Showing posts with label Encouragement. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Encouragement. Show all posts

Friday, September 11, 2009

Something to chew on...

Worry implies that we don't quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what's happening in our lives.

Stress says that the things we are involved in are important enough to merit our impatience, our lack of grace toward others, or our tight grip of control.

Basically, these two behaviors communicate that it's okay to sin and not trust God because the stuff in my life is somehow exceptional. Both worry and stress reek of arrogance. They declare our tendency to forget that we've been forgiven, that our lives here are brief, that we are headed to a place where we won't be lonely, afraid, or hurt ever again, and that in the context of God's strength, our problems are small, indeed.

Why are we so quick to forget God? Who do we think we are? I find myself relearning this lesson often. Even though I glimpse God's holiness, I am still dumb enough to forget that life is all about God and not about me at all.

-From Crazy Love by Francis Chan (Pg. 42)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Attitude...

The wedding industry is very emotional....we see the best of people and unfortunately, the worst of people. It's just comes with the territory. As wedding planners, we have to be calm, collective and positive at all times, even when things may be blowing up around us. Our clients look to us to solve problems and make things perfect. We've had a few "wedding hiccups" over the last few weeks (nothing new...it happens) and I've been so impressed with how our company and clients have handled the situations. I've been in the event industry for almost 4 years now....and I have quickly learned that It's all about attitude....it really is.

My mom shared this with me when I was going through a difficult time in high school and I've kept it in the back of my mind ever since...
Attitude
By Charles Swindoll

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes.

I'm embracing a positive attitude today....are you?

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

In Christ Alone

We sang this hymn in church on Sunday and it really stirred my heart...I love the words...they are filled with simplicity, truth and great hope. What an awesome God we serve!

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
'Till on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost it's grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Brought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
'Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand