How to Get Rid of Anger in Four Steps

 

Have you ever tried to make yourself not be angry? Maybe you’ve tried one of my tactics to get rid of anger, some of which are really excellent things to do:

  • Pray alone or with a friend
  • Stuff it until it’s nicely put away on “a shelf” in my mind.
  • Read scripture
  • Remind myself of who I am in Christ. (i.e. I am a forgiven child of God.  Jesus in me can let go of this anger. I trust you for that, Lord.)
  • Distract yourself with work, TV show, book, etc.
  • Recount what I’m grateful for
  • Minimize the situation (It really wasn’t that bad. They didn’t mean it.)
  • Talk about it with a friend (This typically fuels it more.)

Did these work for you better than they work for me for really getting rid of the anger? 

I did not separate those that would be considered spiritual and most definitely better alternatives. All of these serve me well by helping me have victory in the moment (i.e. anger is arrested for the time being). But I usually find that my anger is still simmering below the surface. Continue reading

Is it Really Possible that Forgiveness Could be Effortless?

 

The idea of effortless forgiveness sounds almost like a fantasy, doesn’t it?  Speaking personally, there are many times when someone does something to hurt or offend me and I can easily forgive them. Even if they don’t ask, I don’t feel a need to hold on to their offense. It feels almost as if I’m unoffendable in some situations. Why is that? You probably can recall instances like that, also.

RECURRING NEGATIVE EMOTIONS

But what about those times when you know you should forgive, you want to forgive, you are trying really hard to forgive, but those overriding negative emotions keep popping up. Continue reading

How to Stop an Internal Storm from Being a Tsunami

Do you ever feel as if life is like a tsunami about to overtake you? When those internal storms come, what can a believer do? Joanna Gaines, one of the stars of Fixer Upper had good advice in a devotional she wrote for faithgateway.  Continue reading

Are You Stuck in a Paralyzing Mindset?

 

Does anybody else out there build something up in your mind so big that it either paralyzes you from moving forward or causes you to lose hours of sleep worrying over it? No matter how much I prayed, I couldn’t change my mindset until I let my fear drive me into the arms of Jesus. Continue reading

Ever Consider That YOU are God’s Happy Place?

CONVENTION 220 SERIES PART 2

What is your happy place? Is it gazing at a sunset with a loved one? Cuddling with your newest grand baby? Standing on the edge of the ocean listening to the waves crash against the shore? 

Have you ever considered what God’s happy place is?  In his message, “Resting and Reconciliation”, Ralph Harris opens his talk with a prayer. From the moment he prayed, “Father, here we are, Your happiest place to be . .  .” I was all in.

I pray that Father speaks to you and gives you a new revelation through Ralph’s and my thoughts shared below. Continue reading

Desire to Be More Connected to Christ?

CONVENTION 220 SERIES – PART 1

Do you sometimes FEEL as if you are not as connected to Christ as you would like to be?  I have certainly had that FEELING.  I am happy to report that just because you FEEL a certain way, doesn’t mean that is the truth. 

There is a long-running joke in my family. Who knows what the conversation was about in the car that day because all that is left of that memory is what I said. My words got mixed up and out of my mouth came, “Is you connected?” You can imagine what 2 teenage boys did with that.  I have yet to live it down. But it is always said in our family in an endearing way with a very peculiar accent.

“IS” YOU CONNECTED?

So my question to you as a believer is, Is you connected?” The answer is a resounding YES, we are 100% connected to Christ. We can’t do anything to be more connected.  (Colossians 2:13 “. . . He made you alive together with Him . . .”) Working hard to stay connected to Christ would be like trying to purchase a plot of land you already own. Continue reading

Are Negative Emotions Keeping You From Experiencing Joy?

Are you sick and tired of your negative emotions running your life? That is exactly where I was when I was first introduced to Transformation Prayer MInistry (TPM). I had gotten very good at suppressing and stuffing my emotions.  But they would always rear their ugly head when I least expected it. Continue reading

Living THE LIFE – Not Just Another Day at the Beach

Have you ever had the feeling that something is holding you back from being who God called you to be?  Or maybe you’ve read scriptures that sound really good (for other people) but they can’t be true for you.

That is exactly the way I felt on the day I determined I couldn’t live another day with the “stinking thinking” in my head and plethora of fears that had become such a close friend. Continue reading

Filling-in-the-Dash: New Paradigm

SIMILARITIES IN HUMANS

Every single human being has several things in common.  A few similarities are:

  • We were all born from a woman.
  • We all must eat and drink water to sustain life.
  • We all will die one day unless The Lord decides to return first.

What makes the difference in the years spent on this Earth?  It’s all of the life experiences that happen “in the dash”.  I had an experience at a garage sale that caused a paradigm shift in my thinking. Continue reading

Welcome to the “Pursue Abundant Life” Community

I wanted to start off by introducing myself and share my heart and purpose for this blog.  As you read, you will uncover the reason this blog will “smush” a few passions together.

DREAM OF BEING A TEACHER REALIZED 

I am married with two grown sons.  For the first 5 years of our marriage, I was a classroom teacher, which was a dream of mine since childhood.  I couldn’t imagine any better job than molding young lives and teaching 5 and 6 year olds to read, and then along came our first son.  I told my husband, “Sell something.  I’m staying home.” Continue reading

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