Celebrate Life

Celebrate Life

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The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. – Oprah Winfrey

Welcome back to Renew Inspiration! This morning I pause to bless my day and it is a beautiful gift from God. Today, Iam celebrating my 45th birthday and I wanted to celebrate life withyou. Now, what better way to celebrate than to write an inspirational blog postjust for you. We should always make each new day a celebration of life. Why youask? Well, it is quite simple. Every day is a fresh start. Always remember,what you celebrate expands to something bigger so celebrate life often. Throw kindness around like confetti.

Today, right in this present moment, I want to take time to reflect on my amazing life. I honestly look at where I am today, and I look at how I came to be here. I acknowledge the darkness and the light that shines within. Each day I focus on my vision of positive changes that I need to make in my life so that I may heal and grow in the most beautiful way possible. However, I do realize this journey has no rules, no right or wrong answers. I accept my journey for what it is, and I acknowledge that only I can do my healing work. I choose to feel good about myself each day. I am blessed. I am beautiful. I am brave. I am fearless. I am happy. I am bold. I am strong. I am enough. I aspire to be a giver. A giver of live, agiver of good vibes and a giver of strength. Today I fill my heart with love and embrace this wonderful, new life experience.

WAYS TO CELEBRATE LIFE

Life is what you celebrate. All of it. Even its end. – Joanne Harris

  • Every day do something that will lead you closer to God. (Read God’s Word, Pray, Meditate)
  • Thrive on happiness, a calm mind, good health and well-being. (Reading, Journaling, Exercising)
  • Have faith, be courageous, and dream big. (Believe, Trust and Hope)
  • Feed your soul spiritual food. (Read God’s Word, Attend Church, Listen to Gospel Music)
  • Strive for greatness and embrace change along the way. (Victorious)
  • Don’t procrastinate. Think positive and plan ahead. (Focus and Vision)
  • Love to no end, be grateful, choose joy and be kind. (Heart and Mind)
  • Be strong enough to let go and wise enough to wait for what you deserve. (Strength and Wisdom)

Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is. – Mandy Hale

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POSITIVE THOUGHTS AND AFFIRMATIONS

Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers, or you can grow weeds.

  • One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.
  • There is no one better to be than myself. I am whole, and I accept who I am.
  • I believe in my goals and dreams. I have the power to make them come alive.
  • I forgive myself for my mistakes. My mistakes help me learn and grow.
  • My confidence grows when I step outside my comfort zone.
  • I am in charge of my life.
  • I am open and ready to learn.
  • I am capable of so much.
  • I am free to make my own choices.
  • I am perfect just the way I am.

Life isn’t meant to be lived perfectly…but merely to be lived. Boldly, wildly, beautifully, uncertainly, imperfectly, magically lived.

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TIME FOR REFLECTION – JOURNAL PROMPTS

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. – Oprah Winfrey

  • What is my happiest childhood memory?
  • How can I love myself today?
  • What is one of life’s little pleasures that I appreciate?
  • Who/What brings the most joy to my life? 
  • When was the last time I felt truly at peace?
  • What do I need more of in my life?
  • What is something I would love to learn in my lifetime?
  • What are the best choices I have made in life so far?
  • What did I do today that brought me closer to my dream?
  • What is your vision for the next 3 months?
  • One lesson I learned today is ____________________.
  • When I am alone, I love to _______________________.
  • Today, I can honor my body by ___________________.
  • One thing I need to work on is ____________________.
  • One thing I need to let go is ______________________.

SHARE YOUR COMMENTS

You become what you believe. – Oprah Winfrey

Have courage to push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow. Stay positive and be the best version of you. How do you plan to celebrate life? How do you feel about your life’s journey?

Believe in yourself today, tomorrow and forever!

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Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings

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When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.  – Maya Angelou

 Something to Think About – Jesus knows the way because He is the way.

