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Glory and Honor!

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Glory and honor to The Lord – for He is good!

My soul rejoices in The Lord! I bask in the presence of His loving faithfulness, He alone is worthy. My sorrow is turned into joy.

Glory be to The Lord – The Ancient of days. Forever my God…You are worthy, worthy…worthy to be praised!!! ~Storm

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Another Day of Lessons

Life is no respecter of persons – we each have a our daily share of lessons to learn, challenges to face and so on. This is a good thing. Each lesson is specifically and uniquely designed to accommodate its recipient/student. The Overseer (God) of our lives knows exactly which life experience works for our individual good. From the backed up traffic on an important day, to the long lines that never cease at making us wait – the lesson points to what’s happening on the inside of us.

At other times unknown to us, the things that seem to be delayed are working for our good too – we may never know how many “near misses” have been avoided.

Spiritual & personal development is always in pursuit of us, we merely need pursue that which pursues us.

When our love for God is the prerequisite for living and being, be assured, “All things are working for our good”. See Romans 8:28
What does it mean to love God? In part it means that we’re willing to seek His guidelines and principals for daily living, bringing them to the forefront of our intents.

Can we love God and make mistakes? All we have to do is look at ourselves and the choices that we make in order to get the answer for that one. “…least we forget how fragile we are.” ~Sting

Our conscious surrender to the One Who is in charge of all, directs our path in ways that are beneficial for our overall good. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go, I will counsel you with My loving eye on you.” ~Psalm 32:8 (NLT)

As you prepare for another day, remember that each encounter is a lesson. You may or may not get its meaning on impact, but if you’re open & willing to learn – paying attention to your own responses & reflexes – you will indeed learn.

What’s your assignment today?

Be prepared to take notes, ask questions and be ready to answer them.

Live wise and live well. ~Storm

Surrender…

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As we learn to trust in His guidance – surrender becomes…being fine-tuned for His specific purpose.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

What does surrender mean to you?

You’re always welcome to share your insights & thoughts. Thank you for your visit to Life Through The Storm.

Wishing you balance & well-being. ~Storm

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Each Day’s Turn…

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I’ve learned the value of embracing the offering & wonder of each day’s turn. Each day is a part of the “process”…filled with all the necessary components to complete whatsoever stands in need of completion.

Accepting & trusting the provision of each day’s turn…is daily bread. His grace is always sufficient.

“Give us this day our daily bread.” ~Matthew 6:11 (NASB)

Are you acknowledging the provision within each day’s turn? In what ways?

You’re always welcome to share your thoughts & insights. Thank you for your visit to Life Through The Storm.

Wishing you balance & well-being. ~Storm

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Relational Health

 

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There’s no question about it, many of us want healthy, respectful and meaningful relationships. We want passion, excitement and a sense of togetherness! We offer the best presentation of who we are when meeting a potential partner – no less warranted as our interaction continues.

The passion that we seek within our relationships can last a life time, it merely burns differently. A simmering fire occurs as we become practitioners of lessons learned. Personal and spiritual development is a constant in healthy relationships.

“A wise man/woman will hear and increase in learning; a man of understanding shall shall acquire wise counsel.” ~Proverbs 1:5 (NASB)

As we adhere to insight, applying its dictates – we bring into our lives an offering that impacts all of our life’s affairs. Without ardent regard for insight and her assistants – counsel, instruction, wisdom, understanding, etc – we bind ourselves and our relationships needlessly into cycles that hinder the very thing that we seek to establish…healthier and meaningful relationships.

Jim (my husband) and I have individual commitments that we adhere to on a daily basis (prayer, meditation, reading of scripture, etc.) – personal accountability. We each examine our thoughts, our beliefs and pay attention to how life impacts our emotions. It is in this way that we’ve learned to separate personal stuff from relational stuff. Additionally, we honor the path that we consider ourselves blessed to have created together. We define our union as a healthy relationship, not a perfect one.

“Counsel in the heart of man/woman is like deep water, but a man/woman of understanding will draw it out.” ~Proverbs 20:5 (KJV)

I am sure that you are very much aware of relational building tips, I’ve included a few more:

Asking our loved ones to alter their convictions or their personal philosophies for our comfort is a set-up for a relational set-back. We grow and learn differently, we have separate interests.

It is never a healthy alternative to lose our convictions, our boundaries, or our sense of self for the sake of any relationship!

Being accountable for our stuff (thoughts, behaviors, etc) is essential in healthy relating.

