Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wednesday Word

Good morning. Grace and peace be unto you!

Therefore encourage and comfort one another and build up one another, just as you are doing.Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to appreciate those who diligently work among you [recognize, acknowledge, and respect your leaders], who are in charge over you in the Lord and who give you instruction,and [we ask that you appreciate them and] hold them in the highest esteem in love because of their work [on your behalf]. Live in peace with one another. - 1 Thessalonians 5:11-13 AMP

This is just a reminder to appreciate those that are working with and around you. A word of thanks goes really far.
Peace is one of the most important ingredients in life. Make sure that you pray for esteem all of those that are in leadership. Remember, leadership is not just the person that is at the front of the room.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tuesday Tools

Good morning. Grace and peace be unto you.

Today's Tool. Have you been feeling a little down, stressed or overwhelmed. Essential oils can help without producing side effects like many pharmaceuticals. Let me help you, http://mydoterra.com/michellevann

And as always, remember to...live Blessed.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Findings

Goodmorning. Grace and peace be unto you!

As we move into the Memorial day weekend I wanted share this article about ptsd. Post tramatic stress disorder does not only effect soldiers but their families and neighbors. The more we know, the more we can do to ease the pain and suffering.

Read this article and share so love and grace with a veteran and their family.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/1547665

And as always remember to. . . live Blessed

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday Word

Good morning. Grace and peace be unto you!

Our verse to consider comes from Psalms 46:1 amp

God is our refuge and strength [mighty and impenetrable], A very present and well-proved help in trouble.

Lord help me to be present and proven so that  I can be of help to others. It is only when we are present that we are aware of the shifts that are happening right In front of us. Noticing the distance or closeness gained by being present. Have I proved to be the person worthy of trust? Have I proved that I will be present and faithful to the cause? Lord help us.

As I look at all of the killings that are happening we are missing places of refuge. It is when we go to the place of refuge that get strength, help, restoration and rest are extended. It is there that we find present, proven help. We walk out renewed and restored. Ready to conquer the world.

I ask (in my Joe Madison voice), What are you going to do about it?

And as always remember to. . . live Blessed

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday Tools

Good morning. Grace and peace be unto you!

Below is a resource for all women that want to add speaking as part of your tool kit.  It us called the women's speaker association.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.womenspeakersassociation.com/&ved=0ahUKEwil28imiYbUAhWDxYMKHcykC6YQFggdMAA&usg=AFQjCNEpsZIQGgQ_2JQauLa47VMMAEWt0A&sig2=1cotPtOV9vER-L5_w1G0FA

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday Motivation

Good morning. Grace and peace be unto you!

Passion is defined as a strong barely controlled emotion. What are you passionate about? What gets you excited?

Passion is the juice that many run on while waiting for all of the perverbial ducks to get in a row. It must be taken in every single day. It is the adrenaline that feeds our bodies to push when our mind is saying we are tired.

Passion is the thing that wakes us up before the alarm clock and keeps the midnight oils burning. PASSION
Do you have it?

Like a cold drink of water on a hot summers day...passion. Do you have it? You bettah get it. What gets you up in the morning and delights your very heart? That is your passion.

And as always remember to. . . live Blessed

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday Word

Good morning. Grace and peace be unto you!

Our Word for today will come from
Isaiah 64:8 
Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.




And as always remember to...live Blessed

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

Good morning. Grace and peace be unto you! 

A few random thoughts from what I've read or heard this week.

Write down your 2 major life goals.
Put them where you can see them. 
Filter everything through those.

Your team/church/organization is only as strong as its weakest member. You might want to find out what their problem is. 

The reason why many people are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven't yet come to the end of themselves.


And as always remember to...live Blessed

Monday Motivation

Good Morning. Grace and peace be unto you!

Wow, where has the time gone? We are already in the middle of May, June will be here before we know it.

I just want to encourage you to look at yourself in the mirror and evaluate where you are in your life.
Are you at the same place, doing the same things and having the same feeling that you have been having for the past few years? When are you going to move toward your purpose? See it is easy to see I will when I get ________ done. News flash! That won't every happen. There will always be an excuse as to why you can't. Why you don't have enough money, why you don't have enough time, why you can't get out of the place of stuckness.

My sister, don't be afraid of change. It is never comfortable but necessary if you are going to fulfill the purpose that God has placed in you. Purpose is calling, will you answer the call?


And as always remember to...live Blessed

Friday Findings

Good morning. Grace and Peace be unto you!

Continuing with our look at Mental Health...

In 2016, Americans spent over $4.8 trillion on retail purchases. [1]That's enough to cover the entire surface of the Earth in $100 bills.

