Black Friday: God’s Moving Faster Than a Black Friday Shopper!

Black Friday used to start around midnight, but now it’s starting earlier and earlier. So in the spirit of things moving so fast I posted tomorrow’s blog ahead of schedule to sink up with the theme.

God is moving so fast and it’s a new day and a new moment in time where God wants us to get up and get going on what He has called for us to do. I know it’s not easy, but God wants to bring freedom in every area of our lives.

Nothing is impossible for God so wherever you are struggling right now, addictions, eating disorders, anxiety, fear, anger, grief, depression etc. Just know God wants to set you free so you can move. Move forward and don’t be left behind because God’s moving faster than a speeding bullet train, He’s moving faster than a Black Friday Shopper!

Come on, let’s go with God and make a difference in people around us each and every day!

What is God calling you to do today?

What's God calling you to do?

Laurel Live

Body Image: Do you struggle to find Balance with Food over the Holidays?

Studies show body image struggles often begin around the age of six. Maybe it’s because we grow up here in America with so many Barbie Dolls, mirrors and general focus on what we look like. Many of us also develop negative Body Images because our moms had one and that’s what we grew up with. Sometimes the stress of the Holidays like Thanksgiving can be just enough to trigger you to start ping ponging between eating enough to not eating or anything in between. We want to enjoy the Holidays without letting our health go sideways, but that’s easier said that done at times, right?

What is the hardest thing for you about your body image, food and the holidays?

Laurel Live

Faith: Without it We Can’t Please God and Receive His Love

Faith in God helps ground us and keeps us from being tossed around like were in a constant hurricane. Also, without faith we really can’t please God or receive His love fully. If we can’t receive His love, how will we really love those around us. Sometimes I have really needed faith to believe what Jesus did on the cross was more than enough to cover my sins. It was easier to agree with the enemy and feel unworthy of God’s love. God came along and did a deep work inside of me and help me to receive His love fully. For too long I felt unworthy of God’s love and mercy. I felt unworthy and somehow maybe I could please God if I worked hard enough for Him. But God’s love isn’t earned by works, He loves us right where we are. Jesus paid it all on the cross and if we ask God for more faith He will give it to us because He wants us to be free. He wants us to love Him, Love ourselves and love others… and without faith we simply can’t do this.

Hebrews 11:6 James 1:6 1 Corinthians 13:13 Ephesians 11:1 Romans 10:17 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Vlog Notes:

1. What is faith? Ephesians 11:1- Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

2. Why do we need it? Hebrews 11:6- And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

James 1:6- But when you ask you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like the wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

3. How does God increase our faith? God increases our faith as we hear His word and through a gift of faith given by the Holy Spirit. So if your faith is low in an area ask the Holy Spirit to give you a gift of faith and to increase your faith so you can believe God and fully receive all He wants to give you.

Romans 10:17

Read 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Do you need the Holy Spirit to increase your faith today?

Laurel Live

Christmas Gold: Do You Know How Much You are Worth to God?

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The hyperlinks in the poem below take you to watch videos of Christmas Carols! I hope you enjoy this and know how valuable you are to God. He loves you no matter what is going on in your life… and don’t you forget that… ever!

Christmas Gold!

You are worth more than rubies and gold;
God sent His only Son just as He foretold.
To bring you a life you could never earn.
To bring you joy and Christmas Gold,
To wrap you in His love and warmth to hold.
Hold you ever so close to his heart,
God never wants you to depart!
You are a priceless treasure to Him.
He holds you everyday in the palm of His hand.
You are the reason Jesus was born and died.
You are not alone He see’s every tear you cry.
Christmas Gold is when you know God loves you way down deep.
Christmas Gold is peace and joy knowing God will keep,
Keep you always and forever close to His side,
So this Christmas curl up with God and let Him shape and mold,
Mold you by Jesus’ love into beautiful, shining Christmas Gold!

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Priceless: 7 Keys to Understanding Your Personal Value!

Priceless. That’s a value so high you can’t even put a number on it, you really are priceless. So often in life though we walk around not understanding our value. More importantly, it’s how God’s see’s us and values us that really matters. Here are 7 Keys to helping you understand how valuable you really are to God:

1. You are priceless because God created you in His image and you are unique. No one can replace you.

Genesis 1:26-27-Then God said let us make man in our own image, in our likeness and let him rule over the fish of the sea, and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created man in his own image.