Welcome back to Renew Inspiration! Season’s Greetings! Always remember, the greatest gift you can ever own is not found in the shops or under your Christmas tree. It is found in the hearts of your loving family and your true friends. This should be a special time of the year filled with happiness and peace. Finding time to share joy and positive memories with family and friends. Don’t forget about those who are less fortunate than us. Sacrifice your time by serving people in need at your local homeless shelter, foster care agencies, nursing homes or hospitals. Visit some of your neighbors and make sure that your elderly neighbors have healthy meals for the holidays as well.  Also, don’t forget to send monetary donations to your favorite charities. Jesus isn’t just the reason for this season. He’s the reason for every single day of our life. Wishing all my family and friends a beautiful and blessed Holiday Season!

Today be thankful and think how rich you are. Your family is priceless, your time is gold, and your health is wealth. –Zig Ziglar

REASONS WHY JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON

The beauty of Christmas is not in the presents but in His presence.

  • We should celebrate Jesus Christ because He is the ultimate gift to the world (Romans 5:15)
  • His love inspires people to be extra kind and giving this time of year that’s why you give special gifts to those you love and cherish (I John 3:16)
  • It’s a time of year where we can all be like little children, just like He taught (Matthew 18:2-5)
  • Christmas lights remind us that He is the Light of the world (John 8:12)
  • We can be of good cheer and full of hope because He came to save us (John 3:16)
  • Everybody loves when a baby is born, but none has changed the world as Jesus has (Matthew 1:21)

TIME FOR REFLECTION – JOURNAL PROMPTS

Season’s Greetings. Happy Holidays. Be Kind. Be Thoughtful. Be Genuine. But most of all Be Thankful.

  • How do you plan to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ during this Christmas holiday?
  • What action did you take today that brought you joy? What action did you take to bring joy to others?
  • How do you spread Christmas cheer?
  • How do you plan to serve others during the Christmas holiday and beyond?
  • When have you felt that you deserved something you wanted and couldn’t get it?
  • How could you remind yourself instead about all the blessings you already have?
  • What are you looking forward to this holiday season?
  • Who made you smile during the holiday season?
  • The holiday season makes me feel ____________________________.
  • Write about 4 emotions that come to your heart on Christmas day and why?
  • List 10 words that come to mind when you thinkof Jesus Christ. Ready, set, go!

SHARE YOUR COMMENTS

Merry Christmas. Tis the Season to be Jolly.

How do you plan to spend the holiday season? How do you plan to share some joy and holiday cheer to those around you? Do you have any family traditions or recipes that you share every year?

Believe in yourself today, tomorrow and forever!

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Spreading Joy

Spreading Joy

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Joy is the sound of love, the color of gratitude, and the song of hope. – Mary Davis

Something to Think About – The root of joy is gratefulness.

Welcome back to Renew Inspiration! Today I choose joy. Joy is the echo of God’s life in us.

HOW TO CHOOSE JOY (www.flowingwithchange.com)

• Decide to choose joy.
• Daily affirm, “I feel joy today.”
• When other things seem to be more important like worrying, start over with the first one.

If we allow ourselves to be honest and feel the positive sensations inside, then we all could agree that life is simply bursting with joy. Joy grows from the inside, then you are allowed to spread it to others along your journey. Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path you take towards joy. No one makes you joyous, it comes from within. Simply put, it is your responsibility to choose joy throughout life. Now, you may be wondering how you choose joy from day to day? Well, you can choose joy by showing kindness, love and a grateful heart. In addition, there are some basic ways that you can spread joy to other people as well. It can be quite a rewarding experience to brighten up someone’s day by extending an act of kindness or just simply smiling at someone as you pass by. However, it is essential for you to bring joy to yourself first by empowering yourself and leading a happy and stress free life.

WAYS TO SPREAD JOY

• Be kind toward yourself. Remember, you cannot give what you don’t have.

• Smile. Don’t wait to be happy. Think of something good in your life, smile and see what happens.

• Transform your life by being optimistic and positive. Be helpful and give compliments to others.

• Surprise the people you love with a special gift or flowers just because.

• Say something good about someone or something. Be genuine and spread positive vibes and thoughts.

• Send a card, special note or letter to family, friends, co-workers or neighbors.

• Being authentic and courteous to others by saying words, such as “good morning” or “have a wonderful day”.

• Volunteer for a good cause where you can help others less fortunate than you are. For example, visit a nursing home, hospital, children’s group home or a homeless shelter.

