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What Truly Matters in 2017

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Our  “What Truly Matters” Journey Begins

What truly matters is a very deep question. I’m honored you’ve joined us on this journey of self discovery in 2017. Please grab a cup of something warm, pull up a chair, and let’s have a little visit.

As I mentioned in last weeks post, we are going to delve into what truly matters in our lives.  We are going to look within to start this new year in a manner that just might make a difference for the rest of our lives.  But the only way that will happen is if you come along side me, gather your courage and tell me what you think about the ideas shared here.

So . . .

I ask it again, what truly matters in your life?  This time I hope you will pause, and reflect on that question for a few moments . . .

Did you come up with what truly matters in your life right now?  If so, please take a moment and share those things with me in the “Comments” Section below.

Ok, let’s continue –

Why Does What Truly Matters in 2017, Matter? Trust Me, It Does!

On our road to what truly matters let me ask yet another question – How are we going to make 2017 a better year than 2016? Especially when we know 90% of us don’t stick with our New Years Day Resolutions?

I think the best way is to look within.

But at what? And why?

There are several basic emotions that are at the root of many issues today.

When you break those emotions all the way down, we most often get to fear. Unfortunately, fear motivates a great deal of what we do today.

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We are afraid we won’t have enough money at the end of the month.  And this is a valid concern of late!

We are afraid of what the politicians are going to do. Or not do.

We are afraid of what someone is going to think of us. Or not think of us.

Afraid we will say or do something embarrassing.

But in reality, do any of these truly impact us for the long term?

No.

So why are we looking at this you ask. Because we are trying to set up a frame work for each of us for change.

Positive change. Real, meaningful change.

What can do that?  What can turn fear around and allow us to work on real, meaningful change?

Trust.

Trust?

Why trust you ask.  What has that got to do with what truly matters?

Ok, that’s fair.  Let’s examine trust.

What is trust? And why does it matter? How do we build trust?

To start figuring that out let’s look at trust from a different perspective.

When you flick the light switch do you trust the light will turn on or off.

Of course you do.

Unless something’s wrong.  Then you trust the power company will fix it.  Right?

Right!

What about the water in your sink?

We all trust that if you turn the handle, or lift the lever in our sink, water will come out, right?  Unless you didn’t pay the bill! Or the line is broken.  But under normal circumstances, you turn the handle and water comes out of the faucet.

We all have mindless “trust” in these things.

However, on a deeper level, how does that word and the act of “trust” come into play?

How can trust aid us in making 2017 better than 2016?

How can trust help us figure out what truly matters?

And what does trust do in the face of fear?

Those are all good questions.  And that will be the discussion for our next post!  Make sure you don’t miss it by clicking HERE to become a SUBSCRIBER and never miss another post!

Be Bless my friends!

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Finding Peace In 3 Steps

Is Peace Possible in Today’s World?

Rush, rush, rush!

Everyone is rushing here and there, doing more in less time.

Companies cutting back staff resulting in fewer employees doing more work.

For less pay!

We see it all around us.

Have you experienced any of this?

Not very peaceful is it?

But would you like to find more peace?

Is that possible?

You bet it is!

Walk with me the next few days and let’s see if we can’t make a difference.

Let’s see if together we can create more peace in your life, and your families and loved ones lives.

Walk With Me

PLEASE read through this once and then go back and re-read it. Let’s start this process together and see if this works.

Walk with me for a bit please.

Step One:

Close your eyes . . . Breathe deep . . . Relax . . .

Walk with me . . .

We’re on a cobblestone road

In the warm, spring, sunshine

Palm fronds rustle in a gentle breeze

Breathe deep and catch a hint of the sea

There’s a large crowd gathered ahead of us on a hillside.

What is going on?

There is a man speaking.

We walk closer . . .

The man is speaking about God.

He calls Him our Father God.

Let’s sit and listen a little while.

Hummm . . .

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Jesus teaching on love and peace

He is talking about “turning the other cheek” when someone is ugly or unpleasant (Matthew 5:39), “going the extra mile” (Matthew 5:41), “loving your enemies” (Matthew 5:44), “treating others the way you want them to treat you” (Luke 6:31).

The man speaking is named Jesus. His teachings are unrivaled for their penetrating simplicity.

He is trying to describe how wide, and long, and deep, and high God’s love for us is (Ephesians 3:18-19)

We’re sitting beside a man and his family.  He leans over and quietly tells us how he was blind all his life and had to beg to feed his family. Until the man speaking healed him.  He said, “Jesus spit in the dirt, made mud balls, and put it on my eyes. The he told me to go wash in the Pool of Siloam. When I washed the mud off, I could see!” (John 9:5-7)

His family and neighbors sitting around us all testify this is true. He had been blind since birth, but now can see perfectly.

We listen as Jesus teaches about not just loving your neighbors, but also loving your enemies. (Matthew 5:43-48 and Luke 6:27)

Have you ever really thought about how difficult that is?

Have you ever prayed for your enemies? For those you know hate you?

Let’s try it.

Step Two:

Close your eyes again and think of someone that has hurt you. Someone that makes no question about it they do not like you. Or someone that has broken your heart.

You know the person.

The one you just can’t forgive, and unfortunately can’t forget.

Think of them. Bring them up in your mind.

Hear their hurtful words.

Feel the sting in your heart.

Now . . .

Step Three:

Together, let’s pray for them.

Take another deep breath and say the words that come up in your heart.

Not your mind,

But your heart.

Speak it.

Now pause, breath deep and say,

“I forgive you.”

Now, continue with, “Father God, please bless __________ (put your person’s name in the blank)

Father God, I forgive them for the hurt they have done to me. Please forgive them Father.

Lord, I ask you to bring blessings into their lives. Bring someone that will shine the light of your love into their life.

Father, I ask this for them. Father, please love them.

Father, I give them to you and ask for your perfect will for them.

Father, I release them to you.”

Tough

I know that was not easy.

And you probably don’t think it made a difference.

You may even be angry at me for walking you into that.

If so, please forgive me.

But you  need to speak it till you see it.

So feel the hurt, and do it anyway.

Forgiveness, Leads to Healing, Leads to Freedom and Peace

This will start you on a path to healing, forgiveness, and FREEDOM!

Now isn’t that worth it?

I thought so.

Here are the steps for you to copy and keep:

  • Step 1:  Breathe deep, relax, and feel love emanating from your heart
  • Step 2:  Allow yourself to feel and acknowledge the pain and heartache
  • Step 3:  PRAY FOR THAT PERSON!  Ask God to love them and forgive them and speak words of forgiveness for them.

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