For some people, shopping turns into compulsive buying

Compulsive buying is an uncontrollable desire to shop which results in spending large amounts of time and money on the activity. Generally, a person who buys compulsively gets the urge to shop in response to negative emotions (not to be confused with occasional “retail therapy”) and often has problems with relationships and finances as a result of their shopping behavior. [2]
5.8%of Americans are affected by Compulsive Buying Disorder in their lifetime. [3]

The four stages of compulsive buying [4]

  1. Anticipation: Thoughts and urges start. They may focus on a specific item or the act of shopping itself.
  2. Preparation: Research and decision making take place. A person may look into sales or debate about where to go shopping.
  3. Shopping: Shopping happens. This is the so-called, "thrill of the hunt." The person gets a "high" while doing it. 
  4. Spending: Something, or many things, are purchased. The person is sad that the shopping experience is over and may be disappointed about how much they've spent afterward.

Are you at risk for a compulsive buying problem?

If you agree with most of the statements below, it may be time to seek help. [5]
  • If I have money left in my paycheck, I have to spend it.
  • Other people would judge me if they know how much I spend.
  • I buy things that I can't afford.
  • I've overdrawn my bank account buying things that I didn't need.
  • Buying things makes me feel better.
  • I'm anxious on days that I don't go shopping.
  • I pay the bare minimum on my credit card(s) but keep charging items.

How is compulsive buying different from hoarding?

People who compulsively buy may purchase so many items that it leads to hoarding. Sixty-one percent of people with hoarding problems meet the criteria for compulsive buying [6]; however, there are also key differences between compulsive buying and hoarding. [7]
Compulsive BuyingHoarding
Process of shoppingFocusThe item being acquired
To elevate social status or relieve negative emotionsMotivationTo collect items that have sentimental value or perceived usefulness
Little to noneattachmentStrong emotional connection to items
Purchased items are either flaunted or hiddenVisibilityItems are accumulated to the point where the functionality of a person's home is compromised
More common among womenGenderMore common among men

How is compulsive buying related to mental illness?

People who have Compulsive Buying Disorder often meet the criteria for other mental illnesses as well, such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders, ADHD, and a variety of impulse control disorders. [8]
Excessive spending can be a symptom of Borderline Personality Disorder. [9]
Spending sprees may occur during manic episodes of Bipolar Disorder; however, this is different from Compulsive Buying Disorder and spending sprees generally stop once a manic episode has ended. [10]
Compulsive buying is often driven by feelings of anxiety, depression or low self-esteem. [11]

How is compulsive buying treated?

Some professionals classify compulsive buying as an obsessive compulsive disorder, while others liken it to an impulse control disorder [12]. Therefore, there is no one specific treatment for compulsive buying.
Treatment for compulsive buying is determined by a provider after consulting with an individual.
Medication may be used to manage symptoms of underlying mental illness and control unwanted or intrusive thoughts about shopping.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is almost always incorporated into treatment for compulsive buying.
Support groups modeled after 12-step programs have been helpful in dealing with compulsive buying behaviors. Debtors Anonymous (www.debtorsanonymous.org) is one such support group and has meetings at locations across the country.
Other ways of addressing compulsive buying include self-help books and simplicity circles. [13]

Take control of spending

  • Keep track of your spending to see if you notice patterns.
  • Set a budget for how much you can spend on shopping. You may want to set weekly limits. Use cash for shopping purposes and keep your credit and debit cards at home when you go out.
  • Identify what triggers the urge to shop or spend, and think about what you can do to manage those triggers.
  • Do your best to avoid the urge to shop for unnecessary items before bills are due or immediately after getting paid.
  • When you have money that is “burning a hole in your wallet,” transfer it to a savings account or use it to pay o˜ credit card balances.
  • If you can’t fight the urge to shop completely, channel it productively. Buy necessities like cleaning supplies or toiletries instead of clothing, electronics or other luxury items.


And as always remember to...live Blessed

Tuesday Tools

Good morning. Grace and peace be unto you!

Tuesday Tool Mental Health Screening Tools.  Feel free to click the link at the bottom to go be connected to the screeners.

Mental Health Screening Tools

Taking a mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.
Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible.
If you're unsure which screen to take, here are some guidelines:
  • The Depression Test is for individuals who are experiencing overwhelming sadness.
  • The Anxiety Test will help if you feel that worry and fear affect your day to day life.
  • The Youth Test is for young people (age 11-17) who are concerned that their emotions, attention, or behaviors might be signs of a problem.
  • The Bipolar Test is for individuals who have mood swings - or unusual or extreme shifts in mood and energy.
  • The Parent Test is for parents of young people to determine if their child’s emotions, attention, or behaviors might be signs of a problem.
  • The Psychosis Test is for young people (age 12-35) who feel like their brain is playing tricks on them (seeing, hearing or believing things that don't seem real or quite right).
  • The Work Health Survey is a screen to explore how healthy or unhealthy your work environment is. It is in a testing phase and every screen taken helps us better understand mental health in the workplace.
  • The Eating Disorder Test can help explore eating-related concerns that have an impact on your physical health and overall well-being.
Following the screening, you will be provided with information, resources, and tools to discuss the results with a provider.

