you appreciate, then “see” it in your imagination until you feel completely engaged in joy and connection. You see, a strong emotional capacity is the ability to stay connected in the midst of pain, connected to God, your true self, and others! When we get offended, frustrated, angry, anxious, and fearful, we disconnect from God and our true self (who we really want to be) and often from others. We get in self-preservation mode, and that sends us into what we call enemy mode. That is when you and I act in a way that those around us feel they are all of a sudden our enemies. But we can turn that around to love by focusing with our imagination on who we appreciate and retraining our brains to go that way instead. So it works like this. In the morning, I think, “hmm, what do I appreciate the Lord for? Oh yes, Lord, thank you so much for being near to me each time I have been in a hard struggle.” Then I engage my imagination to see those times He was so near and “see” them over again for 1 minute or more. When you are done, you will feel peaceful and connected to the Lord. Then when a struggle comes that day, it will be easier to retrieve that place of peace with Him at that moment and not react. Then do yourself at lunch or when you want. You will think, “what do I appreciate you for self (name)? Oh yes, I really appreciate how kind you were to those people that other day.” Then see you doing that and stay in that appreciation for a minute or more. When you are done, you will feel so at peace with yourself and will more clearly be able to hear God and follow Holy Spirit, because you are not jacked up with self fears, etc. Then that evening, move on to someone else and do the same thing about them in your imagination for 1 minute! If you practice this each day, you will find in a month that you are far more peaceful and joyful and far more able to stay connected to the Lord instead of being triggered by the world around you!! Remember the 3-1 Miracle to peace and joy! Dr. Lisa Winchell
The Holiday Blues! Many around the country know what these blues are. Some have no idea. All the glitter, and fun, and smiles and presents, and family getting together. Why would anyone have the blues? It is the happiest time of the year! Isn’t it?
For some, it sure is. In fact, for many it was at one time. But for others it truly is the saddest time of the year. Those of us who have lost someone whom we spent every Christmas with for years, feel grief and the pain of the loss more during this season than any other. Those who take on the stress of having to get the “perfect” gift for someone, or even for everyone, tend to dread this holiday. We cannot forget to mention those who feel “forced” to spend the holidays with some unsavory character in their family, or many unsavory characters. Just mentioning each of these things, I can hear many of you calling out, or even crying out, “please Lord, let the holiday pass by fast”. You may even be setting your mind on the New Year, as a way to avoid thinking about this month, at all.
So is there an answer, or a hope for this month to be more than what we presently experience? What do you think? If there was, would you want to know what it is? If your answer is yes to the last question, then I propose an answer. As soon as I say the answer, you may think, “I know, I know”. But do you really KNOW?
So what is the answer? Who is the answer, is the real question. JESUS, He is yours and my answer! Now WAIT a minute, don’t go anywhere. I have more for you. No not more than Jesus. There is no one or nothing more than Jesus. But there are empowering ways to receive the Answer. What do I mean by that? I am glad you asked. LOL.
Well, if I were to tell you that Mr. Grace, down the street was your answer to a joyful holiday, would you need to do something to receive that answer? Yes, you would need to go talk to Mr. Grace, right? Now when you get there, Mr. Grace is going to tell you how he is your answer. He starts out with, how amazing you are! He goes on to say, “I am thinking every day, how I can bless you with my peace, love and presence and make your wonderful smile shine”. He goes on. “You are the apple of my eye. Did you know that I designed you perfectly for the world you would live in?” He says, “You are my son, my daughter for eternity, and I can’t wait to walk with you in my gardens one day. But now we can walk together on this earth, as I watch you open each new “package” I have for you along the way. Remember, every good and perfect gift comes from Me, and you have many more of those to open here on earth. You have this twinkle in your eye that reminds me of the day I created you and all the amazing things I put in you that day. Your eyes, your nose, your heart for that passion you have, and so much more. I knew how much you would need me close to you, so I came down here on earth, and put on an earth suit just like yours. I lived, I felt the pain you feel now, I died for you, and I broke the chains of the enemy from off of you when I rose from the grave. I took the sting of death, of fear, and of sin so you would not have to. I ripped the veil, so you could talk to me freely, and receive great truths from me that remind you how valuable you are to me, and who you are in me. My son, my daughter I am right here, and you need my comfort more now than any other time of the year. Come to me, come close to me. Hear my voice, and I will tell you new things. I will give you greater revelation of my love for you, and for those around you. I am holding your dear loved one right now, the ones who died and the ones who expect so much out of you this season. Now, I want to hold you. Cozy up on the couch with me, get a warm blanket, some tea and let’s make some special times together this season. I know you miss your loved one, I know that pain well. So how about this? I am going to bring someone or a group of someones to your mind this week. When I do, I want you to call them up and open your heart and your doors (doors of your life) to them. I am going to share life with you this season, and I am opening the door for you to do the same with others, as we make new memories for the Christmas season, together. Honey, you can do this, I am with you now and always”.
Do you feel better? I do!! Because the answer is Jesus! But He only becomes our answer when we sit down and hear His voice and spend time with Him. That is the place we have relationship. Relationship that far surpasses any on this earth, and fulfills to the depth of our soul. So I don’t ask you to forget your love one. But I do ask you, instead turn your focus to Jesus, on purpose, use this season to pursue a new and fresh relationship with Him, and that one, or more that He sends your way. Then when the season is over, email me and tell me about how Jesus helped you create new Christmas memories, with Him!
In Christ’s Love,