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Week 4 MMM Monday! (original post)

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Moniker: Perseverance

Defined as: steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

Mantra: I will persevere and keep my eyes fixed on Jesus.

“Let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us* and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith” (Heb 12:1-2).

Movement: I will stay positive as I persevere towards my goal, despite any setbacks, remember to breathe and take breaks, and know that I am exactly where God wants me to be and He will lead and guide me. (Reach your goals)

 

God our Father.* (Heb 12: 1-13)
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Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us* and persevere in running the race that lies before us
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while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God.a
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Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners, in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart.
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In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.
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You have also forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as sons:

“My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lordb
or lose heart when reproved by him;
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for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines;
he scourges every son he acknowledges.”
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Endure your trials as “discipline”; God treats you as sons. For what “son” is there whom his father does not discipline?c
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If you are without discipline, in which all have shared, you are not sons but bastards.
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Besides this, we have had our earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them. Should we not [then] submit all the more to the Father of spirits and live?d
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They disciplined us for a short time as seemed right to them, but he does so for our benefit, in order that we may share his holiness.
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At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.e
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So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees.f
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Make straight paths for your feet, that what is lame may not be dislocated but healed.

 

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MMM Monday 3

Here we are in our 3rd week of MMM Monday!! Since starting this, I have tried to be more mindful of things; but it is difficult being consistent. But, with practice and time, we can strengthen our coherence to these new practices that will turn into happy habits!

So, onto week 3! Here are my 3 M’s for the week:

Moniker: Strength

Mantra: I am His warrior. He is my strength. With Him, I can do anything.

Movement: Strengthening my mind with Scripture and my body with exercise

 

Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power.

Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.

For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.

Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground.

So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate,

and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace.

In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the] flaming arrows of the evil one.

And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

~Ephesians 6: 10-17

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Have you put into practice MMM Monday? How has it been going for you?

MMM Monday 2

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Monday has rolled around again! But for most people, this particular Monday won’t have the same ‘bitterness’ to it that others may have…..because it is a holiday!! Happy Labor Day! Though the word labor means to toil and work, for many, this is a day of vacation from all of that jazz! But, just as all Mondays, it is still the start of a new week. So let’s have take 2 of MMM Monday to get this week rolling in the right direction!!

 

 

(Please refer to my previous post if you are slightly confused by all of this mmm goodness!)

Here are my 3 M’s for the week:

Moniker: Peace

Mantra: Be still and trust…………………………………. Be still………………………………. Be.

Movement: Meditation and coloring with Scripture.

 

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MMM Monday!

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Happy Monday! For many people, when Monday rolls around, happy is not the first word that pops into their head. They may grumble grumble grumble and say, ‘Monday? Not again! What happened to the weekend??’. And bleary eyed with sulking shoulders, they make their way through the haze and somber of Monday. But what if instead of gloom, we choose to bloom?!!
Let’s find the deliciousness in Monday by choosing 3 M’s for the week:
Moniker: What word do you want to focus on this week?
Mantra: What phrase can you repeat and replay this week to help you live out and stay mindful of your word?
Movement: What action can you take this week to put your word into action?
****Travelling back in time****At the beginning of this year, I chose a word to define the year ahead. It was my way of doing a New Year’s resolution. I thought this is going to be great! This is going to help define my year and stay focused! Well, I had it in my mind for the first 2 or 3 weeks; but then it went out the window as many other thoughts and things rushed in and cluttered the space in my head. ****Flash forward to now****: I remember this plan that I had in the beginning of the year. But, it didn’t work for me. Even if I did remember it for more than a few weeks; a year is a long time to stay focused on one word. Life changes too rapidly. Circumstances change that could impact where we need to go moving forward and affect what word is best at keeping us intentional in the moment.
So, going back to our delicious 3M’s Monday, here is what I have chosen for this week:
Moniker: Peace
Mantra: Be still and know that I am God.
For this mantra, as I repeat it, I plan on reducing it little by little each time:
Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know.
Be still.
Be.
Movement: I really need to make time to meditate. This week I plan on devoting 10-12 minutes to meditation each day.
By focusing on 3M’s each week, we can nurture our minds, bodies, and souls and truly bloom!!
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Thank you for taking this journey with me! If you feel comfortable, please feel free to share what your 3M’s are for the week in the comments!
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Toddlers!

O! To be a toddler! Toddlers are so lucky. They get to experience amazing things almost every. single. day. Because they are still new to the world, ordinary things are extraordinary in their eyes and minds. And the really awesome thing, too, is that they are comprehending so much more and are constantly processing information and developing into amazing lil human beings.

I wonder what it would be like to be their brain. I can imagine the gray growing mass saying, ‘Mayday! Mayday! Information overload! But don’t stop!! Must have more!! Everything is so exciting and fun and new!!’. Those lil brains are so spoiled because they have all these wonderful experiences that our adult brains are just like, ‘Meh, same old, same old!’.