And as always remember to...live Blessed

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wednesday Word

Good morning. Grace and peace be unto you!

Our morning word comes from
Hebrews 11:7 New Living Translation It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith, Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.

What do you have the faith for? What comfort zone is God pulling you from? Noah's faith saved his family. Your faith will help you to step out on that thing that you can not see. Hum, that is faith.
When we really understand faith, we realize there is always an element of unknown. Otherwise, it would not be faith, it would be what I can do on my own. 

Ladies, I encourage you to step out on faith. Noah had no idea what a boat or water was but he believed God. GOD will not give you bad direction. Make sure that you are spending enough time with him that you recognize his voice over all others. Stepping out is hard, an even more complicated if we don't have the assistance of our savior. Like Noah, you must get direction and then step out in faith knowing that he has your back.  What Ark are you supposed to build?

And as always remember to...live Blessed

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Tuesday Tools

Good morning. Grace and peace be unto you!

I want to share a couple of tools today that are kind of personal. I share them with you because I have had more than one encounter in the last few weeks where I have said, stop the merry go round and get off.

I share this book and help along the journey because that were my help through a pretty dark place in my life. They won't really give you deep personal secrets but they will help you get a path to healing. Healing your mind, body and spirit. We have three parts and if any of those is out of whack you will operate out of balance.

I encourage you stop the merry go round that your on, get off and reset your journeys trajectory.

And as always remember to. . . live Blessed

http://billandmichelle.weebly.com/michelle-vann-ministry.html

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Monday Motivation

Good Morning. Grace and peace be unto you.

OMG. Is is the word for the day. Forget the mistakes of the past. The enemy only brings them up to keep you trapped in a life of regret. I life of what if that leads to nowhere. 

Ask yourself, what did I learn? What patterns do I see. What do I need to change as a result of this experience? 

Forget the things that are behind and press toward the prize/the end of the race.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday Findings

Good morning. Grace and peace be unto you!
May is Mental health awareness month. I will be sharing various information about mental illness factors throughout the month.

This year for May is Mental Health Month, MHA is talking about Risky Business. We believe it's important to educate people about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses or could be signs of mental health problems themselves. These include risk factors such as risky sex, prescription drug misuse, internet addiction, excessive spending, marijuana use, and troublesome exercise patterns. We hope the tools and resources that we've put together will help individuals and communities to raise awareness of the risks that these types of behaviors present—especially to young people—and help people who may be struggling to detect early warning signs and seek help early, before Stage 4.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

Good morning. Grace and peace be unto you!
When life serves you a lemon... let it benefit your body.

Warm lemon water is one of the greatest things to start your day with. Nutritionists offer several variations of lemon infused water, but not all of them have the same effect. What makes lemon water good for your health?

Some people like to sip their lemon water throughout the day to boost their metabolism and immunity. Others enjoy its refreshing taste. But, many people overlook a simple tip, and don’t actually get the most of their lemon water. Lemons are incredibly versatile, and you should eat/juice them more often.

Keep a sack of lemons in your fridge. These citruses are one of the best sources of vitamin C, and let’s not forget all the antioxidants they offer.

Here are some interesting facts:
A cup of fresh lemon juice offers 187% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C Lemon juice is rich in potassium, magnesium, and other essential minerals.

No, lemon water is not the thin you get in restaurants. They just serve a cup of hot water and a lemon wedge. If your lemon water only consists of warm water, and a squeeze of a single lemon slice, you’re doing it wrong.

Discarding the pulp and the peel is the worst thing you can do when it comes to lemon water. Lemon peel is the healthiest part of the fruit. Of course, this doesn’t apply to the lemons used in most restaurants, as they’re definitely not organic.

But, it’s all about the preparation method.
The perfect lemon water recipe

First, get some nice and juicy organic lemons.
Slice your lemons thinly, but first, grate some of their zest. Make sure your lemons are well washed.

Squeeze a few slices into the water. Add the zest as well.

Throw in the remaining slices in your sipping cup or bottle.

Remember, warm water always works best. It shouldn’t be cold, and hot water destroys the nutrients.

Lemon zest is rich in essential oils and bioflavonoids that boost your cells.

According to health experts, lemon water enhances digestion, and plays important role in the absorption of nutrients. So, tomorrow morning use the zest as well.

Lemon water stimulates the gastrointestinal tract, and relieves fluid retention. Try this recipe, and do things right. That’s the only way to get the maximum benefits.