You are free to think thoughts of worry or joy, and whatever you choose will attract the same kind back to you. Worry attracts worry. Joy attracts joy. – Rhonda Byrne



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• Sing your favorite song
• Focus on the Good
• Smile throughout your day
• Surround yourself with joyful people
• Talk about joyful things

While living your best life, it is important to find joy along the journey. Don’t wait for perfect circumstances to experience the joy God wants to give in this moment. Remember, life doesn’t have to be perfect to be filled with joy. Begin to live life on your own terms or you will have other people sucking the joy out of you before you can spread it to anyone else. Find joy by walking in gratitude. Joy is contagious. Pass it on!

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JOYFUL AFFIRMATIONS

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, and sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. – Thich Nhat Hahn

• Today I choose and welcome joy into my life.

• My day begins with gratitude and joy.

• I radiate joy and vitality throughout my life.

• I am worthy of love and joy.

• I am a joyful breeze entering a room.

• I am peaceful. I am joyful. I am thankful.

• I handle my own life with joy and ease.

• Life is filled with joy and abundance.

• Nourishing myself is a joyful experience.

• Today I spread love, joy and happiness.

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TIME FOR REFLECTION – JOURNAL PROMPTS

Joy is the simplest form of gratitude. – Karl Barth

• What’s the role of gratitude in your life?

• What is one thing you’d like to improve in yourself?

• How frequently do you make time for self-care?

• What is your life motto?

• What needs to happen in your life to increase joy?

• When was the last time someone was wowed by something you did?

• What are some ways to give back during this holiday season and beyond?
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SHARE YOUR COMMENTS

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. – Mother Teresa

Sprinkle joy throughout your day. Shared joy is double joy which is incredible joy. Be joyful always. Is it difficult for you to spread joy to others? What kinds of challenges do you face concerning spreading joy?

Believe in yourself today, tomorrow and forever!

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Welcome December

Welcome December

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Make it a December to remember. – Unknown Author

Something to Think About – Hello, December. Make my wishes come true.

Welcome back to Renew Inspiration! Let’s welcome December with a positive attitude and a joyful holiday spirit. While most people are planning holiday parties and doing their holiday shopping, I’d rather focus on end of the year personal goals. Whether it’s fitness or career related goals, people fail to achieve their personal goals not because they don’t have the will, but because they don’t know how. Remember, goals help us believe in ourselves. Setting goals for yourself is a way to fuel your ambition and your inner drive.

GOAL SETTING 101

Set some goals, then demolish them. – Unknown Author

Well, how do you start? First, you should set some personal goals for yourself. However, not just any kind of goals, make sure you set S.M.A.R.T. goals as well as H.E.A.R.T. goals.

S – Specific – Well defined so that anyone can understand the goal
M – Measurable – Needs to have parameters in order to know if the goal was achieved
A – Attainable – Must be a realistic goal that challenges you
R – Relevant – Make sure the goal is consistent with your other goals and will aid you in achieving your long-term goal
T – Time Oriented – Create a time frame for when you want to accomplish your goal

Here’s an example of my S.M.A.R.T. goal:

Simple Goal – I want to improve my health.
Smart Goal – I will improve my health by eating 100 grams of protein, drinking 64oz of water and exercising every day.

Next, you need to write down your goals to clarify and strengthen your daily intentions. Break down your goals into small and manageable steps to overcome any anxiety you may have. Hold yourself accountable by maintaining focus and discipline throughout the process. Rewarding yourself will help reinforce the positive actions you’ve taken so you can continue doing it every day. Effective systems and habits make it easier for you to accomplish your goals on a regular basis. Simply put, your success is found in your daily routine.

S.M.A.R.T goals are good, but H.E.A.R.T. goals will help balance your life. Make sure your goals don’t make your to-do list unachievable, then you will be off track.

H – Help yourself. You have to take care of you. You cannot pour from an empty cup.
E – Everyone else. People matter so share love with others around you. Be kind to strangers.
A – Attitude and academics. Have a positive attitude. Never stop learning.
R – Resources. Steward time, money and energy well.
T – Trade and Business. Find your passion. Enjoy a fun hobby. Then, start a business.

