November 28, 2017

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Thought to share: when you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see your perceived flaws and how you fall short of society’s definition of beauty, success or worth? Or, do you see the stokes of splendor I painted? Do you see the hues of magnificence I incorporated into you? Do you see how elaborately I blended beauty throughout? Do you see the breathtaking Light radiating from you? When you look in the mirror, do you realize you are looking at MY greatest masterpiece? If this is not what you see – look again, for you are missing stunning artwork.

Psalm 139:14 (NLT) Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.

November 21, 2017

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Thought to share: Pull your thoughts away from the past and get into the here and now with ME. Reign your thoughts in from future events and step into this moment with ME. Quit chasing what-if’s and dancing with if-only’s, stop the whirlwind of planning and the swirling chaos of anxiety and be in the present. I have covered your past. I have taken care of your future. All you need is to be present with ME here and now, and you’ll find rest.

Isaiah 43:18 (NIV) Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.

Philippians 4:6-7 (Msg) Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT) Then Jesus said, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

The Complaining Challenge Bonus Day

Sunday November 19

It’s over. You made it. You survived and lived to tell the tale!

Let’s do some observation and see where we’re at. Reflection is always good and gives Holy Spirit room to course correct us as needed and encourage us!

  • Can you tell a difference in your thinking yet?
  • Is there a shift in your perceptive or overall outlook? Your point of view on certain people? Situations?
  • Is it a bit easier to identify grumbling, complaining and criticism? Is it becoming more obvious to you?
  • Can you tell a difference in your words? Are there less complaints and criticisms flowing out?
  • Can you tell a difference in relationships? In the atmosphere of your home? At work? Has anyone noticed?

Let me encourage you to keep going. I know it’s not easy. I felt all the challenges and difficulties you felt. But, I believe the difference it makes is worth the investment. It’s worth the struggle. The reward will be so much greater than the sacrifice.

Cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Caroline Leaf says that it takes 63 days to change a habit. You are 7 days in. Seven days closer. Take this momentum and keep going. Keep journaling. Keep looking at these verses. Keep asking yourself the Reflection Questions. Talk about it with your husband and kids. Stay with your accountability partner.

One last suggestion, read the book of Proverbs. Read one chapter a day. Highlight and dig into all the verses about the mouth, tongue and words. These will give you a solid study for 31 days and will help you as you continue with this challenge!

Read Psalm 119:57-60, John 14:26, Philippians 1:6 and Galatians 6:7-9. Let Truth encourage you as you mediate on them. Journal what He is saying to you.

*Remember to ask yourself the Reflection Questions and record your answers when you end your day! AND connect with your accountability partner!

 

ps – a big “thank-you” to Tammy Forbes, Ellen Goulette​ and Tami Lindsay​ for all their help in proofing and editing our devotionals!