2. You are priceless because God felt you were valuable enough to send Jesus His only Son to die for you and me. John 3:16

3. God say’s you are priceless and shows it through his love.

Psalm 36:7-9 How priceless is your unfailing love, both high and low men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

4. You are priceless as God’s beautiful creation a woman; not because of what you do in life.

5. You are priceless to God no matter what happens to you, or what you do.

This doesn’t mean we can do whatever we want without consequences, No! But it does mean that your value in God doesn’t change just because someone mistreats you or you mistreat someone else or act crazy some days.

Sin doesn’t change our value, it changes our position.

Sin keeps us from being in the position of reaching God through prayer.

And, shame from sin causes us to feel like we aren’t worth much. This could be from many different things including abuse.

Psalm 34:5 Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.

6. You are priceless to God regardless of what you own or how much money you have!

7. You are priceless as a woman no matter what you look like.

Bonus: You are priceless regardless of:
a. How you feel
b. How much education you have
c. What job you have or don’t have
d. Get it! You are priceless and there is no one else like you and never will be.

Do you know how priceless you are to God?

Laurel Live

“Selfie” Craze: A Debate of whether it’s having a Positive or Negative Affect on our Body Image!

“Selfies!” They are everywhere. It can be fun, but to some it can also be discouraging when they compare their pictures to others they see online or in the media.

There are positive and negative reviews and debates of “selfies.” But what do you think?

Selfie's... PHOTO BY: Leigh Thompson (a selfie)

Selfies can be so innocent and fun! Some of us (especially the outgoing ones) like to share our moments with others and document as many moment’s as possible. Ok, so maybe you don’t and you’re outgoing, but I wish I had more pictures from growing up. I also wish I had more pictures from college. I was so busy living and doing awesome things but don’t have the pictures to look back on and remember.

So here’s some of the things that stood out to me while doing research for the “selfie” blog:

1. Taking “selfies for fun and sharing important parts of your life can be positive overall.

2. It’s very easy to start comparing yourself not only to pictures from Hollywood and the media, but to your friends on facebook. It can be easy to feel as if you don’t measure up in appearance.

3. Statistics already show women and men who aren’t happy with how they look can develop an eating disorder.

4. Like many things in life balance seems to be the key in keeping “selfie’s” positive.

5. It’s more appealing to others for you to post some “selfies” that are not the most flattering. No one looks amazing all the time, and you are then more relatable when you aren’t striving for outward perfection (which doesn’t really exist).

6. Selfie’s can boost or breakdown your Body Image and Self Image. It often seems to come down to how and why you are taking them in the first place.

7. Keep it light and fun, or for simply sharing your life’s journey through a photo. This will help you to balance and focus on what’s the most important to you.

Remember:

You are beautiful. Loved. Valuable. Worthy.Priceless Daughter’s created by God.

No matter what you look like or feel like you need to know you are here to love and be loved. Anything pulling you away from loving yourself and others is likely to lead you down a destructive and dangerous road.

Try to respect who you are and those around you as you consider what pictures you take and post.

Are “selfies” having a negative or positive impact on your body image?

Laurel Live

Love: 15 Ways to know it’s real Love!

Love. How do you know it’s Real Love?

1. He’s fun to be with and you are at peace when you are with him! He feels like home.

Wedding...

Our Actual Wedding Day

2. He’s a man after God’s own heart and demonstrates this daily.

3. Your first gift from him is a Bible and you both go to Bible Study together.

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Pink & Black Leather Bible

4. He holds your hand on the beautiful and ugly days of life.

Never let's go.

Love.

Faithful.

Rough day…

5. He loves you even more when you’re wearing no make up!

6. He walks to work so you can have the car during the rain and snow of the winter, and I would do anything so he wouldn’t have to in the first place.

7. You have $5 bucks left to buy a meal and he says “you eat, and I’ll eat what’s left.”

8. You have date night each week even if you have no money to go out. You take time to spend with each other, make snacks, watch movies etc. even if this means watching movies in your car while your homeless all winter. Yep. We did it!

9. Your combined income doesn’t dictate your happiness. Your happy if you live high in the sky in an amazing condo or from your car all winter long. As long as you have each other you’re happy!

Rainbow

Rainbow over the Ocean.

10. You both try to take care of each other and almost fight over who’s going to sacrifice for the good of the other.

11. You love him even though you’ve had moments where he made you so angry you could spit fire out of your mouth and consume him!

12. You no longer put so much emphasis on “me” all the time and wonder how you can make his life better today!

13. You can’t wait for him to come home from work… even though you’ve been together for years.

14. You take steps to improve your health so you can be together longer.

15. You make each other laugh daily.

Is your man a daily symbol of real love?

Laurel Live