Here’s an example of my H.E.A.R.T. goals:

Read God’s Word, pray and meditate daily.
• Exercise for at least 60 minutes per day.
• Daily Steps at least 12,000 steps per day.
• Sleep for at least 7 hours per day.
• Research, write and publish at least 5 articles per week.
• Research, write and publish at least 3 inspirational blogs per week.
• Read an inspirational book or positive affirmations daily.
• Write in my mood journal daily.

However, goal setting isn’t just about creating a plan for your life and holding yourself accountable, it’s also about giving us the inspiration necessary to aim for things we never thought possible. As you’re reevaluating your personal goals, keep in mind that a new year offers a clean slate to refocus, redefine and recreate your life.

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NEW YEAR MOTIVATION QUOTES

Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow. – Unknown Author

This is a good time of the year to get motivated. Here’s some motivation quotes to help you get started:

• Life is tough but so are you.

• Stop wishing, start doing.

• You are your only limit.

• Set a goal and do something about it every day.

• Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.

• Take the risk or lose the chance.

• Great things never came from comfort zones.

• Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.

• Slow down and enjoy yourself a little more, don’t be so serious, life is not a race.

• Don’t make me walk when I want to fly.

• Whoever is trying to bring you down, is already below you.


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TIME FOR REFLECTION – JOURNAL PROMPTS

Be a reflection of what you’d like to see in others. – Unknown Author

• What does the Christmas Holiday mean to you?

• What are you looking forward to this holiday season?

• What song gets you into the Christmas spirit?

• What is your favorite Christmas movie? Why?

• How do you spread Christmas cheer?

• What Christmas tradition do you love to share with your family and friends?

• What is your “perfect” Christmas memory?

• What does “Home for the Holidays” look like to you?

• What Christmas moment from this year do you love?

• How do you feel about approaching a new year?

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SHARE YOUR COMMENTS

Hello, December. You’re the last month so be the best one. What personal goals are you planning to accomplish in December? What new personal goals are you planning to set for January? What keeps you motivated? What do you plan to do to prepare for the Christmas Holiday? for the new year?

Believe in yourself today, tomorrow and forever!

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Coping with Grief

Coping with Grief

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Grief never ends…But it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith…It is the price of love. – Author Unknown

Something to Think About – Whenever grief tries to steal the beauty of your memories just remember love never dies.

In Loving Memory
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Rosalynn K. Russell
November 29, 1942 – December 19, 2015

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Welcome back to Renew Inspiration! Today’s blog post is dedicated to my late mother, Rosalynn K. Russell. Happy Birthday, Mom! Today, would’ve been her 76th birthday! I miss her presence, her smile, her touch, her laughter. I miss everything about her. She was a small woman in stature but had a big heart and was willing to help anyone in need. November and December are the most difficult months for me while I continue to cope with grief and the loss of my beautiful and loving mother.

The loneliest walk you’ll ever take is the one down the road of grief. – Author Unknown

Unfortunately, the holidays can be a time of sadness, pain, anger or dread for anyone dealing with an illness, grief or the loss of a loved one. Unfortunately, grief can also magnify the stress that is often already a part of the holidays.

Here’s some effective ways to cope with grief during the holidays:

• Offer yourself some grace – Give yourself permission to feel whatever it is you’re feeling. If you feel sad, allow the tears to come; if you feel angry, allow yourself to vent some steam.

• Be kind to yourself – Be sure to get plenty of rest and nourishment you need; do not take on more than you can handle; if you need to be alone, then honor that. If you desire the affection of others, seek it out.

• Ask for and accept help – It’s okay to tell your loved ones the best way that they can help you during this difficult time.

• Find support – Sharing your feelings is often the best way to get through them and finding people you can talk to will help. Family and friends can be a great support during times of grief. If they are unavailable, seek help from a grief support group in your area.

• Make a difference – Give to your favorite charity organization or purchase a gift for a needy child. Consider volunteering at a nursing home, hospital, hospice, children’s shelter or soup kitchen. This can help you cope with your grief by contributing to the greater good within your community.

During the holidays, it’s alright to have a good time in spite of your grief. Just allow yourself to feel whatever your heart is feeling in the moment. The best gift you can give anyone you love is that of being true to yourself and living your life to the fullest, even as you adjust to the loss of a loved one.