We must learn to listen and to respect our loved ones (this no different from our own desires) – it is one of the key elements in healthy relating.

It’s unrealistic to expect the relationship to grow when we’re not growing individually.

Acknowledging our wrongs when we’ve caused pain, demonstrating remorse with a change in behavior helps to repair the broken pieces over time.

Are you examining your relational patterns? What are you learning?

You’re always welcome to share your insights & wisdom.

Wishing you balance & well-being. ~Storm

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Is It Worth It?

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I admit it – some things are hard to forget, especially emotionally impacting experiences – whether those moments bring joy or sadness. Yet, some things are not worth retaining in our memory banks.

While I do talk/write about my experience of childhood abuse, and the process of overcoming its impact – I rarely find it useful to talk about the details. Although the memory of the aforementioned is not completely deleted…it’s not worth remembering (re-producing). It no longer has power over my perspective of living and being.

How do we know when something or someone has loss its ability to control our lives? Great question! When we’re no longer defined by it; additionally, we’re not defining anyone else by it either!

Feelings of unworthiness, guilt, negative self-talk, resentment or other are clear examples that we are yet being overruled by some memory/experience that has little to do the well-being of our present state of being.

It is indeed worth remembering when we can work it out – find forgiveness,  gain insight, courage & strength…encouraging our personal philosophy for mind, body, spirit transformation.

It may not be easy letting go of unpleasant memories, but it is a worthy venture!

Are you holding on to anything that’s not worth your time or energy?

You’re always welcome to leave your thoughts & insights. Thank you for taking the time to visit Life Through The Storm.

Wishing you balance and well-being. ~Storm

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Healthy Relationships

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Healthy relationships are the consistencies of our intents and efforts – sustained by our attentiveness and commitment. Healthy relationships are neither easy, nor do they just happen. Compatibility plays it part; yet, it alone can not sustain the health of a relationship.

Healthy relationships are the results of individuals who have chosen to live conscious and responsible lives. We each bring our share of stuff…requiring personal accountability.

We each offer a world of unique differences. In healthy relationships, we learn to respect those differences. In part, it is the regard for those differences that create the needed structure for relational balance – mere tolerance is not enough. Numerous lessons are stored in the uniqueness of our differences.

Healthy relating means that we are committed to change as it encourages personal and spiritual growth. We partner in the creation of healthy relationships, offering both our strengths and weaknesses. In healthy relationships, we’re committed to considering how to consider, without hindering our own development, or that of another.

The rituals of listening, learning, communicating, growing, failing, apologizing and all the other components that stabilize healthy relationships becomes the norm. This and more occurs while we sharpen & maintain our own separate sense of being.

What about you, how do you establish healthy relationships? How do you keep them?

Thank you for taking the time to visit Life Through The Storm. Live wise and live well. ~Storm

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Time Alone…An Emotional Break

Time Alone...An Emotional Break

We are wise to give ourselves an emotional break. Time alone is essential, as it allows for soul searching, self -awareness, growth, and the many other factors that come to assist us in becoming more personally developed & accountable with our choices.

Example: It’s interesting how we allow ourselves to enter into new relationships (having just ended one a few weeks ago), expecting happiness to all of a sudden to become a reality. With no time off to examine/re-examine one’s own behavior or contribution to the demise – how can we not pick up where we just left off?

When emotions are in the lead role, we go where we want to go…often into the arms of those with whom we believe we can find happiness, comfort, etc. It can sometimes be difficult discerning our needs from our wants. If it feels good, then it must be the right thing to do – not always the healthiest of alternatives.

It’s difficult to establish healthy relationships when we’re overlooking the health of our own well-being. The soul needs a Higher rule of Authority for living and being. I believe this. This comes into view through an agreeable alliance with God, the One Who guards and directs our path with guidelines that teach us to establish boundaries for living.

This is no indication of a life without challenge, disappointment or mistakes – rather, one that assists us in maintaining an inner stability against the inevitable tides of living. Know what you believe and why you believe as you believe. We function from the foundation of our beliefs, whether healthy or unhealthy.

Additionally, time alone helps us to decipher and to put our priorities into order…giving our emotions a break.

The very principals, guidelines and insights that produce personal health and well-being, are the same ones that produce relational health and well-being.

Do you ever spend time alone? Is it beneficial?

You’re always welcome to leave your thoughts & comments. Thank you for your visit. Live wise and live well. ~Storm

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