My toddler for example, who just recently turned 3, gets so much joy out of every day. Yesterday, I painted her finger and toe nails for the first time!! I know, I know, I am so not a girlie girlie. She is 3 and just now getting her nails painted. But I think that is okay! I actually just painted my nails for the first time in a few years hence the reason she wanted her nails painted. Her fingernails have pink on them while her toes boast a trio of colors: blue, pink, and green! She was so happy and couldn’t wait to show her daddy! And then today! We went to the dollar store and she got her very own handy handy notebook! (It is actually handy dandy from Blues Clues, but she likes to say handy handy 😂) She just recently got into Blues Clues and has been having so much playing along and figuring out what Blue wants to do while learning about many other awesome things along the way with the help of Steve, Blue, Mr. Salt, Mrs. Pepper, Paprika, Pail, Shovel, Slipper, Side Table Drawer, Mailbox, Magenta, and more! (so many friends!! and they are so helpful too!!)

 

 

Life, as a toddler, is awesomesauce!! But even if you are not a toddler, your life can just be as awesomesaucy as their lives are!! Just because our physical age keeps going up, doesn’t mean our hearts have too! That is why I try my best to keep a childlike heart.

When you have a childlike heart, not only do you get to experience so many more awesome everyday moments, but you get the opportunity to be more open, humble, and vulnerable just like a child. You take more risks (not talking daredevil in nature like jumping out of an airplane/first thing that came to my mind!). But more risks with your heart. Instead of burying yourself under past hurts and not trusting anyone, you can take risks anyway by loving others with a vulnerable, sincere, and gentle love. Sure, there are still going to be times in which you will get hurt again, but think about the abundant good that can be produced from it too! You can help so many other people including yourself experience love and hope and joy and excitement that all of these awesome toddlers are running around experiencing!!

So go out there! Seize the day! And enjoy the little moments! Maybe even a little color on your hands or in the sky? It truly is awe-inspiring and awe-some!!!

 

 

 

 

One word that can change your life!

Memories, thoughts, feelings, actions. All of these are influenced by the way we ‘look’ at life. Do you want to experience a more positive, joy-filled life? Yes? Here is a word for you!!

Gratitude!

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(following are excerpts from this great blog post!)

We think about our lives in terms of story—a linear progression of characters and events that we’ve encountered along this crazy journey.  How we view that story has a tremendous impact on what our lives will become.  However, there’s a catch:  the story of your life is actually less about what’s happened to you and more about your understanding of those events.  Most of your “memories” are actually just like movies:  fictional accounts based on “actual events.”

“Our perceptual systems aren’t built to notice absolutely everything in our environment,” writes Kimberley Wade, noted memory expert.  “We take in information through all our senses but there are gaps.  So when we remember an event, what our memory ultimately does is fills in those gaps by thinking about what we know about the world.”

To put it bluntly, the life you live is shaped by your memories, and your memories are largely semi-fictional narratives that are manipulated by your already-present attitudes, biases, and thought patterns.  For better or worse, the story of your life becomes a vicious mental cycle; but those habits can be changed.

“Be thankful in all circumstances.”

Why?  Because gratitude has the power to actually change your memories for the better.  And if you can alter what you know about your past, your whole world will also be positioned for change.  Amit Amin offers this in his article, The 31 Benefits of Gratitude You Didn’t Know About: How Gratitude Can Change Your Life:

Experiencing gratitude in the present makes us more likely to remember positive memories, and actually transforms some of our neutral or even negative memories into positive ones.  In one study, putting people into a grateful mood helped them find closure of upsetting open memories.  During these experiences, participants were more likely to recall positive aspects of the memory than usual, and some of the negative and neutral aspects were transformed into positives.The Apostle Paul wasn’t suggesting that you should become one of those nauseating Pollyanna Christians who never knows loss, failure, darkness, and depression.  Quite the contrary.  His words have a bigger purpose.  He was urging us to embrace an attitude of thanksgiving because he knew something two millennia ago that psychologists are just now starting to figure out:  unleashed gratitude will run amok through your soul and could potentially destroy everything in your past, your present, and the entire trajectory of your future … all for the better.

 

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” ~Jean-Baptiste Massieu
Gratitude can completely alter the story of your life.You mind is a creature of habit.  As I wrote in an earlier piece, negativity and toxic thoughts are often addictive and self-fulfilling in nature.  If that’s what you have to work with, that’s what your mind uses to fill in all those mental “gaps” that Wade discusses.  Likewise, a well-trained grateful heart (and all that comes with it) can cultivate crops of success throughout your life.

 

“Gratitude can have such a powerful impact on your life because it engages your brain in a virtuous cycle,” writes Alex Korb, Ph.D.  Once that cycle is set in motion, your brain will naturally start to provide you with things to be grateful for. As Dr. Christian Jarrett suggests, we should think of gratitude as a “muscle that can be exercised and strengthened.”

 

While there are a number of ways to cultivate gratitude, I’m going to suggest you try this: For the next month, keep a Gratitude Journal.  Take just five minutes each day and write about something (a person, place, event—whatever) that you’re thankful for, either past or present.  Just pick one thing each day and explore the goodness that it has brought into your life-story.  Pay particular attention to the seemingly small things your mind will start to offer up (those trivial things can leave a bigger mark than we realize). Be deliberate and let yourself delight in those moments of gratitude; allow yourself the time and space to hang out there for a bit.

Maybe even take it a step further and do this activity as a group, sharing your gratitude journals with each other (I think you’ll find the positive effects will be magnified in many ways; you’ll soon find your group members swimming in a sea of success stories). Do that for thirty days and I promise you’ll begin to notice some incredible changes as the story of your life begins to be retold.