Healing unfolds in its own time; it doesn’t look to the clock or calendar for direction. – Jen, aimhappy.com



TIME FOR REFLECTION – JOURNAL PROMPTS

I am no longer who I was. Loss has reshaped me. – Benjamin Allen

Journaling is a powerful tool for coping with grief and loss.

• Why are you grieving?

• What is your fondest memory?

• When alone, what do you do?

• What season holds the most memories?

• The hardest time of day is ___________________.

• My support system includes __________________.

• I really need more of _____________________.

• I am really having a hard time coping with _____________________.

• I find it most difficult when ______________________.

• Some of my grief triggers are ________________________.
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How do you cope with grief? Do you allow yourself to feel during this most difficult time?

Believe in yourself today, tomorrow and forever!

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Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday

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Welcome back to Renew Inspiration! Today is CYBER MONDAY! I wanted to share some great deals with you!

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God’s Promises

God’s Promises

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Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (II Peter 1:4 NIV)

Something to Think About – My imperfections will never override God’s promises.

Welcome back to Renew Inspiration! Did you know that people who believe God’s promises have an advantage over people who don’t? If you read and study the Word of God, you will find that for every problem in life, God has given us a promise. When struggles threaten our lives, it is important to find hope by not only reading God’s Word, but also focusing on God’s promises. Some of God’s promises are positive which are the assurance of blessings, and others are negative which are the guaranteed consequences. However, all are binding, for not only is God a promise maker; God is a promise keeper. We have to dig deep within to find hope by praying God’s promises to existence within our lives.

GOD’S PROMISES

Let’s be who we were made to be – People of the Promise. Let’s hide these promises in our weary hearts.

• You will know God (See Hebrews 8:11) – Everything in creation gives evidence of God’s existence. It’s important to realize that we can know God’s heart, his joy, his passion, his plan, and his sorrows.

• You were created by God, in God’s image, for God’s glory (see Genesis 1:26) – God created us to be more like him than anything else he made. Remember, this is an on-going process as we are shaped into God’s likeness.

• You are made right by faith (See Romans 4:16) – God’s promise to us is salvation by faith. Make sure to increase your faith and stand on God’s promise.

• God will guide you (See John 20:30-31) – As you read God’s Word, make sure to trust God’s promise that he will show you the way you should go.

• You are an heir of God (See Romans 8:16-17) – You are an heir of God and have divine resources deposited in your heart. God is rich in mercy, love, wisdom and grace.

• God sent Jesus Christ to be our Redeemer (See Psalm 34:22) – Our Redeemer is here to rescue us, protect us from evil. In addition, our Redeemer offers a safe, secure and loving future in His presence.

• Our prayers have power (See James 5:16-18) – Prayers should be the first step for believers. God delights in and will answer our prayers. Just trust and believe.

• God is near (See Judges 6:12) – God’s presence is all-encompassing which means God is with you throughout your journey today, tomorrow and forever.

POSITIVE AFFIRMATION

God’s promises are like the stars, the darker the night the brighter they shine.

• Trust in God’s timing.

• Rely on God’s promises.

• Wait for God’s answers.

• Believe in God’s miracles.

• Rejoice in God’s goodness.

• Relax in God’s presence.

I WILL STATEMENTS

• I will make the knowledge of God my highest pursuit.

• I will trust God with all that is within me.

• I will guard my heart and mind with God’s truth.

• I will respond to troubles with increasing faith.

• I will live freely because his grace has rescued me.

• I will rest in the assurance of salvation.

• I will build my life on the promises of Scripture.

• I will no longer live as a slave, but as a free child of God.

• I will lay claim to the nearness of God.

• I will trust that I have been redeemed and my salvation is secure.

• I will make prayer and meditation my priority and passion.

• I will find comfort in Jesus Christ, who fully understands every desire, pain and need that I have.

• I will live with eternity in mind, knowing the best is yet to come.

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TIME FOR REFLECTION – JOURNAL PROMPTS

Poor choices, wasted years, mistakes we’ve made – God answers the mess of you with one word – GRACE!

• Do you believe in God’s promises? Why or why not?

• Have you ever felt forsaken by God?

• The area where I need to put more trust in God is ____________________.

