The world wants to steal your peace. Your mind wants to steal your peace. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14:27
The world and your mind will steal your peace by what you focus on. Focus on the media bombarding you with images and messages of fear… Continue reading
Is there an ongoing problem or issue that you are struggling with?
Perhaps it’s something lying deep in your subconscious, a little nagging unrest let’s say. Or maybe you are in a situation that is really difficult, causing fear and worry.
When you’re faced with these times, the answer is to totally let go and trust God to see you through.
Trust is key in living a victorious life. So, why is trust so hard?
Letting go is scary.… Continue reading
Your attitude and how you view the world can translate to mean that it’s full of beauty, wonderful people and experiences. Or your attitude and view may translate to mean that you expect fear, dread and miserable people around each corner!
On a trip to Italy, I experienced great beauty. However, in Rome, the streets were packed with people. Rome was celebrating a holiday, so it was unusually crowded. At times, it became difficult to walk or to get close… Continue reading
Stress can come from harried schedules, crazy work deadlines, caring for aging parents and life events (expected or unexpected).
But another kind of stress I found surprising was revealed in a book called Living a Life that Matters by Harold Kushner. The following are three ways to reduce stress and find inner peace.
1) Live from your Values
Kushner’s definition of stress is: “Stress (which can affect us physically) may be as much a question of a compromise of values… Continue reading
Life can be stressful, so there’s nothing like a good book or movie, some mindless activity to escape. But before you pick up something to read, watch or listen to, I want you to consider that what you are doing may not be so mindless.
I love to read. That is my mindless escape of choice. Sometimes I read as many as 2 to 3 books a week. My routine is to read a spiritual non-fiction book in the… Continue reading
If you are yearning for a simple, joy-filled life, as opposed to a complicated, over-committed, stress-filled life, these six simple steps will help you. The steps are in the form of an acronym: S.I.M.P.L.E
S – Stop, Step One
If your life is out of control, if you are over committed, just stop. Catch your breath and do an inventory of your commitments.
Do you really have to serve on those four committees?
Do your children need to be on… Continue reading
Learning to be still through meditation and letting go and letting God are the subjects in this video and podcast link (below). Join me, Jackie Trottmann and host Graeme Hopkins as I share my story of going from losing my mind, to finding peace and freedom. Graeme’s show is called, “Be Empowered.”
• The importance of being still and how meditation can help
• Why holding onto the past and holding onto judgments will literally weigh you… Continue reading
“Where there is no vision the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18. Do you have a vision?
This phrase was swirling around in my head after attending a marketing seminar. I was asking myself the question, “What is my vision? What do I see?”
It’s important that we live in the present moment, however, we must have a vision. As the proverb says, “Where there is no vision the people perish.”
A True Story of Vision
Let me tell you a… Continue reading
There’s take your daughter to work day, even take your dog to work day. I suggest a take your spirituality to work day…. or going a step further…. taking your spirituality into all that you do.
We tend to live our lives in compartments based on the different roles that we fill. We step into compartment mode of parent, then switch to spouse, employee, manager or CEO. If you attend church or spend a devotional “time” during the day, that… Continue reading
I believe that Jesus loved the little children because children are open and naturally look for joy every day. Children are simple in their thinking. They have not been weighed down with the burdens of the world like adults. Children are accepting of others and don’t form judgments.
My husband was reading a book about a professor who taught art at the university. His very young daughter was quite the little artist, always drawing. One day she asked her… Continue reading