And as always remember to. . . live Blessed

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wednesday Word

Good morning. Grace and Peace be unto you!

Our word for this morning comes from Hebrews 4:12 (AMP)

12 For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged [a]sword, penetrating as far as the division of the [b]soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Isn't it awesome how the word of God can energize us, operate on us and put us back together all at the same time. What a mighty God we serve.

Growing up we used to sing a song that said God's not dead, he's still alive. His word is not either. It is alive and active. If we will only work the word it will work for us.

I like that the word is precise. If it can distinguish between the bone and marrow then it won't cut out anything you need but it won't leave anything that will harm. God's word can even do something that we humans cannot do. It can judge and expose the very thoughts and intentions of the heart. Many times people will say God knows my heart. Exactly, he knows exactly what your intentions are and that your nice nasty attitude is not of him. LOL


God's word is our keeper, healer, deliverer and our peace.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Tuesday Tools

Good Morning. Grace and Peace be unto you!

Today is Tuesday tools and I want to share an article I read about boundaries...

Why Responsible People Enable Irresponsible People
April 25, 2017, by The Boundaries Books Team

Susie was an administrative assistant in a small company that planned training sessions for different industries. She was responsible for booking the training sessions and managing the speakers’ schedules. Her coworker, Jack, was responsible for the training facilities. He took the materials to the site, set up the equipment, and ordered the food. Together, Susie and Jack made the events happen.

After a few months of really liking her work, though, Susie began to lose energy. Eventually, her friend and coworker, Lynda, asked her what was wrong. Susie couldn’t put her finger on the problem at first. Then she realized: The problem was Jack!

Jack had been asking Susie to “pick this up for me while you’re out,” or “please bring this box of materials to the workshop.” Slowly, Jack was shifting his responsibilities onto Susie.

“You have to stop doing Jack’s work,” Lynda told Susie. “Just do your own work and don’t worry about him.” “But what if things go wrong?” Susie asked. Lynda shrugged. “Then they’ll blame Jack. It’s not your responsibility.” “Jack will be angry with me for not helping,” Susie said. “Let him,” said Lynda. “His anger can’t hurt you as much as his poor work habits can.”

So Susie began to set limits on Jack. She told him, “I will not have time to bring the materials for you this week.” And when Jack ran out of time to do things himself, Susie said, “I’m sorry that you have not done that before now, and I understand that you are in a bind. Maybe next time you will plan better. That’s not my job.”

Some trainers were angry that their equipment was not set up, and customers were angry that no food was provided for the break. But the boss tracked down the problem to the person who was responsible — Jack — and told him to shape up or find another job. In the end, Susie began to like work again, and Jack began to get more responsible. All because Susie set boundaries and stuck to them.

If you are being saddled with another person’s responsibilities and feel resentful, you need to take responsibility for your feelings and realize that your unhappiness is not your coworker’s fault, but your own. As in any other boundaries conflict, you first must take responsibility for yourself.

Then you must act responsibly to your coworker. Go to your coworker and explain your situation. When he asks you to do something that is not your responsibility, say no and refuse to do whatever it is that he wants you to do. If he gets angry at you for saying no, be firm about your boundaries and empathize with his anger. Don’t get angry back. To fight anger with anger is to get hooked into his game. Keep your emotional distance and say, “I am sorry if this upsets you. But that job is not my responsibility. I hope you get it worked out.”


If he continues to argue, tell him that you are finished discussing it; he can come and find you when he is ready to talk about something else. Do not fall into the trap of justifying why you can’t do his work for him. You will be slipping into his thinking that you should do his work if you are able to, and he will try to find a way that you can. You owe no one an explanation about why you will not do something that is not your responsibility.

And as always remember to...live Blessed.

Monday Motivation

Good morning. Grace and peace be unto you!

It has been a very crazy weekend weatherwise here in Kansas. It is May the first and there is snow on the ground in parts of our state and the other parts are drenched in rain. Let's see if April showers bring May flowers. LOL

Today I want to talk with you about persistence.What is persistence?  It is the firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. The continued or prolonged existence of something. 

Wow, I just want to encourage you to keep pushing. Yes, there is opposition but keep pushing. Don't allow other people's words to get you side tracked. Others don't always understand your hustle and why you have the drive you have. Keep pushing. Get focused on the finish line and block out the distractions. Keep pushing. You have the ability to cut through every obstacle in your life if you will just keep pushing. 

Yes, it's hard. Yes, you get tired. Yes, it can be lonely. Yes, it can cost a lot. Yes... but keep pushing. You are worth every bit of effort it takes to get to the other side.

And as always remember to...live Blessed!







Informational Tuesday

Good morning Friend, Grace and peace be unto you! Change only comes when you open your mind to the possibilities that the inconvenient th...