• I feel God’s presence most when ______________________.

• What is one thing I could do to improve my spiritual walk?


SHARE YOUR COMMENTS

You can see God from anywhere if your mind is set to love and obey him. – A.W. Tozer

God has perfect timing; never early, never late. It takes a little patience and faith, but it’s worth the wait. Always remember, God has a reason for allowing things to happen in our lives. We may never understand his wisdom, but we simply have to trust his well. Do trust God’s will on today? Have you ever experienced some of God’s promises?
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Journaling to Overcome

Journaling to Overcome

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In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could to any person; I create myself. – Susan Sontag

Something to Think About – There is no wrong or right way, just write!

Welcome back to Renew Inspiration! I sure hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. Today, I want to talk about journaling to overcome anything and everything that may happen in your life. Journaling allows you to gain clarity inside and out. Journaling also helps you to make positive changes in your life. If you allow it, journaling will offer up a glimpse into your soul in its purest form. Also, journaling can provide an outlet for your personal thoughts and feelings to be expressed freely without criticism. From my experience, it’s important to have your guard down when making the decision to start journaling to overcome. After all, journaling helps you to gain better control of your emotions and thought process, which improves your overall mental health.

MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF JOURNALING

• Less stress, feel calmer

• Increased happiness in life and improves your mood

• Developing self-awareness and empathy

• Ability to heal past or present traumas

• Gain clarity in your life, better memory

• Increased creativity

JOURNALING HELPS YOU OVERCOME

• Makes you more aware – Helps you get to know yourself better; Brings your thoughts and feelings to the surface

• Let you take control – Minimize the chaos in your life; Journaling helps get things into perspective

• Shifts your viewpoint – Offers a safe place to practice positive self-talk; Retraining the brain to think positively

• Let you notice patterns – Helps you see how you’re doing over time
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JOURNALING TIPS

• Create a safe place – Declutter your space; You should feel good, happy and calm in your space

• Let it all out – Allow your thoughts to flow freely and write about anything

• Dedicate time and write regularly – Try to write in your journal on a regular basis; Every day is ideal

• Try new things – Write letters to yourself or to loved ones (past or present)

• Don’t get too negative – Shift your writing in another direction; Avoid rereading your negative writing

• Make it easy – Set yourself up for success; Keep your pen and paper handy at all times.

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TIME FOR REFLECTION – JOURNAL PROMPTS

• What did you achieve today?

• What can you do right now to lift your mood?

• Define 3 things you can do to improve yourself.

• Describe a time when you had to make a really hard choice.

• Right now, my greatest challenge is _______________.

• My greatest qualities are _________________.


SHARE YOUR COMMENTS

It’s all about finding the calm in the chaos. – Donna Karan

Journaling can help you overcome any problem or obstacle that you face in life. Have you already tried journaling to overcome challenges in life? If so, please share your experience(s). Do you like to journal? If so, how often do you write in your journal?

Believe in yourself today, tomorrow and forever!

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

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Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)

Something to Think About – I’m thankful for today, tomorrow and forever!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Welcome back to Renew Inspiration! I am thankful for the gift of life and for those I am blessed to share this wonderful life with. I take nothing for granted during the holidays because I realize this can be a difficult and stressful time for most people for many reasons, such as the loss of a loved one, broken relationships, unemployment, depression, anxiety, just to name a few. Unfortunately, this is me in a nutshell. Despite experiencing all of these things in my life at one point or another, I am still thankful for all of it. Everything that I have gone through has helped mold and shape me into the beautiful and smart woman I am today. Every single struggle and setback I encountered has made me a stronger, wiser and humble person. I have learned how to love instead of hate and smile instead of frown. We have to humble ourselves in life, so we can learn from life lessons. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Believe it or not, if I would not have gone through so much pain and heartache, my Renew Inspiration blog would not exist today.

Be kind. Be thoughtful. Be genuine, but most of all be thankful.


I am truly blessed with everything I need. I am working hard toward everything I want. And most of all, I appreciate and thank God for what I have. Thank you for your part in my journey! I appreciate you taking the time to read my Renew Inspiration blog, writing thoughtful and caring comments, and most of all, taking that leap of faith and subscribing to my blog. Remember, be kind and be mindful of how others may be feeling during this holiday season. Lastly, take care of yourself because you cannot pour from an empty cup.

When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. When life is bitter, say thank you and grow.

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WAYS TO COPE DURING STRESSFUL HOLIDAYS

Nothing diminishes anxiety or stress faster than action.

• Pray and meditate to help clear your mind and uplift your spirit.

• Practice journaling often to express yourself. Remember, written expressions open doors to your soul.

• Read inspirational blogs, books or quotes to help boost self-confidence.

• Plan quiet time alone to gather your thoughts and feelings.

• Be honest with yourself and others. Never hold back how you feel. Open communication is healthy.

• Practice yoga or do stretches to help strengthen your body and help you relax.

• Exercise daily to move your body and boost energy.

• Participate in therapy sessions with a professional therapist for encouragement and support.

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TIME FOR REFLECTION – JOURNAL PROMPTS

The most beautiful way to start and end the day is with a grateful heart.

• What are you thankful for and why?

• What was the best thing that happened today?

• What immediately comes to mind when you think of your blessings?

• What accomplishments in your life have brought you most happiness?

• What hard parts of your life may contain hidden blessings?


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God’s Favor

God’s Favor

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Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord. “There are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word. (Isaiah 66:2 NIV)

Something to Think About – A flood of favor is coming your way – Do your best, God will do the rest.

Welcome back to Renew Inspiration! Today, I want to talk about God’s favor. Take a moment and think about this question – Do you recognize God’s favor in your life? God’s favor can be described as “tangible evidence that a person has the approval of the Lord.” In other words, God’s favor is the undeserved kindness of God. Nothing you have is because of luck or chance. It’s all due to God’s grace and favor. You receive God’s favor in your life when your heart, words, and actions line up with the Word of God. God shows favor to the people who delight in, connect with, and give honor to Him. God seeks out those who love Him and love His commandments so that He can bless, guide, and protect them at all times. Whether you realize it or not, God’s favor is on your life.

Here’s the truths about God’s favor:

• God’s favor is God’s grace. God’s favor is the reason you and I are saved. We are saved by God’s favor and His grace.

• God’s favor affects every area of life. Every part of your life is impacted by the grace and favor of God. This means you are delivered, protected, preserved, healed and made whole.

• God began showing you His favor even before you were born again. Salvation is the greatest expression of God’s favor in our lives. God continues to pour out grace and more favor to us every moment of our lives, if we only receive it.

• God’s favor surrounds you continually. As a born again Christian, you have been made righteous by Jesus and that righteousness came with God’s favor which surrounds you continually.

• You must realize and accept God’s favor to experience it fully. Before you can receive the benefits from God’s favor, you must know that they are yours to begin with. Just as with every other spiritual benefit, you must receive them by faith.

In addition, you can identify God’s favor when we see three spiritual things happening:

• God has sovereignly chosen a recipient of His grace.

• God has blessed that recipient in one way or another.

• God has intentions that His blessing be shared with others.

God’s gracious kindness is His to give, and He gives it when, to whom, and how he chooses. However, the Word of God invites all of us to come by faith and receive the gift of Jesus Christ, freely offered for all of us.

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TIME FOR REFLECTION – JOURNAL PROMPTS

Today be thankful and think how rich you are. Your family is priceless. Your health is wealth. Your time is gold. – Zig Ziglar

MIND

• What takes your mind away from God, thus robbing you from God’s favor?
• What is your biggest dream and/or goal?
• What has prevented you from going after your dream and/or goal?

BODY

• List 5 ways you’ve become stronger and more courageous this week.
• Lord, please strengthen my heart when it comes to ________________.
• When I’m in pain, physical and emotional, I find strength in ________________.

SPIRIT

• Where do you see the unmistakable mark of the creator? Thank and praise God for it.
• When have you seen God use something small to produce a big outcome?
• What can I do to nurture my spirit more throughout the week?

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SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS/COMMENTS

One touch of God’s favor can change everything in your life. Stay faithful and trust in His timing. God’s favor is yours now and forever. Have you experienced God’s favor in your life lately? Do you sometimes block God’s favor in your life? What are you thankful for during this holiday season?

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